Speaker Bios – Foundation Funding Workshop

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.

Donae Ceja
Tactical & Practical LLC

Donae Ceja has been a champion for community collaboration and the nonprofit sector in the greater Akron area for more than a decade.  After serving as Vice President for Community Investment at Akron Community Foundation and Senior Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Summit County, Donae established a professional service to help organizations meet specific tactical and logistical goals. Previously, Donae held senior level positions in banking.  She combines financial acumen and human resource management experience from the for-profit sector with a deep understanding of the unique, often complex challenges and opportunities of the nonprofit world.  Donae is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace and has been honored by Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio as a Woman of Achievement and was recently an Athena Nominee.

Linda Ong Styer
Senior Program Officer
The Community Foundation of Lorain County

Linda joined the Community Foundation in December 1996 after many years of senior executive positions with not-for-profit organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Linda holds a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University. She has reviewed grants for Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Linda was born in Singapore and moved to Ohio in 1980.

Dawn Golba
Senior Program Officer
The Nord Family Foundation

Dawn joined the Foundation in July 2014 after serving as interim program staff during the summer grant cycle. She attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College in 1982 and her Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1991. She previously served as program staff for The Stocker Foundation in Lorain County and has more than 30 years experience as a mental health therapist.


Peter Schindler
Senior Program Officer
Community West Foundation




Patricia O’Brien
Executive Director
Stocker Foundation