Kelley Zinger Pethel, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation

TITLE: Development & Events Manager

FOCUS AREAS: Women & girls, poverty, education, financial literacy

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Kelley Zinger Pethel is the development and events manager at the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. She has held this role since August 2014 and previous worked as the manager of in-kind support and logistics for Make-A-Wish Georgia. At Make-A-Wish, she worked as an office and corporate development coordinator and an external events development intern before that.

Pethtel’s foundation bio shares:

As Development and Events Manager for AWF, Kelley is part of a team responsible for the annual fundraising strategy and initiatives. Her main focus is managing the yearly Yogathon, community events and grant proposals while overseeing the donor database. Kelley earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations and Logistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Go Jackets! Kelley chose to use her degree in the non-profit sector since graduation gaining her valuable fundraising experience in events such as galas, walks and golf tournaments.

DiShonda Hughes, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation

TITLE: Mission Director

FOCUS AREAS: Women & girls, poverty, education, financial literacy

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE:  DiShonda Hughes is the mission director at the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. She previously served as the association director of programs. She is also the best point of contact for AWF’s Community Connection program.

Her foundation bio shares:

DiShonda Hughes joined the Atlanta Women’s Foundation team in 2000, and is responsible for the management and coordination of various grantmaking initiatives and special projects. DiShonda has extensive experience in grantmaking in the areas of women’s health, economic justice, homelessness, and prevention of violence against women and girls. DiShonda has managed the distribution of $13 million to local nonprofits serving women and girls impacted by poverty. DiShonda has served on the Atlanta/Fulton SuperNOFA Grant Review Committee, Kaiser Permanente’s Safety Net Grant Review Committee, the Local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, as a Deployment Captain for the Housing and Urban Development Homeless Census Count, on the Planning Committee for the Women’s Funding Network’s 2012 Annual Conference, as a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Women and Girls Collaborative and as a Citizen Diplomat for the Georgia Council for International Visitors. DiShonda was selected as a member of the 2006 Atlanta Civic Leadership Network Institute, and was a 2006 Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow; established to nurture, inspire and strengthen the Southeast’s next generation of emerging leaders in philanthropy.

Charla G. Ivey, Peyton Anderson Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FOCUS AREAS: Arts, disaster relief, hunger, education, wellbeing of children

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Charla G. Ivey is the program director of the Peyton Anderson Foundation.

She previously worked at the foundation as the scholarship manager and has been with the organization since July 2011. She earned her degree from Macon State College.

Karen Lambert, Peyton Anderson Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Arts, disaster relief, hunger, education, wellbeing of children

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Karen Lambert is president and CEO of the Peyton Anderson Foundation, and has been with the foundation since June 2012. She previously worked as president and CEO of Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival and the executive director of the Grand Opera House.

You can read more about the 2011-2012 leadership transition from long-time president Juanita Jordan to Lambert in the Macon Telegraph. Lambert has been affiliated with the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission, the Museum of Aviation, the Fox Theatre Corporation, and United Way of Central Georgia. She earned a B.A in business from Mercer University in 1977.

James E. Oliff, CME Group Foundation

TITLE: Chairman

FOCUS AREAS: Higher education, K-12 education, early childhood education, academic research on exchange-traded derivatives and central clearing house policy issues

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: James E. Oliff is the chairman of the CME Group Foundation and oftentimes a spokesman when grants are made.

His professional bio shares:

Mr. Oliff has served as a member of our board since 1994 and has been a member of CME for more than 30 years. Mr. Oliff served as our Vice Chairman from 2002 until 2007 and as our Second Vice Chairman from 1998 until 2002. He previously served on our board from 1982 to 1992. Mr. Oliff has also served as President of FILO Corp., a floor brokerage business, since 1982. Mr. Oliff previously served as Executive Director of International Futures and Options Associates from 1996 to 2005 and as President and CEO of FFast Trade U.S., LLC from 2001 to 2005, Chairman and CEO of FFastFill Inc. from 2003 to 2005, as FFastFill's COO from 2001 to 2003 and as a board member until the sale of FFastfill plc in 2013. He also served as President of LST Commodities, LLC, an introducing broker, from 1999 until 2002.

Read Trading Market’s interview with Oliff to learn more about his background and perspective.

Joyce Brasher, Daniel Foundation of Alabama

TITLE: Grants Manager

FOCUS AREAS: Arts & culture, community needs, education & youth, and health

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PROFILE:  Joyce Brasher is the grants manager for Daniel Foundation of Alabama. She has held this position since October 2011 and previously worked as the foundation’s administrative assistant.

Prior to joining the foundation, she worked as a publishing manager for BellSouth Advertising & Publishing for 30 years. She is a grantseeker’s best point of contact to discuss funding eligibility and grant guidelines.

Kassie Davis, CME Group Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Higher education, K-12 education, early childhood education, academic research on exchange-traded derivatives and central clearing house policy issues

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PROFILE: Kassie Davis is the executive director of the CME Group Foundation in Chicago. She has held this position since October 2008 and previously worked as a senior program officer for the Chicago Community Trust.

Davis’ professional bio shares:

Kassie Davis joined CME Trust in October 2006 as its first Executive Director and became Executive Director of CME Group Foundation with its creation in 2008. She is responsible for overall operation of the Foundation and Trust, including strategy development, proposal review, grant evaluation, communications and investment management. 

Davis was with The Chicago Community Trust from 2004 to 2006, where she was senior program officer for arts and culture. From 2000 to 2003, she served as project director of Giving Greater Chicago, a three-year initiative of the Donors Forum of Chicago promoting the creation of permanent philanthropic capital. Earlier, Davis was executive director of the Illinois Arts Council, the state agency responsible for funding the arts. Davis, who holds a B.A. degree from Stephens College and a M.B.A. degree from Loyola University Chicago, entered the world of Chicago philanthropy in 1990 when she started the corporate contributions program at Marshall Field’s.

Lisa Medellin, Healthcare Georgia Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Access to healthcare, health disparities, disease prevention, nonprofit capacity building, health policy, childhood obesity, rural communities, and infant mortality

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PROFILE: Lisa Medellin is a senior program officer at the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, and she’s been with the foundation since May 2005. She provides the following information about her background on LinkedIn:

Lisa Medellin has 8 years of progressive experience in a leadership capacity in healthcare philanthropy. She is proficient at developing and managing complex strategic grant making programs. Lisa has demonstrated leadership and managerial skills at Healthcare Georgia Foundation by guiding the development of the Foundations' current grant making programs, policies and guidelines. She has previously held managerial positions for both Emory University-Rollins School of Public Health and the National Home Office of the American Cancer Society. In both positions Lisa supervised the implementation of national health initiatives by collaborating with key stakeholders to execute project management strategies to ensure best practice standards were established. She has extensive knowledge and understanding of current healthcare issues (e.g. health equity, social determinants of health, health disparities, and healthcare access).

Her foundation bio shares:

Lisa Medellin joined Healthcare Georgia Foundation in May 2005, and serves as the Foundation’s senior program officer. In this position, Lisa is the primary liaison between the Foundation and its grant applicants, grantees, policy makers as well as other foundations and nonprofit organizations. Lisa is also responsible for reviewing and analyzing all solicited and unsolicited letters of intent and grant proposals received by the Foundation.

Prior to joining Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Lisa was with Emory University-Rollins School of Public Health, where she was the director of resource management and communications for the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC). She has over 12 years of progressive experience in public health and program development. Lisa held various positions with the American Cancer Society, Emory University School of Medicine, Planned Parenthood of Georgia, and Georgia's Department of Children and Youth Services.

Lisa is an active member of the community and has been closely involved with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta - Women's Legacy Council, the Junior League of Atlanta and the DeKalb County Department of Children & Family Services.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work, with a focus in Health Care Administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Maria Kennedy, The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Arts & culture, community needs, education & youth, and health

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PROFILE:  Maria Kennedy is the executive director of The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, a post she has held since September 2005. She previously worked as an accountant for DiPiazza, LaRocca, Heeter & Co., LLC for 10 years.

She received a B.S. in finance from the University of South Alabama. Kennedy has been a presenter at Grantmakers in Aging on caregiving and elder care topics.

Andrea Young Kellum, Healthcare Georgia Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Access to healthcare, health disparities, disease prevention, nonprofit capacity building, health policy, childhood obesity, rural communities, infant mortality

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PROFILE: Andrea Young Kellum is a program officer at the Healthcare Georgia Foundation in Atlanta. She joined the foundation in July 2008 and provides the following information about her current role and background on LinkedIn:

Serve as liaison between the Foundation and its grant applicants, grantees, as well as other foundations and nonprofit organizations. Responsible for reviewing and analyzing solicited and unsolicited letters of intent and grant proposals received by the Foundation.

12+ years in both program development and grants management in a philanthropic setting. Currently manage health programs focusing on primary care and the safety net, rural and public health, infant mortality and general operating support. 

Specialties: Grant review and program design and implementation

She previously worked as grants administrator and consultant for the foundation, and before that she worked as a program associate at the Missouri Foundation for Health for four years.

Her foundation bio shares:

Andrea Young Kellum joined Healthcare Georgia Foundation in February 2008 and currently serves as program officer with the Foundation. As program officer, Andrea serves as a liaison between the Foundation and its grant applicants, grantees, as well as other foundations and nonprofit organizations. Andrea is also responsible for reviewing and analyzing solicited and unsolicited letters of intent and grant proposals received by the Foundation. Prior to this role, Andrea served as grants administrator with the Foundation.

Prior to joining Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Andrea served as a program associate with the Missouri Foundation for Health for four years. In this role, she was the team lead for a multi-million dollar initiative to improve primary care in non-metropolitan settings. She also served on several funding teams including dental sealants for children, diabetes self-management, asthma, basic operating support, and health interventions in non-traditional settings. Andrea has held various positions with The EMPRISE Group, Inc. (a St. Louis health promotion consulting firm), the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, the St. Louis City Department of Health, and the USDA. 

Andrea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida A&M University and her Master of Public Health degree in Behavioral Science/Health Education from Saint Louis University.

Gary D. Nelson, PhD, Healthcare Georgia Foundation

TITLE: President

FOCUS AREAS: Access to healthcare, health disparities, disease prevention, nonprofit capacity building, health policy, childhood obesity, rural communities, infant mortality

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Gary D. Nelson is the president of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and has been with the organizations since 2002. Nelson’s foundation bio shares:

As president, Dr. Nelson is responsible for implementing Board decisions and policies and for executive management of the Foundation's program, financial and management operations. Working with the Foundation's Board of Directors, Dr. Nelson oversees the design and management of the Foundation's grantmaking program - dedicated to advancing the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for the underserved individuals and communities.

Prior to joining the Foundation in March 2002, Dr. Nelson served as a program director at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) responsible for managing the Health Improvement Initiative, Healthy Aging and the Foundation's population health programs.

Dr. Nelson previously was employed at the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1986 to 1993, where he managed several nationally significant evaluation projects and served as an Associate Director for Evaluation, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Dr. Nelson has held academic appointments in public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He began his public health career with the Utah State Department of Public Health.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Public Health Foundation Enterprises. He is also a member of the Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia and now serves on the Board of Visitors for Georgia State University's College of Health and Human Services.

Formerly, Dr. Nelson was a member of the Research Committee of the Council on Foundations; and a Board member of Grantmakers Evaluation Network, Grantmakers in Aging, and Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families. 

He received his bachelor's degree at Kansas State University, master's degree at Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. at the University of Utah.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Nelson to the board of the Department of Public Health in 2011.

Rose Schapiro, Tiger Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Education, employment, youth & families, criminal justice

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE:  Rose Schapiro has been a program officer at the Tiger Foundation since July 2015. She previously worked as a program analyst and program assistant for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and as a high school English teacher with the New York City Department of Education.

She earned an M.P.A from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, an M.S. in teaching and adolescent literature from Fordham University Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in English and literature from the University of Chicago.

Karla Floris, Jewish Communal Fund

TITLE: Assistant Director of Grants Administration

FOCUS AREAS: Education, community, health, human services, culture, religion, Israel, environment

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE:  Karla Floris is the assistant director of grants administration at the Jewish Communal Fund. Her LinkedIn profile shares the following information about her current responsibilities:

Maintain and supervise quality assurance of the grantee research process and the grantee database consisting of over 13,000 non-profits to ensure the continued accuracy and integrity of the database and client grantmaking
Summary: Extensive knowledge of the philanthropic and non-profit industry, including various types of non-profits and grantmaking vehicles such as individual giving, donor-advised funds and private foundations.

She has been in this position since August 2013 and previously worked for JCF as a grants research manager, grants research coordinator, and grants processing coordinator. Floris has been a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Grant Managers Network. She has a MPA from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a certification in grantmaking and foundations from New York University, and a BS from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.

Lila Noble, Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation

TITLE: Assistant Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Early education, child care, community college education, health, social services, children and youth

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PROFILE: Lila Noble is the assistant executive director of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation in New York City. She has been with the foundation since July 2003. Noble previously worked as the operations manager for Capital Counsel, LLC and the executive assistant for Brera Capital Partners, LLC.

She attended the Practicing Law Institute in 1977 to become a legal assistant and Saint Peter’s University as well, where she studied business in New Jersey.

Liz Nellis, Tiger Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Education, employment, youth & families, criminal justice

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE:  Liz Nellis has been a program officer at the Tiger Foundation since January 2015. She previously worked at the foundation as a program associate for over two years. Other work experience includes the New York Common Pantry and The Door – A Center of Alternatives.

Her NYU Wagner fellows bio shares:

Elizabeth (Liz) Nellis is a program associate at the Tiger Foundation (Tiger), an organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in New York City.  Founded in 1989 by Julian Robertson, Tiger utilizes a rigorous business-like approach to grantmaking that focuses on measurable outcomes in order to maximize the impact of its investments in its four portfolios: education, employment, youth and families, and criminal justice.  At Tiger, Liz supports program staff in their ongoing assessments of existing grants and conducts diligence on prospective grantees. 

Prior to her current role, Liz served as a development associate for volunteer services at the New York Common Pantry (then Yorkville Common Pantry), where she coordinated opportunities for volunteers to participate in efforts to alleviate hunger in the city, such as grocery distribution programs and nutrition initiatives.

Liz also volunteers as a certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate and mentors counselors-in-training at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals’ Crime Victims Treatment Center.

Liz graduated from New York University in 2011, where she majored in Applied Psychology and interned at the Door, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Partnership for the Homeless, and the Relationship Foundation.  She was particularly inspired by the resilient participants of the Door, a community center which provides young people with comprehensive education, health, and social services.

Originally from Atlanta, Liz enjoys movies, NYC’s burgeoning southern food scene, visiting art galleries, and most recently, exploring the city by bike (carefully).  On her to-do list are banjo classes and travel.

Katie Napolitano, Tiger Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Education, employment, youth & families, criminal justice

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Katie Napolitano has been a program officer at the Tiger Foundation since August 2013. She previously worked as the vice president of Treetops Capital for five years. She has also been an advisor for 118 Capital.

Katie and her husband, John, a community development and planning director for an affordable housing nonprofit, made local headlines when they “adopted” a 21-year-old who had previously been through 30 foster care placements.

Her Treetops Capital bio shared the following information about her background:

• Ms. Napolitano is an investment specialist at Treetops Capital and has spent her career working in microfinance and emerging markets finance. 
• Ms. Napolitano worked for Women’s World Banking’s Capital Markets Group as well as Grameen Foundation’s Capital Advisory and Management Center in Peru. She has also worked as a consultant on various microfinance projects while at Treetops Capital, including the creation of an equity valuation model and toolkit for microfinance institutions, a product costing analysis, and market assessment for a greenfileld MFI. 
• Ms. Napolitano was a financial analyst at HSBC where she focused on emerging market financial institutions.
• She was a Summer Associate at Bear Stearns in the Emerging Markets Equity Research group, covering the Latin American Financial Sector. 
• Ms. Napolitano holds a Masters in Finance from the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BA from Boston University in International Relations. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Janine Baschoff, The Presser Foundation

TITLE: Grants Manager

FOCUS AREAS: Music education, music philanthropy

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE:  Janine Baschoff is the grants manager at the Presser Foundation. She also holds this role at Harp-Weaver LLC, independent philanthropic advisory firm in Philadelphia led by this foundation’s executive director.

Baschoff previously worked as a consultant at Duden Anderson LLC and a business manager for SEI Investments. Her bio from Duden Anderson shared the following information about her background:

Janine established her career in the asset management and financial services arena spending fourteen years working for SEI Investments, a global asset management firm headquartered in Oaks, PA. While at SEI, Janine’s tenure includes the following highlighted professional accomplishments:

  • Provided financial and operational support to global management team as infrastructure was built out across the globe which included HR initiatives, hiring procedures, training and compliance, budgeting, planning and reporting.
  • Extensive international travel within SEI’s global network to establish and review financial and operational process and procedures to ensure consistency with corporate objectives as well as with local law and culture.
  • Participated in review and research of M&A and JV opportunities as well as due diligence committees in support of global expansion.
  • Key participant in the negotiation, development and implementation of SEI’s corporate policy as it related to both expatriate and domestic relocation needs.

In addition, Janine enjoyed the successful launch of the SEI Family Center. As a key team member she drove the then grass roots efforts to conduct feasibility studies, research and the ultimate development of the now established Family Center. The Center continues to serve the vast majority of SEI’s professional population and their families as part of a dedicated Work/Life balance program.

In recent years and since departing SEI, Janine and her husband pursued the successful private adoption of two Russian born children. Janine has remained active with her charitable work in the Philadelphia area as well as with educating and mentoring families that are pursuing international adoption. Janine holds a BS in Marketing & Management as well as a minor in Art History from Rutgers University.

Elizabeth Olofson, Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Early education, child care, community college education, health, social services, children and youth

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Elizabeth Olofson is the executive director of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation and the staff member that grantseekers should direct their letters of inquiry to. She has served on the board of Philanthropy New York.

You can listen to Partnership for After School Education (PASE) with Elizabeth Olofson on Looking for Lyrics.

Lloyd Gray, Phil Hardin Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Education in Mississippi, early childhood education, literacy

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE:  Lloyd Gray is the executive director of the Phil Hardin Foundation and took over this role in July 2015. He was previously the executive director of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo.

In the announcement of his hiring, the Meridian Star shared:

A native Mississippian, Gray is a 1972 graduate of Meridian High School and earned a B.A. Degree in History from Millsaps College in 1976. He started in journalism as a sports writer at The Meridian Star at age 16 and began his professional career as a reporter for the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville. He spent 12 years as a reporter, Capitol correspondent and managing editor for The Sun Herald in Biloxi-Gulfport, before serving as a Mississippi Assistant Secretary of State.

He returned home as editor of The Meridian Star from 1990 to 1992 before moving to Tupelo, where he has served for 23 years as executive editor of the Daily Journal, whose stock is owned by the CREATE Foundation and whose top news and editorial emphasis is education.

Gray is a past president of the Mississippi Press Association and chairman of the MPA Education Foundation board. He has held numerous civic and church leadership roles. He and his wife, Sally, have three grown children.

His foundation bio shares:

Lloyd Gray is the Executive Director of the Phil Hardin Foundation. A native Mississippian and longtime state journalist, Mr. Gray was Executive Editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo from 1992 until 2015. Before that he served as Editor of The Meridian Star and Managing Editor of The Sun Herald on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and was an Assistant Secretary of State for the State of Mississippi. A graduate of Millsaps College, he is a past President of the Mississippi Press Association and former Chairman of its Education Foundation.

Elizabeth A. Lee, Michael Reese Health Trust

TITLE: Senior Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Health for vulnerable people in Chicago

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE:  Elizabeth Lee is one of two senior program officers at the Michael Reese Health Trust. Lee is a grantseeker's best point of contact for inquiries about proactive grants.

Her education background includes a B.S. in nursing from the University of Iowa, an M.S. from Catholic University of America, and a Master’s in management from Northwestern. Board affiliations include Donors Forum and Interfaith House Inc.

According to CJE Senior Life, “Ms. Lee has a 20-plus year history with CJE, having first learned of CJE as a consultant with the Chicago Community Trust and the Retirement Research Foundation.