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Renee Steffen, Executive Director

Renee Steffen

Executive Director

rsteffen@sistershealthfdn.org

Renee has over ten years of nonprofit experience in West Virginia and Ohio. Before joining the Sisters Health Foundation in 2011, she managed a resource center for a nonprofit capacity building organization and also served a two-year term as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at Marietta College.  While at Marietta College, she coordinated volunteer service opportunities with students and helped respond to the needs of the local nonprofit community.

Renee’s current community involvement includes serving in advisory roles with Philanthropy West Virginia, Nonprofits LEAD, and as a member of Athens Professionals for Philanthropy.  She earned her master’s degree in public administration from Ohio University where she also served as the production coordinator for the creation of a nonprofit board governance DVD.  She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Defiance College.

In her spare time, Renee enjoys running and exploring the hidden gems of small towns in Appalachia.


, Associate Director

Associate Director

mclowes@sistershealthfdn.org

Marian brings more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofits and foundations to the Sisters Health Foundation. Prior to joining the Sisters Health Foundation in 2023, Marian served as Associate Director for Community Leadership at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), where she led the foundation’s grantmaking programs and engaged in collaborative work to address community needs. Marian formerly served as PACF’s first Executive Director.

Early in her career, Marian worked in development for Penn State University and in foundation relations and grantseeking for Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, DE. Marian earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Learning from Marietta College.

Marian currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Nonprofits LEAD and as a board member for both Philanthropy West Virginia and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association. In her free time, Marian enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and traveling to visit family and friends.


Shei Sanchez, Program Officer

Shei Sanchez

Program Officer

ssanchez@sistershealthfdn.org

An Ohio transplant raised in the east coast, Shei earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from New York University and a master’s degree in teaching English from School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Before joining the Sisters Health Foundation in 2017, Shei served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for Live Healthy Appalachia, where she helped build capacity for healthy eating and active living programs through strategic plan implementation and volunteer coordination for the children’s program Live Healthy Kids. She also has had over 12 years of experience in education and leadership in both the U.S. and Southeast Asia, primarily in Thailand. As an educator, she led adult programs and taught university courses in various institutions and learning centers, in online and classroom settings. Shei also trained Thai teachers of English through the U.S. Embassy Regional English Language Office and the Royal Distance Learning Foundation. Since moving to Athens County, Shei has been involved in the community through different volunteer opportunities and community groups in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

In her free time, Shei writes and publishes poetry, teaches yoga, enjoys goat husbandry, and plays with her dogs and cats.

Contact Shei if you have questions about submitting requests to SHF’s grants programs and the grant application process, including technical questions about how to submit an online grant application.