VIP-RecepFriends of Breakthrough Schools is our non-profit development and advocacy organization. Friends of Breakthrough is responsible for closing the gap in public funding we need to overcome each year, as well as working with community, business, and political leaders to build city-wide support for high-quality public school options for all children in Cleveland. It is led by John Zitzner, who is one of the original founders of Breakthrough Schools.  Learn more about Friends!

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Friends of Breakthrough Staff

John Zitzner, President | (216) 373-7801

Susan Ertle, Executive Director of Development | (216) 373-7803

Jessica Cohen, Senior Director of Grants and Foundation Relations | (216) 539-9349 x2602

Karen Solomon, Director of Annual Fund | (216) 373-2795

Katie Emerson, Director of Engagement and Donor Relations | (216) 373-2685

Susan Gallagher, Relationship Manager | (216) 373-2664

Doniell Gill, Gifts and Grants Administrator | (216) 539-9349 x2602

Samantha Westfall, Resource Development Associate | (216) 539-9349 x2605

Samantha Steinfeld, Development Associate | (216) 539-9349 x2610

Liz HassHill, Accounting Manager  | (216) 539-9349 x2602

Many thanks to our Friends of Breakthrough Schools Board Members (listed to the right) for their tireless work and support of our network of schools.

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