American Psychological Foundation Staff
Elisabeth R. Straus
Executive Vice President/Executive Director
Elisabeth Straus became APF's first executive director in 1991 when the organization had assets of less than $990,000. The organization has since grown into a thriving $15 million foundation. Prior to her position with the foundation, Ms. Straus had a long career as an educator and writer. Previously, she was director of communications and student placement at the Human Resources Research Organization's Technical Education Center in Washington, D.C. As a researcher for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs in 1980, she provided position papers and background information to the White House on the Equal Rights Amendment. Ms. Straus serves on the Board of Trustees for the Kingsbury Center in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the success of children with learning disabilities. Ms. Straus graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania and received a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Idalia Ramos is responsible for managing the administration and finances of the foundation and overseeing APF's communications. Ms. Ramos has previously overseen the APF's fundraising and been responsible for managing APF's funding programs. Prior to joining APF in 2005, she was at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, an association of philanthropic organizations. Her responsibilities there included developing and managing program content, and planning conferences and workshops on knowledge management, organizational learning and evaluation in philanthropy. Previously, Ms. Ramos worked at DDB Bass & Howes, a public policy, communications and public relations consulting firm specializing in women's and social issues, and as a consultant in international and domestic health care and insurance markets. Ms. Ramos received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in culture, values and social policy from George Mason University.
Senior Development Officer
Rachael Lipsetts is primarily responsible for the oversight of all fundraising initiatives at APF. She also works closely with the volunteer Campaign Cabinet and board members to ensure prospect relationships are developed. Prior to joining APF, Rachael was a strategic gifts officer at Special Olympics, helping them to raise over $2 million annually. She has also worked at Children's National Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco, overseeing all federal and nonprofit grant administration, which included budget preparation, content development and sponsor communications. Lipsetts received her bachelor's degree in creative writing with a minor in psychology and a concentration on women's studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing nonfiction from George Mason University.
Senior Development Coordinator
Claire Meaney is primarily responsible for maintaining APF’s donor database by updating donor records, conducting donor research, handling correspondence, and processing donor contributions. She also assists with event coordinating and fundraising strategies, as well as writing and editing articles for APF related publications. Prior to joining APF, Ms. Meaney interned with the Mental Health Program at the Carter Center where she assisted with all aspects of program initiatives, including the annual symposium, "Journalism Fellowships," and public events. Ms. Meaney received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and studied for a year at Emory University, Atlanta, as part of the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Senior Development Coordinator
Allison Kingery assists in designing and implementing strategies to increase awareness of the foundation and to raise funds. She is responsible for maintaining APF's donor database, conducting donor research, handling correspondence, and processing donor contributions. She also assists with event planning, as well as writing and editing articles for APF related publications. Prior to joining APF, Kingery coordinated the fundraising and development efforts of the U.S. Catholic Mission Association, and was in charge of managing member relations and increasing engagement with the Association. While attending graduate school, she interned at APF and assisted with program and grant management. Kingery has a bachelor of arts degree from Dickinson College and a master of arts degree from the George Washington University.
Samantha Edington began working at APF as a program coordinator in September 2011 after graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a BA in psychology. While in school, she conducted several independent quantitative psychology projects, and presented a poster at the L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Research Conference. Samantha also worked as a research assistant for Behavioral Health and Technology (BHT), a small research group within the University of Virginia Health System’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. After graduating in December 2010, Samantha continued working at BHT and coordinated a national online clinical trial of an Internet intervention designed to treat pediatric encopresis. She also assisted with the development of a national trial to treat insomnia using SHUTi, an Internet intervention based on cognitive behavioral therapy.
Erin Carney began working as APF's program coordinator in August 2013, where she is primarily responsible for coordinating the grant administration process. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. She was a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society. Prior to joining APF, Erin spent a year in Pittsburgh working at The Bradley Center, a residential treatment facility for children and adolescents with mental, emotional, intellectual and behavioral disabilities.