Center for Non-Profits Staff

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Linda Czipo
Linda M. Czipo

President & CEO
Linda Czipo is the President and CEO of the Center for Non-Profits.  Linda’s non-profit sector experience spans over 25 years, and includes expertise in public policy, compliance and management issues.  She writes and speaks frequently to the media, non-profit, philanthropic and business leaders, and government officials regarding the size, strength, economic and social contributions of New Jersey’s non-profit sector and current and emerging trends facing the non-profit community; and has successfully mobilized broad-based coalitions of non-profits around numerous advocacy issues. An experienced researcher and analyst, she has conducted many of the Center’s projects documenting the size, scope, economic and social contributions, and emerging issues/trends of the non-profit community. She was named one of the 2014 Top 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, and was a nominee for the national Professional Women in Advocacy 2014 Excellence in Advocacy Award. 

Linda is a current public policy committee member and former board treasurer of the National Council of Nonprofits; and also serves on the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service; the advisory board of the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and the Leadership and Policy Committee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. She holds a degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. 
Debbie Duncan
Deborah L. Duncan
Director of Member Services
Debbie joined the Center in June 2006 and is responsible for coordinating the Center’s workshops and events; promoting Center activities, managing member benefits programs, and maintaining member services including the HelpDesk (phone & e-mail information and referral service), resource directory and materials.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Spanish and Master’s degree in Public Administration and had over 25 years of experience as staff and volunteer with non-profits, in such diverse fields as: health prevention education, pre-school to adult education, vocational training, fundraising, community organization, mental health, parent training, and cultural competency.

Debbie has enjoyed extensive training in many program areas, including leadership, organizational development, fundraising, client services, conflict management, and much more.  Having lived abroad from the ages of 3 to 14, and later 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, South America, Debbie is fluent in Spanish and a perennial student of human diversity and culture on all levels.

Since moving from New York State to New Jersey in 1999, Debbie has worked at the Hispanic Family Center in Camden as Prevention Education Coordinator and with the American Heart Association in Cumberland and Salem counties.  The parent of 2 adult children, and grandparent of one, Debbie enjoys listening to books on tape during commutes; traveling - mostly to visit family and friends; good foods and cooking of all varieties; museums, theater and music performances; discussing and learning about current events, theology, and the latest scientific discoveries; walking and good movies. In her spare time, she advocates for social justice, human equality and stewardship of the earth.

Susan Merrill O'ConnorSusan Merrill O'Connor
Director of Communications
Susan has been on the Center's team since August 2014.  Working closely with our staff and board committees, she is responsible for the overall PR/marketing/outreach plan development and execution; writing a wide array of articles / materials; technology and social media; and outreach to key stakeholders.

Susan brings an impressive array of talent and experience to her position at the Center.  She has over 20 years of experience working with non-profits in both employee and consultant capacities to enhance their marketing, media relations, visibility, and fundraising efforts.  As a communications strategist for RelationshipLink Technologies, she was integrally involved in rebranding and promoting New York City’s Department of Education’s Career and Technology Schools; editing workforce curriculum for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; and other assignments.  She has extensive experience in the YMCA network, where she served as Marketing Associate for the Sussex chapter.

Susan has facilitated or served on several collective impact teams including the CDC and YMCA’s Pioneering Healthier Communities working with hospitals, elected officials, business leaders and schools to implement healthy living initiatives for New Jersey families.  She has utilized her fundraising, volunteer recruitment, public relations and event planning skills in a wide array of organizations and positions, including Metro YMCAs of the Oranges, The Association on American Indian Affairs, Hardyston Township PTA, Little Lost Arts Community Theater, Monmouth University Alumni Association, Northwest New Jersey Reading Council, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 
Caitlin Giles-McCormick
Caitlin Giles-McCormick

Program Coordinator
As the Center's Program Coordinator since 2015, Caitlin utilizes her extensive non-profit, technological, and analytical experience to strengthen various facets of the Center's programmatic and administrative functions, including membership recruitment and tracking; capacity building; communications; convenings; research and evaluation; and public policy.

Caitlin has been involved in the non-profit community since her time at Newark (DE) High School where she was active in the Key Club and served on the Youth Philanthropy Board at the Delaware Community Foundation. This early volunteerism showed her the need for services in Delaware and the value of community connectivity.

After attending American University, Caitlin returned to Delaware to work for the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disABILITIES (DFRC). Her seven years at DFRC provided her with exposure to the overwhelming need for non-profit services from the limited resources available. Additionally, while at DFRC, Caitlin earned her master’s degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Delaware.

Driven by the desire to assist non-profit organizations beyond (but including) the disability community, Caitlin joined the team at the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, a state association similar to the Center for Non-Profits. Caitlin happily served as the Director of Operations and Research from January 2013 through June 2015.

Caitlin continues to be challenged and energized by the non-profit sector, working to provide the necessary information to organizations and constituents so that they are able to improve the quality and efficiency of their programs. 
Chelsea Dixon
Chelsea L. Dixon
Office Administrator
Chelsea brings a wealth of experience and community commitment to her position at the Center.  She is an experienced administrator, having worked for 13 years as hospice and volunteer program coordinator and home health aide manager at Visiting Nurse Association of Mercer County, and formerly as program manager/coordinator with First Tee of Greater Trenton.

She is the founder of GamePhox Unlimited, LLC, a small business providing art, environmental awareness, academic and athletic programs for underserved and underrepresented minority youth and young women.

Her commitment to youth athletics and academic success is long and deep. A former college assistant athletics director, she is the author of Bridging the Gap: A Simple Guide to College and a contributor to BE Smart, the online K12 and Post-Secondary Education blog at She also works with the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Princeton University.

A motivational speaker and teacher, she is a member of the Ewing High School Athletic Hall of Fame, The Trenton Softball Hall of Fame and The Trenton Select.

Chelsea earned her B.A. in Sociology from Boston College, her Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Secondary Education from Trenton State College, and her M.S. in Sports Management from University of Massachusetts Amherst.