As the Chief Mission Officer for Aspire, Dina is responsible for securing and preserving private resources for the betterment of Aspire and the people and programs we support. She is focused on enhancing the opportunity and philanthropy of generous donors to witness the results of their engagement.
Before taking on leadership of the Aspire philanthropy department, Dina served as the CEO for NorthPointe Resources, advancing its mission through a strong partnership with her Board of Directors. She has over 35 years in the field of disability and nonprofit service, having started her career as a direct service professional. Dina then advanced and expanded her skills in the developmental disabilities field to include leadership roles in employment, program design, grant winning, strategic planning, and health promotion. She was a lead partner with the University of Illinois at Chicago in establishing HealthMatters CAP, the first community-academic partnership to advance health promotion research addressing the needs of persons with intellectual disabilities.
Dina has a fundamental belief that our communities are better when people of all abilities are given a place to belong. She believes that philanthropy has a profound, immediate impact on bringing this sense of belonging and “Together, We’re Better” spirit to life.
Dina resides in Pleasant Prairie, WI with her daughter Madelynn and their bouvier des flanders, Karma. In her downtime, you can find Dina scouring the racks of local thrift stores seeking her next treasure or coaxing (aka dragging) Karma to join her for a brisk late night walk.
Dina holds a BA from Northeastern Illinois University and Certificate in Public Health from Northern Illinois University.
What are some strategic goals specific to your role? Making every one of our donors know they are valued and ensuring that Aspire has the requisite resources to meet our mission and be fearless in the pursuit of bringing this mission to life.
What’s your favorite book or movie? The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein. I love its universal message that teaches the importance of generosity, compassion, and selflessness. I love the film Rope by Alfred Hitchock. Such amazing cinematography, characters, and macabre story! And obviously I always love some classic comedies like Napoleon Dynamite or What We Do In The Shadows.
What’s currently on your playlist? The Black Keys, Chris Stapelton, Tom Jones, Finneas, Alt J, George Strait, Eva Cassidy…the list goes on and on!