VolunteerConnect Welcomes Four New Trustees

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VolunteerConnect announced this week that it has named four new trustees to its board: Vijay Aluwalia, Toni-Anne Blake, Marie Del Cristo, and Dennis Kilfeather. The Immediate Past Board Chair, Robin Fogel and Trustee Ted Deutsch will be saying their good-byes along with Chris Seiz and Eileen Heinzel.  The Executive Committee will continue to consist of Amy Beth Dambeck as Chair, Kim Bruno as Co-Vice Chair, Sarah Mertz as Secretary, and Ann Zawartkay, serving a dual role this year, as Co-Vice Chair and Treasurer.

“We are very excited to add these four talented and experienced individuals to our existing board,” said Amy Beth Dambeck, Board Chair. “This passionate group of volunteers is focused on our mission and expanding our services to connect the business community’s vast professional skill set to nonprofits in need of that support, both at a board level and to complete strategic pro bono projects. I couldn’t be more impressed with the caliber of individuals attracted to serve on this board.”

Vijay Aluwalia is currently employed as a financial advisor with Edward Jones. He is a business and technology leader specializing in business transformation, strategic planning, change management and leadership development.  He is a skilled project manager with experience in the formulation and implementation of strategic plan initiatives, program evaluation and team leadership. Vijay’s focus is on the development of high performing teams which result in the delivery of improved operational and financial performance within large companies.

Toni-Anne Blake currently serves as Director of Corporate Communications at Antronix, a broadband manufacturing company. She has over fifteen years’ experience in integrated communications planning and proactive management of stakeholder communications. In addition to her position at Antronix, Toni-Anne has taught public speaking and mass communications as an adjunct professor at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor. Her expertise in media relations and her passion for the ever-changing world of public relations, marketing and social media make her a highly effective communicator.

Marie Del Cristo is employed by Withum, Smith and Brown as a Senior Manager. She is a member of the firm’s Not-For-Profit, Education Services, and Government Services groups. She has a BS in Business Management from Georgian Court College and is a Certified Public Accountant. Marie has over 20 years of experience in public accounting and handles the planning, supervision and execution of audit functions for a wide range of nonprofit and for profit businesses. She also handles a broad range of tax, audit, and employee benefit services for the firm. In addition to her employment she has been involved with several family businesses providing direction in the areas of operations and accounting.

Dennis Kilfeather has been a supervisor at Lear and Pannepacker since 2006. He has an MBA from Holy Family University and is a member of the National Society of Accountants. He specializes in the supervision and preparation of tax returns, audits and financial statements with an emphasis on information technology management and cost accounting. He is the manager of the audit and assurance department and also serves as coordinator of computer systems and security. Dennis is in charge of quality control at Lear and Pannepacker and is an accredited Business and Tax Advisor and Tax Preparer. He is currently pursuing his CPA license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In addition, the new members and executive board are supported by continuing trustees, David Hill, Heidi Joseph, Andrew Marshall and Cynthia Ricker.

VolunteerConnect expresses its deep appreciation to departing, long-serving board members, Robin Fogel, Ted Deutsch, Chris Seiz and Eileen Heinzel.  In addition, due to Robin Fogel’s steadfast leadership and commitment to VolunteerConnect’s transition from a “traditional” volunteer center to one that focuses on the strategic needs of nonprofit organizations, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to honor her by voting her to the VolunteerConnect Emeritus Board, where she will continue to play an active role in VolunteerConnect’s future.

“We have been so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of individuals to serve on our board and wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” added Dambeck. “Their commitment to this organization has been exemplary and their time and talents have enabled us to make an enormous impact on nonprofits and volunteers in Central New Jersey.”

VolunteerConnect’s mission is to expand the reach, impact and capacity of community organizations through effective and recognized volunteerism, thereby enriching the lives of Central New Jersey. To learn more about our skills-based volunteer efforts or leadership education workshops, go to www.VolunteerConnectNJ.org or contact the executive director, Amy Klein, at amy@VolunteerConnectNJ.org.

In photo (left to right): Dennis Kilfeather, Vijay Aluwalia, Marie Del Cristo, Executive Director, Amy Klein, Board Chair, Amy Beth Dambeck and Toni-Anne Blake