Staff Biographies

Henry L. Berman

Chief Executive Officer
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Henry leads Exponent Philanthropy using his wealth of experience managing people, projects, and budgets in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He was instrumental in helping the Association of Small Foundations (ASF) evolve into Exponent Philanthropy.

In his formal philanthropic career, Henry has served as a foundation president and co-trustee, gaining significant experience working closely with grantees and evaluating funded programs. In his continuing role as a foundation trustee, Henry has been a dues-paying member of Exponent Philanthropy since 2003. He served on the Exponent Philanthropy (then, ASF) board from 2008–2010 and was appointed CEO in 2011. Through his experience as a member and a leader within the organization, he brings to the CEO role a firsthand understanding of the needs of philanthropists with few or no staff.

Before joining the staff at Exponent Philanthropy, Henry had a long career in educational media and technology. He also served as a board member, volunteer, fundraiser, and/or marketer for several organizations including the American Society for Training and Development, the American Occupational Health Association, and the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation. He is a founding board member of the Museum of Broadcast Technology and also currently serves on the boards of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the National Council of Nonprofits.

Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College, a master’s and doctorate in education from Boston University, and a certificate in business and management from the Harvard University Extension School.

Originally from Massachusetts, Henry now lives in Washington, DC. When not here, you might find him, still camera to his eye, exploring back roads and wilderness trails.

Kim Adkinson

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications
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Kim manages our social media efforts, PhilanthroFiles blog, and quarterly publication Essentials. She is also our in-house “word wizard” and provides editorial support across the organization. Before joining Exponent Philanthropy, Kim was member services director at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and philanthropy fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Kim works remotely works from her home in Howard County, MD, which she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two mischievous pets.


Afia Amobeaa-Sakyi

Membership Marketing Manager
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Afia partners with fellow marketing and membership team members to design creative and strategic recruitment initiatives.

Before joining Exponent Philanthropy, Afia worked with various nonprofits and associations advocating for issues from education policy to humanitarian relief. Her career goal is to be a social change agent who gives back to the community and improves conditions for generations to come. Afia holds a master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside.

Afia is originally a product of Ghana, West Africa but considers California home. When she’s not daydreaming of warm weather, she spends her time learning about life through fashion, food, friends, and travel.


LaShonne Barnes

Director of Corporate Partnerships
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LaShonne leads the work to establish, cultivate and steward meaningful relationships with organizations and individuals that service the philanthropic community. Working collaboratively across internal departments and externally, LaShonne develops strategy to target and engage industry experts in our work in a manner that is mutually beneficial to Exponent Philanthropy and our partners.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, LaShonne was Development Officer at Achieving the Dream, Inc. (ATD) where she was responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies for partner support, coordination of prospect research, development and production of content for fundraising proposals, and corporate contracts. She cultivated new relationships on behalf of ATD that led to the enhancement and expansion of the organization’s learning initiatives and events.

Before then, LaShonne was Associate Director of Advancement at the American Council on Education (ACE) where she played a vital role in the coordination and planning of ACE’s Annual Meeting, revamped and managed the corporate membership program, and continuously engaged prospective donors in ACE’s work to expand initiatives.


Brian BatesBrian Bates

Membership Coordinator
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Brian is the key to the inner workings of the Membership team. He supports our members through their join and renewal processes and helps keep their information up-to-date. He also provides member support and brings front-line perspective to our member communications.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, Brian worked as a program assistant at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and as membership coordinator at the Council on Foundations where he developed his passion for philanthropy. He holds a BA in international relations from Michigan State University.

Brian is a native Michigander who spends his free time running and cheering for his beloved Spartans.


Alesha Burk

Development Relationship Manager
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Alesha supports the development department and manages our Directory of Foundation and Philanthropy Advisors. She is passionate about serving nonprofits, and her diverse prior experience includes supporting scholarship students and donor engagement at the Penland School of Crafts and working for the U.S. National Arboretum in the Bonsai and Penjing Museum.

Alesha is new to the Washington, DC area and enjoys discovering more about her new home. When not at Exponent Philanthropy or volunteering in the local arts and horticultural community, she is an active sculptor and works in her studio as much as possible.


Noble Campbell

Receptionist / Administrative Assistant
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Noble keeps our office operations running smoothly and is the first person most members meet or speak with. He is a master at juggling multiple tasks, provides wonderful customer service, and is always looking to improve our internal processes to better serve our members and make things easier for staff.

Originally from South Carolina, Noble was raised in D.C. He studied Engineering and Mechanical Drawing at Southern University and comes to us from a career in administration at American University. A musician at heart, Noble enjoys playing keyboards and drums as well as singing all kinds of music. When not in the office, he nurtures his strong interests in the arts by frequenting music venues and other creative outlets.


Andy Carroll

Senior Program Director
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Andy develops resources and programs on grantmaking, leadership, and trends in small-staffed philanthropy and is a trained facilitator in civic reflection. He works to empower more foundations and donors to take advantage of their unique position to provide leadership on important issues they feel passionate about.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, he developed programs at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and before that at the Council on Foundations. Andy has an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School, and has 30 years of experience in management, training, and program development for nonprofit organizations.

Andy is a DC native and has spent countless hours exploring the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and daughter.


Marice Fernando

Manager of Knowledge Management & Member Engagement
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Marice is the heart of our Membership and Marketing team. She helps members utilize their benefits so they can increase their knowledge, build relationships in the field, and easily identify time and cost savings. She is also the point person for our database, keeping staff informed and member information current.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, Marice worked at the National Housing Conference, supporting its membership and events departments. She holds an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University, and a BA in international studies from Berry College.

Marice is passionate about supporting the development of community focused nonprofits both locally and internationally and enjoys cooking, baking, and running in her free time.


Serenity Greenfield

Director of Marketing & Membership
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Serenity works to ensure the growth and success of our programs, content, and membership through innovative marketing and communications strategies. She is a marketing and membership nerd to the core and has been championing the work of associations for the majority of her career.

Serenity graduated with a degree in Marketing from Montana State University and secured her passion for non-profits with a graduate degree in nonprofit management from George Mason University. In her free time, you’ll find her exploring the outdoor spaces of the DC region, chasing after her two small children, or searching for an opportunity to squeeze in a few extra minutes of sleep.


Althea Georgantas

Program Manager
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Althea keeps our members informed and connected through creative educational programs and learning opportunities. She coordinates our biennial CONNECT Conference and manages the organization’s distance learning programs, bridging the geographic gap of our national membership.

Althea brings national nonprofit programming experience from her previous position at the World Affairs Councils of America, where she also helped to spearhead and manage grant-making activities. She has a BA in International Relations from American University, including one year of study in Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. She possesses professional and personal experience in international exchange and citizen diplomacy and is passionate about global issues and the importance of lifelong education.

Originally from Massachusetts, Althea lives in Washington, DC with her husband and dog and enjoys cooking, museum-hopping, and road trips.


Lauren Kotkin

Director, Educational Programs
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Lauren blends creativity and detail to deliver Exponent Philanthropy’s educational programs. She is the leader of the Educational Programs Team, plans our biennial National Conference, and contributes to our collection of daylong seminars.

In her first career, Lauren was an early childhood educator and served as the education director of a children’s museum near Boston. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and master’s degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, with a focus on using arts in education.

Lauren is a collage artist. She volunteers for and exhibits her work at DC-area arts organizations.


Quoc Le

Marketing Coordinator
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Quoc partners with everyone on staff to make sure their products, programs, content, and expertise are shared with our greater community. With the Marketing and Membership team, he executes our print and digital marketing efforts, provides graphics and marketing support, and pushes us to try new ways of reaching and engaging our community.

Quoc graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He spends his free time working on/looking for home improvement projects, biking, and playing the piano.


Brendan McCormick

Content Manager
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Brendan works with the Content Services team to develop resources and programs for members, related to impact and evaluation, foundation investments, community foundations, and our survey and data publications.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, Brendan worked as the grants and awards coordinator at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, program coordinator for outreach, instruction and communication at University of Maryland’s College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program, and as a philanthropy fellow at the Greater Washington Community Foundation.

Brendan earned his master’s degree in public policy at the University of Maryland where he focused on nonprofit management and social policy. He also has his bachelor’s degree from UMD where he majored in history and received a certificate in public leadership. In his free time, he enjoys cooking new recipes and finding a quiet place to read a good book.


Jeanne Metzger

Chief Development and Marketing Officer
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Jeanne leads our development, marketing, and membership efforts and is a member of our leadership team.  She is keenly focused on maximizing Exponent Philanthropy’s resources, expanding its reach, and elevating its position within the philanthropic sector.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, Jeanne served in a variety of management roles at the National Venture Capital Association where she launched a social entrepreneurship initiative and helped build the Association’s membership, public relations, marketing, and non-dues revenue functions.

Jeanne is excited about the changing landscape of philanthropy and the blurring line between for-profit organizations and the social innovation sector. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and logging miles on her bike.


Cynthia Schaal

Chief Program Officer
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Cynthia Schaal leads our content, programs, and services efforts and is a member of our leadership team. She works with in-house teams, foundation practitioners, and sector leaders to bring the most relevant expertise and practical guidance to our membership. She brings extensive past experience in generating best practice insights and resources for nonprofit hospital and health system leaders.

Cynthia received her undergraduate degree in Russian from Georgetown University and her master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

When not spending time with her family, Cynthia enjoys writing, dabbling in various hobbies, and participating in initiatives that empower children and families.


Madelyn Schorr

Program Specialist
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Madelyn provides program support to the Educational Programs team as a Program Specialist. She helps develop content and manage delivery for key programs including our Next Gen Fellows Program, local and regional programs, and member-led convenings such as Peer Circles.

Before joining Exponent Philanthropy, she worked as a Summer Associate at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and as a Regional Coordinator for the Roosevelt Institute, where she helped develop policy training for members and plan regional conferences.

Madelyn graduated from The University of Alabama with a BA in Digital Media and Anthropology. She is passionate about people, public policy, and a proud supporter of the Oxford comma. When she isn’t at work, Madelyn can be found experimenting with new foods in the kitchen, going for long walks around the city, or reading a book for her book club.


Peter Tajat

Director of Finance and Operations
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Peter keeps our building and systems running smoothly and he is the first person we turn to for everything pertaining to our staff operations. He masterfully manages our overall budget, provides technical support to staff and manages our building, tenants, accounting, HR benefits, and frontline staff.

Originally from Slovakia, Peter has an MBA in management from Comenius University. He spends his free time with his family and enjoys playing soccer and being active outdoors.


Heather Ukryn

Program Coordinator
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Heather supports our members through the management of our registration system, is an expert in customer service, and supports our programs with her unique understanding of our members’ needs and our internal processes.

Heather has worked in the broadcast television industry for many years but is interested in learning more about the philanthropic field with her job at Exponent. In her free time, Heather enjoys traveling, reading and shopping for “junk” at estate sales.