VolunteerConnect Welcomes New Board Members

VolunteerConnect announced this week that it has named five new trustees to its board: Kim Bruno, Heidi Joseph, Heather Kisilywicz, Elsie Sheidler and Ann Zawartkay. In addition, the board named its new executive committee. Robin Fogel will continue as Board Chair, with Ted Deutsch as Vice-Chair, Phyllis Frakt as Secretary and Ann Zawartkay as Treasurer.

“We are thrilled to welcome these five outstanding members of the Mercer County community,” said Fogel. “This diverse and energetic board will help us drive the refocused VolunteerConnect mission to expand the reach, impact and capacity of community organizations through effective and recognized volunteerism.”

Kim Bruno, brings deep professional experience in fundraising and development. She is currently the Development Coordinator for the Bridge Academy and serves on the board of the Recreation Foundation of Hopewell Valley where she has organized a hugely successful public outreach and fundraising campaign. Among other civic minded affiliations, Ms. Bruno volunteers coordinating the Pennington’s Youth Advisory Board, where she currently resides. She is a graduate of Nichols College.

Heidi Joseph, a long-time Princeton community activist, has raised funds for CASA of Mercer County, Jewish Family and Child Services and is the founder of the Brunch at Home fundraiser for Princeton Senior Resource Center. She has also volunteered for Princeton Community Works, Hadassah and Trinity Church. Prior to retiring, Heidi had a successful marketing career at Merrill Lynch. She holds a BS from Rutgers and a JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Heather Kisilywicz currently serves on the YWCA board and is an active Princeton volunteer. She is past president of Nassau Nursery School and has served on committees with Johnson Park Elementary School, Princeton Public Library and Mercer Hill Historic Association. She previously worked at Merck & Co., where she focused on training and online promotion. She received a BS in Marketing from the University of Rhode Island.

Elsie Sheidler is currently assistant director at the Princeton University PACE Center for Civic Engagement and has been with the University since 2004. She is responsible for university-sponsored public service internships and public interest post-graduate fellowships. This year, the class of 1976 nominated and unanimously elected her a honorary classmate. Before joining the Pace Center, Elsie spent 15 years in the private sector working with technology companies and at the Princeton Center for Leadership Training, developing state-wide curricula for middle and high school leadership programs. She is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Ann Zawartkay is currently a certified public accountant for Mercadien, where she specializes on nonprofit clients. She has been a very active volunteer with Boheme Opera and the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives and is currently co-chair of the Robbinsville Chapter of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ann, who served on the finance committee of VolunteerConnect for two years prior to joining the board, holds a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University.

In addition, the new members and executive board are supported by continuing trustees, Rachael Benevento, Michael Pidgeon and Joanne Meehan.

VolunteerConnect also expresses its deep appreciation to departing long-serving board members, Annette Buchanan, Liz Erickson, Gil Gordon, Nancy Robins, Antonino Scarpati and Marge Smith.

“We have been incredibly fortunate to have such a committed board over the years,” added Fogel. “We are deeply indebted to these departing board members for their years of passionate service, which has enabled us to make such a positive impact on nonprofits and volunteers in Central New Jersey.”