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, positioning the agency for growth in delivery of services and programs to a larger geographic area in Fairfield County. She instituted standards and practices to professionalize the agency, technology to collect data to provide outcomes, while at the same time increasing marketplace awareness of the P2P mission and corresponding achievements among key constituencies. A Stamford native, Ceci is a Licensed Master Social Worker with experience in leadership, long-range planning, program development, evaluation, fundraising and marketing. Her first career was in fashion marketing in NYC and involved product development in Asia and Europe. Post graduate school, Ceci was a clinical social worker at Four Winds Hospital working with children and youth, and served as Executive Director of Horizons National Student Enrichment Program for five years. A graduate of University of Massachusetts and Columbia University School of Social Work, Ceci has been the P2P Executive Director for 11 years. Ceci is a member of the Advisory Boards for Norwalk ACTS, Volunteer Square, and Community Plates, and a college coach/mentor for a student in the Wilton A Better Chance (ABC) program. She has completed the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and professional training at the Stanford Social Innovation Nonprofit Management Institute and the Harvard Business School Executive Education program.
Elizabeth P. Finn, Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth is in charge of Finance, Human Resources and Technology. Elizabeth worked for P2P for two-and-a-half years as the Finance Associate before assuming her current position. She has a strong background in Finance with previous work experience in Private Banking in Manhattan and Richmond VA. Elizabeth received both her MBA and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Richmond. She currently resides in Fairfield.
Janet King, Director of Volunteers
Janet 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.
Gayle Paquin, Director of Social Services
Gayle supervises the casework staff and oversees the implementation and success of the Person-to-Person Emergency Assistance program. She holds a Licensed Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and is an Andrus Scholar. She has worked in various agencies within the social services field including the Department of Social Services, the Department of Children and Families and non-profits including the Volunteer Center of United Way and Catholic Charities. Gayle has extensive experience working in emergency services for children, families and older adults and was a Social Services Program Manager in the Medicaid Waiver Unit prior to coming to Person-to-Person. She has a strong background in community social work and outreach.
Sophie Neumann, Darien Site Manager
Sophie joined Person-to-Person in June 2015. She is responsible for operational matters at the Darien site, ensuring that the Food Pantry, Reception and Clothing Center are operating effectively on a daily basis. Sophie is also responsible for volunteer management, shift scheduling and Food Pantry inventory as well as working with the community to organize food drives and in-kind donations. Prior to joining P2P, Sophie worked in development and fundraising. She graduated from Fairfield University with a BA in Communication.
Susan Zelman, Norwalk Site Manager
Susan joined Person-to-Person in July 2015. She is responsible for operational matters at the Norwalk office, including volunteer management, shift scheduling and Food Pantry inventory. Prior to joining P2P, Susan was regional coordinator of a student-to-student tutoring network and has over 20 years’ experience in the market research industry. She continues to be actively involved in school and community organizations, as a fundraiser organizer, event coordinator and communications specialist. She graduated from St. John’s University with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and currently lives in Norwalk with her husband and two boys.
Christian Mendoza, Norwalk Assistant Site Manager
Christian joined Person-to-Person in April 2016. He works directly with the Norwalk Site Manager to coordinate operational matters, including volunteer management, Food Pantry inventory and ordering, database entry and upkeep, and in-kind donations for the Norwalk office. Prior to joining P2P, Christian worked both on a professional and personal level with the adult and youth immigrant population in the greater Stamford area, and has experience in program development and management, operational management, and volunteer coordination. Before joining the staff, his passion for the P2P mission led him to volunteer as a Youth Group Advisor for the P2P Norwalk Youth Group starting in May of 2015. He graduated from Norwalk Community College with an AA in Liberal Arts.
Troy Ellen Dixon, Head of Marketing & Communications
A marketing professional with experience across a variety of industries, Troy Ellen is responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive communication strategy for P2P across all audience segments and in support of all marketplace initiatives. Having established a successful consulting practice with a non-profit focus and client roster that included AmeriCares and St. Luke’s LifeWorks (Inspirica), 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, increase market share and maximize ROI. She has 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.
Pam Ha-Stevenson, Development Database Assistant
Sarah Muecke, Finance Associate
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 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 and is supported by a casework associate.
Darcy Burgund, Volunteer Caseworker
Natasha Ducasse, Caseworker
Sarah Faeth, Caseworker
Boris Gonzalez, Casework Program Assistant
Claudine Jean-Baptiste, Caseworker
Damone Johnson, Caseworker
Kimberly Johnson, Caseworker
Mary Sullivan, Caseworker
Katherine Velez, Norwalk Casework Site Supervisor