Executive Staff

Nina Stack, Executive Director

Photographed at Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence. The Champlin Foundation has provided over $700,000 in grants to Trinity Repertory Theatre since 1973. This funding has supported a number of important capital projects including restoration work, HVAC enhancements and fire safety improvements.

Nina was named the third Executive Director of the Champlin Foundation in the spring of 2018.  She came to the foundation after more than 25 years as a nationally recognized philanthropic leader working within the nonprofit, government, and business sectors.  As President of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Nina initiated a number of leadership initiatives to advance best practice in foundation giving, communicate the impact of philanthropy, and build effective relationships with state and federal policymakers. She is currently a trustee of the Robert S. Needham Foundation, and previously served as Chair of the United Philanthropy Forum and as a trustee of the Council on Foundations. Nina has a long-time connection to Rhode Island having spent many summers in her youth living and working on Block Island, going on to lead the island’s Tourism Council in the late 1990s.  She fell in love with Rhode Island as a child and that deep connection has continued ever since.

Timothy N. Gorham, Esq., Director of Grant Administration

Photographed in the new College of Pharmacy Building at the University of Rhode Island. The Champlin Foundation has provided over $15 million in grants to the University of Rhode Island since 1970, including a number of grants to support expansion of the URI Pharmacy program.

Tim began at The Champlin Foundation in 2000 after practicing law for twelve years.  During his long tenure with the foundation, Tim has been directly involved in awarding over $343,000,000 in grants to support hundreds of nonprofit organizations across Rhode Island.  As Director of Grant Administration Tim manages the review and evaluation of all grant applications in support of the foundation’s Distribution Committee.  He is a graduate of Clark University, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Leadership Rhode Island.  A thirty-year member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, Tim is also a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tanner Foundation.

Donna M. Sessions, Manager of Operations

Photographed at the new Catheterization Lab built at Kent County Memorial Hospital in 2016. This new facility is one of many capital improvements made possible at Kent Hospital thanks to Champlin grants.

A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, Donna joined The Champlin Foundation in 1997 when she was hired by the first Executive Director, David King.  Through the years, Donna has often been the first point of contact with the foundation for many applicants. She manages office needs and technology, application and grant agreement tracking, site visits and more, offering a bright voice and helpful hand.

Ann Ervey, Director of Finance

Photographed at the Temple to Music, located in Roger Williams Park.  The Champlin Foundation is proud to have participated in a very successful collaboration with the RI Foundation, Providence Parks and others to raise $10M for capital improvements and an endowment for the park.  Champlin provided close to $2M in capital support toward the restoration of the Museum of Natural History, the Bandstand, the Casino, the Boathouse and the Temple to Music.

Ann joined The Champlin Foundation in March 2018 as the Director of Finance, bringing over thirty-five years of accounting experience in both for-profit businesses and tax-exempt organizations.  Most recently she worked within the YMCA organization.  In her role with Champlin, Ann reviews all grants applicants for financial stability, and working with the Trustee manages the foundations day to day fiscal needs.

Heather Fraser, Grants Management Associate

Photographed at the North Kingstown Free Library. The Champlin Foundation has provided over $1.3 million in grants to the North Kingstown Free Library since 1981, including an award distributed in 2019 to support major interior renovations. Support of Rhode Island’s libraries has been a mainstay of The Champlin Foundation’s grantmaking almost from its creation in 1932. Virtually every library in the state, whether municipal or nonprofit, has received capital support at one time or another.

Heather joined The Champlin Foundation team in March of 2019, bringing with her over 10-years of experience in the nonprofit and social service sectors. As the Foundation’s first Grants Management Associate, Heather is responsible for building and managing Champlin’s online grant application system. In addition to maintaining the database and producing reports that help foster effective and efficient operations, Heather is also the point of contact for all training surrounding the application process. Most recently Heather served as Prospect Manager within the Major Gifts department of Johnson & Wales University.