We are delighted to welcome two new members to the NCFP board of directors: Lisa Parker, president and executive director, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation and Ellie Frey Zagel, trustee, Frey Foundation. Their experience and leadership will be invaluable as NCFP continues to provide the resources, expertise, and support families need to transform their values into effective giving and a lasting impact on the communities they serve.

We are also pleased to announce that Liz Sullivan will be serving as the new program manager for NCFP’s new community foundation initiative: Family Philanthropy Through Community Foundations. Liz most recently held the position of Managing Director, Corporate, Independent, and Family Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations, and joins NCFP’s staff to launch the two-year Community Foundations project, designed to enhance the effectiveness of families working with community foundations as their giving partners. The project is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Lilly Endowment, Inc. 

More about new NCFP board members and staff:

Eleonora Frey Zagel, trustee, Frey Foundation

Ellie Frey’s involvement with the Frey Foundation dates back more than 20 years, when she was appointed to the “next generation” advisory board. She currently serves as a trustee. In addition, she is the director of the Family Business Alliance (FBA), an independent, membership based non-profit organization that helps family businesses in West Michigan succeed through generations. Previously, Ellie worked as a commercial realtor with a local firm that specialized in adaptive reuse of historic buildings and was the first executive director of Local First West Michigan, a network of locally-owned, privately held businesses. Ellie earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics from Boston University. 


Lisa Parker, president and executive director, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation and Vice President, Whittier Trust

For the past 15 years, Lisa Parker has been president and executive director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation, leading the Foundation’s initiatives to address poverty, seed the youth giving movement, and create youth philanthropy programs for the family’s fourth generation. Lisa is also a vice president in Whittier Trust’s Philanthropic Services department, where she provides philanthropic advisement to high net worth clients and management services for their foundations and donor-advised funds. Prior to joining Whittier Trust, Lisa was Founder and Principal of Family Circle Advisors, working with philanthropic families to establish effective giving plans, facilitating family retreats, and leading giving experiences for adults and children. Lisa obtained her Bachelor’s in Social Psychology from UCLA.

Elizabeth Sullivan, NCFP program manager for Family Philanthropy through Community Foundations Initiative 

Through her 15-year career working alongside leading U.S. foundations and companies, Elizabeth Sullivan brings deep knowledge on national trends, strategy, and best practices in private philanthropy and corporate giving. She was previously with the Council on Foundations where during her seven-year tenure led member services for family philanthropy, independent foundations, and corporate philanthropy which included NextGen programs and disaster response activities. For these constituencies, Liz also developed collaborative relationships with external colleague groups and designed professional education programs for national conferences, workshops, webinars, and peer-learning.