Deborah D. Hoover, President & CEO
Ms. Hoover has served as President and CEO of Burton D. Morgan Foundation since 2007. Deborah was instrumental in establishing the Foundation’s Northeast Ohio Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program, a Kauffman CampusesSM Initiative, to spread entrepreneurship across liberal arts campuses; and in bringing the Blackstone LaunchPad Program to the Northeast Ohio region in partnership with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. She spearheaded the Foundation’s decision to establish the Entrepreneurship Education Experiment, a research institute that advances the field of entrepreneurship education through leading edge research projects and programs. Deborah received the Northeast Ohio EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014 in the Educational Services & Nonprofit category, and received the 2015 Foundation Leadership Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter. Deborah served from 2013-2015 as Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic collaborative created in 2004 to advance the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio and she continues to represent the Fund on the Team NEO Board of Directors. She is Chair of the Advisory Council for the Foundation Center – Cleveland and in April, 2014 was elected to the national Board of The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Deborah serves on the Board of Trustees of Western Reserve Academy and the The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Deborah earned her B.A. from Williams College and a Masters in the History of Art from the University of Chicago. She continued graduate studies at George Washington University National Law Center where she earned a J.D. degree and was a member of the Law Review. She is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, and Ohio. In 2004, Ms. Hoover completed the “Governing for Non-Profit Excellence" Executive Education Program, and in 2010 she completed the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations, both held at Harvard Business School. Deborah also holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Baldwin Wallace University.
Denise M. Griggs, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Griggs joined Burton D. Morgan Foundation in 2007 as Chief Financial Officer and was elected Secretary and Assistant Treasurer for the Foundation in 2010. She was the President and managing partner of Brott Mardis & Co., a local public accounting firm in Akron, Ohio. Denise is a Certified Public Accountant and has assisted a wide variety of nonprofit organizations with financial-statement audits, tax compliance work, consulting engagements including internal-control implementation, board governance, and benefit plans. Denise is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a past Board Chair of Project Learn of Summit County. Denise currently serves as a board member of Philanthropy Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Emily Bean, Program Officer
Ms. Bean joined Burton D. Morgan Foundation in 2014 as a Program Officer. Prior to her arrival, Ms. Bean worked as a community investment officer for Akron Community Foundation, where she managed the grant distribution process and served as the point of contact between the foundation and its current and potential grantees. Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University and earned a Master's Degree in Human Development from Kent State University's Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services.
Victoria Broer, Special Initiatives Officer
Ms. Broer joined Burton D. Morgan Foundation in 2012 as a Program Officer with experience in education and philanthropy, including work with the Fund for Our Economic Future and the Montessori High School at University Circle. Vikki serves on the executive committee of the Cleveland Botanical Garden/Holden Arboretum board and the University Circle, Incorporated. Additionally, she chairs the board of the Willowbank School of the Restoration Arts and the Bratenahl Planning Commission, and is a trustee of the Weathertop Foundation. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in International Relations and has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University.
Gina Dotson, Grants Manager & Social Media Coordinator
Ms. Dotson joined Burton D. Morgan Foundation in 2012 as Grants Manager and Social Media Coordinator. She worked for the Girl Scouts for 14 years, most recently as the Assistant Director of Fund Development for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. Gina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. She served on the advisory board of the Akron Area YMCA’s Firestone Park Branch from 2009-2015; currently Gina is a member of the Cleveland Plus Social Media Advisory Committee and has recently assumed the role of Communications Chair for the regional chapter of Grants Managers Network.
Angela Kwallek Evans, Senior Program Officer
Ms. Evans joined Burton D. Morgan Foundation in 2014 as a Program Officer. She brings experience in grant development, management, and evaluation. She worked for four years with the Toledo Community Foundation where she provided support for multiple grantmaking opportunities that advanced arts, education, and health and wellness programming, and efforts to promote strategic alliances and partnerships between nonprofit organizations. Angela obtained a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Political Science and Spanish from Youngstown State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo.
Treye Johnson, Program Officer
Mr. Johnson joined Burton D. Morgan Foundation in 2015 as a Program Officer. Prior to his arrival, he served as a Fellow with the George Gund Foundation, where he worked across all the Foundation’s program areas. He also has extensive educational and non-profit experience, including work at Saint Martin de Porres High School, the Muhammad Ali Center and St. Ignatius High School. Johnson earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from John Carroll University.
Sharon Lingo, Office Manager
Ms. Lingo has served as the Foundation’s Office Manager since May 2012. She has extensive experience in the facilities management field, including project management; environmental, health, and safety; and business continuity planning. Sharon currently serves as a board member of the HALO Foundation in Akron. Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Malone College.
Diane Rafferty, Executive Assistant
Ms. Rafferty joined Burton D. Morgan Foundation in 2006 as Assistant to the President. Her background includes administrative work in sales offices and customer service representative at Morgan Bank in Hudson. Diane has served on many boards in Hudson, including the Merger Commission and Bicentennial Commission and is a charter member of the Hudson PTA. Diane recently served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Hudson. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.
Scott Shane, Research Fellow
Dr. Shane joined Burton D. Morgan Foundation in April 2015 as its first Research Fellow of the Burton D. Morgan Fellowship Program. Scott has written extensively about entrepreneurship and innovation. His book Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live by (Yale University Press, 2008) was one of the top ten business books of the year for Amazon.com. His 2005 book Finding Fertile Ground: Identifying Extraordinary Opportunities for New Businesses won the 2006 Golden Book Award for best business book of the year and has been translated into eight languages. Scott was the 2009 winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, and has also written extensively for popular audiences, currently penning a regular column for the Entrepreneur small business website. He has been a frequent commentator on television programs, appearing on CNN and Fox Business, and he has been a guest on dozens of radio talk shows across the globe. After faculty stints at the University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology, Scott is currently the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Scott received his A.B. at Brown University and his PhD in applied economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Scott is also an active angel investor.