Our mission and values are guiding principles which enable us to create positive change and innovation in our community.

By following these standards, we are able to convene effective partnerships, provide leadership around community issues, and facilitate philanthropic strategies.

Our Mission

To inspire and facilitate a culture of giving and engagement that cultivates a vibrant, equitable, and inclusive community. 

Our Values

  • Collaboration – We foster and promote effective partnerships to meet community needs and goals.
  • Expertise – We possess a deep understanding of our community’s needs and philanthropic goals.
  • Impact – We are effective and accomplished in achieving results.
  • Inclusivity – We champion and cultivate inclusive programs and organizations.
  • Innovation – We model and amplify new approaches and creative thinking in our community.
  • Integrity – We are honest, attentive, and accountable in all of our work.
  • Leadership – We have the vision and courage to inspire the future of our community.
We Are Centre County's Foundation

Since 1981, generous donors have invested in Centre Foundation. Today, thanks to those generous donors, Centre Foundation has over $70 million in Foundation assets and has invested over $31 million back into our community. Each year since our inception, new endowment funds have been established by passionate donors who want to pave the way to a successful future for our community.

Here at Centre Foundation, we believe that everyone can be a philanthropist. We provide excellent personal service to our donors and have a team of people ready to help them achieve their personal philanthropic goals.

We pride ourselves on possessing a deep understanding of our community’s needs and our ability to provide innovative and traditional giving opportunities to match the passions of our donors with the needs of the community. When you partner with us, we’ll use our expertise to assure your giving is effective and fun.

We believe in the organizations that are working to create a better future for Centre County. We provide services to them to build endowments, to create support through community engagement, to strengthen themselves through training and research, to fund transformative projects and to convene effective partnerships with stakeholders around community issues.

Our Team

Molly Kunkel

President and CEO
Molly is responsible for leadership and management of the organization, as well as working with the board of directors to develop and implement strategic plans that will ensure long-term growth and success.

Carrie Ryan

Carrie is responsible for overseeing the operational, financial, and administrative functions to ensure accountability and reliability for all Foundation business, as well as assisting the CEO with implementing strategic plans.

Kerry Tolton

Development and Stewardship Director
Kerry is responsible for managing and implementing donor development and stewardship programs. This includes cultivating and developing relationships with current and potential donors, as well as with professional advisors and allied professionals.

Rachael Hartman

Community Impact Director
Rachael is responsible for connecting with and providing a variety of services to our local nonprofits, and for making sure our grants are effectively and efficiently managed. She also works with the President and CEO on implementing and overseeing community impact projects.

Tricia Penlington

Accounting Director
Tricia is responsible for preparing and analyzing financial information. She works closely with the CFO/COO to support the Finance Team’s efforts to ensure accuracy and completeness of the Foundation’s financial records.

Melissa Lopata

Marketing and Communications Director
Melissa is responsible for developing and executing integrated marketing and communication strategies that align with our mission to enhance the Foundation’s impact and reach. She supports stewardship efforts to strengthen connections with stakeholders and partners.

Krista Williams

Grants and Scholarship Administrator
Krista manages our online scholarship process, including student applications, selection committee coordination, and scholarship payments. She also works with the Community Impact Director to coordinate payments and reporting of grants.

Maddie Saldaña

Executive Administrative Assistant
Maddie is responsible for providing administrative support to the CEO as well as working closely with the CFO. She provides administrative assistance and communication both within and outside of the office.

Our Board
Lydia Abdullah
Director - Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Retired
Rich Bundy
Former Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. SeriaShia Chatters
Assistant Vice Provost of Educational Equity/Adjunct Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Joe Dionisio
Health Planning & Admin. Professor of Practice, The Pennsylvania State University
Blake Gall
Investment Manager, Retired
Cari Howlin Gustafson
Director, HRMI
Bob Hicks
CEO/Rev., Persea Naturals/ Upper Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church
Rich Kalin
Attorney - Retired, Real Estate Investor
Sue Mason
Retired Kindergarten Teacher , Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District
Erin Meitzler
Director of Preconstruction, Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
Kate Bennett Truitt
Educational Media Producer, Third Coast Systems
Derek Varner, CFA
Partner, Investment Research Partners, LLC
Paula M. Williams
Executive Director, Centre County United Way
Rich Wisniewski
Retired CFO, Mount Nittany Health
Randy Woolridge
Finance Professor, The Pennsylvania State University