Office of the President

Kathy and Terri

Kathryn E. Merchant, President/CEO (bio)

Terri Masur, Executive Assistant


Communications & Marketing Group
Community Investment Group
Finance & Administration Group
Giving Strategies Group


Elizabeth Reiter Benson, APR

Vice President for Communications & Marketing

Ms. Benson develops and oversees award-winning communications and marketing strategies to create broad public awareness of the Foundation and to further its strategic goals. 

She has 25 years of communications experience with nonprofit and public service organizations. Ms. Benson is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati (Class XXXII) and a graduate of the YWCA Rising Star Board Leadership Program (Class I).

She was a member of the inaugural class of ArtsWave's Business Volunteers for the Arts and Class III of United Way of Greater Cincinnati's Volunteer Leadership Development Program. Benson has served on a number of local boards and committees, and on the steering committee of CommA, the national association of community foundation communicators.

Ms. Benson has earned the designation Accredited in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America.

Kathryn E. Merchant, President/CEO
Kathryn E. Merchant

Kathryn E. Merchant is President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1997, Ms. Merchant was the director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Neighborhood Preservation Initiative and a partner in the New Haven-based consulting firm Holt, Wexler & Merchant. She has also served as the director of planning for the United Way of Greater New Haven and as planner/grants manager for the South Central Connecticut Area Agency on Aging.

Ms. Merchant has served on a number of nonprofit boards of directors, including Philanthropy Ohio (formerly Ohio Grantmakers Forum), SC Ministry Foundation, United Way of Greater New Haven and United Way of Connecticut. She is presently Board Chair for the Center for Effective Philanthropy.  

Other current board service includes the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), National Center for Arts and Technology, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the Metropolitan Club (chairman 2004). Ms. Merchant served on the board of the Council on Foundations 2001-07, including vice chairman 2006-07, and the Community Foundations of America Board (Giving Net) 2000-2008, chairman 2003-06. She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class XXI.

In 2012, Ms. Merchant received the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative Commonwealth Award and the Woman of the Year in Nonprofits at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber WE Celebrate Awards. She was honored with the Council on Foundations’ Distinguished Grantmaker Award in 2011. In addition, she received a Career Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati (2005) and the Ohio Philanthropy Award from Philanthropy Ohio  (2006). She is one of the “Top 50 Power & Influence” leaders in 2008 selected by The NonProfit Times

Ms. Merchant has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

Shiloh Turner
Vice President for Community Investment

Ms. Turner is responsible for all facets of the Foundation’s charitable investment in its eight-county service area, including community leadership initiatives and grantmaking partnerships.

She has experience developing policies and programs that effectively evaluate and address community needs, promote responsible philanthropy and facilitate positive community change.

Turner spent two years at The Erie Community Foundation as a vice president and ten years as the Director of Health Data Improvement at Interact For Health, formerly known as The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Ms. Turner has been honored with numerous awards including the “Top Ten Women in Nonprofits” by Women’s Business Cincinnati in 2007, the Ohio Program Evaluator’s Group Outstanding Evaluator of the Year in 2006 and the Wilmer Shields Rich Award from the Council on Foundations. She has authored several peer-review publications, and was a recent contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Ms. Turner currently serves on the board of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class XXXVI.  Ms. Turner earned her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and her MPA from the University of Cincinnati. 
J. Scott McReynolds, Vice President for Finance & Administration
Scott McReynolds
Vice President for Finance & Administration

Mr. McReynolds oversees GCF’s administrative operations and provides assurance that the Foundation operates effectively and with proper internal controls. He is responsible for financial and investment activities, technology systems development, office administration, human resources, and facility management. Previously, Mr. McReynolds spent twelve years at Arthur Anderson LLP, where he redesigned and transformed finance organizations to better serve stakeholders at lower cost. He also held management positions with global organizations including Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. and Coopers & Lybrand.

Amy L. Cheney, CPA, Vice President for Giving Strategies
Amy L. Cheney
CPA, CAP®, Vice President for Giving Strategies

Ms. Cheney is responsible for providing gift planning guidance to individuals and professionals. She provides unbiased charitable giving coaching to anyone who may want more information.

Since 1993, Ms. Cheney has promoted philanthropy in the Greater Cincinnati region and worked in the community foundation gift planning field. She has helped hundreds of donors create charitable vehicles to carry out their dreams of giving back to their community. She has also worked with many families to further develop their charitable intent and implement a plan for reaching their goals.

She started her career in public accounting, working for Price Waterhouse in Cleveland. She has attained the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation from The American College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron and an MBA from The Ohio State University. 

Ms. Cheney was a member of Leadership Cincinnati’s Class XXVI, a participant in WE Lead Class II, a past recipient of the Business Courier’s 40 Under 40 award and is a past trustee and past president of the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council. She also serves as a peer reviewer for the Community Foundations’ National Standards Board.