Speaker Bios – National Philanthropy Day

braggCaprice Bragg
Vice President of Development and External Relations
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Caprice Bragg is the Vice President of Development and External Relations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where she leads fundraising and donor relations. Formerly Executive Director, External Relations at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, oversaw development, alumni relations and donor stewardship activities for the college. Prior to her tenure at Ohio State, Caprice was a 12-year employee of the Cleveland Foundation, where she held several roles, including Senior Vice President for Gift Planning and Donor Relations, Director of Planned Giving, and Gift Planning Officer. She has practiced law at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff and in-house at KeyCorp, and was an employee benefits and human resources consultant with Ernst & Young. She’s already well-engrained in our community, serving on the State of Ohio’s Commission on Cultural Facilities and the Nord Family Foundation. Caprice has been active on the boards of Lake Ridge Academy, the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland (past president), the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, In Counsel with Women, and AdNet, a professional organization for development professionals in community foundations. She is a native of Akron, graduated with honors from Oberlin College, and earned her JD from the New York University School of Law.

Emily Drake
Fairport Asset Management

Emily Drake is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with more than 30 years of industry experience. As a Partner with Fairport Asset Management, Emily offers comprehensive financial planning and investment services that are tailored for the unique needs of each client. Emily is known not only for her in-depth financial expertise, but also for her empathy for the emotional aspects of financial decision making, especially in times of challenging transitions such as the loss of a spouse or divorce.

Prior to joining Fairport in 2000, Emily held leadership positions at McDonald Trust Company and Ameritrust National Bank in Cleveland. Her career began in New York City with two Wall Street firms.

Emily holds a B.S. from Grand Valley State University and is a graduate of the National Trust Graduate School of Northwestern University.

Emily is passionate about advocating for older adults and caregivers and is past Chairperson of The Benjamin Rose Institute and will be taking on that role again in 2017.  She is on the Saint Luke’s Foundation board and In Counsel With Women board.  She is a member of the Planned Giving Council to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Estate Planning Council and she serves on the United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Investment Committee.

A resident of Cleveland Heights, Emily enjoys spending time outdoors and staying active through hiking, biking, skiing and diving.

hill-johnsonConstance Hill-Johnson, MPA
Owner and Managing Director
Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services

Constance Hill-Johnson is the Owner and Managing Director of Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services in Cleveland Ohio.  Visiting Angels is an in-home service provider assisting the elderly and older adult to live as independently as possible by remaining safely in their own familiar home environment.

Ms. Hill-Johnson started her business in 2002 and has successfully served hundreds of seniors throughout the greater Cleveland area and surrounding communities.  Her professional background includes over 10-years of senior health care management experience in a variety of health care settings.  She’s had extensive experience producing positive results in marketing and operations efficiency; customer service and relations, along with program training and development.  She is regarded as a both a dynamic motivational leader and speaker who shares with audiences her entrepreneurial journey which began in her early 40’s, in addition to her recent journey as an adult caregiver to a mother with dementia.

Ms. Hill-Johnson’s expertise spans a wide array of organizational settings including acute care hospitals, physician’s medical practices, and professional management services companies.  Ms. Hill-Johnson also spent 5 years as an institutional sales broker on an equity sales and trading desk for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in Detroit, Michigan.

Ms. Hill-Johnson has earned the degree of Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Services Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.  Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

She was nominated and selected as one of the 2007 Top 10 Women Business Owners in northeast Ohio. In January 2005 she was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners to the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) Board of Trustees and is a Board Member of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA). Additionally she serves on the board of Adults at Risk (Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry), the African American Outreach Committee of Hospice of The Western Reserve and is the recent past Co-Chair of the African American Philanthropy Committee of The Cleveland Foundation.

Visiting Angels (www.visitingangels.com/cleveland) is a network of franchised homecare agencies throughout the United States and Canada.

ridolfiKaye Ridolfi
Senior Vice President of Advancement
The Cleveland Foundation

As Senior Vice President of Advancement, Kaye Ridolfi has direct responsibility for all of the foundation’s fundraising activities. As such, she leads the 18-member Advancement staff, with backgrounds in estate law, banking, wealth management, accounting, and nonprofit leadership. This team of seasoned professionals works in charitable gift planning, donor relations, and donor communications, to bring new donors into the foundation and then steward these donors on an ongoing basis as they strive to achieve their philanthropic goals. Kaye is a member of the Cleveland Foundation’s Executive Committee and oversees the Advancement Committee of the foundation’s board of directors.

An experienced development professional, Kaye joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2011. Prior to that, she spent two decades in the field, primarily in the academic sector. Her previous positions include five years at Case Western Reserve University, where she served as associate vice president of institutional development and director of the $1 billion capital campaign. She joined CWRU after six years at The Ohio State University, initially as director of the campaign to renovate the main library and then as assistant vice president for major gifts, which included eight regional major gift offices on the east coast, west coast, and southeastern U.S. Previous positions were with Ohio Wesleyan University, initially as director of its annual fund and ultimately as director of alumni development, and the American Lung Association of Ohio in 1990, initially as the organization’s first director of planned giving and later as vice president.

After moving to Cleveland in 2005, Kaye planted deep roots in her new hometown. She has served on the boards of several area organizations, including the City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and on the Union Club of Cleveland’s Membership Committee and Engaging Women Committee. She is a graduate of the FBI’s Citizens Academy and is a member of the Citizens Academy Foundation. Kaye is a frequent speaker on capital campaigns, board development, and nonprofit leadership.

Kaye graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She later earned a master’s degree in public policy and management from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Policy.