Speaker Bios – May 31, 2018 Meeting

Moderator:

Dianne Kleber
Senior Director, National Sales
Gesture

Dianne is the Senior Director of National Sales at Gesture, a fundraising technology company based in Westmont, IL. Dianne has always enjoyed being involved with fundraising events. In fact, she found Gesture while she was the co-chair of a large gala for a Chicago independent high school and joined the team. As a volunteer, Dianne sits on the board of Abide In Me, a nonprofit supporting adults with disabilities, she is an outreach volunteer for JDRF, and has served on the AFP Chicago Awards Luncheon Committee.

Dianne resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her two dogs, Sully and Toby, and loves drinking coffee with a good book, cooking, and spending time with her three children.

Panelists:

Megan Birman
Events Specialist
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Megan Birman is the Events Specialist at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank in Akron, Ohio. In the near three years within her position, Megan is responsible for directing and leading a wide range of diverse events on behalf of the Foodbank. A few of these events have included the Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame gala, Operation Orange 24-hour volunteer event and the Selfless Elf 5k. Passionate towards serving others, Megan enjoys working for an organization where she can mix her creative spirit with her dedication towards others. She received her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing from Kent State University.

Kevin Grissinger
Special Events Manager
Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Kevin Grissinger is a proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University. He is currently the Special Events Manager at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. He loves the work that he does at the Food Bank because he enjoys what he does and is able to make a difference in the community. He is a two-time award winner of Cleveland Business Connects’ Corporate Event Planner Rising Star of the Year award. In Kevin’s time outside of the Food Bank, he is a member of the promotional teams for the Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jessica Cartagena
Specialist, Donor Engagement & Outreach Events
Cuyahoga Community College

Jessica is a Donor Engagement & Outreach Events Specialist for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), where she manages and coordinates all fundraising and cultivation events for the Tri-C Foundation. She is most proud of her recent work on the inaugural Tri-C Cleveland Eats Culinary Festival in 2017 where she coordinated the Small Bites, Big Dreams event benefiting scholarships for Tri-C Hospitality Management students and the annual Tri-C Presidential Scholarship Luncheon that raises $1 million for Tri-C scholarships. Prior to coming to Tri-C in 2017, Jessica was at the MetroHealth Health System in the role of Philanthropy Officer, Donor Relations, where she worked on events such as the MetroHealth Gala, and annual golf outing and 5k runs. Jessica has been in the development space for the past five years and prior to that she worked at non-profit Be The Match in the role of community outreach. Jessica has a bachelor’s of marketing from Cleveland State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.