About

Staff

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STRATEGY OFFICER

Chad Ahren, Ph.D.

Chad Ahren, Ph.D. contributes to Goal 2025 through support of Strategy #8: Create New Systems of Credentials. Chad most recently worked at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where he served as Director of the Office of Student Involvement. In his 15-year career, Chad has also served as Director of Student Conduct at Rhodes College, Client Services Coordinator at the National Survey of Student Engagement, and Director of Student Activities, Leadership Development and Greek Life at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

Raymond AlQaisi

Raymond AlQaisi supports Lumina Foundation’s efforts to advance federal policy for increased attainment and to develop new models of student financial support. Prior to joining Lumina, Raymond served the Office of Student Financial Assistance in City University of New York’s Central Administration.

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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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CONVENINGS ASSOCIATE

Maria Carbenia

Maria is Lumina's convenings associate.

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HUMAN RESOURCES & 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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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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STRATEGY OFFICER

Frank Essien

Frank Essien works on New Higher Education Business and Finance Models.

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CONVENING ASSISTANT

Rachel Gurley

Rachel assists with the planning and management of events, and provides fiscal and logistical support for all convenings.

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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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DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER

Matthew Jenkins

Matthew is Lumina's digital 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 at Lumina, 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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SENIOR STRATEGY OFFICER

Jeanna Keller Berdel

Jeanna Keller Berdel is a Senior Strategy Officer for Lumina Foundation. She joined the newly formed Foundation in 2002, working primarily on college access and success issues for underserved populations. Her current work focuses on strategies for sixty percent of the population to attain a postsecondary education by the year 2025 through regional/ metro networks, community organizations and higher education institutions. Her other major responsibilities include supporting Lumina’s Mobilizing Higher Education strategy.

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OFFICE ASSISTANT

Michelle Lasley

In addition to being the friendly face of Lumina's reception desk, Michelle supports our facilities and convenings departments and provides general office assistance.

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CORPORATE COUNSEL

Thomas Major, Jr., Esq.

Thomas Major, Jr. serves as Lumina's corporate counsel. 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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DATA ASSOCIATE

Lorna McClurkin

Lorna McClurkin is the Foundation's Operations 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, Ph.D. 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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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 & 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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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & CYBER SECURITY MANAGER

Ryan Shaffer

Ryan is Lumina's Information Technology & Cyber Security Manager. He has lended his information systems expertise in various capacities for the Foundation since 2002.

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Sharon Shickel

Executive Assistant

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Terri Steward

Executive Assistant

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