Meet the Staff
Anne C. Goodman
President and CEO
Anne began her work at Saint Luke’s Foundation as President and CEO in August 2014. As the Foundation’s third CEO since its founding in 1997, her responsibilities include developing and implementing policies, procedures and practices that reflect the Foundation’s priorities of Healthy People, A Strong Neighborhood and Resilient Families.
Before joining the Foundation, Anne served as President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank since 1999. She has also held various leadership roles with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Additionally, Anne worked with Family Focus in Chicago, and she served as a legislative aide to Congressman James J. Florio of New Jersey.
A member of Leadership Cleveland’s class of 2003, Anne was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business with a “40 Under 40 Award” in 2001, and as a key leader in the nonprofit community with a 2003 Northern Ohio Live “Rainmaker Award.” In 2004, Smart Business named Anne as its “Nonprofit Executive of the Year.” Crain’s Cleveland Business named her as one of the “People Who Mattered” in 2009. In 2010, Ernst & Young named her “Entrepreneur of the Year,” and in 2016 Anne was named as one of Cleveland Crain’s Business “Women of Note.”
Anne is a member of the board of In Counsel With Women and The Fund for our Economic Future. Additionally, she serves on the John Carroll University Nonprofit Administration Program advisory board.
Anne has a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. She resides in Shaker Heights with her husband and two teenage children.
Senior Program Officer for A Strong Neighborhood
Nelson was appointed Senior Program Officer for A Strong Neighborhood in March 2014. He provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the Foundation’s A Strong Neighborhood program area, the grant portfolio designed to catalyze and sustain opportunities to improve social conditions, improve physical environments and promote healthy community design in targeted neighborhoods.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Nelson served as Program Officer for The Cleveland Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking, where his work focused on community development, environmental sustainability and program management of The Cleveland Foundation’s nationally recognized Summer Internship program. Prior to that, Nelson worked for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. In this capacity, he managed safety, community organizing and code enforcement functions. Additionally, he has held positions with the University Hospitals Health System, Cole Managed Vision and the American Red Cross.
Nelson has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University where his thesis research focused on the factors that contribute to neighborhood commitment. Nelson also has certificates in Organizational Development from Baldwin Wallace University, and Process Improvement and Six Sigma from Case Western Reserve University. Nelson serves on the Project for Public Spaces Leadership Council. He lives in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood with his wife and son and loves nearly all things public—public art, public transportation, public libraries and public spaces (public restrooms, not so much).
Senior Director of Evaluation, Outcomes and Learning
Kathleen joined the Foundation in February 2016 as Senior Director for Evaluation, Outcomes and Learning. She possesses more than 20 years of experience in outcomes assessment, accountability and continuous improvement, leadership development, and institutional effectiveness. In her role, Kathleen is responsible for providing leadership for the Foundation’s evaluation efforts, outcomes measurement and learning in order to advance our mission of improving and transforming the health and well-being of Greater Cleveland.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a consultant with ModernThink. Past work includes roles with John Carroll University and the University of Maryland. Additionally, she continues to volunteer as a mentor for the Higher Learning Commission’s Assessment Academy.
Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Delaware, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. She earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Delaware. She also earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education Policy and Leadership – Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kathleen lives in Shaker Heights with her husband, two children and a cat. She enjoys cycling, cooking, baking, and Scrabble.
Kim joined Saint Luke’s Foundation in February 2006. A lifelong Clevelander, she has more than 20 years of experience in administrative roles.
Kim brings unrelenting excitement to her work at the Foundation and to the broader spectrum of the nonprofit world. She continues to pursue her commitment to the community as part of the Foundation and beyond its walls. Before joining the Foundation, Kim worked at Youth Opportunities Unlimited, where she now serves on the board of trustees.
Kim completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Organizational Management, at Tiffin University, where she was also a member of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society. She is making plans to pursue her next educational goal.
Additionally, she is a graduate of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Development Program, which seeks to develop the diverse leadership abilities of engaged Clevelanders who are committed to creating a city and region that works for everyone.
Melanie joined Saint Luke’s Foundation as Accountant in June 2014. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a native of Northeast Ohio, she brings 23 years of professional experience to her work at the Foundation. In her role as Accountant, Melanie is responsible for the Foundation’s monthly financial reporting, payroll processing, tax preparation, and budgeting.
Previously, Melanie served as an auditor for Ernst & Young for more than six years. In addition to her work at the Foundation, Melanie also serves as a Financial Officer for the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, where she has worked since 1998.
Melanie received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Outside of work, she is actively involved with her church and her children’s school.
Elizabeth joined Saint Luke’s Foundation in August 2016 as Finance Director. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing financial accounting and investment procedures to achieve the mission and vision established by the Foundation’s board. Additionally, she is responsible for overseeing spending and ensuring good stewardship of the Foundation’s investments.
Previously, she served as Manager of Investments and Finance for the Cleveland Foundation since 2011.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Miami University, receiving a Bachelor or Science degree in Business with a concentration in Finance. She earned a Master of Science degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University.
In the community, Elizabeth is a mentor with College Now; a member of the Junior League of Cleveland; serves on the Advisory Committee to Ursuline Piazza; and serves as a volunteer with the Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network. She is a 2016 graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders. She lives in Avon with her husband and two young sons.
Angel, a native Clevelander, joined Saint Luke’s Foundation as Receptionist in June 2008 and was promoted to Program Assistant in 2010. As Program Assistant, she provides vital support to the Foundation’s program team, including event planning, organizing Program Strategy Committee meetings, scheduling site visits and setting up Get Acquainted meetings with prospective grantees.
Prior to joining Saint Luke’s Foundation, Angel worked with children, primarily 3rd and 4th graders, for nine years as an Instructional Aide at Urban Community School in Cleveland. Angel also assisted in running the Urban Community School’s after-school program for kindergarten through 8th graders.
Angel has an Associate of Arts degree from Cuyahoga Community College, as well as a certificate in Office Administration. She is currently attending Cleveland State University to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
Senior Program Officer for Resilient Families
Christie was appointed Senior Program Officer, Resilient Families, in January 2013. In this role, she provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the Resilient Families program area, the grant portfolio designed to catalyze and sustain opportunities to ensure that community resources meet families’needs and empower parents to implement their vision for the health and well-being of their families.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Christie served as Director of Programs for Family Connections of Northeast Ohio, where she oversaw program development, operations, evaluation, and quality assurance. Prior to that, she was Director of the Greater Cleveland Family Support Consortium, a collaboration of Family Connections, Heights Parent Center, City of Lakewood Family Room, and Kidzhealth 2020, which seeks to expand the reach of Family Support programs in Greater Cleveland.
Past professional experience also includes positions with Kidzhealth 2020, MetroHealth Center for Community Health’s Child and Family Health Services Program, Y.W.C.A. of Greater Cleveland, and the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board.
Christie has a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration (MSSA) from the Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Additionally, Christie was a visiting student in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics..
Kristen joined the Foundation in February 2016 as Grants Manager. In this role, she manages the grant database, online applications and grantee reporting process. Specifically, Kristen evaluates requests at all stages of the process and provides assistance to grant seekers and grantees, from initial contact through the life of the grant. She also directs all technical components of grants management, including the data/information retrieval, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Kristen worked at Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc. Past roles included work at ELS Language Center and the Office of Global Education at Kent State University.
Kristen is a graduate of Kent State University, receiving Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in French Translation. She lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband, two dogs and four cats. She enjoys hiking and knitting.
Senior Program Officer for Healthy People
Heather Torok has served as Saint Luke’s Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for Healthy People since 2012. In this role, she provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the Healthy People program area, the grant portfolio designed to catalyze and sustain opportunities to improve community health.
Through the Healthy People program area, the Foundation partners with grantee organizations to advance healthcare delivery and reduce obesity. Through the health home model of care, healthcare is more connected and coordinated, satisfaction is increased and health outcomes are improved. Reducing obesity includes a focus on policy opportunities, evidenced-based interventions, the built environment, and a particular interest in advancing efforts within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather served as Director of Business Operations for Cleveland-based nonprofit Recovery Resources, Inc., where she provided strategic oversight for key organizational functions during her eight-year tenure. Past professional experience also includes operations and management positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Heather has a Master’s degree in Public Health & Health Care Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, where she studied French and Human Development. Heather began her career as a member of Teach for America, a national nonprofit organization committed to educational equity.
Heather is a Graduate Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is also active in several state and local community organizations. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of The Health Policy Institute of Ohio; she is a member of the Network of Community Advisors (NOCA), a primary advisory body to the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University; she is a steering committee member of the Health Improvement Partnership – Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga); and she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ohio Regional Convergence Partnership (ORCP).
Anna brings more than 20 years of front office and switchboard experience to the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Anna served as a volunteer with the American Association of Retired Person (AARP) Volunteer Program. Through this program, Anna volunteered for Habitat For Humanity, as well as New Avenues for Independence.
Additionally, she has worked as a home school teacher.