Fund the People
Director of Programs
Yolanda Caldera-Durant is Director of Programs at Fund the People where she designs educational opportunities for funders and nonprofits to better understand investing in the nonprofit workforce. She was most recently at the Connecticut Health Foundation where she served as Senior Program Officer on health equity issues, and as Program Director of the Health Leaders Fellows Program. Previously, Yolanda was a Program Associate at the New Haven, CT office of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Before that, she was Program Director at the Fairfield County Community Foundation where she managed grantmaking focused on economic opportunity and health and human services, and concurrently directed the foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Yolanda’s community leadership includes serving as Co-Founder and past Co-Chair of the Greater Bridgeport Latino Network. Currently, she is Co-Coordinator for Las Comadres Para Las Americas New Haven/Bridgeport, part of a national network that builds connections and community among Latinas and she serves on the Advisory Board of the Progreso Latino Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Yolanda previously served as Secretary on the board of Project Access-New Haven, which serves to increase access to medical care and services for underserved patients in the New Haven area. Yolanda holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from the New School University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Connecticut.
Founder & CEO
Michael is a long-time Internet entrepreneur having previously founded the nationwide entertainment & events marketplace GigMasters (acquired in October 2015 by XO Group, parent company of The Knot). Michael's passion is building online marketplaces and his latest venture, Petmasters, focuses on the multi-billion dollar per year pet services industry. Recognizing the increasingly significant role pets play in people's lives, and tapping into his own life-long love of animals, Michael is building Petmasters with the goal of becoming the most comprehensive pet services marketplace in the U.S. Petmasters will help pet parents find and hire not only dog walkers & cat sitters but everything from pet trainers to pet portrait artists to pet grief counselors and more. The site will feature services for all animals including horse boarders, chicken coop builders, aquarium cleaners and yes even beehive hosting. Michael lives with his wife, three boys, two cats, and rescue dog in nearby Redding, Connecticut. In addition to Petmasters, Michael also serves as strategic advisor to PopTop, a UK-based entertainment marketplace, and Funerals 360, an end of life marketplace based in northern California.
PixelHouse Consulting, LLC
After a 30-year career in business publishing, advertising and digital media, I launched PixelHouse to pursue my passion for entrepreneurship and creating technology-based solutions to common business challenges. Today, my stable of clients here in Connecticut include a successful energy-brokerage business and a non-profit foundation aimed at increasing awareness and funds for groundbreaking research on Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). I also work with clients nationally, including a packaged-goods consultancy in Scottsdale, AZ. My actual name is John, but most people know me as "Sean", which is Gaelic for John (as you can guess, I'm Irish!).
FaithActs for Education
Director of Operations and Program
FaithActs for Education is a grassroots organizing nonprofit based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We are people of faith building power to get our children the education they deserve. Founded in October 2014, our organizing model centers around two key activities: leveraging the power of faith leaders within their community, and directly engaging parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles – folks with a direct stake in their child's education. As Director of Operations and Program, I serve as the "business brain" of FaithActs and the lead project manager. You can talk to me about things like small business finance, program development and evaluation, CRM databases, project management tools, British period dramas, fantasy novels, singer-songwriters, North Carolina, Vermont, and roses.
JP tells stories for a living, and gets to create awesome images to go with them, too. Marketing, strategy, graphic design, typography and a really good yarn occupy much of her day...most every day. JP has spent the past fifteen years on two continents cutting her editorial and artistic teeth on magazines, national events, non-profits, multi-nationals...and ice cream brands. When she's not peering at pixels, JP is hatching plans for her next adventure or getting into trouble of some kind, which usually involves water, mountains or yoga. You can usually find her wearing a hat.
Maggie's passion is for helping mission-driven organizations work smarter and achieve a greater impact. She loves helping smart, creative people turn their program or organizational vision into a reality. She is the Chair of the Bridgeport Food Policy Council and serves on the Board of Green Village Initiative. Talk to her at the B:Hive about Bridgeport's farmers markets, urban farming and gardening, or local food policy. If she's not at the B:Hive, she's probably walking her dog, Barley, at Seaside Park, or backpacking with her husband, Jonny.
Phone (203) 873-2008
Bridgeport Generation Now
Bridgeport Generation Now strives to empower and unite our communities through civic engagement, policy work, economic development and education. By encouraging residents and our youth to take an active role in strengthening Bridgeport, we will collectively develop into community leaders who will create a new cultural identity for our city. We are a movement, a social action network that cares about our community and promotes resident involvement. We are open to all residents of Bridgeport, and any individual can be a member if they get involved in the community and show that they care about the future of our city.
Bridgeport Board of Education
1st grade teacher
Co-founder of the amazing b:hive and 1st grade teacher at Geraldine W. Johnson school (its SO FUN) here in Bridgeport. When I am not co-working, lesson planning, grading, or teaching children how to read, I love to tag along on adventures with my husband Ben. We explore cities by foot, bike, or whatever new and interesting way there is to move. Walks at Seaside Park are one of my all time favorites so don't be surprised to see me strolling on the sidewalk -also I have a ton of enthusiasm (1st grade teacher) about all things and am always wondering how I can bring my experiences into the classroom.
B:Hive Co-Founder and friendly neighborhood Web Developer. When I'm not building sites at MadisonMott, I like to explore/get lost in cities new and old with my wife Amy, brew my own beer, hike and camp away from it all, read, take pictures and try to learn new languages. I'm fascinated and inspired by places—natural and built—especially cities and the communities, culture and people that define them.
Dreams Obtaining Positive Enlightenment
Mentoring and Leadership Organization
Hello everyone, my name is Rishera Hopkins. Im the founder of Dreams Obtaining Positive Enlightenment which is a mentoring and leadership organization for the youth. I have dedicated my life as a young adult to give back to the youth in my community as well as other communities. I'm a current student at Post University studying Social Work. I'm also a teacher at Bright Horizons Early Education Center.
Phone (203) 504-4831
Little Black Business Book
With 10+ successful years in event planning, promotions, marketing and sales, Ashley Keller brings an innovative approach to your organization’s project. From galas to charity walks to group outings and conferences, Ashley works to foster a close client relationship. NO “one size fits all approach here.” Everything is custom tailored to reflect the image of your organization. Ashley built Little Black Business Book out of her passion to help non-profit organizations reach their true potential. “There’s no better feeling than when LBBB spearheads a fundraising event and the organization exceeds their original fundraising goal and guest count. That feeling is the reason why we love doing what we do.” – Ashley Keller. Ashley’s “outside of the box” approach to event management insures that people will be talking about and anticipating your next function produced by Little Black Business Book. Ashley Keller is a Graduate from Johnson & Wales University located in Providence, RI, Class of 2003. Bachelor of Science degree in Sports / Event & Entertainment Management. In her spare time Ashley enjoys being a mentor as part of the RISE, cruising in her husband’s 1953 Chevy, tap dancing, working out and enjoying time with her family & friends!
Partner and Creative Director
Marcella is founder, partner, and creative director at The Bananaland, your destination for unforgettable ideas, design, and development experiences. The creative agency was born in downtown Bridgeport in January 2010. Her expertise includes 10+ years of branding, marketing, graphic design, social media and serial entrepreneurship. She is also co-founder and partner at B:Hive Bridgeport, a downtown coworking space and community hub. Marcella loves ideas of every kind and helping them flourish with teamwork, clever approaches, and lots of fun. Outside of all this, she is either a. spreading the love for Bridgeport b. working on side projects like The Seasides and Maid + Butler. c. hanging with her kitty Pixel, or d. traveling and exploring interesting places with her husband Luke and two young fellas, Noah and Jasper.
DRP DESIGN LLC
Founded by Creative Director, Debra Lutsky, DRP DESIGN has been designing highly visible marketing campaigns and design programs for major U.S. and international corporations within the fashion and lifestyle industry. With a specialty in helping retailers and brands transition to eCommerce and launch digital destinations. Select fashion industry clients include Kenneth Cole, Sperry Top-Sider, Tommy Bahama, Ted Baker London, Carolinna Espinosa, Swarovski, and GUESS? Inc. We partner with the industry's most experienced and award-winning developers, retouchers, photographers, copywriters, and printers. Each unique project is evaluated and an experienced team is brought together to execute a solution.
Partner and Lead Developer
B:Hive Co-Founder. Jordan has an absurd amount of knowledge about the world wide web and all its functions. A true problem solver, if he does not know how to do something, he soon figures it out. Positioned at his triple screen launch pad, Jordan does more than code, he basically lives in the Matrix. Ask and you shall receive with this development whiz.
Oh My Gemini
B:Hive co-founder. Oh My Gemini is the brainchild and split personality of designer, writer, stylist, and maker of things, Madeline Rabidou. With a quirky and playful aesthetic, Madeline’s styling and creative direction have landed her in the arena of interior, set, party, wardrobe and prop design. Positivity, poodles, polka dots and pastries are at the core of her practice. Styling, staging and solopreneur-ing have always made her heart pump glitter, and today all of those things combined are what make up the essence of Oh My Gemini. @ohmygemini
Marketing Automation Architect
I work at a corporation based in Nashville, TN but I'm a remote employee. Got sick of my house and needed a change! I handle all their digital marketing & social media. I'm also trying to re-build an old travel blog, slowly yet surely.
I'm one of the founders of B:Hive. I love bees, and want to save them all. I also like honey, and am generally attracted to sweetness. When you meet my wife, you'll understand. We also have two boys, and live down by Seaside Park with our attack cat Pixel. I own a marketing firm called MadisonMott, on Elm Street. Check us out.
Daniel Trust Foundation
Founder & CEO
Daniel Trust is a Rwandan genocide survivor and a nationally recognized motivational speaker having lectured at prestigious universities such as the University of Florida, Duke University and Northwestern University. Daniel is the Founder & CEO of the Daniel Trust Foundation, a Connecticut based non-profit organization that helps students from low-income communities with their educational and career needs, and honors educators, who go above and beyond to help these students succeed in school and in their personal lives. Daniel is the Executive Producer and Host of The Daniel Trust Show, a bi-weekly YouTube talk show that highlights the impact his foundation is making in the lives of young people and teachers right here in Bridgeport. In the community, Daniel supports many local non-profit organizations including Triangle Community Center, Cardinal Sheehan Center, and Southern Connecticut State University Alumni Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of True Colors, Bridgeport Public Education Fund, and is a member of the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Board Chair Roundtable.