The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB) is a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations and is responsible for the quality, value and integrity of compliance with National Standards. The board ensures that National Standards remain relevant amid changing policies, procedures and regulations, and coordinates developments in the compliance process.
Board members represent practitioners and thought leaders in the community foundation field.
Susie Nelson - CFNSB President
Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Wheeling, WV
Susie Nelson works every day to help fulfill philanthropic wishes. As Executive Director of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV), she has the privilege of working with philanthropists of all types. Since 2007, Nelson has served as Executive Director of the CFOV, serving the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Eastern Ohio. The assets of the CFOV have increased by more than 50% under her leadership, comprising 240 individual charitable funds. In addition to working with donors, Nelson also spends time working with nonprofit leaders to assist them with finding and acquiring philanthropic resources from across the region and nation. In 2013, Nelson was awarded the Spirit of Philanthropy Award for Staff Leadership by West Virginia Grantmakers. In 2012, the CFOV, under Nelson’s leadership, was awarded the Spirit of Philanthropy Award for Critical Impact for the Women’s Giving Circle of the CFOV.
Nelson serves as Chairperson of the board of Philanthropy West Virginia. She also serves annually on the allocations panel for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. Nelson is the former regional chair of Leave A Legacy of Central Appalachia. She is a former board member of Wheeling Health Right and the YWCA Wheeling, and former board president of the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley. She is a former President of the Rotary Club of Wheeling. Prior to Nelson’s work at the CFOV, she served as the Director of Marketing & Community Relations for the City of Wheeling where she marketed the city for economic development and worked to enhance summer events at Wheeling’s Heritage Port.
A wife and mother of two, Nelson graduated from West Virginia University in 1993.
Steven Cobb - CFNSB Treasurer
Vice President and CFO
California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Steven Cobb oversees California Community Foundation’s investment management, financial and program reporting and cash management activities.
Before joining CCF in 1998, Cobb was the chief financial officer for the Milken Family Foundation, a leading Southern California private foundation, and the Weingart Center, a comprehensive health and human services complex in Los Angeles’s Skid Row. He was also an auditor with Ernst & Young and an assistant controller for the Ticor Title Insurance Company of California.
Cobb is a certified public accountant and a graduate of The UCLA Anderson School of Management, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Ventura College. He is a past recipient of the Los Angeles Business Journal Nonprofit CFO of the Year award and has been an adjunct professor at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He currently serves as a board member for the Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB), Community Partners, and Pfaffinger Foundation.
Laurel Lee-Alexander - CFNSB Secretary
Vice President of Grants and Programs
Community Foundation for Monterey County, Monterey, CA
Laurel Lee-Alexander has served as Vice President of Grants and Programs for the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) since 2014 where she leads competitive grantmaking, program initiatives and community engagement. She works with the Philanthropic Services team to coordinate and grow donor investment and is responsible for the foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence. She convenes and collaborates with local funders, organizations and leaders to address important community needs. She has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit fund development and corporate marketing and is committed to furthering best practices in grantmaking and the field of philanthropy.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Laurel was Director of Philanthropy at the Monterey Peninsula Foundation (host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am) for nearly 12 years. Previously, she was Senior Program Officer at the CFMC, and held fund development positions at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and United Way, as well as marketing management positions with the Walt Disney Company and the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
Laurel has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and has studied and worked in the U.K., Norway and Hong Kong. She has served on numerous local and national nonprofit boards and is currently the President of the Association of Junior Leagues International.
Sharon E. Bisher
Hillsdale County Community Foundation, Hillsdale, MI
Passionate about philanthropy and community service, Sharon is honored to have served the Hillsdale County Community Foundation as President since 2000. As a native of Hillsdale County, she is proud to have been selected to serve as the first paid director in the organization’s history.
Prior to working with the Foundation, Sharon spent eight years in the for-profit field before realizing her dream job at the Foundation. Sharon serves her area through her leadership in several community-based organizations and specializes in development, community convening, program development, organizational leadership, and volunteer services.
Sharon resides with her husband and children in Hillsdale.
Director of Business Services
The Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
Colleen Byrne is the Director of Business Services at The Minneapolis Foundation. Colleen joined the Foundation in 1995 and has served in multiple roles from Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Office Manager, Operations Project Manager and currently the Director of Business Services. Colleen is responsible for oversight and coordination of the iPhiCore Enterprise software system (including DonorView and GranteeView), grants administration, business services (including reception, procurement, vendor management and COF National Standards), and facilities (including oversight of an office relocation 2003 and recent office renovations in 2016 and 2018).
Prior to joining The Minneapolis Foundation, Colleen was an administrative manager for a real estate developer and an executive assistant for an insurance underwriting firm. Colleen holds a B.S. degree from the College of Business at St. Cloud State University and a Mini Masters in Project Management from the University of St. Thomas. She previously served as a member of the Council on Foundations National Standards Board Determinations Committee. She currently serves on the Easter Lutheran Church Foundation Committee and is a member of the Eagan High School Hockey and Baseball Booster Clubs. Prior board service includes the Twin Cities Chapter of ARMA (Association of Records Managers and Administrators) and the Eagan Youth Hockey Association Booster Club.
Vice President of Philanthropy & Community Investment
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Jennifer joined the CFNSB in January of 2020. Jennifer is the Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Investment at the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Prior to this, Jennifer served as the Director of Workforce Development for Goodwill Industries Keystone Area, and as the Director of Mental Retardation services for Northwestern Human Services. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in health administration from the Pennsylvania State University, and an associate’s degree in business management. After serving as a program officer for two years, Jennifer held the title of Asset Development Associate for nearly a year, working with new fund development and managing existing funds and projects. In 2017, Jennifer was promoted to the Vice President of Development & Community Investment and now oversees both the development and program departments. Jennifer is a graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area Community Leadership Series Class of 2012, Vice-Chair for the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, co-chair for the Youth Community Development Team of the Harrisburg Rotary Club, and serves as President of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance’s Board of Directors.
Vice President for Administration
Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Norfolk, VA
Robin Foreman-Wheeler is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is Vice President for Administration at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, where she has worked since 2000. She earned a degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Old Dominion University. She is a graduate of the United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Project Inclusion and Lead Hampton Roads and earned a certificate of Nonprofit Management from the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence at Tidewater Community College. Ms. Foreman-Wheeler currently serves on the boards of the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia and Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates and previously served on the board of Excellence Girls’ Club, the executive committee of the United Way of South Hampton Roads Young Leaders Society and the Tidewater Community College Women’s Center Advisory Group.
Director of Administration and Investments
Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK
Rhonda Godwin is the director of administration and investments for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. A Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), Rhonda directs trust administration, investments, human resources and administrative services for the Community Foundation. Before joining the organization in 2010, she worked in wealth management and trust services for more than 25 years including serving as president of InvesTrust. NA. Rhonda was a 2009 honoree of the Journal Record 50 Making a Difference and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIII. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Rhonda and husband, Steve, enjoy spending time with their two adult children and granddaughter.
The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, VA
Revlan Hill was promoted to Executive Director of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County in December 2013 and brings more than 25 years of successful work in the nonprofit sector. Her expertise includes capital campaigns, endowment building, special events, annual campaigns and special emphasis on major gifts. Before moving to the Executive Director’s position, Revlan served as the Director of Development for TCFHR since 2006. She is deeply committed to effective philanthropy and to the donors of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Revlan served in a leadership capacity in development for both Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center and for WVPT Public Television. A native of Rockingham County, Revlan graduated from Turner Ashby High School and from Elizabeth Brant School of Business. She has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served on its Board. She received the AFP Sandra Neff Fundraising Award for Excellence in Development in 2008.
Revlan lives in Bridgewater with her husband, Fred, and together they have four children and one grandchild.
Monique B. Jones
President & CEO
Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston, IL
Monique B. Jones is a visionary leader with an extensive background in mental health, youth violence prevention, philanthropy and systems change. She is a thought leader for diversity, equity and inclusion in the philanthropic sector. Monique was appointed President & CEO of Evanston Community Foundation in 2015, making her the second president since it’s founding in 1986 and the first African American. The Evanston Community Foundation supports local organizations in pursuing their missions through grant making, civic engagement and nonprofit sector capacity building. With an endowment of $25M the Foundations strategy is focused on supporting a thriving nonprofit sector, creating an equitable community and assuring that the community is collaborating within and across sectors.
With over 20 years of experience her career and civic interests span the intersections where the lives of those most vulnerable fall victim to structural oppression and inequality. Previous to the Evanston Community Foundation Monique served as Director of Programs for Chicago Foundation for Women where she provided leadership to the grant making, leadership development and capacity building, evaluation and advocacy arm of the Foundation. While there she helped design the organizations capacity building and advocacy programming and launched the 100% Project to end gender bias against women and girls in Chicago. Her experience also includes serving as Director of Violence Prevention for the Cook County Department of Public Health and Clinical Director for the Jane Addams Hull House Association and time as a clinical therapist in Arkansas.
She is the recipient of the Community Engagement Award from Evanston Mash-Up for co-leading the partnership with Northwestern Dance Marathon, and the Champion of Diversity award from Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) for her leadership in program development for women of color grassroots organizers. Monique is featured in the Women of Evanston portrait gallery currently hosted at the City of Evanston council chambers focusing on women leaders during times of inequality. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation and The Women’s Executive Leadership Program at the Impact Center in Washington, D.C.
Locally she serves on the board of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, See Chicago Dance (Formally Audience Architects) and the Local School Council for Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School in Chicago. Regionally she serves on the Alliance for Illinois Community Foundation board leading efforts to support the advocacy work of foundations. Nationally she serves on the Community Foundations National Standards Board assuring best practice accreditation for community foundations.
She often offers her voice to write and speak on various issues from nonprofit capacity building to youth leadership and gender equity. She’s recently presented at the national conference of Community Foundations United, Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, Northwestern Women’s Center and Forefront Grantmakers Institute.
Vice President for Development
Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties, West Palm Beach, FL
As Vice President for Development, Sheila is responsible for connecting Community Foundation donors to philanthropic causes they care about, facilitating legacy and planned gifts and establishing charitable funds that impact our local community and nation. She works closely with the Foundation’s programming team to join together donors who are interested in co-investing to local charities for greater leveraged impact.
Sheila was most recently the Chief Advancement Officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. During her seven-year tenure, she was charged with developing an advancement department with formalized goals and structure. Under her leadership, the assets grew from $163 million in 2009 to over $440 million. In addition, Sheila focused on developing strategic relationships with professional advisors and grew the Greater Des Moines’ Charitable Investment Program to over $70 million in assets during her tenure.
Sheila earned her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation in 2013 and she has been working in the development field for over 15 years.
Special Advisor to the Executive Director
Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Fond du Lac, WI
Sandi Roehrig's educational achievements include attending University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac then transferring to University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health. Sandi has been with the Fond du Loc Area Foundation since 1992 and has served as the executive director since 1995. She has been an active volunteer in the community for youth sports, education, and public service including as a founding member of the Fond du Lac Arts Council and Women’s Fund of Fond du Lac. Sandi lives in Fond du Lac with her husband and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Golden Belt Community Foundation, Great Bend, KS
Christy L. Tustin, a lifelong resident of Great Bend, Kansas, joined the Golden Belt Community Foundation in June 2003 as Executive Director. In this role she promotes philanthropy across Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties in central Kansas by working with both donors and non-profit organizations.
She earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and international business from Kansas State University. In addition, she graduated from Washburn University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to the Kansas Bar. She recently completed the qualifications to become a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.
Christy currently serves as a member of the Health Equity Advisory Committee with the Kansas Health Foundation, the National Annual Conference for Growing Community Foundations Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee at Larned State Hospital, Great Bend Rotary Club (President 2008 – 2009) and is a member of the Kansas Bar Association.
The National Standards is administered by the Council on Foundations, which hosts the National Standards Director and other support staff, including on-hand legal experts.
Executive Director, National Standards, and Vice President of Legal Affairs
National Standards at Council on Foundations, Washington, D.C.
Suzanne S. Friday joined the Council on Foundations in 2013 as counsel. Previously, Suzanne was a partner with the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania firm, Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall, LLP where she chaired the firm’s Tax, Trust and Estates practice group. Suzanne has extensive experience representing nonprofit organizations including community foundations, charitable trusts, private foundations and corporate foundations. She also served as in-house counsel for The Nature Conservancy from 2000-2005.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Suzanne earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a J.D. from Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus, and an L.L.M. in taxation from Georgetown Law Center. She has taught Charitable Organizations as an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law since 2011.
Suzanne lives with her husband Jerry and two rescue dogs. Her daughter, Michelle, is a nurse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Suzanne loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Antonio Spurs and considers Friday the best day of the week.
You should contact Suzanne with legal and compliance questions.
Kevin van Bronkhorst
National Standards Manager
National Standards at Council on Foundations, Washington, D.C.
Before joining the Council, Kevin was editor for a nuclear non-proliferation blog and worked as a system administrator for a home health firm. Kevin has an MSc in Crisis and Security Management from Leiden University’s Faculty for Governance and Global Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands - where he researched international security policy and implementation. He has a BA in Psychology from Oregon State University.