Cleveland Foundation Takes on Six New Staff Members, Promotes Two

Personnel moves strengthen nation’s third-largest community foundation

Release Date: 03.26.2007

The Cleveland Foundation announced today that it has added six employees and promoted two others to bolster its grantmaking, donor relations and human resources capabilities.

New additions to the staff are:

  • Lillian Kuri, Director of Special Projects: Kuri has been consulting for the Foundation since 2005, focusing most of her efforts on the revitalization of the University Circle area. As director of special projects, she will continue to oversee some of the Foundation’s priority initiatives. Previously, she was director of Cleveland Public Art and held positions as project manager for the Cleveland City Planning Commission and project coordinator for the Harvard Design School at Harvard University. She holds a Master of Architecture degree in urban design from Harvard as well as a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kent State University. Kuri is a member of the Cleveland City Planning Commission, a board member for the Cleveland Development Advisors and the Groundworks Dance Theatre, and chairperson of the design jury for the Cleveland Arts Prize.
  • Kevin McDaniel , Program Officer: McDaniel will manage portions of the Foundation’s responsive and proactive grantmaking. Most recently, he was director of admissions and records for Cuyahoga Community College. Prior to that, he served as program director for the Veterans Upward Bound program and as an advisor to the financial aid department at Cuyahoga Community College. He has a Master of Education degree in adult learning and development from Cleveland State University, along with a bachelor’s degree in history and social studies from Cleveland State.
  • Traci Douglas , Donor Relations Assistant: After spending seven years in various administrative positions at Case Western Reserve University, Douglas joins the Foundation’s Gift Planning and Donor Relations Department, where she will plan events and offer a variety of administrative support services. She has a degree in applied business from Bryant & Stratton College.
  • Maureen Forrest, Scholarship Assistant: Forrest will provide administrative support to The Cleveland Foundation’s scholarship program, including data entry and preparation of selection committee materials and award documentation. She gained extensive administrative experience while working for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in the Juvenile Child Support Division.
  • Monica Brown, Human Resources Manager:  Brown consulted with the Foundation for a year before joining the staff on a part-time basis. She has been human resources manager at the Western Reserve Historical Society and an independent contractor at the Beck Center for the Arts. She earned a master’s degree in management, labor relations and human resources from Cleveland State.
  • Yvette Burrucker, Human Resources Generalist: Burrucker comes to The Cleveland Foundation from the Key Corporation. She also has held human resources positions with Clinic Care, Oberlin College and Forest City Auto. She holds a degree in business management from Bryant & Stratton College.

In addition, the Foundation announced two promotions within its Gift Planning and Donor Relations Department:

  • Beth Darmstadter, Director of Donor Relations: Darmstadter has been with The Cleveland Foundation since 1996. In her new role, she will assume responsibility for managing components of the Foundation’s stewardship program. She will continue to work with the Lake-Geauga Fund, which supports nonprofits organizations in Lake and Geauga counties. Darmstadter serves as chair of the AIDS Funding Collaborative and board chair of Funders Concerned About AIDS. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
  • Donna Johnson , Operations Administrator: Johnson coordinates special events and the day-to-day workflow for gift planning and donor relations assistants. She joined the Foundation in 2006. Previously, she served as executive director for a community-based nonprofit arts organization.


Established in 1914, The Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and the nation’s third-largest today, with assets of $1.7 billion and annual grants surpassing $80 million. The Foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders in perpetuity by building community endowments, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Currently the Foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs: economic transformation, public school improvement, globalization, early childhood and youth development, neighborhoods and housing, and arts advancement.

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