SECF Staff & Leadership

 SECF Staff:
Janine Lee
President & CEO

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Janine leads the SECF team of employees and works with the Board of Trustees to achieve the organization's strategic priorities. She works closely with SECF's committees and members and represents SECF at regional and national gatherings of grantmakers. (Full Bio)

  Dena Chadwick
Executive Vice President

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Dena supports the President & CEO and board relationships for SECF. She also works with the Finance and Audit committees and manages the organization's accounting functions. (Full Bio)

Marianne Gordon, CMP
Director of Meeting Planning
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Marianne is responsible for all SECF meeting planning. She also supports the Annual Meeting Planning committee, the Hull Fellows Program and the Atlanta Foundations Forum. (Full Bio)

Dwayne Marshall
Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships

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Dwayne is responsible for developing and implementing SECF's grantmaker education programs. He also manages SECF's relationships with philanthropic partners and coordinates resource development and sponsorship efforts. (Full Bio)

Jaci Bertrand
Senior Director of Member Engagement

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Jaci is responsible for cultivating, sustaining and enhancing relationships with current SECF members, partner organizations and affinity groups, as well as building and developing key connections with prospective members in the region. Through the planning, creation and implementation of comprehensive recruitment and retention strategies, engagement opportunities and diverse member involvement, she works to support SECF’s mission to serve, connect, strengthen and champion philanthropy throughout the South by increasing SECF’s reach and expanding the South’s philanthropic impact. (Full Bio)

Stephen Sherman
Research & Data Manager
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Stephen Sherman joined SECF in 2017 as Research & Data Manager. Previously, he worked with the Foundation Center's Atlanta office, including serving as Atlanta Lead. In this role, he was responsible for managing the library's collection of materials on fundraising and nonprofit management, providing in-depth resource consultations for patrons, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office. (Full Bio)

Matthew L. Evans
Director of Public Policy & Special Projects
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Matthew L. Evans is the Director of Public Policy and Special Projects at the Southeastern Council of Foundations. He is responsible for leading the organization’s public policy efforts at both state and federal levels. He provides important thought leadership for the region on how public policy issues impact philanthropy and our communities, while also developing, implementing and managing activities that facilitate the engagement and education of SECF members in the area of public policy. (Full Bio)

David Miller
Director of Marketing & Communications
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David Miller is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Southeastern Council of Foundations. He is focused on driving member engagement with SECF’s events and programming while also promoting SECF’s work cultivating philanthropic organizations and leaders throughout the Southeast. David also manages SECF’s print and online publications. (Full Bio)

Kevin Brittelle
Manager of Creative Design and Multimedia Projects

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As the Creative Design & Multimedia Specialist for the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Kevin is an integral part of the team responsible for establishing and maintaining the organization’s brand and creative vision, designing powerful opportunities to connect, engage and inspire grantmakers while helping to cultivate the voice of philanthropy in the South.

Kevin also serves as the organization’s lead creative resource for all digital, print and web projects including graphics, newsletters (print and online), videos, social media posts, presentations and promotional collateral. (Full Bio)

 SECF Board of Trustees · Executive Committee
Gilbert Miller

Gilbert Miller (Chair)
Trustee, Beloco Foundation (Columbus, Georgia)
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Gilbert Miller has been involved with the work of the Beloco Foundation for over a decade and a half, formally joining as a trustee in 2000. The grandson of its founder, Gilbert has prioritized defining the foundation’s mission and strengthening governance. He is also a trustee of W.C. Bradley Company, Epworth-by-the-Sea, Andrew College, and the 5th Generation Foundation, where he serves as chairman. While not in the boardroom, Gilbert manages Kimi Farms Christmas Trees and is the writer of a series of children’s novels based on his life in South Georgia. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Gilbert continues to be involved at his alma mater, serving on the Dean’s Council of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, Jamee, have a son named William.

Bob Fockler

Robert M. Fockler (Immediate Past Chair)
President, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee)
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Bob Fockler is president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, a public foundation which annually assists individuals, families and corporations in making their charitable giving simpler and more powerful. Through the generosity of its donors, the foundation grants up to $100 million each year to more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations in the Mid-South and throughout the nation. 

Bob brings to the Community Foundation the financial and managerial expertise gained from a 24-year career in investment banking, along with organizational experience gained from an equally long record of service in the nonprofit world. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University.

Regan Moffitt

Regan Gruber Moffitt, J.D. (Chair-Elect)
Associate Vice President, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (Little Rock, Arkansas)
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As Associate Vice President with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF), Regan Gruber Moffitt is responsible for helping WRF proactively identify and support policy and advocacy activities in support of the overall Moving the Needle goal to increase prosperity in the state of Arkansas.

Regan joined the Foundation in 2009 after practicing law with Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard P.L.L.C.. In addition to her legal experience, Regan has worked extensively in policy and education. She has experience with the Texas legislature, working on community college issues with the Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education and on K–12 education issues as a Legislative Aide for Representative Rick Hardcastle.

In Arkansas, Regan served as a legal extern for the Education Committee of the Arkansas House of Representatives. As an educator, she taught ESL mathematics with Teach for America for two years in Houston and authored a pre-Algebra computer-based textbook. She has been recognized for her academic achievements and community service with a number of awards, including the Robert Sarver Award for Outstanding Leadership, Citizenship, Scholarship, and Character by a Graduate Student; three President’s Awards for the Pulaski County Bar Association; an Arkansas Young Lawyers Section Achievement Award; and an Arkansas Bar Association Golden Gavel Award. In 2010, she was selected to two prestigious leadership programs, the Hull Fellows program of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and the LeadAR program.

Regan currently serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Program Committee for Grantmakers for Southern Progress, the Steering Committee for the Education Policy Working Group of Grantmakers for Education, and the Leadership Committee of the Arkansas Philanthropy Roundtable. She is a founding member of the Little Rock Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and an active member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). She has served in recent years as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Pulaski County Bar Association, the President of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, the Chair of the Lawyers for Literacy Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association, and a board member of the Wildcat Foundation.

Joe Rosier

Joe R. Rosier, Jr. (Secretary-Treasurer)
President/CEO, The Rapides Foundation (Alexandria, Louisiana)
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Joe Rosier is the President and CEO of The Rapides Foundation, a position he has held since 1995. The Rapides Foundation is a health legacy foundation whose mission is to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. The Foundation focuses its work in three strategic areas: Healthy People, Education, and Healthy Communities. Under Mr. Rosier’s leadership, the Foundation has continually updated its funding strategies and initiatives to reflect expert advice, issue-specific information and evidence-based research.

Mr. Rosier currently serves as Treasurer for the board of Grantmakers in Health; Secretary/Treasurer for the board of the Southeastern Council of Foundations; Chairman of the Governing Board of Rapides Healthcare System; and represents The Rapides Foundation at the regional and state levels in multiple advisory, steering and participatory roles.

Mr. Rosier received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Louisiana State University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Louisiana State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst with an extensive background in accounting, financial, estate, gift and strategic planning, portfolio management and administration.

Stephanie Cooper-Lewter

Dr. Stephanie K. Cooper-Lewter (Governance Chair)
Executive Director, Leading on Opportunity Council, Foundation for the Carolinas (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D., M.S.W., is executive director of the Leading on Opportunity Council, a supporting organization of the Foundation for the Carolinas. She assumed her role in February 2018 after serving since 2016 as Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. In that position, she designed and managed the foundation’s organizational strategy and mission effectiveness, ensuring community engagement and impact. She also lead the foundation’s diversity and inclusion work statewide and was responsible for directing and leading two statewide Foundation Initiatives, the Kinship Care Initiative (dedicated to strengthening supports for children and families along the child welfare continuum) and an Immigrant Families Initiative (focused on strengthening services for immigrants and refugees across the State). She joined the foundation in 2009 as the Senior Research Director, after serving as a consultant and former grantee. In 2016, she was promoted to Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy. 

Dr. Cooper-Lewter provides leadership to several philanthropic associations. She currently serves as Secretary of the national Board of Trustees for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and on the regional Board of Trustees of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. She is very active on various Board committees of both organizations which includes focus on governance, leadership development, programming and policy. She previously served as a Steering Committee member of the South Carolina Grantmakers Network.

Dr. Cooper-Lewter holds a doctorate in Social Work from the University of South Carolina as a Council on Social Work Minority Clinical Fellow (2012) and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota as a Child Welfare Scholar (1999). She is Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow (2010-2011) and Alumni. She graduated from the Certified Personal and Executive Coaching Program through the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute approved by the International Coach Federation (2013). She is also a graduate of the Spring Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute at Furman University and is a Riley Fellow (2015).

Dr. Cooper-Lewter is a Licensed Master Social Work professional with more than twenty years of experience across the nonprofit, social service, health, educational and philanthropic sector. Her direct practice experiences addressed a range of family and child welfare issues including poverty, child abuse and neglect, foster care, Indian Child Welfare, youth development, mentoring, diversity, immigration and acculturation issues, crisis intervention, as well as school and medical social work. She previously served as President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia.

A first generation immigrant, Dr. Cooper-Lewter was adopted as a toddler from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity orphanage in India to the United States and became a naturalized citizen at age ten. She is a published author and enjoys spending time with family and friends, along with speaking, private practice, coaching and traveling.

Madelyn R. Adams (At-Large)
Director of Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia (Atlanta, Georgia)
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Madelyn R. Adams is the director of Community Benefit for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. In this role, Adams oversees Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s multi-million dollar community benefit program, which includes charitable contributions, community health initiatives, safety net partnerships and an educational theatre program. She also manages Kaiser Permanente’s charitable health coverage and care program, as well as other efforts to improve access to health care and reduce health care disparities in metro Atlanta.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Adams served as the executive director of the Atlanta-based East Lake Foundation. There, she led a team of staff, volunteers and partner organizations on a mission to transform a public housing project into a successful, mixed income community with a variety of support services focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Adams also spent 10 years as an executive with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the southeast’s largest newspaper company, where she managed a number of departments, including security, risk management, human resources, training and development, real estate and diversity, culminating in the role of vice president of Administration and Diversity.

Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. She is the proud mother of two amazing young men, Harrison Avery Adams Cobb and Timothy Fitzgerald Stephenson Cobb, Jr.

A dedicated volunteer, Adams serves on the Hughes Spalding Operating Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Woodward Academy Board of Governors, the Board of the Charles R. Drew Charter School, the Board of Trustees of the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation and on the advisory boards of the Alliance Theater and Imagine It! Children’s Museum. She is also on the Advisory Board of TechBridge, where she was a founding board member.

Jen Algire

Jen Algire (At-Large)
President and CEO, The Greater Clark Foundation (Winchester, Kentucky)
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Jen Algire is the President and CEO of The Greater Clark Foundation, a place-based philanthropy located in the Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky.  GCF invests its resources where it can have a fundamental impact on civic and economic vitality; education; and health, well-being and quality of life.  Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, she was Chief of Staff for Premier healthcare alliance, the nation’s leading alliance of hospitals, health systems and providers dedicated to improving healthcare performance.  Jen received her undergraduate degree in politics and women’s studies from Wake Forest University and completed graduate studies in social work, public health and business at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Queens University.  In other prior roles, Jen has served as the chief executive of private not-for-profit organizations as well as in senior leadership within local government.  Her professional interests include community governance and civic participation, as well as the role of transparency in social capital markets.  She resides in Winchester, KY.

Janine Lee Janine Lee
President & CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations (Atlanta, Georgia)

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Janine Lee is a veteran strategist and grantmaker in philanthropy, with more than 25 years of rich and diverse leadership with nonprofits and foundations.

Janine is currently the President and CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF), the nation’s largest regional associations of grantmakers, serving more than 330 foundations and corporate giving programs – representing more than $50 billion in assets – active in the South. SECF works in partnership with members in 11 Southeastern states to serve, strengthen, promote and champion the South’s philanthropic voice and infrastructure through engaging programming, leadership development, public policy engagement, access to unique resources and invaluable connections. By encouraging insightful philanthropic collaboration, SECF creates opportunities to increase the region’s grantmaking impact and empower transformational community change.

During her career in philanthropy, Janine has served in leadership roles at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, where she worked as vice president of education programs, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she was vice president of community building and philanthropy.

Janine serves on the Board of Trustees with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Steering Committee of the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA), the Advisory Committee for the Foundation Center in Atlanta, and the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Homelessness. She is a co-founder and former chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). She has presented at various conferences, including those held by Independent Sector and the Council on Foundations. In 2015, she was named one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement by Michael Chatman, one of America’s leading advocates for philanthropy on social media.

Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services education, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, a master’s degree in business administration, and is a co-author of, “Funding Effectiveness: Lessons in Building Nonprofit Capacity.” (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

 SECF Board of Trustees · Other Board Members

Jane Clover Alexander
President and CEO, Community Foundation for Mississippi (Jackson, Mississippi)

Jane Clover Alexander was tapped as president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, since renamed the Community Foundation for Mississippi, in August 2012. Since she began her tenure, the foundation has grown to $52 million in assets, with more than 270 funds – double its size in 2012.

She currently serves on the boards of the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers, the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, the Rotary Club of Jackson and the Mississippi chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A former magazine editor, Jane was editor of Mississippi Magazine and founded South Magazine, about the people, places and popular culture of the region.

A native of Jackson, she earned a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in nonprofit public relations from the University of Mississippi. The daughter of longtime community activists, Jane believes her work at the Community Foundation pays tribute to the legacy of service her parents instilled in her from the tender age of 3.

Carol Butler
Executive Director, Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation (Birmingham, Alabama)

Carol Butler has spent her career in organized philanthropy. For 18 years, she was Executive Director of the Central Alabama Community Foundation where she was involved in connecting charitable organizations and opportunities to community resources. In Montgomery, she founded BONDS – Building Our Neighborhoods for Development and Success - a program that worked to strengthen neighborhood organizations and their leaders. She was also a founder of the Montgomery Education Foundation whose mission is to help create better educational outcomes for children in the public school system.  With the help of a Foundation donor, she started BridgeBuilders Alabama, a youth leadership development program focused on diversity and community service that has trained over 500 high school juniors and seniors in Central Alabama.

In 2011, Carol moved to Birmingham to become the Executive Director of the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation. Her commitment to helping children succeed through public education has continued through her work with the Woodlawn Innovation Network, which is in the process of redesigning curriculum and teaching in five Birmingham City Schools. She is also an active member of the Summer Adventures in Learning partnership, a local funding collaborative that is investing approximately $750,000 in this – its fourth year – in over 34 summer programs that serve children across Jefferson County.  The SAIL program promotes a strong academic component in all summer programs to combat the academic “summer slide” that most children suffer. 

Carol is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Montgomery. She currently serves on the board of Red Mountain Theatre Company, REV Birmingham, Huntingdon College and Historic Bethel Baptist Church.

Alfredo Cruz

Alfredo A. Cruz
Director of Programs, Foundation for Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
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Alfredo A. Cruz joined Foundation for Louisiana in 2011 as the Program Officer for Economic Opportunity and was named Director of Programs in 2013. Alfredo’s responsibilities include identifying partnership and investment opportunities throughout the state that are aligned with the foundation’s goals, providing technical assistance and aid in proposal development to grantees and potential grantees, and helping to scale economic opportunity strategies for statewide impact. He also led the foundation’s development of an evaluation framework for grantmaking programs and special initiatives. Prior to his position with the foundation, Alfredo worked at the Florida Legislature as the legislative assistant to Florida State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-9). 

Alfredo also worked as a program officer for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where his program areas included arts and culture, youth development, civic engagement, and economic-community development. During his career in philanthropy, he has served on the board of affinity groups such as Hispanics in Philanthropy and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and is currently a board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and a 2015 PLACES Fellow with the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Alfredo has also served on various nonprofit boards including the Whole Child Leon Project, the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition, the Council on Culture and Arts, the Council of Neighborhood Associations and the Committee for a Better New Orleans. Alfredo earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University, where he also completed a master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning and MPA studies. He grew up in Miami and lived in Tallahassee for eight years before moving to Louisiana. He currently resides in Baton Rouge.

Torrey DeKeyser

Torrey DeKeyser
Executive Director, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (Birmingham, Alabama)
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Torrey DeKeyser joined the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (ESFA) as Executive Director in 1999, following a 20-year career in university advancement and administration within the University of Alabama System, including both the University of Alabama (her alma mater) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

DeKeyser is responsible to the EyeSight Foundation governing board in all aspects of the foundation’s work. As a charitable grantmaking organization dedicated to serving as a catalyst for improving eyesight through education, research and access to care in Alabama, ESFA awards $2.5-$3 million in grants annually. In 2012 the EyeSight Foundation was named Outstanding Charitable Organization by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Active in the philanthropic community, DeKeyser belongs to state, regional and national funders groups, including Alabama Giving, for which she is a member and past president of the Board of Directors. She also is a member of Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers in Aging and the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF), currently serving on the Governmental Affairs Committee and formerly as a member of the SECF EngAGEment Initiative.

Within the eye care community, DeKeyser serves as Secretary of the Board of Prevent Blindness and as a member of its Government Affairs Committee, and also is involved with the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research/Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, the Priory in the USA of the Order of St. John, and the Vision Section of the American Public Health Association. 

Robert Dortch

Robert L. Dortch, Jr.
Vice President, Programs & Innovation, Robins Foundation (Richmond, Virginia)
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Robert Dortch is the vice president of programs & innovation for the Robins Foundation. His focus is in the areas of program, grantmaking and community collaboration. Before joining the Robins Foundation, Robert ran his own consulting and leadership coaching business for individuals and organizations where he served local, national and international clients. He has also served as president/executive director for three Richmond-based nonprofits. He was the president/CEO of U-Turn Sports Performance Academy and served as the director of community relations for Richmond Region 2007, a marketing and economic development nonprofit. He was the Executive Producer of the African American Trailblazers documentary and educational series that broadcast nationally on PBS stations. Robert co-founded the Ujima Legacy Fund, a giving circle designed to promote philanthropy and to provide funding support for nonprofits that serve youth through innovative education initiatives. For 10 years, he was the Senior Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He is also a member of the City of Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker Economic Development Task Force and part of the Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission. Robert is a graduate of James Madison University with a bachelor’s of business administration in business management and a magna cum laude graduate of the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, with a Master of Divinity degree.

Dr. Laura Gerald
President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

Dr. Laura Gerald is president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, one of North Carolina’s largest private foundations. A pediatrician who was born and raised in rural North Carolina, Laura joined the Trust in 2016 and brings decades of leadership experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to the foundation. At the Trust she oversees grantmaking of $24 million annually from assets of more than $530 million while ensuring the Trust’s investments help to achieve Mrs. Reynolds’ vision of improving the health and quality of life of vulnerable North Carolinians.

Laura’s background uniquely positions her to lead the Trust in its signature efforts, which include Healthy Places NC, an initiative to improve health in 10 to 12 rural counties, and Great Expectations, an early childhood effort in Forsyth County.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, a medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health.

Roxie Jerde

Roxie Jerde
President & CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County (Sarasota, Florida)
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Roxanne (Roxie) Jerde became President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in 2011. Previously, Roxie had served as Senior Vice President for Donor Relations and Education at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Since arriving in Sarasota, Roxie has worked closely with Community Foundation donors along with nonprofits, businesses and other foundations to increase efficiency through new technology and collaborative efforts with the objective of solving important issues affecting the community. Roxie was selected to participate in the 2012 Florida Executive Leadership Program, an invitation-only opportunity for top executives to better understand Florida’s economic, political, and civic dynamics. Additionally, she is Chair of the Community Foundation Leadership Team of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Before working in philanthropy, Roxie held a number of senior marketing and product-development positions at for-profit companies, including an 11-year career at Hallmark Cards. She holds a BBA in Marketing and Management from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. An avid bicyclist with her husband Mike, Roxie enjoys exploring Sarasota’s beautiful roads and trails.


Pat Lummus
Executive Director, Sartain Lanier Family Foundation (Atlanta, Georgia)
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Pat Lummus is the executive director of the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation (SLFF). Before taking this role, she was the associate director of SLFF for 10 years. SLFF’s main focus is enhancing available options for K-12 education in the metro Atlanta area, while continuing to support organizations to which Mr. Sartain Lanier was loyal in his lifetime. Pat began her career at the fundraising consulting firm currently named Alexander Haas. Her clients included Camp Twin Lakes, Georgia Tech, and Hillside. After she began working as an independent consultant, she worked over the years with Cool Girls, First Presbyterian Church, and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Pat is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She serves on the Atlanta Advisory Board for the Foundation Center, the Steering Committee for the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance, the Advisory Council for Odyssey, and other positions of service within the Atlanta community. She and her husband, Bill, have twin daughters working in New York City, and a son in college.

Antoinette Malveaux

Antoinette M. Malveaux
Managing Director of Strategic Engagement & Initiatives, Casey Family Programs (Seattle, Washington)
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Antoinette M. Malveaux is Managing Director of Strategic Engagement and Initiatives for Casey Family Programs, a function within the Office of the CEO. Ms. Malveaux and her team develop and advance strategic initiatives that advance the organization’s mission. The diversity of these initiatives range in focus from working with faith-based institutions, to building mayoral capacity across the nation to focus on reducing violence-related deaths of African American males, and creating bridges in communities for broader community ownership of the safety and well-being outcomes for children, youth and families. 

Prior to joining the foundation in 2004, Ms. Malveaux was President and CEO of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. for 12 years where she was successful in transforming the organization by solidifying its value proposition through designing and implementing new and innovative programming, strengthening its infrastructure and program delivery, increasing its revenue streams and net revenue, and restructuring its governing body. Prior to entering the non-profit sector in 1991, she spent 13 years in the financial services sector working in operations, consumer banking, global treasury and strategic planning. She also designed and taught a curriculum on Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations for Howard University's School of Business and Management.

Currently, Malveaux provides board, committee or advisory group leadership to several philanthropic nonprofit and child welfare organizations, including, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and the Executive Alliance for Expanding Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color.

Ms. Malveaux earned her BA in economics from the University of San Francisco, MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an Executive Education Certificate for Philanthropic Leaders from Stanford University.

Cabot Pyle
Executive Director, Dugas/Turner Family Foundations (Nashville, Tennessee)

Since 2002, Cabot has served as Executive Director for the Dugas/Turner Family Foundations. The Turners are the founding family of Dollar General, and three generations of Dugas and Turners govern five foundations serving local communities in Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee. 

Cabot was a Williamson County Schools Ambassador during 2014, and a member of the first MNPS “Blue Ribbon Teacher of the Year” Award selection Committee.  Cabot co-chaired the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Report Card Committee in 2010 and 2011, and he is a current member of the Nashville Chamber CEO Champions.  He is a past member of the board of The Housing Fund in Nashville, Tennessee.  Cabot is an alum of Leadership Nashville.  He has served on the SECF board of directors since 2017.

A 1979 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Cabot received an MBA from Southern Methodist University.  His work experience includes tenures at Vanderbilt University, Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence Public Relations, and Dollar General. 

Cabot and his wife, Deborah, have two children, Jesse a graduate of Baylor University, and Charlie a junior in the School of Nursing at Belmont University.  He and Deborah reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chris Steed
Executive Director, The Fullerton Foundation (Gaffney, South Carolina)

Chris Steed serves as executive director of the Fullerton Foundation, a private family foundation based in Gaffney, South Carolina. He works with a board of dedicated directors to foster health innovation throughout North and South Carolina. Prior to that he served United Way of the Piedmont for 10 years – first as their vice president of community impact and then as their president & CEO.

Prior to his service at United Way, Chris held professional roles at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System including the performance improvement manager at the Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. Chris is an active nonprofit consultant and has worked with various agencies in the areas of leadership, planning, and board development.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Winthrop University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. He is married to Erin Hunter Steed, a principal genetic counselor with Integrated Genetics. They are proud parents of 12-year-old Sarah and 8-year-old JT.

Mike Sweeney
Chief Financial Officer at Healthcare Georgia Foundation (Atlanta, Georgia)

Mike Sweeney is the chief financial officer at Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Mike joined Healthcare Georgia Foundation in May 2002, and is responsible for managing its financial operations and reporting functions in alignment with accounting principles and established internal controls. Additionally, he is responsible for the technology infrastructure for the foundation, including data integrity and disaster recovery. Prior to joining Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Mike was with Bank of America for over 30 years.

Mike attended Georgia State University and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Monique, and has three sons, two step-daughters and six (with one on the way) grandchildren.


Claire Webber
Trustee, May P. and Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust (Atlanta, Georgia)
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Claire Webber became a member of the distribution committee with the May P. and Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust in 2010. The trust, established in 1977 under the will of her grandmother, May Patterson Abreu, was intended to honor her late husband, Francis, through philanthropy. She is honored to carry on the family’s long history of charitable pursuits. Claire is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, a private day school in Atlanta, as well as WonderRoot, an arts and service-based organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change, in the Atlanta enclave of Reynoldstown. Claire is a graduate of the University of West Georgia. Claire has been a part of the CNN Satellites and Transmissions department since January 2009. During her time at CNN, she was selected to perform a six-month assignment in CNN’s London bureau, giving her professional international exposure to accompany the many personal travel experiences she has enjoyed. Claire and her husband, Jeff, live in East Atlanta with their standard poodles, Edith Ann Piaf & Maggie P.