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Our Staff
Our team of experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated association management professionals offers your organization industry-leading expertise in such areas as strategic planning, financial administration and budget preparation, membership development and maintenance, database management, meeting/conference planning, desktop publishing and graphic design, and website hosting and design.  This in-house expertise, along with leveraged buying power, makes us a very cost-effective option and efficient solution for your association.

Meet Our Team

John graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 with a degree in Communications and a Minor in Film Studies. After graduating, he moved to Connecticut and took a job with Liberty Bank as a Service Associate. After moving up to a supervisory role with the bank, john decided he wanted to take his many years of customer service experience and explore his passion for nonprofit work. In April of 2016, John began work at Association Resources and loves having the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of nonprofits. Since he started with AR he has worked with eight diverse clients and has managed over 20 events.

John Aliberti ~ Administrative Assistant

Cindy joined Association Resources in 2001, and has worked in almost all aspects of association management. Her experiences include working with boards and committees, managing multiple databases, processing revenue, and planning meetings. She provides customer support services to members including answering phones, meeting registration, and assistance not only for her clients but support for others as well. She also manages the distribution center, for any mailings or printing for all associations.

Cynthia Caron ~ Senior Administrative Assistant

Donna taught at the University of Northern Colorado. She was a tax accountant who specialized in small business and corporate accounting/tax and has been a small-business consultant as well. Her role at AR has expanded to include management of all client-related financial issues, financial-related database management, investments, and oversight of the financial team. Donna is a member of ASAE and holds a BA from the University Rhode Island and an MBA from Colorado State University.

Donna Cunard, MBA ~ Manager of Client Financial Accounting

Monika graduated with Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT. During her undergraduate career she conducted research on identifying the role of miR-100 mediated regulation of estrogen receptor α (ERα) in epithelial-mesenchymal transition in breast cancer cells. After graduation, Monika worked as a Research Assistant at UConn Health Center in Farmington, CT. In the summer of 2016, an opportunity opened for Monika to join the Association Resources team as an Association Administrator

Monika Dezhbod ~ Administrative Assistant

With nearly 20 years of association management experience, Ryan has experience in general operations management and program growth — always producing results in a progressive and consistent manner. Ryan’s experience with smaller organizations has taught him to wear many hats and switch directions at a moment’s notice. This hands-on approach has developed Ryan into a seasoned association professional who is proactive, strategic and responsive to volunteer leaders.

Ryan Dryden ~ Chief Staff Officer

April is a graduate of the Bay Path University Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy program. She started in the nonprofit sector in 2013 with Association Resources, Inc. as an administrator and quickly found her passion for nonprofits. April is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. In her spare time she is the Executive Director for a local food pantry and volunteers for the Wolcott Junior Women’s Club.

April Duquette, MS ~ Chief Staff Officer

Deb has almost 20 years’ experience in the world of web content. A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, she joined Association Resources in 2011, bringing expertise in web content management, usability, testing, and taxonomy as well as marketing, information management, and training and education. As a project manager, Deb is an effective liaison between businesses and technical teams to identify project requirements, create applications, and drive results.

Deborah Flower ~ Web Content Administrator

Jennifer has worked in association management for over twenty years. She has experience working with trade associations, franchisee associations, medical societies and professional societies. Her experience includes: membership services, magazine editor, association manager and executive director positions. Jennifer joined Association Resources in April 2003. She enjoys meeting and working with volunteer leadership from all over the world.

Jennifer Gentry, BS ~ Chief Staff Officer

George has worked as Controller and Finance Manager for various for profit and non-profit companies for over 20 years, was responsible for monthly financial statement preparation, establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures. Protecting assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls, ensured financials were in order to pass audits, assisted CPA’s in preparing work-papers and 990s. George is an Accounting Consultant for 13 years with various clients, keeping their books.He holds a BS in Accounting from Southern CT State University 1991.

George Ghista ~ Financial Account Administrator

Marcy has over 20 years of experience in planning executing events, meetings and conferences. She specializes in site selection, logistics, meeting process management, and vendor contracting. She previously owned a design and planning firm located in Washington, DC and CT for nearly 17 years, working on select social events, corporate events and conventions, and political and nonprofit galas. Marcy also worked in destination management, catering sales, corporate account management and marketing. She is a member of Meeting Planners International (MPI) and is an International Special Event Society (ISES) award recipient. She earned her BS degree from St. Lawrence University.

Marcy Green ~ Senior Meeting Planner

Jan joined AR in April 2017 with many years of experience in Office Administration and Bookkeeping Management. She has supported her skill set with a number of courses in Microsoft and QuickBooks. After working in several different industries the diversity of handling multiple clients and supporting Association Resources financial department as well as the team approach of AR is a good fit. She looks forward to the growth and experiences of her future here.

Jan Hesketh ~ Financial Account Administrator

Sue brings over 20 years of creative, design and production experience to Association Resources. She leverages her marketing and communications expertise to provide thoughtful and relevant ideas, strategy, branding and design. Sue works in all communications mediums from digital to traditional. Sue has worked in a variety of industries including health care, nonprofit organizations, manufacturing and education. In 2005, she became a member of the Tunxis Community College adjunct faculty, where she teaches several design and technology courses. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University.

Sue Kallenbach ~ Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design

As a Meeting Planner, Jenn is thrilled to support so many diverse and interesting organizations. Prior to joining AR, she served on the CT Invention Convention board of directors and helped launch The STEMIE Coalition, a start-up nonprofit founded to elevate K-16 invention and entrepreneurship skills. In the corporate arena, Jenn worked for ESPN and it was ESPN’s strong philanthropic engagement which inspired her to pursue nonprofit work in the next chapter of her career.

Jennifer Kirkwood, PMP ~ Meeting Planner

Chip is a graduate of The University of Georgia and the Institutes for Organization Management (IOM), and he earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2002. He has more than 30 years’ experience working with business, professional, and educational organizations in both professional and volunteer capacities. He is a past president of the Connecticut Society of Association Executives and a member of the American Society of Association

Charles H. Marsh, CAE, IOM ~ Executive Vice President

Karan has over 18 years of experience in administration and web development within the nonprofit community. She previously served as the membership coordinator for the American Epilepsy Society. Currently, she current works as the Manager of Client Software Support maintaining all clients' CMS and AMS. She provides technical support and implements applications & software solutions for over 10 client sites. Karan also manages the daily support, web hosting, administration and maintenance of all Association Resources clients. She is a certified paralegal and mediator and holds a BA in English from the University of Connecticut

Karan Murray ~ Manager, Client Software Support

With over 25 years experience at Association Resources, Tessa has worked with boards and committees, compiled membership directories, overseen a peer review program, edited and wrote newsletters and produced a bimonthly journal, maintained databases, and provided voiceovers for client greetings. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Hartford and received her bachelor of arts degree in political science at Marist College.

Tessa Wilusz O’Sullivan, MPA. ~ Chief Staff Officer

Kendra holds a BA in Communication and an MS in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2012, and has worked in the association world since 2005. Kendra is past president of the Connecticut Society of Association Executives (CSAE), is affiliated with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and was honored as one of five individuals selected nationwide for the 2016 Young & Aspiring Association Professional award presented by Association TRENDS. She serves as the Executive Director for three associations, and is the Transition Team Leader for new AR clients.

Kendra Pheasant, MS, CAE ~ Chief Staff Officer & Transition Team Leader

Marty holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Teaching. He also holds two advanced certifications in nonprofit organization management, including his Certified Association Executive (CAE). Marty has been a trainer and a presenter, and served as a nonprofit volunteer and Board member for over 37 years. In October 2012, he assumed the role of President and CEO of AR. He is a past president of the Connecticut Society of Association Executives and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the AMC Institute

Martin Rotblatt, CAE, IOM ~ President & CEO

Brenda joined Association Resources in January 2003 and has over 20 years of accounting experience. Prior to coming to AR, she worked for the Community Renewal Team as a junior financial accountant and worked for nine years at The Hartford Courant as a Payroll Coordinator. Brenda is the financial administrator for several clients at AR. Brenda earned her Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Greater Hartford Community College (now Capital Community College).

Brenda Russell ~ Financial Account Administrator

Priscilla joined Association Resources in 2003 with 20 years of experience the education field. Prior to AR, she was the Director of Implementation for a national education company, responsible for education programs in over 40 school districts across the nation. Priscilla oversaw an international accreditation program from its inception, managed an international certification program, and provided leadership & guidance for the development, implementation, and evaluation of education programming for several clients. She's a graduate of Baylor University with a BS in Secondary Education & a Masters in Educational Psychology. She is a member of ASAE.

Priscilla Shisler, MEd ~ Chief Staff Officer

Bill holds a BS in Accounting from Fordham University and an MBA from University of Chicago with a concentration in International Finance. Bill has over 35 years of experience in Financial Control and Accounting, and Customer Service with large financial services organizations. He also has experience as a fundraiser with a large nonprofit organization. Bill is a volunteer tax preparer during tax season for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and serves on the board of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra.

Bill Valentine, MBA ~ Manager of Accounting and Human Resources/Operations

Fast Facts:

  • AR has senior executives who have earned the coveted Certified Association Executive (CAE) honor, while many other staff members hold advanced university degrees.
  • Our management team works together seamlessly  to provide a level of expertise that is customized for your specific needs.
  • Specialized experts on staff include education professionals, short- and long-term planners, accreditation managers, graphic designers, exhibit organizers, writers, web-based trainers, and more.

Contact Us

Association Resources, Inc
342 North Main Street, Ste 301
West Hartford, CT 06117-2507

p. 860.586.7500
f. 860.586.7550

Client service is a core principle of AR’s management philosophy. We place a high priority on being responsive to our clients in a timely manner and providing the best leadership, management, and administrative direction and support possible.

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