The ECCF staff is a friendly, dynamic and comprehensive team devoted to supporting Essex County's nonprofit sector through grants, guidance, education and collaborations. Collectively our people have over 100 years of nonprofit experience and expertise to share with organizations serving our region.
A big heart and a business mind make a great combination!
President and CEO
Dave has focused his career on developing resources for the growth of nonprofit institutions. He joined ECCF in the Spring of 2008 after a long service as Senior Vice President at the Lahey Clinic, and was previously in senior leadership at the University of Vermont and Tufts. Dave has raised a half-billion dollars in his career, and now teaches philanthropy and governance as a consultant and volunteer for a variety of organizations, which is how he became engaged with ECCF. Dave and Lynn live in Andover (their grown kids live in Boston, Seattle and Shanghai), and they share longstanding interests in many of the issues that ECCF supports.
Vice President of Grants and Services
Julie joined ECCF in 2006. She has over 25 years of experience in development, grants management and general nonprofit administration. Prior to ECCF, she was the Grants Manager at S.A.F.E. Studio in Ipswich and Director of Education at the Wenham Museum. Julie was also Director of Planning for TERI (The Education Resources Institute) in Boston. She has considerable volunteer experience in Essex County including past board service with the House of Seven Gables, Hamilton-Wenham Education Fund, Community Services of Hamilton-Wenham, Inc. and the Wenham Village Improvement Society. She currently serves as a Trustee of Wellspring House in Gloucester. Julie holds a B.S. from St. Lawrence University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Julie and her husband Kirk live in Wenham and are parents of three young adults.
Executive Vice President & Director of Philanthropy
Jay joined ECCF in August 2010 after 21 years in senior management and a partner at Ruotolo Associates Inc., a national consulting firm which provides philanthropic counsel to nonprofits. Jay’s expertise includes capital campaigns, strategic planning, and development office operations with a special emphasis on board development and major gifts. Before joining Ruotolo Associates, Jay’s professional experiences were in the political arena. He was Director of Community Relations and Economic Development for U.S. Congressman Chester G. Atkins of Massachusetts. Jay currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Lanam Club, Andover, MA, and Vice Chair of the North Andover Youth Center Foundation. Jay previously served for three years as Chair of the Board of Directors of UNICEF New England and was also on the President’s Council of Merrimack College, from which he graduated with a Political Science and Economic degree. Jay, his wife Martha, and their three sons live in North Andover.
Carol Lavoie Schuster
Assistant Manager of Grants and Services
Carol joined ECCF in March 2011. Carol has dedicated her career to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Most recently, she was the Program Manager at Associated Grant Makers (AGM) specializing in membership management, program development, course facilitation, conferences and events. Prior to AGM, Carol worked in development and as gallery director for several arts and cultural organizations such as The Commonwealth Museum, Panopticon Gallery, The Field Gallery, The Harvard University Art Museums, and the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association. Carol is active and passionate about community and volunteerism, serving as a Trustee for the House of Seven Gables and Martha’s Vineyard Art Association. Carol was raised in Beverly, graduated from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and lives in Salem with her family.
Philanthropy & Donor Services
Pat joined ECCF in January 2010. She has several years experience in marketing, desktop publishing and administration. Before joining ECCF, Pat was Development Coordinator at Spa Tech Institute in Ipswich, MA, responsible for marketing, publishing and program scheduling for their five locations. Prior to that, she spent over 15 years at Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston as an Administrative Assistant. Pat has a Bachelor’s Degree from Salem State College in Business/Marketing. She lives in Middleton with her husband and two children.
Grants and YAR Administrative Coordinator
Kathy has been a member of the team since Broadhow’s inception in 1998. Before that, she worked in the field of high tech and has done accounting work for various companies. Kathy also worked in marketing/sales where she provided administrative support and coordinated quarterly conferences. Kathy was active in the Grandparents as Parents (GAP) group and was a member of the Legal Task Force working with the Merrimack Valley lawyers in setting up legal assistance for grandparents. Kathy has an Associate’s Degree from Bunker Hill Community College. She lives in Tewksbury with her granddaughter Ashley.
Susan joined ECCF in March 2011. She is a Merrimack College graduate with a background in public accounting, auditing small businesses and non-profit organizations. Over the past decade, Susan was the Business Manager for the former Our Lady of Nazareth Academy in Wakefield. She is a member of the Parent Advisory Board at Saugus High School and is a lifelong resident of Saugus where she resides with her husband Jim and their children Matthew and Jenna. Susan enjoys serving the Foundation and the nonprofit agencies in the community.
Contract Grant Writer
Nadia started working with ECCF in November 2012. She is a trained consultant in the nonprofit lifecycles methodology and for the past ten years has focused on capacity building initiatives including grant writing, strategic planning, and board development. She has over 25 years of experience working with leading Fortune 500 and small to medium sized companies in the US and Europe. Since 2000 Nadia has combined her strengths in business with her passion for helping non-profit organizations. Nadia holds a BA in Marketing and is a graduate and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Communications, Advertising and Marketing Foundation in the UK. She is also a qualified executive coach and member of the International Association of Coaches. She lives in Salem and is delighted to be able to use her skills to support philanthropy in her local community.
Communications and Web Manager
Jonah joined ECCF in 2007. She attended Cornell University, leaving school after her second year for over a decade of travel mostly around the United States. Since returning to the area in 2007, she has studied graphic design at Salem State University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Massart, and is a freelance web designer. Jonah lives in Essex.