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The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.

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  • Brian R. Frederick

    Brian-FredrickBrian became the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County in 1998 and holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Western Michigan University.

    Brian is involved in many local and regional civic efforts including serving as Board Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a regional consortium of philanthropy promoting the economic competitiveness of NE Ohio, and as a former Board member and Governance Chair of Team Lorain County. Brian was the founding Board Chair of The Civic Commons leading that organization to successfully merge into Ideastream.

    He has served on numerous committees for Philanthropy Ohio and the Council on Foundations. Brian was involved for eleven years with the creation and implementation of the certification process for National Standards for Community Foundations, was a founding board member of the Community Foundation National Standards Board and later served on the Appeals Committee. He is a faculty member and teaches Community Foundation Fundamentals for the Center for Community Foundation Excellence and served as Board Chair of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures, a four-state collaboration to promote innovation in community philanthropy. From 1999 to 2011 he was one of eleven U.S. ambassadors with the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and was a founding member of the advisory committee to the German Marshall Fund for the Community Foundation Transatlantic Fellowship. Brian was the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award and is the 2014 recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership.

     

  • Theresa Eged

    Theresa-EgedTheresa joined the foundation in 2002 and brings a wealth of skills in information management and computer systems. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Theresa was previously employed by Deaconess Hospital and resides with her husband, Michael, in Columbia Station.

     

  • Nancy Huller
    Finance Manager
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    Nancy Huller

    Nancy-HullerNancy Huller, a native of Shelby, Ohio, joined the Community Foundation's staff in May of 2006 as Accounting Clerk. Nancy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising. She began her career in retail at Macy's in New York City before switching gears and becoming a stock broker, then a stay-at-home mom to Kurt and Claire for ten years. Most recently, Nancy worked part-time as Treasurer for the regional office of the Disciples of Christ Church. Nancy and her husband, Steve, reside in Avon, Ohio. Her varied work history makes her a great addition to the Foundation's staff.

     

  • David Borocz-Johnson

    David headshotDavid joined the Foundation in August of 2014 after interning with the Community Foundation for the summer. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, in 2013 and graduated with a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in August of 2014. His previous community service experiences both locally and abroad (in Tanzania and Ireland) have contributed to his belief in helping people and the communities in which they live to improve their circumstances. He enjoys exploring nature and is a big Cleveland Browns fan.

  • Angela Lee
    Scholarship Coordinator
    Contact Me

    Angela Lee

    Angela-LeeAngela joined the Community Foundation in May 2004. Angela is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton College with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. She was previously employed as a Medical Receptionist at Tri-City Family Medicine Diagnostic Center. Angela is the mother of three children.

     

  • Danielle M. Locke, CAP

    Danielle-ZechmanDanielle M. Locke, CAP, MPA has spent the last twelve years in nonprofit organizations in various nonprofit management, fund development, marketing and communications roles. Many of these organizations she continues to provide consulting and volunteer time including the Arthritis Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel.

    Ms. Locke joined the Community Foundation in August 2013. Most recently she spent five years at the Cleveland Clinic, developing and managing a comprehensive national women's health education program, Speaking of Women's Health. In this role her focus was on increasing brand awareness and cultivating strong sponsor, donor, volunteer and media relationships.

    Ms. Locke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland State University in 2000 and in 2005 completed her Masters in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She is a 2005 graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders and in 2011 she was selected one of NEO "25 under 35 Movers & Shakers" Award by the 20/30 Club of Cleveland and Small Business Magazine.

     

  • Rachel Ocasio
    Relationship Manager
    Contact Me

    Rachel Ocasio

    OcasioRachel Ocasio has been hired as the Foundation's new Relationship Manager. Rachel comes to us having spent seventeen years with Lorain National Bank. She served sixteen years in LNB's Trust Department as the Trust Operations Coordinator/Administrative Assistant. During that time, CFLC was one of Rachel's primary clients, and her service to the Foundation was exemplary. This past year, Rachel transitioned into a position as Account Payable Analyst within LNB's operations.

    Rachel is an LCCC graduate with a Business degree and is also a certified Fitness Instructor. She lives in Amherst with her husband and son.  We are excited to add Rachel's expertise and personality to the CFLC team!

     

  • Angela Miller
    Administrative Assistant
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    Angela Miller

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    Angela joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career at several local law firms and most recently was employed by First Federal Savings of Lorain.  Angela is an Amherst Steel High School graduate, and she is working towards a degree in political science from Cleveland State University.  She resides with her husband and children in Elyria.

  • Lisa Rupple
    Communications Officer
    Contact Me

    Lisa Rupple

    Lisa-RuppleLisa joined the Community Foundation as Communications Coordinator in 2014.  She holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor Degree from Kent State.  Lisa has had a rich background as freelance writer, historic preservation consultant, Civil War expert and professional staff at local and statewide organizations. 

     

  • Karl Schneider

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    Karl Schneider is recently retired as natural resources coordinator from the Lorain Soil and Water Conservation District. Karl helps us manage and promote the Forever Farmland program in Lorain County. 

  • Michele Skinn
    Advancement Officer, Huron County Community Foundation
    Contact Me

    Michele Skinn

    Michele SkinnMichele has an extensive development background including 15 years as Director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation in Norwalk, Ohio. 

    She also served in senior development positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kent State University.

  • Holly Spitz
    Chief Financial Officer
    Contact Me

    Holly Spitz

    Holly Spitz 200Holly joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career as a CPA with Hausser+Taylor and spent the last 18 years as CFO for Neighborhood Alliance. 

    Holly holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and resides with her husband and children in Avon Lake.

  • Linda Ong Styer
    Senior Program Officer
    Contact Me

    Linda Ong Styer

    Linda-StyerLinda joined the Community Foundation in December 1996 after many years of senior executive positions with not-for-profit organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Linda holds a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University. She has reviewed grants for Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Linda was born in Singapore and moved to Ohio in 1980.

     

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  • Brian R. Frederick

    Brian-FredrickBrian became the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County in 1998 and holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Western Michigan University.

    Brian is involved in many local and regional civic efforts including serving as Board Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a regional consortium of philanthropy promoting the economic competitiveness of NE Ohio, and as a former Board member and Governance Chair of Team Lorain County. Brian was the founding Board Chair of The Civic Commons leading that organization to successfully merge into Ideastream.

    He has served on numerous committees for Philanthropy Ohio and the Council on Foundations. Brian was involved for eleven years with the creation and implementation of the certification process for National Standards for Community Foundations, was a founding board member of the Community Foundation National Standards Board and later served on the Appeals Committee. He is a faculty member and teaches Community Foundation Fundamentals for the Center for Community Foundation Excellence and served as Board Chair of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures, a four-state collaboration to promote innovation in community philanthropy. From 1999 to 2011 he was one of eleven U.S. ambassadors with the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and was a founding member of the advisory committee to the German Marshall Fund for the Community Foundation Transatlantic Fellowship. Brian was the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award and is the 2014 recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership.

     

  • Theresa Eged

    Theresa-EgedTheresa joined the foundation in 2002 and brings a wealth of skills in information management and computer systems. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Theresa was previously employed by Deaconess Hospital and resides with her husband, Michael, in Columbia Station.

     

  • Nancy Huller
    Finance Manager
    Contact Me

    Nancy Huller

    Nancy-HullerNancy Huller, a native of Shelby, Ohio, joined the Community Foundation's staff in May of 2006 as Accounting Clerk. Nancy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising. She began her career in retail at Macy's in New York City before switching gears and becoming a stock broker, then a stay-at-home mom to Kurt and Claire for ten years. Most recently, Nancy worked part-time as Treasurer for the regional office of the Disciples of Christ Church. Nancy and her husband, Steve, reside in Avon, Ohio. Her varied work history makes her a great addition to the Foundation's staff.

     

  • David Borocz-Johnson

    David headshotDavid joined the Foundation in August of 2014 after interning with the Community Foundation for the summer. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, in 2013 and graduated with a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in August of 2014. His previous community service experiences both locally and abroad (in Tanzania and Ireland) have contributed to his belief in helping people and the communities in which they live to improve their circumstances. He enjoys exploring nature and is a big Cleveland Browns fan.

  • Angela Lee
    Scholarship Coordinator
    Contact Me

    Angela Lee

    Angela-LeeAngela joined the Community Foundation in May 2004. Angela is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton College with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. She was previously employed as a Medical Receptionist at Tri-City Family Medicine Diagnostic Center. Angela is the mother of three children.

     

  • Danielle M. Locke, CAP

    Danielle-ZechmanDanielle M. Locke, CAP, MPA has spent the last twelve years in nonprofit organizations in various nonprofit management, fund development, marketing and communications roles. Many of these organizations she continues to provide consulting and volunteer time including the Arthritis Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel.

    Ms. Locke joined the Community Foundation in August 2013. Most recently she spent five years at the Cleveland Clinic, developing and managing a comprehensive national women's health education program, Speaking of Women's Health. In this role her focus was on increasing brand awareness and cultivating strong sponsor, donor, volunteer and media relationships.

    Ms. Locke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland State University in 2000 and in 2005 completed her Masters in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She is a 2005 graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders and in 2011 she was selected one of NEO "25 under 35 Movers & Shakers" Award by the 20/30 Club of Cleveland and Small Business Magazine.

     

  • Rachel Ocasio
    Relationship Manager
    Contact Me

    Rachel Ocasio

    OcasioRachel Ocasio has been hired as the Foundation's new Relationship Manager. Rachel comes to us having spent seventeen years with Lorain National Bank. She served sixteen years in LNB's Trust Department as the Trust Operations Coordinator/Administrative Assistant. During that time, CFLC was one of Rachel's primary clients, and her service to the Foundation was exemplary. This past year, Rachel transitioned into a position as Account Payable Analyst within LNB's operations.

    Rachel is an LCCC graduate with a Business degree and is also a certified Fitness Instructor. She lives in Amherst with her husband and son.  We are excited to add Rachel's expertise and personality to the CFLC team!

     

  • Angela Miller
    Administrative Assistant
    Contact Me

    Angela Miller

    Angela Miller 200

    Angela joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career at several local law firms and most recently was employed by First Federal Savings of Lorain.  Angela is an Amherst Steel High School graduate, and she is working towards a degree in political science from Cleveland State University.  She resides with her husband and children in Elyria.

  • Lisa Rupple
    Communications Officer
    Contact Me

    Lisa Rupple

    Lisa-RuppleLisa joined the Community Foundation as Communications Coordinator in 2014.  She holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor Degree from Kent State.  Lisa has had a rich background as freelance writer, historic preservation consultant, Civil War expert and professional staff at local and statewide organizations. 

     

  • Karl Schneider

    Schneider Thumb

     

    Karl Schneider is recently retired as natural resources coordinator from the Lorain Soil and Water Conservation District. Karl helps us manage and promote the Forever Farmland program in Lorain County. 

  • Michele Skinn
    Advancement Officer, Huron County Community Foundation
    Contact Me

    Michele Skinn

    Michele SkinnMichele has an extensive development background including 15 years as Director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation in Norwalk, Ohio. 

    She also served in senior development positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kent State University.

  • Holly Spitz
    Chief Financial Officer
    Contact Me

    Holly Spitz

    Holly Spitz 200Holly joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career as a CPA with Hausser+Taylor and spent the last 18 years as CFO for Neighborhood Alliance. 

    Holly holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and resides with her husband and children in Avon Lake.

  • Linda Ong Styer
    Senior Program Officer
    Contact Me

    Linda Ong Styer

    Linda-StyerLinda joined the Community Foundation in December 1996 after many years of senior executive positions with not-for-profit organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Linda holds a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University. She has reviewed grants for Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Linda was born in Singapore and moved to Ohio in 1980.

     

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  • Brian R. Frederick

    Brian-FredrickBrian became the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County in 1998 and holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Western Michigan University.

    Brian is involved in many local and regional civic efforts including serving as Board Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a regional consortium of philanthropy promoting the economic competitiveness of NE Ohio, and as a former Board member and Governance Chair of Team Lorain County. Brian was the founding Board Chair of The Civic Commons leading that organization to successfully merge into Ideastream.

    He has served on numerous committees for Philanthropy Ohio and the Council on Foundations. Brian was involved for eleven years with the creation and implementation of the certification process for National Standards for Community Foundations, was a founding board member of the Community Foundation National Standards Board and later served on the Appeals Committee. He is a faculty member and teaches Community Foundation Fundamentals for the Center for Community Foundation Excellence and served as Board Chair of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures, a four-state collaboration to promote innovation in community philanthropy. From 1999 to 2011 he was one of eleven U.S. ambassadors with the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and was a founding member of the advisory committee to the German Marshall Fund for the Community Foundation Transatlantic Fellowship. Brian was the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award and is the 2014 recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership.

     

  • Theresa Eged

    Theresa-EgedTheresa joined the foundation in 2002 and brings a wealth of skills in information management and computer systems. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Theresa was previously employed by Deaconess Hospital and resides with her husband, Michael, in Columbia Station.

     

  • Nancy Huller
    Finance Manager
    Contact Me

    Nancy Huller

    Nancy-HullerNancy Huller, a native of Shelby, Ohio, joined the Community Foundation's staff in May of 2006 as Accounting Clerk. Nancy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising. She began her career in retail at Macy's in New York City before switching gears and becoming a stock broker, then a stay-at-home mom to Kurt and Claire for ten years. Most recently, Nancy worked part-time as Treasurer for the regional office of the Disciples of Christ Church. Nancy and her husband, Steve, reside in Avon, Ohio. Her varied work history makes her a great addition to the Foundation's staff.

     

  • David Borocz-Johnson

    David headshotDavid joined the Foundation in August of 2014 after interning with the Community Foundation for the summer. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, in 2013 and graduated with a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in August of 2014. His previous community service experiences both locally and abroad (in Tanzania and Ireland) have contributed to his belief in helping people and the communities in which they live to improve their circumstances. He enjoys exploring nature and is a big Cleveland Browns fan.

  • Angela Lee
    Scholarship Coordinator
    Contact Me

    Angela Lee

    Angela-LeeAngela joined the Community Foundation in May 2004. Angela is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton College with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. She was previously employed as a Medical Receptionist at Tri-City Family Medicine Diagnostic Center. Angela is the mother of three children.

     

  • Danielle M. Locke, CAP

    Danielle-ZechmanDanielle M. Locke, CAP, MPA has spent the last twelve years in nonprofit organizations in various nonprofit management, fund development, marketing and communications roles. Many of these organizations she continues to provide consulting and volunteer time including the Arthritis Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel.

    Ms. Locke joined the Community Foundation in August 2013. Most recently she spent five years at the Cleveland Clinic, developing and managing a comprehensive national women's health education program, Speaking of Women's Health. In this role her focus was on increasing brand awareness and cultivating strong sponsor, donor, volunteer and media relationships.

    Ms. Locke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland State University in 2000 and in 2005 completed her Masters in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She is a 2005 graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders and in 2011 she was selected one of NEO "25 under 35 Movers & Shakers" Award by the 20/30 Club of Cleveland and Small Business Magazine.

     

  • Rachel Ocasio
    Relationship Manager
    Contact Me

    Rachel Ocasio

    OcasioRachel Ocasio has been hired as the Foundation's new Relationship Manager. Rachel comes to us having spent seventeen years with Lorain National Bank. She served sixteen years in LNB's Trust Department as the Trust Operations Coordinator/Administrative Assistant. During that time, CFLC was one of Rachel's primary clients, and her service to the Foundation was exemplary. This past year, Rachel transitioned into a position as Account Payable Analyst within LNB's operations.

    Rachel is an LCCC graduate with a Business degree and is also a certified Fitness Instructor. She lives in Amherst with her husband and son.  We are excited to add Rachel's expertise and personality to the CFLC team!

     

  • Angela Miller
    Administrative Assistant
    Contact Me

    Angela Miller

    Angela Miller 200

    Angela joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career at several local law firms and most recently was employed by First Federal Savings of Lorain.  Angela is an Amherst Steel High School graduate, and she is working towards a degree in political science from Cleveland State University.  She resides with her husband and children in Elyria.

  • Lisa Rupple
    Communications Officer
    Contact Me

    Lisa Rupple

    Lisa-RuppleLisa joined the Community Foundation as Communications Coordinator in 2014.  She holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor Degree from Kent State.  Lisa has had a rich background as freelance writer, historic preservation consultant, Civil War expert and professional staff at local and statewide organizations. 

     

  • Karl Schneider

    Schneider Thumb

     

    Karl Schneider is recently retired as natural resources coordinator from the Lorain Soil and Water Conservation District. Karl helps us manage and promote the Forever Farmland program in Lorain County. 

  • Michele Skinn
    Advancement Officer, Huron County Community Foundation
    Contact Me

    Michele Skinn

    Michele SkinnMichele has an extensive development background including 15 years as Director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation in Norwalk, Ohio. 

    She also served in senior development positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kent State University.

  • Holly Spitz
    Chief Financial Officer
    Contact Me

    Holly Spitz

    Holly Spitz 200Holly joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career as a CPA with Hausser+Taylor and spent the last 18 years as CFO for Neighborhood Alliance. 

    Holly holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and resides with her husband and children in Avon Lake.

  • Linda Ong Styer
    Senior Program Officer
    Contact Me

    Linda Ong Styer

    Linda-StyerLinda joined the Community Foundation in December 1996 after many years of senior executive positions with not-for-profit organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Linda holds a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University. She has reviewed grants for Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Linda was born in Singapore and moved to Ohio in 1980.

     

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  • Brian R. Frederick

    Brian-FredrickBrian became the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County in 1998 and holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Western Michigan University.

    Brian is involved in many local and regional civic efforts including serving as Board Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a regional consortium of philanthropy promoting the economic competitiveness of NE Ohio, and as a former Board member and Governance Chair of Team Lorain County. Brian was the founding Board Chair of The Civic Commons leading that organization to successfully merge into Ideastream.

    He has served on numerous committees for Philanthropy Ohio and the Council on Foundations. Brian was involved for eleven years with the creation and implementation of the certification process for National Standards for Community Foundations, was a founding board member of the Community Foundation National Standards Board and later served on the Appeals Committee. He is a faculty member and teaches Community Foundation Fundamentals for the Center for Community Foundation Excellence and served as Board Chair of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures, a four-state collaboration to promote innovation in community philanthropy. From 1999 to 2011 he was one of eleven U.S. ambassadors with the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and was a founding member of the advisory committee to the German Marshall Fund for the Community Foundation Transatlantic Fellowship. Brian was the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award and is the 2014 recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership.

     

  • Theresa Eged

    Theresa-EgedTheresa joined the foundation in 2002 and brings a wealth of skills in information management and computer systems. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Theresa was previously employed by Deaconess Hospital and resides with her husband, Michael, in Columbia Station.

     

  • Nancy Huller
    Finance Manager
    Contact Me

    Nancy Huller

    Nancy-HullerNancy Huller, a native of Shelby, Ohio, joined the Community Foundation's staff in May of 2006 as Accounting Clerk. Nancy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising. She began her career in retail at Macy's in New York City before switching gears and becoming a stock broker, then a stay-at-home mom to Kurt and Claire for ten years. Most recently, Nancy worked part-time as Treasurer for the regional office of the Disciples of Christ Church. Nancy and her husband, Steve, reside in Avon, Ohio. Her varied work history makes her a great addition to the Foundation's staff.

     

  • David Borocz-Johnson

    David headshotDavid joined the Foundation in August of 2014 after interning with the Community Foundation for the summer. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, in 2013 and graduated with a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in August of 2014. His previous community service experiences both locally and abroad (in Tanzania and Ireland) have contributed to his belief in helping people and the communities in which they live to improve their circumstances. He enjoys exploring nature and is a big Cleveland Browns fan.

  • Angela Lee
    Scholarship Coordinator
    Contact Me

    Angela Lee

    Angela-LeeAngela joined the Community Foundation in May 2004. Angela is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton College with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. She was previously employed as a Medical Receptionist at Tri-City Family Medicine Diagnostic Center. Angela is the mother of three children.

     

  • Danielle M. Locke, CAP

    Danielle-ZechmanDanielle M. Locke, CAP, MPA has spent the last twelve years in nonprofit organizations in various nonprofit management, fund development, marketing and communications roles. Many of these organizations she continues to provide consulting and volunteer time including the Arthritis Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel.

    Ms. Locke joined the Community Foundation in August 2013. Most recently she spent five years at the Cleveland Clinic, developing and managing a comprehensive national women's health education program, Speaking of Women's Health. In this role her focus was on increasing brand awareness and cultivating strong sponsor, donor, volunteer and media relationships.

    Ms. Locke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland State University in 2000 and in 2005 completed her Masters in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She is a 2005 graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders and in 2011 she was selected one of NEO "25 under 35 Movers & Shakers" Award by the 20/30 Club of Cleveland and Small Business Magazine.

     

  • Rachel Ocasio
    Relationship Manager
    Contact Me

    Rachel Ocasio

    OcasioRachel Ocasio has been hired as the Foundation's new Relationship Manager. Rachel comes to us having spent seventeen years with Lorain National Bank. She served sixteen years in LNB's Trust Department as the Trust Operations Coordinator/Administrative Assistant. During that time, CFLC was one of Rachel's primary clients, and her service to the Foundation was exemplary. This past year, Rachel transitioned into a position as Account Payable Analyst within LNB's operations.

    Rachel is an LCCC graduate with a Business degree and is also a certified Fitness Instructor. She lives in Amherst with her husband and son.  We are excited to add Rachel's expertise and personality to the CFLC team!

     

  • Angela Miller
    Administrative Assistant
    Contact Me

    Angela Miller

    Angela Miller 200

    Angela joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career at several local law firms and most recently was employed by First Federal Savings of Lorain.  Angela is an Amherst Steel High School graduate, and she is working towards a degree in political science from Cleveland State University.  She resides with her husband and children in Elyria.

  • Lisa Rupple
    Communications Officer
    Contact Me

    Lisa Rupple

    Lisa-RuppleLisa joined the Community Foundation as Communications Coordinator in 2014.  She holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor Degree from Kent State.  Lisa has had a rich background as freelance writer, historic preservation consultant, Civil War expert and professional staff at local and statewide organizations. 

     

  • Karl Schneider

    Schneider Thumb

     

    Karl Schneider is recently retired as natural resources coordinator from the Lorain Soil and Water Conservation District. Karl helps us manage and promote the Forever Farmland program in Lorain County. 

  • Michele Skinn
    Advancement Officer, Huron County Community Foundation
    Contact Me

    Michele Skinn

    Michele SkinnMichele has an extensive development background including 15 years as Director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation in Norwalk, Ohio. 

    She also served in senior development positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kent State University.

  • Holly Spitz
    Chief Financial Officer
    Contact Me

    Holly Spitz

    Holly Spitz 200Holly joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career as a CPA with Hausser+Taylor and spent the last 18 years as CFO for Neighborhood Alliance. 

    Holly holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and resides with her husband and children in Avon Lake.

  • Linda Ong Styer
    Senior Program Officer
    Contact Me

    Linda Ong Styer

    Linda-StyerLinda joined the Community Foundation in December 1996 after many years of senior executive positions with not-for-profit organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Linda holds a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University. She has reviewed grants for Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Linda was born in Singapore and moved to Ohio in 1980.

     

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Staff

  • Brian R. Frederick

    Brian-FredrickBrian became the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County in 1998 and holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Western Michigan University.

    Brian is involved in many local and regional civic efforts including serving as Board Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a regional consortium of philanthropy promoting the economic competitiveness of NE Ohio, and as a former Board member and Governance Chair of Team Lorain County. Brian was the founding Board Chair of The Civic Commons leading that organization to successfully merge into Ideastream.

    He has served on numerous committees for Philanthropy Ohio and the Council on Foundations. Brian was involved for eleven years with the creation and implementation of the certification process for National Standards for Community Foundations, was a founding board member of the Community Foundation National Standards Board and later served on the Appeals Committee. He is a faculty member and teaches Community Foundation Fundamentals for the Center for Community Foundation Excellence and served as Board Chair of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures, a four-state collaboration to promote innovation in community philanthropy. From 1999 to 2011 he was one of eleven U.S. ambassadors with the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and was a founding member of the advisory committee to the German Marshall Fund for the Community Foundation Transatlantic Fellowship. Brian was the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award and is the 2014 recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership.

     

  • Theresa Eged

    Theresa-EgedTheresa joined the foundation in 2002 and brings a wealth of skills in information management and computer systems. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Theresa was previously employed by Deaconess Hospital and resides with her husband, Michael, in Columbia Station.

     

  • Nancy Huller
    Finance Manager
    Contact Me

    Nancy Huller

    Nancy-HullerNancy Huller, a native of Shelby, Ohio, joined the Community Foundation's staff in May of 2006 as Accounting Clerk. Nancy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising. She began her career in retail at Macy's in New York City before switching gears and becoming a stock broker, then a stay-at-home mom to Kurt and Claire for ten years. Most recently, Nancy worked part-time as Treasurer for the regional office of the Disciples of Christ Church. Nancy and her husband, Steve, reside in Avon, Ohio. Her varied work history makes her a great addition to the Foundation's staff.

     

  • David Borocz-Johnson

    David headshotDavid joined the Foundation in August of 2014 after interning with the Community Foundation for the summer. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, in 2013 and graduated with a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in August of 2014. His previous community service experiences both locally and abroad (in Tanzania and Ireland) have contributed to his belief in helping people and the communities in which they live to improve their circumstances. He enjoys exploring nature and is a big Cleveland Browns fan.

  • Angela Lee
    Scholarship Coordinator
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    Angela Lee

    Angela-LeeAngela joined the Community Foundation in May 2004. Angela is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton College with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. She was previously employed as a Medical Receptionist at Tri-City Family Medicine Diagnostic Center. Angela is the mother of three children.

     

  • Danielle M. Locke, CAP

    Danielle-ZechmanDanielle M. Locke, CAP, MPA has spent the last twelve years in nonprofit organizations in various nonprofit management, fund development, marketing and communications roles. Many of these organizations she continues to provide consulting and volunteer time including the Arthritis Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Friends of the City of Cleveland Kennel.

    Ms. Locke joined the Community Foundation in August 2013. Most recently she spent five years at the Cleveland Clinic, developing and managing a comprehensive national women's health education program, Speaking of Women's Health. In this role her focus was on increasing brand awareness and cultivating strong sponsor, donor, volunteer and media relationships.

    Ms. Locke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland State University in 2000 and in 2005 completed her Masters in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She is a 2005 graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders and in 2011 she was selected one of NEO "25 under 35 Movers & Shakers" Award by the 20/30 Club of Cleveland and Small Business Magazine.

     

  • Rachel Ocasio
    Relationship Manager
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    Rachel Ocasio

    OcasioRachel Ocasio has been hired as the Foundation's new Relationship Manager. Rachel comes to us having spent seventeen years with Lorain National Bank. She served sixteen years in LNB's Trust Department as the Trust Operations Coordinator/Administrative Assistant. During that time, CFLC was one of Rachel's primary clients, and her service to the Foundation was exemplary. This past year, Rachel transitioned into a position as Account Payable Analyst within LNB's operations.

    Rachel is an LCCC graduate with a Business degree and is also a certified Fitness Instructor. She lives in Amherst with her husband and son.  We are excited to add Rachel's expertise and personality to the CFLC team!

     

  • Angela Miller
    Administrative Assistant
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    Angela Miller

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    Angela joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career at several local law firms and most recently was employed by First Federal Savings of Lorain.  Angela is an Amherst Steel High School graduate, and she is working towards a degree in political science from Cleveland State University.  She resides with her husband and children in Elyria.

  • Lisa Rupple
    Communications Officer
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    Lisa Rupple

    Lisa-RuppleLisa joined the Community Foundation as Communications Coordinator in 2014.  She holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor Degree from Kent State.  Lisa has had a rich background as freelance writer, historic preservation consultant, Civil War expert and professional staff at local and statewide organizations. 

     

  • Karl Schneider

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    Karl Schneider is recently retired as natural resources coordinator from the Lorain Soil and Water Conservation District. Karl helps us manage and promote the Forever Farmland program in Lorain County. 

  • Michele Skinn
    Advancement Officer, Huron County Community Foundation
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    Michele Skinn

    Michele SkinnMichele has an extensive development background including 15 years as Director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation in Norwalk, Ohio. 

    She also served in senior development positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kent State University.

  • Holly Spitz
    Chief Financial Officer
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    Holly Spitz

    Holly Spitz 200Holly joined the Foundation in 2016.  She began her career as a CPA with Hausser+Taylor and spent the last 18 years as CFO for Neighborhood Alliance. 

    Holly holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and resides with her husband and children in Avon Lake.

  • Linda Ong Styer
    Senior Program Officer
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    Linda Ong Styer

    Linda-StyerLinda joined the Community Foundation in December 1996 after many years of senior executive positions with not-for-profit organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Linda holds a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University. She has reviewed grants for Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Linda was born in Singapore and moved to Ohio in 1980.

     

We value community, which we define as putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.

We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.

We believe integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency

We exercise and promote leadership in meeting the changing needs and opportunities in the community.

We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

We value integrity, which we define as always doing the right thing.

We value excellence, which we define as providing the best service to all.

We work to mobilize individuals to become active partners in building a better community.

We support innovative programs and act as a catalyst in identifying problems and sharing information with individuals, other foundations, and corporations.

We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.

Through our efforts, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and to instill a greater sense of unity in Lorain County.