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Jeff Berninger

Jeff Berninger
Founder/Executive Director, Programs and Strategic Alliances

Jeff is responsible for overall management and oversight of Guatemala operations. He is also responsible for program design, implementation, effectiveness, strategic planning, business plans, and measurable results.

Joe BerningerJoseph Berninger
Co-Founder/Executive Director

As Executive Director, Joe has responsibility for overall management and oversight of U.S. operations. He is also responsible for program design, implementation, effectiveness, strategic planning, business plans, measurable results, and overall fundraising strategy.

Ann DempseyAnn Dempsey, CFRE
Development Director

As Development Director, Ann is in charge of overall fundraising strategy and management, including foundation relationships, major gifts, marketing, events, and donor relations.

Patricia LunaPatricia Luna
Chief Financial Officer

As CoEd's CFO, Patricia is responsible for overall financial plans, budgets, and working with all members of the organization to ensure smooth financial sailing.

Marty GreenwellMarty Greenwell
Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, Marty is responsible for the overall financial aspects of the organization, specifically strategic and tactical matters relating to budgeting, analysis, forecasting, and financial reporting.

Anne CunninghamAnne Cunningham
Director of Financial Strategy and Analytics

As Director of Financial Strategy and Analytics, Anne primarily provides decision support data and analysis. She also performs some internal control functions, projects future financial needs, and assists the CFO.

Katie CamillusKatie Camillus
Manager, Program Strategy and Evaluation

Katie manages the monitoring and evaluation of our programs, oversees the development of the Scholarship Program, and coordinates strategic planning activities. She works closely with the program teams in Guatemala, serving as a link between the U.S. and Guatemala offices.

Jessica StieritzJessica Stieritz
Senior Projects Coordinator

As Senior Projects Coordinator, Jessica is responsible for managing CoEd’s partnership with Rotary International, the Guatemala Literacy Project, planning the Guatemala Project Tour itineraries, and other special projects.

Jennifer FrederickJennifer Frederick
Senior Marketing Coordinator

As Senior Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer manages donor relations and communications, coordinates social media and other marketing efforts, and oversees the database for internal record-keeping.

Lisa GrohLisa Groh
Senior Grant and Strategy Coordinator

As Senior Grant and Strategy Coordinator, Lisa manages the grants program and major gifts process and prepares grant reports and proposals as well as other marketing copy. She also manages updates to the website.

Leslie Jenkins ReedLeslie Jenkins Reed
Sponsorships and Tours Coordinator

As Sponsorships and Tours Coordinator, Leslie oversees the Sponsorship and Scholarship programs, coordinates the U.S. side of tour planning, and serves as the liasion to Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education.

Amanda WirthlinAmanda Wirthlin
Major Gifts Coordinator

As Major Gifts Coordinator, Amanda provides support to the executive director and CoEd’s Board of Directors. She also handles travel logistics and assists with major gift program coordination and tour planning.

Garrett FenchelGarrett Fenchel
Development Coordinator

As Development Coordinator, Garrett manages and develops strategy for CoEd's Outbound Donor Relations efforts. He also supports Fall Fiesta and Donation Processing, serves as the Tech Team Lead, and is responsible for coordinating office volunteers.

Sam EvolaSamuel Evola
Donor Relations and Events Coordinator

As Stewardship and Events Coordinator, Sam manages donor-initiated and CoEd-sponsored events, including Fall Fiesta. He also oversees donor recognition and stewardship efforts.

Caroline PhelpsCaroline Phelps
Development Associate

As Development Associate, Caroline provides administrative, accounting, marketing, and sponsorship support. She also helps coordinate the Bridges and School to School Programs as well as tours to Guatemala.

Courtney SmalleyCourtney Smalley
Development Associate

As a Development Associate, Courtney supports marketing efforts, the grants program, CoEd's partnership with Rotary International, and CoEd's founder.

Elizabeth RuweElizabeth Ruwe
Development Associate

As a Development Associate, Elizabeth works on Outbound Donor Relations, assists with Fall Fiesta’s silent auction, and provides board support.

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