Lynne Gilmore is Chief Program Officer overseeing all grant making activities and programs that advance the Foundation’s mission. Her 15-year career in the disability field provides perspective and insight into the role the Foundation can play as an advocate for the disability community, as well as ensuring full and equal access to the things that impact quality of life.
A graduate of Albion College, Lynne’s career reflects her liberal arts education with experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, with the majority of her work in higher education, health care, human services and the arts. As a result, she understands both sides of the funding equation as a fund raiser and funder. She was instrumental in the Foundation’s start-up and was its first employee.
Lynne was born and raised in South Bend, but her work has taken her to Minneapolis, New York, Baltimore and Chicago before moving to Fort Wayne in 1994. Active in the community, her volunteerism includes service organizations, the arts, women’s heart health, homelessness and church. Knitting, reading, cooking, keeping up with extended family and trips to northern Michigan is how Lynne recharges and relaxes.