As a volunteer-driven organization, Person-to-Person operates with a staff of 23 full- and part-time professionals, which includes seven caseworkers.
Ceci Maher, Executive Director
Under Ceci’s leadership, Person-to-Person has experienced a significant increase in budget – from $4.5MM in 2005 to $10.5MM in 2014, positioning the agency for growth in delivery of services and programs to a larger geographic area in Fairfield County. Her key accomplishments include identifying the national trend toward and then transitioning the P2P Emergency Food Pantry to a self-service model; managing a comprehensive assessment of the agency that increased operational efficiencies through the establishment of an outcome-focused approach to strategic planning, performance management, and day-to-day administration; meeting a $400,000 capital campaign goal in the midst of a recession with no decrease in annual giving; working with Board Presidents to transition the board into a governance and fundraising body; and leading the agency’s expansion into Norwalk by merging with an existing social service agency to bring the emergency assistance capabilities and resources of P2P to people in Norwalk, Weston, Westport and Wilton. Ceci instituted standards and practices to professionalize the agency, at the same time increasing marketplace awareness of the P2P mission and corresponding achievements among key constituencies. A Stamford native, Ceci is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work and a Licensed Master Social Worker.
Dan Gurvich, Chief Operating Officer
Dan Gurvich oversees Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, IT and Facilities for Person-to-Person. He was previously the founding CFO for Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, an advanced veterinary medical center in Stamford, CT. Dan has extensive experience with financial analysis, strategic planning, and development of organizational infrastructure. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo, and holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.
Janet King, Director of Volunteers
Janet King is responsible for the recruitment, training, and supervision of Person-to-Person’s volunteers. To ensure the efficient running of the agency, she coordinates volunteer schedules, conducts training, and liaises with the community to attract new volunteers; both individuals and community groups. Janet was Director of Member Services at Western Athletic Clubs, San Francisco, CA and worked with Esprit de Corp and Brooks Brothers in New York, NY. Janet is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in business administration and marketing.
Marina Thomas, Director of Social Services
Marina Thomas supervises the casework staff and oversees the implementation and success of Person-to-Person’s Emergency Assistance program. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked with social service agencies in the greater Stamford area for many years. Marina has a strong background in program development and management and has extensive counseling experience working with individuals and families. She received her BA from Dickinson College and an MA in Community Counseling from Fairfield University. Marina has been with Person-to-Person for more than 10 years.
Diane Reese Tucker, Director of Development
Diane Reese Tucker is responsible for developing and implementing Person-to-Person’s fundraising initiatives. Diane has been engaged in philanthropic fundraising and development activities for charitable and tax-exempt organizations as a board member, officer, and volunteer throughout her career. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and received her J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Law. Diane pursued a legal career in Pennsylvania and internationally prior to focusing on philanthropy. She joined Person-to-Person more than 6 years ago. Diane is past-president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Fairfield Chapter.
Pat Cage, In-Kind Manager
Pat Cage joined Person-to-Person in June 2012 on a part-time basis following nearly 4 years as a volunteer with the agency. For more than 20 years, she had a career in advertising and marketing management, both nationally and internationally. She travelled extensively and throughout her career she was active with charitable endeavors. She is fluent in both the English and Spanish languages. She has a BS in Business Administration/Marketing from California State University, Northridge.
Troy Ellen Dixon, Head of Marketing & Communications
A marketing professional with experience across a variety of industries, Troy Ellen established a successful consulting practice with a non-profit focus and client roster that included AmeriCares and St. Luke’s LifeWorks (Inspirica). During that time, she provided marketing counsel to and developed communication initiatives for the Westport Weston Family Y capital campaign, and developed and implemented strategic marketing initiatives for Person-to-Person – including the Helping Hands capital campaign. With capabilities that include branding/positioning and strategic planning, direct marketing, press and publicity, copywriting and conceptual design, and web design/development, Troy Ellen has demonstrated success in design and implementation of initiatives that establish marketplace presence, expand customer base, increase market share and maximize ROI, and a proven ability to translate strategic vision into effective business-building initiatives, thoughtful marketing solutions and meaningful communication efforts. Troy Ellen holds a BA from the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College.
Ed Kearns, Site Manager at Person-to-Person Norwalk
Ed Kearns joined Person-to-Person as a volunteer in 2012, and has since joined the full-time staff as the Site Manager of the Norwalk location. Ed holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Pace University. Having worked for 25 years in the financial services industry, Ed is applying his diverse managerial and communicational skills as well as his passion for community to a career the social services industry. Ed is responsible for oversight of volunteers and operations at the Person-to-Person Norwalk location.
Danielle Jean-Guillaume Sittol, Program Manager for Children, Youth, and Education
Danielle joined Person-to-Person in March 2014 to serve as the Program Manager for Camperships and Scholarships. She brings a varied set of skills to her position acquired from her diverse professional and academic background. After earning a degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, Danielle worked as a research scientist in academic and pharmaceutical environments. Throughout her development and career she has always served as a volunteer in social services, healthcare, and educational settings. She earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut and was a New York City Teaching Fellow. Danielle earned an MST in secondary mathematics education from Pace University and has taught in several urban schools in New York and Connecticut.
James Cook, Driver Services
Kat DiCerto, Development Officer
Elizabeth Finn, Finance Associate
Carrie Fossella, Database Manager
Kathy Jacobs, Furniture Program Coordinator
The casework model at Person-to-Person uses the team approach, which combines extensive professional experience and collaborative energy to meet the immediate and long-term needs of our Emergency Assistance clients at our offices in Darien and Norwalk. Working together under the guidance of the Director of Social Services, the paid staff includes bilingual caseworkers, Master’s level social workers and a Master’s level Licensed Professional Counselor. The team also includes a volunteer caseworker with more than 25 years of experience at the agency.
Darcy Burgund, Volunteer Caseworker
Natasha Ducasse, Caseworker
Berthine Jean-Baptiste, Caseworker
Kimberly Johnson, Caseworker
Anthony Montero, Caseworker
Marie Paredes, Caseworker
Katherine Velez, Caseworker
Christine Seid, Administrative Assistant