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Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is proud to have Duggan Cooley on board as the fourth executive director since the foundation’s inception in 1969. Appointed in October 2016, Duggan is a long-time resident of Pinellas County, and comes to PCF with a robust career in nonprofit leadership and fundraising including work in nonprofit startups, organizational mergers, as well as public policy development and advocacy.Prior to PCF, he served as president of United Way of Pasco County, where he was responsible for leading the organization through a transformative position in the community.
Duggan also served as the President/CEO of Religious Community Services, Inc. (RCS), a Pinellas organization that provides human services for more than 90,000 people annually.
CEO Cooley brings extensive community leadership experience to Pinellas Community Foundation through his service on a variety of nonprofit executive boards including the Pasco Economic Development Council, Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board, Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless, Rotary Club of Trinity, Pasco Rebuilds Together, United Way of Florida. He is a past president of Leadership Pinellas and a graduate of Leadership Pasco.
Duggan is glad to be back in working in Pinellas County where he enjoys outdoor activities including fishing and hiking; he is an avid SCUBA diver and travels with his family to enjoy the sport. He’s also a devoted college football fan and a dedicated fan of the Florida Gators.
He holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame as well as degrees in Psychology and Classics from the University of Florida.
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Duggan Cooley, CFRE
Leah J. Slavensky brings more than three decades of marketing, event planning and art direction experience to the Pinellas Community Foundation. Having spent much of her career working in the financial services and health care industries, she has a proven track record of exceeding communication goals while enriching brand awareness.
Leah has been instrumental in elevating the Pinellas Community Foundation’s brand identity as part of her efforts to launch the first marketing program in the organization’s 50-year history.
She holds a Master’s in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Iowa.
During her off hours, Leah is a dedicated volunteer at both Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health and the Hispanic Outreach Center.
Leah J. Slavensky
Director of Community Impact
Starting at PCF in March 2021, Leigh came from Creative Pinellas, the county’s arts advocacy agency, where she worked as the 2018 Arts Annual project consultant and the organization’s arts and cultural outreach manager. In her position, she cultivated partnerships throughout Tampa Bay to build a greater understanding of the community, and the economic and tourism impact of arts and culture.
Leigh attended Emory University where she received her bachelor’s degree in theatre and later returned to work for the Emory Alumni Association. Prior to her move to Pinellas County in 2017, she was a corporate affairs and southeastern regional PR associate for HBO. Leigh managed the Office of Special Events for Mayor Shirley C. Franklin in Atlanta, Georgia, and has produced fundraising events for the American Red Cross in Louisiana.
Leigh is engaged within Pinellas County as a founding member of the Word Initiative, whose Word Book Boxes provide free books with positive images of children of color to communities in South St. Petersburg. She was also an event consultant for the Latinx Presente Festival of the Arts, First Night St. Petersburg, and the Plus Project.
Director of Donor and Advisor Relations
Bette Anthony, CPA, brings three decades of accounting operations, internal control systems, auditing, cash and grants fiscal management to Pinellas Community Foundation.
Prior to joining the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF), Bette’s ongoing fiscal excellence as vice president of accounting and finance/controller was awarded three consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator for RCS. She also served as director of internal audit for Golf Hosts, Inc., and senior staff accountant for Harper, Van Scoik & Company (now Carr, Riggs, and Ingram).
Bette holds a BA from University of South Florida and an AA from Manatee Junior College.
Bette Anthony, CPA
Director of Finance
J.A. Morton-Jones brings a passion for community-building to her work as a donor-advisor for the Venture Philanthropy Fund. Working alongside nonprofits to help them build capacity through marketing, outreach, and coalition-building, she is an advocate for the many committed nonprofit organizations in Pinellas doing the heavy-lifting in their communities.
J.A. is also currently a staff writer and editor (as J.A. Jones) at The Weekly Challenger. Prior to that, she served as content manager at B2B Marketing Lead and grant writer/administrative support at RixNew. She has also worked at Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality Tampa, FL, sWire.com/Midwest Technology Ventures and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hope for Women Magazine and PW Media
She has a Master of Fine Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, The City College of New York, NY.
Venture Philanthropy Advisor
David Bender brings several years of database management and nonprofit experience to Pinellas Community Foundation. With a strong interest in community building and organizing, he interned with two major Chicago-based nonprofits where he used data to shape organizing strategies. He also provided database management services for a large Chicago hospital and pharmacy group.
David is bilingual in Spanish and English and spent three years teaching English in Madrid, Spain.
He oversees all of PCF’s grant making processes, as well as special communications and executive projects. He holds a Bachelor’s from Beloit College in Political Science and Spanish.
Director of Grants and Operations
Cheri Wright-Jones joins the Pinellas Community Foundation staff as Senior Program Officer, CARES to oversee the distribution and usage of CARES Act Funding. She most recently served as Regional Vice President of the Tampa Bay Area at Allegany Franciscan Ministries.
Cheri’s career has focused on increasing access to healthcare services and building capacity within non-profit organizations. She is the former Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative. She also worked with the Closing the Gap in Infant Mortality grant at the Central Hillsborough Healthy Start Project. Cheri has extensive experience in program planning, project coordination, data collection and evaluation. Cheri has served as a PLACES Fellow with the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. PLACES is a year-long fellowship program that offers tools, knowledge, and best practices to enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
Cheri earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from Florida A & M University.
Senior Program Officer, CARES