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.

Sharon Robinson – Chair
Kelly Cusick – Chair-Elect
Andy Ferris – Immediate Past Chair
Anand Khare – Secretary-Treasurer                       

Ted A. Lyle – Audit Committee Chair
Emily Gingrich – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Chair
Steven A. Eisenstein – Governance & Leadership Committee Chair           



Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson – Development & Marketing Committee Chair
Lela Patrik– Program Committee Chair
Steve Rominske – 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, Chair
Stewart Ashkenazy

Travis Lappe                                                      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
Kelly Cusick - Vice Chair                                    Andy Ferris                                                                Olga Jacobs

Anand Khare                                                            Tonya Manning                                                      Kassie Maroney

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.

Emily Gingrich– Chair
Cande Olsen– Vice Chair
Kelly Cusick                                                              Cynthia Edwalds

Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson                                    Olga Jacobs                                                            Eric Sherman

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.

Anand Khare – Chair                                              Barry Jacobson- Vice Chair
Andy Ferris

Rick Jones                                                                  Jerry Mingione                                                        Sharon Robinson

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.

Steve Eisenstein– Chair                                        Andy Ferris                                                                Nadine Orloff

Sharon Robinson                                                    Richard Veys

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.

Lela Patrik- Chair                                                Nora Benanti                                                              Emily Gingrich                                                      Melissa Hollis

Ted Lyle                                                                  Michael McLaughlin                                          Cande Olsen

Kaitlyn Wilcox                                                            Steve White

Risk Management Committee

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

Steve Rominske- Chair
Johnny Gilbert – Vice Chair
Eric Clapprood                                                        Allan Cohen

Alex DeWitt                                                                Florian Richard                                                        Joanne Spalla                                                              Chad Wischmeyer