The National Center is fortunate to attract top caliber staff dedicated to promoting philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of philanthropists and their families. We’re pleased that two of our newer staff members are masters’ level graduates of philanthropy programs – something that would have been unimaginable even 10 years ago.  Lauren Hasey, program manager, graduated from Indiana University, and Marlene Corrado, assistant to the president, from Grand Valley State University.  They have been joined by Kirkland Hamill, an experienced major gifts professional, as our first director of advancement. Lauren, Marlene, and Kirk have each brought tremendous new energy, skills, and perspectives to our shared work.

Beginning this month, Kathy Whelpley joins the staff as vice president, as Karen Green departs to care for her family.  Sadly, Karen’s parents’ health needs have increased dramatically in recent months, making a full-time position impractical. During Karen’s short but amazingly productive tenure, the National Center issued the Family Foundation CEO Leadership Guide Series and conducted three well-received seminars including: The Family Member CEO Retreat (December 2011) and the Just for You Retreat for CEOs (a two-day preconference at the Council on Foundations’ Family Philanthropy Conference, February 2012); and Governance Essentials, a three day seminar to introduce current and prospective family foundation trustees to key legal, investment, grantmaking, ethics and family dynamics issues. 

New National Center Vice President Kathy Whelpley, along with former NCFP VPs Karen Green and Susan Price

While we will miss Karen’s daily presence in the office greatly, she has happily agreed to continue with the National Center in a consulting role, joining another former Vice President, Susan Price, in doing so. Karen’s legacy of hard work and dedication to family will also live on for years to come.

Our new vice president, Kathy Whelpley, has been involved in corporate and community foundation philanthropy for more than 25 years. Kathy has extensive experience with philanthropic families, working in a variety of roles for the past 12 years at  The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, including Chief Operating Offier and Vice President of Donor Engagement.   Earlier in her career, Kathy was the founding Associate Director of the Freddie Mac Foundation, helping to grow this corporate foundation over 10 years into one of the largest corporate givers in the Washington region.

We are so very fortunate to have found someone with Kathy’s diverse and hands-on experience working with donors and families. As we integrate Kathy’s voice into the National Center’s already vibrant programming, I am more aware than ever of the power and potential of new ideas and new energy in our support for philanthropic families. Please join me in welcoming Lauren, Marlene, Kirk and Kathy to the National Center’s family, and feel free to drop any or all of them a line at the addresses below to say hello and to share your own suggestions for the future of our work!



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