New Year Brings Staff Promotions, Changes

Staff Promotions, Changes for Community Foundation

New Assignments Will Help Foundation Respond to Evolving Community Need

New Britain, Conn. (January 12, 2015) – In an effort to more effectively identify key issues facing the communities it serves and to respond to those needs as a vital community partner, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has announced a realignment of its staff including two key promotions.

Part-time Director of Program Joeline Wruck, who joined the Foundation in 1997, has been promoted to a newly created full-time position as Director of Community Initiatives. In this new role, Joeline will lead the effort to research and identify new issues and roles for the Foundation within its service area. This new position will prove key to the Board of Directors’ current review of the Community Foundation’s strategic agenda, and in ultimately carrying that agenda out. Prior to the promotion, Joeline had been responsible for managing the Foundation’s comprehensive grant program. She will remain involved with the Foundation’s signature First Years First early childhood development initiative.

Also promoted was Kaylah Smith, who joined the Foundation in 2013 as an administrative assistant. Kaylah will retain her current position as Program and Scholarship Associate, which now becomes a full-time post with increased responsibilities. Kaylah is now responsible for all Foundation community response grantmaking, and will continue to assist with management of the Foundation’s scholarship program and Catalyst Fund. Kaylah also continues to provide assistance to the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation.

“Our Board of Directors is currently assessing, as it periodically does, how we can be even more effective in leading the way on critical challenges facing the communities we serve,” said Foundation President Jim Williamson. “These staff changes truly reflect this priority and will be central to helping the Foundation place our Board’s vision into practice.”

Additional changes include new titles, with no essential changes in responsibility, for two key staff members to more accurately reflect their duties, experience and the vital roles they play with the Foundation. Vice President, Operations Bob Trojanowski is now Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, while long-time Director of Development Ann Bova now assumes a new title, that of Senior Philanthropic Advisor.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit