The Catholic Foundation team is passionate about working with generous Catholic donors to fund ministries that make life better for children, adults and families in Central Florida. Our diverse team includes people who are servant leaders, collaborative and committed to supporting our community. We are here to serve – below is a photo, short biography and contact information for each of our team members.
Kimberlee Riley, CAP®
President & CEO
Kimberlee is a social entrepreneur with experience in leading business development, strategic planning, public/private partnership, governance, investment and philanthropic strategies. She is a team-oriented leader with more than 25 years of building relationships and partnerships focused on collaboration, transparency, compliance and implementation of evidence-based and best practices yielding mutual benefits, enhanced capacities and growth.
Kimberlee graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Trade and Economics where she was a member of the varsity swim team. In 2020, she earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College of Financial Services.
Kimberlee believes in volunteerism and serves in various national and local roles including Board Member of Orlando, Inc., Leadership Council Member of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Member of the Housing Board for Catholic Charities of Central Florida and Advisory Board Member of Pathways to Care. As an advocate for affordable housing and quality-of-life, Kimberlee was selected for the 2017 Sadowski Affiliate Award. She is a member of the Leadership Orlando class of 1991.
Kimberlee enjoys lifelong learning and serving colleagues and her community – she is a catechist and Eucharistic minister at St. Stephen in Winter Springs. She believes in charity and its positive impact on the giver, the beneficiary and our world and is passionate about our philanthropic journeys. Kimberlee is married and has three children.
Madelyn Weed, CFRE, CAP®
Vice President, Chief Donor Services Officer
Madelyn returned to Central Florida after 18 years at Marmion Abbey and Academy in Aurora, Illinois, most recently serving in the roll of Executive Director of Advancement. She was responsible for the creation and implementation of the overall marketing, fundraising and donor cultivation plans for the Academy, Abbey, their Guatemala Mission and Abbey Farms. Madelyn led the major gifts, planned giving and annual giving programs for all the entities raising more than $25 million in her tenure as the head of advancement. In 2017, her team received the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Performance.
Prior to her career with Marmion, Madelyn worked at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. She joined The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida in October 2019.
Madelyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida and holds her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from CFRE International and her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) Designation from The American College of Financial Services.
Madelyn lives in Clermont with her husband of 23 years, Andrew. They have two adult children – Aurora and Coley – and attend Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Celebration. Andrew is the Facility Project Manager for the Diocese of Orlando. They enjoy visiting the attractions and walking Florida beaches – soaking in the beauty of God’s creation.
Vice President, Chief Community Services Officer
Marta Sweeney has served the Diocese of Orlando and four of its Bishops for more than 26 years. Since January 2011, she has served as the Director of Annual Giving for the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida. Since then, the Annual Appeal has grown from $11.5 million to more than $16 million. Additionally, Marta works with parishes in the diocese to help them strengthen their stewardship efforts and maintain or increase their annual offertory giving. She works closely with pastors, staff and volunteers to help parishes maximize their mission advancement efforts.
The Sweeneys are founding members of Most Precious Blood parish in Oviedo, where Marta serves as a lector. She and her husband John have three wonderful sons, two beloved daughters-in-law, and two handsome grandsons – Mason and Duncan.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Nia graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting after switching majors from Electrical Engineering her Sophomore year. She was an active Beta Alpha Psi member while under the Pamplin College of Business and participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for many years. She earned a Certified Equity Professional (CEP) designation in 2011 from the Certified Equity Professional Institute at Santa Clara University and was a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) Philadelphia Chapter for eight years. She is also a Licensed Life & Health Insurance Professional in the State of Pennsylvania and State of Delaware.
Nia has spent the majority of her professional career working for third-party administrator (TPA) companies within the equity (stock-based) compensation field mainly as a Financial Reporting Client Manager and most recently within insurance claims accounting as a Senior Accountant. She has worked extensively with financial data reconciliations, analytics, implementation, tax reporting, and audit management. She has a passion and hunger for continuing education and enjoys volunteering in local community outreach programs.
New to the Central Florida area, Nia joined The Foundation in December 2022 and is a member of Most Precious Blood parish in Oviedo. She is an adoring aunt to two hearty spirited nephews.
Susan Hunt, CPA, MBA
Susan joined The Foundation in 2013 as Controller. Susan is a CPA with an MBA from Rollins College and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Stetson University. She has worked extensively with nonprofit entities, daily newspapers and manufacturing companies in both a financial and operational management role. In addition, she has served on the boards of numerous human service organizations.
Charles Van Patten, JD, CAP®
Director of Philanthropy
Charlie joined The Foundation in 2022 after many years in the legal services department of a leading planned and major giving software and marketing company. During that time he provided support to gift officers and professional advisors seeking to understand the intricacies of planned gifts. Charlie has enjoyed the opportunity to present at multiple national planned giving conferences. He has also led seminars and webinars on major gifts, planned gifts, and blended gifts throughout the United States. Charlie is a member of the American Council on Gift Annuities’ Rates and Regulation Committee.
Prior to entering the field of planned giving, Charlie practiced family law in his home state of South Carolina. He earned his juris doctor at Liberty University School of Law, where he met his lovely wife, Jennifer. Together with their young children, Charlie and Jennifer enjoy traveling and spending time together outdoors.
Jose R. Sola, MSBI
Director of Digital Philanthropy
Jose brings to our team 25+ years of B2C/B2B Marketing, Business Development, Communications and Data Analysis. He previously worked as the Digital Marketing and Data Analysis Manager at RZMotorsports and prior to that he worked as a B2B Business Development at Full Sail F.I.R.E. Jose also brings his love for our Catholic faith and experience and soft skills of servant leadership in partner relations. Academically he attended UCF and studied psychology and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Full Sail in Digital Marketing and also a Master’s Degree from Full Sail in Business Intelligence/Data Analytics. As many of our team members experienced, Jose enjoys motorsports and anything technology related. He is married with two daughters and feels that the opportunity in this position with our team is an answer to a prayer for him to be able to serve our Lord and our partners and community.
Sarah Pinto, CNP, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy
A new resident of Central Florida, Sarah joins the team from her home state of Connecticut. Sarah brings with her over ten years of fundraising experience, beginning as a humble Phonathon caller at her alma mater and developing that passion for philanthropy into a career in higher education Development, serving most recently at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science from Sacred Heart University, attained her Certified Nonprofit Professional status in 2021, and her Certified Fundraising Executive title in 2023, as well as earning digital philanthropy and grant writing certificates from Cornell University and Fort Hays University, respectively.
Sarah is a grateful recipient of a sound Catholic education, attending Catholic schools from grades 5-12, and furthering her studies at a Catholic university. She enjoys offering a similar opportunity to students as a volunteer catechist. She celebrates her devotion to Mary by serving as a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary for over 15 years, and enjoys praying with others at any opportunity.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys being active in nature, book clubs, and Bible study. She lives in Orlando with her husband and two dogs.
Bryce H. Howard
Director of Database Management
Bryce joined the team in March 2022 to lead, establish, and maintain data integrity for the foundation. Bryce brings an abundance of knowledge to lead the data team, combining the analytical knowledge from engineering and data practices in a working environment.
Bryce was born in Kissimmee FL where he attended high school. He worked at Disney and then as a carpenter throughout high school. At the end of high school, he moved to Orlando to earn a degree in Music production before switching to Electrical Engineering. At the start of his Electrical Engineering degree, he interned in a Defense Logistics Agency test lab creating data for analysis while testing microchips. After his internship, he worked for the Orlando Utility Commission, Orlando Health, and Blackbaud where he gained an understanding of data management. It was during his last three employers he discovered having more passion for managing data rather than creating it.
Whether it be through woodworking or microcontroller projects, he continues to strive to learn new things and create in his downtime.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Doris has been a resident of Orlando, FL for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of Lake Howell High School and earned an Associate in Arts Degree from Valencia Community College. She also has a Certificate in Fundraising and Development awarded by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership at Rollins College.
Doris joined The Catholic Foundation in 2008 to assist with the implementation of the Alive in Christ Capital Campaign. In her current role as Stewardship Director, she supports our diocese, parishes, missions and schools through Our Catholic Appeal, offertory programs, feasibility studies, capital campaigns and comprehensive stewardship. She is also an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. Through her earlier years she was actively involved in Spanish High School Youth and Young Adult groups.
Doris and her husband, Joey, have a son and daughter. Her father is a permanent deacon at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Parish, Altamonte Springs, where they are members.
Elle joined the Foundation as the Stewardship Director in September 2022. Her background includes 20+ years of marketing experience in the education services and homebuilding industries. Her skills include strategic planning, account and project management, traditional and digital media marketing, performance analysis, and event coordination.
Elle is very passionate about her work. She is grateful to support the mission of the Foundation and blessed to work with Catholic entities throughout the diocese.
Marco was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and moved to Florida with his family in 1988. He attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through High School before coming to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2009. During his time at UCF, Marco was a part of the Catholic Campus Ministry where he eventually met his wife, Michelle. They were married in 2014 at their parish, Most Precious Blood in Oviedo, and welcomed their son in 2016.
Beginning in 2007, Marco began working for The Catholic Foundation doing research and processing gifts for the Our Catholic Appeal and Alive in Christ campaigns. In 2012, he was given the opportunity of becoming one of the Gifts Managers where he has served since. Marco feels that as Catholics we are called to steward the gifts God has provided so that not only ourselves, but others may prosper. He likes to think that the small role he plays helps to provide the services and assistance for those most in need in our communities.
Donor Services & Events Coordinator
Rosie joined The Foundation on April 2016 from Colorado Springs, Colorado where she worked at the Diocese of Colorado Springs as the Donor Services Coordinator for about 15 years. Her husband, Dave, is Director of Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Orlando. Rosie and Dave love to travel and own a travel agency, which allows them to explore places, both domestic and international, now that their two children are grown and on their own.
Health and fitness are an important part of Rosie’s life. She is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified group exercise instructor since 1998 and a licensed Zumba instructor since 2013. She would love to start teaching Zumba in the near future.
Susan joined The Catholic Foundation in May 2019. She brings more than 20 years of executive-level support experience in both the public and non-profit sectors.
Susan was born and raised in Connecticut where she previously worked as an Executive Assistant at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Susan graduated from Bay Path Jr. College in Longmeadow, MA, with an Associate in Science. Susan is new to Central Florida and enjoys exploring the area and its attractions with her husband and daughter.
Legacy Gifts & Grants Coordinator
Born in Arizona, she moved to South Florida and attended St. Elizabeth of Hungry Catholic School in Pompano Beach and Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort. Lauderdale. Lisa stayed active within the church and joined youth groups and volunteered at her church. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Political Science and lent her talents to helping others in non-profits and has a certificate in Proposal Writing from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Rollins College. During her free time, Lisa enjoys going to car shows with her husband Jose and going on road trips with her coonhound Louie.
Data Entry Coordinator
“Michelle was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida where she attended St. Luke Catholic School and Lake Worth Christian High School. She later attended the University of Central Florida with a focus in Hospitality Management. With a passion to help and serve others, Michelle was lead to an internship with Chick-fil-A in Port Orange, FL where she served her community for 2 and a half years as a Supervisor. Eventually she longed for a change of pace and found a love for data.
She now lives in the Orlando area with her Green Cheek Conure named Boba and spends her free time playing video games and watching anime with her boyfriend, Ivan, as well as creating art through different mediums.”
Jannah Eilanie Szeibert
Community Services Coordinator
Jannah joined the Foundation in June 2022. She comes with a varied background of almost 20 years in property management, insurance, education, and banking. Her experience includes areas in marketing, event planning and management, data entry, bookkeeping, teaching, and administrative support.
Jannah was also a small business owner for about 15 years and was a certified Holistic Health Practitioner of massage therapy, as well as a photographer. She still does photography in her free time, as it is still one of her passions.
Jannah lived most of her life in Southern California and relocated to Orlando in late 2021 with her husband Damian, who works for The Walt Disney Company as a Digital Artist. They love spending time with their two cats River and Maui, good food, laughing and going on adventures together. She has an adult stepdaughter who still resides in California.
The most important thing in Jannah’s life is her Catholic faith. She believes that it allows her to be an advocate to expand awareness and to help share truth and strives to incorporate it in as much of her life as she is able.
Services & Communications Coordinator
Chris is an Orlando native who spent most his life in the Midwest before returning to Florida in 2015. He graduated from Rollins College in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in communications/public relations and a minor in writing. Prior to returning to Florida, Chris spent 20 years in radio broadcasting, commercial advertising and audio engineering; production of audio books specifically for the blind and visually impaired and narrating recorded annotations for the Library of Congress. Besides working at the Foundation, he enjoys exploring the Downtown Orlando neighborhoods; bike riding, swimming, watching sports, especially baseball and football.
Data Control Specialist
“Thien was born in California and moved to Florida when he was 8 years old. Grew up in Jacksonville for most of his life then moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida where he graduated in Finance. After navigating his career during the pandemic, he found himself in the data field where he fulfilled his passion for analytics and problem-solving.
Outside of work he enjoys playing and watching basketball as well as occasional casual poker games with friends. He is also a big food lover and has a girlfriend who’s an aspiring food influencer and loves to travel around trying new cuisines together.”
Kyle served in the United States Marine Corps right out of high school as a military intelligence specialist and was honorably discharged in 2013 after four years. He graduated with a BBA in accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 2019 and is currently in their Forensic Accounting graduate program. He’s had experience in many different industries as an accountant, including nonprofit experience at the Florida Sports Foundation, as well as the healthcare industry working for Cross Senior Care, a skilled nursing facility.
Kyle is a Florida native, born and raised in Fort Lauderdale before moving up to Central Florida in 2020. He grew up in a Catholic household and went to Catholic school from elementary through high school, taught fifth-grade level catechism (or CCD), and served as an altar server at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Pompano Beach. He’s always had a passion for serving those around him and enjoys seeing that his work has a positive impact on the community and its members.
Kyle currently resides in Sanford with his uncle and is continuing his education in his graduate program. He joined the Foundation in March 2023 and is a proud uncle of a beautiful, young niece.