2019 Annual Conference – Speakers

Meet the 2019 Speakers!

Keynote Speakers:

Diana Bucco is the President of the Buhl Foundation where she has led the revisioning of the Foundation’s new strategy and approach to philanthropy, including its focus on community-driven neighborhood revitalization.  Prior, she was the President of The Forbes Funds, a Pittsburgh based organization that supports nonprofit capacity building through grantmaking.  During her tenure, The Forbes Fund became a leader in supporting Strategic Restructuring, Fiscal Modeling, and Advocacy on behalf of the nonprofit sector.  She also launched the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, a coalition of 350 nonprofit organizations that have joined together to create a unified voice for the sector.  Read MORE

Kathleen Enright is the President & CEO of the Council on Foundations.  Widely respected for her role in creating a more robust, effective philanthropic and nonprofit sector over two decades as a mission-driven leader and coalition builder, Kathleen joins the Council after 17 years as President & CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO).  During her tenure, she guided GEO to a programmatically strong and financially healthy position, an experience she brings to her new role leading the Council on Foundations.  Read MORE

Dr. Michelle Foster is the President & CEO of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF).  Before joining TGKVF, Michelle was the CEO of the Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA), a community based, a non-profit organization that strengthens West Virginia Families through health, employment, asset development, and learning initiatives.  Michelle’s original career was as a chemical engineer, most recently at Union Carbide Corporation.  Read MORE



Breakout Session Speakers:

Amy Elliott
As a native of Williamstown, West Virginia, Amy comes to Nonprofit LEAD with an extensive background in facilitating organizational and personal change and development, as well as experience in almost every aspect of nonprofit structure and leadership.  She has owned and operated her own company, serving as an ISO 9000 consultant for businesses and as a public speaking instructor on the collegiate level.  Read MORE

Melissa Sines
Melissa Sines is Programs and Knowledge Director at PEAK Grantmaking. This position leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers. This role combines two important functions: Developing strong strategies and partnerships in order to raise awareness of our practice work and increase our impact in the sector and to develop our knowledge base of the current and changing state of practice in the field. Melissa started at PEAK Grantmaking as the Effective Practices Program Manager in 2018. Read MORE


John Tyler
John Tyler joined the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 1999 as its general counsel and secretary. In 2004, he became (and remains) its first chief ethics officer. The Foundation fosters economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success through its grantmaking and by directly operating programs, including a charter school and a program to facilitate access to capital for certain entrepreneurs.  Read MORE