T. Duane Gordon, Chief Executive Officer

Duane’s philanthropic career spans more than two decades in non-profit leadership. He spent a decade as CEO of the Middletown Community Foundation and previously served as Director of Finance and Technology at the Community Foundation for Mississippi. While at the Middletown Community Foundation, Duane led a three-year community-wide collaboration that created Ready!, a $5 million initiative to improve student performance and attainment in the region.  During his tenure, he raised $30 million in charitable gifts and oversaw distribution of $25 million in grants and scholarships. While at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, Duane helped grow the start-up foundation to $25 million in assets under management and expanded staff from two to six employees.

Duane has been recognized as Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Middletown Outstanding Community Leader, the Middletown Family YMCA Celebration of Character Awards’ Champion of Youth Development and Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe, and Trenton’s Entrepreneurial Community Spirit Award recipient. He has served on the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Success by 6 Regional Leadership Council.  He was a founding board member for the Middletown Community Building Institute at Miami University, Middletown Campus Advisory Committee for Cincinnati State, and Butler County National Philanthropy Day Committee. Duane is past president of the Middletown Kiwanis Club, a Rotarian, and hosted “Foundation Matters” on TV Middletown for seven seasons.

Kristen Mulligan, Business Manager

Kristen grew up in Cincinnati and earned dual degrees in accounting and finance from Miami University. She worked after college as an auditor for Kroger before taking time off to raise children. She then re-entered the working world as executive director of a local historical society before becoming full-time accountant for a couple of family-owned manufacturing companies and starting her own boutique retail shop, which she co-owned and operated with a friend in their spare time. She then worked for several years as Finance Officer and Scholarship Director at a local community foundation.