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Scranton Area Community Foundation Staff in Motion


Here’s a look at what some of our team members have been up to recently…

Congratulations to our Communications Manager, Brittany Pagnotti, who recently earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Digital Marketing from Messiah University!


Brittany attended her graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Congratulations to our President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi, who received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification, joining over 6,000 other professionals around the world with this designation. The CFRE demonstrates a depth of knowledge in the highest ethical and professional standard of fundraising and confirms support for the Donor Bill of Rights. Individuals awarded the CFRE credential have met the standards set by CFRE International, including a written examination, tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated achievement in fund development. Laura also is accredited as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), which demonstrates knowledge and tools to help individuals and families articulate and advance their highest philanthropic aspirations through effective gift planning capabilities.

Laura also recently received her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. The Lean Six Sigma program provides training in problem-solving frameworks for improving organizational processes, optimizing quality, and in streamlining services from end to end.

Congratulations to our Community Initiatives Coordinator, Vivian Williams, who graduated from Leadership Lackawanna’s 2021 Core Program last week! Vivian was part of a team that designed and outfitted a utility van for Keystone Mission to provide services for homeless individuals. You can learn more about the project here.


Vivian is also participating in The Funders Network (TFN): Systems Transformation Learning Series, a five-part learning series that helps foundations gain the frameworks, methods, and tools to support systemic change and accelerate lasting solutions. We are excited for Vivian to be part of this important learning series as the Foundation continues to convene and catalyze change in the NEPA region.

Vivian was also selected as a Fellow for the PA Statewide Transit Rider & Workers Organization, where she is working with public transit representatives all over PA on a coordinated, grassroots network to build local leadership, affect policy, and educate on transit issues. This supports the Foundation’s efforts in advancing equitable transportation in the region through NEPA Moves.

Congratulations to our VP, Administration and Operations, Maggie Martinelli, for beginning her second term as President of the Junior League of Scranton, a volunteer leadership role in the community for an organization committed to promoting voluntarism in the community, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Thank you, Maggie, for serving in this important leadership role.

Photo: Maggie Martinelli, front row, center, with members of the Junior League of Scranton

The staff of Scranton Area Community Foundation is composed of dedicated professionals who are devoted to helping our generous donors connect to the causes that they care about most.

Our Board of Governors and staff works to make our region a better place to live and we are proud of the commitment our team has to learning and serving in the community.

You can learn more about our Foundation leadership here.

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