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CCT Board Announces New Co-Chairs

The CCT Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lorri Veidenheimer and Lisa Coney will serve as Co-Chairs to lead the organization. Both assume their roles after having contributed to CCT over many years in various capacities. 

Volunteer Profile: Carol Krauss

Current CCT Role: Advancement Chair

Volunteer Since: 2009

How She Discovered CCT: Carol Krauss responded to an email from her alma mater, Tuck School at Dartmouth, about a small all-volunteer nonprofit that did consulting for other Boston nonprofits. Having worked in management consulting before business school and then afterwards for Arthur D. Little, this seemed like a natural fit.

First CCT Project: In her first project in 2009 for NEADS Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, she connected so much with the organization that she became a long-term volunteer Weekend Puppy Raiser raising two dogs for veterans with PTSD.

Volunteer Profile - Gabriele Loebbert

Current CCT Role: Board Co-Chair

Volunteer Since: 2008

First CCT Project: Judge Baker Children’s Center

MBA: Darden School of Business at UVA

How She Discovered CCT: Gabriele says she is, “forever grateful to Julie Rowe who introduced me to CCT.” Gabriele and Julie had known each other from having worked on a start-up together.

CCT Experience: Although there certainly have been challenges while leading the organization during this recent period of growth and evolution, Gabriele describes her board experience as, “a lot of fun with such a talented group of individuals.” Gabriele has been involved with many facets of CCT’s operations. When asked what she has enjoyed the most, she responds, “I love the project work as that is the core of our mission - I’ve been a team member, project manager and sponsor.” In addition to project work, Gabriele also admits to a passion for client development. She co-chaired the Client Development Committee and still loves doing client outreach during the summer months as well as conducting site visits with applicants in the fall. Gabriele shares, “I love meeting with potential clients, learning about the incredible work they are doing and figuring out how a CCT team could best help.”

Volunteer Profile: Julie Rowe

CCT has been fortunate to have Julie on the team for nearly 10 years. Julie started with CCT in 2006 and has worked with a number of CCT client organizations including ImprovBoston, Charles River Conservancy, Danforth Art, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and twice with Helping Hands Monkey Helpers.   Julie started as a team member and progressed to project manager; she was appointed to the CCT Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Volunteer Relations Committee in 2011. In this role, she is critical in assessing, growing and building CCT’s work with volunteers. If you have a volunteer question, Julie is the one to ask!   Julie has very much enjoyed her involvement with CCT. Julie noted that it’s rewarding to apply one’s skillset to the business problems of Boston’s nonprofit organizations, in addition to learning from other teammates. Additionally, she emphasizes that CCT’s culture is fun and collaborative.  This year Julie is heavily involved with implementing Salesforce.com, software that will streamline the management of CCT’s volunteer database. Over the next several years, Julie would like to see CCT further spread the word about its organization and grow its volunteer membership. Last year CCT served 11 nonprofit clients but had to turn away a number of others.

Volunteer Profile: Stewart Chapin

Ready and Willing to Guide Potential Clients Stew is in his second year on the CCT Board heading up the Client Development group. He and his team are responsible for client outreach and assisting potential clients in the grant application process. When applications are submitted in August and September, he will be leading the difficult task of client evaluation and selection. When thinking about CCT clients, Stew feels that he “knew them when their projects were, in many cases, just rough ideas. Following the review and refining process, when client finalists were presented, the client development team hoped that CCT volunteers would feel just as jazzed about them. Months later, after project completion, the ‘graduating’ clients are at last ready to put counsel into action. And we’re ready to start all over again with next year’s class!”  Please let Stew know if there is a Boston-area nonprofit you would like to refer to CCT or if you represent a nonprofit interested in applying for a CCT project! You can email Stew at client@cctboston.org  Stew’s CCT StoryA Tuck MBA, Stew joined the CCT Board after serving as a co-project manager on three CCT projects, one with the Asperger’s Association of New England and two with Roca. During the most recent project cycle, along with his client development role, Stew sponsored the Just-A-Start project.

Volunteer Profile: Jill Tsakiris

CCT Client Recruitment Contact

In her current role as Client Development liaison to the Board, Jill Tsakiris works on recruiting clients with worthy projects and matching them with volunteers’ experiences and expertise. She adds, “CCT is adamant about delivering high quality recommendations and ensuring an excellent volunteer experience. Our biggest constraint is in finding experienced Project Managers to staff the many worthy project requests that CCT receives each year. It takes a special person to manage a successful project team.” You can contact Jill regarding client referrals or client applications at client@cctboston.org.

Long and Satisfying Experience with CCT                                                      

Volunteer Profile: Sarah Bingman Schott

Co-Chair, Client Development
Sarah has led marketing and strategic partnerships for high tech and medical device start-ups and turnarounds, both public and private, and she had a stint as an institutional fundraiser. Sarah earned her MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT

Already making an impact with her contributions of time and talent, Sarah recently finished her third CCT project. She has served twice as a Project Manager and provided invaluable assistance as a member of the Client Development Committee, conducting prospective client outreach, application screening, site visits, client satisfaction interviews, and Salesforce database management. Among her other nonprofit endeavors, Sarah has served on the boards of All Newton Music School, Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, and the Friends of Weston’s Council on Aging. She has also held leadership positions and led initiatives for the Weston PTO.

Jessica Morris

Co-Chair, Volunteer Relations
At first glance, Jessica impresses as a very capable business professional with her traditional education of a BS in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. However, Jessica brings a rather unique background and diversity of experience to the CCT Board. She served in the United States Navy as a nuclear propulsion officer, specializing in the maintenance and operation of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, and she has worked as a Real Estate Manager in Chicago. Most recently she has been Director of Application Engineering for Digital Lumens, responsible for the design, technical sales and deployment of intelligent LED lighting and energy management systems in large commercial and industrial facilities worldwide.

Volunteer Profile: Peter Sanborn

Now in his 5th year at CCT, Peter Sanborn progressed from first year Team Member for The Philanthropic Initiative project to Project Manager for the MASS Design Group and then a Board member overseeing strategic planning. In the current cycle, he is also Sponsor for the All Hands Volunteers project.

Peter is a Stanford Business School alumnus who works by day as a fund manager investing in international stocks for Oechsle International Advisors. He says that CCT is his antidote for the alienation he feels when reflecting on the world’s many pressing issues. For him, CCT provides the tangible satisfaction of “giving back” more directly through a specific organization’s mission, rather than the usual arm’s length method of writing checks — though that’s important, too!

Along with colleagues on the CCT Board, Peter has thought deeply about what makes for a great volunteer experience. He and the board believe that volunteers are most fulfilled if they can: make an impact on the client’s organization, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers, learn and grow personally, and feel they are part of a well-managed, thoughtful organization.

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