Board of Directors

2015-2015 BoardGMN 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 expires 2017

Cheryl Bean, Treasurer

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 expires 2018

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 daily grant operations such as reviewing grant agreements, managing the 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 in both the fundraising and grantmaking departments, where she assisted in developing and implementing their community grantmaking program.

She has been involved in GMN since 2007, with her current service as Board of Director, and her participation with the Northern California Regional Chapter. She served as the Northern California Regional GMN Chair from 2010-2014, and is an active regional steering committee member.

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

 Term expires 2017

Sara Davis

Director of Grants Manager  |  The William 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 is also a member of the Board of Directors for 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.

Term expires 2017 

Nancy Herzog, Secretary

Senior Director, Grants Administration   |  National Endowment for Democracy  |  Washington, D.C.

Nancy Herzog has a long tenure working at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), starting in 1994 as an assistant to her current position as senior director. During this time of both institutional and personal growth, she has managed grant portfolios of projects throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia, managed the staff managing those grant portfolios, led two major conversions of the grants database from one system to another, participated in ongoing processes to document and streamline grantmaking processes, and numerous other efforts. 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 global grants management of a $100,000,000+ grantmaking program and a staff of 30.

Nancy served as GMN 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 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She lives in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.

Term expires 2017

Adriana Jimenez

Grants Manager  |  Surdna Foundation  |  New York

Adriana Jiménez is the Grants Manager at the Surdna Foundation, where she joined in 2012 to support the development of its newly-formed Office of Grants Management. In this role she works with the Director of Grants Management to oversee the policies and procedures of grantmaking for the foundation, including: legal compliance, review of grantee financials, intake and processing of grant requests, and working with programs and senior management to support strategic grantmaking across all funding areas. Most recently, Adriana worked as both Grants Coordinator and Communication Coordinator at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in New York City.

Since joining GMN Adriana has held leadership roles at both the national and chapter levels, including Co-chair of the 2014 National Conference and Chair of the Communications Committee for the New York Chapter (2012-2014).
Adriana holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Art History, as well as a certificate in Holistic Nutrition and Health Counseling. She also sits on the board of Slideluck, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art.

Term expires 2018

Melanie Matthews, Co-Chair

COO  |  Campion Advocacy Fund  |  Seattle

Melanie Matthews is the COO 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 501c3 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 in 2008, Melanie worked in the nonprofit community for more than twelve years in both her native England and in the United States. Her past experience includes serving as managing director of The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle, and managing 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 (UK). She has been an active member of GMN since 2008, and, in addition to her board service, Co-Chaired the GMN Conference in 2011 and served as Co-Chair of the Pacific Northwest GMN Chapter 2011-2012. Melanie is Vice President of the board 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 expires 2017

Symone McClain

Manager of Grants & Office Operations |  William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation  |  Cleveland, 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. 

Term expires 2017

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.

Term expires 2017

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.

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 dogs, animal rescue and creativity.

Term expires 2017

Christopher Percopo, Co-Chair

Director of Grants Management  |  The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust |  New York

Christopher Percopo serves as the Director of Grants Management at the Helmsley Charitable Trust.  As one of the Trust’s first staff members, he has served in a variety of capacities and—in collaboration with staff, external consultants, and the Trustees–has seen the organization grow from a staff of three to the philanthropic organization it is today. In his current role, Chris oversees the entire lifecycle of the Trust’s grantmaking, and his team provides technical assistance to internal and external audiences, ensuring that all grants remain compliant and are actively monitored.  This includes managing the Trust’s online grant process, overseeing the grants database, creating and maintaining policies and procedures, and developing training materials.  His department’s central role in the Trust’s primary business of grantmaking means he plays an active role in reporting within the organization and beyond.  The grants management department also plays a key role in the grant testing portion of the annual audit, tracking grant-related budgets, and predicting cash needs for the organization.

Prior to joining the Trust, Chris primarily worked as a fundraiser for various nonprofits.  In addition to fundraising, he aided the nonprofits he served in other critical endeavors. This included developing key performance indicators (KPIs) for social service programs and their desired short- and long-term outcomes,  developing and executing strategic plans,  facilitating a merger in order to eliminate duplicative administrative functions for organizations with similar missions, and assisting board development including the drafting of bylaws and governance.

Chris graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Human Services (Nonprofit Management) and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City. His passion for public service has led him to present and train on a number of topics ranging from process development to non-traditional grantmaking, change management, and building efficient practices.  In addition to volunteering, he serves on two nonprofit boards, including the Grants Managers Network. Outside of work, Chris enjoys skiing, traveling and cooking.

Term expires 2018

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 expires 2018 

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. 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 expires 2018 

Elizabeth Tabita

Grants Administration Program Administrator  |  The California Endowment  |  Los Angeles

Elizabeth Tabita currently serves as a Grants Administration Program Administrator for The California Endowment’s Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego regions. In this role, she monitors requests through the on-line grant review process of over two hundred forty nine million dollars per year in programs aimed at expanding access to affordable quality health care for underserved individuals and communities. As part of this work, she performs required tax and legal compliance due diligence and provides technical assistance on grants, contracts and fiscal health.

Elizabeth is also an active member of four philanthropic affinity groups, including Hispanics in Philanthropy, Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Southern California Grantmakers and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In addition, she is the Vice Chair of the Southern California Grants Managers Network and a member of the University of La Verne Alumni Association, College of Business & Public Management. She is a former Health Leadership Coro and Southern California Leadership Network Alumnae. She currently serves as an advisory board member of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic.
Elizabeth holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and a Bachelor of Science in Business/Management.

Term expires 2018

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 expires 2017 

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.

Mr. Treiber is active in the philanthropic sector and speaks frequently on topics related to foundations and nonprofits. Recent volunteer and advisory activities include memberships on Philanthropy New York’s Committee on Directors, the Selection Committee for Fund for Teachers fellowships, and the advisory committee for NGOsource. Mr. Treiber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University; a Master of Arts with High Honors in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from New York University, where he was a Henry Mitchell McCracken Fellow.

Term expires 2017