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Development Office Staff

The Development Office in the Department of Neurology works to create strategic partnerships to secure the resources required to fulfill Johns Hopkins Medicine’s mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care.

We are committed to building relationships with those who wish to philanthropically support the Department of Neurology and its faculty in order to transform patient care, advance medical training and deliver the promise of medicine to everyone. 

Heather Culp

Heather Culp

Senior Director of Development

Heather Culp graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, with a B.A. in English. Culp later earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is the senior director of development in the Department of Neurology.

Before joining the development staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Culp worked in development at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law for seven years. She began her development career as the associate director of development for major and planned gifts at Washington College. During her years in private practice, Culp was an attorney at a law firm based in Rockville, Maryland. Her practice focused on commercial litigation and estate planning and administration.

Culp is a member of the development committee of the board of Mercy High School in Baltimore and is the immediate-past president of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council.

Gem Johnson

Geminesse Johnson

Senior Associate Director of Development

Geminesse Johnson serves as senior associate director of development in the Department of Neurology. In her role, she supports the neurology faculty on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus and the neurosciences critical care unit on the East Baltimore campus. Before joining the neurology group, Johnson spent three years as associate director of development at the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, supporting basic science research in nine departments and five centers in the school of medicine. 

Kaylin Kopcho

Kaylin Kopcho

Senior Associate Director of Development

Kaylin Kopcho joined the neurology development team in November 2014. As a senior associate director of development, she connects the passions of individuals and organizations with philanthropic investment opportunities in the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections and the Division of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

Before this role, Kopcho was a major gifts officer for Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, the director of development for the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University, and a program manager for Ruffalo Noel Levitz. She got her start in higher education philanthropy as a student fundraiser, trainer and supervisor at Penn State Lion Line. 

Kopcho graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.Ph. focused on pharmacology. She wrote a thesis exploring the impact of the off-label usage and fast-tracking of the approval process for certain cox-2 inhibitors. 

Katherine Quindlen

Katherine Quindlen

Associate Director of Development

Katherine Quindlen has been an associate director of development with the department since February 2016. In her role, she works with physicians within the cerebrovascular, epilepsy and pediatric neurology divisions to raise private philanthropy for their research and clinical work. Before Johns Hopkins, Quindlen worked in development at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and for the leadership annual giving team at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Laura Renaud

Laura Renaud

Associate Director of Development, Robert Packard Center for ALS Research

Laura Renaud raises unrestricted funds to support the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. She develops and maintains relationships with a portfolio of over 100 individual donors, corporations, foundations and grass-roots organizations. Before joining the neurology department, Renaud worked with undergraduate students and young alumni at The Johns Hopkins University to build support for the annual fund. 

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Geordan Burton

Assistant Director of Development

Geordan Burton has been an assistant director of development for the Department of Neurology since September 2017, assisting with our events, volunteer engagement, individual and sponsorship fundraising, and communications. Before joining the Department of Neurology, she worked as an administrative coordinator for two years at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Development and Alumni Relations Office. Geordan graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with a B.S. in health sciences with a concentration in public health. She is currently a graduate student at Notre Dame University of Maryland, studying non-profit management.

Theresa Clark

Theresa Clark

Senior Development Coordinator

Theresa Clark assists the department with tracking all fundraising activities while identifying and researching potential donors. She serves as a liaison with other Johns Hopkins development and financial departments. Before joining the Department of Neurology in July 2016, Clark worked as a development coordinator for almost four years with the Berman Institute of Bioethics. 

Kristin Ruth

Kristin Ruth

Development Coordinator

Kristin Ruth came onboard in November 2014 as the development data specialist for the Department of Neurology’s Development Office. In this role, she managed gift processing and picked up other administrative tasks to meet the needs of the department. In July 2016, Kristin expanded her responsibilities by moving into the development coordinator position. Some of her administrative duties include managing staff calendars, travel, departmental mailings, appointment referrals, the department budget, stewardship and development data integrity. During her tenure, Ruth has worked closely with members of our development team, our faculty members and our donors, and looks forward to becoming a stronger asset to the team.

 

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