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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is rooted in the pioneering tradition and courageous leadership of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. Carrying on the mission of the founding congregation, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has been committed to finding new and better ways to help those affected by poverty since its establishment in 1996. The foundation created The Innovation Mission to advance its work to improve the lives of people most in need.

Cleveland Leadership Center

A collaborator on The Innovation Mission, the Cleveland Leadership Center builds a continuum of civic leaders committed to the community’s excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement. Created in 2006 through a merger of four longstanding programs, the center has six core offerings, including Leadership Cleveland and Bridge Builders. It also provides customized programming and events to educate, connect, and engage leaders of all ages to spark positive community change.

Dennis F. Beatrice

Dennis Beatrice serves as the professional development consultant on The Innovation Mission. He is a retired  senior adviser at SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research center that turns bold visions into real-world products and practices. He served for 14 years as vice president of its policy division, leading a staff of 250 with $50 million in annual revenue and major practices in education, human services, health sciences, technology and learning, and economic development.

Dennis’ experience also includes working as the director of policy at the Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School of Brandeis University, where he developed and evaluated new models for organizing and delivering health programs. He was vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation and oversaw grant-making in the areas of health policy and programs for vulnerable populations at Pew Charitable Trusts.

Caroline Taich

Caroline Taich contributes to The Innovation Mission fellows’ professional development through project plan and strategy consultation. She is the founder and principal consultant for Kirtland Consulting, LLC, with  more than 15 years of experience guiding successful organizations. Caroline has served as an adviser to Fortune 500, non-profit, scale-up and start-up executives on the topics of strategy, product & market fit, and revenue generation. She has extensive experience utilizing tools such as facilitation, market interviews, and secondary research to make critical decisions.

Caroline previously was a senior partner at JumpStart, Inc., a non-profit venture development firm, where she led the design and growth of a revenue-generating portfolio of products & services to help realize entrepreneurial potential. She was also a consultant at McKinsey & Company for 12 years, where she helped launch and grow over eight startups (“McKinsey Solutions”) that use data, technology, and analytics to drive insight.


Contact Christine Mitton at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, at 216-357-4468 or