ProNet’s purpose is to unite our nation’s community organizations and to provide leadership on the programmatic issues facing them.
ProNet serves the professional needs and interests of Program staff in community foundations of all sizes, from established to emerging, in order to advance the program capacity of the community foundation field.
We do this by providing opportunities for professional development and skill-building as well as facilitating ongoing communications, information exchange, and networking.
ProNet Steering Committee
Professional Development and Webinar Committee
370 E 84th Drive
Merrillville, IN 46410
Foundation Assets: $58.5 Million
Annual grant distributions: $2M
Annual Scholarship Distributions: $1.04 Million
Discretionary Budget: $900,000
Foundation service area: Lake County, Indiana (population 500,000)
Background: Kelly Anoe is the Vice President at Legacy Foundation, the Community Foundation for Lake County, Indiana. She oversees awarding grants to non-profits, community partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Prior to working at Legacy, Kelly gained nearly 15 years of non-profit experience, including Executive Director of a community based organization, Chief Operations Officer of a statewide advocacy, training, and membership group, and direct service as a case worker.
She has written and been awarded over $5 million in grants from federal, state, corporate, foundation, and private donors. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University. Kelly is a graduate of Leadership Northwest Indiana and a two-time inductee into the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators. She serves on multiple advisory committees and leadership initiatives that serve to improve the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, spending time with friends and family, and attending community events throughout Northwest Indiana.
Ashley Siferd Butler
Membership and Promotion Committee
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902
Foundation Assets: $500 Million
Annual grant distributions: $34M
Discretionary Budget: $100,000
Foundation service area: 25 Counties of East Tennessee
Background: Ashley Siferd Butler joined East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) in June 2017 and serves as their Program Officer. She helps manage competitive grant programs for affiliate and field-of-interest funds in a 25-county service area in addition to working with ETF’s scholarship program in its administration. As a member of the Program Team at ETF, she helps ensure that philanthropic dollars serve East Tennessee communities, nonprofits, and the region’s students in a thoughtful, meaningful way.
To date, Ashley’s professional life has revolved around service and the nonprofit world. Prior to joining ETF, Ashley worked in various roles for Cancer Support Community East Tennessee and served as an international volunteer with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in El Salvador. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Spanish from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Ashley is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher. She enjoys hiking, exploring national and state parks, reading, and volunteering. A firm believer in “you don’t know what you don’t know,” Ashley is a lifelong student always looking to learn.
Professional Development and Webinar Committee
Vice President, Community Impact
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525
Buffalo, NY 14210
Phone: (716) 852-2857 x204
Foundation Assets: $485M
Annual grant distributions: $22.5M
Foundation service area: WNY (8 counties)
Background: Jean McKeown is a Vice President of Community Impact at the Community Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for the overall strategy and operational management of grant making and the leadership initiatives designed to promote the Community Foundation’s goals of advancing education, racial/ethnic equity, architecture and arts and culture. Jean oversees competitive and fee-for-service grant activities, scholarship programs and special funding projects which award more than $15 million annually. She also provides expertise and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, conducts site visits to applicant organizations and evaluates the post-award performance of grant recipients.
With more than two decades of experience working at the Community Foundation, Jean has seen the organization grow from a staff of three to a staff of more than thirty that awards more in grants in a month than it did in a year back in 1997. She was instrumental in developing the Community Foundations first Strategic Plan in 2006 and establishing the Community Foundation’s first Community Goals which have evolved into today’s leadership initiatives. Jean also helped expand grant making opportunities, including introducing fee-for-service grant activities which continue to grow. She administers grants awarded by the Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee, which works to connect people to the region’s green space, waterways and trails, and she administered the Fund for the Arts, which convenes Western New York patrons of the arts to strengthen art and culture in the region.
Prior to her work at the Community Foundation, Jean worked for more than fifteen years at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, now the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she coordinated the planning and implementation of a $100 million modernization project. Previously, she worked at the State University of New York at Buffalo Research Foundation where she worked on what later became groundbreaking medical research on Multiple Sclerosis.
She received her B.S. in Business, Management and Economics from State University of New York Empire State College.
FM Area Foundation
409 7th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103
Foundation Assets: $78M
Annual grant distributions: $2.5M
Discretionary budget: $350,000
Foundation service area: Two counties. Cass County, ND and Clay County, MN
Background: Mrs. Oestreich has 5+ years’ experience in program management for the FM Area Foundation. She manages the annual discretionary grant rounds, scholarship funds, nonprofit learning series, and community engagement. Mrs. Oestreich has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health.
She is a mom of two and enjoys spending her time with her family watching football and enjoying Minnesota Lake Country.
ProNet Steering Committee Co-Chair, Conference Committee
Community Foundation of West Texas
6102 82nd St., 8b
Lubbock, TX 79424
Foundation Assets: $65M
Annual grant distributions: $3.5M to $5M
Discretionary budget: $450,000
Foundation service area: Fifteen counties in the Texas South Plains/West Texas region
Background : Tami Swoboda is Senior Vice President at the Community Foundation of West Texas. She has been with the Foundation for over 20 years and provides leadership for all aspects of operations with an emphasis on grant making and community impact activities. Her work focuses on strengthening all aspects of community life with a primary emphasis on creating pathways from poverty and building vibrant rural communities. Prior to her work at the Community Foundation, Tami spent over 15 years in strategic planning, governance and grant management for the local provider of state funded mental health, intellectual and developmental disability services. She is actively involved in improving her community through volunteerism and service on nonprofit boards and commissions. Her past and present volunteer activities include the Volunteer Center of Lubbock, Ronald McDonald House, United Way, South Plains Food Bank, PTA and Lubbock Boys and Girls Club. She has been appointed to serve on the City of Lubbock Water Board, MH/DD Human Rights Commission and has served as a board member and Chair of the City of Lubbock Community Services Board.
Tami is a native of West Texas, is married and has two daughters and a grandson. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family, and broadening her horizons through travel whenever possible.