Meet the Nationwide Children's Foundation

The Foundation team serves to further the mission of Nationwide Children’s Hospital while meeting donor philanthropic goals. Comprised of highly skilled philanthropic professionals, our team includes a number of people who have been with Nationwide Children’s for more than a decade. We also have newer additions to the staff who have joined our team from prestigious institutions around the country.

At Nationwide Children’s, we believe that when your child needs a hospital, everything matters. And because of that belief, every gift matters. Whatever your charitable intentions, our team can help you improve the lives of children while bringing pride, joy, and a sense accomplishment to your family.

Please contact the appropriate staff member below, or call (614) 355-5400 if you would like general information about the Foundation or how to make a gift.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation

525 E Mound Street, 4th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 355-5400
Fax: (614) 355-5410

Leadership Team

Foundation Staff

Steve Testa
Manages all aspects of the fundraising arm of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and works to match strategic donor goals with institutional needs.

Foundation Staff

Niki Shafer
Senior Vice President, Outreach
Leads corporate alliance activities, local and national fundraisers, community events, and hospital affinity groups.

Foundation Staff

Nichole Ferris
Vice President, Constituent Giving
Supervises individual and corporate major giving and stewardship.

Foundation Staff

Scott McKenzie
Senior Director, External Relations
Works with strategic fundraising communications and storytelling of donor impact.

Foundation Staff

Kevin Welch
Vice President, Development Services
Oversees financial operations, gift processing, database management, and support services.


Grateful Patient Program

Jillean Bastian
Senior Director, Ambassador Program
(614) 355-5407

Tiffany Whetstone
Associate Director, Ambassador Program
(614) 355-5451

Rebecca Hamlin
Associate Director, Ambassador Program
(614) 355-5432

Major Gifts

Ben Kozberg
Senior Director of Development
(614) 355-5426

Tyler Carter
Assistant Director of Development
(614) 355-5423

Planned Giving

Lori Aiello, JD, CAP
Director, Planned Giving
(614) 355-5417

Kristin K. Shuey
Associate Director, Major and Planned Giving
(614) 355-5434

Corporate Giving

Local Partnerships and Children's Miracle Network

Corporate Philanthropy

Amanda Dove
Director of Corporate Partnerships
(614) 355-5418

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Scott Hilbert
Associate Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
(614) 355-3856

Robbii Miller
Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
(614) 355-5435

Nimrah Clark
Assistant Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Kristi Frederick
Sr. Associate Director - Toledo, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

Kate Keller
Associate Director - Toledo, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 

Maddi Webb
Assistant Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

National Partnerships

Mary McCabe
Assistant Director, Corporate Alliance
(614) 355-5406


Signature and Institutional Events

Cynthia Laux
Senior Director, Signature and Institutional Events
(614) 355-5413

Halle Kaplan
Assistant Director, Signature and Institutional Events
(614) 355-5438

Affinity Groups & Community Events

Carrie DiNovo
Director, Corporate and Community Partnerships
(614) 355-5494

Kathy Hickman
Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships
(614) 355-5424

Kenna Scaife
Assistant Director, Community Partnerships
(614) 355-5452

On Our Sleeves and Associated Development

Morgen Spon
Director of Development, On Our Sleeves
(614) 355-5419

Sophia Ruotolo
Associate Director, On Our Sleeves
(614) 355-5487

Foundation Relations

John Hykes
Associate Director, Foundation Relations
(614) 355-5433

Molly Reynolds
Senior Director, Advancement Services
(614) 355- 5431

Corey Burdine
Assistant Director, Foundation Relations
(614) 355-5421


Ann Holzapfel
Director, Donor Relations
(614) 355-5428

April Poling
Assistant Director, Donor Relations
(614) 355-5436


Tiffani Woods
Assistant Director, Communications
(614) 355-5490