Anais Amaya LGCN Director
Latino Community Foundation
Anais is a builder of partnerships and community programs and an ambitious idealist who challenges communities to break cycles of generational poverty. At the Latino Community Foundation, she leads the strategic growth of the Latino Giving Circle Network, the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the country. In this role, she supports philanthropists to maximize and unleash their own power and power of our communities. Before joining LCF, she was the recipient of the Heroes and Hearts Award by the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation in recognition of her work with the ZSFG Health Advocates, a multi-lingual program that proactively screens patients to determine and address their social needs. During her tenure, Anais built a health career pipeline program to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce for local students of color. Anais holds a Bachelor’s in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley where she learned about the inequitable access to resources that underserved communities face.
Melinda Andolina Chair
Rochester Women's Giving Circle
Retired in 2009 after an extensive underwriting career with Aetna and Chubb and joined the then 2 year old RWGC, first as membership chair and now as chair. I have a blended family of 4 adult children scattered around the country and three grandchildren. We split our time between NY and FL and I'm an avid horse back rider (competitor) and pickle ball player. I also chair a $135M human service organization.
Becky Austen Strategic Advisory Council Co-Chair
Becky Austen is Chief Product Officer at Allies Against Slavery in Austin, TX where she leads strategy, development and deployment of Lighthouse, an innovative software platform designed to identify victims of human trafficking, coordinate their care, and gain insight from data. Becky previously held global executive and leadership positions at IBM in sales education, marketing, strategy, business development, product management and development. Becky is co-chair of the Impact Austin Strategic Advisory Council, co-chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative Philanthropy Circle, chair of the City of Austin Commission for Women, board member of Girls Empowerment Network, and member of the Philanos Affiliate Engagement & Expansion Committee, Austin Community Foundation Women’s Fund, and Social Venture Partners Austin. She has served on the boards of Girlstart, Texas Advocacy Project, Austin Women in Technology, Girls Rock Austin and Austin Gifted. Becky participated in Leadership Austin, Leadership Texas, and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Institute for Managerial Leadership, and has a BA in mathematics from Vassar College. Becky has a side gig playing bass in several Austin bands.
Laura Bacon, the founder of The 3rd, is a lifelong community organizer, educator, and activist. She grew up in Columbia, MD and returned there to teach high school languages and Alternative Education. She also served as the Resource Teacher for World Languages and a Mentor Teacher for the Board of Education. Her community leadership in Howard County has earned her recognition as Howard County’s World Language Teacher of the Year in 2016. Through teaching, she saw firsthand how community and support structures for women of color could be determining factors in changing trajectories in a dominant culture where destinies are often fixed.. Throughout her life and career, she has actively worked to combat inequity where she saw it. After 15 years of teaching, she decided she wanted to build an organization that filled a critical need in her local community: The 3rd. Since starting The 3rd in 2019, she has built it to to be a widely impactful organization. Laura has been asked to bring what she has learned throughout her career and building The 3rd to Howard Community College’s Commission on the Future as a Task Force Chair in the area of fostering community and to the transition team of Comptroller Brooke Lierman in the area of public engagement. Laura also runs Maude, a community building consulting firm helping other entities create and build community to maximize impact and amplify the intentionality of their projects.
Dianne Chipps Bailey National Philanthropic Strategy Executive
Bank of America
Dianne Chipps Bailey is Managing Director and National Philanthropic Strategy Executive for Philanthropic Solutions at Bank of America Private Bank. Dianne and her team deliver customized consulting and advisory services on topics including strategic visioning, mission advancement, high-impact grant making, leadership development, governance and board dynamics. Dianne is a frequent speaker and commentator on topics related to best practices and trends in philanthropy. Her insights have been featured in Axios, Barron’s, Business Insider, Fortune, Washington Post and New York Times, among other publications. In her TEDx Talk, Dianne makes The Case for Fierce Optimism. Dianne has more than twenty years of experience working with operating charities, grantmakers and social entrepreneurs. Previously as an attorney, Dianne’s practice was dedicated to the representation of tax-exempt organizations, their senior management and volunteer leaders. Her clients included colleges and universities, museums, human service organizations, sports philanthropists, health care affiliate and conversion foundations, corporate and community foundations, private foundations and donor-advised fund holders, churches and other religious organizations, national fraternities and sororities, business leagues, trade organizations, as well as a myriad of start-up and grassroots charities. In addition, Dianne regularly was engaged as an expert witness in state and federal litigation matters, providing strategic counsel and trial testimony. Dianne began her career at Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the adjunct faculty and raised annual and major gifts. Dianne’s professional commitment to nonprofits is also deeply personal. An active community leader, she has served on and chaired many nonprofit boards including Discovery Place, Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital Foundation and Women Executives. An evangelist for women’s philanthropy, Dianne currently serves as chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute national council. She is a founding member and past president of Women’s Impact Fund. Her professional recognition includes a Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award, Leadership Charlotte Circle of Excellence Award and UNCF Charlotte Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Honoree. Dianne previously was named Mecklenburg Times Woman of the Year. Dianne graduated, with high honors, from the University of California at Berkeley and, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. Note: Dianne does not provide legal advice in her role at Bank of America.
Talley Baratka Founder
Impact 100 Richmond
Talley Baratka strives to ensure communities have the resources and strategic knowledge necessary to serve those in need. She has used her passion for community building to create a well-established career in corporate citizenship and communications over the last 20 years. Talley is the founder of Impact 100 Richmond, which has raised over $2M since 2009 for the Richmond region. She was recently honored with NAWBO-Richmond’s Enterprising Women of Excellence, Community Leader Award, and a YWCA Outstanding Women Award. She leads the Strategy & Consulting practice for Rhudy & Co. Strategic Communications, where she enthusiastically employs her knack for finding solutions to businesses’ most pressing challenges. Oh, and she is tons of fun, to boot!
Bronwyn Belling Founding Member & Past President
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together
Bronwyn Belling is a Founding Member (2006) and Past President (2012) of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together. She chaired the AAWGT Grants Committee during its first year of grantmaking (2007) and has served on that committee for 15 years. She also served as Webmaster or Assistant Webmaster for the past 9 years and is co-chair of the Book Group. Bronwyn’s professional career included 20 years at the AARP Foundation in program development and training on consumer education and consumer protection for reverse mortgages. She previously worked for several Northern California nonprofits to promote community stabilization and neighborhood revitalization and as a political campaign consultant at the federal, state and local level. In 2019, Bronwyn received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.
Ellan Bernstein Philanos Board Secretary
Ellan has been a board member of Philanos since 2016 and currently serves as Board Secretary. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Education Committee of Philanos, and co-chaired the 2018 Philanos National Conference held in Philadelphia. Ellan is a founding board member of Impact100 Philadelphia and served as the founding Board Secretary. She also served as Co-President of the organization and has been a Grant Review Committee member since Impact100 Philadelphia’s creation. Ellan was charged with starting Impact100 Philadelphia’s Founders Fellowship program which offers membership to younger members. She also chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of Impact100 Philadelphia. Ellan is currently the Board Secretary of Interfaith Philadelphia, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue and understanding among people of different faith traditions. She has also been active in her synagogue community having served as Chair of its Social Justice Committee and as a member of its board of directors. Ellan received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University Beasley School of Law and serves on the Board of Visitors of the law school. She practices real estate law in the Philadelphia PA region. Ellan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College.
Jennifer Bodensiek Advisory Board Chair
Women's Giving Circle of Howard County
Jennifer Bodensiek is the chair of the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County. Her engagement with the Circle extends back to 2014, with her involvement as a grantee of the Circle's first multi-year investment. This investment launched, a hands-on entrepreneurship program for high school young women across the community-JA Rising Women. This program has since expanded locally and nationally, giving hundreds of young women the opportunity to start their own businesses, while building important life skills and instilling confidence in their futures. In addition, this program has contributed thousands of dollars back into communities through participants directing profits generated by their companies back into causes they care about. Jennifer joined the advisory board in 2015 and has served in various leadership roles, including co-chairing the organization’s State of Women and Girls in Howard County initiative, before assuming the role as chair in 2023. Jennifer also serves as the chief development officer of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. Jennifer is also a member of the Maryland Governor’s Workforce Development Board, and is a member of the board of the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (Misi).
Mary Bogle Principal Research Associate
Mary Bogle is a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She conducts formative and summative research on policies and place-conscious interventions that help parents with low incomes surmount the economic, equity, and mental health challenges that often interfere with their efforts to create healthy, productive, and protective environments for their children. Bogle’s work often sits at the intersection of whole-family support, social networks, and economic development at the neighborhood level. She is a nationally recognized thought leader on two-generation policy and practice, as well as an expert on cash-based social policies and highly effective program models for moving Americans out of poverty. Over the course of her career, Bogle has worked extensively with and for community-based organizations, government agencies, and foundations to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and policies aimed at creating more prosperous futures for children and families with low incomes.
Tony Bowen Vice President, Trustees' Philanthropy Fund
Tony Bowen partners with the Fidelity Charitable Board of Trustees to lead a strategic grantmaking program dedicated to inspiring donors to give more to promising nonprofits so that our communities can flourish. Tony has spent his entire career improving the ability of foundations and nonprofits to better meet their visions and build more equitable and empowered futures for those with less access to power and resources. Prior to joining Fidelity Charitable, Tony was a Lead Consultant at BDO FMA, a national consulting firm dedicated to building the confidence of nonprofit leaders, where he launched FMA's DC office and led FMA's pandemic relief efforts to get support for thousands of nonprofits. Before that, Tony was a Managing Director at Democracy Fund, a national private foundation. He has also previously worked at Annie E. Casey Foundation, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, GuideStar, and numerous family and community foundations.
John Brothers President
T. Rowe Price Foundation, T. Rowe Price Charitable
John Brothers is the president of the T. Rowe Price Foundation and of T. Rowe Price Charitable. John has been with T. Rowe Price since 2015. Prior to this, John founded and led Quidoo, an international consulting firm. John has served multiple academic positions including as adjunct professor at Rutgers University and New York University; a visiting scholar at the Hauser Center at Harvard University; and an advisor to the China Global Philanthropy Institute in Beijing. He is currently serving as a visiting fellow with the Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland. John has been a writer with the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Huffington Post and is the author of several books. He has appeared in many national and international media outlets and presented at multiple conferences about nonprofit and philanthropic effectiveness. John currently serves on the board of multiple nonprofits in Baltimore City. John earned a doctorate degree in law and policy from Northeastern University, an M.P.A. in nonprofit management from New York University, and an M.B.A. in public policy from American Public University. T. Rowe Price Foundation: troweprice.com/foundation. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjohnbrothers
Nina Cohen is the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer of Glenmede, a premiere national investment and wealth management firm. Nina leads the firm’s strategies to foster an inclusive culture and equitable workplace. In addition, she serves as strategic advisor to Glenmede's Center for Family Philanthropy and Wealth Education. Nina is a member of the firm’s executive leadership team responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s business strategy. Prior to joining Glenmede, Nina practiced law with a concentration in trust, estate and charitable gift planning. She also served as the Executive Director of a local community foundation. Nina earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Social Work from Temple University. She completed the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program through Cornell University, received the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation from The American College of Financial Services, and holds the designation of 21/64 Certified Advisor. Ms. Cohen is a Board member of Exponent Philanthropy where she serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Services and the Governance Committee of Philanos. Ms. Cohen is an active member of the Forum of Executive Women and Impact100 South Jersey.
Amy Conard Board of Directors and Technology Chair, Philanos
Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund
Amy Conard has led a technology transition for the Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund over the past four years to implement new software, consolidate systems and increase access for members to manage their information and access resources. After a successful corporate career in Information Technology, she now works for the American Parkinson's Disease Association to support data and software needs. She also mentors women technical leaders and volunteers at a food pantry. Amy has an MBA from Washington University and an aerospace engineering degree from Princeton University.
Janet Currie President, Greater Maryland Bank of America
Bank of America
Janet Currie is president of Bank of America, Greater Maryland and the market executive for the Local Markets Organization. As president, she is responsible for connecting clients, teammates and communities to the financial and investment capabilities of the Bank, driving integration across our eight lines of business and our nearly 1,800 local employees. Janet also leads the effort to deploy Bank of America's resources to help advance economic mobility and build strong communities. During her more than 30-year career in financial services, Janet has held both national and local roles, including leadership roles in Banking Center Chanel Services, Consumer Mortgage, Wealth Management Banking, and Consumer Banking. Janet holds a Master of Science degree from New York University, Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and a graduate of both Leadership Howard County and the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership programs. Janet currently serves on the board of the Maryland Bankers Association, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Baltimore Banner, Cherry Hill Strong and the Baltimore Convention and Tourism board. Janet has been recognized as a Daily Record Influential Marylander, a Daily Record Power 30 Banking & Finance professional, a Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award honoree, a Baltimore Sun 25 Women to Watch honoree, a Baltimore Business Journal -2022 Enterprising Women of Excellence honoree and Maryland’s Top 100 Women 2023 by The Daily Record.
Jennifer Daniels Technology Co-Chair
Impact 100 NYC
Jennifer Daniels is Co-Chair of Technology for Impact 100 NYC and a freelance technology consultant. Jennifer has worked with nonprofits for over 25 years and has extensive experience developing, building, and implementing technology solutions that help nonprofits achieve their mission. With an emphasis on improving outcomes and all areas of operations through the effective use of technology, Jennifer works with organizations to develop comprehensive technology strategies to support organizational goals, increase effectiveness of programs, and improve efficiency of service delivery. Jennifer has worn my hats throughout her career. As a professional, she has held a variety of positions including being an Executive Director of a program at a large nonprofit, management consultant, technical sales representative, nonprofit board member, and teacher. She has also been a serial volunteer, working with over 15 nonprofits across the globe. Jennifer earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is also a certified Salesforce Administrator.
Alisa Evans Debnam WGCCC Membership Co-Chair, Philanos Board Member
Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County
Alisa is one of the founding members (2008) and the first Co-Chair of the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County. She currently serves as the Membership Committee Co-Chair. She currently serves as the Board Chair of the United Way of Cumberland County, Board Chair of The Ellington White Community Development Corporation, board member of the City View News Funds and a member of the Cumberland County Chapter of the North Carolina Symphony. In her professional life, Alisa is a Research Education Analyst in the Education & Workforce Development division for RTI International. Alisa has a Master’s in Public Policy & Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in School & Community Health Education from East Carolina University. She lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina with her husband Hank and has two adult daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about food &wine, traveling and creating stained glass art.
Jana Ertrachter Principal
Jana has her MBA and over 37 years’ experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors including a proven track record in facilitation, collaborative processes, organizational development, and customized training/education. She has been a business owner for over 24 years. Jana helps clients have meaningful conversations that lead to impactful actions and results. She has an excellent reputation as a dynamic and engaging facilitator and a positive “change agent.” Jana creates a safe environment and approach to help clients achieve their desired results. Jana started in the strategic planning department of a statewide bank, help start a financial services consulting firm, was the director of marketing services for an organization that evolved into large international staffing company, and then started her own consultancy. Jana has been a certified forum facilitator with YPO (Young Presidents Organization) for 6 years and brings her expert facilitation skills with an emphasis on connections and designing an experience that supports the forum’s needs and desired outcomes. Jana loves to help people come together and share that leads to making a valuable difference in people’s lives, businesses, and the communities where they live. She has been a member of Women’s Giving Alliance for over 14 years.
Pam Feinstein Community Service Co-Chair
Pam Feinstein, is an active member of Giving Together, a giving circle that provides funding to nonprofits in the DMV ( DC, MD, VA). Pam co-chairs the Community Service Committee and is always on the lookout for ways for members to work with grantees through a variety of service projects. Pam grew up in NW Indiana and worked as RN before moving to the DC area for a position at Georgetown University Hospital/ MedStar first as a nurse and then in HR and Management. Leaving Georgetown after 20+ years, she quickly became involved in community service and joined the Board of A Wider Circle where she served as Chair, in the early years and has remained on the Board as the organization has grown and expanded over the past 20+ years. She serves on the Patron Development Committee at Round House Theatre and is also involved in the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce - again looking for ways to connect nonprofit groups with corporate members as they all work together to improve the surrounding community. Other groups Pam has been involved with include Dining for Women now Together Women Rise, Washington Area Women's Foundation, and Alumni groups at American University, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. When not working on service projects and connecting individuals and groups Pam spends time with her family in the MD/DC area including her husband, 2 sons, daughter in law, 1 year old grandbaby Louise and Bucco, the family Dalmatian.
Mindy Freedman Founder & President
The SAM Initiative
Mindy Freedman is a philanthropist and founder of The SAM Initiative—a giving circle comprised of philanthropic women who passionately pool their charitable dollars to fund and support programs committed to driving social change and promoting non-profit sustainability. A long-time proponent of the power of collaborative giving, Mindy created the SAM Initiative with the belief that we have more impact together than we have alone. Through engaged philanthropy, her work continues to inspire others to give, actively creating sustainable social change. Her expertise in micro-lending programs took her to Latin America for several years where she consulted with several NGO's and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mindy returned her focus to the United States where she applied her expertise in strategic planning, implementation, innovation, and executive coaching to individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Mindy is a Trustee at the Jewish Community Foundation in Los Angeles. She earned her BA in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Colorado, and an MPA in International Development and Spanish from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Heidi works to make each community that she is a part of better. Presently, she serves as Chair of the Volunteer Committee, member of the Executive Committee and Grant Screening Committee Team Leader for Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, a pooled giving association serving the needs of Southern Nevada. Her passion for community began in childhood and has included leadership roles in regional chapters of the American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts of the USA, The Boy Scouts of America as well as local charitable organizations, elevating each in their processes and results. Heidi grew up in the capital region of New York State and graduated from Cornell University. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV with her husband, Joshua; her three adult children live in Seoul, South Korea, Chicago and Cleveland. Heidi is an avid reader, curious traveler and connector of people.
Anna Graves President/Co-Founder
Impact 100 Seattle
Anna Graves is a branding expert with more than 20 years of experience growing and developing for-profit and nonprofit brands. Anna co-founded Impact 100 Seattle in 2020 adapting the Impact model to the unique landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Guided by the principles of Trust-Based Philanthropy, Impact 100 Seattle, has granted over $380,000 to 10 small, local, community-based organizations serving the Puget Sound Region. In addition to financial support, the organization and its members have given beyond the check in the form of volunteer support, board participation, and amplifying the messages of its grantee partners. Anna has a BS from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University. She resides in Seattle with her husband and two children.
Wendy Gray Many Hands Emerita Board
For over 20 years, I was a Senior Associate with the Center for the Support of Families, where I worked with the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement and many states on projects including business process improvement, strategic planning, performance measurement, training, meeting facilitation, development of outreach materials, technical assistance, and program assessment. I have also worked in political campaigns at the local, state and national levels as well as in the nonproft sector. Prior to rejoining CSF in 2005, I was the first Executive Director of the Center for Mental Health Outreach at Georgetown University Hospital. I served on the Many Hands Board from 2016 to 2022, and I’m now active on the Many Hands Emerita Board. I live in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of DC with my husband, Washington Post columnist and George Mason University professor Steve Pearlstein. We have two grown children and four fabulous grandchildren.
Chris Hairston-White Chair
Chris Hairston-White is a purpose-driven, business-minded wife to childhood friend Dwayne and mother of Kameron (21), Kirsten (18), and fur baby Sir Louis White I (4). Born, raised, and educated in Central Virginia, Chris credits her faith, family, hard work, and network for her successful, dynamic career in the financial industry and not-for-profit sector. As Executive Director of Impact Banking for VCC Social Enterprises and Virginia Commonwealth University Alumnus, she’s able combine her knowledge, skills, and passions at work for social good in her home state and beyond. Chris directs her volunteering and philanthropy to not-for-profit organizations that focus on social issues reflecting her lived experience. Currently, she is the Vice President of ART 180 Board and member of its Finance Committee, board member of Bon Secours Mercy Richmond Health System and member of its Medical Staff Credentialing Subcommittee and Quality & Patient Safety Committee, Committee Member and Past Chair of Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Annual Craft + Design Show, Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2009, and founding member and current Chair of SisterFund. Chris has been recognized as YPN RVA’s Great Nonprofit Boss (2017) and CREW RVA’s Top 25 Women to Watch in Commercial Real Estate (2015).
Lisa M. Hamilton President and CEO
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Lisa M. Hamilton is the president and chief executive officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to building a brighter future for children, youth, families and communities in the United States. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Hamilton was the Foundation’s executive vice president and chief program officer, overseeing investments to promote community change, economic opportunity for families and public system reform. She also guided efforts to strengthen the social sector and encourage the take-up of effective strategies. Hamilton previously served as vice president of external affairs, leading Casey’s efforts to provide data, analysis, research and policy solutions to help all children realize their potential. Before joining the Foundation, Hamilton worked at UPS for 14 years in various roles, including president of the UPS Foundation and vice president of corporate public relations. Hamilton serves on the boards of the Baltimore Community Foundation, Baltimore’s Promise, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Greater Washington Partnership, Living Cities and StriveTogether. She also is on the advisory board of Twilio.org. An Atlanta native, she earned a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.
Elisabeth Hyleck Director of Learning and Partnerships
Maryland Philanthropy Network
Elisabeth manages MPN’s Affinity Groups and 100+ educational programs with a focus on actions that support equity and justice. She served on the boards of City Neighbors Hamilton Charter School and Blue Water Baltimore.
Michelle Hynes helps leaders approach their world-changing work with more ease, impact, and joy. Michelle's focus is on moving people from "what is" to "what's possible" through thoughtful meeting design, facilitation, and coaching. Michelle’s experience includes more than 25 years as a social-sector executive, consultant, board member, and volunteer. She is a founding member and former Grants Committee co-chair of ninety-nine girlfriends, an all-volunteer regional women's giving collective that has raised and re-granted more than $2.7 million since it launched in 2016. Currently, she leads ninety-nine girlfriends’ Fellows program for younger philanthropists. Michelle’s formal education includes a Master’s in Education from University of Pennsylvania, a certificate from the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and a certificate in Strategic Organizational Management from Portland State University. She is a graduate of New Ventures West’s year-long Professional Coaching Course. Learn more about Michelle on her web site at www.michellehynes.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Heather Jauregui Philanos Board Member
Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation
Heather Jauregui has been a leadership volunteer for multiple nonprofit and charitable organizations. Her career has been in the nonprofit sector leading teams and philanthropy programs. An active member of Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation since 2005, and a director for seven years, Heather has served in leadership roles for the IWCF, including president, vice president, and symposium chair. Heather has a MS in education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a BS in business from Santa Clara University. She’s been honored as one of the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished “40 Under 40”. An Idaho native, Heather resides in Boise with her husband and has three adult stepchildren. She was elected to the Philanos board in 2022.
Geneva Johns Operations Director
Women Helping Women Fund
Geneva Johns serves as the Operations Director for Women Helping Women Fund in Spokane, WA. She is a graduate of Washington State University and holds a certificate in Foundational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Geneva strongly believes in transforming communities by connecting individuals with causes they are most passionate about. When she's not championing collective giving, you can find her crafting, scrolling TikTok, or exploring the great outdoors with her furry best friend, Kelso.
Tatiana Joyce Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Grants Committee
The Philanthropy Connection
Tatiana is a Bostonian, proud aunt, and collaborative grant-making leader who has just over seven years of experience in grant administration and project management. She currently works as the Assistant Deputy Director of Grants and Procurement for the City of Boston's Workforce Development Office. She is passionate about championing the upward economic mobility of Boston residents through the management of OWD's diverse procurement. As a Board Member and Co-Chair of the Grants Committee with The Philanthropy Connection, she supports grantmaking focused on supporting nonprofit organizations addressing systematic inequities impacting individuals and families within the greater Boston area. Tatiana earned her BA from Tufts University in Child Development with a concentration in Family Health.
Mandi Koba Manager, Economic Mobility
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Mandi Koba, LGSW is a macro social worker who has been working in the direct cash transfer and guaranteed income space since the COVID-19 pandemic created the space to combat poverty in new (to many in the U.S.), more equitable, and efficient ways. Mandi leverages her ability to live in the in-between and draws on her lived experiences to inform her professional perspectives. Mandi was a part of the first large-scale cash transfer project in the D.C. Metro region, THRIVE East of the River, and has played various roles in the distribution of over $41 million in unconditional cash assistance. Currently, she is working on the implementation of the Fairfax County Economic Mobility Pilot and is an active member of Virginia’s statewide guaranteed income coalition and the Guaranteed Income Community of Practice. When she is not plotting ways to disrupt the systems that uphold the status quo, Mandi can be found watching her kids play baseball, starting (but never finishing) a new knitting project, or walking her two rescues.
Maria Kolby-Wolfe President & CEO
Washington Women's Foundation
Maria Kolby-Wolfe is President and CEO of Washington Women’s Foundation (WaWF) and an instructor at the University of Washington, teaching nonprofit operations, management, leadership, and strategies. Before guiding WaWF Maria performed various development, communication, and management roles at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Seattle Symphony, Path with Art, ACT Theatre, Museum of Pop Culture, Swedish Medical Center Foundation, and Signature Theatre. She has served as a board member for many organizations, including TeamChild, Rainier Valley Food Bank, Allied Arts Foundation, and Global Leadership Forum. Maria was raised in Bellingham, WA, graduated from the University of Puget Sound, and achieved doctoral candidacy in African American History at Northwestern University. Her passions and beliefs align directly with her work: Food, Art, and Justice for All.
Hanh Le Co-CEO
if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility
Hanh Le is Co-CEO of if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility, which envisions a world in which Black people and people of the global majority live powerfully, abundantly and beautifully in healthy, self-determined communities free of social, economic and ideological violence. Hanh joined if in February 2021 as VP of Strategic Partnerships. In November 2022, she and her colleague Temi F. Bennett were appointed as Co-CEOs of the foundation. Hanh was previously Executive Director of the Weissberg Foundation, where she led strategy development; oversaw programmatic and operational activities; and collaborated with philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to advance racial equity through field-building, pooled funding, and collective action. She has served as chief program officer at Exponent Philanthropy, leading educational programming and content development; and she has directed training, grant, and technical assistance programs for KaBOOM!, Community Technology Centers’ Network, and the Peace Corps. Hanh co-founded DC’s Cherry Blossom Giving Circle and co-chairs the Metro DC chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. She serves on the boards of Asian American LEAD and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. Hanh holds degrees in environmental geology from the College of William & Mary and in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia. She is passionate about family, friends, dogs, DC, biking, food, and a few too many podcasts.
MaryJean R. Levin President
Roanoke Women's Foundation
MaryJean Redon Levin is serving her second term as president of Roanoke Women's Foundation. RWF is a 200-member giving circle centered in the city of Roanoke, Virginia. Since its founding in 2005, the organization has contributed more than $5 million in grants to nearly 80 local nonprofits focused on the arts and culture, health and human services, education, and the environment. Prior to her tenure as president, MaryJean served six years on the RWF grants committee. MaryJean's decades of community engagement have included terms as president of the Norfolk Symphony Association Auxiliary, president of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, and member of the City of Norfolk Public Library Board. After moving from Norfolk to Roanoke, she has continued her volunteer activities as president of the historic Grandin Theatre Foundation, vestry member and junior warden at St. John's Episcopal Church, and board member of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley, where she was named Outstanding Sustainer in 2019. She has a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and has studied in the graduate interior design program at Virginia Tech, where she was elected to Kappa Omicron Nu national honor society. She continues her practice of interior design at Halifax Fine Furnishings in Roanoke.
Sara Lomelin CEO
Sara Lomelin is a connector of people and ideas, a relationship builder and a firm believer that everyone can be a philanthropist. A self-proclaimed philanthropy disruptor, Sara has traveled the world speaking about the power of collective giving at high-profile conferences and events, including TED 2022 where she delivered her talk, "Your Invitation to Disrupt Philanthropy." As founding CEO of Philanthropy Together, Sara is growing a movement of people-powered philanthropy to resource grassroots nonprofits, shift power dynamics and promote widespread philanthropy. Prior to Philanthropy Together, Sara served as Senior Director of Leadership Philanthropy at Accion Opportunity Fund, and as VP of Philanthropy at the Latino Community Foundation where she created the Latino Giving Circle Network™—the largest network of Latinx philanthropists in the US. Sara serves on the National Council of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Board of Directors of GivingTuesday and Battery Powered. Sara holds a BA from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and an Administration & Management Certificate from Harvard University.
Deborah Majewski Board of Advisors / Board of Directors
Women's Impact Fund / Philanos
Deborah Majewski is a Senior Program Officer at The Leon Levine Foundation (TLLF) in Charlotte, NC where she manages its diverse portfolio of human services grants throughout the Carolinas. Prior to joining TLLF, Deborah was a Senior Vice President in the Finance Group at Bank of America for 15 years. She also worked as a Principal Consultant in the Financial Services Practice at IBM Business Consulting Services and in the Finance groups of both Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase. Deborah is a graduate of The University of Rochester (MBA) and SUNY Geneseo (BS). Deborah has served on the board of Philanos since 2020 and is Co-Chair of the Education Committee. She is a past Board Chair, Grants Chair, and Treasurer of The Women’s Impact Fund and currently serves on the Board of Advisors. Deborah also serves on the boards of Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Good Friends Charlotte, and The Women + Girls Research Alliance at The University of NC at Charlotte. A native of Buffalo, New York, Deborah has lived in Charlotte since 1995. She and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending their free time in the NC mountains.
Patricia Massey Hoke Executive Director
Women's Impact Fund
Patricia Massey Hoke is the Executive Director of Women’s Impact Fund, a giving circle in Charlotte, NC focused on strengthening women’s leadership in philanthropy. She is a dynamic, collaborative leader who steered the organization through the challenges of the COVID pandemic by offering creative virtual and hybrid education and engagement programs, increasing annual giving to the organization, and providing strategic and operational leadership to the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts including reimagining membership and grantmaking processes. Prior to joining Women’s Impact Fund in 2019, Patricia was the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Davidson College. Before Davidson, Patricia was a Manager with Deloitte Consulting supporting business model transformation efforts. Patricia is a member of the Advisory Board of the Women + Girls Research Alliance at UNC-Charlotte. She was the founding Board Chair of Digi-Bridge, a nonprofit focused on K-8 STEAM education, and a prior Senior Warden of St. Peter's Episcopal Church and past member of the World Economic Forum Charlotte Global Shapers Hub. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Davidson College and an MBA from The College of William & Mary. Patricia and her husband have three young boys.
Ann Marie McGee Philanos Board Member Impact 100 Redwood Circle
Ann Marie McGee is a retired marketing executive in Northern California with over 25-years of experience working with Silicon Valley companies. Always working on products that “people did not know they needed yet”, her early experiences included marketing some of the first tablet computers at GRiD Systems and Fujitsu. After being part of the executive team to take DG Systems (DG FastChannel) public, she formed her own marketing consulting company to focus exclusively on branding and messaging services for high tech startups and early stage companies. Ann Marie joined the Philanos Board in 2022 and currently Co-Chairs the Communications Committee. Her introduction to collective giving came 5 years ago, when she relocated to the North Bay and joined Impact 100 Redwood Circle in Santa Rosa, serving for 4 years as Marketing Co-Chair. She is also a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Board and is a national volunteer for Tri Delta, currently serving on their Leadership Cultivation and Selection Committee for 2022-2024. She loves living in the natural beauty of Sonoma County and has embraced the food and wine opportunities. Ann Marie also enjoys playing her flute, tennis, golf and dabbling in watercolor and mixed media art.
Lynn O'Connell Member
DMV Collective Giving Network, Giving Together, & Together Women Rise
Lynn O’Connell is a veteran nonprofit leader with more than 30 years working in the nonprofit sector as a staff person, a consultant, a trainer, and a volunteer. As a consultant, Lynn has worked with more than 50 community-based nonprofit organizations to initiate strategic planning; fundraising and grant writing; and board and organizational development initiatives. She is in her 24th year as an executive director in the DC-area and has served as ED of a healthcare foundation, a workforce development organization, an arts organization, and currently an organization that works with immigrant and refugee youth.. Before her work with nonprofits, Lynn served 12 years as a Foreign Service Officer. Lynn holds a Masters in Philanthropy from Indiana University, a Certificate in Executive Non-Profit Leadership from Duke University, and is a Fulbright Scholar. Lynn is also on the faculty teaching nonprofit courses at Catholic University, The Graduate School, and George Washington University. She has been active in giving circles since 2006. She is currently a member of Philanos affiliate Giving Together, and she enjoys working with the many giving circles in the DC area through the DMV Collective Giving Network.
Whitney Parnell Founder & CEO
Service Never Sleeps
Whitney Parnell is a Black millennial activist, singer, and the Founder and CEO of Service Never Sleeps, a nonprofit that empowers individuals and communities to catalyze social justice through service and Allyship. Her movement work involves racial justice efforts, and equipping effective allies through truth-telling, bridge-building, empathy, and action. She grew up between Latin America and West Africa as a Foreign Service child. At Washington University in St. Louis, Whitney doubled majored in English and Spanish, and minored in Communications and Journalism, during which she also embraced her calling as an activist. Whitney’s passion for service and social justice brought her to Washington, DC after college to serve with City Year, and then work in the houselessness field, before founding Service Never Sleeps in 2015. Whitney is also a musician, and released a social justice album in 2022 called "What Will You Do," with the goal of using empathy through song to ignite action.
Diane Perlmutter Past Co-Chair
Greenville Women Giving
Diane Perlmutter is a past Co-Chair of Greenville Women Giving (SC). Since joining in 2012, she has been involved in membership development, communications, and financial management. In addition, she served as Chair of the Endowment Committee and had a leadership role in creating the GWG Tenth Anniversary and Sweet 16 annual celebrations. Diane relocated to Greenville from New York where her career included being VP of Advertising and Campaign Marketing for Avon Products; COO of PR giant Burson-Marsteller’s NY office; and CEO of its sister company Cohn & Wolfe in New York. Immediately prior to retiring, she was CEO of Gilda’s Club Worldwide, the cancer charity named to honor Gilda Radner. She has served on numerous boards in New York City and Hudson NY for arts, community services and women’s organizations. In Greenville, she has been on the boards of The Warehouse Theatre, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the Advancement Council of the Prisma Cancer Institute. Diane graduated from Miami University (OH) and served on its Board of Trustees from 2014 – 2020, chairing the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. She is a founding steering committee member of the M.I.A.M.I. WOMEN Giving Circle.
Sabeen Perwaiz is President & CEO of Florida Nonprofit Alliance where she strengthens, promotes and advocates on behalf of Florida’s nonprofit sector. During her tenure, FNA has expanded on its research portfolio with Florida's first nonprofit economic impact report, nonprofit compensation surveys and a state of the sector. Prior to joining the organization, Perwaiz was a researcher for Vital Voices Global Partnership, served as Special Projects Manager for Pace Center for Girls, implemented an Early Childhood Education program with Aide et Action in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and led the Earn Up initiative for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Since 2012, Perwaiz has led the all volunteer team for TEDxJacksonville. Perwaiz serves on the board of directors of the National Council of Nonprofits and United Way of Northeast Florida and as Vice President of Women's Giving Alliance. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida Connect. Perwaiz has been named an Aspen Ideas Scholar, Woman of Influence, 40 under 40 and a National Business Journal Influencer. She has also received a One Jax Humanitarian award. Perwaiz served on Florida's Commission on Community Service from 2018-2021. Perwaiz earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and pre-medicine from City College of New York and her master's in International Development from the University of Birmingham in the UK. An avid traveler, Perwaiz has visited over 42 countries and hopes to visit at least 100 in her lifetime. She and her husband, Asghar, are proud parents of Raza and Ayah.
Mary F Pietan Past President
Women's Giving Alliance of Northeast Florida
My name is Mary Pietan, and I am a longtime volunteer in the greater Jacksonville community. Everything I have chosen to get involved in has in some way allowed me to work with a wonderful cross section of people in our community. I worked as a development officer for over 20 years for Baptist Health Foundation and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. I also served as a trustee in many worthy organizations such as Episcopal High School, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the national board of the Garden Club of America, and the Women’s Giving Alliance. Each of these organizations afforded me the opportunity to chair committees that specifically benefit young people. I have been involved in the Women’s Giving Alliance, (WGA) for over 20 years, as a founding member and now past president. WGA opened my eyes to the specific and almost always unmet needs of young women and girls. I have 4 grown children, 2 daughters and 2 sons, and four beautiful grandchildren, 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. I enjoy reading, gardening, photography, and time in the mountains of NC and once again, traveling as much as possible.
Sue Pitchford Chair, Membership Committee
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together
Sue Pitchford retired from IBM in February 2017 having spent her 35-year career in sales and sales management. For the last decade of her career, she was a software account executive in the travel industry. In that position, she represented IBM’s entire software portfolio, working with customer executives to bring the latest technology to further their business while leading a large team of software specialists. Sue is originally from Philadelphia but has lived in multiple locations where IBM has relocated her. She graduated with her B.S. and M.S. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. where she joined IBM. Sue has lived in Annapolis MD since 2010 where she and her husband, Mike, are active boaters and members of the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Severn Sailing Association. Sue served on the Board of Leadership Anne Arundel and as Chair of the Cruising Fleet of the Annapolis Yacht Club for 3 years. Sue has been a member of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together for 11 years, having served as Grants Chair in 2017, Vice President in 2018 and President in 2019. She currently serves as Chair of the Membership Committee and Co-Chair of the Grants Visionary Committee.
Margaret Prentice Board Member and Chair, Membership Committee
Impact100 Metro Denver
Margaret Prentice retired from a 35-year career in financial services – having spent 25 years at CNA Insurance, serving in Human Resources, Underwriting and Business Development for National Accounts. The last 10 years of Margaret’s career were at RegentAtlantic Capital, a nationally recognized fee-only wealth advisory firm. As a partner in the firm, she led marketing and business development. In 2008, Margaret was named to the NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business. A native of Texas, Margaret graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Education and Fairleigh Dickinson University with an M.B.A. Margaret and her husband John moved to Denver CO in 2018 to be near their daughter and grandchildren. In New Jersey, Margaret enjoyed urban walking and now in Colorado she’s loves hiking the foothills of the Rockies. In May 2022 she completed the first third of the Camino de Santiago. Margaret served on the boards of Community Foundation of New Jersey and Habitat for Humanity Newark, where she spearheaded the building of the Abraham House, one funded and built by the children of Abraham: Jews, Muslims and Christians. In Denver, Margaret is a board member of Impact100 Metro Denver.
Sue Priester Endowment Committee Chair, Board Member
Greenville Women Giving
Sue is a native of St. Louis, MO, holds a Masters Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and has lived in Greenville since 1976. She and her late husband started an industrial computer manufacturing firm in 1981. She is a co-founder and past co-chair of Greenville Women Giving, and currently serves as the GWG Endowment Chair. She has chaired the Community Foundation of Greenville, the Greer Chamber of Commerce, and the Greenville Symphony. Her board service has also included the United Way of Greenville County, Alliance for Quality Education, and the Furman University Advisory Council. In 2005 she was inducted into the Entrepreneurs Forum of Greenville Technical College.
Taisha Rojas-Parker DEI chair, Board Member
Impact 100 Cincinnati
Taisha Rojas-Parker has spent more than 15 years working in non-profit. She has served the community in workforce development, disaster services, healthcare and foster care youth support. She joined the philanthropist industry in 2019 as a member of Impact 100, Cincinnati. She joined the DEI committee and became the DEI chair and Executive Board member in 2021. With Taisha's first hand experience in non-profit and exposure to philanthropy, Taisha advocates for trust based philanthropy and equity in grantmaking.
Eliza Winans Rossman Founder, Chair Emeritus
Eliza Winans Rossman is geriatric social worker with a background in aging services, community organizing, and philanthropy. In 2014, she founded ALLINBKLYN, a women's giving circle in Brooklyn, New York. Now, in its 10th year of operation with a membership of 60 passionate and engaged women, ALLINBKLYN is poised to reach the 3M mark in grants to their nonprofit partners doing critical work in Brooklyn. Eliza is now the Chair Emeritus, having passed the leadership role to a longtime member who is bringing new energy and exciting ideas to ALLINBKLYN!
Jeannie Infante Sager Director
Women's Philanthropy Institute
Jeannie Infante Sager leads the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. WPI envisions a world where women donors understand and use their growing power and influence supporting causes they care about; where fundraisers and nonprofit leaders take women seriously and approach them in ways that appeal to them; and where both women and men are giving, giving more, and giving more intentionally and effectively. Jeannie advances WPI’s efforts to translate research to practice, guides WPI’s national advisory council and serves on the school’s executive leadership team. She has been quoted in an array of media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Fortune Magazine. An active speaker on topics related to women’s philanthropy, she has presented to national and international audiences. She is an associate professor with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and teaches with The Fundraising School. She serves as the national chair of the Indiana University Alumni Association’s board of managers and on the advisory council for WOC – Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy. Jeannie earned her master’s degree in philanthropic studies from Indiana University and was recognized with the distinguished alumni award from Rollins College.
Mathilde Sanson Board Member
Impact 100 NYC
Combining her executive skills and passion in helping others, Mathilde has found the right balance in the third chapter of her life. Her professional career in SaaS software companies as Chief Customer officer has enabled her to travel the world, grow as a leader and mentor others in reaching their potential. Currently Mathilde is a Board advisor to private software companies and is a paid mentor for up and coming professionals. Mathilde's non-profit activities have been focused on Impact 100 NYC, where as a founding board member, she is chair of the Non Profit Relations committee and co-chair of the Technology committee. www.impact100nyc.org is a woman-let giving circle awarding transformational grants reaching $274K in its 3rd year. Mathilde is also Board member of Project Cicero: (www.projectcicero.org), a non-profit book drive started in 2001 that delivers 200K donated children’s books to 1,200 under-resourced New York City public school teachers. She is responsible for onsite operations during the 7 day pop-up event which includes 800+ volunteers and thousands of heavy boxes. NYC is her home and she and her wife spend as much time as possible travelling and visiting her dad in the South of France.
Peggy Schapiro is a former computer programmer and teacher. She has been a member of the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle (BWGC) since 2002 and was the Circle Co-chair 2014-2016 after serving as its archivist, secretary, and co-chair of the Grants Committee. Currently Peggy continues as a member of the Grants and the REDI (Racial, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Committees and is committed to improving the lives of people living in Baltimore’s underrepresented communities and has mentored, tutored and offered parenting classes in Baltimore City. Peggy has her BA in economics from Manhattanville College. Spending much of her time in Park City, Utah Peggy lives in Baltimore County where she enjoys her husband and large family of 21, five children and 10 grandchildren.
Mary Ann Scully Dean, Sellinger School of Business and Management
Loyola University Maryland
Mary Ann Scully is the Dean of the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. School of Business and Management at Loyola University of Maryland. She is a successful entrepreneur and “intrapreneur” who started, scaled and sold a financial service company that had achieved regional brand recognition and impact. She has successfully led both large and small organizations working with local, national and international clients. She was the co-founder of Howard Bank. She was the Chief Executive Officer of Howard Bank/ Bancorp and Chairperson of its board of directors until its merger with FNB of Pennsylvania in 2022. A lifelong banker with more than 40 years of varied executive experiences in the Maryland marketplace, Mary Ann led teams responsible for both Howard Bank’s organic growth and repeated strategic acquisitions that created the Greater Baltimore region’s largest locally headquartered banking company and Maryland’s third largest locally headquartered bank with more than $2 billion in assets. Prior to Howard, Mary Ann was employed by Allfirst Bank. She served in a number of senior positions including, Executive Vice President for Regional Banking, Executive Vice President for Community Banking, Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning, Senior Vice President for Mergers and Acquisitions, and Senior Vice President of International Banking. Mary Ann is a trustee of the Enoch Pratt Library, Mount St Joseph College high school and served until 2022 s as Vice Chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee. She is also a trustee for Mercy High School , St Mary’s seminary, the Community Foundation of Howard County Real Estate board, and the Inner Arbor Trust. She is a past president of the board of Catholic Charities, past chair of The Community Foundation of Howard County and past chair of the Maryland Bankers Association, as well as a past board member of the Baltimore Federal Reserve and served as a Community Advisory board member for the FDIC. She also was a member of the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Maryland. Mary Ann has been recognized publicly for her achievements in business and for her works in the community. She was given a lifetime achievement award as the CEO of the year by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2022. In 2021, she was ranked as #14 in the Daily Record Power 100 listing .In 2022, Mary Ann was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce , and in 2020, Mary Ann was inducted into the Business and Civic Hall of fame by the Baltimore Sun, while and in 2018, she received the Industrialist of the Year award from the Baltimore Museum of Industry. She was named one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in Banking by American Banker newspaper in 2016 and 2017. She received her MBA from Loyola and her BA from Seton Hill University. She is a Loyola University Alumni laureate and a Seton Hill University Distinguished Alumna.
Abigail Seldin CEO & Co-Founder
Abigail is the CEO of the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation (SHSF), a family foundation that is improving access to public benefits through grants, mission-driven corporate partnerships, and its in-house research center, the Civic Mapping Initiative. She has worked directly with federal and state agencies to shape policy and make regulatory changes concerning public transit, postsecondary education, SNAP, and other social safety net programs. Her work is regularly featured in local and national media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, and The New York Times. Abigail's experience outside public policy includes co-founding and selling a tech start-up, studying at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and parenting two small children.
Ilyasah N Shabazz Senior Operations & Communications Director
As a nonprofit communications professional, Ilyasah N. Shabazz (she/her) believes in the power of effective, data-driven marketing. She currently serves as Senior Operations and Communications Director at Philanthropy Together. In this role, Ilyasah showcases and strengthens the work of giving circles and collective giving groups around the world through the power of storytelling. For more than a decade, Ilyasah has worked with nonprofits to help them grow their audience by telling impactful stories, implementing strategic plans, and streamlining digital communications. Before joining Philanthropy Together, Ilyasah served as the marketing director at the Greensboro Children’s Museum (now Miriam P. Brenner Children's Museum) and managed projects across various channels, including advertising, social media, media relations, and special events. Ilyasah earned a master’s in management from the University of Phoenix and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and Afro- and African-American Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vicki Sheehan Spirit of St Louis Past President and Philanos Past Chair and Founding Board Member
Spirit of St Louis Women's Fund
Vicki, past Board Chair of Philanos and Past President of Spirit of St Louis Women's Fund, had the honor to assume leadership of both Organizations from their Founders. She also chaired the St. Louis WCGN Conference in 2014, when the predecessor to today's Philanos became an official 501 (c)3. Counting her involvement with the women of SOS and Philanos as among her most satisfying life experiences, she is grateful to have been there in the beginning and to still be active at this point in the evolution of women in collective giving. She is active in the grantmaking and membership areas of SOS and has led finance in the past. Vicki's professional background includes the practice of law, commercial real estate and senior living community development and ownership in St. Louis, MO. She is a lucky wife, mother and stepmother of six, grandmother of two. Her dream is to help build SOS into a strong bonded group of women who truly represent our community, have real understanding of and appreciation of one another, and are thus able to make more effective headway in supporting inclusive and just improvement in the lives of all of our neighbors. She credits Colleen Willoughby and all of the women of the original "thought group" that led to today's Philanos with inspiring and informing her the part in leadership of SOS and Philanos, and has endless gratitude for their friendship and examples of life well lived.
Amarik K. Singh Vice Chair
Women's Fund El Dorado
Amarik currently serves as the Vice Chair for Women’s Fund El Dorado in California. She has been member of Women’s Fund El Dorado since 2014 and has served as the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and a member on the Site Visit Committee. In her professional life, on December 22, 2021, Amarik was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as the Inspector General at the Office of the Inspector General for the State of California. Amarik has been an attorney for over 26 years, spending her entire career in public service at both the state and county levels. Amarik received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice, with a concentration in corrections, from California State University Stanislaus. Amarik also earned the designation of Certified Inspector General Auditor and received her certification as an Administrative Law Hearing Officer. Amarik lives in El Dorado County with her husband and two adorable cats, where she enjoys cooking, reading, and learning about the local wines.
Lauren M. Sterlacci Immediate Past President and Sponsorship Chair
Impact the Palm Beaches
Lauren M. Sterlacci is the Immediate Past President and Sponsorship Chair of Impact the Palm Beaches (Impact). Lauren joined Impact as a founding member in 2015, and immediately joined and then chaired the Grants Committee for three years, before taking on the role of Vice President and then President. Starting her career in Finance on Wall Street in the 1980’s, she retired as SVP/Senior Client Advisor and a top producer for Bank of America’s Private Bank in Palm Beach in 2003. Always involved in her community, Lauren most recently served on the Advisory Board for the Harriet Wilkes Honors College at FAU, the Finance Advisory Board for St. Therese Catholic Church, the Town of Palm Beach Allocations Committee, and more. She is an alumnus of Leadership Palm Beach County. Lauren was devoted to her husband, Michael, who passed away in 2020. She has lived in Wellington, FL, since 1997, is an avid tennis player, and adores her family and two cats, Hickory and Willow.
Kerrien Suarez President & CEO
Equity In The Center®
Kerrien Suarez is president and chief executive officer of Equity In The Center®, a field-wide initiative to influence social sector leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to achieve race equity. In 2018, EIC published Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, which details management and operational levers organizations utilize to center race equity and transform culture. A management consultant with over 20 years of experience, Kerrien led engagements to refine programs and scale impact for national nonprofits and philanthropies, as well as coached executives and social entrepreneurs of color whose work focused on eliminating race-based disparities. Kerrien is a graduate of Harvard College and London School of Economics. You can learn more about her work at www.linkedin.com/in/kerriensuarez.
Victoria Vrana CEO
Victoria Vrana is a senior leader in innovation and philanthropy at the helm of GlobalGiving. Victoria joined GlobalGiving from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served as Deputy Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, overseeing portfolios in policy, data, and everyday giving. Previously, Victoria held positions with Venture Philanthropy Partners, the Morino Institute, and Millennium Communications. Early in her career, she directed Network of East-West Women Online, the first online network linking women’s rights activists and NGOs in post-Soviet countries with global counterparts. Victoria studied in Germany and Hungary and has a degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Davis. She serves on the board of directors of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Paypal Giving Fund.
Faith Wachter is the owner of Faith Wachter Consulting, a Maryland-based social media marketing agency. Started in 2015, FWC helps small businesses and nonprofits level up their own social media marketing. Faith was an adjunct instructor at Howard Community College, teaching intro-level social media marketing classes in their Continuing Education program for several years. Faith has spent the bulk of her professional career working in the nonprofit world, with her longest stint (15 years!) at Maryland Public Television. She holds two graduate degrees from Teachers College Columbia University and earned her Bachelors degree at Skidmore College – well before the Age of the Internet. She’s an active member and sponsor of Business Women’s Network of Howard County. Faith enjoys golf and local/international foodie adventures with her husband and three adult children.
Penny Wald Past Circle Co-chair
Baltimore Women's Giving Circle
Penny enjoyed an expansive career in education as a classroom teacher, a university faculty member, and an independent consultant in the Washington DC area. She moved to Baltimore in 2006 and was soon a devotee of the Baltimore Women's Giving Circle where she has found meaningful work, leadership opportunities, and wonderful friendships. Grandchildren, traveling, hiking, biking and gardening are favorite pastimes for Penny.
Melissa Walker Head of Giving Circles
The States Project
Melissa is the author of 10 novels for young adults and children. A former magazine editor, she now gathers people together to talk about how they can pool their resources and change the balance of power in state legislatures. She is a graduate of Vassar College who hails from Chapel Hill, NC, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times and Teen Vogue.
Yolanda Webb Board Chair/President
Impact100 Metro Denver
Yolanda is an accomplished professional with an extensive background as an executive leader and entrepreneur. With more than three decades of experience in the government, philanthropic, business, and nonprofit sectors, her focus is on leadership, board development, fiscal management, strategy, organizational development, human capital management, operations, and compliance. She is a leadership coach and speaker who uses interactive storytelling to connect with her clients. She is a relationship builder and community connector. Yolanda has oversight of more than $415,000,000 in revenue with both national and global span of control. She has a proven track record of success in both the private and public sectors. Yolanda is a strategic thinker and believes that an organization’s success rests with the development of its people.
Tyeshia Ty Wilson Director of Engagement, Philanthropy Together
Philanos Board Member
Tyeshia “Ty” Wilson is an energetic millennial, activist-philanthropist, fundraiser, organizer, trainer, consultant and a sought-after speaker on Black philanthropy, equitable and trust-based grantmaking, politics and engagement As Director of Engagement at Philanthropy Together, she leads the organization’s global engagement strategy, including the one-of-a-kind, Launchpad giving circle training, connecting and training collective giving leaders, funders, organizations and everyday philanthropists around the world. A proud native of Dallas (Oak Cliff), Texas, Tyeshia has an authentic zeal for people and service, and uses her bold voice to inspire the community towards collective action and impact. She advocates and serve on the board for various local and national organizations focused on advancing equity in philanthropy and protecting democracy, including Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy, Engage Dallas, Register HER, Our Vote is Our Voice, Philanos, and is the current Chair-Elect of HERitage Giving Fund— the first Black giving circle in Texas that invests in Black, women-led nonprofits serving women and girls. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a M.S. in Public Leadership with a concentration in Nonprofit and Community Leadership from the University of North Texas at Dallas. In 2022, Tyeshia was an honoree on the annual Black Women Give Back List presented by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Black Philanthropy Month and The WISE Fund.
Sarah F. Wimberley Impact 100 Philadelphia Acting Director, Sales Enablement, Government Markets at Independence Blue Cross.
At Independence Blue Cross, Sarah leads a high performing team to support the operational needs and strategic technology goals of the Government Markets division internally and externally, including, but not limited to Dynamics CRM, shopping and enrollment tools, data integrations and APIs.
Crickett Woloson Past Co-Chair Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Baltimore Women's Giving Circle
Crickett Woloson is the Director of the Elbow Fund where she supports positive social change in Baltimore by partnering with proven and passionate community leaders. Since 2010, Crickett has been deeply involved with a series of non-profit organizations, most often focusing on finance, budgeting and governance. Previously, Crickett worked in Investment Banking, Equity Research and Capital Markets at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown. She holds a BA in History from Yale University and lives in Baltimore, Maryland where she is an avid runner, and generally loves to be.