Executive Staff

Cristin N. Slesh, President
Cristin has a broad knowledge of the nonprofit sector having worked as the communications manager at the Center for Families and Children for over 2 years, and as the director of communications/public relations for the Orange Schools for 3 years. Prior to that she spent 3 years in the development office of Thompson Hine. She joined FMS in 1999. In addition to managing client relations and overseeing office operations, she represents FMS and its clients in meetings in order to gain a better understanding of community-wide issues. With her communications background, she works to promote an understanding of each foundation's activities through many communications tools. Cristin serves on the United Way Services Children and Families Investment Committee and the Ohio Grantmakers Forum Northeast Ohio Committee. Cristin is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

Janet E. Narten, Founder
As founder and owner of FMS, Janet has more than 20 years experience in philanthropy. She designed and implemented the grantmaking policies and programs of a number of independent and family foundations serving the Greater Cleveland area. She has an in-depth knowledge of our community’s nonprofit sector, a close working relationship with other area funders and considerable experience in helping philanthropic boards function effectively. Janet earned a degree in secondary education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Susan O. Althans, Senior Associate
Susan has had extensive experience in the nonprofit sector having served as a senior development officer at Case Western Reserve University for 15 years and as a fundraising consultant for local nonprofit organizations. She is knowledgeable about grant preparation, proposal review and evaluation of fund raising programs. Susan currently serves on the United Way Services of Cleveland Strong Families = Successful Children Vision Council and Aging and Special Needs Investment Committee and Talent Team of the Fund for Our Economic Future. Susan is a graduate of Kenyon College and received a master’s degree from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University for which she serves as an adjunct faculty member. She joined FMS in 2000.

Allison Rand, Associate
Allison has extensive experience with health and social service programs, having worked in a programmatic capacity with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Easter Seal Society, and NetWellness. Allison worked as a staff reviewer for the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Medicine, making recommendations about the ethical and regulatory implications of research proposals. She is a member of the United Way Services Vision Council Working Group-Access to Mental Health, Mental Health Advocacy Coalition's Policy and Strategic Planning committees, and Ohio Grantmakers Forum Mental Health Funders Work Group. Allison is a graduate of Northwestern University, and received her Master's of Social Work degree from University of Michigan, and her Master's of Public Health degree from University of Illinois - Chicago. She joined FMS in 2004.

Sherri Clancy, Associate
Sherri has over 13 years of program and fund development experience working for Cleveland nonprofits. Most recently, she served as the Development Director of Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Manager of Development and Marketing at ParkWorks for 4 years. Working for The Cleveland Bicentennial Commission, provided her with a strong appreciation of Cleveland’s history and its philanthropic community. She is a graduate of Kent State University. She joined FMS in 2009.

Administrative Staff

Kara McCullough, Manager, Grants and Office Operations
Kara joined FMS in 2013 with experience in the non-profit sector as both the grantee and the grantor. Most recently she spent four years with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation as an Associate where she was responsible for Grants Management, Board Administration, and External Communications. Previously, she resided in Philadelphia, Pa where she worked for two non-profit research institutions, Fox Chase Cancer Center and Monell Chemical Senses Center, in post-award grants management and accounting. She received her B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing and International Business) from La Salle University.

Valerie Schramm, Operations Assistant
Valerie joined FMS in 2002 and assists in processing grant requests and facilitating Internet content applications for our clients. Prior to joining FMS, Valerie worked as a paralegal at a Cleveland law firm for 12 years and in a law library for 2 years. She received her associate's degree in liberal arts with a paralegal studies option at North Shore Community College in Beverly, Massachusetts.