Speaker Bios – February 2018 Meeting


Dave Holmes
Cleveland Lead
Foundation Center

David Holmes returned to Foundation Center Midwest last year as Cleveland Lead after serving as Senior Consultant with Cleveland fundraising firm Grants Plus. In his initial nine-year tenure with Foundation Center, Dave served in various roles including Regional Training Specialist, Interim Director of Foundation Center – Cleveland, and Director of Capacity and Leadership Development. Earlier in his career, Dave served as a Program Officer for the Stocker Foundation in Lorain, Ohio, and Director of Grants and Prospect Research at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He is a former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeast Ohio Chapter and of Joyful Noise Music School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Villanova University, and an MLIS from Kent State University.

Laura Fegan
Manager, Grants and Foundation Relations
Sisters of Charity Health System

As the Manager of Grants and Foundation Relations at the Sisters of Charity Health System, Laura Fegan has experience in prospect research, development, review, editing, submission of grant proposals (including budget development) and administration of grants awards.  Laura also has experience in stewardship and grant management, including narrative and financial reporting.  With more than five years experience in proposal writing, Laura has helped secure grant dollars totaling over $2 million for programs, capacity building projects, equipment, capital projects, and general operating.

William Harper
Executive Director
United Way of Greater Lorain County

Bill Harper was trained in social work and administration at Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University.   He retired from public service in the mental health field in 2010 to return to Lorain County as executive director of United Way of Greater Lorain County. Bill also serves as a volunteer board member of the Elyria Sunrise Rotary Club and Lorain County Children Services. He is a fairly domesticated fellow, enjoying gardening, home improvement projects and the wooded acres in Penfield Township, Lorain County he shares with his wife, Pam, four dogs and an African Grey parrot named “Woody”. The United Way of Greater Lorain County is a catalyst for measurable community transformation, leading to a better life for all through collective impact in education, financial stability and health. They organize and support community collaboratives that bring people together to make great things happen.

Cynthia Andrews
Community Foundation of Lorain County

As President and CEO of Community Foundation of Lorain County, Cindy’s role is to listen, lead, and collaborate. Listening to our community to understand what the needs are, leading efforts to address those needs, and pulling in key community partners to help. Prior to leading the Community Foundation, Cindy was executive director of Oberlin Community Services and worked with the business and philanthropic community for IBM.