Jeremy Berman
Dream See Do
CEO
Jeremy is a seasoned digital product owner and creative strategist. For years, he has helped teams work better together to improve critical social/emotional skills with an empathetic lens, while creating and delivering compelling digital products that delight users and improve their lives. Two and half years ago, he launched Dream See Do with his co-founder, Josh. Dream See Do is is the online learning and engagement platform. It blends the proven benefits of group learning and peer support to help teams and individuals build habits and improve soft skills - the holy grail of personal and professional development. People are guided by instructors and feel a sense of community as they learn and interact.
Yolanda Caldera-Durant
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.
Sean Callanan
PixelHouse Consulting, LLC
President
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!).
Phone (856) 514-0455
Joan Carty
Housing Development Fund
President and CEO
Since taking the helm at HDF in 1994, Ms. Carty has grown its funding pools from $8.5 million to more than $140 million. Throughout her career she has established relationships with private lenders, government funding sources and corporate and foundation donors. Ms. Carty holds her Bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle, an M.S. in urban affairs from Hunter College, and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law. Joan is currently serving her third term on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s (FHLBB) Board of Directors and is Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee for the FHLBB. She is also a member of the Executive Committee and Human Resources and Compensation Committee. As a board member of the Housing Partnership Network and a Loan Committee member of the National Neighborworks Association (NNA), Joan is involved in current and critical housing policy issues on a national level. Joan served as a member of the Transportation Finance Panel for the Governor’s office in Connecticut in 2015.
Phone (203) 969-1830
Nicole Cassidy
Front Porch Communications, LLC
Nicole has worked in the world of nonprofits and fast-moving, socially minded organizations for nearly two decades. Starting out on the program side, she experienced the joys and sorrows of designing and delivering programs that make a difference… on a shoestring. Eventually surrendering to her love of writing, she transitioned to the other side of the nonprofit universe. As a communications and fundraising professional, she has worked with organizations as varied as an international development organization with offices on five continents to a local advocacy agency with a team of four. Over the last decade, she has collaborated with coworkers, clients, designers, printers and distributors to bring missions to life through countless reports, e-marketing campaigns, invitations, media pitches, grant proposals, websites and more. In 2016, Nicole created Front Porch Communications, LLC to lend support to organizations in and around Bridgeport as they strive to improve lives and achieve social justice. She is proud to help these organizations shine a light on their struggles, strengths and accomplishments.
Brittany Coleman
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.
Douglass Davidoff
Straight Talk Public Relations
Principal Consultant
I'm a public relations professional with broad experience in business, government, and the not-for-profit sector. At B:Hive, I primarily work with units of The WorkPlace, a workforce planning and delivery agency based down the street from us, and with Zive, a consumer software company based in New York. I grew up in Westport (Staples H.S. '75) and went off to North Carolina to attend Duke. That began a 40-year odyssey which also included Indianapolis, Chicago, a smidgen of time in Vermont, and then Boston. In 2015, exactly four decades after leaving, I returned to live in Bridgeport and work out of B:Hive.
JP Deenihan
venturefar creative
Chief Storyteller
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 Gotterer
B:Hive Bridgeport
Queen Bee
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
Catherine Halstead
Housing Development Fund
Leads Manager
HDF’s mission is to facilitate the development of affordable housing, both rental and homeownership, and to assist households to become and remain owners of affordable homes. With help from HDF, first time homebuyers become homeowners through free counseling and unique lending products, developers build affordable housing units with competitive financing, and homeowners are encouraged and supported through innovative programs. Public and private investment through HDF is making sustainable homeownership a reality, one #HDFHome at a time. HDF leverages private investment to make public subsidy dollars work harder to create affordable housing, offering lenders the opportunity to invest in the sustainable ownership of our communities. We work with state and local governments to develop innovative housing solutions and to identify qualified homebuyers for affordable housing and homebuyer assistance programs. HDF is a HUD-Certified counseling and lending agency. We are certified by the US Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), a Chartered Member of NeighborWorks America, a CARS rated agency (AA +2), and a member of the Opportunity Finance Network and the Housing Partnership Network. HDF is an equal opportunity lender.
Phone (203) 456-2541
Amy Henson
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.
Ben Henson
MadisonMott
Web Developer
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.
Rishera Hopkins
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
Ashley Keller
Little Black Business Book
President
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!
Marcella Kovac
The Bananaland
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.
Phone (203) 300-7326
Jaylin Lewinsky
RealGuy/RealStyle-The J Project PR
CEO
Phone (347) 788-9625
Karen Lynch
Karen Lynch & Associates
Owner
Karen Lynch is an engaging, personable and empathetic leader who combines 25 years of moderating, facilitating and training to deliver learning experiences that help individuals, brands and companies grow. Karen started her career in 1991, putting her BS in Marketing from Fairfield University into action as she worked for some of the industry’s strongest marketing research consulting firms. Her background included RIVA moderator training and participation in CPSI’s Leadership Development Program. Karen launched her own marketing research practice in 2000, now known as Karen Lynch & Associates. Today, Karen is on the faculty at the Creative Problem Solving Institute, an annual international conference on creativity, innovation and leading change. She currently serves on the Creative Education Foundation’s Training & Credentialing committee and is an active member of the Qualitative Market Research Association. She’s certified to use the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology in her facilitation and she’s qualified to administer the MBTI® Type Indicator and the FourSight® Thinking Profile/Innovation Tool for teams.
Phone (203) 209-4794
Jordan Rabidou
The Bananaland
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.
Phone (914) 391-8985
Madeline Rhodes
Oh My Gemini
Visual Stylist
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
Phone (914) 715-1718
Stacey Schneider
Change Healthcare
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.
Luke Scott
MadisonMott
CEO
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.
Phone (203) 530-0384
Daniel Trust
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.
Caroline Williams
Happy Healthy & Free
Nutritionist/Health Educator/Blogger
Hi All! I am a brand new monthly member of the B:Hive and am excited to get to know my new co-workers :) I am a current grad student at UB and am in the process of starting my own nutrition practice. I also write a nutrition & wellness blog @ happyhealthyandfree.me. Come chat with me if you ever have nutrition and health-related questions! I am happy to be a resource for anyone interested in healthy living, food, cooking, etc.