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Leadership Giving Team

Connecticut Public’s Institutional Advancement team supports the mission of Connecticut Public by creating meaningful relationships with donors and grantors to align their passions and interests with Connecticut Public funding priorities. By working closely with individuals and granting organizations, the Institutional Advancement team seeks to listen, learn and determine

Deidre M. Tavera, Chief Development Officer


dtavera@ctpublic.org · (860) 275-7275
As Connecticut Public’s Chief Development Officer, Deidre Tavera oversees the institutional advancement team’s efforts in leadership giving, major gifts, grants and foundations and legacy giving. She has over 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations overseeing fund development, strategic planning, community outreach and board governance to advance the missions and improve service delivery and partnerships with stakeholders. Deidre is both a Connecticut Public leadership donor and sustaining member who loves to work with donors in shared effort to support the organization.

Holly Winters, Senior Director / Major Giving


hwinters@ctpublic.org · (860) 275-7344
As Connecticut Public’s Director of Major Gifts, Holly has worked for over 30 years with individuals and families identifying major giving opportunities that align with donor passions. Her long career in philanthropy has spanned the state and region, working with nonprofits ranging from institutions of higher education to global and local environmental organizations. She considers herself a change agent, and has dedicated her professional and personal life to transformative nonprofits.

Lisa Wrubleski, Donor Relations & Planned Giving Manager


lwrubleski@ctpublic.org · (860) 275-7250
Lisa has nearly 25 years of experience in fundraising and estate planning, with the last five at Connecticut Public. As the Donor Relations & Planned Giving Manager, Lisa is responsible for cultivating, stewarding, and expanding the relationships between our organization and its donors by providing extraordinary service to donors and exceeding expectations in the areas of maintaining and managing donor information. Lisa also works with donors who would like to recognize Connecticut Public in their estate plans.

Janet Headley, Grant Writer


jheadley@ctpublic.org · 404-274-7943
Jan has 27 years of experience in a variety of development roles in both public and private higher education including Georgia State University in Atlanta, Yale and Northeastern. During her most recent 12-year tenure at Quinnipiac University, her primary focus centered on communications, health sciences and medicine, diversity and inclusion and the arts and sciences. In her role as grant writer, Jan seeks to build strong mutually beneficial relationships between funders and CT Public.

Nicole Kimball, Manager | Annual Giving and Operations


nkimball@ctpublic.org · 860-275-7516
Always curious Nicole excitedly joined Connecticut Public to learn all about public media! She brings extensive experience serving in a variety of roles in advancement programs - most recently as Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations at an independent private school. She considers herself lucky to support all parts of the advancement team. Nicole loves being a part of an inquisitive community and using an exclamation point!\

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The Institutional Advancement Team:

Deidre Tavera
Chief Development Officer
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Email: dtavera@ctpublic.org
Phone: 860-275-7275
Holly Winters
Director / Major Gifts
About Holly »
Email: hwinters@ctpublic.org
Phone: 860-275-7344
Lisa Wrubleski
Donor Relations and Estate Gift Planning Manager
About Lisa »
Email: lwrubleski@ctpublic.org
Phone: 860-275-7250
Janet Headley
Nicole Kimball
Institutional Advancement Associate
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Email: nkimball@ctpublic.org

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