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Kate Judge

Executive Director

Kate Judge has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the areas of healthcare and non-profit communication, resource generation and management. Her work has supported large and small organizations in education, healthcare, and human service within the United States and abroad.

She became the Executive Director of the American Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center, in 2012 to lead its expansion.  The Foundation, one of the first to invest in nursing research, now has a diverse program portfolio focusing on the health of nurses and the impact on patients, leadership development, health policy, and elevating the image of nurses.   As Executive Director, she helped launch the national Nurses on Boards Coalition in 2015 and the national Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation campaign.  She also served as Executive Producer for Defining Hope, a 2017 documentary about end of life and the unique expertise of nurses.

Prior to leading the Foundation she served as Assistant Dean at both University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and School of Veterinary Medicine.  She has also directed development and communications at the American Red Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the affiliate/national coordinated fundraising at the national Red Cross organization in DC.  Her community philanthropic leadership includes serving as Board President, Treasurer and director for Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia and a board member for St. Vincent’s Face-To-Face, a Philadelphia community service organization. She lives in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C.

Karen Schofield-Leca

Director of Development

Karen Schofield-Leca joined the Foundation in April 2020, where she will play a key leadership role in the Foundation’s growth and operations, developing and managing the portfolio, assisting with the annual strategic planning and budgeting processes, overseeing development of Foundation marketing and communication, and managing the annual Nurse Research Award program. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in program development, fundraising, and marketing, having provided strategic leadership to a variety of non-profits and businesses, including Alliance for Excellent Education, Internet Society, Salzburg Global Seminar, AAUW’s Leadership and Training Institute, Center for Studying Health System Change, Institute for International Cooperation and Development, Washington Ethical Society, and Washington Revels (a performing arts community).

Karen earned her BA from American University in International Relations and Economics, and did graduate coursework and field study at Clark University, with a focus on International Development and Social Change. Her overseas experience includes work in Jamaica, Mozambique, and Kenya, where she developed and led community education campaigns, capacity-building initiatives, and USAID-funded participatory research. She is attuned to the needs of diverse populations and the strategies for involving stakeholders and building strong coalitions. A strong advocate for leadership development and institutional partnerships, Karen has advised various boards of directors; she currently serves as chair of the Development Committee on the board of Washington Revels.

Karen has been soliciting donations since she was old enough to trick-or-treat for UNICEF as a toddler. Ever since, she has been raising funds for the programs she’s directed, as well as evaluating the mission relevance of potential funding sources. Through experience focused on community development and capacity building, Karen has cultivated three attributes she believes are especially valuable: broad community development experience, strategic management skills, and a track record of successful fundraising.

Allison Nordberg

Program Director

Allison Nordberg has over 10 years of project and program management experience. She joined the Foundation in March 2015 and in her current role she oversees the Foundation’s portfolio related to leadership.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Allison spent seven years at the United Nations Foundation in various roles, most recently as the Senior Associate for Global Health focused primarily on polio eradication. Allison is a graduate of the University of Richmond.

Yolanda Walsh

Administrative Assistant

Yolanda Walsh recently joined ANF in an administrative capacity supporting the Foundation’s programs and staff. She is responsible for document review and management, contract processing, communications, and meeting support. Yolanda has a diverse and varied background. Prior to taking time off to raise her four children, Yolanda spent 10 years as the Project/Program Manager for a Faith Based Community Development Corporation in the DC Metropolitan area, worked in the Independent School community, and served as a Legal Associate. Yolanda holds a J.D. from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College.

Maggie Brockway

Grant Writer

Maggie Brockway joined the Foundation team as the Grant Writer to expand its fundraising capacity.  She is responsible for preparing grant proposals and reports and managing donor portfolios, as well as supporting other development needs. Maggie brings a strong background in nonprofits and fundraising to the team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Maggie was the National Grant Writer at After-School All-Stars for five years, a nonprofit organization focused on providing after-school programs for youth of color from low-income backgrounds. Before that, she was the sole development staff member at Youth Conservation Corps/YouthBuild in the Chicago area, a nonprofit that provided 16-week programs focused on helping young adults get their GEDs while simultaneously obtaining job training certifications in construction and installation. Her earliest nonprofit positions were at Earth Force in Denver focused on conservation, and Iowa City Development Group focused on community improvement.

Maggie earned her BA from University of Iowa in Environmental Sustainability in Business, as well as an Entrepreneurial Management Certificate and a Sustainability Certificate at the same time. She jumped into the deep end with her first grant writing job, and shortly after beginning, she took the initiative to seek out a Fund Development Certificate at the nearby University of Wisconsin-Parkside in order to cultivate her skills. Her shift from her original academic focus of environmental studies to her professional interest in addressing urban poverty issues led her to pursue this additional certificate in order to better serve the community. Maggie intends to continue using her strengths to bring positive change to communities across the country.

Patrick Giblin

Development Associate

Patrick is the Development Associate for the American Nurses Foundation, having served in that role since May 2020.  Patrick has extensive experience in board engagement, fundraising, grant writing and research, digital marketing, and event management.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Patrick was the Development and Marketing Manager for the Washington DC Chapter of After-School All-Stars. There he managed all marketing for the organization, authored blog posts, worked alongside the Executive Director to foster corporate relationships, and supervised interns and part-time staff. Previously, Patrick was a Program Associate at InterAction, assisting their membership team to recruit new members, manage member dues, coordinate volunteer corps, and raise event sponsorships/exhibit spaces to support the annual conference, the InterAction Forum. Patrick has a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston.

Deborah Plumstead

Communications Consultant

Deborah is responsible for managing the integrated marketing campaigns that support programs to meet nurses' critical needs and engage donors. She also develops messaging, provides spokesperson support, and promotes the Foundation’s work through media relations, internal communications and social media.

Deborah's PR career spans the US and the emerging markets of the Middle East and former Soviet Union, where she managed communications strategies and media relations, provided issues management counsel and conducted media and message training. Her diverse experience working with clients in the non-profit, corporate and government sectors includes work with leading healthcare non-profits, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.

Prior to joining the American Nurses Foundation and American Nurses Association, Deborah provided public relations consulting to Kennedy Krieger Institute where she was responsible for leading strategic media relations and building donor engagement through telling impactful stories of patients' journeys.

A graduate of the American University in Washington, DC she received her degree in international relations with a concentration on Russian language and studies.

Barb Opatick

Operations Coordinator

Barb Opatick joined the American Nurses Association in November 2011. In her current role as Operations Coordinator, she provides administrative, technical, planning, and consultative support and coordination services for the Enterprise Chief Nursing Officer and the Executive Director of the Foundation. Prior to joining ANA, Barb’s experience includes serving as an Executive Assistant at a civil engineering firm and a large retail company.

Jonathan (Jon) Selzer

Donor Relations and Data Management Specialist

Jon joined the Foundation in November, 2020 as a Donor Relations and Data Management Specialist. In this role he supports fundraising operations, reporting and overall donor data integrity. Jon worked previously at both the Capital Area Food Bank and Generation USA, where he obtained valuable exposure to gift processing and constituent management for successful teams raising millions of dollars annually.

Prior to his nonprofit career, Jon spent three years working as an English teacher in Royan, France at both a public high school and a satellite school of the University of Poitiers. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in History and French from Oberlin College.

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