Lisa R. Louis, CFRE
Leading the Catholic Foundation was an opportunity Lisa could not pass up. “It is a pleasure for me to put my professional skills to work for causes that inspire me personally,” she says. In collaboration with its board of directors, Lisa guides the work of the foundation to raise, manage growth and grant funds to support the mission and ministries of the Catholic faith following each donor’s intent.
Prior to her work with the Catholic Foundation, Lisa held a variety of leadership positions in marketing, communications, and fundraising at the Regional Cancer Center over the course of more than 20 years. She earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2018.
Lisa holds a BA in speech communication from Miami University of Ohio and an MA in communication studies from West Virginia University. She and her husband, Mark, have four children and are active members at St. Jude parish.
Julia A. Cooney
Inspired by her experiences as a parish volunteer, Julia Cooney has a deep appreciation for the difference donors and organizations can make together. “Connecting donors with the causes they are passionate about can truly advance the mission of the church and, ultimately, change the lives of both philanthropic individuals and those who are impacted by their generosity,” she says.
As Operations Director, Julia directs day-to-day Foundation operations, ensuring accuracy and consistency in processes, financial transactions, data management, and collaboration with ministries and organizations. She also serves as the Recording Secretary of the Catholic Foundation.
In addition to her extensive volunteer work at Our Lady of Peace parish and school, Julia previously worked as the Catholic Foundation Development Services Coordinator and has experience as a programmer/analyst. She earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from Westminster College. She and her husband Michael are proud parents of three daughters.
After retiring from her career as a dietitian to stay home and raise her sons, Kathy found herself with spare time on her hands and a need to serve in her heart. While volunteering in many capacities at Our Lady of Peace School, she became an integral part of building a development effort to replace the typical school fundraising efforts. Kathy says, “I was definitely in the right place at the right time. Our school board was on track with their decision and the diocese was offering a series of seminars on the topic that I attended on behalf of the school. Development was and is a natural fit for me.”
As Development Coordinator for the Catholic Foundation, Kathy coordinates foundation events and other donor-related activities.
In addition to her years as a dietitian, Kathy has held positions as the Advancement Director for Our Lady of Peace School and as the Director of Special Events for Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy. She earned her BS in Dietetics and MS in Nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She and husband, Doug, are members of Our Lady of Peace Parish and have two adult sons.
As Development Associate Elizabeth Rathburn provides administrative support to the operations of the Foundation and contributes to a variety of constituent relations activities including assistance with marketing and communication materials and plans, social media and events. She welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Foundation’s growth by bringing new ideas and a different perspective to current efforts.
Elizabeth earned BAs in Music and Communication and an MS in Organizational Leadership from Mercyhurst University. In her spare time Elizabeth can be found sharing her musical talents volunteering in orchestra pits around the Erie area, adding to her stack of fiction novel drafts, or playing with her cat, Mugsy.