Tricia has served in the nonprofit community for over five years, with three years experience in ethic, and is working toward her CFRE Certification. Tricia currently serves as the Corporate Relations Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati where she works with corporate and business donors to facilitate sponsorship and volunteering efforts.
Tracy is responsible for advancing 4C’s work to ensure that local children have access to quality care and education to give them the very best start in life. She has spent 16 years working in nonprofit fundraising serving in executive leadership roles with The Salvation Army and the Arthritis Foundation.
A seasoned professional, Jean most recently served as Director of Corporate Communications for Macy’s, Inc., including Community Relations and Internal Communication. Her nonprofit experience encompasses promoting and leading programs for volunteerism, cause marketing, corporate philanthropy and social responsibility. Jean is especially passionate about connecting businesses with nonprofit organizations to accomplish mutual goals.
With close to a decade of experience in the field, Rachel currently serves as the Capital Campaign Director for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the park. Previously, at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra she oversaw individual giving at various levels as well as benefit fulfillment, volunteer management and donor acknowledgment.
Lisa’s personal passion for fundraising and diversity has benefited multiple communities across the US and Europe for almost 30 years. Fluent in Spanish and a 2015 graduate of the New Faces of Fundraising program, Lisa currently serves as the Office Manager at the League of Women Voters and has led successful fundraising and diversity efforts across a multitude of non-profit organizations. Lisa is currently co-chair of New Faces of Fundraising.
Mike Griffin is a Senior Major Gifts Officer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He has spent ten years in fundraising, working in both higher education and the medical sector. He is a member of Leadership Dayton’s Class of 2015 and Leadership Westerville’s Class of 2010.
Jackie Baumgartner specializes in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and project management. An active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and chair of National Philanthropy Day in 2018, Jackie received her B.S.B.A. from the University of Delaware with a concentration in marketing. Her combined 19 years of experience spans from product management to consumer goods to non-profits. In addition to her role as Development Director for Tender Mercies, she is an active volunteer with her parish, and also serves on the Board of Healthy Roots Foundation and Partnership for Innovation in Education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Laura Proto has a Bachelor’s from Saint Mary’s College, a Master’s from the University of Cincinnati, is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She worked with trauma victims for 15 years, and has worked in fundraising for the past 10 years.
Laura’s past positions have been in health care and social service settings, and now she is working to promote and support the arts. Currently, she is employed at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati as their Director of Development.
Aaron Bley, Vice President of Community Relations and Chief Development Officer, joined Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s staff in December 2016. Aaron was previously the Senior Corporate Relationship Officer at the American Red Cross, Cincinnati-Dayton Region. He also served as the Regional Director for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and worked in a variety of community affairs positions with Mercy Health Partners. Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Xavier University and his master’s degree in Communication from the University of Cincinnati.
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Jen is the Manager of Development and Grants at the Taft Museum of Art, and in this capacity is responsible for the Taft’s development strategies and action plans directly linked to foundation relations and special campaigns. Jen serves as the treasurer on the board of the Walnut Hills High School Association.
Matthew is currently the Manager of Strategic Accounts at United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Producing Artistic Director at American Legacy Theatre. Matthew has lived all over the country working in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, and represented the USA in both the People’s Republic of China (business) and Romania (arts) for a period of time.
Vanessa’s career of over 23 years of entrepreneurial leadership has spanned capital, planned, annual and major gift fundraising programs at leading healthcare, education and human services organizations. Vanessa is passionate about connecting individual and corporate donors to a personal and organizational mission to help them achieve their philanthropic goals and fulfill important community needs.