James G. Williamson
A native of Rochester, New York, Jim Williamson assumed his current position as President for the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, Inc. in September 2004. Jim brings to this position almost 40 years of development & nonprofit management experience, having served extensively in the United Way Movement as President of three different local United Ways in Ohio, Massachusetts and New York. Additionally, he has also been a member of the national staffs of both United Way of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Jim is the Foundation’s Chief Professional Officer and principal community representative. He works closely with our Board of Directors and assists them in creating and implementing CFGNB’s Strategic Plan.
Ann Bova, M.P.A.
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Ann joined the Foundation in April 2004. She works with current and prospective donors to help them identify and carry out their charitable goals. She also cultivates and maintains relationships with attorneys, accountants, wealth advisors and other professional advisors so as to assist their clients with charitable gift planning. A New Britain native, Ann brings to her position almost 40 years of development and nonprofit professional experience, including United Ways in Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee and Connecticut, the former Visiting Nurse Association of Central CT and other nonprofits. Her education includes a Master of Public Administration from the University of Hartford.
Director of Administration
Cheryl joined the Foundation in April 2000. In July 2011 she assumed responsibility for office administration, scholarship administration, and for maintaining the Foundation's database and website pages. Cheryl interfaces with all Foundation staff to provide a high level of customer service to our donors and other constituents. She was previously responsible for Donor Relations for 11 years. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cheryl was a long-time employee of The Stanley Works, where she served as the Contributions and Community Affairs Specialist. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph College in West Hartford.
Kaylah J. Smith
Program & Scholarship Associate
Kaylah joined the Foundation in March, 2013 and was promoted to her current title in 2014. Kaylah is now responsible for all Foundation community response grantmaking, and will continue to assist with management of the Foundation’s scholarship program, Community Sponsorship Awards, and Catalyst Fund. She also provides grantmaking support to the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation. Kaylah is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, where she worked in the Dean’s Office of the Ammon School of Arts and Sciences and with the CCSU Alumni Association.
Robert S. Trojanowski
Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer
Bob joined the Foundation in September 2011 after nearly 20 years of executive level financial management at St. Vincent's Health Services, Bridgeport, Connecticut. While there, he was the CFO for several of their affiliated corporations with both financial and operational duties, overseeing budgets of over $20 million annually. At the Foundation, Bob assumes responsibility for the Foundation's Endowment, together with overseeing day-to-day operations and programs. He works with the Board and several committees to support the mission of the organization. Bob's educational achievements include a B.S. Accounting, M.B.A. Finance and a Jurist Doctorate degree.
Chris joined the Foundation in November 2004 and oversees the financial administration of the organization. She is the principal communicator for financial matters and staffs the Audit and Finance and Investment Committees. Chris works with all agencies and donors to provide financial reports and other fund accounting information. She is a graduate of Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire.
Director of Community Initiatives
Joeline joined the Foundation in November 1997 as Director of Program, responsible for managing managing the Foundation's comprehensive grant program. In 2014, she was promoted to Director of Community Initiatives, responsible for leading the effort to research and identify new issues and roles for the Foundation within its service area. This new position will prove key to the Board of Directors’ current review of the Community Foundation’s strategic agenda, and in ultimately carrying out that agenda. Joeline is also responsible for managing the Foundation's First Year's First Early Childhood Initiative and serves on the Blueprint Leadership Team for New Britain's Early Childhood Initiative. She provides expertise and support to the Foundation's Catalyst Fund and the Community Initiatives Committee.
Coalition for New Britain's Children
Interim Project Manager
Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington
Mary E. Yuskis, Ed.D