Meet the dedicated staff of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
Steve Schwab serves as Executive Director of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. In that capacity Steve leads the Foundation organization, staff and programs. Prior to his service at the Foundation, Steve was head of external affairs for the National Cathedral, overseeing fundraising, marketing, and communications.
Steve came to the Washington, DC area after serving in three senior leadership roles in his hometown of Rochester, NY. He was Vice President for Development at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Rochester, NY Mayor Robert J. Duffy and just prior as head of corporate development and relations for Rochester Institute of Technology. Steve started his career in New York City where he first worked in politics and then served subsequently as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Development for the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.
Director of Operations
Pavel Sullivan serves as the Director of Operations for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where he oversees day to day operations, financial accounting and reporting, as well as the Foundation’s donor cultivation and stewardship programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Pavel was the Associate Director of Annual Giving & Donor Relations for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Rochester, NY, where he oversaw its multi-million dollar Annual Campaign. As a fundraiser for The YMCA of Greater Rochester’s Invest in Youth Campaign, he helped the YMCA raise over $2 million for the first time in its 160 year history. In 2011, Pavel was named the Association of Fundraising Professionals Genesee Valley Chapter Chamberlain Scholar, receiving a full scholarship to attend the 2012 AFP International Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Pavel graduated with distinction from the renowned Eastman School of Music, with a degree in Piano/Music Education.
Director of Programs
Laurel Rodewald serves as the Director of Programs for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she oversees several initiatives, including the Dole Caregiver Fellows program, the Impact Forum, the Foundation’s Annual National Convening, the Hidden Heroes Fund, and the Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community. She also heads up the Foundation’s Military and Veteran Caregiver Journey Map project, a collaboration with Philips and the Department of Veterans Affairs, which seeks to define the major milestones and decisions caregivers faces, thus creating a fuller picture of the caregiver continuum. Laurel also covers caregiver legislation and policy for the Foundation, focusing on the expansion of caregiver programs on a national, state, and local level.
Laurel came to the Washington DC area from Southern California, where she graduated cum laude in 2015 from Pepperdine University, with a degree in International Studies. A member of a multi-generational military family herself, Laurel’s grandmother serves as a veteran caregiver to Laurel’s grandfather, who served in the Navy in World War II.
Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Development
Madison Moore serves as the Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Development for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she works closely with the President & CEO and the Executive Director on the implementation and stewardship of all corporate and foundation partnership initiatives. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Madison was a Branding Associate at Vertana Group in New York, NY, where she managed promotional efforts for six eCommerce brands. She has also previously worked with a children’s education nonprofit in Brussels, Belgium.
A native of the Boston area, Madison graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from St. Lawrence University in 2015 with a degree in Government.
Hidden Heroes Campaign Coordinator
Austin Courtney serves as the Hidden Heroes Campaign Coordinator, where she coordinates the Foundation’s web, email, and social media communications, as well as oversees the Hidden Heroes Cities program. Austin works closely with towns, cities, counties, and states across the nation, helping them launch grassroots initiatives to increase awareness and support services for their local military caregivers. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Austin was an Associate Account Executive at Susan Davis International Public Relations firm in Washington D.C. and interned with the University of Virginia sports publication, TheSabre.com.
A native of Clifton, Virginia, Austin graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a degree in Media Studies and minor in Religious Studies.
Abby Haley serves as the Operations Administrator for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she manages daily operations in addition to assisting with event coordination, financial accounting, vendor relationship management, and research support. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Abby was a Development Office Assistant at North Country Public Radio, where she assisted the Director of Finance and Giving with donor relationship database management and coordination of station pledge drives. She has previously worked as an Office Manager for a small business in New Hampshire and was a volunteer for a crisis hotline in upstate New York.
Abby graduated cum laude from St. Lawrence University in 2016, with a degree in Psychology.
Fellows Programs Coordinator, Dole Caregiver Fellow Alumna
Elizabeth Rotenberry, Liz, is a military caregiver for her husband, a USMC Wounded Warrior of Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran. As an Elizabeth Dole Fellow Alumna, Liz works to advocate not only for herself and her family, but for all Military and Veteran Caregivers. Liz joined the Elizabeth Dole Foundation as their Caregiver Community Program Coordinator and is now the Foundation’s Fellows Program Coordinator.
Prior to becoming a military caregiver, Liz graduated from the University of Delaware with a BAS in Art and Art History. Liz worked in the architectural field as a designer for schools, medical, offices to government and military facilities, including the test sites on Proving Grounds in Arizona. The work Liz experienced with the Proving Grounds in Arizona provided an eye opening experience to what our Military train for in real life theater every day. Liz is honored to have been a part of the training and implementation of the Joint Experimentation Range Complex. It is important for Liz to represent not only the Veteran but especially the Caregiver.
Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community Program Coordinator, Dole Caregiver Fellow Alumna
Jennifer Mackinday is an award-winning author, military caregiver for her brother, James, and the proud mother of a United States Marine. She is a graduate of Indiana University and spent over twenty years working in advertising, marketing, and public relations. In 2009, Jennifer co-authored Friends for Life: Strangers Brought Together by the War in Iraq, which received the Honorable Mention in the Eric Hoffer Awards for Legacy Non Fiction.
Jennifer was selected as a 2014 Dole Caregiver Fellow for Indiana. She is also a national spokesperson for Wounded Warrior Project, and member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution and Boy Scouts of America. A proud recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with Soldiers’ Angels, The Herald-Times recognized Jennifer as an ‘Everyday Hero.’ She has also been honored with the Girls’ Inc. Strong, Smart, and Bold Award.
Roxana Delgado, Ph.D.
Research Advisor, Campaign For Inclusive Care, Dole Caregiver Fellow Alumna
Roxana Delgado, PhD, is a health scientist and the wife of US Army retired Sergeant First Class Victor L. Medina. SFC (Ret.) Medina, a combat wounded Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, was wounded in Iraq on June 29, 2009. He sustained a moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting in long-lasting physical and cognitive disabilities. Since his injuries, the couple decided to reach beyond their own struggles and stand up for others, a mission that would eventually result in Congressional recognition for their efforts to help improve the system of care for TBI. The couple identified gaps in TBI identification, diagnosis and treatment, which they brought to the attention of military and civilian leadership to help shape new military healthcare policies.
Dr. Delgado is active in the military and veteran caregiver community and is a 2015 Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow Alumna representing the State of Texas. Dr. Delgado co-authored the “The Caregivers’ Companion” book and is currently an Assistant Professor and Associate Deputy Director, Military & Veteran Family Initiatives, at the Military Health Institute and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Texas Health San Antonio.
Project Manager, Campaign For Inclusive Care
Rachael Barrett has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working with domestic and international organizations, in the areas of health and mental health, healthcare delivery, community development, legal services, criminal justice, and advocacy. Throughout her career, she has been committed to working with entrepreneurial organizations focused on systemic change through education and advocacy. Rachael has worked as a fundraising consultant, and been engaged with a number of nonprofits in New York, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Her core expertise is in the development and execution of strategies to increase revenues from institutional donors (foundations, corporations, and government).
In addition to her consultancy, Rachael has also worked at nonprofits in New York City as fundraising staff, including senior-level positions with the International Rescue Committee’s Women’s Refugee Commission and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Rachael currently lives in Philadelphia, with her husband, Patrick Hayes. She is a graduate of Emerson College, where she received her B.S. in communications and has a MBA from the University of New Haven.