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 which creates a vibrant community.

Our Values

  • Integrity – We are honest, attentive, and accountable in all of our work.
  • Impact – We are effective and accomplished in achieving results.
  • Expertise – We possess a deep understanding of our community’s needs and philanthropic goals.
  • Collaboration – We convene effective partnerships to meet community needs and goals.
  • Leadership – We have the vision and courage to inspire a vibrant future for 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 $45 million in Foundation assets and has invested over $24 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

Executive Director
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

Deputy Director
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 Executive Director 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.

Lauren Petrone

Administration and Scholarship Coordinator
Lauren is responsible for welcoming guests, answering callers' queries, and working closely with the Deputy Director to ensure the office runs smoothly. She also manages our online scholarship process, from student applications to selection committee coordination.

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 Executive Director on implementing and overseeing community impact projects.

Sierra Keller

Communications and Events Coordinator
Sierra is responsible for telling our story through print marketing, social media, press releases, our website and beyond. She is also responsible for making sure our events are engaging, impactful, and enjoyable.

Our Board
Dr. SeriaShia Chatters
Adjunct Associate Professor/Director of Equity and Inclusivity,
Penn State University/State College Area School District
Joe Dionisio
Health Planning & Admin. Professor of Practice,
Penn State
Desiree Fralick
Attorney and Shareholder,
The Mazza Law Group, PC
Cari Howlin Gustafson
Kenneth Hall
Executive Director of Development,
Penn State
Bob Hicks
Persea Naturals/ Upper Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church
Jack Infield
Regional President,
Oscar "OJ" Johnston
Program Manager at Raytheon
Heddy Kervandjian
Vice President,
HFL Corporation
Kay Kustanbauter
Nittany Lion Club
Erin Meitzler
Director of Preconstruction,
Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
Veeral Patel
Radiation Oncologist,
Mount Nittany Physician Group
Heather Pleskonko
Senior Manager,
Baker Tilly
Kate Bennett Truitt
Educational Media Producer,
Third Coast Systems
Wendy Vinhage
Ex Officio Member,
Centre County United Way
Randy Woolridge
Finance Professor,
Penn State