Meet the Foundation Team

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Jennifer Tscherney
Executive Director

As Executive Director of Swedish Hospital Foundation, Jennifer is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of funds raised in support of Swedish Hospital. Jennifer joined Swedish Hospital Foundation in 2012 and has over 22 years of experience in development in the areas of health care and higher education, including Northwestern Memorial Foundation, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Sherman Health Foundation and University of Chicago Medicine. Jennifer received a Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters degree in Public Service from DePaul University.

Ashley Tsuruda
Director of Development, Foundation & Corporate Relations

Ashley joined Swedish Hospital Foundation in 2020 as Director of Development, Foundation and Corporate Relations. She has over 10 years of experience in grants management, fundraising and marketing for nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Swedish Hospital Foundation team, Ashley worked for Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home), a nonprofit specializing in serving immigrant and refugee survivors of gender violence in Chicago. Ashley received a B.S. in Business Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and an MBA from North Park University. She also has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University. She lives in the Edgewater neighborhood with her fiancé and puppy Yogi and enjoys crafting, exercising and spending time with family and friends.

Jennifer Blitz
Director of Development

Jennifer joined Swedish Hospital Foundation in 2018 and has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, donor relations, and non-profit management.  As the Vice President of Education at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and then a Fundraising Consultant, Jennifer has vast experience leading non-profits in obtaining philanthropic gifts and grants to advance their mission. She is a passionate advocate for the role that donors play in creating opportunity and improving lives, and as a resident of the neighborhood, is excited to now help the community in which she lives.  Jennifer received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Anthropology.

Ellen Karp
Events Specialist

Mary Katriadakis
Foundation Project Coordinator