AEF Key Personnel


Tom Tobin

Relationship Management/Marketing

Eric Kinaitis
Editor/Content Marketer

Mike Ryzak
VP - Internal Development

Ken Nopar
Sr. Philanthropic Advisor

Laura Landreth
Development Associate

William H. Hewitt
Institutional Advisor

Gifts / Fund Management

Lori Page
Director - Fund Admin.

Cheryl Casey
Fund Administrator

Laureena Teets
Gift Administrator

Dawn Davis
Fund Administrator

Grants Management

Cheryl Gerbracht
Director - Grants

Angela Barak
Grants Administrator

Michelle Cozens
Grants Administrator

Anne Wise
Grants Operation


Gail Tobin

Emily Berry
Director - Accounting

Jeff Scherer
Director - Investments

Susie Spearman
Fund Accountant

Kristin Wilcoxson
Fund Accountant

Paula Hogan
Director - Human Resources

Meg Fernando
Director - I.T.

Our Board of Directors:

Philip T. Tobin
Philip T. Tobin is Chairman/Co-founder of American Endowment Foundation (AEF). Established in 1993 as a public charitable foundation, AEF is the largest independent sponsor of donor advised funds in the country.  Phil is a founding member of the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy. He was founding trustee of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF) and was formerly chief financial and administrative officer of The Cleveland Foundation. Phil is Co-Founder and former President of the Hudson Community Foundation in Hudson, Ohio.

Thomas J. Tobin
Thomas J. Tobin is co-founder of AEF. Tom is President/CEO of American Endowment Foundation.

Julie Clemo Tutkovics
Julie Clemo Tutkovics is Chief Marketing Officer at FirstMerit Bank. Julie was formerly Director of Marketing for The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund.

John Farren J.D.
John E. Farren is EVP / Director of Development of American Endowment Foundation.

Carl Zipfel 
Carl J. Zipfel is a management consultant with BVU: Center of Nonprofit Excellence

Lawrence Spieth 
Vice President Dimensional Fund Advisors

Gary Hanz
Gary Hanz is the retired CEO of the Walter P. Boos Company, a food brokerage company with annual sales in excess of $500MM. He currently is pursuing a second career in the healthcare field and will soon complete a Masters degree as an Adult / Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.

Alan D. Strauss
Alan D. Strauss is founder of Sales Concepts business consulting.

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