Foundation leaders join Philanthropy Ohio Board
Philanthropy Ohio members elected six new board members at the organization’s annual meeting held on November 14. Eric Avner, Leslie Dunford, Bill Kitson, Dawn Tyler Lee and LaTida Smith will serve three-year terms, while Denise Griggs will serve for two years, filling a vacancy created by a retiring board member.
Eric Avner is the vice president of The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, where he oversees its community development grantmaking that supports initiatives strengthening Cincinnati’s urban neighborhoods, building a talented workforce and encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.
Leslie Dunford is The Cleveland Foundation’s liaison to its board of directors and legal counsel, advising on matters of compliance and governance. She also manages the foundation’s facilities, office services and risk-management services.
Denise Griggs is the CFO at The Burton D. Morgan Foundation in Hudson, Ohio, where she managed the finances and investments, provides technical assistance to grant seekers and serves as secretary and assistant treasurer.
Bill Kitson is the president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, with 23 years of fundraising, marketing and leadership experience in the United Way system that includes service in Milwaukee, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
LaTida Smith is vice president for programs, outcomes and learning at Saint Luke’s Foundation, leading and overseeing the program strategies, grants, evaluation and learning to advance the foundation’s focus on the health and well-being of greater Cleveland.
Dawn Tyler Lee is senior vice president for community impact at the United Way of Central Ohio, where she leads work focused on the impact areas of education, income, health and home. She also oversees activities related to diversity and inclusion and public policy.
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