Board & Staff
The Watterson Family Foundation Board of Trustees & Staff are made up of trusted advisors who have a wide array of backgrounds and career paths, and who are passionate about using their skills and gifts to help create a brighter future for others.
Jeff spearheads the investor relations and fund-raising efforts for T2 Capital Management, a private equity real estate firm based in Wheaton, IL. Prior to joining T2, Jeff served his alma mater, Wheaton College (IL), as the Director of Principal Gifts. During his time at Wheaton, Jeff secured leadership-level planned and outright gifts as part of the $260M Promise of Wheaton Campaign. Jeff and his wife, Emily, live in Charleston, SC with their three young children. In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing tennis, running, and serving in the children’s ministry at their church.
Gary is a member at Eastman & Smith Ltd. in Toledo, Ohio. Specializing in transactional tax law, Gary chairs the tax practice at Eastman & Smith and collaborates on a national platform to design and implement value-added business – tax strategy. He is a regular speaker and author on topics involving taxation and business law and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo College of Law. Gary and his wife, Sherrie, reside in Swanton, OH with their beloved German Shephard, Andy. In his free time, Gary enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, cross-country skiing, hunting, and fishing. He is also active with the Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts, and serves as a Cantor in his church.
Ryan is the Stewardship Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. He has a heart for helping people experience a life of freedom and purpose. Ryan and his wife, Laura, live in Hoffman Estates, IL with their children – Sophia (4), Gabriella (2), and a baby on the way. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading, playing basketball, and traveling.
Marcia Sloan Latta
Dr. Latta is the Vice President for University Advancement at the University of Findlay in Ohio where she oversees fundraising, alumni and parent relations, the nationally-known Mazza Museum, and community outreach. A strong believer in the value of philanthropy, education, and community involvement, Dr. Latta is a frequent presenter across the nation as well as internationally on development and board governance issues. She is active in many civic and professional organizations, and also enjoys reading, exercising, visiting museums, traveling, and cooking.
Katherine became the manager of the newly-formed Watterson Family Foundation in October 2018, after spending over a decade in non-profit fundraising at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and for the KORE Foundation in Haiti. She continues to serve on KORE’s Board, is active in her church and community, and is passionate about connecting generosity with strong organizations focused on long-term change. Katherine is a graduate of the University of Richmond, and wife to Rico, a Dane she met in Spain. They have two beautiful daughters and live in Gallatin, TN. Katherine loves being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends, especially over a good meal.
Kia is a non-profit management expert with 15 years of experience in strategic planning, project development, and branding communications. She is the President of Relevant Solutions Group, where she helps influencers, churches, and foundations expand their brand and manage their organizational structure through a lens of diversity and philanthropy. Whether she is sharing her story of personal resilience, coaching churches on how to engage millennials, or helping influencers extend their reach through philanthropy, Kia is committed to quality work that yields meaningful results. As an East-Coast native, Kia loves the beach and crab legs but currently resides in Dallas, TX with her husband, Keith, and their dog, Claire Huxtable.