Tess McNair - Executive Director
Tess joined the C.E. and S. Foundation in 2010 as a program officer focused primarily on integrating the Foundation’s education-related interests at the local and national level. In 2014, she assumed the role of executive director. Prior to joining the C. E. and S. Foundation, Tess focused her career in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors of the healthcare industry, working for companies including Humana, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and HCA Healthcare. Her expertise is in communications, organization effectiveness, performance and process improvement, and executive leadership strategy. Tess is an appointee to the Jefferson Community and Technical College Nominating Committee and is actively involved with many of the Louisville community’s education-focused initiatives. She is a member of the boards of directors of the Greater Louisville Project and the Center for Non-Profit Excellence. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Tony Peyton - Program Director
Tony comes to the C.E. and S. Foundation from the Office of Mayor Greg Fischer, where he served on the Mayor's senior staff as the Director of Public Policy. In that role he developed and managed the Mayor's education initiatives and was the primary liaison for the Mayor with education institutions and organizations (locally and nationally). Prior to working for Mayor Fischer, Tony was the Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations at the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) where he had been since 1997. There he was responsible for directing NCFL’s federal and state policy, lobbying, and advocacy activities. Tony received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Louisville as well as completing the Certificate Program in Legislative Studies at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.
Nicole Eovino Diebold - Program Associate
Nicole began her career at Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2010 in economic development with various roles in workforce, talent attraction and education. As Manager of Education, Nicole led several programs and initiatives that served to better align K-12, postsecondary and the business community to increase education attainment levels to support the region’s business competitiveness. She then went on to become the Assistant Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network with GLI’s EnterpriseCorp and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development where she worked extensively with high-tech entrepreneurial clients on growth strategy, funding efforts and providing access to key partners and providers. Nicole received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in Foreign Languages and International Economics and her M.A. from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.
Kate Czerwonka Huff - Grants Administrator
Kate joined the C.E. and S. Foundation in 2020 as the Grants Administrator. Kate began her career as a tax accountant before transitioning to a staff accountant at the Community Foundation of Louisville in 2014. In that role she cultivated relationships with donors and nonprofit agencies to enhance their philanthropic experience. Kate went on to work at Hilliard Lyons (now Baird) as a Project Manager in the Financial Planning department where she oversaw strategy, implementation, and completion of various projects and served as a charitable giving subject matter expert on Comprehensive Financial Plans. Kate received her B.S. from the College of Charleston in Accounting and Finance and her Master of Business Administration from Bellarmine University.
Bruce Maza - Senior Fellow
Bruce served for seventeen years as the the first non-family executive director of the C.E. and S. Foundation. He began his career as assistant director of development at the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, and later as director of development of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. He then joined the Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation of Los Angeles as its first non-family program officer. In 1991 he moved to the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, where he became the first resident director of the Lilly Endowment’s GIFT Initiative, that invested over $500 million in grants to spur the growth of community foundations in Indiana. Bruce serves on the National Center for Family Philanthropy board as co-chairman of both the Development Committee and the President’s Leadership Fund Task Force.
The C.E. and S. Foundation identifies, funds, and nurtures projects and organizations in the fields of Education, Global Competency, and the Urban Environment that meaningfully enhance the living conditions or prospects of identifiable people. The Foundation is also dedicated to fostering philanthropic spirit and organization effectiveness through service to the field.
The Foundation was formed in 1984 as a private, non-operating family foundation. It is managed by a Director, an Investment Committee, and a Grants Committee.
Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the Foundation has assets in the range of $76 million. Since inception, the Foundation has approved over $93 million in grant awards.