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Ronald B. RichardExecutive Office
President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Assistant: Kimberly Sabo 216.685.2001
Ronn Richard is president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Richard has held a variety of senior management positions in government, the private sector and the nonprofit sector.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2003, Mr. Richard was managing director and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. In this role, he worked to ensure the prompt and effective delivery of new technologies to the U.S. intelligence community.
Before joining In-Q-Tel, Mr. Richard spent 13 years at Panasonic in key management positions, including president of the company’s North American research and development operations; president of Panasonic Home & Commercial Products Company, a major sales and marketing division of Panasonic USA; president of Panasonic Strategic Ventures Company, in charge of mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances; vice president for planning, technology, and public affairs, which included heading up Panasonic's corporate philanthropy; and vice president for Internet business development.
From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Richard was a career U.S. Foreign Service officer, serving at the American consulate general in Osaka/Kobe, Japan, and as a desk officer for North Korean, Greek and Turkish affairs, respectively, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. He also was a Pearson Program fellow in San Francisco, where he researched and reported on U.S.-East Asian and U.S.-Latin American trade, investment flows and technology transfers.
Mr. Richard began his career as director of the national public affairs program service at the nonprofit Japan Society in New York City.
Mr. Richard has served on the board of trustees of Spelman College and the board of advisers of the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He was a visiting professor for international business at Bennett College in North Carolina during the spring 2003 semester. For many years, he served as chairman and then as a member of the board of trustees of the International Biomedical Research Alliance (an academic joint venture between NIH-Oxford and Cambridge universities). In 2012, he was a scholar in residence at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy.
Currently, Mr. Richard serves on the board of directors of Global Cleveland, NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology, Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. He is board chair of Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation and the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation. He is lead director of the board of directors of Emergent Biosolutions, a public biopharmaceutical company.
Mr. Richard is a former member of the board of the Council on Foundations. From January 2009 to November 2010, he served then-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration as the appointed, volunteer infrastructure czar, overseeing the expenditure of federal stimulus funds in the state. He currently serves on the Jobs Ohio oversight board.
Mr. Richard holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, and honorary doctorates from Notre Dame College and Baldwin Wallace University. He is a recipient of the African-American President’s Council Champion Award for his work in inclusive economic development. In 2007, he received Wheaton College’s Otis Award for Social Justice (previous recipients include Sen. Edward Kennedy, Gloria Steinem and Marian Wright Edelman). Mr. Richard was inducted into Hiram College’s Garfield Society, the college’s highest honor, and received Entrepreneurs for Sustainability’s 2007 Champion of Sustainability award. In 2014, Mr. Richard received Case Western Reserve University’s President’s Award for Visionary Achievement. Mr. Richard is the recipient of the Council on Foundations' 2017 Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. Richard is married to Bess Rodriguez, an artist, and has two children, Susanna and Nicholas.
India Pierce LeeGrantmaking
Senior Vice President, Program
Executive Assistant: Annabel Bryan 216.615.7177
India Pierce Lee is Senior Vice President, Program at the Cleveland Foundation. She leads the foundation’s grantmaking team, working with the board, staff, and community leaders to define Greater Cleveland’s critical needs and leverage resources to help meet them. Pierce Lee joined the foundation in 2006 as Program Director for Neighborhoods, Housing and Community Development. She worked with Cleveland’s community development corporations and neighborhood intermediary organizations, and oversaw the Greater University Circle Initiative, a multi-institutional neighborhood revitalization partnership, including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the City of Cleveland.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Pierce Lee served as Senior Vice President of Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in management from Cleveland’s Dyke College and is a graduate of the Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community Development from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where she obtained a Master of Science in social administration.
In 2009, Pierce Lee completed the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she studied neighborhood revitalization, with a special interest in sustainability. She is currently pursuing a Master of Art in Psychology specializing in Diversity Management at Cleveland State University, with expected graduation in May 2017.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Executive Assistant: Carmela Beltrante 216.615.7172
Rosanne Potter is a senior finance professional specializing in investment management and capital markets. Rosanne has held the position of Treasurer of five major manufacturing companies including the Lubrizol Corporation, RTI International Metals, Inc., and Dexter Corporation with industry expertise in specialty chemicals, consumer products, metals and power management. In her current role as SVP & CFO, Rosanne manages the finance function for the Cleveland Foundation. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation in April 2016, she was responsible for managing $10 billion of global retirement assets for Eaton Corporation in Cleveland.
Rosanne is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in investment management, capital markets, cash management, foreign exchange and risk management. In her various roles, she has demonstrated superior relationship management skills dealing with investment banks, asset managers, commercial banks, insurance brokers and rating agencies.
Rosanne has successfully negotiated bridge financing and permanent financing for multi-billion dollar acquisitions. She has extensive experience executing corporate bank loans, equity offerings, private placements, swaps and term loans for investment and non-investment grade companies.
Rosanne began her career in Chicago working in the Treasury department of a Fortune 100 conglomerate. She received her Master of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and French from Boston College, graduating cum laude. During her undergraduate studies, Rosanne attended the London School of Economics where she studied international business and economics. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University and teaches financial planning and capital markets to executive MBA students.
Serving in leadership roles for charities has been important to Rosanne over her career. She was on the board and also the founding chairperson for the Cleveland American Heart Association’s Circle of Red, and was a long standing board member on the Northeast Ohio Make A Wish Foundation Board of Directors and finance committee. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Adoption Network Cleveland and In Counsel With Women, a professional networking organization in Cleveland. She was a Crain’s Cleveland Business 2015 Women of Note Recipient and an Athena Finalist in 2004 for Inside Business Magazine. She resides in Twinsburg, Ohio, with her husband and children where she is active in her community and church.
Senior Vice President of Advancement
Executive Assistant: Donna Johnson 216.615.7168
As Senior Vice President of Advancement, Kaye Ridolfi has direct responsibility for all of the foundation’s fundraising activities. As such, she leads the 18-member Advancement staff, with backgrounds in estate law, banking, wealth management, accounting, and nonprofit leadership. This team of seasoned professionals works in charitable gift planning, donor relations, and donor communications, to bring new donors into the foundation and then steward these donors on an ongoing basis as they strive to achieve their philanthropic goals. Kaye is a member of the Cleveland Foundation’s Executive Committee and oversees the Advancement Committee of the foundation’s board of directors.
An experienced development professional, Kaye joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2011. Prior to that, she spent two decades in the field, primarily in the academic sector. Her previous positions include five years at Case Western Reserve University, where she served as associate vice president of institutional development and director of the $1 billion capital campaign. She joined CWRU after six years at The Ohio State University, initially as director of the campaign to renovate the main library and then as assistant vice president for major gifts, which included eight regional major gift offices on the east coast, west coast, and southeastern U.S. Previous positions were with Ohio Wesleyan University, initially as director of its annual fund and ultimately as director of alumni development, and the American Lung Association of Ohio in 1990, initially as the organization’s first director of planned giving and later as vice president.
After moving to Cleveland in 2005, Kaye planted deep roots in her new hometown. She has served on the boards of several area organizations, including the City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and on the Union Club of Cleveland’s Membership Committee and Engaging Women Committee. She is a graduate of the FBI’s Citizens Academy and is a member of the Citizens Academy Foundation. Kaye is a frequent speaker on capital campaigns, board development, and nonprofit leadership.
Kaye graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She later earned a master’s degree in public policy and management from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Policy.
Monica BrownHuman Resources
Vice President, Human Resources
Executive Assistant: Carmela Beltrante 216.615.7172
Monica Brown is a highly regarded and recognized human resources professional and business leader that has been with the foundation since January 2007. In her current role as Vice President for Human Resources & Administration, Monica is a valued member of the leadership team, responsible for the ongoing, organization-wide development of human capital strategies that align with the foundation’s mission, values and strategic objectives, promoting a culture that ensures the foundation’s ability to attract, engage and retain the most talented employees.
Monica also oversees the foundation’s Administrative Services team, ensuring that programs focused on internal service, employee safety/security and business continuity are employee-focused, comprehensive and continually evaluated for effectiveness. Prior to her role at the foundation, she was the human resources leader for the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Monica earned a bachelor of science from Kent State University and a master’s degree in labor relations and human resources management from Cleveland State University. She is certified as a senior human resources professional by both the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). In addition, Monica was awarded the distinction of Business Leader in both the 2012 and 2016 HR Awards, sponsored and presented by the Employers Resource Council (ERC) and the Cleveland Chapter of SHRM.
Being actively involved in the community is equally as important as her role within the foundation. In 2013, Monica founded the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals. This important initiative, supported by the Cleveland Foundation, Thompson Hine, LLC, Oswald Companies and ERC, provides educational and networking opportunities for nonprofit HR professionals that focus on building the capacity of the human resources function across Northeast Ohio nonprofits. Monica also serves as the chair of the HR Committee of the board of directors for Beck Center for the Arts.
Michael D. MurphyMarketing & Communications
Chief Marketing Officer
216.615.7003 | Email mMurphy
Michael D. Murphy serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at the Cleveland Foundation, providing strategic oversight for the organization’s communications and outreach initiatives. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation in 2013, Michael served as a managing director in the corporate/financial practice at the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, where he served as a senior counselor for Fortune 100 corporate and financial clients, driving strategy development and issues management, message creation, spokesperson and presentation training, and public affairs engagements. In this role, Michael launched CSR/thought leadership platforms for global clients in various sectors, including concept development, partnership procurement (including USA TODAY and the Financial Times), plan design and implementation and media execution. Michael's leadership on Telefonica's millennial campaign with the Financial Times earned recognition as one of the World's 50 Best PR Campaigns and a Gold SABRE award by The Holmes Group.
Prior to his time at B-M, Michael was a senior vice president and partner at the international integrated communications firm Fleishman-Hillard, implementing reputational campaigns and establishing coalition and community partnerships targeting consumer, public health and HCP stakeholders on behalf of clients at the national and grassroots levels. As part of the senior team in both the Cleveland and New York office, Michael managed the agency’s global FH Out Front practice group, focused on developing engagement strategies for corporations seeking to interact with growing influence of the LGBT segment. During his tenure at Fleishman,Michael helped the cities of Cleveland + Akron land the 2014 Gay Games as the lead on the marketing and communications strategy that secured the winning bid against Boston and D.C.
An Ohio native, Michael began his career at Ketchum Public Relations in New York and Washington, D.C., where he worked in the corporate and social marketing practices, managing external and internal communications campaigns on behalf of multiple clients. Michael served as the day-to-day client counselor on the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Part D launch public awareness programs, including the coordination, involvement, and on-site support of HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and CMS Administrator Dr. Mark McClellan. He coordinated community relations, partnership procurement, and event logistics for the HHS Administration for Children and Families’ Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking public awareness program and provided on-site counsel during the 2003 corporate reputation crisis of the New York Stock Exchange and subsequent leadership change of the Board and senior staff.
Named one of Crain's Cleveland Business "40 under 40" in 2014, Michael is a graduate of Ohio University and is happy to be back in Cleveland.
Leon WilsonInformation Systems
Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer
Executive Assistant: Carmela Beltrante 216.615.7172
Leon Wilson joined the foundation in October 2015 to lead the IT team, focusing on strategic initiatives that will help position the foundation as a leader in the use of technology in all areas of its work. In addition, Leon is responsible for helping to develop and implement an external Cleveland Foundation IT strategy that will focus on elevating Cleveland to become a recognized leader in technology, particularly in the areas of cyber security, big data, and civic tech.
Leon brings more than 20 years of senior level technology experience to the foundation and our community. In his most recent role as Senior Director for Technology & Data Engagement for the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), Leon advised executive staff, board and advisory committee members on strategic planning initiatives and significant technology investments that would positively impact both the internal structure at MNA as well as the IT service offerings to MNA’s external nonprofit clients through its Highway T program. He also played a role providing strategic and executive leadership for MNA’s former high-profile data analytics program, Data Driven Detroit, and other nonprofit sector-based technology initiatives.
Prior to his work at MNA, Leon held a number of internal and consulting IT leadership positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Minnesota, Federal-Mogul Corporation, Chrysler, RR Donnelly, and Deluxe as well as positions at General Mills and the IRS. Wilson has also served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan (and other two and four year colleges), where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses within the MIS discipline.
Leon earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and also had a distinguished military career with the U.S. Army Reserve, where he was a commissioned officer, earning multiple badges, medals and commendations along with completing airborne paratrooper and air-assault training.
Though he resided in Michigan for several years, Leon has family ties to Cleveland and is proud to call our great city home.
216.615.7599 | Email tAmata
Tammi Amata has shared responsibility over the daily accounting processes of the Finance department. In addition to the day-to-day operations, she manages the month-end closing process, financial statement reporting to donors and supporting organizations, and various other special projects. She also provides guidance and oversight to the fund accounting staff.
Tammi joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2009 as the accounting manager and has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and auditing. Before coming to the foundation, she spent 12 years as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Cleveland with such nonprofit and manufacturing clients as the Cleveland Foundation, RPM International Inc., and American Greetings Corp.
Tammi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with majors in accounting and finance, from Ashland University and a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a certified public accountant.
216.615.7192 | Email kAndrasik
Kristi Andrasik draws upon her extensive experience in social service delivery and nonprofit management to review grant proposals across a broad range of program areas, help nonprofits assess their goals, and support the organizations working to improve our region. Kristi previously worked with Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Office of Family and Community Engagement and served multiple roles at Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center in Cleveland, including Family Services Coordinator, Clinical Director, and Associate Director. Since joining the Foundation in 2012, Kristi has worked closely with the LGBT community to mobilize resources and strengthen community infrastructures to prepare for the 2014 Gay Games and improve the well-being of Greater Cleveland’s LGBT residents.
Kristi graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a minor in sociology and additional studies in family life education and nonprofit management and development. She received a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker- Supervisor in the state of Ohio. Kristi volunteers with the Cleveland Animal Protective League, is an Advisory Council member for Cleveland’s Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and serves on the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee for Philanthropy Ohio.
In 2015, Kristi became the inaugural recipient of the Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy.
216.615.7588 | Email jAnielski
Juliane Anielski began working at the foundation as an intern in December 2010 and joined the foundation as a fund accountant in July 2012.
She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at CSU.
Marvelous BakerGrantmaking, Scholarships
Program Officer for Scholarships
216.615.7138 | Email mBaker
Marvelous Baker implements and manages the foundation’s scholarship program. She also works with selected donors as a researcher, facilitator, and liaison, hoping to enhance their philanthropic experiences. Prior to joining the foundation, Marvelous held positions with Doan Center and University Circle Inc. Marvelous holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Baldwin-Wallace College and an associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College. She is a graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland. Marvelous volunteers at Fatima Family Center.
Karen Bartrum JansenGrantmaking
216.615.7178 | Email kBartrum
Karen Bartrum Jansen joined the Cleveland Foundation more than 10 years ago. She currently works in Grants Management, helping donors and grantees through the foundation’s systems and processes. Prior to joining the foundation, Karen worked in various sales and office management roles for a metal broker, a small computer company, and an international plastics manufacturer.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business with a minor in computer information systems from Ohio State University.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer
216.615.7172 | Email cBeltrante
Carmela Beltrante joined the foundation in April 2004. She has served in various capacities at the senior executive assistance level for more than two decades. Carmela spent the majority of her career at Ernst & Young supporting senior executive partners at the national and district levels where she managed their calendars, travel, and correspondence; planned and arranged for board meetings and off-site national seminars; and served as liaison to staff. After leaving Ernst & Young in 2000, Carmela became the executive assistant to the finance director of the City of Cleveland. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the executive assistant to the managing director and principal at Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.
She also served as secretary to the board of directors of the endowment fund for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Cleveland, worked as a Berlitz foreign language teacher, mentored inner-city high school students, and organized activities for Concern II to build children’s self-esteem through Special Olympics programs.
Donor Relations Officer
216.615.7145 | Email mBlackford
Michelle Blackford focuses primarily on fostering and strengthening relationships with individuals, families, organizations and corporations who seek to fulfill their charitable giving goals.
Michelle joined the Advancement Team in September 2009, bringing with her more than 10 years of development experience. Prior to joining the foundation, Michelle served as the assistant director for the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at Messiah College in Grantham, PA., where she played a significant role in advancing the fundraising efforts of the college. Additionally, Michelle was responsible for overseeing the college’s campus wide annual homecoming and alumni reunion weekend events. She also served as the advisor for the senior class giving initiative and the alumni student council.
In addition to her development work, Michelle served as a campaign manager for a judicial candidate in the Cleveland Municipal Court. While residing in Pennsylvania, she served in a number of volunteer leadership roles, including: committee co-chair for the PA 50 Best Women in Leadership Award, committee member of the capital campaign for the Harrisburg BIC Church, and captain for the campus United Way Campaign for several years.
Michelle is an active volunteer for the Cleveland Metroparks and is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Michelle graduated from Eastern University in St. David’s, PA., summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She has completed graduate courses through the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Katie BrennanExecutive Office
Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow
216.615.7190 | Email kBrennan
Katie Brennan is a 2016-2017 Public Service Fellow at the Cleveland Foundation. In her position, Katie works as a Cleveland Foundation representative with the Cleveland Community Police Commission, aiding in tasks ranging from administrative support to research and policymaking.
Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame—where she was a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar—with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and minors in Irish Studies and Irish Language & Literature. She received a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. Her MA thesis focused on police reform in Cleveland and what could be learned from Northern Ireland’s reform process.
Katie also serves as a teacher in the St. Ignatius/Walsh Jesuit Irish Studies Program and has worked at length with the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership. Previously she has also served as a research assistant on the Northern Ireland Project at the University of Notre Dame, a 1916 Easter Rising Project at Notre Dame, and with the Cleveland Irish American Archives Society. She also served as an intern on a PBS/BBC documentary about the Irish 1916 Easter Rising.
Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President
216.615.7177 | Email aBryan
Annabel Bryan helps to coordinate board-directed and special initiatives, including the Greater University Circle Initiative and the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program. Her previous experience includes working as a research assistant at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Henry A. Murray Research Center.
Annabel received her Bachelor of Science in sociology from Boston University. She is currently studying education at Baldwin Wallace University and volunteers in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
216.615.7582 | Email sCaviness
Stephen Caviness joined The Cleveland Foundation in 2015 as a Program Officer on the Community Responsive Team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Stephen served six years as a Congressional Staffer in Ohio’s Eleventh Congressional District Office. In that capacity, Stephen met community needs by representing constituents’ ideas, resolving their concerns with all levels of government, and facilitating conversations with local organizations that fostered positive change in the community.
Stephen brings a wealth of knowledge to the foundation around navigating complex government systems and an understanding of how public policy influences a nonprofit’s ability to serve its clients.
Outside of work, Stephen enjoys finding ways to connect with and give back to the local community through volunteerism and service. Over the years, Stephen has actively served the Greater Abyssinia Federal Credit Union and the Cleveland Animal Protective League as a foster care volunteer. Stephen earned a bachelor's degree in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration in Systems Management from Baldwin Wallace University.
216.685.2017 | Email rCoe
Rennae Coe joined the foundation in 2002 as a program assistant and has provided support for program directors in the areas of social services, child and youth development, economic development, education, and evaluation. Rennae is currently working as a team member on the MyCom and Social Enterprise initiatives, as well as the launch of the Economic and Community Development Institute microlending initiative.
Prior to working at the foundation, Rennae held executive assistant positions at SKW Operations, Inc. (Degussa/Master Builders) and Centerior Energy (The Illuminating Co.) and was a long-distance toll operator at Ohio Bell Telephone Co.
Rennae, a graduate of John Adams High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from Hiram College.
Katherine E. CollinAdvancement
Gift Planning Officer
216.615.7174 | Email kCollin
Katie Collin joined the Cleveland Foundation’s Advancement Team in February 2016. She focuses primarily on providing individuals, families and organizations with information regarding current and deferred charitable giving options. In addition, Katie works closely with professional advisors and their clients to identify those options that will achieve specific philanthropic planning goals.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie was a member of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Philanthropy Institute for over five years, most recently serving as a Director of Gift Planning. She provided charitable gift, tax and estate planning services to individuals and families with an interest in supporting the Cleveland Clinic health system. Katie previously held positions at Hickman & Lowder Co., LPA and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
Katie has volunteered with the Smith College Club of Cleveland in their role with the Summer on the Cuyahoga internship program since she returned to Cleveland in 2005. She is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Northeast Ohio Planned Giving Council and the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland.
Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts in art history from Smith College and received her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law.
Kara Keating CopelandGrantmaking
Administrative Assistant: Sarah King 216.615.7155
Kara Keating Copeland reviews proposals from organizations across the nonprofit sector as a member of the community responsive grantmaking team. Before joining the foundation, she served as director of resource development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland where for nearly seven years she oversaw the organization’s foundation and government relations, individual giving, special events, public relations, and community outreach efforts. Prior to her work at Boys & Girls Clubs, Kara was lead community organizer for Slavic Village Development Corp., where she co-managed an intergenerational community organizing program.
Kara received her master’s degree in applied social science administration from Case Western Reserve University. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communications and psychology from John Carroll University.
216.615.7166 | Email jCorey
Judith joined the foundation in 2007 as a member of the Finance team. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years in the public utility and governmental sectors specializing in financial reporting and auditing.
Judith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, majoring in accounting, from John Carroll University. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of CPAs.
Donor Relations Officer
216.615.7158 | Email bCummins
Brenda Cummins joined the foundation in 2015 and works with donors and organizations to help them plan and achieve their philanthropic objectives.
Brenda brings senior level development experience from her previous role as director of Foundation Administration and Community Engagement at Summa Health System. In her role, she advanced Summa’s priorities through philanthropy and connected the greater community to the work of the organization. Prior work includes her position as a development officer at the Akron Civic Theatre, where she was responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the 1920’s atmospheric theatre.
Through her first career path as an Audiologist and her community volunteer work in social services, healthcare and the arts, her strength is connecting people to organizations that make an impact in the lives of our greater community.
Brenda serves on the boards of several non-profits, including Greenleaf Family Center, 91.3 The Summit - WAPS, and Summit ArtSpace. She is a graduate of Leadership Akron, Class 2007. She serves on the American Heart Association Go Red for Women committee, and has volunteered with the Summa Medical Team for the Akron Marathon. She holds a master’s degree in Audiology from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Bowling Green State University.
Janice M. CutrightInformation Systems
Record and Information Manager
216.615.7150 | Email jCutright
Jan Cutright is responsible for the maintenance, review, and evaluation of the Cleveland Foundation’s records system as well as the development and maintenance of data management policies and standards. Jan has been an employee of the foundation since 1975 and previously held positions in IT and Grants Management.
Jan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cleveland State University.
Vince DiNunzioInformation Systems
Technology Support Analyst
216.615.7169 | Email vDinunzio
Vince DiNunzio began working at The Cleveland Foundation as a consultant in 2014 for a year and then joined the foundation staff in 2016. He provides a high level of desktop support to foundation staff while also helping to drive helpdesk management and training initiatives that are a part of the overall IT strategy.
At his previous job, he supported a large portfolio of clients while assisting with the management of the ticketing system and the company Wiki. He also helped with the onboarding of new clients and various other tasks.
Vince graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Information Systems.
Mary Clare DonnellyGrantmaking
Executive Assistant/Program Assistant Coordinator
216.685.4000 | Email mDonnelly
Mary Clare Donnelly joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2004 as a program assistant and now serves as the executive assistant to the vice president, strategic grantmaking, arts & urban design initiatives. She provides advanced administrative support, and included among her duties are coordination and communication with senior management and board members, extensive calendar maintenance, management of various in-house processes, and collaborative work across all departments.
Her prior experience includes various executive administrative positions at IMG, a global sports, fashion, and media business, and in the legal department at Key Bank.
Leslie A. DunfordAdministration
Vice President for Administration and Strategic Projects
216.615.7152 | Email lDunford
Leslie Dunford manages the foundation's facilities, office services, and risk-management programs, and serves as the executive director of Suite 1300 Services, Inc., an affiliate of the Cleveland Foundation that provides support services to the foundation’s resident-led, community-building program.
From 1997 through 2014, Leslie also served as the foundation's corporate secretary and liaison to its board of directors and legal counsel, advising on matters of regulatory compliance and governance.
A graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders and Leadership Cleveland, Leslie serves on the boards of Philanthropy Ohio, Cleveland Leadership Center and Vocational Guidance Services. She is an honorary life trustee of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and a past recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Professional Excellence award. From 2005 through 2011, Leslie served as a standards reviewer for the Community Foundations National Standards Board. She has a Certificate for Non-Profit Board Consulting from BoardSource.
Leslie earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Gannon University in Pennsylvania.
Director of Gift Planning
Administrative Assistant: Linda Gersten 216.615.7143
Terri Bradford Eason manages the foundation’s Gift Planning Program as a member of the Advancement team. Her primary focus is cultivating relationships that help individuals establish current and deferred philanthropic funds, legacy gifts and charitable giving strategic plans. As such, Terri works closely with professional advisors and their clients to identify, create and provide charitable planning options tailored to achieve specific philanthropic goals.
Terri joined the Foundation in October 2008 after gaining two decades of experience in the financial services industry. She had several positions with National City (now PNC) and supported several functions including wealth management, relationship management, new business development, and both private and corporate banking. As director of nonprofit business services, she was responsible for new business development and relationship management of nonprofit and higher education organizations. Throughout her tenure, Terri was dedicated to quality service for which she received the company’s NCC Excel Award for extraordinary client and community service. She also was the recipient of the YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award, TLOD Status of Women Award, and the NCNW Phenomenal Women of Extraordinary Leadership and Service Award.
Terri has served the nonprofit community as a director on several area nonprofit boards, including Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (Past-Board President), Recovery Resources, Junior Achievement, and the Women’s City Club Foundation. Currently, she is President of the Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Chairman of Alpha Omega Foundation, Incorporated. In addition, she serves on the Legacy Village Lyndhurst Community Fund Committee and is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc., Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society, Cleveland Chapter of Links, Inc., and Jack & Jill of America, Inc. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University.
Jocelyn EllisMarketing & Communications
Writer & Editor
216.615.7153 | Email jEllis
Jocelyn Ellis is a writer and editor for the Cleveland Foundation, responsible for content development and strategy, including speechwriting and special projects as well as editing and proofreading. Jocelyn joined the foundation in January 2015 with 10 years of nonprofit marketing and editorial experience at The Nature Conservancy’s Chicago, Seattle and Arlington, VA offices. She earned a Master of Zoology from Miami University and a Bachelor of Philosophy, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and conservation writing, also from Miami University. Born and raised in Columbus, she’s happy to be back in Ohio.
Emily Foote-HuthMarketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
216.615.7173 | Email eHuth
Emily Foote-Huth joined the Cleveland Foundation in January 2016 as a Marketing & Communications Coordinator after serving as an intern with the Marketing & Communications team from June 2014 – December 2015. In her current role, Emily supports the foundation’s internal and external communications, aiding in the planning and execution of comprehensive communications for all constituencies of the foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Emily supported admissions and enrollment operations at John Carroll University and served as an intern at Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Emily holds a Master of Business Administration from John Carroll University and a bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in Spanish also from John Carroll University.
216.685.2002 | Email mForrest
Maureen Forrest joined the Cleveland Foundation in March 2007 as a donor relations and scholarship assistant. Prior to that, she was an administrative assistant in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office for 15 years. Maureen provides administrative support to the Donor Relations team to ensure that those supported have the tools and information necessary to successfully carry out their objectives.
Director of Development & Donor Communications
216.615.7165 | Email mFritz
Administrative Assistant: Maureen Forrest 216.685.2002
Michelle Fritz consults with individuals, families, and organizations to help donors identify and achieve their charitable giving interests and goals. She also works collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team to develop donor communication strategies.
Michelle joined the team in 2012 with more than 15 years of development experience. In her previous role as executive director of donor relations and events for Case Western Reserve University, she played an instrumental role on the leadership team that successfully launched the university’s $1 billion capital campaign in the fall of 2011. In addition, Michelle created comprehensive stewardship and donor recognition programs for schools and departments across the university.
Prior to working at Case Western Reserve, Michelle worked in various development roles for the American Cancer Society, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, and Bowling Green State University.
Michelle holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University. She has been an active volunteer for several nonprofit organizations and is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
National Urban Fellow
216.615.7597 | Email lGarcia
Lissette is the 2017 National Urban Fellow at the Cleveland Foundation. Previously, Lissette was Director of Special Projects at The Harpo Foundation, where she managed new initiatives for the Native American Residency Fellowship and Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship programs. Lissette is the former Regional Director at Artist Pension Trust (2008-2012), the first investment program tailored to the needs of emerging and mid-career artists.
Lissette has over 15 years of nonprofit and for-profit expertise in the arts, including as a curator for emerging and mid-career artist exhibitions and a producer of music festivals. She has a strong professional background in artist and client management, program management, department administration, grant management and event management. Lissette has a B.A. in Art History from Florida International University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration with emphasis on nonprofit at Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs.
Manager of Investments
216.615.7188 | Email aGattuso
Anthony Gattuso joined the foundation in October 2016 as Manager of Investments. Anthony works with members of the finance team and the foundation’s independent investment consultant, trustee banks and various other investment managers in overseeing the successful administration of the foundation’s $2 billion investment portfolio, cash management and finance/treasury analysis.
Anthony brings an accomplished eleven-year history of investment experience to the foundation. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, he has worked in the investment office of the Cleveland Clinic Health System as Senior Investment Analyst. In this role, Anthony was part of a team responsible for the oversight and ongoing analysis of a diverse $10 billion pool of assets.
Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Bonaventure University in New York and went on to earn an MBA from Cleveland State University. In addition to his academic credentials, he is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Gift Planning Assistant
216.615.7143 | Email lGersten
Linda Gersten joined the foundation in 2001 and currently works as a gift planning assistant. Linda earned a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in business from Lake Erie College.
Director of Community-Responsive Grantmaking
Administrative Assistant: Ciba Jones 216.615.7184
Kathy Hallissey oversees the foundation’s responsive grantmaking efforts, working with a team of program officers to align those efforts with the needs of the community and the foundation’s priorities. In her previous position as a program officer for the foundation, she reviewed grant proposals and worked to strengthen nonprofit organizations across Greater Cleveland. Prior to joining the foundation in August 2005, Kathy was a Head Start management consultant. At the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, she analyzed the impact various programs and policies had on children, youth, and families. She began her career in the federal government as a presidential management intern. Kathy has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor’s degree from Drew University in New Jersey, from which she graduated cum laude.
Stephanie Hicks ThompsonMarketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications Officer
216.615.7148 | Email sThompson
Stephanie Hicks Thompson is responsible for planning and supporting multiple event and community engagement projects, as well as managing the foundation’s Speakers Bureau. In addition, Stephanie provides communications design and development across multiple foundation teams.
With more than 10 years of communications experience, Stephanie previously held the position of external affairs manager for the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership, where she managed communications, development and operations in the lead-up to the 2013 implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to her health care work, Stephanie managed graphics and communications for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Stephanie earned a bachelor degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a dual major in journalism and English and went on to earn her Master of Business Administration from Ohio University. She is actively involved in the community as a member of the Junior League of Cleveland and volunteers on the development committee of the East 80th Slovenian National Home.
216.615.7157 | Email dHighsmith
Dorothy Highsmith is responsible for preparing and maintaining various financial reports for the operation of the Cleveland Foundation, where she has worked for more than a decade.
Dorothy brought more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience when she joined the foundation. Previously in her career, she worked at BP Oil as an accountant in the marine and pipeline department and at Cuyahoga Community College as a revenue accountant in the district office/budget department, where she maintained and prepared financial reports for program directors and staff at the NASA Glenn Research Center.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Notre Dame College of Ohio.
Pamela JaffeExecutive Office, Governance
Assistant Corporate Secretary
216.615.7183 | Email pJaffe
Pamela Jaffe joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2002 after 10 years at Cleveland Works, a local nonprofit specializing in job training and placement for underserved populations. Her prior experience includes the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland and a variety of private-sector positions ranging from office manager to personal assistant.
In her role as assistant corporate secretary, she provides executive level assistance to the vice president for corporate governance and administration and executive director of Suite 1300 Services, Inc. In addition she oversees the foundation’s reception desk, administration of electronic board governance software, and the lobby art exhibits.
Pamela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a certificate in women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Executive Assistant to SVP, Advancement
216.615.7168 | Email dJohnson
Donna Johnson, who joined the foundation in 2006, is executive assistant and operations administrator for the Advancement team. She provides administrative support for the senior vice president for Advancement, oversees department operations, and handles special projects.
Donna has more than 25 years of administrative experience in the nonprofit and community development sectors. Prior to joining the foundation, Donna served as an executive director for a nonprofit community arts organization. She has worked as a consultant for nonprofit arts organizations providing grant writing and project management services. Donna also worked at ShoreBank, Cleveland, and in the development department of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Donna is a graduate of John Hay High School and attended Bowling Green State University.
216.615.7184 | Email cJones
Ciba “CJ” Jones is the program assistant to the director of community-responsive grantmaking and two program officers. CJ joined the foundation in August 2003. Prior to that, she was the human resources coordinator for the Benjamin Rose Institute’s administrative office.
CJ received a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University, an artistic diploma in theory from the Royal College of Music, and an artistic diploma in performance from the Julliard School.
216.615.7167 | Email dKaszei
Diane Kaszei has been with the foundation since 1990. She was promoted to grants manager in 2004 when the foundation centralized its grantmaking. Prior to that, Diane worked in the Gift Planning and Donor Relations Department helping donors with grantmaking and as an assistant in the civic and economic development program area.
Diane holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Myers University.
Program Director for Economic Development
Administrative Assistant: Rennae Coe 216.685.2017
Shilpa Kedar works closely with city leaders, civic groups, and foundation staff to support ongoing economic development efforts and develop new ones benefiting Greater Cleveland. Before joining the Cleveland Foundation, she was director of business attraction for Team NEO, where she collaborated with other Northeast Ohio development groups to identify and secure business opportunities for the region. Previously, she coordinated grantmaking and projects to strengthen area nonprofits for Cleveland Social Venture Partners and was a researcher for the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, a top business school in India.
Shilpa earned a master’s degree in management of nonprofit organizations from Case Western Reserve University, a postgraduate diploma in management from India’s Som-Lalit Institute of Management Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Delhi (India) University. She has authored several published articles and was a member of the Crain’s Cleveland Business “Forty Under 40” class of 2007. She served as co-chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future’s business attraction, retention, and expansion committee from 2009-2011 and is currently serving on its board. She also represents the foundation on the strategy coordinating committee of the Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy. Shilpa is involved as a partner at Cleveland Social Venture Partners and serves as a board member.
216.615.7155 | Email sKing
Sarah King provides administrative support to three program officers on the community-responsive grantmaking team and collaborates with other program staff as assigned. She has more than 20 years in administrative experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, she was office manager/administrative assistant for the Cleveland Cultural Coalition, an umbrella organization for arts groups. She grew up in the Glenville area, graduated from John Hay High School, and attended Cuyahoga Community College.
Sarah is active in the community, currently serving as a member of Morning Star Baptist Church and as a long-time volunteer on the Shoes and Clothes for Kids’ Entertainment and Decorations Committee.
Administrative Services Coordinator
216.685.2005 | Email eKoonce
Ellen joined the Administrative Services team of the Cleveland Foundation in 2015. As the organization’s receptionist, she built a wonderful rapport with staff and visitors alike. In the fall of 2016 Ellen assumed the role of Administrative Services Coordinator. She is responsible for the implementation of a broad range of office services and the operation of the Steven A. Minter Conference Center.
Prior to her assignment at the foundation, Ellen worked for 12 years at the Cleveland Housing Network, most recently as the Administrative Program Manager. In this role, she was responsible for the coordination of support services for low-income programs serving over 28,000 customers as well as the oversight of the programs’ $21.5 million budget.
Ellen studied business administration at David N. Myers College and earned a certificate in customer service management facilitation from Kent State University. She is also a certified notary public.
Lillian A. KuriGrantmaking
Vice President, Strategic Grantmaking, Arts & Urban Design Initiatives
Executive Assistant: Mary Clare Donnelly 216.685.4000
Lillian joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2005 as a consultant to develop a comprehensive strategy for one of the Foundation’s priority strategic initiatives: the revitalization of the Greater University Circle area – now one of the nation’s leading comprehensive anchor institution development strategies. This placed-based initiative places equity and sustainability at its core through the integration of cross-cutting issues such as transportation, mixed-use development, housing incentives, education, sustainability, community health, and economic inclusion.
In 2015, Lillian took over the Foundation’s Arts, Culture and Placemaking Initiatives. She manages the Foundation’s International Residency program - Creative Fusion - which has brought more than 70 foreign artists to Cleveland since 2008. Each year, approximately a dozen accomplished or rapidly rising artists from underrepresented cultures spend three months in Cleveland. In recent years, Creative Fusion welcomed artists from Armenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Chile, Iran, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, Brazil, Senegal, Egypt, Pakistan, and South Africa from a variety of art forms, including painting, multimedia installations, print-making, sculpture, ballet, experimental dance, and photography.
Lillian is also developing and implementing the Foundation’s new Arts Mastery Initiative - that will bring year-round, rigorous, mastery based programs in theater, music and visual arts to thousands of underserved children each year.
Lillian has more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art and held positions as the project manager for the City of Cleveland’s Citywide Plan under Mayor Michael R. White as well as project coordinator for the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. As the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art from 2000-2004, she was responsible for the implementation of over $4 million in projects over her 4-year tenure.
Lillian is a licensed architect in Ohio and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional. She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kent State University. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Cleveland’s Planning Commission.
Administrative Services Manager
216.615.7144 | Email lLash
As Administrative Services Manager, Laura Lash ensures the Foundation is safe, secure, comfortable, efficient, and well-maintained through management of a broad range of facilities and office services. Laura is an active member of the International Facility Management Association and is a credentialed Facility Management Professional.
Laura is a student of Cuyahoga Community College, where she is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is a graduate of the school's Robert L. Lewis Academy of Scholars, a social justice and civic engagement program. She is also a graduate of The Cleveland Leadership Center's On-Board Cleveland program and is an alum of the Center's Civic Leadership Institute.
In the community, Laura serves on the Corporate Work Study Board of Saint Martin de Porres High School.
Senior Fund Accountant
216.615.7587 | Email cLawson
Christine Lawson joined the foundation in 2001 and is responsible for overseeing accounts payable and 1099 reporting, the funding of grant requests, and the creation of quarterly board financials.
Previously she worked at Alltel Communications in the finance department, monitoring and creating reports for the collections department.
Christine holds a bachelor's degree in business, with a concentration in finance, from Colorado State University.
Kevin J. LenhardAdvancement
Gift Planning Advisor
Administrative Assistant: Linda Gersten 216.615.7143
Kevin J. Lenhard joined the Cleveland Foundation in August 2014. He focuses primarily on cultivating relationships with professional advisors in the Cleveland community and surrounding areas. Through these partnerships, he assists professional advisors and their clients in establishing strategic philanthropic plans with the foundation. Additionally, Kevin consults with individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and businesses to help them identify and achieve their charitable interests and goals.
Prior to joining the foundation, Kevin was in private law practice representing individuals, families and small businesses in estate and tax planning, litigation and business advisory matters. Kevin previously held Senior Manager and Director positions in the tax practices of Ernst & Young LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, respectively, where he provided consultation to U.S. multinational clients in federal and international tax matters.
Kevin has served as board president of Seeds of Literacy and on the Alumni Council at St. Ignatius High School. He currently serves on the Advancement Committee of the West Side Catholic Center. Kevin is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio Planned Giving Council.
Kevin earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Notre Dame. He received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Katherine M. LeParAdvancement
Gift Planning Associate
216.615.7161 | Email kLePar
Kathy LePar is part of the Advancement team of the Cleveland Foundation and is responsible for processing new gifts, supporting the setup of new funds, preparing fund agreements and charitable gift documents, and serving as a liaison with the Finance team and other cross-disciplinary teams.
Kathy has more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession with specific expertise in the areas of estate planning, probate administrations, and asset liquidation. Before joining the foundation in September 2012, Kathy spent 13 years as a paralegal with the firm of Behm & Henry, LLC. Prior to that, Kathy spent nine years as a legal assistant/paralegal with Bowlus & Bowlus, Ltd. During her employment with Bowlus & Bowlus, Kathy also provided paralegal support for a number of years to Sara J. Sherick, Esq., and Roger W. Hafford, Esq., in the area of probate administrations.
Kathy is currently working toward obtaining her certified paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants.
Calvin LewisInformation Systems
Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations
216.615.7175 | Email clewis
Calvin Lewis joined the foundation in July 2016 as Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations. In this role, Calvin collaborates with the Chief Technology & Information Officer to develop and implement the strategic technology direction for the foundation to support, facilitate and enhance the foundation’s overall strategic plan.
Calvin brings more than 15 years of professional IT experience to the foundation, including networking, infrastructure, SQL and operations systems. In his most recent role as IT Manager, Enterprise Network Services for Forest City Enterprises, he was responsible for resource planning, technical leadership, management, cost center ownership and the complete operation of a network consisting of approximately 165 sites distributed across the US, including their corporate headquarters.
Prior to his work at Forest City, Calvin served as Lead Systems Engineer for Progressive Insurance, where he was responsible for leading and supporting technical infrastructure and platforms that supported their business systems. This included providing technical leadership in evaluating, implementing and maintaining complex systems and hardware/software components.
Calvin earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
216.685.2009 | Email mLibertini
Melissa joined the Advancement Team in January 2016 as a research assistant, providing support in the areas of research, planning, and coordination. She works with the Director of Development and Donor Communications to support the research needs of the entire team.
Melissa was a participant in the foundation’s 2015 summer internship program, where she worked for MOCA as a program intern. She has also worked for the last several years as a shift supervisor at Starbucks.
Melissa graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor of arts in nonprofit administration. She also earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts as well as a certificate in peace and conflict studies from Cuyahoga Community College.
Karen R. LongGrantmaking
Manager, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
216.685.2018 | Email klong
Karen R. Long manages the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the only juried prize given each year for the best books to confront racism and contribute to our understanding of rich human cultures. She supports the jury deliberations, the celebration of the winners and works to bring the Anisfield-Wolf canon – stretching back to 1935 – into the lives of more readers each year.
Karen came to the Cleveland Foundation in 2013 after eight years as book editor of the Plain Dealer. She continues as a literary critic, writing for Newsday, Kirkus, the Seattle Times and the Los Angeles Times. In 2016, she finished a seven-year stretch as a vice president for the National Book Critics Circle, where she was a judge for its six annual prizes, awarded each spring in New York City.
In addition, Karen served the Plain Dealer as a science writer, investigative reporter and a religion and ethics writer, and served her co-workers as a vice president of Local One of the Newspaper Guild. She won a Penny Missouri award for best magazine feature and an Associated Press award for best feature writing. A voracious reader since she wore her cat-eyed glasses to kindergarten in Seattle, Karen was educated at the University of Washington and Oxford University in England. She raised three children in Cleveland Heights with her husband Joe Frolik. In 2015, Cleveland Magazine named her one of the most interesting people in the city.
Administrative Assistant: Ciba Jones 216.615.7184
Stephen Love reviews proposals across multiple sectors as part of the foundation’s Community Responsive Grantmaking team, with a focus on community development and environmental sustainability. He also manages the foundation’s Summer Intern Program, of which he is an alumnus.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2014, Stephen worked for the Cuyahoga Land Bank, researching and compiling property data for vacant property reuse opportunities as part of the President’s Special Projects team. Additionally, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, focusing on neighborhood stabilization and urban agriculture projects.
As a volunteer, Stephen demonstrates a commitment to Lake Erie and Cleveland’s lakefront. He founded a volunteer beach cleanup and advocacy effort directed at improving Euclid Beach Park. Previously, he served more than two years on the board of directors of the Cleveland Lakefront Conservancy and the Northeast Shores Development Corporation.
Stephen holds bachelor’s degrees in political science, international studies and Spanish from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, where his capstone research focused on comprehensive community development efforts.
216.615.7164 | Email jmarquiss
Jane Marquiss formally joined the foundation in December 2013 as a Grants Assistant after serving as a consultant from 2012-2013. In her new capacity, Jane supports higher education students by managing online data for the summer internship program and a broad range of scholarships.
Jane previously served as the Assistant Director for Administration in Student Health Services, at The Ohio State University, retiring in 1994 after 15 years employment. Since that time, she served in a volunteer capacity for various organizations performing administrative and database management functions.
Jane holds a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Professions from The Ohio State University.
Jamie McGuireInformation Systems
Business Systems Analyst
216.615.7031 | Email jMcGuire
Jamie McGuire joined the Information Systems team in 2007. In her current role, she supports staff with business processes and analytical reporting.
Jamie brought more than two decades of experience to the foundation, having previously worked at British Petroleum and as a custom-software developer for a variety of small- to medium-sized businesses in the Cleveland area.
Kimalon Meriweather brings extensive experience in public and community service to the foundation. She previously served as project director for the Cleveland Department of Public Health (DPH) and was responsible for securing and managing funding to ensure the success of the agency’s childhood lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes programs. In addition, she provided leadership to the Healthy Homes Advisory Council of Greater Cleveland, which was comprised of community leaders from the public and private sectors whose work focused on making Cuyahoga County lead-safe and healthy. Prior to her role as project director with the DPH, Kimalon served as a deputy director and public health investigator.
Kimalon reviews and researches grant proposals and community issues across several program areas and serves as a technical resource within the foundation’s community-responsive grantmaking team. Kimalon earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management and labor relations from Cleveland State University. She has been recognized by the city and state of Ohio with awards for her impactful work at the DPH and was honored by Who’s Who in Black Cleveland in 2012. Kimalon is a native Clevelander and volunteers with several local non-profit organizations that promote health and youth initiatives.
Mary Mink has shared responsibility over the daily accounting processes of the Finance department. Mary joined the Cleveland Foundation in October 2013 as accounting manager and has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and auditing. Before coming to the Foundation, she spent almost 5 years as general accounting manager for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio. Her experience includes accounting and supervision mainly for governmental, retail, health care and public accounting entities.
Mary is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Donor Relations Assistant
216.615.7193 | Email pMische
Paige joined The Cleveland Foundation staff as a Donor Relations Assistant in September 2015. She provides administrative support for the Donor Relations Team. Paige is native to Virginia and moved to the Cleveland area during the summer of 2015.
Prior to her work with the foundation, Paige held the position of Guest Services Manager for the Children’s Museum of Richmond in Midlothian, Virginia, where she worked with museum staff and volunteers to grow the museum’s membership program. Earlier positions include serving as a substitute teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools, a lab technician for the University of Virginia, and an undergraduate research assistant with the Virginia Coastal Reserve Long Term Ecological Research Center.
Paige earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Ecological and Biological Conservation from the University of Virginia, where she graduated with distinction.
Ginger F. MlakarAdvancement
Senior Counsel and Director, Donor Relations
Administrative Assistant: Megan Wilson 216.685.2004
As Senior Counsel & Director, Donor Relations, Ginger Mlakar oversees the Cleveland Foundation’s donor stewardship program. In this role, she connects donors to their charitable interests. Additionally, she serves as in house legal counsel on charitable gifting and estate administration issues, and facilitates the acceptance of complex charitable gifts. She came to the Cleveland Foundation in July 2009 after 16 years practicing law in the area of estate and charitable gift planning and administration. Her previous positions include partner in the personal succession and planning practice group at Thompson Hine LLP and of counsel in the estate planning and probate practice group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. She is also a certified public accountant.
Ginger has served on the boards of several area organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Lake Erie Council, the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, the Bay Village Education Foundation, the Bay Village Foundation, and as treasurer for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation and Bay Soccer Club. She was the President for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. She has been a member of advisory groups for University Hospitals, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, she is an active fellow of the American College of Estate and Trust Council, and an Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Council member for the Ohio State Bar Association. Ginger is a frequent speaker on legal and tax issues surrounding charitable giving.
Ginger has been named among the Best Lawyers in America and the Top 50 Female Ohio Super Lawyers List by Law and Politics magazine. She was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2014. Ginger has received the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Women in Law Making a Difference and President's Awards, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation's Outstanding Leadership Award. She graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and earned her juris doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
216.615.7191 | Email vMoreland
Valerie Moreland joined the foundation in August 2013 as a member of the Finance Team and has more than 15 years experience in Finance and Accounting.
For the past 15 years, Valerie has served in a similar role at Community United Head Start, a non-profit organization committed to educating and working with families of greater Cleveland to provide a safe and positive learning environment to its children.
Valerie received her Associate of Applied Business from Cuyahoga Community College and plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Finance.
216.615.7179 | Email cMorosko
Charlotte Morosko provides overall administrative leadership to the foundation’s grantmaking activities, overseeing the grantmaking process through the intake, review, award, and follow-up stages of grants and grant-related inquiries. She reviews materials for accuracy, prepares reports to foundation staff and board members, and provides database management and grantmaking procedural training to staff as needed.
Charlotte joined the foundation in 1998 after an extensive career in travel and convention planning. She also played a key role with a leading consulting firm in developing change-agent, process improvement workshops. Over the years, Charlotte has taken on increasing levels of responsibility within the foundation, completing the Center for Creative Leadership’s Foundations of Leadership program for managers, obtaining Cleveland State University’s Train the Trainer certification, and, in 2003, was named a YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence.
216.615.7180 | Email kParker
Kathy Parker oversees the foundation's accounting, audit, tax, and reporting activities. She is also responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department.
Kathy joined the foundation in January 1990 as an accountant. Since then, she has held positions of increasing responsibility including senior accountant, accounting manager, and her current role, which she assumed in 1999.
Kathy is a member of the Fiscal and Administrative Officers Group for Community Foundations and a past recipient of the YWCA's Women of Professional Excellence award. She serves as treasurer of the Cleveland Chinese Christian Church and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Cleveland State University.
Paul G. PutmanAdvancement
Donor Relations Officer
216.615.7583 | Email pPutman
Paul G. Putman joined the Advancement Team in November 2014 and is responsible for fostering and strengthening relationships with individuals, families and organizations that seek to turn their passion into purpose through philanthropy.
Paul joined the foundation in October 2008 as a Program Officer on the Community Responsive Grantmaking team where he facilitated grantmaking across multiple sectors by focusing on efforts to strengthen nonprofit organizations and improve access to services for underserved populations. In this capacity, he also coordinated the Fenn Educational Fund and oversaw special projects. Most recently he provided leadership in the review of arts education in the Cleveland schools and supported the Cleveland Foundation summer internship program. Prior to joining the foundation, Paul was the manager of the Center for Leadership and Service at Cleveland State University, where he coordinated leadership development and service-learning experiences.
Paul holds a doctorate in urban education from CSU with a focus on leadership and lifelong learning. He earned his master's in psychology, with a specialization in diversity management from CSU and his master's in education, guidance, and counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Paul earned his bachelor's in English from Kent State University.
Kimberly SaboExecutive Office
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
216.685.2001 | Email kSabo
Kimberly Sabo joined the staff of the Cleveland Foundation in December 2011. She has served in various capacities at the senior executive assistance level for more than two decades. For the majority of her career, Kimberly directly supported Peter B. Lewis, former president and CEO and the current chairman of the board of Progressive Corporation, where she managed his calendar, travel, and correspondence; arranged for board meetings and off-site retreats; served as liaison to staff; and supported Lewis' philanthropic initiatives. After leaving Progressive in 2003, Kimberly became the executive assistant to the president and CEO of Lake View Cemetery where she worked for four years. She also has worked as the executive assistant to the president and CEO of Magellan Biosciences, Inc., a privately held, global medical and laboratory equipment developer headquartered in Massachusetts.
Judy M. SalmAdvancement
Donor Relations & Investment Officer
216.615.7147 | Email jSalm
Judy Salm helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals by serving as the primary contact for individual donors, families, and organizations. Prior to joining the foundation in 2010, she served with the Aspen Institute’s Council of Women World Leaders in Washington, D.C., on development and communications initiatives.
She has more than 15 years of business and nonprofit development experience, previously managing relationships with institutional investors as a vice president for Citi Global Markets in New York City and Boston. Prior to that, she was a fixed income analyst for McDonald Investments in Cleveland.
Judy has a bachelor’s degree in communications from John Carroll University. She is an active member of the Junior League of Cleveland.
Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow
216.685.4004 | Email hSantisi
Hannah Santisi is a member of the inaugural cohort of the 2016-2017 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows program. In her position, Hannah primarily focuses on the Foundation’s arts strategy to increase access to mastery- based arts programs for all youth in the City of Cleveland.
Hannah graduated from the double degree program at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she majored in viola performance and sociology. At Oberlin, she worked closely with the Oberlin College Dialogue Center and is a trained mediator and facilitator. She has also volunteered as a violin and viola teacher in Newark, New Jersey.
Previously, Hannah served as program director of the nonprofit Make Music Cleveland and community service outreach coordinator for Credo Music, both of which provide access to music education and free concerts. She continues to perform viola regularly throughout the Cleveland area.
Charisse SaylesHuman Resources
Human Resources Manager
216.615.7160 | Email cSayles
Charisse is a highly accomplished HR professional with 17+ years of HR experience, creating strategic solutions that benefit both the employee and the organization. She has successful work experience in the for-profit, non-profit and public sector. Most recently, she served as Human Resources Director for the City of Cleveland Heights, with responsibility for HR, Payroll, Risk Management and Civil Service. Prior to her role at the City, she was the Human Resources Director for the Cleveland Sight Center, presiding over HR management and administration. In addition to these key positions, she has worked in management-level HR roles for Time Warner Cable and United Way Services.
Charisse earned a bachelor’s degree in business (cum laude) and master’s degree in business management and human resources from Indiana Wesleyan University. Since 2003 she has served on the diversity and inclusion committee for the Cleveland Chapter of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as co-chair and committee member. In 2013 she was a finalist for the HR Awards / Diversity and Inclusion category, sponsored by Employer Resource Council (ERC) and Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management (CSHRM) and in 2008 she received the Special Congressional Recognition Certificate from Mayor Frank Jackson and US Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones as one of the top 40 / under 40 Most Diverse professionals in Cleveland, OH.
In addition to her academic and professional credentials, Charisse is an active community volunteer and has served as a board member for the Cleveland chapter of United Cerebral Palsy.
Carol ScheuerInformation Systems
Business Systems Analyst
216.615.7198 | Email cScheuer
Carol Scheuer began working at the foundation as a consultant in the fall of 2012 and joined the foundation staff a year later. Carol is responsible for the analysis, design, development, and implementation of both applications and reports that enhance the business processes of the Cleveland Foundation.
Previously, Carol spent more than 14 years providing technical support for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as a technology coordinator and also a teacher at Menlo Park Academy. She received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts in the same subject from Smith College. She is an active volunteer with her children's school.
216.615.7586 | Email dSlocum
Debbie Slocum provides administrative support to the program director for education and the director of institutional learning and arts initiatives. In that role, Debbie manages calendars, budgets, and travel; arranges meetings; and serves as a liaison to staff and external clients to support her directors’ initiatives.
Debbie joined the foundation in March 2012 and brings several years of senior executive-assistant support experience from varied industries, including insurance, accounting, a trade association, and, most recently, education.
She is actively involved with the International Association of Administrative Professionals, a nonprofit professional association for office professionals. She serves as board president of IAAP’s North Coast chapter.
Patty TakacsInformation Systems
216.615.7185 | Email pTakacs
Patty Takacs has worked at the foundation for 15 years as a records technician and has supported the development of records areas in the Finance and Advancement departments during her tenure. Prior to joining the foundation, Patty was employed for 18 years at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant as an engineering aide and records technician.
She has an associate’s degree of arts from Lakeland Community College and has attended Lake Erie College.
Debra ThornsberryMarketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications Assistant
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Debra Thornsberry has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of administrative roles. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, she spent time at Karpinski Engineering, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and van Dijk Pace Westlake Architects (now known as Westlake Reed Leskosky).She also has worked in the medical and hospitality industries. Debra holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art and art history from Baldwin Wallace College and an associate of applied business degree in interior design from Cuyahoga Community College. She has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Green Associate credential and is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Jennifer L. TrivelliMarketing & Communications
Senior Marketing & Communications Officer
216.615.7261 | Email jTrivelli
Jennifer L. Trivelli joined the Cleveland Foundation in October 2013 and is responsible for planning and executing comprehensive external and internal communications strategies and for providing integrated marketing support to the foundation’s Advancement team.
Jennifer previously held the position of public relations associate for Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. In this role, Jennifer served as a spokeswoman and reputation strategist for several major business lines including cardiology, oncology, surgery, emergency and trauma, women’s health and the Summa Foundation. During her time with Summa, Jennifer earned Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification in process improvement after leading a project related to scheduling ER follow-up visits for patients without a primary care physician. The team’s initiative was believed to be among the first of its kind nationally as the health care sector moves toward integrated delivery of care across a continuum of services. She is also certified in Hospital Incident Command as a public information officer and completed training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness. Prior to this role, Jennifer was the marketing & public relations coordinator for Robinson Memorial Hospital.
Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science in public relations with a minor in political science, graduating summa cum laude, also from Kent State University.
216.615.7151 | Email dUlloa
As a member of the Grants Management team, Denise Ulloa works closely with staff and grantees in managing all administrative aspects of awarded grants and incoming requests. The Grants Management team works internally and externally to structure and coordinate workflow and communication to complete grantmaking requirements.
A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Denise relocated from New York City, where she was development associate with American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and administrative director of Bel Canto Institute, an organization she co-founded. Denise has been with the Cleveland Foundation since 2001.
Program Director for Education
Administrative Assistant: Debbie Slocum 216.615.7586
Helen Williams oversees the foundation’s grantmaking in all areas of education. She has more than 25 years of experience in executive management and consulting in nonprofit, public, and corporate organizations, specializing in strategic planning and leadership development. Helen is the former associate director of the Cleveland Initiative for Education. Under former Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste, Helen directed the State of Ohio’s regional office in Cleveland.
She holds a doctorate in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University.
Joyce WilsonInformation Systems
216.615.7149 | Email jWilson
Joyce Wilson joined the foundation in 2004 and currently works as a records technician, handling the filing, scanning, and processing of data. Prior to that, she worked as a workers’ compensation assistant at Thompson Hine.
Joyce earned an associate’s degree from Kirkland Business College in Albuquerque, N.M.
Donor Relations Assistant
216.685.2004 | Email mWilson
Megan Wilson joined the Advancement team in November 2012 as donor relations assistant providing administrative support to the director of donor relations, the donor relations officers, and donor relations associate.
Megan comes to the foundation from the Cleveland Museum of Art where she served as a sales associate in the visitor experience department. She also spent the last three years serving Cleveland’s art community in various capacities through internships with the Cleveland Museum of Art, SPACES gallery, Art House, Inc., and Rachel Davis Fine Arts.
During her undergraduate career, Megan fulfilled an active role as a student ambassador for Baldwin Wallace University where she served the Advancement and Alumni Relations teams. She was also an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity and remains an active alumna.
Megan graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
216.685.2013 | Email aWray
Alicia Wray joined the Advancement Team in November 2016. She oversees and implements events focused on cultivation and engagement of donors, advisors, and prospects.
Alicia brings more than ten years of event planning experience to the foundation that includes work in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she served as Conference and Event Management Coordinator at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where she was responsible for planning programs for groups of internal and external stakeholders. Prior to her role at the Federal Reserve, Alicia was the Event and Donor Relations Coordinator at YWCA Greater Cleveland. In addition to these key positions, she has worked in event planning at National Concession Company, United Way of Lake County, and the Cleveland National Air Show.
Alicia earned a bachelor of arts in public relations from Baldwin Wallace University where she is currently pursuing an MBA. She has completed additional training through the Disney Institute as well as Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.
In addition to her professional and academic experiences, Alicia is a member of several event planning associations including the Professional Convention Management Organization (PCMA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Association, and Women in Sports and Events (WISE).