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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 is the senior director of development in the department of neurology and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She has extensive experience in all aspects of fundraising, including annual and major gifts, gift planning, corporation and foundation relations, stewardship, communications, event planning and alumni relations. Before joining the development staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine, she worked in development at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law for seven years. During her years in private practice, Heather was an attorney at a law firm based in Rockville, Maryland. Her practice focused on commercial litigation and estate planning and administration. Heather has a B.A. in English from Washington College and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. She is a past president of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council, and past chair of the Alumni Board at Washington College.

Kaylin Kopcho

Kaylin Kopcho

Senior Associate Director of Development

Kaylin Kopcho joined the neurology development team in November 2014 and is a senior member of the team. 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. In addition to managing and mentoring several members of the team, Kaylin oversees our office’s relationships with the office of medical annual giving and Johns Hopkins Medicine's marketing and communications.

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. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for Roland Park Place as a member of the strategic planning and philanthropy committees.

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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.

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 as well as the neurosciences critical care unit on the East Baltimore campus. Gem also serves as the departmental liaison for the Offices of Foundation Relations, Communications, and Regional and International Programs. 

Before joining neurology, Gem spent three years as an associate director of development at the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine. Gem came to Johns Hopkins in 2012 after serving various development roles in higher education and performing arts organizations in the New York City metro area, including Weill Cornell Medical College and the NJ Youth Symphony. . 

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Derek Pinchbeck

Senior Development Coordinator

Derek Pinchbeck joined the department of neurology in August, 2018. In his role as senior development coordinator, he assists the department in tracking its fundraising activities while working on optimal use of data to research potential donors. Just before his time in the department of neurology, he was the floating administrative coordinator for the office of administration within the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Derek graduated from Gettysburg College in 2016 with a B.A. in history and political science, and is now pursuing an M.A. in government at Johns Hopkins University.

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

Laura Renaud raises funds to support faculty within the neuromuscular, neuro-oncology and sleep divisions. She develops and maintains relationships with grateful patients, individual donors, foundations and grassroots organizations, building support to solve neurological diseases and the tripartite mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine. 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.  

Gina Scalise

Gina Scalise

Senior Associate Director of Development

Gina Scalise joined the neurology development team in February 2018 as a senior associate director for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. In this role, she develops and implements fundraising and engagement strategies for major and principal gifts to the Packard Center to support their mission to solve ALS. Gina brings nearly twelve years of development experience to this position. Before joining the team, Gina worked as an associate director at Rochester Regional Health in Rochester, NY. She worked with grateful patients to support the neuroscience and orthopaedic service lines. Before that, Gina spent several years in higher education advancement at the State University of New York at Geneseo, ending her tenure there as a major gifts officer and the director of leadership giving

Iris Wang

Iris Wang

Development Data Specialist

Iris Wang came onboard in December 2017 as the Development Data Specialist for the Department of Neurology’s Development Office. In this role, she managed gift processing and other administrative tasks to meet the needs of the department. Before joining the Department of Neurology, she was part of Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation’s advancement services team..

 

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