Board & Staff

Board of Directors 2017-2018

  • Debbie Currie: Chair, The KWCF
  • Brock Hart: Vice Chair, The KWCF
  • David Brenneman: Past Chair, The KWCF
  • Xiaopu Fung
  • Murray Gamble
  • Dan Herman
  • Dana Liebermann Finestone
  • John Milloy
  • Mike Murray
  • Lori Payne: Chair, Audit Committee
  • Eric Strassburger: Chair, Investment Committee




Elizabeth Heald
President & Chief Executive Officer
       Secretary to the Board of Directors

As President & Chief Executive Officer for The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, I have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the organization and have the pleasure of working with our donors and fund holders. I'm also your contact if you would like to inquire about The Foundation's ability to help with your philanthropic plans. Please call me at 519-725-1806 extension 201. I would be pleased to chat with you.


Lynne Short
Vice President

As Vice President of the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, I wear a few hats. I am accountable for the overall granting, donor relations and volunteer management strategies and programs. I also lead our marketing and communications initiatives, focusing on sharing what the Foundation is involved with in the community – and how you can participate. So, I have the opportunity to interact with numerous partners throughout the community on a vast array of projects. You can reach me at 519-725-1806 ext.204.

John Bowden
Director, Financial Services

As Director, Financial Services I am responsible for the accounting, investment, administration, and privacy functions of the organization. This includes financial reporting, disbursement, donation and gift acceptance, investment, and administrative activities. For financial queries please contact me at 519-725-1806 extension 202.

Sarah Witmer
        Community Investments Coordinator

As Community Investments Coordinator for The Foundation, it is my responsibility to maintain efficient office administration and day-to-day operations of grants administration, donor engagement and strategic operations projects. If you would like general information, or have any questions about how to apply for a grant, or about one of The KWCF's strategic programs, please contact me at 519-725-1806 extension 206.
Linda Shortt
Financial Services Coordinator

As The KWCF's Financial Coordinator, I am responsible for the processing of accounts payable and receivable, along with grant payments as well as for processing and receipting donations. If you have a question about making a donation or a tax receipt, you can reach me at 519-725-1806 ext. 208.

Rochelle Benoit
Marketing Coordinator

As Marketing Coordinator for The Foundation, I work alongside Lynne in spreading the word about The Foundation to our great community, and helping with special events and other marketing initiatives. I also provide overall administration for The Foundation. I’d be happy to speak with you if you have any questions about The KWCF. You can reach me at 519-725-1806 ext. 209.
Devin Petteplace
Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant for The Foundation, my primary focus is assisting Elizabeth, and providing support to our Board of Directors, Leadership Identification and Nominating Committees I’d be happy to answer any questions, or help you book a meeting with Elizabeth. I can be reached at: 519-725-1806 ext. 207.




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