Crain’s Detroit Business Names Two Foundation Employees ‘Notable Women’

Jill Nelson
Director of Marketing and Communications, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Recent education: Master of Healthcare Administration, University of Cincinnati

Jill Nelson’s ability to maintain a positive attitude makes her “an outstanding ambassador” for the public grantmaking charity. That attitude also makes her workplace more productive.

“Jill is not only a talented communications professional, but she is an absolute pleasure to work with every day. … Her attitude is a game changer,” said Larry Burns, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Nelson, who is primary liaison between Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, DMC Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and other partners, was promoted to her current position last year.

Nelson led efforts to increase awareness of the foundation through myriad initiatives including print; broadcast, such as its Caring for Kids radio show; billboards at Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena; and interactive media on its website. She also spearheaded a campaign to create a new logo and brand for the foundation separate from Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Nelson helped develop partnerships with sports teams, including the “Little Champion of the Game” program that recognizes youth who have overcome various obstacles and raises awareness of the foundation.

In addition, Nelson, a member of Women in Communications, Michigan Health and Hospital Association and Detroit Economic Club’s Young Leaders, holds informal mentoring sessions with high school and college students exploring career paths.

Therese Quattrociocchi-Longe
Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Education: Master of Science of Biology, Oakland University

A former research scientist, Therese Quattrociocchi-Longe brings a unique perspective to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

She was integral in the process of helping the foundation become independent of Children’s Hospital and assisted in developing a robust grant award process. She also was part of a team to identify three pillars of the nonprofit’s fundraising and grantmaking efforts. Those include pediatric research, community benefit and medical education. In addition, Quattrociocchi-Longe was key to ascertaining the foundation’s current focus on nutritional wellness, injury prevention, abuse and neglect, mental health and oncology and cardiology research.

“I admire Therese’s passion for and dedication to the mission of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, as well as her research background and attention to detail. Particularly in the complex field of behavioral health, the foundation and the Grants Committee has come to rely on her expertise and insights to help guide our work,” said Terry Gardner, COO of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

With direction from Quattrociocchi-Longe, the foundation has met or exceeded fundraising goals by raising $1.8 million to $3.6 million each year and distributed $48 million to positively impact the health of children and families.

In addition to her work with the foundation, Quattrociocchi-Longe is a member of the Michigan Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Council of Michigan Foundations and chair of the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board.