About Us

Mission

ProNet’s purpose is to provide leadership on grantmaking and programmatic issues facing community foundations.

Goal

ProNet will

  • Provide opportunities for professional development and skill-building
  • Facilitate ongoing communications, information-exchange and networking

The organization will serve 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.

Steering Committee

Trudy Hughes

Trudy Hughes

ProNet Steering Committee Co-Chair

Vice President for Regional Advancement
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902

Email: thughes@etf.org
Phone: 865-524-1223

FY2018
Foundation Assets: $446M
Annual grant distributions: $34M
Discretionary budget: $100,000
Foundation service area: Twenty-five counties of East Tennessee

Background : Ms. Hughes has 30+ years’ experience in non-profit administration, management, and advancement as well as community/social services program development. She has also been previously employed in the banking and healthcare industries. She holds degrees in Finance, Human Services & Community Counseling.

Service to the community is a life-long commitment of Ms. Hughes’, evidenced by her work with numerous advocacy and civic organizations. She currently serves on the Boards of East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association, Tennessee Community Service Agency, and ProNet. She is a Past-President and Past-Vice President of the Tennessee Chapter of Child Advocacy Centers. She is a former member of the Tennessee Commission of Children & Youth and is an honorary member of the National Exchange Club. Working in the “Count Me in Census 2000 campaign” is yet another example of Ms. Hughes work on behalf of her community. She received the 2006 Blue Ribbon Prevention Advocate Award from Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee and was previously awarded the Jim Pryor Advocacy Award from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth in 2000. Advocacy efforts also led to “Advocate of the Year” and Outstanding Advocacy Awards from the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare and the Southeast Tennessee Council on Children and Youth as well as the “Cherish the Child” recognition from the Exchange Club. Ms. Hughes was honored for her diverse community service with the 2012 YWCA Tribute to Women Award as well as via a Senate Joint Resolution in March 2013.

Sharing with others in their growth and development is also important to Ms. Hughes. A frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars, she presented in 2008 at the International Forum on Social Welfare in Cardiff Wales. Ms. Hughes has served as adjunct faculty with the following higher education institutions: Maryville College, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, and Cleveland State Community College.

She is a native of Monroe County and is the proud parent of Hughes Utt and Matt Utt (spouse Sheena). Reading, golfing, biking and time at Edisto Island are activities she enjoys whenever possible.

 

Tom Linfield

Tom Linfield

ProNet Steering Committee Co-Chair

Vice President, Community Impact
Madison Community Foundation
111 N. Fairchild, Ste 260
Madison, WI 53703

Email: tlinfield@madisongives.org
Office: 608-232-1763

Foundation Assets: $268M
Annual grant distributions: $13M
Discretionary budget: $2.2M
Foundation service area: Dane County, WI; pop. 450,000

Background: At MCF since 2004, Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit world. In his current role he coordinates all competitive and field of interest grantmaking, offers capacity building, counsel and facilitation to non-profits, and serves on the leadership team for the Foundation. Previous roles include Training and Grants Director for the National Center for Outreach, Grants Manager for Wisconsin Public Television, and Foundation/Government Relations Manager for Edgewood College. Tom serves on the boards of the Evjue Foundation, the Bolz School for Arts Administration. Past service includes the boards of Leadership Greater Madison Alumni Association, The Henry Vilas Zoological Society, Operation Fresh Start, and Madison Area Open Arts Studios. He is also a fellow of the Funders Network PLACES program. Tom is fluent in French and German and is a practicing fine artist, exhibiting his sculpture, mosaics and drawings regularly. He has a degree in Fine Arts from Brandeis University and has pursued additional coursework at Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Art, Madison College and Edgewood College.

Kelly Anoe

Kelly Anoe

ProNet Steering Committee Member

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

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

FY2018
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.

Amanda Klinck

Amanda Klinck

ProNet Steering Committee Outreach and Promotion

Grants and Impact Manager
Cumberland Community Foundation
308 Green Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28302

Email: amanda@cumberlandcf.org
Phone: 910-483-4449

Foundation Assets: $91M
Annual grant distributions: $3.6M
Discretionary budget: $500,000
Foundation service area: Cumberland County, North Carolina 

 

Background: Amanda Klinck joined the Cumberland Community Foundation in January 2018. Amanda received a B.A. in Communications Studies and Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master in Public Administration from Rutgers University. She worked four years for a digital marketing company and the Executive Director for a food pantry serving Harnett County before joining the foundation world. She has also spent time in Liberia working for the health NGO Curamericas. 

 

Lexi Oestreich

Lexi Oestreich

ProNet Steering Committee Member

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

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

FY2018
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.

Tami Swoboda

Tami Swoboda

ProNet Steering Committee Member

Vice-President of Programs & Grants
Community Foundation of West Texas
6102 82nd St., 8b
Lubbock, TX 79424

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

Foundation Assets: $45M
Annual grant distributions: $2.5M
Discretionary budget: $392,000

Foundation service area: Fifteen counties in the Texas South Plains/West Texas region

 

Background : Tami Swoboda is Vice President of Programs at the Community Foundation of West Texas.  She has been with the Foundation for 19 years and provides leadership for all aspects of its grant making and community impact activities.   Her work focuses on strengthening all aspects of community life with an 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 CASA.   She has served multiple terms as a board member and President of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Clubs and has been appointed to serve on the City of Lubbock Water Board and the MH/DD Human Rights Commission.  She currently serves as 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 her family, cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, watching British murder mysteries and traveling as much as possible. 

501c3 Information

The Program  Network Inc. DBA Advancement Network is a charitable organization recognized by the IRS. Our EIN is 14-1505623.

Questions? Contact us at contact@pronetct.org.