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With more than 3200 members from Boston to Bangalore in 40 cities, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

We call our member donors “Partners” because they’re so much more than individuals who write checks. SVP Partners are engaged in their giving, and get involved beyond the checkbook.

SVP Connecticut started with 9 founding Partners and we’ve been growing ever since.  Our Partners, current and retired professionals, are drawn from varied industries and sectors including banking and finance, energy, nonprofit, tech, and management consulting.

We are truly fortunate to have so many generous individuals living in our area who are committed to being a catalyst for closing the opportunity gap in our state.  Some of our Partners are extensively experienced in philanthropy while others are just starting out and eager to learn from others in the group.

If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet these folks.

Every story is different, but each is fueled by a series of connections. That’s the beauty of the SVP network. You never know who will take your impact to the next level.

Meet Our Board…

Karen Brown

Karen is the Vice President of Development and Philanthropic Services for Fairfield County's Community Foundation which administers the SVP Connecticut funds as one of their Field of Interest Funds. Her insight into the nonprofit community, as well as her strong support of SVP's model of engaged philanthropy is a huge asset to SVP Connecticut. Read More »

Philip Butterfield

Philip Butterfield served as Chairman of HSBC Bank Of Bermuda from May 2012 to December 2015 and upon his return to the States, joined SVP in 2017. Read More »

Don M. Kendall, Jr.

Don Kendall has been the catalyst and driving force in the creation of SVP Connecticut. A serial entrepreneur and philanthropist with a passion for creating and leading startups, Don uses the power of business models to solve pressing social problems and works with founders to help their dreams come to life. Read More »

Jeffrey Mayer

With over thirty years of experience in the commodities industry, Jeff likes to say that his conversion to the clean energy business began after watching a documentary about global warming. “I feared that someday my children or grandchildren might turn to me and ask, ‘What were you thinking?!’ " He is now the CEO/President of a firm that provides cost-effective energy solutions to homeowners and businesses. Read More »

Amy Orenstein

Amy has a professional background in management consulting and is the co-founder of a start-up firm, Opine, which provides consulting services for small businesses. Read More »

Jamilah Prince-Stewart

Jamilah is the founding Executive Director of FaithActs for Education, a grassroots community organizing nonprofit based in Bridgeport. Founded in October 2014, FaithActs is more than 400 members and 50 churches strong and works to build power with faith leader and their congregations to improve educational opportunities in Bridgeport. Read More »

Sylvia Shepard

A fifth generation family business owner, Sylvia founded the Smith Family Council, a governance body for over 150 family shareholders which has owned the Menasha Corporation (a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company) for 160 years.. Read More »

Richard J. Wenning

A national expert on education policy design and implementation, Rich is executive director of BeFoundation, a family foundation devoted to dramatic improvement in the education of underserved children in Connecticut and the vitality of their communities. He also leads SpreadMusicNow.org, a national fund focused on developing learning pathways for young musicians. Read More »

Meet Some of Our Partners…

Emily Aber

Emily has been a licensed clinical social worker for almost 40 years and currently has a private practice, working primarily with adults. Read More »

Dorothy Adams

When Connecticut nonprofits and social enterprises face executive transitions or financial challenges, Dorothy is there to help. In addition to board facilitation and executive coaching, she fills senior management roles. for area nonprofits. Dorothy is keenly interested in social impact investing and improving the funding and capital structure of social-purpose organizations, especially those serving our at-risk populations. Read More »

David Allon

David Allon is a journalist, lawyer, and entrepreneur currently working at Braddock Financial LLC, a mutual fund manager and former hedge fund company that has specialized in asset backed securities for more than 25 years. Read More »

Alycia Angus

An entrepreneur, Alycia is the co-founder and CEO of Kids U, a chain of recreational facilities for children in Connecticut and New York. Read More »

Mark Argosh

A Partner since 2014, along with his wife, Paula, Mark also holds the role of Executive Director for the organization. With more than thirty years of experience as a senior advisor, investor, and partner to Fortune 500, mid-size companies and leading nonprofit organizations, and foundations, Mark brings an invaluable skill-set to the role. Read More »

Craig Barney

Craig seeks to apply his financial management experience and skills to SVP's efforts toward closing the Opportunity gap. Read More »

John Bergen

John is a senior technologist who enjoys solving business challenges through the effective use of technology. With over 30 years of experience, John has seen massive change in both technology and its use. Read More »

Roy Berger

Roy is an experienced entrepreneur and senior level executive with over 30 years of experience in marketing, business development, and operations in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Read More »

David Berkowitz

David is a private investor with over 20 years of grantmaking experience and currently serves on the board of the Helen and William Mazer Foundation. A consultant to small businesses, he is a reviewer for the New Market Tax Credit Program and was the founding director the Center for the Development of Social Finance. Read More »

Larry L. Bingaman

Larry is an executive with 25 years experience in the water industry and is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority. He is also a founding board member for the Connecticut chapter of Conscious Capitalism. Read More »

Annie and Jon Burleigh

Annie and Jon Burleigh have been active in Connecticut-based charities for many years. Read More »

Bill Burnham

A consummate entrepreneur, Bill has extensive marketing and finance experience which he has been using to become deeply engaged with the nonprofit sector in our community. Read More »

Vernée Butterfield

Dr. Vernée Butterfield grew up and worked between New York, Connecticut and Bermuda, which provided a unique perspective of many educational systems. These experiences instilled in her a passion for and dedication to excellence in education, ensuring that all children are given an opportunity for global citizenry and responsibility. Read More »

Philip Butterfield

Philip Butterfield served as Chairman of HSBC Bank Of Bermuda from May 2012 to December 2015 and upon his return to the States, joined SVP in 2017. Read More »

Gene Celentano

Gene is a highly experienced oil and energy professional who had a 38-year tenure with Texaco International overseeing operations in more than 40 countries throughout the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, West Africa and Canada. Read More »

Ron Clarke

During his 30+ year-career in the insurance industry, Ron has continually demonstrated entrepreneurial success within a corporate environment. Read More »

Stephen Cowherd

Stephen Cowherd is a corporate attorney and member of the Connecticut law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC who focuses his practice in the areas of health care and administrative law. He has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, as well as before regulatory agencies. Read More »

Vicki Craver

Vicki joined SVP-CT in 2014 after learning about the organization through her work with the Board of Directors for Fairfield County's Community Foundation. A member of the FCCF board since 2009, Vicki became Chairman in 2013. Read More »

Laura Davis

Laura is a Managing Director at JPMorgan with over twenty years of experience advising individuals, families and foundations. She leads a team guiding clients on all aspects of wealth management including strategies for impactful philanthropy. Read More »

Peter Denious

Peter is an experienced private equity and venture capital advisor and investor most recently with Aberdeen Standard Investments. Read More »

Nancy Diamond

A not-for-profit arts producer, Nancy Diamond has presented theatre, film and dance in the tri-state area for more than 30 years. Read More »

Amy Chan Downer and Tony Downer

This dynamic duo were two of SVP-CT's founding Partners which isn’t surprising considering their active support and leading roles in many community organizations. Read More »

Dick Ferguson

Dick has been working as a volunteer, Board member and supporter of private, public and charter schools in Connecticut for over three decades. His involvement in the education sector is extensive and he brings a deep understanding of the issues related to the achievement gap to SVP Connecticut. Read More »

Gregory Flynn

Greg is an experienced leader and financial professional. In addition to his work in corporate finance, strategy and mergers and acquisitions, Greg has helped develop an online platform connecting aspiring collegiate golfers and collegiate golf coaches. Read More »

Rob Fried

Rob Fried is a musician, philanthropist, businessman, visionary, and co-architect/founder of Band Together CT, a musical enterprise that has helped raise over $3 million for local charities. Read More »

Shaun Gagnon

Shaun is a Partner and Managing Director at Cambridge Insurance Advisors focusing on employee benefits, executive benefits, high net worth planning and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. Read More »

Patrick Gentile

Through is work with several organizations, Pat has been instrumental in providing best in class co-educational STEM programs to more than 10,000 inner city youth in Bridgeport, South Norwalk and Stamford. Drawing upon his experience as a retired CFO and CPA, Pat also volunteers during tax season for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to provide free tax preparation to over 3,000 residents in our community. Read More »

Lindy Lee Gold

Lindy serves as a Senior Specialist with the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development and brings a deep knowledge of workforce development to SVP. Read More »

Gary Goldberg

Gary has an extensive background in public and private debt and equity investing as well as experience in manufacturing management and online travel technology. Read More »

Steven Goldstein

Steve is the CEO of audio innovation firm Amplifi media and is recognized as a thought leader in audio programming, marketing and management. He has created and developed successful radio brands around the country, and nurtured and advanced local and national broadcast talent. Read More »

Stacey Goodwin

As a daughter and granddaughter of teachers, Stacey believes in the transformational impact of education and related programs for children. Read More »

Virginia Gray

Virginia's passion is helping primary and secondary children to prepare for life and achieving their potential. Read More »

Andy Greenawalt

Andy is a highly successful tech entrepreneur and advocate of progress. A catalyst for change, Andy is an active supporter of entrepreneurship in Connecticut. Read More »

Mark Gudis

Over the last 30 years, Mark has been a partner, senior investment professional and senior executive at several of the world’s leading investment firms including SAC Capital Advisors, The Blackstone Group and General Electric Capital and currently is the Managing Partner for Backcast Partners Management, LLC. Read More »

Lisa Haas

Lisa brings more than 10 years of experience in grantmaking with The Community Fund of Darien to SVP. Currently she serves as the Grants Director. Read More »

JP Hernandez

JP learned about SVP by harnessing the power of the internet when a Google search about philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in Connecticut led him to our website. Read More »

Robin Hogen

Robin has more than 40 years of experience in corporate communications, foundation leadership, academic public affairs, brand management, and crisis communications. He has a record of developing powerful and cohesive strategies for leading brands, including Merck, United Technologies, Yale University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read More »

Margharet Hollander

After working on Wall Street and in the high fashion industry, Margharet became a third-generation health care provider after she returned to school to become an optician. Read More »

Paul Holzer

Paul Diego Holzer serves as Executive Director of Achieve Hartford!, an action-oriented, cross-sector collaborator focused on engaging the private sector to expand opportunity, improve effectiveness, and increase student success in Connecticut's capital city. Read More »

Alex Horton

Alex Horton is a founding member and a current partner of BRBG Insurance Agency in Shelton, CT. With over 20 years of insurance experience Alex has helped guide companies and individuals with their insurance needs. Read More »

Jeffrey Infusino

Recently retired from management consulting, Jeff has been deeply engaged with SVP from the start. He serves on the Investment Committee and the Partner strategy committees focused on workforce development and education, two key sectors of focus in SVP Connecticut's mission to close the opportunity gap. Read More »

Randi Infusino

Randi’s professional career has focused on educating and mentoring children and has largely focused on those with learning disabilities. Read More »

Karen Jenkins

Karen has over three decades of executive international NGO/nonprofit management experience and academic leadership. Currently she is a consultant supporting domestic and international organizations with unique missions that serve marginalized communities to help their boards expand institutional capacity and strategically create long-term, robust and sustainable resource development efforts. Read More »

Tripp Killin

Tripp is Executive Director of the Jeniam Foundation, a small family foundation based in Connecticut. With experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Tripp is well-versed in major donor development, operational management, evaluating proposals/grants and technology projects. Read More »

John S. King

John recently completed a 39-year career with Citigroup/Citibank where he worked in a variety of senior credit approver and risk management roles across several of the bank's corporate and high net worth individual lending businesses in the U.S. and overseas. Read More »

Tom Kreitler

Tom Kreitler is a Partner at Eaton Partners, a leading global fund placement agency, where he leads the hedge fund/public market strategies fundraising team. Read More »

Dawn Kreitler

Dawn's philanthropic passion is educating others in nutrition and empowering underserved children. Read More »

Chris Kunhardt

In September 2014, Chris concluded his 26-year tenure with J.P. Morgan Securities. Soon after he joined SVP to apply his financial management experience toward SVP’s goal of closing Connecticut’s opportunity gap. Read More »

Max Kupperberg

Max Kupperberg is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BA degree in philosophy. While in school, Max was the director of Concerned Students, an on-campus political action group which aimed to foster spaces in which faculty, administration, and students could work together to find comprehensive solutions to issues faced by the broader student body. Read More »

Adam Kurzer

A seasoned veteran of the financial industry, Adam brings more than 30 years of high yield/leveraged finance experience to his work with SVP. Read More »

Eiichiro Kuwana

Eiich has spent his career in the financial industry and has nearly 30 years of experience including stints at Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. before founding Cook Pine Capital with his wife, Yumi. Read More »

Yumi Kuwana

Inspired by her experience growing up in Japan and the United States and her struggle to embrace and appreciate both cultures, Yumi founded the Global Citizens Institute, a youth empowerment social enterprise, to provide effective global education for students from around the world. Read More »

Eileen Lavigne Flug

Eileen is an attorney practicing in Westport and serves as the appointed assistant town attorney for the Town of Westport. Deeply engaged in civic matters, Eileen served as an elected representative in the Westport town government for almost 12 years. Read More »

Adam Leapley

Adam has nearly 25 years’ experience in financial services and is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager Director with Morgan Stanley. From their experience raising an adult son on the Autism spectrum, Adam and his wife, Dedra, became passionate about using physical fitness to empower children with Autism and co-founded ASD Fitness Center a sensory-friendly facility that provides a safe fitness environment for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Read More »

Dan Levinson

Since earning his undergrad degree from Brown and MBA from Stanford, Dan has been in the private equity business, founding Main Street Resources in 1998. This experience has given Dan a firm grounding in launching and executing complex human-scale transactions and opportunities. Read More »

Shannon Marimon

Shannon has worked in PK-12 and higher education for almost two decades. As a native of Connecticut, she is committed to narrowing the state’s achievement and opportunity gaps and raising academic outcomes for all students through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building. Read More »

Marianna Kulak McCall

Marianna believes every child deserves the right to reach their full potential and is dedicated to providing high-quality, developmental early education for underserved children. Read More »

Mark McCall

Mark McCall is a Managing Director of Lime Rock Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on the upstream oil and gas sectors. Recently he returned from a leave of absence from the firm to accept a Presidential appointment, serving as the Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Obama administration. Read More »

Scot Melland

Scot is an Internet and digital media CEO and board member with over 20 years of experience in consumer and B2B services, online advertising, M&A and strategy. Now looking to expand his philanthropic impact, Scot's experience with a nonprofit work development organization is being leveraged by SVP-CT's developing focus on youth unemployment. Read More »

Arthur Mintzer

With nearly 30 years of experience in corporate technology roles, Arthur has a passion for helping organizations by ensuring their technology and business operations are optimized to help them achieve their mission and vision. Read More »

Amy Orenstein

Amy has a professional background in management consulting and is the co-founder of a start-up firm, Opine, which provides consulting services for small businesses. Read More »

James K. Page

James is a transformational leader who has a keen passion for the enhancement of student learning and development. He has been a professor at the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business University of Bridgeport since 2015 and was appointed Undergraduate Program Director and Lead Academic Advisor in February 2018. Read More »

Penny Pearlman

Penny Pearlman is an accomplished motivational speaker, business consultant and seminar leader who helps individuals and organizations develop strategies for success. Read More »

Allison Peyton

An experienced social worker, Allison is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem with the Child Advocates of Connecticut. Read More »

Bill Phillips

Bill brings more than 15-years experience in state-level advocacy and politics to SVP Connecticut as well as a deep understanding of the education sector. Read More »

Jamilah Prince-Stewart

Jamilah is the founding Executive Director of FaithActs for Education, a grassroots community organizing nonprofit based in Bridgeport. Founded in October 2014, FaithActs is more than 400 members and 50 churches strong and works to build power with faith leader and their congregations to improve educational opportunities in Bridgeport. Read More »

Michelle Reichenbach

Michelle is a Corporate Social Responsibility professional at Marriott International, where she serves as President of the TakeCare Relief Fund, Inc., a charitable organization that makes need-based grants available to Marriott employees who are impacted by a natural disaster or personal hardship. Read More »

Stephen Ristau

For over 40 years, Stephen Ristau has been a nonprofit executive, social innovator, organizational consultant and professional coach/mentor. He is also an SVP veteran having served on the staff of SVP Portland for several years running their Encore program, providing a transitional pathway for seasoned professionals wishing to contribute to the greater good by matching them with nonprofits in need of professional expertise. Read More »

Jill and Tom Robey

Jill and Tom's professional experiences span the financial, education, technology, media, and telecom industries. Both have been very active in their community and share a mutual interest in education issues and organizations. Read More »

Michael Sandifer

Michael Sandifer has focused much of his professional and personal efforts in advocacy and working to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable. Read More »

Nestor Sawicki

Nestor Sawicki is an accomplished global finance professional in the financial and business services industries with expertise in Latin America, European, Asian and North American markets. Read More »

Everett Schenk

After beginning his banking career at Chemical Bank, Everett concluded a long and successful 23-year tenure with BNP Paribas when he retired in 2012 as the CEO of Corporate and Investment Banking for North America Region of BNP Paribas SA. Everett’s active areas of philanthropic interest include land preservation, youth education, and job training activities, Read More »

Barry Schwimmer

Drawing upon his successful career in private equity, Barry's most recent work has centered upon supporting start-up and small businesses with a goal of increasing job growth an economic development in Connecticut. Read More »

Eric Seidman

Eric Seidman has more than 25 years of food industry experience. Currently, he consults with food manufacturers and distributors on a range of projects including product development, strategy, branding, sales and marketing. Read More »

Robert J. Smith

Robert joined SVP Connecticut as a founding Partner after he concluded a 21-year tenure with Glencore, Ltd., a leading integrated producer and marketer of commodities. A man of many SVP hats, Robert is a member of SVP-CT's Executive Board and chairs our Investment Committee. Read More »

Tanya Rhodes Smith

Tanya's experience in policy development, nonprofit administration, team management, community organizing and legislative advocacy is a great fit for engaging with SVP Connecticut. Read More »

Christina Smith

A Bridgeport, Connecticut native who has lived in London, New York, and San Francisco among other places, Christina returned to Bridgeport with a passion not only for community development, but the desire to be part of making Bridgeport a place that people love to be! Christina says she pursued graduate studies "with the specific aim of returning to Bridgeport to make my hometown better and restore it to its former glory!" Read More »

Christie Stewart

Christie brings over 15 years of leadership experience in both the media and nonprofit sectors to her current role as policy director at the Fairfield County Center for Housing Opportunity where she leads a multi-sector, regional initiative to advance housing opportunity throughout Fairfield County. Read More »

Eric Stone

Eric's love for business led him to a long and illustrious career at Enterprise Holdings, a global leader in the transportation service industry. Eric began his career as a management trainee in 1992 and quickly rose through the company, culminating with his appointment as Regional Vice President of the Southern New England region, a position he held until his retirement in September 2018. Read More »

Michael Storz

Michael Storz is President of Chapel Haven Inc., an organization focused on teaching people with autism spectrum disorders and those with mild cognitive disabilities the skills to live independently in the community. Read More »

Michael Van Leesten

Michael Van Leesten is the Director of Pathfinder Hopkins School, an academic enrichment program. Concurrently, he is the Director of Community Development and a mathematics teacher at Hopkins School in New Haven. Read More »

Kerri Vilaverde

Having long been a “check writer”, Kerri has always been looking for the right place to make a positive impact. Read More »

Robert Wechsler

Rob has had multiple careers that have spanned the legal, publishing, nonprofit and campaign finance sectors. Read More »

James Weitzman

Currently the Director of Business Development and Sales at Cockroach Labs, the SQL database for global cloud services, James brings a background in venture capital, software businesses and tech start-ups to SVP Connecticut. Read More »

Ted Yang

Ted is an active digital start-up angel investor and advisor with more than 15 years of experience in the capital markets industry. Currently he is the CTO and Founder of MediaCrossing, Inc. an independent digital media trading partner serving publishers, marketers and agencies. Read More »

We are tremendously grateful for our community of Partners.

Your time and talent, your generosity, your drive for something better… these are the roots of transformation – for individuals, for organizations, for our community. Thank you.

 

Emily Aber and Robert Wechsler
Dorothy Adams
Susan Adamsen
Craig Adler
David Allon
Seth and Marjorie Almansi
Alycia and Bruce Angus
Mark and Paula Argosh
Craig Barney
John and Dot Bergen
Roy Berger
David Berkowitz
Jill Bicks
Larry Bingaman
Andy Boas
Karen Brown
Jon and Annie Burleigh
Bill and Alice Burnham
Verneé Butterfield
Philip Butterfield
Ken Campbell
Lauren Caplan
Virginia Cargill
Gene Celentano
Andy Greenawalt and Jennifer Christo
Ron Clarke
Gary and Carolyn Cohen
Kevin and Diane Connolly
Stephen Cowherd
Vicki Craver
Laura and Dean Davis
Peter Denious
Jeffrey Mayer and Nancy Diamond
Nick Donofrio
Tony and Amy Downer
Dick Ferguson
Courtney Fero
Eileen Lavigne Flug
Gregory Flynn
Patrick and Anne Marie Fox
Linda Franciscovich
Rob and Diane Fried
Shaun and Natalie Gagnon
Patrick and Teresa Gentile
Ron and Jennifer Gerber
Lisa Gilmore
Lindy Lee Gold
Gary Goldberg
Steve and Jennifer Goldstein
Stacey Goodwin
Virginia Gray
Jill Greenberg and Mitchell Lester
Howard and Joyce Greene
Lynn Grossman
Mark and MaryGrace Gudis
Jonathan and Lisa Haas
JP Hernandez
Robin Hogen
Margharet Hollander
Jonathan and Julie Hollenberg
Paul Holzer
Alex Horton
Jeffrey and Randi Infusino
Karen Jenkins
Kendall and Don Kendall
Tripp Killin
John King
Bruce and Linda Koe
Tom and Dawn Kreitler
Chris Kunhardt
Robin Levey and Max Kupperberg
Adam Kurzer
Eiichiro and Yumi Kuwana
Liz Lazarus
Adam and Dedra Leapley
Rob Leighton and Maureen Weaver
Dan Levinson
Shannon Marimón
Elaine Marino
Mark and Marianna McCall
David McCullough
Scot Melland
Arthur and Martha Mintzer
Maria Mojica
Lisa Moore
Courtney Murphy
Amy Orenstein
James Page
Gene and Bernie Park
Penny Pearlman
John and Allison Peyton
Bill Phillips
Jamilah Prince-Stewart and Kole Mascoll
Michelle Reichenbach
Stephen Ristau
Jill and Tom Robey
Tim Roof
Robert and Heather Salaga
Michael Sandifer
Nestor Sawicki
Everett Schenk
Barry Schwimmer
Eric and Leslie Seidman
Sylvia Shepard
Bob and Lisa Schultz
Jim and Cathy Smith
Robert and Tanya Smith
Christina Smith
Brian and Christie Stewart
Eric Stone
Michael Storz
Catherine Sullivan DeCarlo
Michael Van Leesten and Kate McConnell
Kerri Vilaverde
Paul and Bhavana Vosper
Robert and Emily Wechsler
Gayle Weinstein
James Weitzman
Richard Wenning
Ted and Christine Yang
Lawrence Zlatkin

In Memoriam

We honor those SVP Partners who have passed. 

Maureen Zlatkin

 

Friends of SVP

We are grateful for the financial support of these friends of SVP Connecticut:

BeFoundation
Chevron Matching Employee Fund
GE Capital Foundation
Grossman Family Foundation
Mark Henson
Jeniam Foundation
Kendall Family Foundation
The David and Patricia Porter Fund