Board of Directors

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PEAK Grantmaking is governed by a board of directors elected by our membership. Learn more about our leadership and governance in our bylaws.

Cheryl Bean

Finance Director  |  Sunflower Foundation  |  Topeka, Kan.

Cheryl Bean joined the Sunflower Foundation in 2002. She oversees both the finance and grants management operations of the foundation. Her responsibilities include the management of all grants, including grant contracts, payments, reporting requirements and maintenance of the grants database and software. Her financial management duties include oversight of all financial accounting activities, budget preparation, payroll and working with chief executive officer, finance committee, Board of Trustees concerning the foundation’s investment policy and management and annual audit. She also is responsible for human resources, maintaining personnel records, administrating benefits and personnel policies. Cheryl has been active with the Midwest Chapter of PEAK Grantmaking since 2002 including serving as co-chair from 2008-2010.

Term expires 2018

Kevin Bolduc

Vice President — Assessment and Advisory Services  |  Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)  |  Washington, D.C.

Kevin Bolduc leads the creation and delivery of CEP’s performance assessments. He oversees the design of new tools, the refinement of CEP’s suite of current assessment offerings, and oversees CEP’s advisory services. After joining CEP in 2001, Kevin helped design CEP’s groundbreaking Grantee Perception Report and other funder assessments. He also helped conduct and write early CEP research on issues of strategy and grantmaking, such as Beyond the Rhetoric: Foundation Strategy and “Luck of the Draw,” a Stanford Social Innovation Review article exploring how grantee experiences are affected by the quality of program officer performance. Kevin is a frequent speaker at conferences and to funder boards and staff on topics of strategy, assessment, and high quality grantmaking.
Before joining CEP in September 2001, he was a consultant with The Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategy consulting firm. Kevin was one of Aspen Institute’s Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders in 2012 and was in the first class of Independent Sector American Express NGen Fellows, now serving as a selection committee member. Among others, Kevin has served on the advisory boards for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Independent Sector, and the Communications Network. Kevin graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Biology from Williams College.

Term expires 2020

Janet Camarena

Director, Transparency Initiatives  |  Foundation Center  |  San Francisco

Janet Camarena works to champion greater foundation transparency. A key part of her role at the Foundation Center is to provide leadership for Glasspockets.org, which she helped to found and build in 2010. Glasspockets provides a variety of tools and features designed to encourage philanthropic openness. It has been recognized by the Webby Awards and was also selected as one of the Top 100 websites by PC Magazine. Janet also oversees and authors articles on the Glasspockets’ Transparency Talk blog.

Prior to her current role, Janet served as director of Foundation Center’s regional office in San Francisco for 15 years. She led a team of six professionals in delivering extensive outreach and capacity building services throughout the Western United States, planning and overseeing training for social sector audiences, carrying out donor development and cultivation, and producing live and online programming such as the popular Meet the Grantmakers and Philanthropy Chat podcast series.

Janet was among 48 nonprofit leaders selected for the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. She completed her undergraduate work at Mills College and received a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. She serves on the boards of the Alameda County Library Foundation and Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsorship provider.

Term expires 2020

Satonya Fair, Co-Chair

Director of Grants Management  |  Annie E. Casey Foundation  |  Baltimore

Satonya Fair serves as the Director of Grants Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In this role, she oversees the administration of more than $100M in grants and contracts annually. She has led the development of a customized grants management system including a comprehensive online grant portal. Her work has concentrated on system innovations within her department and throughout the foundation with an emphasis on utilizing data to drive decision-making and accountability. Satonya serves in a leadership role on the Committee of Managers and supports many special projects, but she includes her work with the Foundation’s Social Investments Committee and RESPECT affinity group as highlights. Before joining the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Satonya supported Citi’s Global Community Development with responsibilities that spanned corporate and foundation giving, employee engagement and volunteerism, program development and outcome measurement. Her roles at Citi included Senior Grants Manager for the North America Community Grants Program and Community Relations Manager at CitiFinancial (now One Main Financial) where she successfully redeveloped community relations and volunteer engagement to include CitiFinancial’s branch network offices in the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Citi, Satonya was Community Relations Manager at The Baltimore Sun.

Since 1995, a consistent theme in her work and volunteerism has been ensuring low-income children, families and communities receive the support they need. She earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Miami University (Ohio). Satonya graduated from the Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways executive leadership program in April 2013. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and is an active volunteer with many efforts including the PEAK Grantmaking, Bridges at St. Paul School in Baltimore and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Term expires 2019

Kerri Hurley

Director of Grants Management  |  Barr Foundation  |  Boston

Kerri Hurley is Director of Grants Management at the Barr Foundation. She supports Barr’s staff and grantees through every stage of the grantmaking process. Prior to joining Barr in 2000, she worked in consultant relations at State Street Research, in property management at the Druker Company, and in the office of Michael Connolly, former Massachusetts Secretary of State.

She is an active member of the Grant Managers Network, for which she served as New England co-chair for many years. She currently serves on the advisory committee for the Summer Fund, a donor collaborative working to promote high-quality summer camps and programs for youth in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville. Kerri holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Salem State College and is a notary public.

Term expires 2019

Adriana Jimenez

Director of Grants Management | ASPCA |  New York

Adriana Jiménez joined the ASPCA in 2017. As Director of Grants Management, she oversees several key aspects of the organization’s $14 million+ grantmaking portfolio, including: RFP development; due diligence oversight; grant approvals; and systems implementation/management.

Most recently, Adriana spent 5 years as Grants Manager at the Surdna Foundation, where she helped build out the Foundation’s first Office of Grants Management, and worked across all program areas to enable strategic, collaborative grantmaking in the areas of sustainability and social justice. She has been working in the field of philanthropy/grants management since 2010.

Since joining PEAK Grantmaking Adriana has held leadership roles at both the national and chapter levels, including Co-chair of the 2014 National Conference, and Chair of the Communications Committee for the New York Chapter (2012-2014).

Adriana holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana. She also sits on the board of Slideluck, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art.

Term expires 2018

Hope Lyons

Director of Program Management  |  Rockefeller Brothers Fund  |  New York

Hope A. Lyons is director of program management for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In this capacity she works with staff across the Fund to ensure strategic management of its grantmaking and program operations. Within this role she oversees the Fund’s grants management, program operations, and grants-related knowledge management work. She also leads the Fund’s philanthropic stewardship grantmaking portfolio, which supports the field of philanthropy and leading practices in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Lyons started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where she worked on microcredit and business training initiatives. Prior to joining the Fund, she was the grants manager at the Commonwealth Fund. She has worked on a range of economic development projects in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia supported by USAID, the World Bank, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, and the Asian Development Bank, and coordinated activities related to the 2002 Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid in conjunction with the International Longevity Centre, an alliance of organizations committed to help societies address longevity and population ageing in positive and productive ways. Ms. Lyons holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and international studies from The Johns Hopkins University as well as a Master of Public Administration from New York University, with a concentration in international development and financial management. Active in the nonprofit sector, she has served on a number of boards and committees, including most recently the Committee for Equitable and Inclusive Philanthropy of Philanthropy New York and the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, and is the co-chair for Philanthropy New York’s International Grantmakers’ Network.

Term expires 2020

Marc McDonald, Co-Chair

Vice President, Grants & External Initiatives |  AARP Foundation  |  Washington, D.C. 

Marc McDonald joined AARP Foundation in 2012 as the Director of Grants Management and was promoted to Vice President, Grants & External Initiatives in 2017. In his role, Marc oversees the application, award, assessment and accountability of all AARP Foundation grants and provides guidance on the Foundation’s strategic grant making. Focusing on a streamlined approach towards grant making to outcomes, Marc has developed new grant making processes and workflows to align AARP Foundation’s grant making with its mission. Marc also ensures timely reporting and compliance for nearly $80 million in government grants received by AARP Foundation.

Prior to joining AARP Foundation, Marc was Director of Grant Policy and System Analysis for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He oversaw distribution policy and grantee reporting for the $300 million Community Service grant program serving nearly 600 public radio and television grantees. He also served on the board of the Public Media Business Association. Marc earned his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Term expires 2020

Kerry Medek, Treasurer

Director of Grants Management and Learning  |  GHR Foundation  |  Minneapolis

Kerry Medek joined Arbor Philanthropy in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Grants Management and Learning supporting the work of five family foundations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including the GHR Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for the systems, tools and operations that drive high-quality, compliant, cost-effective and efficient management of $23M+ grants budget across the life-cycle, and the ability to capture, analyze, learn about, and communicate grant results in the areas of global development, education and health. Kerry guides departmental integration across grants management, administration, communications and program, and moves evaluation and learning forward in a coordinated, practical and integrated way. This includes developing a culture of asking questions, supporting experimentation and creativity, and enhancing the Foundation’s ability to tell a story of impact.

Additionally, Kerry serves as Special Assistant to the CEO of GHR Foundation managing the work plans and activities of the board, and the governance, program and results, audit and finance, and investment committees.

Kerry is active with the Minnesota Chapter of PEAK Grantmaking, the Minnesota Council on Foundation, and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Term expires 2019

Heather Peeler

Vice President of Member and Partner Engagement  |  Grantmakers for Effective Organization  |  Washington, D.C.

Heather leads GEO’s efforts to engage and mobilize members in adopting grantmaking practices that make the biggest impact on nonprofit performance.  Heather serves GEO’s “networker in chief,” deepening the organization’s relationships with members, forming new partnerships, and helping members forge connections between peers. In this role, Heather regularly speaks for GEO at events and in the press about what steps grantmakers are taking to improve their effectiveness.

Heather is committed to supporting nonprofit effectiveness. Over the past 12 years, she has helped foundations, nonprofits and government agencies develop and implement strategies that have led to greater impact, performance and sustainability.

Most recently, Heather served as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service where she led the development of the agency’s five-year strategic plan and oversaw grantee capacity building efforts and research and evaluation initiatives. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director of Community Wealth Ventures, helping non-profit and foundation clients develop sustainable strategies for social change. Additionally, Heather held leadership positions with nonprofits and for-profit companies. She served as the Executive Director of Small Press Distribution, a nonprofit located in Berkeley, California; Managing Editor for Foundation News & Commentary at the Council on Foundations; and co-founder of GenArt/SF, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to increasing young people’s participation in the visual arts.

Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and art history from Wellesley College and a master’s of business administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management. She serves on the board of Public Allies, DC, an organization that advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation, and Fair Chance, an organization that builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of children and youth living in Washington, D.C.’s most underserved communities.

Term expires 2020

Christopher Percopo

Director of Grants Management and Special Program Operations |  The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust |  New York

Christopher Percopo serves as the Director of Grants Management and Special Program Operations at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. As one of Helmsley’s first staff members, he has served in a variety of capacities in collaboration with staff, external consultants, and the trustees, and has seen the organization grow from a staff of three to the philanthropic organization it is today. As Director of Grants Management, Chris oversees the entire lifecycle of Helmsley’s grantmaking, and his team provides technical assistance to internal and external audiences, ensuring that all grants remain compliant and are monitored. This includes managing the online grant process, overseeing the grants database, creating and maintaining policies and procedures, and developing training materials. His department’s central role in Helmsley’s grantmaking means he plays an active role in reporting within the organization and beyond. The grants management team also plays a key role in the grant testing portion of the annual audit, tracking grant-related budgets, and predicting cash needs for the organization. In his role overseeing Special Program Operations, Chris works across programs and is involved in launching new strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Helmsley, Chris primarily worked as a fundraiser for various nonprofits. In addition to fundraising, he supported other critical endeavors, such as developing key performance indicators (KPIs) for social service programs, developing and executing strategic plans, facilitating a merger to eliminate duplicative administrative functions for organizations with similar missions, and assisting with the drafting of bylaws and governance for board development.

Chris graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Human Services (Nonprofit Management) and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College. His passion for public service has led him to present and train on a number of topics, ranging from process development to nontraditional grantmaking, change management, and building efficient practices. He serves on nonprofit boards, including the board of PEAK Grantmaking. Outside of work, Chris enjoys skiing, traveling, cooking, and is a licensed marriage officiant in New York.

Term expires 2018

Suzanne Shea

Grants Manager  |  Ford Foundation  |  New York

Suzanne is a Grants Manager with the Ford Foundation.  She has been with the Foundation since 1987 and in her current role since 1998. In this role Suzanne provides grants management to the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development unit and the Quality Employment unit and works with many of the Foundations international offices. She joined PEAK Grantmaking in 2005 and regularly attends New York Region meetings and Annual Conferences. Suzanne has been a member of the Conference Committee since 2009 and served on the Body of Knowledge Task Force and Advisory Group.

Suzanne lives in Edison, New Jersey, with her husband Jim and their daughters, Lauren, Kristen, and Erin.  When not working and spending time with her family, Suzanne is the Parent-Teacher -Student Organization Treasurer, serves on the Edison PTO Scholarship Committee and is President of the JP Stevens High School Girls Soccer Parents Club. Suzanne holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from New York Institute of Technology.

Term expires 2018

Stacey Smida

Grants Manager  |  Cargill  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Stacey Smida joined Cargill in 1998 and is currently the Grants Manager.  She manages the grants management information systems, provides quality control for all grantmaking procedures and policies, and provides reports for internal and external analysis and publications. She is responsible for managing the grant administration for more than 1,300 grant payments annually with a combined payout of more than $60 million respectively through the Cargill Foundation and the Cargill Contributions Committee (Cargill’s corporate grantmaking entity).  Also, as part of her role, Stacey serves as the program manager for the Global Partnership Fund program, an internal matching program that is used by Cargill business units and locations around the world. Through this program she works with several intermediary organizations to facilitate Cargill’s corporate giving outside the U.S.  She provides guidance and coaching to Cargill business units and locations seeking advice on corporate programs and charitable giving policies and procedures. Stacey received her B.S. degree in Business Administration from the Metropolitan State University. She lives in Howard Lake, Minnesota, with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Term expires 2018

Tim Robinson

Director of Grants Management  |  The Lumina Foundation  |  Indianapolis, IN.

Tim Robinson brings 25 years of legal and investment management experience to his work at the Lumina Foundation.  Prior to joining Lumina in 2016, Tim was with PNC Wealth Management for 6 years, most recently as investment director for Indiana where he was responsible for implementing investment strategies for high net worth clients.  Tim also spent 13 years with Irwin Union Bank, where he managed their trust, investment and insurance businesses.

Tim is an adjunct instructor at Butler University, where he has taught classes in business law, negotiations and non-profit governance for the last 20 years.  Tim is very active in the Indianapolis community and currently serves as a director on the boards of the Indiana Blood Center and Indiana Humanities; and on committees with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Versiti.

Tim, and his wife, Ellen, have two children, Maren and Miles.

Term expires 2020

Elizabeth Tabita, Secretary

Grant Operations Manager  |  The California Endowment  |  Los Angeles

Elizabeth Tabita currently serves as a Grants Administration Program Administrator for The California Endowment’s Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego regions. In this role, she monitors requests through the on-line grant review process of over two hundred forty-nine million dollars per year in programs aimed at expanding access to affordable quality health care for underserved individuals and communities. As part of this work, she performs required tax and legal compliance due diligence and provides technical assistance on grants, contracts and fiscal health.

Elizabeth is also an active member of four philanthropic affinity groups, including Hispanics in Philanthropy, Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Southern California Grantmakers and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In addition, she is the Vice Chair of the Southern California PEAK Grantmaking chapter and a member of the University of La Verne Alumni Association, College of Business & Public Management. She is a former Health Leadership Coro and Southern California Leadership Network Alumnae. She currently serves as an advisory board member of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic.

Elizabeth holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and a Bachelor of Science in Business/Management.

Term expires 2018

Rikard Treiber

Director of Grants  |  Peter G. Peterson Foundation  |  New York

Rik Treiber is Director, Grants, at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, where he oversees grant operations and compliance. He collaborates on the development of grant initiatives that support the Foundation’s mission to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future and to accelerate action on them. Mr. Treiber is also Chairman of Philanthropic Initiatives and a member of the Advisory Board for Horizon Client Access, Inc., which provides political, economic, and security risk analyses to businesses seeking to enter markets in Eurasia, Africa, and South America.

Prior to joining the Peterson Foundation, Mr. Treiber was Associate Corporate Secretary and Director of Grants Management at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Grants Management at The Commonwealth Fund, and he has been a Research Associate at the Foundation Center.

Mr. Treiber is active in the philanthropic sector and speaks frequently on topics related to foundations and nonprofits. Recent volunteer and advisory activities include memberships on Philanthropy New York’s Committee on Directors, the Selection Committee for Fund for Teachers fellowships, and the advisory committee for NGOsource. Mr. Treiber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University; a Master of Arts with High Honors in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from New York University, where he was a Henry Mitchell McCracken Fellow.

Term expires 2020