Rising Leaders Council

The mission of the Rising Leaders Council is to ensure the viability and sustainability of The Gathering Place through fundraising, friend-raising, and outreach.

Our vision is to harness the talent and passion of the next generation of leaders in Northeast Ohio to support, promote, and expand the mission of The Gathering Place, a nonprofit cancer support center that provides free programs and services to anyone touched by cancer.

Our objectives are:

  • to raise funds and support special events and activities on behalf of The Gathering Place
  • to partner with The Gathering Place to engage and attract the next generation of leaders to the organization
  • to raise awareness about The Gathering Place in the community
  • to develop leadership skills and knowledge about board membership

If you are interested in volunteering with the Rising Leaders Council, please submit an application here. For more information or for questions, contact Simone Swanson at swanson@touchedbycancer.org or at 216.455.1522.You can find us on Facebook or Instagram for upcoming events and news about the Council and The Gathering Place.


Katie Kohn, President

Mike Barnes, Vice President

Amy McMullen

Antwan Steele

Ashley Butler

Brittany Whitman

Erin Dreyfuss

Jennifer Lynch-McKinney

Joe Sass

John Ambrose

Julie Gurney

Lauren Klein

Leslie Brandon

Lindsay Latessa

Lisa Hacker

Lora Brand

Support Us
The Gathering Place's funding comes from individuals, families, organizations, foundations and corporations, through our Tribute program, Annual Fund, Special Events and TGP Warehouse sales. We are a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.
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