Board of Directors

CT Nonprofits is a membership organization presided over by a volunteer board of directors.

Directors act as fiduciaries focused on policy development and fiscal oversight. The Board appoints and supervises the Executive Director who is responsible for the day to day management of the organization.

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is proud to have such a diverse and accomplished group of nonprofit professionals on our Board of Directors. 


Click here for the board member nomination form.

CT Nonprofits Bylaws

Board Officers

Peter DeBiasi
The Access Community Action Agency

Vice President
Deborah Ullman

YWCA Hartford Region

Michael Sandner, Esq.
Hartford Seminary

Carla Weil

Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund

Board Members

Paul Ballasy, CohnReznick

Douglas DeCerbo, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford
Liz Dupont-Diehl, America Graduates - Hartford Consortium for Higher Education
Kimberly Fontaine, Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority

Robert Francis, Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP)

Denis Geary, Jewish Association for Community Living

Margaret Hann, The Bridge Family Center

David Nee, (retired) formerly of  William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Lois Nesci, Center for Human Development
Luis Perez, Mental Health Association of CT., Inc.

Maureen Price-Boreland, Community Partners in Action

Gary Starr, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Yanil Teron, Center for Latino Progress
Cathy Zeiner, Safe Futures (formerly Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut)


Directors' Responsibilities

1. Understanding and applying the organization's mission, by-laws and policies.

2. Establishing the vision and values of the organization by overseeing and participating in the development of a periodically updated "strategic plan" and by reaching agreement on the broad policies necessary to implement it.

3. Contributing to the organization's financial health through fiscal oversight and resource development.

4. Attending and participating in board meetings and other events designed to strengthen the board and enhance its members' knowledge and skills.

5. Hiring and evaluating the executive director.

6. Avoiding any potential conflicts of interest between one's personal or business life and one's fiduciary duties.

7. Keeping confidential information confidential.

8. Representing CT Nonprofits in the community so as to increase support for the organization's mission.

Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards:

Duty of Care: The duty of care that an ordinary prudent person would exercise in a like position and under similar circumstances.

Duty of Loyalty: The duty of loyalty is a standard of faithfulness; a board member should give undivided allegiance when making decisions affecting the organization.

Duty of Obedience: The duty of obedience requires board members to be faithful to the organization’s mission. They are not permitted to act in a way that is inconsistent with the central goals of the organization.