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Kate Judge, Executive Director

Kate has more than 20 years of professional experience in the areas of fundraising, communication, and management. Her development work has supported education, healthcare, and human service missions in domestic and international organizations.

Most recently, Kate served as Assistant Dean at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she led fundraising for the school’s $125 million capital campaign. Prior to that, Kate directed development at Penn's top-ranked School of Nursing for eight years – with both Dean Norma Lang (past ANF Chair) and Dean Claire Fagin (ANF Hall of Fame member) – where she played an key role in creating one of the nation’s largest nursing scholarship programs. She has also directed development and communications at the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, and consulted with the national Red Cross organization in DC on affiliate/national coordinated fundraising.

Kate has focused particular attention in her work on the link between fundraising and finance within organizations. Her commitment to the non-profit sector as a volunteer has included board service with social service and religious organizations in the Philadelphia community. Kate earned a B.A. in anthropology from Beloit College.

Gisele Marshall, CAP, Executive Assistant

Gisele joined the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation) as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director in July 2011. In this position, she supports the Executive Director and Board of Trustees by performing a variety of administrative tasks involving scheduling, coordination and organizational support.

Previously, Ms. Marshall served as the Executive Assistant to three American Nurses Association Presidents from 2005 to 2011.

Prior to joining the American Nurses Association and American Nurses Foundation, Gisele provided executive administration support to the Director, Center for Performance Measurement, before joining the executive office as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director, International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Gisele was also a Senior Meeting Planner for seven years with MultiConsultant Associates, Inc., a full-service consulting firm.

Gisele received her CAP (Certified Administrative Professional) certification in May 2012.

Elizabeth Franzino, Director of Development

Elizabeth began her position of Director of Development at the American Nurses Foundation in May 2015. She has more than 17 years of professional experience in fundraising, including annual programs, corporate and foundation relations, special events, grant-writing and management.

Most recently, Elizabeth served as Foundation Director at Adventist HealthCare, where she led a centralized team of seven staff responsible for special events, annual giving, employee giving, database management and stewardship, for two acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, and other specialized healthcare programs at Adventist HealthCare. Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations at Georgetown University, and earlier began her career in fundraising at the Lab School of Washington, where she helped complete an $8.9 million campaign.

Elizabeth earned her B.A. in Classics from Cornell University, and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking and volunteering for local non-profits with her husband and two children.

Nick Blencowe, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

Nick joined the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation) in 2013. As Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager, Blencowe oversees the foundation and corporate giving program, including the Corporate Advisory Board. Blencowe has a background in political fundraising.

Prior to joining ANF, he coordinated finance and fundraising efforts in political campaigns in the West Coast, Midwest, and Southwest, in the 2008, 2010, and 2012 election cycles respectively. Blencowe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College.

Allison Nordberg, Project Manager: Nurses on Boards Initiative

Allison joined the Foundation in March 2015 as the Project Manager for the Nurses on Boards Initiative at the American Nurses Foundation. In this role, she provides day-to-day management of the Foundation’s efforts to increase the number of nurses on boards of directors.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Allison spent seven years at the United Nations Foundation in various roles, most recently as the Senior Associate for Global Health focused primarily on polio eradication. Allison is a graduate of the University of Richmond.


Elise Saks joined the Foundation in April 2016. As the Donor Relations Associate, Elise is responsible for day to day donor management, assisting in the outreach of new and current donors, and providing financial support to the Foundation.

Prior to the joining the Foundation, Elise spent three years at a DC private school as a Development Associate. She has a Communication degree from the University of Maryland and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Fine dining and fashion are her two biggest passions.

Laurie Benson, Executive Director Nurses on Boards

Laurie Benson is a successful corporate executive, founder, CEO, C-Suite Advisor, and board member. An entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience, Laurie’s passion and skills are focused on helping organizations and individuals realize their potential. As a result of her own highly engaged Board of Directors, Laurie was inspired to provide a significant impact on other organizations through board service. She has served on 8 Corporate Boards in the Technology, Finance, Insurance, Manufacturing and Services industries. Additionally, she has expertise and is actively engaged in the Healthcare Industry through board service, executive leadership and innovation roles.

After 25 years as successful CEO, Ms. Benson founded LSB Unlimited in 2009, advising CEOs, Presidents and Entrepreneurs on complex leadership issues including board governance, strategy, business growth, innovation, high performance teams, human resources and succession planning.

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