Linda J. Kelly, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, has been named to the Community Foundation Leadership Team at the Council on Foundations, a national association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. The leadership team is a group of elected and appointed leaders that sets strategic direction and policy for the community foundation field and serves as a collective voice on significant issues. Since 2005, Kelly has served as president of the Hartford Foundation, the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region.
The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union in Enfield was recently presented with a Marketing Excellence Award given by the Credit Union League of CT, an advocate and provider of services for the nearly 140 credit unions in Connecticut. The award honors and recognizes a credit union that exemplifies marketing excellence through the use of an effective marketing strategy and creative concept. Tobacco Valley was recognized for a direct mail piece that informed members of its 75th anniversary celebration and loan special.
Burns & McDonnell in Wallingford was recently named ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Company of the Year at the ESOP Association's 35th annual conference. Burns & McDonnell's New England office employs more than 170 full-time employee-owners. The firm was honored for its efforts in external promotion of ESOPs, involvement with ESOP industry groups, educating and sharing ESOP information with employees, communicating the benefits of ESOPs with employees, and engaging with regulatory agencies, legislators and others influential in the ESOP community.
J.H. Cohn LLP, an accounting and consulting firm with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and California, was named among the 2012 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women by the American Society of Women Accountants and the American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants. J.H. Cohn was also ranked among the Best Public Accounting Firms for Women in 2011. Firms were ranked on the range, depth, and success of programs and workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women's success, especially at midlevel and above.
The Main Street Community Foundation, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott, recently received the Outstanding Community Partners Award from the Bristol Community Organization. The group also honored Community Accounting Aid and Services Inc. with the Outstanding Community Partners Award and Nancy Johnson with the Outstanding Contribution Award.
Avon's Jeffrey T. Stein, vice president of the Peter M. Bakker Agency, was recently named to the American Lung Association's board of directors. In this role, he will help lead the Lung Association's work to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Stein has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association of New England (now the American Lung Association of the Northeast) for the past 13 years, most recently serving as treasurer. He has more than 26 years of experience in the financial services industry.