Susan D. Sadecki, MBA, President & CEO
Susan was appointed President & CEO in January 2008 and is responsible for the leadership and direction of the organization as well as oversight of its programs, operations and investments. She works with donors to assist them in carrying out their charitable goals. She meets with attorneys, accountants and other professional advisors in order to assist their clients with estate planning. In addition, she staffs the Executive, Asset Development, Board Development, By-Laws and Personnel Committees of the Foundation. Susan’s role is to assess community needs and work with donors and nonprofit organizations to enhance the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. Susan's email address is
Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants & Programs
Kate joined the Foundation in January 2017 and was hired as the Program Officer before becoming the Director of Grants & Programs in 2019. She is responsible for developing program initiatives, particularly in the health area, planning broad program agendas, providing assistance to applicants and grantees, reviewing grant proposals and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the Foundation’s grants. Kate provides guidance to the advisory committees of various funds at the Foundation and leads evaluation of other funding initiatives related to the Foundation’s mission. Kate's email address is
Alicia Krar, Grants Manager
Alicia joined the Foundation in January 2023 in the role of Grants Manager. She provides overall support for the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs to ensure they are administered effectively. Alicia’s primary responsibilities include communication and technical support to grant and scholarship applicants, grant and scholarship application review and administration, grants and scholarship database management, as well as assistance with special projects, events and publications. Alicia’s email address is
Keelin Mathews, Communications Associate
Keelin Mathews joined the Foundation in May 2022. As the Communications Associate, Keelin creates content utilizing both traditional and digital media to tell the Foundation’s story, and develops materials to support fundraising, community engagement and donor relations activities. Keelin’s email address is
Julie Matthews, Administrative Services Manager
Julie joined the Foundation in February 2015. She provides overall administrative support to her fellow Foundation staff, including office correspondence, maintenance of the Foundation’s database, meeting coordination and general office management duties. Julie is a source of information for donors and the community. Julie's email address is
Rhonda Pilkington, Director of Finance
Rhonda joined the Foundation in January 2017 and oversees the financial administration of funds. She is the principal communicator for financial matters and staffs the Audit, Finance and Investment Committees. Rhonda works with all nonprofit organizations and donors to provide financial reports and other fund accounting information. Rhonda's email address is
Samantha Rajotte, Scholarship & Program Officer
Samantha joined the Foundation as a summer intern in 2009 and was hired as the Program Associate in October 2011 before becoming the Communications Manager in 2014 and the Scholarship & Program Officer in 2019. She assists with Foundation grantmaking, specifically the Foundation’s scholarship program, as well as communications efforts. Samantha is the designated liaison to the Foundation’s Women & Girls’ Fund and is responsible for supporting the donor development and fundraising efforts of the Fund. Samantha's email address is