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India Pierce Lee

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 completed a Master of Art in Psychology specializing in Diversity Management at Cleveland State University in May 2017.

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.

Courtenay Barton

Courtenay BartonGrantmaking

National Urban Fellow

216.615.7147 | 

Courtenay A. Barton is a National Urban Fellow who brings 12 years of nonprofit development experience to her fellowship role with the foundation’s Program team. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Courtenay served as Associate Director of Stewardship at the Brooklyn College Foundation for three years, where she managed all aspects of restricted major and principal gift acceptance, recognition, and administration. She also served on the City University of New York Scholarship Task Force, working to develop a best practice guide for the solicitation and administration of philanthropic scholarship funds. Courtenay has experience in the fields of public television, arts, and charter schools. In her free time, Courtenay has taken writing workshops with organizations such as Cave Canem, the premiere organization for poets of African descent, and volunteered to assist immigrants on the path to citizenship through CUNY Citizenship Now!

Courtenay earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, African American Studies, and Creative Writing from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Baruch College – The City University of New York.

Karen Bartrum Jansen

Karen Bartrum JansenGrantmaking

Grants Coordinator

216.615.7178 |

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.

Nelson Beckford

Nelson BeckfordGrantmaking

Program Director, Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement

Administrative Assistant: Ciba Jones 216.615.7184

Nelson is the Program Director for Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement. He re-joins the foundation after spending the last four years at Saint Luke’s Foundation, where he served as Senior Program Officer for a Strong Neighborhood. In that role, Nelson oversaw their Strong Neighborhood program, with the goal of making enhancements to the built environment and improving social conditions in the Buckeye-Shaker, Mt Pleasant and Woodland Hills neighborhoods. Before that, Nelson served as Program Officer for the Cleveland Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking, focusing on community development, environmental sustainability and program management of the Summer Internship program.

Nelson has also worked for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, University Hospitals Health System, Cole Managed Vision, and the American Red Cross. Nelson also served with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Nelson and his wife are empty nesters and live in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.

Katie Brennan

Katie BrennanGrantmaking

Program Associate

216.615.7190 |

Katie Brennan joined the Foundation in 2016 as 2016-2017 Public Service Fellow, during which time she staffed the Cleveland Community Police Commission and assisted on projects within the Foundation. She now serves as Program Associate with projects focusing on education and youth-related issues.

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 with Distinction 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.

Annabel Bryan

Annabel BryanGrantmaking

Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President

216.615.7177 |

Annabel Bryan joined the foundation in 2004 as a program assistant and supported board-directed and special initiatives for two program directors in Arts and Urban Design and Community Development. She now serves as executive assistant to the Senior Vice President of Program.  In this capacity, she provides project and meeting management support to internal and external partners including Board members and senior management. Annabel also coordinates the local nomination and selection process for the American Marshall Memorial Fellows program in partnership with the German Marshall Fund in DC.  Her previous experience includes working as an executive assistant at Hyatt Legal Plans and as a research assistant at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Annabel received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Boston University.  She currently volunteers in Cleveland schools.

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.

Rennae Coe

Rennae CoeGrantmaking

Program Assistant

216.685.2017 |

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.).

Rennae, a graduate of John Adams High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from Hiram College.   

Mary Clare Donnelly

Mary Clare DonnellyGrantmaking

Executive Assistant/Program Assistant Coordinator

216.685.4000 |

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. 

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.

Ciba Jones

Ciba JonesGrantmaking

Program Assistant

216.615.7184 |

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. 

Diane Kaszei

Diane KaszeiGrantmaking

Director, Grants Management

216.615.7167 |

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.

Shilpa Kedar

Shilpa KedarGrantmaking

Program Director, Economic & Workforce Development

Administrative Assistant: Debbie Slocum 216.615.7586

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.

Sarah King

Sarah KingGrantmaking

Program Assistant

216.615.7155 |

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.

Lillian A. Kuri

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.

Karen R. Long

Karen R. LongGrantmaking

Manager, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

216.685.2018 |

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.

Stephen Love

Stephen LoveGrantmaking

Program Officer, Environment

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.

Jane Marquiss

Jane MarquissGrantmaking

Grants Coordinator

216.615.7164 |

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.

Myron Marshall

Myron MarshallGrantmaking

National Urban Fellow

216.685.4004 | 

Myron Marshall is a National Urban Fellow, a program that aims to develop accomplished and courageous professionals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds – particularly people of color and women – to be leaders and change agents in the public and nonprofit sectors, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity. In his National Urban Fellow role, Myron is working with the Program team at the Cleveland Foundation.

Prior to being selected as a National Urban Fellow, Myron served as a Legislative Aide for the Delaware House Majority Caucus. In this role, Myron assisted members of the Delaware General Assembly, providing services to constituents, researching legislation, and serving as proxy for assigned legislators. Myron acted as the general liaison and provided technical assistance to state agencies, federal and local governmental officials, and the general public.

Myron has also served as at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware (BGCDE) as the statewide coordinator for two programs: a program to promote minority youth interest in STEM and a program that provided afterschool art experiences in various disciplines to more than 400 children at more than 30 sites. In his role at the BGCDE, Myron acquired a total of $33,000 in program funding and provided services to more than 500 children statewide.

Myron graduated Cum Laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Public Policy. He is a strong proponent of public service and civic engagement who strives to lead a public sector organization to provide much needed services to people. Building on his experience in both nonprofit and government agencies, Myron is eager to use his knowledge gained as a National Urban Fellow to further develop his natural leadership abilities to serve.

Kimalon Meriweather

Kimalon MeriweatherGrantmaking

Program Officer, Health

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. 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. 

Stephanie Molnar

Stephanie MolnarGrantmaking

Program Associate

216.615.4009 |

As Program Associate, Stephanie provides support for the planning, implementation, and management of the foundation’s programs focused on community leadership and development, including the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship and Summer Internship Programs, scholarships, and Encore Cleveland.

Stephanie joined the foundation as a summer intern in 2016, first supporting Greater Cleveland Volunteers. She then interned for community responsive grantmaking, helping plan and manage the Summer Internship and Public Service Fellowship programs.

Stephanie is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration as well as a certificate in nonprofit management at Cleveland State University. She earned her bachelor of science in education from Kent State University. She is a two-term AmeriCorps Alumna, having served the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, Florida and Notre Dame Mission Volunteers in Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Morosko

Charlotte MoroskoGrantmaking

Grants Coordinator

216.615.7179 |

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.

Dale Robinson Anglin

Dale Robinson AnglinGrantmaking

Program Director, Youth & Social Services

Administrative Assistant: Rennae Coe 216.685.2017

Dale Robinson Anglin joined the foundation in May 2017 as a consultant, and was hired in October 2017 as Program Director for Youth and Social Services. For the past 11 years, she was Associate Director for Programs at the Victoria Foundation in Newark, NJ, where she was responsible for successful programming in higher education, STEM/STEAM, K-12 education, summer youth employment and leadership efforts.

Prior to her role at the Victoria Foundation, Dale served as Director of Resource Development for New Community Corporation in Newark, as the Executive Director of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and was a social analyst for the Congressional Research Service, both in Washington D.C.

Dale earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in government and African American Studies from Smith College, and a master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as an Alfred P. Sloan/Association for Public Policy and Management Fellow.

Dale served on the Community Foundation of New Jersey board for nine years, the state’s largest community foundation. She currently serves on the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation board, the Newark Charter School Fund, and the Philip’s Academy Charter School Board. She is originally from Chicago, IL and is excited about living back in the Midwest.

Debbie Slocum

Debbie SlocumGrantmaking

Program Assistant

216.615.7586 |

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.

Denise Ulloa

Denise UlloaGrantmaking

Grants Coordinator

216.615.7151 |

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.

Helen Williams

Helen WilliamsGrantmaking

Program Director, 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.