Our Leadership

Josh Cares was founded as, and continues to be, a very grass roots effort led by the dedication and commitment of a passionate volunteer cadre. Talented and generous board members and lead volunteers dedicate significant time and resources to the promotion of the organization. This has enabled Josh Cares to maintain very low overhead costs, employing only one administrative professional working out of a home office.

Matthew P. Hughes, Interim Executive Director

“Josh Cares is an amazing organization because of our wonderful Child Life Specialists at Cincinnati Children’s and the work they do every day to assure that no hospitalized child is ever alone.”

Matt has 26 years of experience in the non-profit sector. He served as Vice President for Development and Marketing at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio.  Matt also served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and in a variety of leadership roles at Carnegie Mellon University, St. Margaret Foundation the Pittsburgh Public Theater.  Matt has done local consulting work for Camp Livingston, Envision Children, Josh Cares, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Mason Food Bank and Whole Again.

Matt’s expertise is in building and growing comprehensive fundraising programs.  He has personally secured over $142 million in gifts throughout his career and worked on teams which have raised billions of dollars for annual & major giving programs as well as capital campaigns.  Additional areas of expertise include strategic planning, marketing & communications, Board governance and fiscal management and event planning.

Matt lives in Mason with Rhonda Asher and together they have five adult children—Kailey, Victoria, James, Zachary and Alexandria.  Mr. Hughes is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Healthcare Professionals (AHP).  He is a past Board member of the Boy Scouts of America.

Board of Directors

Peter E. McConney, Board Chair
President, Premier Mail and Fulfillment

Ashley Carrico
Commercial Finance Director, 84.51 (formerly Dunnhumby)

Karen Grimes
Community Volunteer

Ann Helfrich
Co-founder and Principal Consultant, System Evolutions, Inc.

Ashley Keating
CFO, Cincinnati Tech USA

JP Pharr
Account Executive, Berry Insurance Group

Dan Pierce
Treasurer and Co-founder, President, Systems Evolution, Inc.

Lynn Pierce
Vice President and Co-founder, Community Volunteer

Patti Wuennemann
Principal, Wuennemann Consulting

Hans Zimmer
Partner, Cors & Bassett, LLC

Board Emeritus:

Jim Barney
CEO Definity Partners

Mike Collette
Executive in Residence, CincyTech


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