Rising Leaders Council


The Rising Leaders Council will harness the talent and passion of the next generation of leaders in Northeast Ohio to support and promote the mission of The Gathering Place.


To ensure the viability and sustainability of The Gathering Place by fundraising, friend-raising, volunteering and empowering professional development.

Our objectives are:

  1. Partner with The Gathering Place to engage and attract the next generation of leaders to support the organization

  2. Plan and host a signature fundraising event and sports related fundraisers that will provide financial support for the organization

  3. Volunteer and participate in The Gathering Place special events

  4. Raise awareness about The Gathering Place in the community

  5. Enhance professional development, leadership skills and knowledge about board membership

If you are interested in volunteering with the Rising Leaders Council, please submit an application here. For more information or for questions, contact Simone Swanson at swanson@touchedbycancer.org or at 216.455.1522.


Chair - Julie Gurney, Benesch

Vice Chair - Lisa Hacker, Jewish Federation

Governance Committee, Chair - Lora Brand, Falls Communications

Race for the Place Committee, Chair - Jennifer Lynch-McKinney, Cleveland Zoological Society

Signature Fundraising Committee, Co-Chairs - Khalia Lucas, Pepsi Co. and Zachary Lucas, Nasa Glenn Research Center

Sports Related Fundraisers, Chair - Joe Sass, The Riverside Group

Volunteer Committee, Chair - Leslie Brandon, Buckeye Relief


Brianna Allen, Student

John Ambrose, In Motion

Ashley Butler, WBC Group, LLC

Courtney Conn, Hyland Software

Erin Dreyfuss, The Vanguard Group

Frank Ferritto, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Lauren Klein, Cleveland Clinic

Jana Rossman-Lazarus, Swagelok Corp

Amy McMullen, Lincoln Electric

Antwan Steele, Student Navigation

Support Us
The Gathering Place's funding comes from individuals, families, organizations, foundations and corporations, through our Tribute program, Annual Fund, Special Events and TGP Warehouse sales. We are a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.
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