Speaker Bios – March 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.

Naomi Worthington
Senior Consultant
Grants Plus

Naomi has more than ten years of program management, volunteer training, and fundraising experience for schools, cultural institutions, media projects, and social service agencies.

Before joining Grants Plus, she oversaw free tax preparation assistance for the Cuyahoga County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, resulting in more than half a million dollars in tax returns for low-income residents of Cleveland. Naomi volunteers as a tax preparer for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and is a certified yoga teacher.

Naomi holds a BA in International Relations from Kent State University and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.

Kari Mirkin
Grants Plus

Kari has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently at the Foundation Center-Cleveland and through her local and national leadership roles with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN).

She’s also a contributing blogger for Idealist Careers. Kari received her MNO from Case Western Reserve University and holds a BA in History and German from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She’s loved writing for as long as she can remember, and enjoys helping nonprofits share their stories with the community.


Heather Torok
Senior Program Officer
St. Luke’s Foundation’s Healthy People

Heather Torok has served as Saint Luke’s Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for Healthy People since 2012. In this role, she provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the Healthy People program area, the grant portfolio designed to catalyze and sustain opportunities to improve community health.

Through the Healthy People program area, the Foundation partners with grantee organizations to advance healthcare delivery and reduce obesity. Through the health home model of care, healthcare is more connected and coordinated, satisfaction is increased and health outcomes are improved. Reducing obesity includes a focus on policy opportunities, evidenced-based interventions, the built environment, and a particular interest in advancing efforts within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather served as Director of Business Operations for Cleveland-based nonprofit Recovery Resources, Inc., where she provided strategic oversight for key organizational functions during her eight-year tenure. Past professional experience also includes operations and management positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Heather has a Master’s degree in Public Health & Health Care Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, where she studied French and Human Development. Heather began her career as a member of Teach for America, a national nonprofit organization committed to educational equity.

Heather is a Graduate Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is also active in several state and local community organizations. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of The Health Policy Institute of Ohio; she is a member of the Network of Community Advisors (NOCA), a primary advisory body to the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University; she is a steering committee member of the Health Improvement Partnership – Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga); and she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ohio Regional Convergence Partnership (ORCP).

Kimalon Meriweather
Program Officer, Health
Cleveland Foundation

Kimalon Meriweather brings extensive experience in public and community service to the foundation. She previously served as project director for the Cleveland Department of Public Health (DPH) and was responsible for securing and managing funding to ensure the success of the agency’s childhood lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes programs. In addition, she provided leadership to the Healthy Homes Advisory Council of Greater Cleveland, which was comprised of community leaders from the public and private sectors whose work focused on making Cuyahoga County lead-safe and healthy. Prior to her role as project director with the DPH, Kimalon served as a deputy director and public health investigator.

Kimalon reviews and researches grant proposals and community issues across several program areas and serves as a technical resource within the foundation’s community-responsive grantmaking team. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Lead Poisoning Community Health Action Team of the Greater University Circle Community Health Initiative.  Kimalon earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management and labor relations from Cleveland State University.  Kimalon has been recognized by the city and state of Ohio with awards for her impactful work at the DPH and was honored by Who’s Who in Black Cleveland in 2012.  She was selected to participate in the Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH) 2016 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.  Kimalon is a native Clevelander and volunteers with several local non-profit organizations that promote health and youth initiatives.

Stephen Love
Program Officer, Environment
Cleveland Foundation

Stephen Love reviews proposals across multiple sectors as part of the foundation’s Community Responsive Grantmaking team, with a focus on community development and environmental sustainability. He also manages the foundation’s Summer Intern Program, of which he is an alumnus.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2014, Stephen worked for the Cuyahoga Land Bank, researching and compiling property data for vacant property reuse opportunities as part of the President’s Special Projects team. Additionally, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, focusing on neighborhood stabilization and urban agriculture projects.

As a volunteer, Stephen demonstrates a commitment to Lake Erie and Cleveland’s lakefront. He founded a volunteer beach cleanup and advocacy effort directed at improving Euclid Beach Park. Previously, he served more than two years on the board of directors of the Cleveland Lakefront Conservancy and the Northeast Shores Development Corporation.

Stephen holds bachelor’s degrees in political science, international studies and Spanish from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, where his capstone research focused on comprehensive community development efforts.

Annie Heidersbach
Director, Academic Grants
Baldwin Wallace University

After growing the depth and breadth of philanthropic relationships as Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at Baldwin Wallace University since 2001, Annie recently returned to her higher education roots in the academic side of the house as the first Director of Academic Grants. In working with the Provost, she provides leadership and oversight in securing corporate, foundation and government funding for faculty and academic programs that enhance the Baldwin Wallace student learning experience.

Prior to her work in development, Annie served as Director of Career Services for ten years at Baldwin Wallace University. She also teaches as an adjunct faculty member for a popular Grant Proposal Writing course and First Year Success class. Before working in higher education, Annie was a United Airlines flight attendant and registered nurse at Elyria Memorial Hospital.

Annie’s zigzag career path has been a source of possibilities pondered, unexpected opportunities, and what she terms, a tremendous “mental paycheck” as she is privileged to work with students. Although one of her past positions was in the field of career planning & placement, she ironically quips that her career path was anything but planned. Instead, she relies on her instinct, energy, and most of all—advice from others—to discover herself and how to better help individuals in their own careers.

Annie holds a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from the Bowling Green State University, a Bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University, where she studied Speech Communication, and an Associate’s degree from Lorain County Community College. In the community, she serves as secretary of the Community Foundation of Lorain County Women’s Fund, active at St. Mary Parish, and volunteers in a variety of organizations.