As a volunteer-driven organization, Person-to-Person operates with a staff of 24 full- and part-time professionals, which includes 8 casework staff.

Senior Staff

Ceci Maher, Executive Director

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 since 2005. Ceci is a member of the Advisory Boards for Norwalk ACTS, Stamford Cradle to Career and Volunteer Square, 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 oversees finance including budgeting, cash flow and financial reporting as well as human resources and technology. Elizabeth began working for P2P in 2012 as a consultant and became the COO in May, 2015. She has a strong background in finance with previous work experience in Private Banking in Manhattan and Richmond VA. In addition, she has numerous years of volunteer experience including as past president of the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County, the board of The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival as well as many other organizations in the Fairfield area. Elizabeth received both her MBA and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Richmond.

Tracy Cramer, Director of Philanthropy

Tracy brings 10 years of non-profit experience as a Development Director to this new role at P2P.  Tracy, who will focus on Donor Stewardship and Strategic Planning, joined P2P from Keep America Beautiful where she was the Development Director with special responsibility for corporate gifts and sponsorships. Previously, Tracy has held development positions with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Habitat for Humanity in Austin, TX and in New York, NY, which have uniquely equipped her with experience in major gift fundraising, corporate engagement and sponsorship, strategic and tactical planning, Board and volunteer relations, communications, and marketing, including direct response marketing programs and social media. Tracy holds Masters in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation and a BA in Art History and spent the first twelve years of her career as an urban planner.

Alison de Lavis, Director of Development Operations

Alison joined the Development Office at P2P in 2016. She is responsible for managing the operational aspects of the development office including grant-writing and database management.  Alison has spent most of her working life (in the UK and the US) with not-for-profit organizations in theater, music, education and humanitarian aid. Before joining P2P, she was the Program Director for AFEDJ - a humanitarian aid organization serving Israel, Palestine and Jordan.  Previously, Alison was the Executive Director of the Early Music Network and the Head of Marketing and Communication for Sheffield’s Crucible Theatres. Alison has also been a guest lecturer in Arts Management, has developed nonprofit board training programs, designed and run audience-based market research and has served as a peer tutor in the not-for-profit space.

Lauren Franciamore, Director of Social Services

Lauren Franciamore supervises the Person-to-Person Casework staff and oversees the implementation and success of the agency’s Emergency Assistance program. She joined Person-to-Person as Director of Social Services in 2017. Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), who is also SIFI certified. She came to P2P from Community Centers, Inc., in Greenwich, where she worked for 10 years, first as a social worker and then, since 2014, as its Executive Director. Prior to Community Centers, Inc., Lauren served as a Residential Psychology Specialist with the YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network. Her earlier experience includes service as a social work intern at Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial Center, Prospect House Homeless Shelter, and Family & Children’s Agency. Lauren received her Masters in Social Work from New York University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Sacred Heart University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Staff

Kim Collibee, Manager of Technology and Programs

Kim joined Person-to-Person in February 2014 as Executive Assistant/Office Manager. In July of 2016, she was promoted to Manager of Technology and Programs. In this role, Kim is responsible for the Scholarship Program, helps manage the Campership Program and maintains the Salesforce database. Additionally, she oversees IT and technology systems for the Darien and Norwalk offices. Prior to joining P2P Kim worked in book publishing and market research. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and a minor in photography.

Marie Cartagena, Darien Site Manager

Troy Ellen Dixon, 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. 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.

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.

Rick Nixon, Food Center Manager

Teresa Smelser, Darien Assistant Site Manager

Kelly Wheeler, Development Officer

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.

Marcelo Astudillo, Stamford Driver & Delivery Services Coordinator

Steve Callow, Norwalk Driver & Delivery Services Coordinator

Eric Capina, Darien Site Support Associate

Jean Moore, Development Database Manager

Jessica St. Angelo, Finance Associate

Casework Staff

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.

Deborah Arrieta, Caseworker

  • Full-time since 2017
  • Darien office
  • Elite Technical School (Lima, Peru); Norwalk Community College
  • Experience includes work as HIV prevention specialist and serving as assistant director at New Covenant House
  • Speaks English and Spanish

Kislene Bosse Belizaire, Caseworker

  • Full-time since 2018
  • P2P Mobile Food Pantry (Stamford)
  • A.S. Degree Candidate, Housatonic Community College
  • Experience includes community health care, skills instructor for people with disabilities and patient care
  • Speaks English and Haitian Creole

Ana Luisa Crivorot, Casework Admin Coordinator

  • Full-time since 2017
  • Darien office
  • MA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • MSW Candidate, New York University
  • Experience includes work with victims of domestic violence and child abuse and children with special needs
  • Certified as a Rape Crisis Advocate and to conduct terrorism vulnerability assessments
  • Speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and conversational French

Natasha Ducasse, Caseworker

  • Full-time since 2010
  • Darien office
  • BGS, University of Connecticut
  • Experience includes work as a residential case manager and an inpatient psychiatric counselor
  • Certified AIDS counselor and Domestic Violence counselor
  • Speaks English, French and Haitian Creole

Claudine Jean-Baptiste, Caseworker

  • Full-time since 2014
  • Norwalk office
  • MSW, Fordham University
  • Experience includes work with people having intellectual disabilities, mental disorders and developmental disabilities, at-risk youth and the elderly
  • Speaks English and Haitian Creole

Damone Johnson, Caseworker

  • Full-time since 2015
  • Darien and Norwalk offices
  • BA (Psychology), University of Pennsylvania
  • Experience includes work providing child welfare services for at-risk youth and academic enrichment opportunities for inner-city youth
  • Speaks English and conversational Spanish

Darcy Burgund, Volunteer Caseworker

  • Part-time since 1995
  • Darien office
  • More than 30 years of experience as a P2P and community volunteer
  • Focused on Emergency Assistance including eviction prevention, utility payments, food certifications

Board 2017-2018

Victoria de Toledo, President
Kaysie Uniacke, Vice President
Chris Whitney, Treasurer
Clare Kretzman, Secretary
Sheryl Battles
Bill Bradley
Steven Chin
Kim Dickinson
Pam Dysenchuk
Jen Forlizzi
Amy Gold
Michael Hyman
Jackie Leonard
Daniel Lota
Liz Mackie
Tina Madon
Valerie McNeil
Mike Riccardi
Virgil Williams
Betsy Wilson

Directors Emeriti
Wilder Gleason
Judy Kilmartin
Judy Nemec
Patricia Phillips
Jan Smith
William Taggart
Rebecca Wilson

Ex Officio:  Ceci Maher