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Leslie A. Dunford

Leslie A. DunfordAdministration

Vice President for Administration and Strategic Projects

216.615.7152 |

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.

Ellen Koonce

Ellen KoonceAdministration

Administrative Services Coordinator

216.615.7144 |

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. 


Bridget Soeder

Bridget SoederAdministration

Receptionist

216.861.3810 | 

Bridget joined the Administrative Services team in November 2016. In this role, she is often the first point of contact for guests, staff, and community business partners. She also provides general administrative and project support throughout the organization. Previously, Bridget has held a diverse variety of administrative roles in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she served as a job coach in the summer youth employment program for Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Prior career experience included positions at Alego Health, Telarc International, and the Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation.

As a Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (via the Ohio State University Extension/Ohio Department of Natural Resources), Bridget is actively involved in the community and outdoor education. She is also a volunteer for the Cleveland Metroparks and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

Laura Svitak

Laura SvitakAdministration

Administrative Services Manager

216.685.2005 |

As Administrative Services Manager, Laura Svitak 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.