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Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
(CT Nonprofits)
75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1 - 100 (Building 1)
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: 860-525-5080
Fax: 860-525-5088

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Media Contact:

Jennifer Peifer
Director of Communications
(860) 525-5080 x 1029

Interview Resources




Patrick Johnson, Jr.

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1022

Interim Executive Director


Johnson is the former CEO of Oak Hill, the largest provider of comprehensive community based services for people with disabilities in Connecticut with 110 sites in 59 towns. In addition to his leadership at Oak Hill, Johnson served as director of Catholic Charities/Catholic Family Services, treasurer of the ANCOR Foundation and co-chair of the Nonprofit Human Service Alliance (formerly the “Cabinet”). Johnson is also a registered lobbyist and is among the founders of the CT Council of Family Service Agencies. He has worked in the Hartford area for over 45 years and has served in a leadership capacity on numerous volunteer boards in Connecticut and has a national reputation in nonprofit management.

Johnson holds an undergraduate degree from CCSU and a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He is an adjunct faculty member of the UCONN Graduate School of Social Work.


Colleen Kearney

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1026

Public Policy Specialist    

Children's Council; Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Connecticut Association of Substance Abuse Agencies (CASAA)

Colleen joins the CT Nonprofits team after several years of working with children and youth both in schools and the community.  Prior to joining CT Nonprofits, Colleen coordinated the Community Education & Prevention Department for The Center for Women and Families, a domestic and sexual violence prevention nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families and preventing abuse.

In her role, Colleen provides advocacy and support to the Behavioral Health and Children & Youth Services Sectors.

Colleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University and attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she received a Master’s degree in Public Administration.


Joshua Lipshitz

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1014

Director of Membership & Business Development

Manage member and endorsed vendor relationships; Member fourms.

Josh joins CT Nonprofits with over ten years of experience performing development and fundraising work for a variety of nonprofit organizations. He brings his skills and passion for non-profit work to his role at CT Nonprofits, where he will manage relationships with member organizations and corporate partners.
Josh has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Stony Brook University in New York and an M.B.A in Non-Profit/Human Services Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Prior to CT Nonprofits, Josh was the Director of Development for the Jewish High School of Connecticut and before that was the Development Manager for the Hospice of the Nature Coast in North Central Florida. He enjoys sports, music, camping, cooking and spending time with his wife, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Tashyana Lowe-Chin

Tashyana Lowe-Chin

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1028

Database and Office Administrator

Membership database; graphic design; office management.

Tashyana Lowe-Chin joined CT Nonprofits in July of 2013 as its database and office administrator. She came to us with several years experience in campaign processing and office management with Pioneer Valley United Way. She has become an invaluable member of our team. Tashyana holds a degree in graphic design which enables CT Nonprofits to create all of its design work in-house. Tashyana is a native of Springfield, MA, and enjoys the commute to work crossing the state line each day! She is a dedicated mother and a passionate individual who's quirky sense of humor fits in nicely with our team.

Karen Maciorowski

Karen Maciorowski

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1024
Chief Operating/Financial Officer

Membership Development, Product Marketing, Annual Conference, Human Resources Forum, Finance Directors Forum, Finance and Operations - Nonprofit Center

Accounting is in her blood...after countless years of studying accounting, working for her family’s accounting firm, and volunteering in her community, Karen found a way to combine her two passions: Finance and Nonprofit service. Twenty years ago, Karen joined the nonprofit community where she has dedicated her life to making other peoples lives easier. Within days of receiving an MBA in Finance & Accounting from Regis University, she joined CT Nonprofits in July 2006 and shares her nonprofit knowledge and passion with her peers across the nonprofit community.

Karen oversees the operations at CT Nonprofits; ensuring all facets of the organization work together to serve, strengthen and support the nonprofit community.

A native and life-long resident of CT, Karen has spent most of her professional career in Western, MA. She’s grateful to CT Nonprofits for bringing her “home.”

Prior to joining CT Nonprofits, Karen was Corporate Controller for the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and 13 of its not-for-profit affiliated organizations including the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce. In addition, she previously served as CFO at the Community United Way of Pioneer Valley in Springfield, MA and as Foundation Services Coordinator at the Community Foundation of Western, MA. 

Karen Maciorowski

Patrick McKenna

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1020
Training & Membership Services Coordinator

Center for Professional Development, Member Services, Partnerships/Collaboration

Patrick graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, where he studied journalism. He spent several years working in the private sector in Boston before he returned to Connecticut and joined the Public Allies AmeriCorps program, which gave him his first taste of the joys of service. Patrick spent his first term of service working as the Gay-Straight Alliance coordinator at Hartford’s True Colors and his second term as the Service Learning coordinator at the Area Health Education Center in his hometown of Waterbury.

His primary role with CT Nonprofits is to plan, manage, and coordinate services for the Center for Professional Development.

Patrick is very excited to be fortunate enough to work in an environment where he can bring his passions to the office everyday. 

Jennifer Peifer

Jennifer Peifer

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1029

Director of Communications              

Website, Nonprofit Advantage, Media, Publications, Advertising, Marketing/PR, Annual Conference

Jennifer comes to us with a diverse background in development and communications. She has over fifteen years of experience working for several nonprofits throughout Connecticut, as well as in the private sector for an advertising/public relations firm and as a freelance journalist. Prior to joining CT Nonprofits, Jennifer was the Communications Director for the CT After School Network, a statewide member-driven organization that provides professional development training to after school program professionals and acts as a political advocate for positive changes in the after school field. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College and attended the Quinnipiac University Graduate School of Journalism.

Her primary role with CT Nonprofits is to manage all marketing and communications efforts including the website, electronic communications, media outreach, social media networking, conference planning and publications.

Julia Wilcox

Jeffrey Shaw

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1027
Director of Public Policy

Lobbyist, Overarching public policy issues

Jeff joined the CT Nonprofits team after many years of working for the Connecticut General Assembly. He assisted legislative leaders with a variety of responsibilities including policy development, bill screening, communications, legislator orientation, constituent issues and regional policy initiatives. Jeff received the 2012 Virgil Puskarich State and Regional Leadership Award from the Council of State Governments, Eastern Regional Conference, for his outstanding efforts and dedication to public service.

Jeff remains an active member of the Greater Hartford community, having coached football at Bulkeley High School, serving as an advisor to the YMCA Youth & Government (YAG) Program and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. He received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, a Master's degree from Fairfield University and a second Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut School of Community Medicine.

Julia Wilcox

Julia Wilcox

(860) 525-5080 ext. 1025
Senior Public Policy Specialist

Lobbyist, Developmental / Intellectual Disabilities (DD/ID), DD Business Managers Forum, Community / Criminal Justice, Arts & Culture, CT Nonprofits Week at the Capitol, Annual Conference.

Julia’s path has never been a straight line… but more a full circle. When Julia joined the CT Nonprofits team in March 2002, she provided advocacy and support to the Developmental Disabilities Division, the Business Managers’ Forum and the Connecticut Youth Services Association. Since that time, responsibilities have evolved to also include the Community Justice and Juvenile Justice Divisions. In addition, Julia provides support to the Arts and Culture member organizations of the Association. Each Division provides unique rewards, opportunities and challenges. In her present role, Julia enjoys significant interaction with nonprofit executives, fiscal directors, state agency officials and legislators. Among her favorite interactions: securing the Annual Conference Keynote.

Prior to joining the CT Nonprofits team, Julia’s experience included many years in the fields of disabilities, nonprofit development and the arts. Julia attended Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, with a Fine Arts double major. She served as Executive Director to Very Special Arts Connecticut following several years of service on the Board of Directors.

In her spare time, Julia developed and administers the annual ‘James Wilcox Memorial Award’, sponsored in part by the Ragged Mountain Foundation. The annual climbing award serves as a catalyst for the future adventures and expeditions of others on big walls throughout the world.


Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits)
75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1 - 100 (Building 1) Hartford | 860-525-5080

(We are on the corner of Charter Oak Avenue and Wyllys Street. If you are using GPS, type the address as 146 Wyllys Street, Hartford, CT 06106.)

From I-91 North and I-91 South:
Take EXIT 29A toward the Capitol Area
Merge onto the Whitehead Hwy.
Take the Columbus Blvd. ramp toward the Convention Center
Turn left onto Columbus Blvd.
Columbus Blvd. becomes Wyllys St.
Our campus is at the corner of Charter Oak and Wyllys. Do not make the turn onto Charter Oak Avenue. Instead, continue on Wyllys Street, past Building Two and enter the back parking lot through the wrought iron gate on the right.
CT Nonprofits is in Building One, first floor.

From I-84 West:
Merge onto CT-2 W via EXIT 54 on the left toward Downtown Hartford.
CT-2 W becomes Founders Bridge.
Founders Bridge becomes State St.
Turn left onto Columbus Blvd.
Columbus Blvd. becomes Wyllys St. Our campus is at the corner of Charter Oak and Wyllys. Do not make the turn onto Charter Oak Avenue. Instead, continue on Wyllys Street, past Building Two and enter the back parking lot through the wrought iron gate on the right.
CT Nonprofits is in Building One, first floor.

From I-84 East:
Merge onto I-91 S via EXIT 52 toward New Haven. Follow directions from I-91 South.


Public Allies / CT Nonprofits New Haven Satellite Office
Marlin Center, 85 Willow Street, Building A, Suite 2-3, New Haven, CT 06511 | 203-764-2031

Coming from Hartford: Take 91 South to exit 6, Willow St. Take a Right off the exit onto Willow St.

Coming from Bridgeport: Take 95 North toward New Haven. Stay on left side of the highway, and follow signs to get onto 91 North. Take 91 North to exit 6, Willow St. (exit is on your left).

From Willow Street: Take a right onto Mitchell Dr. You will see a parking lot on your right, please turn in here and park in the East Rock Magnet School parking lot. Walk up the sidewalk of Willow St. (away from the highway), and turn right into the archway mid-way up the street and labeled the Marlin Building. Look to your left and you will see glass doors and a sign that says, Building A. Go through those doors and the elevator is on your right, take that to the 2nd floor. Take a left out the elevator and go down the stairs; you’ll see #3 on a door down the hallway across from the restrooms.