NCFP Fellows Mary Mountcastle (left) and June Wilson (right) talk with Russell Family Foundation Board Member Sarah Cavanaugh at the 2015 National Forum on Family Philanthropy in Seattle.

Meet the Team

We provide the resources, expertise and support families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve. Together, we make great things happen.

Our Board

Kelly Nowlin

Kelly Nowlin

NCFP Chair | Trustee, Surdna Foundation | NCFP Fellow (2018–2021)

Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard

NCFP Vice Chair | Head of Philanthropic Services, Lansberg Gersick & Associates; Trustee, Hill-Snowdon Foundation

David Weitnauer

David Weitnauer

NCFP Treasurer | President, R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation

Kara Inae Carlisle

Vice President of Programs, McKnight Foundation

Carmela Castellano Garcia

Carmela Castellano-Garcia

President, Castellano Family Foundation

David Daniels

David Daniels

CEO, Bainum Family Foundation

Stephanie Ellis-Smith

Owner and CEO, Phila Engaged Giving

Adam Rockefeller Growald

Adam Rockefeller Growald

Trustee, Growald Climate Fund

Kimberly Myers Hewlett

President, Myers Family Foundation; Director, Flora Family Foundation

Erin Hogan

Managing Director, Philanthropic Market Executive, Bank of America Private Bank

Jaimie Mayer

Board Chair, Nathan Cummings Foundation

Michael Meadows

President and CEO, Meadows Family Consulting Group, LLC | Director, The Meadows Foundation | Trustee, Mike. A. Myers Foundation

Elizabeth Carlock Phillips

Elizabeth Carlock Phillips

Executive Director, Phillips Foundation

Vasser Seydel

Vasser Seydel

Director, Turner Foundation; Chairperson, Turner Foundation 3rd Generation Board

Kimberly Dasher Tripp

Kimberly Dasher Tripp

Founder, Strategy for Scale

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June L. Wilson

Executive Director, Compton Foundation | NCFP Fellow (2018–2021)

Our Fellows

Ginny Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito

Senior Fellow and Founding President

Mary Mountcastle

Mary Mountcastle

Trustee, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation | NCFP Distinguished Fellow (2018–2021)

Kelly Nowlin

Kelly Nowlin

NCFP Chair | Trustee, Surdna Foundation | NCFP Fellow (2018–2021)

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June L. Wilson

Executive Director, Compton Foundation | NCFP Fellow (2018–2021)

Alice Buhl

Alice Buhl

Senior Fellow (2004-2019)

Susan Packard Orr

Distinguished Fellow (2014–2018)

Doug Bitonti Stewart

Doug Bitonti Stewart

Executive Director, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, NCFP Fellow (2015–2018)

Katherine Lorenz

Senior Advisor, NCFP; President The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation; NCFP Fellow (2015-2018)

Our Staff

Nick Tedesco

Nicholas A. Tedesco

President and CEO

Emerald Adeyemi

Director of Growth and Engagement

Miki Akimoto

Chief Impact Officer

Jason Born

Jason Born

Senior Knowledge Director

Jen Crino

Jen Crino

Program Manager

Maureen Esposito

Maureen M. Esposito

Manager, Meetings & Stewardship

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Diana Tyler Heath

Chief Operating Officer

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Shannon Jeffries

Partnership Development Manager

Sally Jones

Sally Jones

Senior Advisor

Maggie McGoldrick

Marketing Manager

Frances Monroe

Data Analysis and Systems Manager

Miata Sannoh

Membership Manager

Noelle Santaniello

Executive Assistant to Nick Tedesco

Katie Scott

Katie Scott

Program Director

Daria Teutonico

Program Director

Program Consultants

Elaine Gast Fawcett

Elaine Gast Fawcett

Contributing Editor, NCFP

Tony Macklin

Tony Macklin

Senior Program Consultant

Our Advisory Committees

In addition to our formal Board of Directors, the National Center for Family Philanthropy also relies upon the guidance and perspectives of a variety of advisory groups. Thank you to our committee members who share their valuable insights.

Friends of the Family Committee

Friends of the Family Committee

This committee is made up of Friends of Family across the country who are committed to being stewards of the NCFP network and identifying ways in which NCFP can best serve giving families. Committee members include:

  • Kelly Chopus, President & CEO, Robins Foundation (chair)
  • Lynne Doblin, Executive Director, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
  • Shirley Fredricks, Trustee, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
  • Neil Gobioff, President, Gobioff Foundation
  • Eliza Quigley, President, Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund
  • Kim Wright, Executive Director, Stolte Family Foundation

Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network Advisory Committee

Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network

The Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network aims to enhance the effectiveness of families working with community foundations as a core giving partner. Drawing from the insights and experience of a national Advisory Committee and other respected leaders, the network’s purpose is to enhance practices among community foundation staff and other advisors working with philanthropic families. Committee members include:

  • Jennifer Curry, Senior Donor Relations Officer, The Oregon Community Foundation (chair)
  • Erin Drury Boorn, Senior Philanthropic Officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
  • Beth Harper Briglia, Exec VP of Donor Services & Grantmaking, Chester County Community Foundation
  • Robert M. Fockler, President, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • Nicole Kyauk, Director of Philanthropic Services, San Francisco Foundation
  • Rob MacPherson, Vice President of Development and Strategy, Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • John Oddy, Senior Director of Donor Services, The New York Community Trust
  • Jennifer Touchet, Director of Family Philanthropy, Greater Houston Community Foundation

Many thanks to the Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network’s founding chair Alicia Philipp, former president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

2020 Trends in Family Philanthropy Advisory Committee

2020 Trends in Family Philanthropy Advisory Committee

The Trends in Family Philanthropy Advisory Committee is tasked with guiding this national research initiative to identify emerging issues, changes in funding priorities, innovative approaches to giving and decision-making, and anticipated giving patterns among philanthropic families nationally.

  • Ellie Frey Zagel, Trustee, Frey Foundation and Chair, 2019 Trends in Family Philanthropy Advisory Committee
  • Ana Marie Argilagos, President, Hispanics in Philanthropy
  • Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives
  • Ashley Blanchard, Board Member, Hill-Snowdon Foundation and Principal, Blanchard Consulting
  • Christopher Cardona, Program Officer, Philanthropy, Ford Foundation
  • Armando Castellano, Board Member, Castellano Family Foundation
  • Kelly Chopus, Chief Executive Officer, Robins Foundation
  • Claire Costello, Managing Director, Philanthropic Solutions Group, Bank of America Private Bank
  • Stephanie Gillis, Senior Advisor, Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative, Raikes Foundation
  • Jacob Harold, Executive Vice President, Candid
  • Gillian Howell, Managing Director, Philanthropic Consulting & Advisory Executive, Bank of America Private Bank
  • Barbara Kibbe, Director, Effectiveness, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Katherine Lorenz, President, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation and Board Chair, National Center for Family Philanthropy
  • Paul Maurer, Board Member, Maurer Family Foundation, Inc.
  • John Mullaney, Executive Director, The Nord Family Foundation
  • Robert Reid, Chief Executive Officer, JF Maddox Foundation
  • Diana Spencer, Executive Director, William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
  • Diana Tyler Heath, Senior Director, Families & Individuals Practice, Arabella Advisors
  • Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource
  • June Wilson, Executive Director Emeritus, Quixote Foundation

2019 National Forum Advisory Committees

2019 National Forum Planning Committee

The 2019 National Forum Planning Committee is comprised of prominent and well-respected leaders in the field, including donors, family foundation board members, and CEOs who have practiced and/or supported the advancement of effective and ethical family philanthropy.

The 2019 National Forum Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Doug Bitonti Stewart of the Max and Marjorie Fisher Foundation and A. Sparks of the Masto Foundation. Additional Planning Committee members include:

  • Julie Berrey, Director, John and Wauna Harman Foundation
  • Barrett Coker Krise, Senior Philanthropic Officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
  • David Daniels, Chief Operating Officer, Bainum Family Foundation
  • Reginald Jones, President and CEO, Jacobs Family Foundation
  • Barbara Kibbe, Director, Effectiveness, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Gilbert Miller, Chairman, Bradley-Turner Foundation
  • Mary Mountcastle, Trustee, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.
  • Kelly Nowlin, Trustee, Surdna Foundation
  • Jim Parsons, President, The Brinson Foundation
  • Sharmila Thakkar, Advisor, SRT Advising & Consulting LLC
  • Patrick Troska, President, The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
  • Urvashi Vaid, CEO, The Vaid Group LLC
  • June Wilson, Executive Director Emeritus, Quixote Foundation
  • Ellie Frey Zagel, Trustee, Frey Foundation

2019 National Forum Host Committee

The 2019 National Forum Host Committee is comprised of family foundations and donors that actively fund in the Chicago metro region and who wish to support NCFP in its efforts to incorporate local artists, community leaders, and funders into the Forum programming and networking activities. The 2019 National Forum Host Committee is chaired by Jim Parsons, CEO of The Brinson Foundation. Additional Host Committee members include:

  • Clare Butterfield, Executive Director, Christopher Family Foundation
  • David Farren, Executive Director, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • Patricia Ford, Executive Director, Steans Family Foundation
  • Dinaz Mansuri, Executive Director, Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
  • Elizabeth Newton, Director of Family Engagement, Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Mary Pounder, Program Officer, Comer Family Foundation
  • Mary Ann Roeser, Executive Director, The Duchossois Family Foundation
  • Sara Slaughter, Executive Director, W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation
  • Christy Uchida, Senior Program Officer, The Brinson Foundation

2019 National Forum Local Partners Committee

The 2019 National Forum Local Partners Committee is comprised of local philanthropic networks and philanthropic advisory firms that work with multiple families in the greater Chicago region. Local Partners Committee members include:

  • Laura Coy, Director of Community Engagement, William Blair & Company
  • Abbe Temkin, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Dawn Melchiorre, Vice President, Member Engagement, Forefront
  • Ruth Easterling, Managing Director, Family Office Exchange
  • Betsy Brill, President, Mollie Bunis, Managing Director Philanthropic Services, Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd.
  • Bruce Boyd, Principal, Kate McAdams, Managing Director, Arabella Advisors
  • Sarah Berg, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Tara D’Agostino, Director, Tax, KPMG