Alexia Kelley serves as the President and CEO of FADICA, where 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 and 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.
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.
Lauren Traskey serves as FADICA’s Administrative Director. Rejoining the team, Lauren previously served as FADICA’s Communications Director in 2015 and 2016. In her new role, Lauren focuses on the organization’s general operations, human resource management, finances and stewardship, event logistics coordination, and board of directors.
Prior to her return to FADICA, Lauren ran her own communications consulting business and served as Communications Director on the leadership team of Mercy High School in Baltimore. Her background includes extensive administrative and fundraising work in Catholic schools, as well as ministry and service-learning work at the college level. Lauren holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Marymount University and relishes any opportunity to learn something new. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in the suburbs of Baltimore soaking in time with her family, trying new recipes, and dancing every opportunity she gets.
Colleen Crawford is the Program Manager for FADICA’s Commitment to Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection, a catalytic, member-led initiative devoted to organizational safeguarding and capacity-building for funders and their grantee partners. Having joined the team in fall 2019, Colleen coordinated the launch of the safeguarding initiative and the Funder Safeguarding Pledge at FADICA’s 2020 Annual Meeting.
Previously, Colleen spent seven years in service to the Canon Law Society of America, a professional membership association committed to canonical education in the Catholic Church. In 2017, Colleen was named the first General Secretary of the CLSA, a position which reflected an amendment to the organization’s 78-year old Constitution and By-Laws, and entrusted her with directing the CLSA’s national office. Colleen earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a minor in Philosophy. A native of Pennsylvania, she has lived in the DC area for 13 years and enjoys the city’s museums and live theater.
Jon Jakoblich is Digital Project Manager and is responsible for the Catholic Funding Guide, an online platform connecting grant seekers to grant makers. Prior to joining FADICA, Mr. Jakoblich spent 10 years building financial and operational excellence in Catholic parishes and schools resulting in offertory growth, debt elimination, increased school enrollment, and overall stability.
Mr. Jakoblich has also developed and managed several websites for the past 18 years and owns an ecommerce business. Mr. Jakoblich has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from Boston College. In his leisure time he loves being outdoors, building websites, and learning new skills.
John Grosso is the Associate Director of Communications and is responsible for developing and executing strategic communications plans to reach both members and external stakeholders. Prior to joining FADICA, John spent eight years building and cultivating the digital communications strategy of the Diocese of Bridgeport as Director of Digital Media.
Over his career, John has specialized in bringing best practices in communications and digital media in his work with parishes, schools, dioceses, and other Catholic organizations. Most recently, John has worked with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication and General Secretariat of the Synod on communications and social media projects. John earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Sacred Heart University. John lives in Milford, Connecticut with his wife and golden retriever, and enjoys yard work, podcasting, baking, and creating community events for his neighborhood.
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“I am impressed with the vision and commitment that characterizes FADICA’s work. Its conferences and projects are well conceived and its staff members are extremely informed and resourceful. An additional strength is the community of Catholic grant makers that FADICA brings together to share a wealth of knowledge in furthering our common goals.”
-Steven M. Hilton
Steven M. Hilton
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation