Board of Directors

GMN is governed by a board of directors elected by GMN’s membership. Learn more about our leadership and governance in our bylaws.

 

Kim Armstrong

Foundation Program Coordinator  |  Mutual of Omaha Foundation  |  Omaha, Nebr.

Kim is a Foundation Program Coordinator with the Mutual of Omaha Foundation. She has been with Mutual of Omaha since 1997, and in her current role since 2003. She serves as the liaison between the Foundation and grant seekers; manages the grants database and grantmaking process; and reviews and remains current on issues and trends in philanthropy and the specific program areas of interest to the Foundation. Kim has played a significant role in the development of the Foundation, as well as in the creation of the Foundation’s long-term focus.

Kim lives in Logan, Iowa with her husband Mark and their daughters, Payton and Jordan. When not working and spending time with her family, Kim serves as a mentor to homeless youth through Omaha nonprofit Youth Emergency Services. She also enjoys her hobby of singing rock and roll in a cover band.

Kim joined the Grants Managers Network in 2005.

Term ending June 2014

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 GMN since 2002 including serving as co-chair from 2008-2010.
 
Term ending June 2015
 
 

Gillian Cervero

Grants Manager  |  California HealthCare Foundation |  Oakland, Calif.

 

Gillian Cervero is the Grants Manager at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she has worked since 2007. In her role, she is responsible for many daily grant operations such as reviewing grant agreements, managing the EasyGrants grantmaking database, and ensuring smooth grantmaking procedures throughout the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, first in the development department, and later in the grantmaking department as Grants Administrator, where she assisted in developing and implementing their community grantmaking program.

She has been involved in both National GMN and the Northern California Regional Chapter of GMN for over 6 years. She recently served as the Northern California Regional GMN Chair, and previously was Co-Chair, and has been an active Steering Committee member.

Gillian lives in San Francisco, and is community service oriented with her participation as a board member of a local youth educational nonprofit, and a member of the Young Filipino Professional Association and Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

Gillian earned her BA in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. 

 

Sara Davis

Director of Grants Manager  |  Williams and Flora Hewlett Foundation |  Menlo Park, Calif.

Sara Davis joined The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2011 as the director of the Grants Management Department. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that grantmaking operations, systems and data support the mission and strategic goals of the Foundation.  The Grants Management team focuses on building efficiency and quality in Foundation operations and streamlining internal processes and associated communication.   The team is also responsible for grant compliance, making sure that the Foundation adheres to legal requirements for private foundations and to related best practices in the field.

She currently serves as Co-Chair for the Membership Committee of the Northern California Grantmakers Association. Sara came to Hewlett from the Adobe Foundation, where she managed foundation finance, operations, and their global grants programs. Her previous work experience includes leadership positions in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector with Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit programs and with the Napa Valley Vintners Association.

Sara has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and completed the Philanthropy Leadership program at Stanford University’s School of Social Innovation.
 

Dolores Estrada

Manager of Grants Administration  |  The California Endowment  |  Los Angeles

Dolores Estrada joined The California Endowment in 1999 and is currently the Manager of Grants Administration. In her current capacity, Ms. Estrada oversees the administrative functions and policies of the foundation’s online grant-making process, and provides guidance on issues of tax and legal compliance review.

Prior to joining The Endowment, Ms. Estrada was the Administrative Assistant for Administration for the Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C. where she provided primary administrative support to the Director of the Law Library and the Associate Librarian for Administration.

Ms. Estrada’s commitment to community are exemplified by her current participation on various boards of directors and steering committees, including her service as an online board member for the Youth and Press Development Organization, member of the steering committee for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (Los Angeles Chapter), member of Hispanics in Philanthropy, and member of the Grants Managers Network.

A resident of Los Angeles, Ms. Estrada is the recipient of the 2009 Emerging Leader Award from the Joint Affinity Group. She earned her B.A in History from California State University, Northridge, and her M.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on International Relations from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Term ending June 2015

Jonathan Goldberg

Director of Systems and Communications  |  Surdna Foundation  |  New York

Jonathan Goldberg is the Director of Systems and Communications at the Surdna Foundation where he has worked since March, 1997. In that capacity he oversees the grants application, review and payments processes, information technology issues, and communications for the foundation.

Jonathan has served as Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Grants Managers Network (GMN), and is a member of the Technology Affinity Group of the Council on Foundations. He has been involved in Project Streamline, a project of GMN, from its inception, helping to develop standards to streamline the application and reporting process for nonprofits seeking grants.

Before coming to Surdna, Jonathan spent over 12 years with the New York State Council on the Arts, first as a program analyst in the Music and Electronic Media and Film Programs making grant recommendations, and later as Director of Information Systems. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Arts Administration and Business at New York University.

Term ending June 2015 

Nancy Herzog 

Co-Director of the Grantmaking Resource Center  |  National Endowment for Democracy  |  Washington, D.C.

Nancy Herzog has worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) since December 1994, following a brief time at the International Monetary Fund. Throughout her tenure at NED she has managed grant portfolios of projects throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia (with brief coverage of Burma), led two major conversions of the grants database from one system to another, and participated in an ongoing process to customize and improve use of the GIFTS system and streamline grantmaking processes. She was a founding director of a department which serves as a resource for NED's grantmaking program, focusing on process improvements, systems, and policies and procedures. She is currently the Senior Director, Grants Administration, overseeing the full lifecycle of grants management and a staff of 25.

Nancy served as Regional Co-Chair of the DC-Baltimore chapter from 2009-2012, and currently serves on the GMN Board of Directors. She also has the status of Certified Grants Management Specialist, conferred by the National Grants Management Association. Nancy has a BA in Russian Studies from Wesleyan University, and an MA in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Term ending June 2014 

Melanie Matthews, Co-Chair

Director of Capacity Building & Operations  |  Campion Advocacy Fund  |  Seattle

Melanie Matthews is Director of Capacity Building & Operations at the Campion Advocacy Fund, a 501c4 created to accelerate the protection of wilderness and the end of homelessness through direct advocacy, and the Campion Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to protecting the wildest places in the western USA and Canada, ending homelessness in Washington State, and building a strong and resilient nonprofit sector. Melanie is responsible for all Fund and Foundation operations, including grants management, and is the lead program officer for the capacity building program. This program aims to build the capacity of the Foundation’s grantees and to build a strong and resilient nonprofit sector within which grantees can thrive.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Melanie served as managing director of The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle, and managed Kneehigh Theatre—one of the UK’s top theatre companies—and Malvern Theatres, a three-venue arts center in the UK, transforming it through a multi-million dollar redevelopment program.

Melanie holds an MBA from Colorado State University and a BA (Hons) from Bristol University in the UK. She has been an active member of GMN since 2008, and, in addition to her board service, is currently on the steering committee for the Pacific Northwest Chapter.  Melanie is a proud board member of Shunpike, a nonprofit support organization which fuels innovation in the arts by building productive partnerships, cultivating leadership and providing direct services to arts groups of all kinds.

Term ending June 2014

Symone McClain

Manager of Grants & Office Operations |  William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation  |  Columbus, Ohio 

Symone McClain joined the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation in 2012 as Manager of Grants & Office Operations. Symone manages the administration and legal compliance of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs, office systems and operations. She also administers the O’Neill Family-Directed Matching Gift Program. Prior to joining the O’Neill Foundation, Symone held positions at community, corporate, and private foundation’s in Cleveland, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia.

Symone has chaired the Southeast Regional Chapter and served as Communications Chair for the Ohio Regional Chapter of GMN. She has B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management where she also earned a graduate certificate in human resource management. 

 

Marc McDonald

Director of Grants Management  |  AARP  |  Washington, D.C. 

Marc McDonald joined AARP Foundation in 2012 as the Director of Grants Management. 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.
 

 

Marcus McGrew, Co-Chair

Director of Grants Management  |  The Kresge Foundation  |  Troy, Mich. 

Marcus McGrew is the Director of Grants Management for The Kresge Foundation, a national private foundation based in Troy, Michigan. As Director, he is accountable for developing and streamlining processes and procedures to achieve optimal operations, managing data integrity to foster informed decision making, measuring and reporting payout progress against grant budget, ensuring legal compliance, and leading the implementation of the new grantmaking process under delegated authority. 

Prior to joining the Kresge Foundation, Marcus was the Wayne County Community College District Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance. In this role, he provided forward leadership for the financial aid and compensation functions that serve annually 70,000 students and 1,800 employees, respectively.

Marcus holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of South Alabama, and a Master of Business Administration in Integrative Management from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. 

Term ending June 2015 

Carol Miller  

Grant Manager  |  Greater Texas Foundation  |  Bryan, Texas

Carol Miller is the Grant Manager for Greater Texas Foundation in Bryan, Texas. Carol joined the foundation in July 2007 as its first grant manager. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the grants management process and developing/maintaining the foundation’s procedures for best practices in grantmaking. She also works to integrate the use of technology for maintaining grant information and in particular for the foundation’s online grant application process.

With more than ten years’ experience in grantmaking, Carol previously worked as the Grants Management Coordinator for the John Templeton Foundation located outside Philadelphia, PA.

Carol received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Shippensburg University. After working in her field for several years, she happened upon employment in the world of philanthropy and has maintained that career path ever since.

Outside of work, Carol enjoys anything that has to do with her two dogs.

Term ending June 2014

Christopher Percopo

Grants Manager  |  Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust |  New York

Christopher Percopo is the Grants Manager at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in New York City.  In this role, Chris’s primary responsibility is the overall compliance of the organization’s grant portfolio, the development of necessary policies and procedures, the management of the Trust’s online grant process, and the maintenance and installation of its grants database. 
 
Chris is passionate about measuring the impact that social service agencies have on the inequities they are designed to combat. This has led him to work extensively on outcomes measurement and logic model development to help organizations better define the key performance indicators (KPI’s) they are tracking as well as their desired outcomes. 
 
His involvement in GMN has included chairing both the G4 Committee as well as the 2013 Conference.  Chris graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Human Services (Non-Profit Management) and is currently completing his Masters in Public Administration at Baruch College.
 
Term ending June 2015
 

Tiffany Price, Secretary

Director of Assistance & Advising  |  Kapor Center for Social Impact  |  San Francisco

Tiffany Price is the Director of Assistance & Advising for the Kapor Center for Social Impact where she provides capacity building support beyond the grant to the foundation’s grant recipient organizations. She also serves as the foundation’s grants manager, overseeing all grantmaking processes including grant applications and final reporting, managing the CyberGrants database, and other responsibilities. Prior to this position, Tiffany spent two years as the Education Program Fellow for The San Francisco Foundation where she helped manage the education grantmaking portfolio for the foundation. Tiffany also has six years of experience in education policy research and evaluation. This includes experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and contributions to multiple national and local research and evaluation projects on K-12 education reform.

Tiffany holds a M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and International Studies from Emory University. 

Term ending June 2015 

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 Grants Managers Network 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  ending June 2015

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.   
 
She is a member of the MN GMN Steering Committee and serves as the Minnesota Regional Chair. 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 ending June 2015

Patrick Taylor

Grants Assistant  |  The Energy Foundation  |  San Francisco

Patrick Taylor has been Grants Coordinator at the Energy Foundation since 2008. His duties include tracking, processing, and monitoring the U.S. and China Program grants, compiling and editing materials for the board docket, and training staff on grantmaking best practices. He has been a member of GMN since 2008. He served on the Conference Committee in 2008, and was Co-Chair of the GMN Grantmaking Gone Green committee from 2010 to 2012.

Patrick has a Master’s degree in History from San Francisco State University, and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Patrick spent two years studying history in Italy, and spent a year in Bulgaria with the Peace Corps.

Term ending June 2014

 

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.

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