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Cynthia Drennan, Executive Director

Cynthia Drennan

Executive Director

Cynthia has broad experience on both sides of the desk, having founded and led two nonprofit organizations before entering philanthropy: first with a hospital conversion foundation serving northeast Ohio; then with a family foundation located in Cleveland, Ohio, serving cities in eight states; and now a public grantmaking charity. As is common in small foundations, Cynthia has worn different hats, providing a rich environment to learn and apply leadership and philanthropic skills in process, content and collaboration.

Cynthia has a master of divinity in pastoral counseling and a certificate in paralegal studies. She is bilingual (Spanish/English), is a lay associate of the Congregation of St. Joseph, and is married with one grown son. She enjoys line dancing and crocheting and is often teased for her love of sci-fi epics.

Sister Molly Bauer, Program Officer

Sister Molly Bauer

Program Officer

Born and raised in Wheeling, WV, Sister Molly Bauer earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from West Liberty State College and completed a graduate degree in pastoral ministry from the University of Dayton, where she also served as an online facilitator in its Virtual Learning Community Faith Formation Program in the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives.

As a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Sister Molly has 36 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry. She has served on a variety of boards and committees connected to the mission of the Congregation, including the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Endowment Fund Committee, the Resource Sharing Task Force, the Sesquicentennial Committee, and the Wheeling CSJ Associate Advisory Council. She was a founding member of the Board of ABLE Families, Inc., a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph, located in Mingo County, WV. While living in southern WV she helped initiate the Monroe County Coalition for Children and Families and Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties. In 2004, Sister Molly became health ministry initiative program director; she assumed the role of program officer in 2013.

Contact Sr. Molly to ask if your grant request may be a good fit for our foundation.

Renee Steffen, Director of Operations and Special Projects

Renee Steffen

Director of Operations and Special Projects

Renee has over ten years of nonprofit experience in West Virginia and Ohio. Before joining the Sisters Health Foundation in 2011, she managed a resource center for a nonprofit capacity building organization and also served a two-year term as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at Marietta College.  While at Marietta College, she coordinated volunteer service opportunities with students and helped respond to the needs of the local nonprofit community.

Renee’s current community involvement includes serving in advisory roles with Philanthropy West Virginia, Nonprofits LEAD, and as a member of Athens Professionals for Philanthropy.  She earned her master’s degree in public administration from Ohio University where she also served as the production coordinator for the creation of a nonprofit board governance DVD.  She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Defiance College.

In her spare time, Renee enjoys running and exploring the hidden gems of small towns in Appalachia.

Contact Renee if you have questions about the grant application process, including technical questions about how to submit an online grant application.