Introducing our new board members
At the start of the new year, Philanthropy Ohio welcomed four new philanthropy leaders to the Board of Trustees, but not one of them is new to philanthropy, as you’ll see in their brief bios below. Each brings a wealth of experience, layers of expertise and strong dedication to helping Philanthropy Ohio achieve its mission.
Cara Dingus Brook first discovered philanthropy as an intern at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, where she now serves as president and CEO. Before joining the foundation in 2007, Cara’s experience included working for Senator George V. Voinovich and managing Appalachian Ohio Giving, a multi-sector partnership promoting philanthropy as a community and economic development tool. Cara received a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University.
Cara has been involved with Philanthropy Ohio in a variety of roles, beginning with an internship and more recently serving on the Endow Ohio Task Force. Philanthropy Ohio awarded her the Emerging Philanthropist Award in 2013; she received the Appalachian New Economy Partnership Award for Regional Economic Development from the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs in 2010 and the Young Alumni Spirit Award from Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2011.
Kate Keller serves as vice president, system strategies, at Interact for Health, where she is responsible for incorporating the grantmaking strategy and brand vision into the organization’s health policy and communications efforts. Kate also works with community partners to identify and advocate for health policies that improve the region’s health. Kate co-chairs the Philanthropy Ohio Health Initiative and serves on the Public Policy Committee.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati. Previously, Kate was the senior program officer for School-Aged Children’s Healthcare. The strategy involved her working with grantees in developing school-based health centers, which provide primary care and behavioral health services to children in the school setting. Kate also worked with grantees to improve access to behavioral health services for school-aged children.
John Mullaney, executive director of The Nord Family Foundation, has been actively involved in Philanthropy Ohio since he was hired at the foundation in 1998. He is a member of the Public Policy Committee (which he will now chair) and a founding member of the Education Advisory Committee. John’s experience in philanthropy began in 1982, when he served as a country representative for Catholic Relief Services in El Salvador during that country’s civil war. John completed his undergraduate education at Boston College and a holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University.
Prior to his tenure at The Nord Family Foundation, John worked in both the education and nonprofit sectors and developing countries. He was a program and research manager at Harvard University’s Institute for International Development and a program director for the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, also at Harvard University.
Cecilia Render is the executive director of the Nordson Corporation Foundation, where she began as a program officer in 1999. During her tenure, grantmaking levels have grown from $2 million per year to $8 million and 10 of Nordson’s international facilities have adopted giving programs.
Cecilia holds a Master’s of Education from Cleveland State University with a concentration in Adult Learning and Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College. She has been active in the Education Advisory Committee and the Corporate Funders group in Cleveland. Cecilia is also involved with ReacHigher, the Lorain County P-16 council, the STEM education workgroup and the Programs and New Member Engagement committee with the Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals. She has worked as an advisor for Cleveland Scholarship Programs and the Educational Opportunity Program at Tri-C and has also been a part-time instructor at Cleveland State University in the School of Education. Cecilia was the 2015 recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership, awarded annually by Leadership Lorain County.
We’re thrilled to have these four smart leaders join our board.
Claudia Y.W. Herrold