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STAFF BIOS

Elizabeth A. CASSELMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Clowes Fund board hired Beth Casselman in 2000 as the first professional leader of this family foundation that was established in Indianapolis in 1952. Beth’s career in philanthropy spans more than 25 years following a stint in public relations. She majored in journalism and earned a Bachelor of Science from Butler University as well as professional certificates from the Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University and the Fundraising School of Indiana University.

In 1992, she became the founding director of the Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC); 15 years after leaving CFBC she returned to serve on its board, ending her term as board chair in 2016. Beth has served on the National Center for Family Philanthropy Friends of the Family advisory committee and the Asset Funders Network Indiana Chapter steering committee. She is past chair of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) board, United Way of Central Indiana’s Boone County advisory board and has served on executive search committees for IPA, the CFBC and Boone County’s United Way. Beth has contributed to a variety of philanthropic conferences and publications. She was honored in 2012 to receive IPA’s Hazelett Award for Leadership in Grantmaking which recognizes integrity and mentoring of other professionals. 

Outside the office you are likely to find Beth in a rocking chair with a good book, a dog at her feet, celebrating life with family and friends or walking the trails near home or in a national park with her husband. She is most delighted to be mom of two terrific grown sons, a daughter-in-law and Ganny to one precious granddaughter and two granddogs.

MEGAN Briggs REILLY, NEW ENGLAND PROGRAM OFFICER

Megan Briggs Reilly came to The Clowes Fund in 2015 as an accomplished grantmaker with a deep appreciation for the nonprofit sector and for supporting effective leaders that are making a difference in our world. Megan earned a Masters of Business Administration at Brandeis University, Heller School of Social Policy and Management after a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Boston University. Megan is a graduate of the LeadBoston leadership development program who honed her skills through 15 years of experience at The Boston Foundation and then at Hemenway & Barnes. She has a well-established network across New England. Currently, Megan is a co-chair of the Maine Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, and she is an active member of the New Hampshire Funders Forum and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. Megan’s quiet, professional demeanor dissolves into her true playful spirit when she’s having fun with her husband and their two daughters. When not visiting nonprofits or reviewing proposals, you will find her volunteering at her daughters’ school, enjoying an evening out with friends or exploring the sites of New England. 

ERIN TRISLER, PROGRAM MANAGER

Erin Trisler joined The Clowes Fund staff in September 2014. She oversees quality control, compliance and program needs, and serves as program officer for a select portfolio of Indianapolis grants. A life-long Hoosier and 1997 graduate of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, her career flourished through 15 years of fundraising roles at the Indiana University Foundation and the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Hundreds of grant submissions later (she lost count!), Erin embarked on a new chapter in grant-making and the impactful nature of foundation work. She currently serves on the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance’s Professional Development Advisory Committee. Outside of the office, Erin finds joy as her kiddos’ number one fan no matter the activity—on the the court, field, stage or elsewhere; serves on school commission; and enjoys bike rides and game nights with her family.

PATRICIA ALONSO, PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Patricia (Paty) Alonso joined The Clowes Fund in April 2019. She has extensive experience in fundraising for local nonprofits, coordinating special events, community outreach, data analysis and research and leading program committees. As a second-generation immigrant fluent in English and Spanish, Paty has devoted more than 10 years of her life to serve and advocate for immigrant and refugee families, the working class and other underrepresented communities. Committed to servant leadership, Paty pursued a B.A. in Nonprofit Management, School of Public Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis as a Sam Masarachia Scholar, a scholarship provided to community leaders dedicated to social justice and equity. In her new role at the Fund, Paty is learning how to apply her experience in the nonprofit sector and gaining a greater understanding about grantmaking. Currently, Paty serves as committee member for several organizations including American Friends Service Committee and Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance, which she co-founded in 2012. Aside from working towards improving the quality of life of underserved communities, Paty loves spending time with her husband, family and five dogs.