Bishop John Noonan announces the appointment of Kimberlee Riley as the President of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., effective February 5, 2018. Ms. Riley will replace Meghan Post who served the Foundation for nearly five years as its President.
As President of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., Ms. Riley will lead the development and flourishment of disciples as stewards throughout the nine county Diocese of Orlando drawing upon her skills to energetically and collaboratively direct, supervise, create and cultivate relationships. She will accompany, guide and support our pastors, principals and heads of other diocesan entities to develop and grow vital ministries that serve the nine counties of Central Florida.
“Ms. Riley’s deep faith in God and her joy of the Gospel will bear fruit of discipleship and stewardship throughout the Diocese of Orlando,” shared Bishop Noonan. “Under her leadership, The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida team will continue to accompany, guide and support God’s holy people to flourish His Kingdom.”
Ms. Riley is a senior level executive with a proven track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership in nonprofit management, private-public partnerships, human resources and governance. During the last 15 years of Ms. Riley’s career she was the Vice President and COO of the Jefferson National Parks Association in St. Louis, the Assistant Director of the Orange County Regional History Center and lastly, the Regional Director of Ability Housing in Orlando which is a non-profit providing permanent and supportive housing solutions for the most vulnerable in our community. Ms. Riley demonstrated an ability to work collaboratively with other aspects of the various communities where she previously worked in achieving productive results, impactful outcomes and relationships.
Ms. Riley received her Bachelors of Administration in International Trade/Foreign Language and Economics from Auburn University. She and her family are parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Winter Park.
Foundation Chairman, Orlando Evora, is excited about Riley’s arrival. “The Foundation is currently in a very good spot and is financially strong,” he said. “We have a very strong core of senior staff running the day to day operations. Kimberlee is going to bring new leadership and passion to the Foundation and to the staff that will take the Foundation to new heights. The Board of the Foundation is extremely excited to have someone like Kimberlee take the helm of our organization and help Bishop Noonan do God’s work within our Diocese.”
Established in 2008, the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. is an independent non-profit foundation committed to raising, managing and distributing charitable funds that sustain and grow the local Catholic community. Fully endorsed by the Diocese of Orlando and its Bishop, the Catholic Foundation works extensively with Catholic parishes, schools and ministries to help secure the resources they need to further their long-range goals and expand their witness.