Lisa Louis, CFRE

Lisa Louis, CFRE

Executive Director

(814) 824-1237

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.

Michelle Basista

Michelle Basista

Development Officer

(814) 824-1192

“It is a blessing to use my gifts to help further Catholic mission and ministry,” Michelle says. “By embracing the belief that fundraising is a ministry, I invite donors to participate in the mission of the Diocese to build the Kingdom of God.”

Michelle brings over 13 years of Catholic fundraising experience to her current work in the Catholic Foundation. She is a resource to a variety of ministries, sharing fundraising best practices and donor relations strategies, always working to the intent of the donor and improve the donors’ experience.

Previously Michelle served as Mission Advancement Director for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Pittsburgh. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry from Duquesne University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Allegheny College. Michelle and her husband, Pete, live in Fairview and are members of Holy Cross parish.

Julia Cooney

Julia Cooney

Operations Manager

(814) 824-1253

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 Manager, 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.

Kathy Grisier

Kathy Grisier

Development Associate


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 Associate 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.