Meet the Foundation Team

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Jennifer Tscherney
Executive Director

As Executive Director of Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation, Jennifer is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of funds raised in support of Swedish Covenant Hospital. Jennifer joined Swedish Covenant 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.

Benson, MorganMorgan Benson
Director of Development, Foundation & Corporate Relations

Morgan joined Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation in 2015 as Director of Development, Foundation and Corporate Relations. She  brings over 10 years of experience in grant writing and management. Prior to joining the Swedish Covenant team, Morgan worked on large-scale, competitive government grants at Chicago Public Schools. She also worked for several years at Advocate Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Advocate Health Care, on foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals. She brings a wealth of experience related to grant research and development, as well as program development and funder stewardship. Her personal commitment to public health, sustainable communities and addressing the needs of underserved populations drives her work. Morgan received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Beloit College and a Master’s Degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University. She lives in the Portage Park neighborhood with her family and enjoys exercise, cooking/baking, and traveling.

Jennifer Blitz
Senior Manager

Jennifer joined Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation as Senior Manager in 2018.  Jennifer 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 and funders 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