The Community Fund of Darien

Carrie Bernier, Executive Director

Carrie Bernier has been the Executive Director of The Community Fund of Darien since 2013. Formerly an attorney practicing criminal and family law in Stamford, Carrie served as an Assistant State's Attorney in Stamford Criminal Court prosecuting crimes of domestic violence and as the Legal Director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. For over twenty years, Carrie has brought her passion for advocacy and systems change to her work in the nonprofit sector. Carrie has a B.A. from Boston College, a Master’s Certificate from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies  at the University of Massachusetts, and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law. Carrie lives in Darien with her husband and four daughters.

Kathy Cronin, Office Manager

Kathy Cronin recently joined The Community Fund of Darien as Office Manager. Kathy has worked at the Darien Library and has been an active volunteer in town for many years. Her previous professional experience includes employment with IBM, Hewlett Packard and a number of small software companies where she worked in sales and account management. She has a B.S. in Economics from Boston College and resides in Darien with her husband and two daughters.

Lisa Haas, Grants Director

Lisa Haas began working at The Community Fund of Darien in 2013 as the Director of Development and subsequently moved into the role of Grants Director in 2016. Prior to working at The Community Fund, she served on The Community Fund's Board of Directors and participated in our grant review panels for six years. Lisa worked in finance as a research analyst for Soundview and Schroders. She has a B.A. from Duke University and has an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s  Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has three children and lives in Darien.

Kate Hough, Director of Development

Kate joined The Community Fund of Darien as the Director of Development in 2016. Kate came to the organization from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society where she was the Senior Campaign Manager for their Team In Training program. She has also worked at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan and The Courage to Speak Foundation in Norwalk. She has her B.A. in Communications from Marist College. Kate has helped to raise millions of dollars throughout her career for causes on a local and national scale. Her passion for effecting change motivates her work ethic and success. Kate lives in Norwalk with her husband.

Emily Larkin, Thriving Youth Program Director

Emily grew up in Wilton, Connecticut, and so she is familiar with the challenges facing adolescents in Fairfield County. She holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services and B.A. in Theology from the University of Scranton. Prior to her role at The Community Fund, she worked for five years for The Fold Family Ministries, a nonprofit organization providing residential care, counseling and education for teens and families in crisis. In her role as Thriving Youth Program Coordinator, Emily works with our community partners to implement a five-year strategic plan aimed at reducing underage drinking and improving mental health for Darien's 12-17 year olds and their parents. Emily and her husband live in Stamford.

Barbara Alter, Bookkeeper

Barbara joined The Community Fund of Darien as bookkeeper in 2015. Barbara is a CPA with a background in public accounting and has been doing bookkeeping for small businesses since 1996. Barbara graduated from Darien High School and received a B.S.B.A. from Villanova University. She currently lives in Darien with her husband and three children.

Susan Serven, Crowdfunding Project Director

Susan Serven joined The Community Fund of Darien in 2016 as Project Director to help launch our latest community initiative, a crowdfunding platform to help nonprofits fundraise online. Susan brings her corporate and nonprofit experience in marketing, technology and finance to her current roles in the community. Susan was co-founder of EPM Channel and the nonprofit Chinese Language School of Connecticut, and has previously worked as Special Events Director at the American Cancer Society, as Global Marketing Project Manager at Save the Children, and at Lever Bros., Inc. and Nielsen Marketing Research. She has a B.B.A. from Pace University and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from Fairfield University. Susan lives in New Canaan with her husband and two daughters.