Staff

The Forbes Funds Team

Kate Dewey, President

Kate assumed the Presidency of The Forbes Funds (TFF) on January 2, 2013. She has more than forty years of direct experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies and corporations at the local, state and national level.

Prior to joining TFF, Kate was the founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, Inc., which merged with McCrory & McDowell LLC in July 2004 and subsequently acquired by ParentBeard LLC in 2011. Dewey & Kaye was the fifth oldest consulting practice in the United States dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations, foundations and government agencies. Previously Kate was Manager of Community Affairs for Mellon Bank Corporation.  From 1985 until 1991, she served as the founding Executive Director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, an association dedicated to promoting effective philanthropy.  Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1982, Kate was a Principal in Semerad Associates of Washington, D.C., a consulting firm specializing in governmental affairs, planning and development services for nonprofits, school-to-work policy formulation and public/private ventures.  She has also held a variety of additional posts in the public and private sectors, including serving as Executive Vice President of 7001 Ltd., President Ford’s signature initiative which focused on strengthening school-to-work transition services for high-risk youth; Interstate Juvenile Probation and Parole Coordinator/Liaison to Juvenile Corrections and Mental Health for the State of New Jersey; and Director of Ambulatory and Residential Treatment Services for the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. Under her leadership the first home for incarcerated mothers and their infants was opened in New Jersey in partnership with Clinton Correctional Facility.

The Forbes Funds was recognized in 2015 by The Independent Sector American Express Fellows as the leading example of organizations driving community innovation. Kate is the 2014 finalist for the Chase Manhattan Bank Smart Business Award, 2008 winner of the ATHENA Award in Pittsburgh which is recognized internationally as the premier honor for excellence in leadership among business, professional and community leaders, and the 1999 Recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA's Tribute to Women Award She has extensive board service experience and currently serves as a Trustee of the Shirley Jordan Foundation. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.

Kate received her Bachelor’s degree from Rider University and Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University. She was certified in 1995 as a management trainer by the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute, an international educational organization.

Samantha Balbier, Executive Director GPNP

Samantha is a long-time Pittsburgh resident with a demonstrated track record in policy analysis, development, strategic communications, and building collaborations to mobilize policy makers and the public to take action. She is passionate about the nonprofit sector’s role and value in building strong communities. Most recently she served as the Lead Consultant for the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Healthy & Green Initiative, which involved working with the Heinz Endowments and several Pennsylvania state government departments to build a system that emphasizes environmental health in Pennsylvania’s early childhood programs. Prior to this engagement, Samantha was the development director at Carriage House Children’s Center where she successfully implemented an ambitious capital campaign and was a key team member in the organization’s pursuit of a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Samantha also has experience as a nonprofit executive director and has served as a consultant to the Allegheny Department of Human Services’ Office of Community Services and as a program associate at The Heinz Endowments for Children, Youth and Families.

Samantha has an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh in Community Organizing and Public Policy, as well as bachelor degrees from Mercyhurst College in Social Work and Business & Marketing. She is certified by the US Green Building Council Institute as a LEED Green Associate© and as an instructor in this specialty for the PA Quality Assurance System for the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning/PA Key.

Don Goughler, Executive in Residence

Don Goughler recently retired as the President/CEO of Family Services of Western Pa after fifteen years in that position. Prior to that he was employed for twenty-two years by Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services and was the Executive Vice President/CEO for that organization from 1988-99. Goughler received a BA degree from Westminster College and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been an adjunct faculty member for twenty years, teaching graduate courses in social work management. Goughler has served on several nonprofit boards and advisory groups and most recently chaired the national gerontology project, New Age of Aging, from 2006-13 for the Alliance for Children and Families. He also served on the national board of trustees for Ways to Work, Inc from 2006-13. Goughler has published articles on social services management in several juried journals and also served on the editorial board of the national social work journal, Families in Society. Among his honors and recognitions he received an Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in 1988, and lifetime achievement awards from CLASS, in 2012, and Mental Health America, Westmoreland chapter, in 2014.

Elizabeth Heft, Director of Management Assistance

Elizabeth is Manager of The Forbes Funds' Capacity Building programs. She manages grantmaking, cohorts, technical assistance, organizational assesment tools, and other projects. She loves being able to work with nonprofits to improve their operational capacity and see first hand the amazing work of organizations in the Pittsburgh region. She has a Master of Social Work and a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and also holds a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies & Spanish from Malone University. Originally from Newark, Delaware, Elizabeth focused her studies on nonprofit management, and has experience working in Latin America.

Jayme Holloway, CAP-OM, Office Administrator

Jayme has over 10 years of experience as an administrative professional in nonprofit environments and is on the Board of Directors of her local civic organization.  She attended Bradford School for her secretarial certificate; is certified as an Administrative Professional-Organizational Management and has been a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals since 2005.

Alex Oliver, Development and Communications Specialist

Prior to joining The Forbes Funds, Alex served diverse communicatoins and development roles with Pittsburgh's community-based nonprofits. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Alex attended Ryerson University (Toronto) and University of Essex (Colchester, UK) before moving to Pittsburgh in 2007 to study at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an active member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and organizes the local chapter of Versatile PhD, a networking and support group for academics interested in exploring non-academic work.