Our Team

Trusted partners working with you every step of the way.

Together, with an overarching compassion for caring for those in need, the CFGP team brings a professional, seasoned background in charitable giving.

From fundraising management and development consultation to volunteer training, grant writing, capital campaigns, and more, we deliver impactful programs that last and create promising futures for the community. Always taking a personal approach in all we do, we work directly with our donors and partners to determine how to best achieve their charitable goals while supporting the causes they believe in most.

Angelo J. Valletta President and Chief Executive Officer avalletta@catholicfoundationphila.org

Angelo serves as CFGP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the Foundation, Angelo served as the Regional Executive Director for Fidelity Information Systems (FIS). He has also served as Chief Information Officer for EVO Payments International, and Senior Vice President and Head of Operations for Sun National Bank. Angelo has nearly 30 years of managerial experience in diverse industries, ranging from small consulting firms to large, multi-national Fortune 100 companies.

Most recently, Angelo has been given several, prestigious awards including:

• 2013 Bank Systems and Technology Magazine Elite 8 winner

• 2012 Temple University Alumni Diamond Excellence Award

• 2011 SmartCEO Magazine Top 10 Executive Leaders

Angelo is a Temple University graduate with a B.A. in Computer Science. He received his MBA from Philadelphia University. He currently serves on the Alumni Association Board for Temple University’s FOX School of Business, and also mentors students from Columbia, Temple, and Philadelphia Universities.

Brendan Kennedy Project Coordinator bkennedy@catholicfoundationphila.org

Brendan is the Project Coordinator for CFGP’s largest client, the Catholic Charities Appeal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He joined The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia in November 2016.

Prior to joining CFGP, Brendan served as an Associate Campus Minister, part of a 10-month Alumni Service Corps (ASC) volunteer program for his alma mater, St. Joseph's Preparatory School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fairfield University (CT), and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Professional Clinical Counseling from LaSalle University.

Emily Gambino Manager of Mission Advancement Services egambino@catholicfoundationphila.org

Emily has been with the Foundation since 2014 and currently manages CFGP’s many fundraising and development consulting clients. Emily’s love of the nonprofit sector started in college when she served on the Executive Council of Indiana University Dance Marathon. She quickly changed her major from Biology to Nonprofit Management, and hasn’t looked back since! Emily is a proud graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), and a native of Indianapolis.

Emily loves spending her days helping nonprofits of all sizes overcome their unique challenges and raise the funds they need to fulfill their mission. She is proud to have helped raise nearly $40 million for clients since joining the MAS team.

Gina DeColli Director of Marketing and Communications gdecolli@catholicfoundationphila.org

Gina is responsible for all communication and marketing efforts for CFGP’s main clients, the Catholic Charities Appeal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal. She oversees all marketing strategies, marketing communications, event planning and digital marketing efforts of both clients. 

Prior to joining CFGP, Gina worked at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Office for Stewardship and Development and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. She has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of successful marketing and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Marketing and Business Administration. Gina lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with her husband, Chris, and son, Christopher.

Jason Carfagno Data Clerk jcarfagno@catholicfoundationphila.org

Jason serves as a Data Clerk for CFGP. With the Foundation since its inception in 2013, Jason’s responsibilities include processing online gifts and maintaining donor databases.

Prior to joining CFGP, Jason worked at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Office for Stewardship and Development.

Joanne S. Beck Marketing Manager jbeck@catholicfoundationphila.org

Joanne has been with The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia since 2014 after deciding she wanted a career that would allow her to help others. She is responsible for all digital and direct marketing efforts for CFGP, as well as event coordination and public relations initiatives. In addition, Joanne serves as Administrator for CFGP’s Grant Committee, overseeing the grant application process and working with applicants on their submissions. Joanne also works closely with Gina DeColli, CFGP’s Director of Marketing and Communications, on client event execution.

Joanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications from Susquehanna University. A northern New Jersey native, she now lives in Philadelphia but still chooses to support New York sports teams. She lives with her husband, Chris, and their two beloved dogs, Daisy and Charlie.

Julian Domanico Data Clerk jdomanico@catholicfoundationphila.org

Julian came to CFGP as a Project Coordinator for Mission Advancement Services (MAS). Currently, he works within the Data department on analysis and reporting for the Catholic Charities Appeal, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and other clients.

Prior to joining CFGP, Julian worked for the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania under the auspices of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Julian volunteers throughout the city and serves in leadership roles on the Hon. Mayor James Kenny’s Millennial Advisory Committee. He lives in Philadelphia.

Justine Vargas Project Coordinator jvargas@catholicfoundationphila.org

Justine supports all Mission Advancement Services project-related components.  With development experience for grassroots and global nonprofit organizations, she provides a wide-range of fundraising skills and development knowledge. Her professional work has focused on both financial and relational partnership building. Justine not only has a strong understanding of fundraising, she truly has a passion for philanthropy.

Kaitlin O'Donnell Assistant Data Manager kodonnell@catholicfoundationphila.org

Kaitlin joined the Catholic Foundation in 2014 and is the assistant manager of the data department. She helps the data manager keep the data department running smoothly and efficiently. She lives in Philadelphia with her black cat, Neo.

Kate Bianco Project Coordinator kbianco@catholicfoundationphila.org

Kate is the Project Coordinator for the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal, and works closely with Sarah O. Hanley the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Prior to joining CFGP in March of 2015, Kate worked extensively in Customer Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Kelly Diaz-Albertini, Esq. Planned Giving and Development Officer kalbertini@catholicfoundationphila.org

Kelly oversees estates and planned gifts that benefit CFGP, Catholic Charities, and our partner organizations. She assists wealth managers and financial planners serve their clients’ needs for philanthropy and planned giving, providing solutions to reduce tax burdens while supporting the causes they care about. Through MAS, she provides training and resources to organizations as they plan for their long-term sustainability.

Prior to joining CFGP, Kelly worked for the City of Philadelphia. Kelly holds and JD and MSPP from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Klein School of Law and serves as a reservist in the US Army JAG Corps. She lives in Philadelphia.

Lara Szott Administrative Assistant lszott@catholicfoundationphila.org

Lara holds a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University in International Politics and a Master of Arts from American University in Journalism & Public Affairs.

Prior to joining the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, Lara worked with various non-governmental organizations overseas and in Washington, DC. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to CFGP.

Martin Nelson Senior Accountant mnelson@catholicfoundationphila.org

Marty is a financial and accounting professional with experience in shared services, accounting, finance, budgeting and cash management. He has 36 years of business experience including 28 years at ARAMARK Inc. in various accounting, finance, cash management and operations roles. 

After leaving ARAMARK, Marty worked as: Business Manager at Camden Catholic High School, Casino Compliance Representative for the PA Gaming Control Board and most recently served as Director of Finance for the World Meeting of Families 2015. 

Marty has an MBA from LaSalle University and a BBA from Temple University.

Michael Lowry Murphy, Esq. Chief Operating Officer and General Legal Counsel mmurphy@catholicfoundationphila.org

Mike holds a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in both Classics and Philosophy from The College of the Holy Cross.

Mike is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, MS Leaders Circle, University Barge Club and Friends of Saint Joe’s Prep Rowing. 

Russel Lafferty Data Manager rlafferty@catholicfoundationphila.org

Russell has been with the Foundation since it started and currently manages the Data Department, which processes work for the Catholic Charities Appeal, Seminary Appeal, and other Mission Advancement Services clients. When he's not at work, Russel enjoys reading, football, listening to an eclectic mix of music, and spending time with his wife and daughter as often as possible. Russell is also very involved with his church, having just finished up his term on its Board of Directors.

Ruth James Prospect Research Manager and Executive Assistant rjames@catholicfoundationphila.org

Ruth is CFGP’s Prospect Research Manager as well as Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer.  Ruth has been with the Foundation since its founding and worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Stewardship and Development twice. 

Ruth has over 20 years of development and fundraising experience, 12 years of which were spent working closely with the Bishop as an instrumental part of the successful Diocese of Trenton’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal. 

Prior to that, Ruth had a number of responsibilities in Villanova University’s Office for Institutional Advancement as Secretary, Secretary of Planned Giving and Events Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millersville University.

Sarah O. Hanley Executive Director shanley@catholicfoundationphila.org

Sarah is the Executive Director responsible for the Catholic Charities Appeal as well as the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal. These combined appeals raise nearly $20M annually. In addition, Sarah leads CFGP’s Mission Advancement Services team.

Prior to joining The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia in July of 2013, Sarah worked at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Office for Stewardship and Development. The majority of her earlier career was spent in national sales leadership, strategic account management and business development roles.  Sarah holds a BS in Marketing and Management from Drexel University.

Sarah is a former member of the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) Board of Directors. She is an active member of St Kevin Parish in Springfield, PA where she leads their Stewardship Council, is President of the Women’s Club Board of Directors, is a member of the Parish Council. Sarah is also a member Advisory Board for Villa Maria Academy, Lower School and participates in the mentoring program for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Vincent Zeller Chief Financial Officer vzeller@catholicfoundationphila.org

Vince joined the Foundation in May 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Vince is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation's finance, accounting, payroll, and financial controls. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Vince spent 35 years with ModSpace (formerly GE Capital Modular Space), North America's largest provider of mobile/modular office space with a network of 75 branch locations. Positions held during his tenure included Director of Business Processes for Finance, Accounting, Operations, VP /Controller, VP Operations, and Director of Field Operations. 

Vince has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from LaSalle University, an MBA in Financial Management from Drexel University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.