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Kathleen Hallissey

Kathleen HallisseyGrantmaking

Program Director, Leadership Development

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.

Kristi Andrasik

Kristi AndrasikGrantmaking

Program Officer, Youth & Social Services

 216.615.7192 |

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.

Marvelous Baker

Marvelous BakerGrantmaking, Scholarships

Program Officer for Scholarships

216.615.7138 |

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.

Stephen Caviness

Stephen CavinessGrantmaking

Program Officer, Workforce & Social Investments

216.615.7582 |

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.

Kimalon Dixon

Kimalon DixonGrantmaking

Senior Project Director, Cleveland Purpose Built Communities

Administrative Assistant: Sarah King 216.615.7155

Kimalon Dixon 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. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Lead Poisoning Community Health Action Team of the Greater University Circle Community Health Initiative.  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.  Kimalon 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.  She was selected to participate in the Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH) 2016 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.  Kimalon is a native Clevelander and volunteers with several local non-profit organizations that promote health and youth initiatives. 

Stephen Love

Stephen LoveGrantmaking

Program Officer, Environment

Administrative Assistant: Sarah King 216.615.7155

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.