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.

Sarah O. Hanley President and Chief Executive Officer shanley@catholicfoundationphila.org


As the President and Chief Executive Officer, Sarah O. Hanley brings her broad-based experience and innovative ideas to The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia. With more than 25 years of business development and leadership experience, Sarah is responsible for the growth and strategic oversight of CFGP and leading a team of dedicated staff who support the Foundation’s development.

Sarah has been with CFGP since its founding in 2013. In her previous roles with CFGP, Sarah was responsible for the annual Catholic Charities Appeal and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal that collectively raise nearly $20M annually. She also led CFGP’s Mission Advancement Services team, which continues to help grow the fundraising and development efforts of many Catholic institutions across Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Sarah’s commitment to the mission of CFGP stems from her lifelong dedication to her faith and her hometown. A native Philadelphian, Sarah now gives back to her community and her faith in ways she could have only hoped for. Today, Sarah lives in Drexel Hill with her husband and their two sons. She is an active member of St. Kevin Parish in Springfield, where she  is the Founding Chair of their Stewardship Council and is President of their Women’s Club Board of Directors.

Sarah is a member of the Executive Board of Elementary Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Advisory Board for Villa Maria Academy, Lower School.  She also participates in the mentoring program for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter. In addition, Sarah is a former board member of the National Catholic Development Conference.

Prior to her time with CFGP, Sarah worked in the Office for Stewardship and Development at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as their Director of Appeals. Before transitioning into the nonprofit sector, she had a highly successful career in business development and sales leadership, working for AmeriGas Propane and National Car Rental. Sarah is a proud graduate of Drexel University,  holding a BS in Marketing and Management.

Joseph Connor Ames Project Coordinator jcames@catholicfoundationphila.org


Connor joined the Foundation in May 2019 and works on the MAS team as the Project Coordinator for the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal. Connor first found his passion for nonprofit work in the year of 2015, during his year of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Scranton, PA. Since then, Connor worked in various nonprofit development and project coordination roles, including starting up the NJ Hearing Foundation.

Connor is a South Jersey native and an avid Philly sports fan. He attended Loyola University Maryland, where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Emerging Media. In his free time, Connor enjoys music, traveling, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and spending time with family and friends.

Joanne S. Beck Associate Director, Brand Marketing 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 in Philadelphia with her husband, Chris, and their two beloved dogs, Daisy and Charlie.

Tom Burke Chief Financial Officer tburke@catholicfoundationphila.org


Tom serves as CFGP’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining CFGP in November 2018, Tom was the CFO of The Evergreens Continuing Care Retirement Community (Moorestown, NJ), Bancroft (Cherry Hill, NJ), Trefoil Properties, LP (Lansdale, PA) and Chapel Mortgage Corporation (Rancocas, NJ).  Prior to those positions, Tom was Vice President of Investment Banking with Berwind Financial Group (Philadelphia, PA) and Merrill Lynch & Co. (New York, NY) and Senior Auditor with PwC (Philadelphia, PA).

Tom holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) and an M.B.A. Degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (Durham, NC).  He also holds a CPA license (Pennsylvania).

Gina DeColli Senior Director, Partner Marketing gdecolli@catholicfoundationphila.org


Gina is responsible for all communication and marketing efforts for CFGP’s largest partners, 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 for both partners. 

Gina has been with the Foundation since its founding in 2013. 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 13 years of experience in all facets of 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.

Justine Dougherty Project Manager jdougherty@catholicfoundationphila.org


Justine Dougherty is the Senior Project Coordinator providing fundraising consulting services and working collaboratively with some of CFGP’s key development clients.  In addition, she manages some smaller projects along with other members of the Mission Advancement Services (MAS) team. Justine joined The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia in 2018 after moving back to Philadelphia.

Prior to joining CFGP, Justine lived and worked in Washington, DC, in business development at a national news media company. She developed an interest in nonprofit fundraising and management after working in partnership with various nonprofits and volunteering for several years. She is happy she has found a home at CFGP. In her spare time, Justine enjoys live music and hanging out with all the dogs in her life.

Emily Gambino Director, Partner Development 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.

Deacon Jack Hasson Office Coordinator jhasson@catholicfoundationphila.org


Deacon Jack joined CFGP in April 2018. Prior to joining CFGP he had an extensive career in marketing, sales and company management in the international, industrial chemical industry. He holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Diploma in Metallurgy from Spring Garden College and Executive Management Certificate for Columbia University School of Business.

Deacon Jack was Ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Bishop Daniel Thomas in June 2012 and is assigned to St. Eleanor Parish in Collegeville. He earned a Certificate in Catholic Bioethics from Catholic Distance University in 2015.

Deacon Jack enjoys time traveling with his wife of 31 years and family time with his two adult sons.

Sierra Kiarsis Senior Project Coordinator skiarsis@catholicfoundationphila.org


Sierra is the Project Coordinator for CFGP’s largest client, the Catholic Charities Appeal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She joined The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia in June 2018.

Prior to joining CFGP, Sierra lived and worked in New York as an Art Teacher and Special Education Teacher. She received her Master’s Degree in Education as well as her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and Art History at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Sierra and her husband, David, moved to Philadelphia in October of 2016 and immediately fell in love with the city. When they aren’t traveling or attending sporting events, Sierra loves to shoot photography and work on her travel and food blog!

Russell Lafferty Data Manager rlafferty@catholicfoundationphila.org


Russell has been with the Foundation since its inception in 2013, and currently manages the Data Department, which processes data for the Catholic Charities Appeal, the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal, and other Mission Advancement Services clients. 

In his spare time, Russell 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.

Natalie A. Marano Executive Administrative Assistant nmarano@catholicfoundationphila.org


Natalie is the Executive Administrative Assistant at CFGP. She supports team members by keeping the office running smoothly. She also views her responsibilities at CFGP as a means of indirectly assisting a variety of clients in their missions.

Prior to joining CFGP in mid-2019, she was an Archdiocesan teacher for nearly 20 years. 

Natalie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Dickinson College (PA) and a Masters in Education from Towson University (MD). She lives with her family outside Philadelphia and enjoys hiking, reading, and attending Phillies games.

Colleen Marsini General Counsel cmarsini@catholicfoundationphila.org


Bio coming soon!

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.

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


Kaitlin joined CFGP in 2014 and is the Assistant Manager of the Data Department. She assists Russell in keeping the Data Department organized and running smoothly and efficiently.

Kaitlin lives in Philadelphia with her black cat, Neo.

Dillon Reeves Project Coordinator dreeves@catholicfoundationphila.org


Dillon is a licensed social worker committed to assisting charitable organizations fulfill their public purpose to create lasting community impact. His areas of expertise include nonprofit administration, strategic planning, and research. He combines experience as a counselor and social service provider to develop person-centered solutions to common challenges.

In 2019, he joined The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia’s Mission Advancement Services (MAS) Team as a Project Coordinator. He holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. An avid reader, devoted advocate, and husband, he enjoys meeting new people and learning from their diverse stories and experiences.

Kelsea Schagrin Project Coordinator kschagrin@catholicfoundationphila.org


Kelsea is the Project Coordinator working collaboratively with some of CFGP’s key development clients. She also assists with the Catholic Charities Appeal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She joined The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia in 2018.

Prior to joining CFGP, Kelsea worked at a boutique Philadelphia-based Public Relations firm working on projects ranging from The Philadelphia Veterans parade to assisting in numerous restaurant openings. She grew up volunteering within her community and developed a passion for community outreach, leading her to the CFGP.

Kelsea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. An avid sports fan, Kelsea has held past internships with the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Team and with the Houston Super Bowl in 2017.

Tom Sims Director of Charitable Giving tsims@catholicfoundationphila.org


As CFGP's Director of Charitable Giving, Tom is responsible for working with the CFGP Board of Trustees, Chief Executive Officer, Leadership, Development and Marketing Teams to develop and meet the strategic plan objectives of CFGP. This includes developing strong relationships with existing and potential donor candidates, helping to protect and determine strategic charitable giving goals, and cultivating donor prospects for the Foundation.

Prior to his current role at CFGP, Tom was the Chief Development Officer of the Food Bank of South Jersey, working to secure funding for the organization and stewarding all gifts as directed.

With his background focused in the nonprofit industry, Tom has devoted his career to fundraising and managing stewardship for organizations helping people in need. Tom is experienced in working with individuals, corporations and foundations in the areas of major gifts, planned giving, appeal programming, grants, events and community outreach.

Tom is a graduate of Temple University, holds a B.A. in English, and has a Certification in Business Writing. He also received a Master Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Villanova University. He is currently an individual member of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University.

At home, Tom has two beautiful daughters and is a committed walker who, in recent years, has been faithfully logging 100 miles each month.

Shealene Sullivan Data Clerk ssullivan@catholicfoundationphila.org


Bio coming soon!

Jessica Townsend Data Clerk jtownsend@catholicfoundationphila.org


Bio coming soon!