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Ramona Rhodes – President, Centerstone Ramona Rhodes – President, Centerstone's Foundation

Ramona Rhodes is President of the Foundation at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As President of Centerstone’s Foundation, Rhodes is responsible for advancing Centerstone’s mission through philanthropy. She works in direct collaboration with Centerstone’s Foundation Board of Directors in the areas of endowment investment and management, stewardship of donor intent, growth of philanthropic support, and day-to-day operational management of the nationwide Foundation team.

Rhodes has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and fundraising and has been with Centerstone since 1989. Other roles she has served within Centerstone include Foundation Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing & Communications. She created and developed the organization’s first marketing and communications office, including Centerstone’s first magazine, Reclaiming Lives.

Rhodes has been named a Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal and is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. She has also held positions with the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) and has been a member of the American Marketing Association and the Nashville City Cemetery Association Board of Directors.

Rhodes graduated from Lipscomb University with a dual bachelor’s degree in Music Education & Piano Performance.

Jocelyn Popit – Director of Advancement Jocelyn Popit – Director of Advancement

As Director of Advancement for Centerstone’s Foundation, Jocelyn Popit works to implement the plan and strategy for annual and major giving programs with a focus on those in Illinois. Relationships are at the center of her efforts: working with donors, employees, board members, volunteers, corporations, foundations and others to foster growth of Centerstone’s impactful services and organization as a whole.

Jocelyn joined the Marketing team at Centerstone in 2014 and built relationships with referral partners to spread the reach of Centerstone’s services in Illinois. As the spring transitioned to summer in 2018, she transitioned to Centerstone’s Foundation team, where she focuses now on stewarding dollars directly raised from donors to make the implementation of programs and client care possible.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree, both from the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband attempt to keep up with the active pace of life with their son and daughter. She is based in Carbondale, Illinois.

Neely Sims – Director of Foundation Grants Neely Sims – Director of Foundation Grants

Neely Sims joined Centerstone’s Foundation team in 2017. She is responsible for working with senior directors and directors of advancement to research, identify and apply for grant opportunities. She focuses on developing strategies to increase Centerstone’s philanthropic funding and enjoys the challenge of identifying new opportunities for such a large organization with diverse program offerings.

Before joining Centerstone, Sims served as grants and research manager for a Nashville-based education technology company. She started her career working for Volunteers of America Southeast, writing federal and foundation grants to develop housing for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.

She has a Master of Social Work degree and certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Auburn University. She enjoys gardening and taking walks with her husband, son and dog, Guinness. Neely is based in Nashville.

Nancy Low – Foundation Administrative Officer Nancy Low – Foundation Administrative Officer

As Administrative Officer for Centerstone’s Foundation, Nancy Low manages the administrative services team, coordinates the management and execution of donor record and donation processing, assists in the development of the Foundation budget and strategy, facilitates board and employee giving campaigns, assists in policy development and monitoring and is liaison to various Centerstone teams in developing, aligning and implementing processes, plan and staff development.

During her career at Centerstone that began in 2002, she has served as quality improvement assistant, executive assistant to the CEO and liaison to the board of directors in Indiana and leadership project manager. In the latter role, she collaborated on project objectives, such as the strategic plan and the development and implementation of Centerstone’s Leadership Academy. Low began her current role in 2015.

She earned a Master of Management–Non-Profit from Lipscomb University in 2017, having previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Indiana University and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue University. In addition, she is a certified provider of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and has been trained in Lean Sigma and Carver Policy Governance. She is married with two sons, three grandchildren and a puppy named Trixie.  Nancy is based in Columbus, Ind.

Annual Giving Managers

Rebecca Davis
Dan Quero

Donor Services

Cassandra Peterson

  • Foundation Board Members Back to top
  • Jack Wallace, Chair
  • Dick Fitzgerald, Immediate Past Chair
  • Timothy Knowles, Vice Chair
  • John R. Voigt, Secretary
  • Tom Mahler
  • Ramona Rhodes, President, Centerstone Foundation
  • Bruce Barrick
  • Reverend James T. Golden
  • Carol Zwick
  • R. Parker Griffith
  • Brad Smith

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