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

Ashley Siferd Butler

Ashley Siferd Butler

Membership and Promotion Committee

Program Officer
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902

Email: abutler@etf.org
Phone: 877-524-1223

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.

Jean McKeown

Jean McKeown

Professional Development and Webinar Committee

Vice President, Community Impact
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525 
Buffalo, NY 14210

Email: jeanm@cfgb.org
Phone: (716) 852-2857 x204

Foundation Assets: $485M
Annual grant distributions: $22.5M
Scholarships: $5.4M

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.

Kelly Anoe

Kelly Anoe

Professional Development and Webinar Committee

Vice President
Legacy Foundation
370 E 84th Drive
Merrillville, IN 46410

Email: kanoe@legacyfdn.org
Phone: 219-736-1880

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.

Lexi Oestreich

Lexi Oestreich

Conference Committee

Program Officer
FM Area Foundation
409 7th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103

Email: lexi@areafoundation.org
Phone: 701-212-8586

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.

Sandi Vidal

Sandi Vidal

ProNet Steering Committee

Vice President of Community
Strategies & Initiatives
Central Florida Foundation
800 North Magnolia Avenue
Suite 1700
Orlando, FL 32803

Email: svidal@cffound.org
Phone: (407) 872-3050 ext. 121
Foundation Assets: $165 Million (2022)
Annual grant distributions: $7M
Discretionary budget: $350,000
Foundation service area: 7 Counties in Central Florida

Bio : Sandi Vidal is just a girl trying to change the world one day at a time. She serves as the Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives for the Central Florida Foundation. Within her role at the Foundation, Sandi works on a variety of initiatives including Sustainable Development Goals (Thrive), Homelessness, Disaster Response, Social Justice, and is the Staff Liaison for the 100 Women Strong Giving Circle.

Sandi is the immediate Past President of the League of Women Voters of Orange County. She has volunteered since she was 16 starting at the VA Hospital in Miami in her father’s clinic helping to record information for research trials, and has served on several boards. Sandi currently serves on Mayor Dyer’s Multicultural Advisory Board and is a Fellow for GEEO at the University of Central Florida focused on sustainability.

A graduate of the University of Miami school of Business, Sandi has a degree in Business Administration and she is a die-hard Cane in a house full of Noles. She has over 14 years of nonprofit leadership and over 20 years of Business Management experience.

Sandi has a passion for public speaking, advocating for solutions to hunger poverty, and social justice. She occasionally writes about issues that interest her and has a blog called Upstream Swimmer.

She has been married 32 years to her wonderful husband Eddie and has 3 amazing grown kids, and 2 cats, 5 grand cats, 3 grand bunnies, and a grand dog.

When she is not working, you will find her at the beach, traveling, or planning her next adventure.

Tami Swoboda

Tami Swoboda

ProNet Steering Committee Co-Chair, Conference Committee

Senior Vice President
Community Foundation of West Texas
6102 82nd St., 8b
Lubbock, TX 79424

Email: tami@cfwtx.org
Phone: (806)762-8061

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.

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