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.
Director of Development
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
Kaylah joined the Foundation in March 2013 as the new administrative assistant. A recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University, she brings with her experience from the Dean’s Office of the Ammon School of Arts and Sciences and the CCSU Alumni Association Phonathon. Her responsibilities include providing a wide range of administrative, clerical, and operational support to all staff in order to help facilitate the philanthropic mission of the Foundation.
Robert S. Trojanowski
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 Program
Joeline joined the Foundation in November 1997 and is responsible for managing its comprehensive grant program. She serves as a resource to local nonprofits by providing technical assistance on grant applications, helping to leverage other sources of funding and supporting the implementation programs that improve the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. 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, Community Initiatives Committee and The Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, a supporting organization of the Foundation.
New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative
Victoria Whaley, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington