Speaker Bios – Giving USA 2019

Peter Fissinger



Peter Fissinger is President and CEO of Campbell & Company, a national consulting firm serving the nonprofit sector. In his 25 years with Campbell & Company and throughout his 35-year career, Peter has served as an advocate and a student of generosity. He is a second-generation fundraiser with a lifelong commitment to collaborating with donors and nonprofit organizations to advance critically important missions. Peter has worked to help Campbell & Company evolve from a fundraising consulting firm to a diversified professional service firm addressing the full scope of institutional advancement needs of the nonprofit sector. A frequent speaker and writer on philanthropy and generosity, Peter serves as Vice Chair of the Giving Institute and is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Managers of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross.

Bruce Loessin
Senior Vice President for University Relations and Development
Case Western Reserve University

Bruce Loessin, a senior administrator with extensive experience in institutional development and external relations, was named Senior Vice President for University Relations and Development at Case Western Reserve University effective January 16, 2007.  In 2008, CWRU began the silent phase of a University-wide $1B capital campaign, which was announced in 2011.  The campaign reached the goal 2 ½ years ahead of schedule and was expanded to $1.5B, an outcome that was also reached 1 ½ years early, with 7 consecutive years of all-time record performances, including a 260% increase in alumni giving. The University Relations division at CWRU includes Alumni Relations and Communications, Fund Development, Government Relations, Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations, Community Affairs, Special Events, and Board of Trustee Programs.

Prior to this appointment, Loessin was Senior Vice President for Institutional Relations and Development at The Cleveland Clinic 2001-2007.  During that period Cleveland Clinic initiated a capital campaign that raised over $1.4B and which resulted in the Miller Heart and Vascular Institute Building, the Glickman Urological Institute Tower, and the CWRU Lerner College of Medicine.  Loessin first joined CWRU in 1991 as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, and under his leadership, the university set several fund-raising records, including record highs in 19 fundraising categories.  Prior to joining CWRU, Loessin served from 1985 to 1991 as Vice President for University Relations and Development for The University of Pittsburgh. He also has been Vice President for University Affairs and Development at The University of Hartford and Vice President for Institutional Development at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Loessin obtained his master’s degree in political science from The University of Wisconsin, and did post-graduate work at The University of Michigan.

Kate Brown
President, The MetroHealth Foundation
Chief Development Officer, The MetroHealth System

Kate Brown was named President of The MetroHealth Foundation and Chief Development Officer of The MetroHealth System in February 2016.

In this role, Brown is responsible for the creation and implementation of a comprehensive strategic fundraising program for The MetroHealth System.

She served as Vice President of Development since March 2006 after joining the System in 2001 as Director of Development. Prior to joining MetroHealth, Brown was a senior development officer with The Cleveland Clinic. She also served as director of development for the Northeast Ohio Chapter for The Multiple Sclerosis Society and membership program manager with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association.

Brown earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Miami University of Ohio.

Dionne C. Broadus, JD
Vice President of Development & External Relations
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Dionne Broadus joined the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in February, 2019 as the Vice President of Development and External Affairs. She leads a 12-person division that encompasses Individual, Foundation/Government, Corporate, Membership, Trustee and Museum 2.0 Campaign Giving, as well as Inductee and Artist Relations.

Broadus has over 17 years of experience in fundraising, donor stewardship, external relations, board and community engagement. She joined the Rock Hall from Case Western Reserve University, where she served as Associate Dean, Development and External Relations at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. During her five years at Case Western Reserve, she held senior staff roles in local government, community and foundation relations.

Before returning to her hometown of Cleveland from New York City, Dionne held senior leadership positions in development, corporate partnerships and external affairs for BET Networks’ BET Awards and BET Experience; the High Line; the National Basketball Association; the NYC tourism board in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration; and Essence Magazine’s Essence Music Festival.

Dionne earned a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College and a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School,. Before her development and external affairs career, Ms. Broadus practiced corporate law in Chicago.

Ms. Broadus is actively engaged in the Cleveland community. Ms. Broadus serves on the Boards of Towards Employment and MidTown Cleveland. She is a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the Cleveland Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. A University Heights native, she resides in the University Circle neighborhood and loves sports, live music and travel.