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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chann Fowler-Spellman, President of the Board

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 »

Drucilla Knutsen, Vice President of the Board

Cil is the principal & founder of NEO Innovation, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to the development of new service offerings and products for technology start-ups, professional service firms, and nonprofit organizations. Read More »

Benjamin Faller, Treasurer of the Board

Benjamin D. Faller is a partner at Trzaska Rosen Faller, LLC, a Cleveland-area law firm providing community-minded legal counsel to individuals, small-businesses, and nonprofits, and a co-founder of Modern Title, a Cleveland-based title insurance, escrow, and closing agency. He was formerly a Clinical Lecturer at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught and practiced in the Community Development Clinic, supervising and mentoring third-year law students as they represented community-focused nonprofits and businesses in the Cleveland area. Read More »

Joyce Shaw, Secretary of the Board

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 »

Réka Barabás, Board Member

Réka Barabás is passionate about education, professional development, and designing learning experiences that foster the entrepreneurial mindset. With a background in nonprofit management, she serves as a consultant and Chief Relationship Officer for the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC), a network of NEO higher education institutions with strong entrepreneurship programs. Read More »

Evan Ishida, Board Member

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 »

Katie Keane, Board Member

Katie has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. She began her nonprofit work at Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Cleveland as the Director of Marketing and Special Events. Read More »

P.K. (Pete) Punwani, Board Member

Pete retired in July 2017 from Infosys after a 13-year career as a management consulting practice leader. During this time, Infosys grew from a $1 billion (sales) professional services firm to become a $10 billion company. Pete has lived in the Cleveland area since the 70s, starting out in manufacturing and then moving into management consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), and starting his own venture, ATOM. 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 »


STAFF

Abby Westbrook, Executive Director

Abby Westbrook joined SVP Cleveland in September 2020 as its executive director. In this role, Abby is charged with leading the organization and its Partnership in its efforts to actively support and engage nonprofits in the Cleveland community. After graduating from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, Abby began her career in San Francisco at the Homeless Advocacy Project, working to secure housing and public benefits for homeless individuals and families. She then moved to New York City to pursue an M.P.A. at New York University. Read More »

Caroline Linden, Director 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, promoted to the manager of programs and operations in August 2014, and then promoted to director of programs and operations in January 2021. 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, Manager of Partner Engagement and Communications

Emily Troia took on the role of manager of Partner engagement in January 2021. She originally joined SVP in April 2017 as its program assistant and was promoted to communications specialist in November 2018. 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 a mission-focused organization; she became the marketing manager for a nonprofit educational publisher, The Center for Learning. Read More »

Hannah Xu, Summer Intern

Hannah Xu joined SVP Cleveland as a summer intern through the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program in May 2021. She is working with SVP on the equity assessment with Gradient, website remodeling, and data organization. A native of the Greater Chicagoland area, Hannah is studying psychology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to graduate in May 2022.  Read More »