Foundation Staff

  • Ebony Ambrose

    Development Associate

    Ebony joined The Cradle in 2013. She provides administrative and fundraising support at The Cradle Foundation’s major fundraising and cultivation events, as well as general administrative support to The Cradle Foundation staff.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago and has been a professional photographer for many years. 

    Ebony and her husband have three children, Ian, an awesome baby boy born January of 2015, Kristen, a college student studying to become a teacher and Kevin, an angel in heaven. She volunteers for many non-profits, speaks to journalism students, and in memory of her son uses her platform to spread the word about programs and opportunities to get at-risk kids into productive activities. As a resident of Chicago, Ebony lends her time and talents to organizations that work toward stopping the violence that has plagued the city

  • Heidi Bloom

    Manager of Foundation Relations and Donor Communications

    Heidi came to The Cradle Foundation in 2005 and is responsible for writing grant proposals in support of Cradle programs, as well as producing The Cradle Newsletter and Annual Report. She also assists her colleagues with editing and proofreading. One of her favorite perks of working at The Cradle is helping out in the Nursery as a fill-in Cuddler! She has held development positions with The Three Arts Club of Chicago, the Field Museum, Preservation Action (Washington, D.C.) and Northwestern University. From 1995-2003 she worked for Grand Rapids, MI-based Wolverine World Wide, Inc. in sales, merchandising and product development, including a year in the London office.

    Heidi received her B.A. in English and French from Williams College and did graduate work in Literature at Northwestern. She loves living in Evanston, going on runs along the lakefront and doing volunteer work in the arts. 

  • Joe Flint

    Senior Development Officer

    Joe has worked with non-profits in management and clinical roles for more than 30 years.  Prior to joining The Cradle Foundation staff in 2013, his most recent development positions were with Bexley Seabury, Brain Research Foundation, Dermatology Foundation, Connections for the Homeless, and Metropolitan Family Services. Joe is also a licensed clinical professional counselor and works in private practice in Chicago. He holds a masters degree in counseling from Northeastern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Marycrest College. He and his partner Steve Mosco are proud Cradle dads who live with their two daughters in Evanston.

  • Molly Isbell

    Events Manager

    Molly joined The Cradle Foundation in January 2014 as the Annual Fund Officer/Events. Molly’s role is to work with committee volunteers to create spectacular and successful fundraising events for The Cradle! In addition, she staffs the Cradle Associates board and coordinates donor and volunteer cultivation events. Prior to The Cradle, Molly held special event fundraising positions at the Leukemia Research Foundation and Metropolitan Family Services. She lives in Northbrook with her husband Scott, and two sons, Drew and Devin.

  • Debra L. Schlies

    Senior Development Officer

    Deb joined The Cradle Foundation in May 2013 as ambassador to individual donors. Her entire work career has been with non-profit institutions, including University of Wisconsin managing research for children with multiple disabilities, and University of Miami coordinating women’s cancer study patients. Prior to The Cradle, Deb spent 14 years at The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired building the annual fund and coordinating campaigns. She enjoys meeting with donors who are inspired by The Cradle and its mission, and who want to help all who are served by its many programs.