Staff

AndreaAndrea Houser, Grants Coordinator Andrea Houser joined the Foundation in late 2012 from the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. She was in charge of special events, involved in fundraising, Hats for Hope, the Julep Ball and the Kentucky Cancer Program’s Horses for Hope. Prior to her work at the Cancer Center, she was an executive assistant for 14 years for Irv and Cathy Bailey where she assisted at NATO summits in Latvia, and worked for the Bush, McConnell, Paul, McCain and Palin campaigns. Andrea was instrumental in Operation Open Arms which received the Unsung Heroine Award.

KKKathy Kotcamp, Treasurer and CFO Kathy joined the Foundation in 2009.  A graduate of Georgetown University with degrees in Government and Economics, she also obtained a law degree from Vanderbilt University.  She was the director of marketing at DXI Corporation in Atlanta for 13 years and after moving back to Louisville worked in a variety of areas including the law firm of Wetterer and Clare, served as the business manager for UO Magazine and was a chef at Dolfinger’s.  Kathy volunteered for EveryOne Reads for many years, was on JCPS School Based Decision Making Councils for ten years and currently volunteers at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women and the West End School.
VirginiaVirginia Lee, Program Officer Virginia came to the Foundation in late 2015 from the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation where she served as the lead staff and advisor to Christina Lee Brown. She previously had ten years of experience developing, implementing and leading Federal programs in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water and the US EPA Office of Air and Radiation. Virginia currently sits on the boards of the Dendri Fund and the Kentucky Waterways Alliance. She also serves on the executive committee of the Donors Forum of Kentuckiana. Virginia holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

Mason1Mason Rummel, President & CEO Mason Rummel joined the Foundation in 1989.  She had previously served as a political appointee with the Reagan administration where she was a Public Affairs Specialist at the White House Office of Management and Budget.  She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy where she earned a master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies.  Mason serves on the boards of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Greater Louisville Project, 55,000 Degrees and the Episcopal Church Home.  Other volunteer work includes membership on the Endowment Committee of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Public Policy Committee of the Council on Foundations, member of the Alliance for Charitable Reform of the Philanthropy Roundtable and the Public Policy Committee of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. She is also active in the Southeastern Council of Foundations serving on their Public Policy Committee, Program Committee and Membership Committee.  She is a founding member of the Grantmakers of Kentucky and the Donors Forum of Kentuckiana.  Previous volunteer work includes the Music Academy of St. Francis, Success by Six, Kentucky Community Service Commission, Anchorage Children’s Theatre, Junior League of Louisville, Friends of the Waterfront, and numerous fundraising committees in the community.
BleikBleik Pickett, Program Officer, came the Foundation in 2017 from the University of Kentucky where he served as Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR). In that role Bleik Pickett provided leadership and management of the University’s CFR program, driving strategy for corporate and foundation outreach, and building productive partnerships with companies and foundations to maximize support for UK’s academic, research and public outreach programs. He also served as a campus–wide resource on corporate and foundation relations. Bleik has worked in philanthropy since 2000. Prior to UK, Bleik served in philanthropic roles with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, the National Science Teachers Association and Meridian International Center. Bleik earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.