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Alexia K. Kelley

President & CEO

Alexia Kelley serves as the President and CEO of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. She manages and oversees the organization’s strategy, staff and programs. In partnership with the Board and members, she developed the organization’s current comprehensive strategic framework which includes a strong focus on member-driven research and initiatives, communications, and the spirituality of Catholic philanthropy. Ms. Kelley served for 10 years at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, with responsibilities for a diverse engagement public/private partnership portfolio. She also worked previously for Environmental Resources Trust, a nonprofit that focused on market-based solutions to renewable energy promotion and climate change mitigation. Her first job after college was with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), the oldest ecumenical advocacy organization in Washington DC. Ms. Kelley co-edited the book Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Commentary, with Dr. Kathleen Maas Weigert, and co-authored A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division. She earned a B.A. in religion from Haverford College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and enjoys swimming, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Alicia Bondanella Simon

Director of Membership

Alicia Bondanella Simon directs FADICA’s services to its most vital asset – the members. Ms. Simon oversees member development and coordinates research, member-driven collaborative initiatives, and FADICA’s Catholic Schools and Church Vitality affinity groups. She began her tenure at FADICA as director of program and member services, in which she developed and coordinated organizational programming. Ms. Simon led FADICA’s cutting-edge research on Catholic schools governance, Breathing New Life into Catholic Schools: An Exploration of Governance Models. Prior to joining FADICA, she co-founded and served as the first executive director of the Don Bosco Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program, where she raised nearly $10 million in job contracts with 80 corporations over six years. She also developed and managed diverse programs, including a national intern leadership program for the USCCB Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Ms. Simon serves on the Board of the National Catholic Community Foundation, and holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the University of San Francisco. Her passions include mentoring youth, riding motorcycles, hiking, traveling, and motherhood. Having moved around the country as an army brat, she has now settled into the Washington, DC area with her husband and daughter.

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Loretta Dees

Communications Director

Loretta Dees has been the Communications Director at FADICA since 2016 and prior to that served as the Communications Fellow through FADICA’s Philanthropy Leadership Intern Program. Loretta coordinates and implements all aspects of communications for the organization to enhance member services and promote the value and contributions of Catholic philanthropy to the broader public. Special projects she has worked on include the We Are Sisters public relations campaign, the Syrian Refugee Response Briefing for members, and FADICA’s book, The Next Generation of Catholic Philanthropists.

Loretta has worked for 11 years in the nonprofit sector, with nine years’ experience in Catholic philanthropy and communications work prior to joining FADICA. She has a Master of Communication from Northern Kentucky University, where she was recognized with the University’s Communications Practitioner Award for her work at FADICA and her volunteerism with locally resettled Bhutanese refugees. She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband Kevin and Golden Retriever Nilla, and is happily anticipating her first child in

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Madeleine McMahon

Program and Operations Manager

Madeleine McMahon is the Program and Operations Manager for FADICA. Joining the team in 2013, Maddy has since become staff lead for FADICA’s Symposia Series, International Philanthropy Affinity Group, and the organization’s general operations. Maddy focuses on member program services, including symposia planning and logistical execution, affinity group activities, member dialogues, research, and specially funded projects. Maddy was integral to executing FADICA members’ recent Ebola-response project, A Call to Impact and Solidarity in West Africa, which has led to the first-ever faith-based health facilities network in Guinea.

Previously, Maddy served as a project manager in the for-profit sector and, most recently, taught high school English in Ban Chang, Thailand. Maddy is completing a master’s degree in international development with a concentration in human trafficking and global health at American University’s School of International Service. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and history from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. In her free time, Maddy is either cooking or catching live music in and around her beloved hometown of DC!

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Emily Hirsch

Executive Assistant to the President and CFG Customer Service Associate

Emily Hirsch is passionate about the performing arts, cultural preservation, and cross-cultural collaborations, focusing her work on humanitarian aid through creative expression. In 2010, she joined the Peace Corps Cambodia, where she created an arts festival and developed arts events throughout Southeast Asia for the next four years. She works with FADICA as the Executive Assistant and Customer Service Associate for The Catholic Funding Guide. This July, she will have been with the organization for almost a year. Emily is finishing her Master of Arts Management from American University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of South Florida.

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