Outside of work, she’s an avid runner and active in her community, as a board member for the Cincinnati Chapter of the Road Runners Club of America and coach & SoleMate for Girls on the Run. Kila graduated from both NKU with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership and the National Outdoor Leadership School based in Lander, WY.
With experience in alumni relations, annual fund, major gifts, capital campaigns and special events, Kat has fundraising perspective from Wright State University, Urbana University, Xavier University, and the American Red Cross.
Since 2016, Kat has served as the Director of Development for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and spearheads a comprehensive development operation that advances the Girl Scout mission for long-term growth in the Cincinnati and Dayton Region. She is empowered by how women are changing the philanthropy landscape and is passionate about ending sexism by providing opportunities for girls to lead and write their own script.
Within the community, she serves of the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is an Executive Mentor at Xavier University, and volunteers at Mariemont Elementary. Kat holds a BA in Communications and a MA in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Wright State University. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in 2017 and dreams of spending time on the beach with her son David.
I thrive in a fast paced environment and enjoy managing a multitude of programs simultaneously. I aspire to inspire donors in a way that makes them feel most connected to the organization and I am always pursuing deeper and more meaningful relationships.
The most successful teams I’ve been a part of have implemented a transformational approach to leadership, goal setting and team management.
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.
Prior to her position at GCF, Lauren held leadership positions. Most recently with the Women’s Fund of GCF, Public Allies Cincinnati, YWCA, United Way, and Organizing for America – the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama. In addition to her day job, Lauren is a fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights serving as a member on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. She is a Kennedy Heights resident who has been living in Cincinnati for seven years.s.
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.
Fundraising Innovator | Artistic Developer | Empowering Leader
She has personally benefited from becoming a member of AFP and utilizing resources like networking & knowledge courses and Fundamentals of Fundraising. As a member of the inaugural class of New Faces of Fundraising she understands the power of professional development and mentorship as you navigate the non-profit space. She is involved in AFPs Education committee and serves as co-chair for AFP’s Fundamentals of space. She is involved in AFPs Education committee and serves as co-chair for AFP’s Fundamentals of Fundraising course and serves on New Faces of Fundraising’s committee as well.