Program Staff

Program Staff

David T. Abbott
David Abbott became executive director of The George Gund Foundation in 2003. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as president of University Circle Incorporated, executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and executive director of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission. Abbott was also the Cuyahoga County administrator and, early in his career, a reporter for The Plain Dealer.

He holds a B.A. in political science from Denison University, a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Marcia Egbert
Marcia Egbert is the Foundation’s senior program officer for human services. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1998, she was vice president of the National Urban Policy Institute, a social policy analysis and lobbying firm in Columbus, Ohio. She also served as government relations director for the Cuyahoga County Commissioners and worked for the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Egbert is active in a number of local, state and national organizations of grantmakers including the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Grantmakers Income Security Task Force; Funders Network on Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Public Policy Committee of Philanthropy Ohio. She is also a founding board member of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Egbert is a two-time alumna of The Ohio State University, having received both B.A. and J.D. degrees from that institution. 

Deena M. Epstein
Deena Epstein is the Foundation’s senior program officer for arts. She also oversees philanthropic services grantmaking and the Foundation’s media relations and communications. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1990, she was a reporter and columnist at The Plain Dealer.

In addition to her work at the Foundation, Epstein is an advisor to the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and a member of the Northeast Ohio Advisory Committee of Ohio Grantmakers Forum. She is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland and received her B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

Claire Gauntner
Claire Gauntner is the 2014–2016 George Gund Foundation Fellow. She works across program areas. She recently returned from Kenya where she was with the international aid organization Mercy Corps. Gauntner also has been program administrator and office manager for One on One Productions in New York, a data specialist for Cuyahoga County’s Help Me Grow program and a prevention education intern at the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Portland, Oregon.

Robert B. Jaquay
Robert Jaquay became associate director of the Foundation in 1996 and oversees grantmaking in community revitalization and economic development as well as the Foundation’s program-related investing. He also manages the Foundation’s financial functions and serves as in-house counsel.  Before joining the Foundation, Jaquay worked in Northeast Ohio as an urban planner, municipal attorney and executive assistant to Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich. Early in his career, he served on the legislative staff of the U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. 

Bob is past chair of Mission Investors Exchange, Neighborhood Funders Group and the Foundation Center – Cleveland. He currently serves as an officer of the Fund for Our Economic Future and a board member of Philanthropy Ohio. He has a B.S. in business administration from John Carroll University, an M.P.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Cleveland State University. 

Treye Johnson
Horace “Treye” Johnson III is the 2013-2015 George Gund Foundation Fellow. He works across program areas. Johnson worked at Saint Martin de Porres High School from 2008 to 2013, most recently as director of athletics and student activities. He also has been assistant director of admissions for Cleveland’s Saint Ignatius High School, a program coordinator at the Booker T. Washington Center in Erie, Pa. and guest relations associate and weekend facilities manager for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in communications from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Louisville.

John Mitterholzer
John Mitterholzer is the Foundation’s senior program officer for the environment. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, he was a program officer at the Cleveland Foundation. He also has served as executive director of Great American Downtown, the downtown revitalization program in Nashua, N.H., and Historic Nashville, a nonprofit historic preservation organization and as a field representative for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

He has a bachelor of arts degree from Baldwin Wallace University and a master of arts in history from the University of Memphis.

Ann K. Mullin
Mullin is the Foundation’s senior program officer for education. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, she served as the education program officer for education and program associate for arts and culture at The Cleveland Foundation. Mullin also worked as operations director of Montessori Development Partnerships, a nonprofit organization serving the Cleveland and national Montessori community, and interim principal at Old Brooklyn Montessori School. She also was a client assistant for the International Management Group and for National City Corporation.

Mullin holds a bachelor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan and a master of business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Marissa Williams
Marissa Williams is the 2015-2017 George Gund Foundation Fellow. She works across program areas. Williams was most recently a community planning coordinator at the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership in Warren, Ohio. She also has worked as an AmeriCorps College Guide for College Now Greater Cleveland, a community relations intern with FutureHeights and a community development intern at Fairfax Renaissance Development. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.