About

Staff

Lumina staff listed alphabetically by last name.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Raymond AlQaisi

Raymond AlQaisi is the Administrative Assistant supporting Lumina’s Washington D.C. office, comprising Julie Peller, strategy director of federal policy, Zakiya Smith, strategy director of student financial support models, and David Croom, policy associate.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

Indira Anand

With over 30 years of experience in the IT profession, Indira Anand currently is the director of information technology at Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis where she is responsible for strategic and tactical aspects of technology acquisition. She has been instrumental in developing and embedding the vision of becoming a learning organization, a collaborative environment, practices to improve grants processing, and a range of technologies and tools to help Lumina evolve its grants, contacts management, evaluation functions and collaboration within and external to the foundation. Recent initiatives include the development of a digital enterprise and cloud and mobile technologies at Lumina.

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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Lucia Anderson Weathers

Lucia Anderson Weathers is communications director for Lumina Foundation. Weathers deals with all aspects of communication, including national and local media, social media, electronic communication, publications, as well as internal communications for the Foundation. She is a liaison with the Office of the President and Lumina’s Convenings team. Anderson Weathers co-manages many of the Foundation’s strategic media partners, including: Hechinger Institute, Education Writer’s Association, American Public Media and The Washington Monthly.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Apra Arnold

Apra Arnold is an administrative assistant at Lumina Foundation where she provides general and specialized administrative support to the Accounting team. Arnold is as an internal and external communication liaison and reinforces the Foundation’s strategic and operational priorities by actively seeking opportunities to streamline office procedures, processes and systems and leverage administrative resources in the interest of enhanced operational effectiveness and efficiency.

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GRANTS MANAGEMENT OFFICER

Candace Brandt

Candace Brandt is Lumina's grants management officer.

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DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION

Courtney Brown, Ph.D.

Courtney Brown works across the Foundation to evaluate the development, outcomes, and impact of the work the Foundation conducts and uses those results to provide strategic recommendations for current and future work. In addition she manages the performance measurement system of internal and external metrics the Foundation has in place to measure progress toward Goal 2025.

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FACILITY SERVICES ASSOCIATE

Micky Clymore

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INVESTMENT OFFICER

Cody Coppotelli

Cody Coppotelli serves as Investment Officer for the Lumina Foundation. In this capacity, he helps to invest and monitor the Foundation’s $1 billion endowment portfolio across a variety of investment strategies and asset classes. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2011, Mr. Coppotelli worked as a portfolio analyst at an investment management firm in Indianapolis, where he focused on building portfolios for high net worth individuals and Indianapolis-area foundations and endowments.

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STRATEGY OFFICER

David Croom

David Croom is a strategy officer in Lumina Foundation's DC office where he focuses on the Foundation's work to advance federal policy to increase higher education attainment and create new models of student financial support. Prior to joining Lumina, David was a policy analyst focused on federal postsecondary education in ACT's Office of Strategic Initiatives and prior to moving back to the District, spent a year working at nonprofit PolicyLink with their California Boys and Men of Color Initiative work as well as consulting the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and nonprofit California Competes during graduate school.

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SENIOR ACCOUNTING OFFICER

Monique Crowell

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STRATEGY OFFICER FOR CONVENING

Amber Cruz Mohring

Amber Cruz Mohring is the Strategy Officer for Convening at the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. She works to design, implement and lead convenings in support of Lumina's eight strategies and mobilization efforts to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60% by 2025.

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COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Kirsten Cuniffe

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & BOARD RELATIONS OFFICER

Lori B. Drzal

Lori B. Drzal is the Executive Assistant/Board Relations Officer in the Office of the President at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college. She provides administrative support to the President/CEO, Chief of Staff and the Board of Directors in operating the Foundation’s $1.3 billion endowment.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Lisa Dunham

Lisa Dunham supports the Vice President for Strategy Development and employees of this department.

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STATE POLICY OFFICER

Tanya I. Garcia

Tanya I. Garcia is the Foundation's state policy officer. Tanya manages StrategyLabs.LuminaFoundation.org and coordinates the technical assistance that the Strategy Labs provide to states. She also works with state policy partner organizations to advance Goal 2025.

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EVALUATION AND PLANNING OFFICER

Amber Garrison Duncan

Amber focuses on managing evaluations and applying evaluation findings to inform Lumina’s strategies to reach Goal 2025. Amber also serves on Lumina’s strategy work group focusing on new systems of quality credentials in higher education, including the Degree Qualifications Profile and Tuning.

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ACCOUNTING OFFICER

Beverly W. Hudson

Beverly W. Hudson joined Lumina Foundation in February 2014. Her financial career spans a variety of industries including Banking, Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Energy and Non-Profit. As a proponent and strong supporter of Higher Education, a career with Lumina seemed to be a fitting transition within the non-profit industry. As an accounting officer, Beverly is responsible for the completion of financial closing procedures. This includes overseeing accounts payable, personnel expenses, the financial reporting process and the implementation and maintenance of accounting controls. She is also responsible for administering payroll, including the reporting/auditing of tax payments through electronic capabilities.

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COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Matthew Jenkins

Matthew is Lumina's site administrator and web content producer. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Indiana University Bloomington with minor concentrations in Telecommunications and Comparative Literature. In his role as communications associate, he combines electronic production know-how with language arts to assist Lumina's communication team in a broad variety of capacities, both editorial and multimedia.

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DIRECTOR OF EQUITY & INCLUSION

Susan D. Johnson

Susan D. Johnson is Lumina's director of equity and inclusion. Throughout her career in higher education, she acquired intimate knowledge of the policies and practices affecting student success, student engagement, and institutional accountability. Her current portfolio consists of over 70 grants centered on issues of preparation, success, and productivity in higher education designed to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials.

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SENIOR STRATEGY OFFICER

Jeanna Keller Berdel

Jeanna Keller Berdel is a Strategy Officer for Lumina Foundation. She joined the newly formed Foundation in 2002, working primarily on pre-college access issues for underserved populations. Her current work focuses on strategies for sixty percent of the adult population to attain a postsecondary education by the year 2025 through regional/metro networks and community organizations. Her other major responsibilities include supporting a major Lumina Latino Student Success initiative in four metro areas.

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HR & ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR

Shelley Lloyd

Director, Human Resources & Administration, CBP at Lumina Foundation for Education

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CORPORATE COUNSEL AND STRATEGY OFFICER

Thomas Major, Jr., Esq.

Thomas Major, Jr. serves as Lumina's corporate counsel & strategy officer. Thomas develops and implements strategies to advance Goal 2025. In addition to supporting Lumina’s general counsel/chief of staff on a variety of legal and fiduciary matters, Thomas’ work focuses on supporting efforts that engage higher education systems and institutions to increase completion rates and close attainment gaps of underrepresented and low-income students.

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DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING & ALIGNMENT

Molly G. Martin

Molly G. Martin is the Director of Organizational Learning and Alignment at Lumina Foundation where she focuses on organizational culture, internal communication, and project/change management in strategic operations. She started with the Foundation in 2007, after working seven years in academic affairs and governance at Butler University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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STRATEGY OFFICER

Christine Marson

As a strategy officer at Lumina Foundation, Christine focuses on learning- and competency-based systems of credentials, transparent pathways for learners, alignment of workforce needs, increasing credential completion of returning adults and the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

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ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING AND ALIGNMENT ASSOCIATE

Lorna McClurkin

Lorna McClurkin is the Organizational Learning and Alignment Associate. Lorna is responsible for facilitating the internal practices, processes, programming, learning, and relationships necessary to achieve Goal 2025.

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STRATEGY OFFICER

Nicole L. McDonald, Ph.D.

Nicole McDonald works as a Strategy officer at Lumina Foundation and is responsible for developing strategic approaches to increase the educational attainment of college students. Her portfolio includes initiatives to help institutions plan and implement policies, partnerships, and practices increase student success, and the creation of a national multi-sector network of organizations and individuals through a digital platform to exchange and collaborate on strategies to increase attainment.

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GRANTS ASSISTANT

Amie Michael

Grants Assistant

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ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE

Christina Morales

Accounting Associate

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STRATEGY OFFICER

Jesse O’Connell

Jesse O’Connell serves as a strategy officer, working to advance federal policy to increase higher education attainment and create new models of student financial support.

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ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE OFFICER

Kelly Porter

As organizational performance officer, Kelly Porter works across all of Lumina’s strategies to support strategic decision-making with data and evidence.

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SENIOR EDITOR & SPEECH WRITER

David S. Powell

Dave Powell plans, supervises, edits and produces all of Lumina Foundation's publications, collateral and other printed material; he assists in creating content for Lumina's electronic publications, and serves as the main speechwriter for the Foundation's president and CEO. In addition, he works jointly with all members of the Communications staff, and with numerous outside contractors, to plan and implement Lumina’s strategic communications efforts.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Qiana Robinson

Qiana L. Robinson is an Administrative Assistant for Lumina Foundation currently supporting Strategy Directors and Officers. Prior to joining Lumina, she was a Customer Solutions Facilitator at WorkOne Indy as well as an Administrative Assistant at PMBC Ministries where she supported a congregation of 1500+ parishioners.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Barbara Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

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CONVENING ASSOCIATE

Victoria Schmitz, CMP

Victoria Schmitz is the Convening Associate at Lumina Foundation. She works to provide logistical and fiscal convening support of Lumina's eight strategies and mobilization efforts to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60% by 2025.

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DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENTS

Eileen Scott

Eileen joined the Foundation on March 1, 2008 as a Senior Investment Officer and now serves as Lumina's Director of Investments.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Ryan Shaffer

Ryan has served as Information Systems Specialist and Information Technology Officer for Lumina since 2002.

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DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING AND CONTROLLER

Julie K. Shewmaker

Julie K. Shewmaker joined Lumina in July 2014 as the Director of Accounting & Controller. Main responsibilities in her current role include supervising accounting staff; preparing periodic financials for internal and external use; preparing for the annual budget process; compiling the annual tax returns; monitoring mission related expenditures; and preparing for regular committee and board meetings.

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Terri Steward

Executive Assistant

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STRATEGY OFFICER

Sean Tierney

Sean Tierney focuses on providing high-quality education in ways that increase the higher education system's capacity and create savings for students and the public. Sean specializes in performance-based and outcomes-based funding.

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