Staff

Ginny Hizer

Executive Director

Prior to joining CWR, Ginny Hizer served as Development Director for Franciscan Ministries, a non-profit human service organization in Greater Cincinnati. In that role, she was responsible for fund- and friend-raising, finding ways to collaborate with individuals, companies and foundations to advance the organization’s programs.

She has worked primarily in the non-profit and membership arenas, serving with the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, Southwestern Local School District, AAA Cincinnati and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Ginny also served as executive director for Pathways to Home, a social service organization with the mission of supporting and educating at-risk families.

She holds an APR designation from the Public Relations Society of America and is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Ginny earned a master’s degree in business communication and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.

She is active in her church and in her local Emmaus Community, a Christian experience with the purpose of renewing disciples and strengthening local churches. Ginny resides in southern Indiana with her teenaged daughter, along with a multitude of furry friends.

Michelle Izguerra

Business Operations Manager

Michelle Izguerra joined the CWR team as office administrator in July 2018 and became business operations manager in October 2019. Michelle was previously employed with Chicago Public Schools, serving for more than 20 years at various levels of administrative support. For eight of those years, she served as office manager and administrative assistant to the director of the Confucius Institute, a nonprofit program run by CPS that focuses on K-12 Chinese language and cultural education. Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix. She is also a certified event planner and a Google Certified Administrative Trainer. Michelle is an advocate of public service, and has worked and volunteered for community-based organizations in Chicago. In 2005, Michelle was one of eight professional women honored by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County during Women’s History Month “for succeeding as parents, professionals and community leaders.”

Brian Lavelle

Communication and Membership Manager

Brian Lavelle joined CWR as communication and membership manager in December 2018. Prior to joining the CWR team, Brian spent 19 years directing communications and media relations efforts for professional and junior hockey clubs. He most recently acted as director of communications, broadcasting and team services for the Quad City Mallards after previously serving in similar capacities for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Billings Bulls. 

During his time in sports Brian also oversaw teams’ community outreach and charitable giving initiatives. He played a key role in programs that benefited both national and local nonprofit groups including the American Cancer Society, the United Way, the Salvation Army and the Genesis Health Services Foundation.

Brian was first influenced by the work of sisters while attending Catholic schools in the Boston area. Sisters of St. Joseph were among his teachers at both St. Agnes grammar school and Arlington Catholic High School in Arlington, Massachusetts. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Hampshire.