Bill Koll, Program Director
Bill Koll serves as the Director of the Communities Program, which partners with media outlets and sports teams in seven cities across the country, raising money for local needs and supporting programs that assist low income children, youth, and adults in their move toward self-sufficiency.

Mr. Koll began his career with the Foundation as a Program Officer in 1997. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Koll spent four years as the Program Director for the Chicago I Have a Dream Foundation, a social service agency providing tutoring, mentoring, and scholarship programs for youth in low income communities. Mr. Koll holds a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from DePaul University.

 

Molly Baltman, Assistant Director / Grantmaking
Molly Baltman is the Assistant Director / Grantmaking in the Communities Program, responsible for managing relationships with corporate partners and helping to develop, implement and evaluate grant strategies. Ms. Baltman leads the workforce development and child abuse prevention giving areas.
Previously, Ms. Baltman served as Executive Director of Archeworks for six years. Previously, she worked as a foster care case manager, then at the IDCFS Inspector General’s Office, concentrating on the Paternal Involvement and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren pilot projects. She holds a MA from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, a BA in Human Ecology from Michigan State University, and was a 2009 International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellow.
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Arianna Cisneros, Program Officer
Arianna Cisneros is a Program Officer in the Communities Program. Her responsibilities include managing relationships with corporate partners and assisting them in developing, implementing, and evaluating grant strategies in their local communities. She also supports the Communities Program's place-based initiatives in Chicago's Little Village and Englewood neighborhoods.

Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, Ms. Cisneros was a Program Officer at the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, focusing on the integration of children's mental health services in community settings, and an Associate Director at Arabella Advisors, advising funders on grant-making, program implementation, and evaluation. Ms. Cisneros holds a Bachelor's degree in Oranizational Studies and Spanish Literature and Culture from the University of Michigan, and a Master's Degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, where she was a McCormick Tribune Fellow in Urban and Community Leadership. She was also a 2009-2011 Illinois Early Childhood Fellow, serving two years at the Ounce of Prevention Fund.
 
Noreen Castor, Senior Development Officer
Noreen Castor is a Senior Development Officer in the Development Department of the Communities Program, responsible for working on fundraising campaigns with staff, partners and vendors to execute its 15 annual campaigns.
Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, Ms. Castor spent five years at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation where she managed its direct marketing fundraising program and created and led its hospital's employee campaign. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Management with a Marketing minor from Purdue University.

 

Sharon Cleghorn, Senior Program Administrator
Sharon Cleghorn is a Senior Administrator in the Communities Program, and has been with the McCormick Foundation for eleven years. She provides grant evaluation and research on the grantmaking side and financial services and project responsibilities on the development side.
Previously, Ms. Cleghorn was a Marketing Manager at Amerin Guaranty Corporation for 10 years. She attended Indiana State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and has a Professional Development Certificate from the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy.

 

Jodie Lawton, Major Gifts Officer
Jodie Lawton is Major Gifts Officers in the Development Department of the Communities Program, and is responsible for enhancing existing revenue streams and cultivating new donors.
Jodie started her career in program development and management. In 2007, she began to focus solely on fundraising. Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, she was Director of Corporate Relations for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Previously, Jodie was Director of Consulting Resources for Grenzebach Glier and Associates, a consulting firm focused on philanthropic strategy. Some of the other organizations Jodie has worked for include American Liver Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Illinois Chapter, Illinois Action for Children, Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, and Camp Fire Boys and Girls West Michigan Council. Jodie has a bachelor’s degree in human development and social relations from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.


Jan Miller, Administrative Officer
Jan Miller is an Administrative Officer in the Communities Program, providing administrative grant and project management support to the Communities Program Director, Program Officers and Fund Partners.

Ms. Miller joined the Communities Program in 2005, bringing more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Miller worked in philanthropy at The Field Museum of Chicago. A native of Chicago, she resides in the city.


Lori Neumann, Development Officer
Lori Neumann is a Development Officer in the Development Department of the Communities programs, responsible for digital fundraising campaigns in collaboration with the Foundation’s fund partners. Her role includes online solicitation strategies, website content management and social media.
Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, Ms. Neumann spent seven years at the American Cancer Society in marketing communications, where she created all fundraising communications to support the organization’s income development revenue stream which included 200+ Relay For Life events, 23 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks and 5 Walk & Roll events. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and English from the University of Iowa.


David Pesqueira, Senior Program Officer
David Pesqueira is a Senior Program Officer in the Communities Program. His responsibilities include managing relationships with corporate partners and assisting them to develop, implement and evaluate grant strategies in their communities. Mr. Pesqueira coordinates the Communities Program’s hunger and literacy funding areas, and is a member of the National Adult Literacy Network, a task force of the Council on Foundations.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 1993, Mr. Pesqueira worked at the Chicago Tribune Foundation, the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning, the Community Renewal Society and as a fellow with the Chicago Community Trust. Mr. Pesqueira holds a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and Latin American Studies from Brandeis University and is a co-founder of Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy, and the Latino Giving Circle, a donor-advised fund.


Jim Struthers, Chief Development Officer and Assistant Director of Communities
Jim Struthers serves as the Chief Development Officer and Assistant Director of Communities for the Communities Program where he oversees fundraising activity for fifteen partners across the country.
Mr. Struthers joined the Foundation in 2007, bringing experience in arts management, public relations, special events, and nonprofit development. Mr. Struthers moved exclusively into the nonprofit sector in 2000 working with The Foundation Fighting Blindness, National Director of Events; AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Director of Events; and the Lupus Foundation, Illinois, Development Director. Prior to the nonprofit world, Mr. Struthers worked in the public relations industry, managing accounts and projects in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Struthers holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Westfield University.


Martha Truby, Development Specialist
Martha Truby is a Development Specialist for the Communities Program and her primary responsibilities include gift processing, database administration, and fundraising analytics. Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, Ms. Truby spent the previous decade working in the nonprofit sector helping organizations streamline their operations and use data to improve their fundraising programs. Her most recent tenure was with the Oakwood Foundation, the supporting organization for a nonprofit retirement community in Madison, Wisconsin. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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