Encore!Connecticut Testimonials

Encore!Connecticut Testimonials

Michael Fournier

“Through participation in the Encore!Hartford program, I gained the necessary understanding of the nonprofit sector to smoothly transition from the corporate sector after retiring from a long, successful career in the insurance industry. The program provided excellent classroom instruction, networking opportunities with nonprofit leaders and practical experience through a fellowship. Enhancing the entire experience was the opportunity to embark on this journey with my fellow classmates.”

- Mike Fournier, former insurance executive, transitioned to Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Girl Scouts of Connecticut

- Hear from Leisa Hinds-Simpson, Donor Relations Coordinator and Program Manager, New Covenant Center

- Hear from Evelyn Isaia, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Ratatouille & Co.

Al Marino

“My Encore!Hartford experience gave me the exposure to the inner workings of several Hartford-area nonprofits and provided me with the tools to pursue my dream of giving back to the community. Real-life training in my Fellowship coupled with intuitive exchanges with my talented instructors and classmates gave me the confidence to successfully transition my life skills developed in sales and marketing to the world of fundraising and event planning.”

-Al Marino, former sales manager, now Fundraising Events Specialist, Foodshare

“Encore!Hartford’s guidance helped me navigate a successful transition from a large corporation to a small, nonprofit organization. Its strong staff and knowledgeable instructors provided real world experience and articulated how our previous work experience was valuable to the nonprofit sector. This journey was enriched by the camaraderie of my talented, diverse and extremely supportive classmates who made every day enjoyable.”

- Roy Mainelli, former aerospace executive, now Economic Security Manager, Journey Home, Inc.

- Hear from Alice Turner, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of URISE