Young Erie Philanthropists

Young Erie Philanthropists is a donor-advised fund housed at The Erie Community Foundation and overseen by a volunteer advisory board.

Young Erie Philanthropists was created when The Erie Community Foundation (ECF) partnered with Young Erie Professionals (YEP) and the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership (ERCGP) to create a committee of engaged young professionals working to improve the quality of life in Erie. A selected committee of YEP members meet quarterly to serve as advisors to The Young Erie Philanthropists Fund which makes grants to local organizations serving its mission.

Young Erie Philanthropists Committee Members:

  • Jacob Bartko: Vice President of Operations, The Jefferson Educational Society
  • Joelyn Bush: Director of Marketing & Communications, United Way of Erie County
  • Katie George: Staff Accountant, Marquette Savings Bank
  • Megan Grochulski: Development Director, Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Lisa Herring: Director of Community Impact, Erie Philharmonic
  • Yelena Kokhanevich: Inside Claims Representative, Erie Insurance Group
  • Anne Lewis: Director of Marketing, Red Letter Hospitality
  • Sarah Liang: AmeriCorps VISTA, Lake Effect Leaders
  • John McCain: Sales and Procurement, ECONSTEEL
  • Travis O’Neil: Sr. Principle, Slalom Consulting
  • Caroline Patterson: Director, Corporate Communications, Privia Health
  • Beth Rajakovich: VP of Import, Craft & Specialty Sales, The Erie Beer Co.
  • TJ Richter: Vice President, Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency, Inc
  • Dave Schumacher: Development Officer, Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • April Soriano: LTSS Service Coordinator, UPMC Health Plan
  • Breanna Watts: Director of Development, Second Harvest Food Ban
  • Alec Zaphiris: Sales Associate, Great Lakes Insurance