Meet Our Committees


Maximizing Productivity

Committees help maximize the Board’s productivity by matching members’ expertise to appropriate areas. They allow members to engage with issues more deeply and consistently than the Board could. Committees can research and break down complex issues and present their findings to the Board, which can then move forward to making decisions

Executive Committee

Comprised of Board officers and the Chairs of each standing committee, the Executive Committee oversees operations of the Board; acts on behalf of the Board during on-demand activities that occur between meetings; and performs an evaluation of the Executive Director.

Jeffrey Johnson – Chair
Andy Ferris – Chair-Elect
Michael Wacek – Immediate Past Chair
Michael Smith – Secretary-Treasurer

Olga Jacobs – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Chair
Nadine Orloff – Governance & Leadership Committee Chair

Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson – Marketing & Development Committee Chair
Sharon Robinson – Program Committee Chair
Robert Conger – Risk Management Committee Chair

Audit Committee

Oversees the financial reporting process, the system of internal controls, the audit process and the Foundation’s process for monitoring compliance with laws and regulations.

Ted Lyle
Nadine Orloff

Development and Marketing Committee

Oversees development and implementation of the organization’s fundraising plan; identifies and solicits funds from external sources of support; and is responsible for involvement of all Board members in fundraising.

Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson – Chair
Andy Ferris

Olga Jacobs
Tonya Manning

Eric Sherman
Steve White

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Regularly evaluates Foundation programs to ensure they are intentionally built and executed with a goal of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

Olga Jacobs – Chair
Emily Gingrich – Vice Chair
Kelly Cusick

Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson
Jeff Johnson
Margaret Resce Milkint

Eric Sherman
Ben Ybarra
Cynthia Edwalds
Candace Olsen

Finance Committee

Oversees development of the budget; ensures accurate tracking, monitoring, and accountability for funds; ensures adequate financial controls; recommends financial guidelines to the Board; and oversees short- and long-term investments.

Michael Smith – Chair
Patricia Rotello – Vice Chair

Andy Ferris
David J. Fishbaum

Michael Wacek

Governance & Leadership Committee

Ensures effective Board processes, structures and roles, including recruitment, retreat planning, Board training, committee development, and Board evaluation; prepares priorities for Board composition; meets with prospective Board members and recommends candidates to the Board; recommends a slate of officers to the Board; and conducts orientation sessions for new Board members.

Nadine Orloff – Chair
Margaret Resce Milkint – Vice-Chair

Steve Eisenstein
Andy Ferris

Jeffrey Johnson
Michael Wacek

Program Committee

Oversees and makes recommendations to the Board to sustain the quality of Foundation programming at a superior level; evaluates new program opportunities and makes recommendations to the Board; establishes program goals aligned with the mission of the Foundation; monitors and evaluates program performance against stated goals; evaluates significant changes to existing programs and makes recommendations to the Board; identifies and oversees opportunities for mutual support among programs.

Sharon Robinson – Chair
Ben Ybarra – Vice-Chair
Nora Benanti
Kelly Cusick

Gabby Brochard
Melissa Hollis
Ted Lyle
Patricia Rotello

Dewayne Ullsperger
Steve White

Risk Management Committee

Provides ongoing identification and assessment of risks associated with existing Foundation program and activities.

Robert Conger- Chair
Chad C. Wischmeyer – Vice Chair
Susan Cleaver
Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson

Johnny Gilbert
Florian Richard
Steve Rominske
Joanne Spalla

Michael Wacek
Eric Clapprood
Joseph Lebens
Susan Witcraft