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Kathleen Dean

Kathleen Dean

Senior Director of Evaluation, Outcomes and Learning

Kathleen joined the Foundation in February 2016 as Senior Director for Evaluation, Outcomes and Learning. In this role, she uses her 25 years of experience in connecting the art and the science of learning organizations to foster evaluation, reflection, and continuous improvement in order to advance our mission of achieving health equity.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kathleen served in organizational development and institutional effectiveness roles with ModernThink, John Carroll University, and the University of Maryland. She began her career helping college students to define and achieve their goals in her role a career counselor at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Wellesley Colleges. Kathleen earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership – Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation research on boundary spanning in presidential leadership teams was recognized with the Donald A. Gatzke Outstanding Dissertation Award by AAUA. Kathleen is also a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and a Master of Education degree.

Kathleen serves as a team mentor for colleges and universities in the Higher Learning Commission’s Assessment Academy, on the board of the Cleveland Skating Club, as a Girl Scout volunteer, and as president of the Cleveland East alumnae chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She has published and presented on the topics of facilitating organizational learning, outcomes assessment, the politics of assessment, co-curricular learning, presidential attrition, and presidential leadership teams.

She lives in Shaker Heights with her husband and two children.

Kimalon Dixon

Kimalon Dixon

Senior Project Director, Cleveland Purpose Built Communities

Kimalon Dixon is Senior Project Director, Cleveland Purpose Built Communities – a joint initiative of the Saint Luke’s Foundation and Cleveland Foundation. Cleveland Purpose Built Communities is a holistic neighborhood revitalization initiative with a goal of transforming areas within the Buckeye/Woodhill and Glenville neighborhoods.

Prior to joining the foundations, Kimalon was Project Director at the Cleveland Department of Public Health working on the elimination of childhood lead poisoning. Kimalon earned her Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She has been recognized by the City of Cleveland and State of Ohio with awards for her impactful work at CDPH and was honored by Who’s Who in Black Cleveland in 2012. Kimalon was recently selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader.

Melanie Gavin

Melanie Gavin

Accountant

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 Honold

Elizabeth Honold

Finance Director

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 and served in various roles in the Treasurer’s Office at DePaul University from 2007-2011.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Miami University, receiving a Bachelor of 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; serves on the advisory committee to John Marshall High School of Civic & Business Leadership; serves on the Board of Ursuline Piazza; and serves as a volunteer with Junior Achievement and the Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network. She is a 2016 graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders. Elizabeth lives in Avon with her husband and two young sons.

Leah Hudnall

Leah Hudnall

Program Officer

Prior to joining the Foundation, Leah was a fellow at the George Gund Foundation. In her role, she contributed to proposals across program areas that addressed the legal system, community engagement, summer programming for city youth and safe and affordable reproductive health services. Leah began her career as an intern at the KeyBank Foundation and has also held roles at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning.

In the community, Leah is deeply committed to the mission of College Now of Greater Cleveland and serves as a mentor, the chair of the alumni association and a member of their Emerging Leaders Association. In addition, Leah also takes pride in advocating for historically black colleges and universities through the work of the Howard University Alumni Club of Cleveland.

Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and culture from Howard University and a Master of Arts in nonprofit administration from John Carroll University. Leah lives in Cleveland with her husband and their young son.

Angel Johnson

Angel Johnson

Program Assistant

Angel joined Saint Luke’s Foundation as Receptionist in June 2008 and was promoted to Program Assistant in 2010. In her role, she provides administrative and logistical support to the Foundation’s program team, as well as assist with the Foundation’s grantmaking process.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Angel worked at Urban Community School in Cleveland as an Instructional Aide for nine years providing clerical and instructional support to elementary teachers and students. Angel also assisted with managing the Urban Community School’s after-school program.

Angel has a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in Organizational Leadership with an Urban Studies concentration and a certificate in Office Administration and Public Management. Angel lives in Shaker Heights with her son and dad. In her leisure, she enjoys family gatherings, movies, and traveling.

Christie Manning

Christie Manning

Senior Program Officer

Christie was appointed Senior Program Officer, Resilient Families, in January 2013. In this role, she provided 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. Beginning in 2018, her role as Senior Program Officer will support implementation of the foundation’s new strategic plan with a focus on the social determinants of health through grantmaking and grantee support, facilitating collaboration and the active exchange of ideas, and identification of other means to advance health equity.

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.

Ena McDowell

Ena McDowell

Office Manager

Ena joined Saint Luke’s Foundation as the Office Manager in May of 2019. In her role, she provides administrative support to the CEO and President, manages the day to day office operations of the Foundation, and provides cross coverage where necessary.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ena provided many years of executive level administrative support as a Department Administrator and Assistant to the Director and Chairman of a research department at Case Western Reserve University. She also assisted with managing the breast cancer program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Last but not least, she served as the Office Manager to the Cleveland Browns Head Team Physician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

As of September 2019, Ena has obtained her Associate of Science degree in Business from Southern New Hampshire University and is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi). She plans to continue her educational pursuit and obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in management. Ena lives in Cleveland with her wonderful husband and 3 children, two of which are recent college graduates. In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with her family, focusing on her ministry, and traveling.

Kristen Summers

Kristen Summers

Grants Manager

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. She also directs the Foundation's commitment to knowledge management and sharing, as well as assisting in communications.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kristen worked in the field of international higher education at Kent State University and ELS Language Centers.

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 and young son.

Heather Torok

Heather Torok

Vice President for Programs and Strategy

Heather Torok joined the Foundation in 2012 as Senior Program Officer for Healthy People. In that role, she created and invested in a portfolio of opportunities and investments strategically focused on two specific areas: reducing obesity and advancing the patient centered medical home model. Highlights include healthy eating/active living (HEAL), community food infrastructure and local and state policy efforts.

In 2018 she was appointed Vice President for Programs and Strategy. In this role she provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the of the Foundation’s grant making work. The foundation strategic focus: to achieve health equity through addressing the social determinants of health spans grantmaking investments in housing, income, education, HEAL, social connections and the neighborhoods that surround the Foundation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather served in a variety of leadership roles for Cleveland-based behavioral health nonprofit Recovery Resources, Inc. overseeing quality, business operations and new business development. She has also held various leadership roles in operations and management 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. 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. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of The Health Policy Institute of Ohio; she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ohio Regional Convergence Partnership (ORCP) and a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2020.

Heather resides in Shaker Heights where she and her family enjoy a good travel adventure and their cat Louie.