Staff

Storme Gray

Interim Executive Director

Storme Gray is the Interim Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Previously, she was EPIP's Director of Programs and led EPIP's professional and leadership development portfolio. An active EPIP member for a number of years, Storme served as Chapter Leader of EPIP-DC before joining EPIP’s national Board of Advisors in 2016. She often credits her membership in EPIP as being one of the most transformational experiences of her career to date, and brings that experience to her role.

In addition to her time with EPIP, Storme brings a wealth of knowledge of philanthropy and of social justice gained from over ten years of philanthropic and nonprofit experience. She’s worked for family foundations, operating foundations, and national infrastructure organizations such as the Council on Foundations. At the Council on Foundations, Storme created leadership development programming for philanthropic professionals spanning topics including policy and advocacy, social justice, and community engagement.

Before joining EPIP's staff, Storme served as a Program Officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she developed programs serving young women and girls of color. Chief among these were the foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative, a city-wide effort to improve the educational, economic, and life outcomes for cis and trans young women and girls of color; and the Young Women’s Advisory Council fellowship program, which provides local young women the opportunity work within the Young Women’s Initiative, co-creating solutions while developing their leadership and advocacy skills.

In her spare time, Storme serves on the board of Women of the Dream, a non-profit organization in Camden, NJ that educates and empowers socially and economically disadvantaged girls through mentoring, workshops, and career development programs. Storme is also a graduate of American University, a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and fur-mommy to two sweet dogs Indigo and Bodhi.


Adriana Loson-Ceballos

Director of Network Resources

Adriana Loson-Ceballos has successfully fundraised for local, national, and international nonprofits working in the fields of social services, arts and culture, social justice, and human rights in New York City, Washington D.C., San Diego, and Mexico City. She has almost a decade of experience writing proposals for city, county, state, and federal grants that have resulted in significant annual portions of the organizations’ budgets. Ms. Loson-Ceballos has also obtained foundation funding from family, community, institutional, and foreign foundations, with grants up to $1,000,000. Her experience in foundation fundraising has resulted in strong donor prospecting and cultivation skills, as well as a successful creation of evidence-driven strategies based on the organization’s CRM data. She has developed a corporate membership program for a social service organization in NYC and worked with corporations to obtain organizational support in the form of sponsorships, grants, and partnership opportunities supporting the corporation's CSR goals. Contributing to the strategy around individual and annual fund appeals, and working fundraising events, she has developed fruitful relationships with donors and boards at various organizations.

Adriana has an M.A. in human rights studies from Columbia University and is currently completing a Ph.D. program in leadership studies with a concentration in nonprofit and philanthropic management at the University of San Diego.

Adriana lives with her husband in a small North Park cottage where they enjoy hosting and catching up with friends and family. In her spare time, she enjoys the local arts & culture scene in San Diego and is engaged civically around multiple issues close to her heart and affecting the Latino community in the U.S. and across the Americas. 


Tamitha Walker McKinnis

Chapter Liaison and Program Manager

Tamitha Walker McKinnis is personally and professionally committed to advancing equity and amplifying voice and opportunities that transform the futures of marginalized and vulnerable children, families, and communities.

Prior to joining EPIP, Tamitha served as a consultant providing professional development and capacity building support for foundations, nonprofits and postsecondary institutions. She has held positions as Vice President of Programs with the Deaconess Foundation, program officer with the human services team at the Kresge Foundation advancing family economic security, a researcher and adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, a program officer with the Robin Hood Foundation’s early childhood and youth portfolio, director of technical assistance and training at the Balm In Gilead Inc., a management consultant with Public Health Solutions, and a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She earned both a Master of Health Science degree in Health Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, in addition to a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and has completed doctoral coursework in Public Affairs and Administration focusing on public/nonprofit management and finance at Rutgers University. She has also served on the boards of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Income Security Taskforce, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc., the HHS Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office, St. Louis Regional Racial Equity Working Group, and the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis.

Tamitha resides in St. Louis with her husband and their four young children.


Michael Quan

Finance & Accounting Consultant

Michael Quan comes to EPIP with over fifteen years of financial and accounting experience. They have improved financial management practices at many non profits through evaluations, assessments, recommendations, and hands-on implementation. 

They served as the Director of Finance & Administration for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (a project of Tides Center). At ITPC, they revamped the organization’s financial reporting structures, improved budget controls, and were involved in a wide range of strategic planning and internal initiatives. In addition, they provided capacity building on finance and administration to several of ITPC’s regional network offices in Asia, Latin America, and sub Saharan Africa. Because of their work at ITPC, they were eagerly brought on board at Tides Center as a project controller supervising a caseload of over 30 fiscally sponsored projects. After Tides, Michael started a consulting practice serving to non-profits in need of financial management and accounting services.  In addition to EPIP, they provide services to three fiscally sponsored projects at Tides Center: Inner Resilience Program, Open mHealth, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. They have also served on the board of directors for APICHA Community Health Center. Michael received a Bachelors in Accounting from Baruch University.

When Michael isn’t balancing debits and credits, they love to spend time teaching karate to children, surfing, meditating, and playing with their Miniature Pinscher, Tiny.


Erin Roberts

Communications & Special Projects Consultant

Erin Roberts brings over ten years of experience to EPIP, with a focus on helping organizations tell their stories. Her career includes stints at The Paley Center for Media, WNET Public Media, and Public Health Solutions (PHS), where she was responsible for print and online newsletters, communications supporting the organization's annual fundraising event and year-end campaign, and materials for programs ranging from Neighborhood WIC centers to HIV prevention research groups. Since moving to the Washington, DC area in late 2016, she has primarily worked as freelance communications and development consultant for nonprofits, balancing her work for EPIP with projects for clients including North Star Fund, Catholic Volunteer Network, and the Yale University Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Erin began her career in the media industry after graduating with a B.A. from Yale University in Theater Studies and an M.A. from Syracuse University in Television/Radio/Film, but soon found that her volunteer work with organizations like the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - New York Chapter was more appealing, prompting her switch from the for-profit world to the social sector.

In her spare time, Erin writes and reads speculative fiction (she earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Southern New Hamshire University in 2018), volunteers with the Yale Alumni Association in several capacities related to their ongoing DEI work, and sings a lot of karaoke.


Reed Young

Associate for Network Resources

Reed is from Washington DC and currently serves as the Associate for Network Resources at EPIP. In his role, he helps to mobilize resources for EPIP to do its work and maintain relationships with the EPIP community, from EPIP Chapters to Institutional Members. He also supports the management of internal data and strategy on resource mobilization. 

Reed is excited to join EPIP's effort to build power among entry and mid-level professionals in philanthropy to advance equity and belonging in the sector. Reed is passionate about community organizing for social change and mobilizing resources to community-led solutions. Prior to EPIP, Reed worked with the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy where he assisted the organization's Power Moves project through planning webinars, coordinating funder learning groups, and organizing data.

Reed received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Colorado College. For fun, he likes to spend time outside exploring his new home of New York City and to host family dinners with roommates and friends.


Acknowledgement of Past Staff

EPIP wishes to recognize the personnel, consultants, fellows, and interns who have contributed to the vitality of the organization since it was launched in September 2002. These include:

Christopher Anderson
Administrative Assistant

Sarah Ashcroft
Graduate Fellow

Michael Barham
Membership and Operations Manager

K. Emerson Beyer
Program Consultant

Sheena Brown
Development and Communications Manager

Omisade Burney-Scott
Program Consultant

Elizabeth Cuccaro
NYC Chapter Organizer

Biz Ghormley
Director of Operations and Member Services

Sophia Guevara
Social Media Fellow

Milano Harden
Program Consultant

Melvin Johnson
Digital Media Consultant

Jen Kramer-Wine
Program Consultant

Christen Lee
Program Manager

Kristina Lucien
Intern

Bodi Luse
Graduate Fellow

Marie Moser
Adminstrative Assistant

Iliana Perea
Social Media Fellow

Rebecca Schumer
Deputy Director

Kate Seely
Field Operations

Sophia Silao
Associate Director

Sam Stegeman
Program Consultant

Christie Saint-Vil
Communication Fellow


Rusty M. Stahl
Founder and Executive Director Emeritus

Rahsaan K. Harris
Executive Director 2012-2014

Emily Kessler
Interim Executive Director 2014-2015

Tamir Novotny
Executive Director 2015-2019

 


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