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Dick Cahoon, President of the Board

Dick Cahoon was born and raised in Akron and graduated from Firestone High School in 1973. He went off to Cornell for a few years and ended up back in Akron, working at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. and attending night school at the University of Akron. Read More »

Evan Ishida, Vice President of the Board

The work Evan Ishida loves is designing solutions and experiences that help people, teams, and organizations learn, collaborate, create, and innovate together. His expertise lies in building thriving cultures by facilitating and coaching his clients to craft new approaches to learning, growing collaboration, applying agile principles to planning, and applying the latest technologies to keep everything connected. Read More »

William B. Doggett, Treasurer of the Board

Barry Doggett is a member of the Steering Committee for the Academies of Cleveland, a program supporting five career technical high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He retired at the end of 2015 as Senior Vice President, Public & Community Affairs for Eaton in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More »

Bishara Addison, Secretary of the Board

As a young professional, committed to the revitalization of Cleveland, Bishara Addison has 7 years of experience in community engagement, policy, strategic planning, project management, volunteer management, and grant writing. The launch pad of Bishara’s career in public service began at The George Washington University where she majored in Political Science. Read More »

Chann Fowler-Spellman, Board Member

Chann Fowler-Spellman is a trustee and co-administrator of The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation in Cleveland. She currently serves on four nonprofit boards, has been a Partner with SVP since 2006, is involved in Philanthropy Ohio's Arts and Education funding groups, and co-leads Exponent Philanthropy's Northeast Ohio Engagement Group for small staffed foundations. Read More »

Shilpa Kedar, Board member

Shilpa has 20 years of diverse experiences from the business and nonprofit sector in the United States, India and Romania. She is the program director for Economic Development at the Cleveland Foundation. Before joining the Cleveland Foundation, she was director of business attraction for Team NEO. Read More »

Laura J. Malone, Board Member

Laura serves as Vice President for American Endowment Foundation (AEF) an IRS-recognized public charity that administers a national, independent donor advised fund program. As part of her passion for promoting philanthropy, Laura holds her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from the American College. Read More »

Joyce Shaw, Board Member

Joyce Shaw has been an SVP Partner since 2003. She has served on the Investment Team, the Volunteer Team, and on various committees including the bigBANG! Planning Committee. Joyce helped when Cleveland hosted the SVPI conference, chaired bigBANG! 2015, and was the Lead Partner for EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute. Read More »

Marcia Levine, Board Ex Officio

Marcia spent her professional social work career at Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland. Before her retirement, she served as associate executive director following assignments as director of staff education, capital campaign coordinator, staff supervisor, and therapist. Read More »


Hilary Sparks-Roberts, Executive Director

Hilary Sparks-Roberts joined SVP as its director of partner engagement in September 2011, became its deputy director in July 2013, and its executive director in August 2014. A native Clevelander, Hilary loves the ways in which SVP strengthens the Greater Cleveland community one nonprofit at a time. “I delight in working elbow-to-elbow with our Partners -- the backbone of our organization -- as they apply their immense wisdom and collective energies to make the nonprofits we invest in stronger. As a result, Greater Cleveland benefits!” Read More »

Caroline Linden, Manager of Programs and Operations

Caroline Linden first joined SVP as an intern in November 2012, then was hired as its program assistant in February 2013, and promoted to the manager of programs and operations in August 2014. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with a double major in political science and international studies. While at NU, she was greatly involved in organizations and coursework related to social justice. She became interested in venture philanthropy while working as a co-chair of the Global Engagement Summit, an annual conference to build the capacity of the next generation of global change leaders. Read More »

Emily Troia, Program Assistant

Emily Troia joined SVP as its program assistant in April 2017. A Shaker Heights native, she studied Physics and Philosophy at Wesleyan University and received a B.A. in Studio Art and Graphic Design from Ursuline College. Emily launched her career in graphic design and marketing at Codonics, a global manufacturer of medical imaging devices. She went on to work at Penton Media as the Marketing Manager for IndustryWeek, a media brand focusing on U.S. manufacturing. After six years working at for-profit companies, Emily decided to refocus her energy and support an organization doing mission-focused work: she became the Marketing Manager for the nonprofit The Center for Learning, an educational publisher. Read More »