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.
Foundation Programs Manager
Laurel Rodewald serves as Programs Manager for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she oversees several initiatives, including the National Coalition, the Impact Councils, the Hidden Heroes Fund, the Dole Caregiver Fellows program, and the Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community. Laurel interned for the Foundation during the summer of 2014, where she assisted in writing and compiling a grant proposal for the Foundation. She has previously interned for a political consulting firm, her university’s study abroad programs department, and a public relations agency.
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.
External Affairs Coordinator
Madison Moore serves as the External Affairs Coordinator for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she works closely with the President & CEO and the Executive Director on the implementation and stewardship of all strategic partnership initiatives. Madison also works with the Foundation’s marketing partners to oversee all web, email, and social media communications efforts. 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 Programs Coordinator
Austin Courtney serves as the Hidden Heroes Programs Coordinator, where she 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 Program Coordinator, Dole Caregiver Fellow Alumna
Emery A. Popoloski is a military caregiver for her husband, a combat disabled Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. As an Elizabeth Dole Fellow Alumna, Emery works to advocate not only for herself and her family, but for all military caregivers. Emery 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, Emery worked in the legal field as a certified paralegal, gaining experience in family and criminal law. As a paralegal, Emery assisted in several high profile trials, including jury selection, witness preparation, preparing exhibits and sitting with counsel. Emery graduated with honors from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, where she majored in political science. Emery is now pursuing her Masters of Public Administration & Policy at American University.
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.
Ann Marie Pacciano
Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community Program Assistant, Dole Caregiver Fellow
Ann Marie Pacciano has spent much of her career as a teacher. Among her professional accomplishments was earning the recognition of “Educator of the Year” in 2000. She has since retired from her much loved career in the classroom, so that she could provide care to her husband whose 35 years in the Army National Guard and Reserves resulted in numerous physical and psychological issues, including leg, nerve, back, shoulder and spinal injuries.
Currently representing New Jersey as a Dole Caregiver Fellow, Ann Marie received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, completed the NJ teacher certification program, received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction/Technology, and is currently working towards a PhD in Educational Leadership. She has acquired caregiver skills and knowledge through both training and experience, which she now wishes to share with members of the Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community.