Our Team – Uniquely Catholic Values
We understand the values of our Catholic donors so when you partner with the Catholic Foundation, you can trust that your gifts and funds will be stewarded in accordance with Gospel values and the socially responsible investment guidelines set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Our donors are assured that their gift directly supports the organizations that they choose.
Miriam Finn Sherman
Chief Executive Officer
Miriam “Mim” Finn Sherman is the founding Chief Executive Officer. Mim began her time at the Foundation in the October 2018 after serving as Vice President of Advancement at Regis College for eight years, where she launched the university’s most ambitious comprehensive campaign and successful scholarship galas. She also worked in fundraising at Mass Eye and Ear, Emmanuel College, Julie’s Family Learning Program in South Boston and St. Mary’s Women & Infants Center in Dorchester. A graduate of Regis College, Mim received a master’s degree in non-profit management from Suffolk University. A native of South Boston, she and her husband Jeff live in Plymouth, MA.
Vice President of Operations
Christina Duggan serves as Vice President of Operations for the Foundation. Christina has over 20 years of experience in financial services, development and alumni relations. She spent over 15 years in the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office at Regis College in various roles, most recently as Director of Alumni and Donor Relations from 2011-2019. During her time at Regis, she developed alumni and donor programming including reunion weekend, alumni travel and service opportunities, regional events and donor recognition opportunities. She was also responsible for reunion class committees and led the Alumni Board of Directors. Christina was actively involved in the success of the Now We Fly Campaign and Regis’ annual fundraising gala for student scholarships, Let It Shine.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Christina and her husband Liam live in Millis with their two children.
Shawna Erickson Florio
Director of Major Gifts and Grants
Shawna Erickson Florio brings twenty years of experience in fundraising and program development to her role as the Foundation’s new Major Gifts and Grants Director. Most recently, Shawna served as the Dean of Institutional Support at Regis College where she built significant streams of the University’s fundraising arm by growing local, regional, and national grant awards that contributed to the success of the largest fundraising initiative in Regis’ history, the $40 million Now We Fly comprehensive campaign. In addition to her development work in higher education, she has experience in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education and the humanities at organizations including the Worcester Public Schools, the Worcester Center for Crafts, and the Fuller Museum. Shawna brings a mission-driven, collaborative approach to program development, philanthropic alignment, relationship building, and stewardship.
Shawna holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from Stonehill College, a master’s degree in art history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master’s degree in non-profit management from Worcester State University, and a doctorate of education from Regis College. A native of Central Massachusetts, Shawna now resides in Rhode Island.
Major Gift Officer
Jennifer Golden serves as a Major Gift Officer for the Foundation. Jennifer has more than 15 years in development, working in the Advancement Office at Bishop Stang for the past ten years. Before Stang, she was the Development Director at the YMCA Southcoast and GiftsToGive. At Bishop Stang, Jennifer helped nearly triple participation and fundraising at the annual auction, increased alumni engagement and reunion participation, and coordinated a successful $2.1 million “GAME ON” campaign renovating the athletic fields complex.
Jennifer grew up in New Bedford, where she and her husband, Dennis, have raised five children and are members of Our Lady of Assumption Parish. She has a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and a JD from Umass Law School in Dartmouth.
Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship
Rebecca Hancock’s professional training includes nearly twenty years of experience in development, integrated marketing and communications. Most recently she served as Director of Development Communications at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of Boston’s largest academic medical centers and a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. At the Brigham, Hancock oversaw multichannel, strategic communications plans for the hospital’s $1.5 billion Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. fundraising campaign. She developed and executed naming opportunity campaigns, annual reports, print and digital direct mail, newsletters, collateral production, videos, web promotions, the establishment and rebranding of giving societies, community fundraising, and brand development.
Prior to the Brigham, Hancock spent ten years managing marketing and development programs at Boston Medical Center, Rhode Island Hospital, and Brown University. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Regis College and her master’s degree in advertising and public relations from Marquette University. A Fall River native, Hancock resides in the city and is a member of Good Shepherd Parish.
Jane Robin serves as Development Associate for the Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. Jane has almost twenty years of experience with the Diocese, in fundraising and event planning where she has built a rapport with donors, volunteers, members of the Diocesan family and the community. At the Catholic Foundation, Jane continues to foster donor relations and provide support to various committees and volunteers during fundraising initiatives and events.
Prior to arrival at the Diocese, Jane spent 17 years in the Development office at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. She served as the Development Operations Manager where she was responsible for donor recognition events, fundraisers and Golf Classics held at private clubs.
A native of Cape Cod, Jane received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Westfield State University.
Finance & Foundation Coordinator
Noelle Preston has over 10 years of experience in administrative, event planning, and team building responsibilities. Most recently, Noelle served as the administrative assistant to the Martin Institute for Law & Society, Political Science, and Sociology and Criminology departments at Stonehill College where she worked closely with department directors and faculty in event management, budget monitoring, and the training and supervision of work study students. Through fostering relationships with area community members, Noelle is credited with increasing awareness of, and event attendance at, the Institutes programs by over 300%.
Prior to her position in the Academic Division, Noelle served as the Event Operations Coordinator at Stonehill where she provided customer service, support and On-Site Management to all internal events and external revenue summer conferences and camps.
A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Noelle and her husband live in Marion, MA.