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 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 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 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.
Pat Cage, In-Kind Manager
Pat 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.
Callie M. Jayne, Norwalk Site Manager
Callie is responsible for all operational matters at the Norwalk office, including volunteer management, shift scheduling and Food Pantry inventory. Having recently served as a Masters-candidate Intern at Person-to-Person in Darien, Callie contributed to a variety of projects across all departments – most notably as a key participant in development of a robust online resource for individuals to search volunteer opportunities and schedule volunteer shifts at the Darien and Norwalk offices. Callie is completing a Masters of Human Services in Nonprofit Management at Post University.
James Cook, Driver Services
Elizabeth Finn, Finance Associate
Kathy Jacobs, Furniture Program Coordinator
Kat McDermott, Development Officer
Sean O’Grady, Norwalk Assistant Site Manager
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 and is supported by a program assistant.
Darcy Burgund, Volunteer Caseworker
Natasha Ducasse, Caseworker
Sarah Faeth, Casework Associate
Berthine Jean-Baptiste, Caseworker
Kimberly Johnson, Caseworker
Anthony Montero, Caseworker
Katherine Velez, Caseworker