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.
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.
Madelyn Weed, CFRE
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.
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 Director for Bishop Moore Catholic High School, St. Charles Borromeo and Morning Star. They enjoy visiting the attractions and walking Florida beaches – soaking in the beauty of God’s creation.
Susan Hunt, CPA, MBA
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
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.
Susan was born and raised in Central Florida and currently lives in Apopka with two Pembroke Welsh Corgis and two Maine Coon cats. She is the proud aunt of four nephews, including two in the US Navy, and one niece.
Director of Data Management
Dana joined The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida in January 2018 as the Director of Data Management. She previously worked in the area’s largest healthcare organizations, overseeing their donor databases and helping to train staff. Dana has more than 20 years of experience in data management and enjoys the critical role it plays in ensuring accurate information and support to the donors.
Dana is originally from New England, born in Rhode Island. She moved to Central Florida, Brevard County, in her early teens. One of her first jobs was working for NASA in the Manpower office, and she enjoyed it immensely.
Dana is one of the nation’s longest-surviving kidney transplant patients and shares her amazing story as a source of encouragement and hope. A graduate of the University of Central Florida’s world-renowned hospitality program, she served as the director for a hospital’s respite program, where families of patients with serious illnesses stayed while caring for their loved ones. Her friendly, cheery nature is one of most recognizable traits, and she has never met a stranger. Dana is an active member of her church and credits her faith with helping her overcome many obstacles. In addition to spending time with her family which include her three wonderful sons, Dana also enjoys supporting the local Down Syndrome Association and Autism Awareness groups, collecting rescue animals and giving them funny names.
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 completed additional coursework in philanthropy and organizational communication at Rollins College in Winter Park.
Doris joined The Catholic Foundation in 2008 to assist with the implementation of the Alive in Christ Capital Campaign. In her current role as Campaign Director, she supports our diocese, parishes, missions and schools through Our Catholic Appeal, the Offertory Enhancement Initiative, feasibility studies and capital campaigns. She is also a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. Prior to joining The Catholic Foundation, Doris worked as a Financial Service Representative for Regions Bank and through her earlier years 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 were members for many years. Presently, they are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Orlando.
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.
Foundation Advancement Manager
Born in northern Wisconsin, Shana’s family quickly left the cold for sunny Sarasota, FL where she spent the first 20 years of her life before moving to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Event Management.
Shana joined The Catholic Foundation in February 2019 as Campaign Director to support Our Catholic Appeal, Offertory Enhancement, and capital campaign needs. She has extensive project, event and brand-management experience serving clients across multi-state territories.
In her free time, Shana enjoys experiencing all the fun that Central Florida has to offer: from jogging the boardwalks in Celebration, to ziplining on the coast, or spending a day at the theme parks, to attending dance or yoga classes. With a true servant’s heart, Shana volunteers for organizations that focus on issues including preventing animal abuse, raising Autism and mental-health awareness, and promoting cancer research.
Karina Garcia Vazquez
Email | 407-246-7193
Karina has excelled in the fields of education and cultural arts. She joins our team with strong experience in data management and development for major museums including the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, Museum of History Anthropology and Art, and Museum of Art of Bayamón.
Karina holds a bachelors degree in Art History from the University of Puerto Rico and a masters degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Arts Administration from Ana G Méndez University. Karina knows her talents are from God and she desires to share her knowledge and skills at the service of God and the community.
In her free time Karina enjoys spending time with her family, visiting museums, cultural institutions and getting involved in community service activities.
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.
Diana Loayza Garcia
Legacy Gifts & Grants Manager
Email | (407) 246-7177
Born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Diana moved to Florida in 2006 to pursue a college education. She graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and a minor in Business. Diana joined The Catholic Foundation as part of the Donor Services team in April 2020 with nearly four years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Diana finds joy and fulfillment in creating a positive impact for the community and serving others.
Diana is a licensed cosmetologist who graduated from the Paul Mitchell School and has worked at Orlando-area salons. On her free time, Diana enjoys cooking and experimenting with Ecuadorian and Peruvian recipes. Diana also enjoys traveling and often visits her parents and family in Ecuador to explore new amazing places and spending quality time with her dog, Hugo.
Diana and her brother, Kleber, were part of the Annunciation Catholic Church Young Adults group in Altamonte Springs between 2011 and 2016. Diana is currently a parishioner at St. Mary Magdalen in Altamonte Springs.
Carolyn Ell, ChFC
Carolyn joined The Catholic Foundation as a Senior Accountant in June 2019. Previously, she worked at the Diocese of Orlando as part of the Diocesan Shared Accounting Services team. Carolyn has extensive experience in accounting, financial management, and working with families to provide financial counseling.
Carolyn and her husband moved to Central Florida in 2016 after he retired from a 26-year military career in the U.S. Army that took them to many exciting places around the world, including Germany and Italy. They have one daughter still at home who is currently attending Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and an adorable 3-year old toy Poodle-mix named Sumter. Carolyn is also the proud parent of a daughter, working in Catholic ministry, and a son and an amazing daughter-in-law, both currently serving in the U.S. Army.
Stephanie comes to The Catholic Foundation with more than 15 years of marketing, statistical and data analysis experience in the banking industry. Stephanie has a B.S. in Business Administration from Arkansas Tech University and later went on to earn an MBA in 2005.
Stephanie and her husband have lived in central Florida for more than 30 years, where they raised their son and daughter, who now live in Chicago, IL and Dallas, Texas, respectively.
Crystal St. Julien
Data Control Coordinator
Crystal considers herself a native Floridian and is the product of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Orange County public schools. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Upon college graduation she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she began her professional career in the areas of Administrative Support and Marketing Management.
Crystal has served as Gifts Manager for The Catholic Foundation since 2009, and she is the proud mother of a young son.
Administrative Coordinator, Development & Events
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 Associates in Science. Susan is new to Central Florida and enjoys exploring the area and its attractions with her husband and daughter.
Gessie Lopez comes to the Foundation from the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. She has nearly two decades of experience in Development, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Previously, Gessie worked at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, and at the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey. Gessie moved to Central Florida six years ago from New Jersey.
Email | (407) 246-7189
Alexa joined The Catholic Foundation in 2021 after recently finishing her Bachelor of Accounting Degree from Saint Leo University in Florida. Alexa was born in California but raised in Orlando for most of her life. Alexa and her husband recently transitioned from the U.S. Navy where she served as a Cryptological Technician. They both served together in San Diego for a few years before moving back to Orlando. In 2018, Alexa served on the USS Howard DDG 83 and went on a seven-month deployment to Iran. During deployment, Alexa and her husband traveled to Dubai, Oman, and Hawaii. Alexa’s favorite part about the desert was riding a camel!
In Orlando, Alexa has worked for a law firm as a Staff Accountant for a little more than a year while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree. Alexa is currently pursuing her Master’s in Accounting and studying for the CPA exams. In her free time, Alexa enjoys biking, exercising, hiking, kayaking and spending time with her husband and two cats.