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Rush Copley Foundation Staff

Alex PopeAlexander F. Pope, CFRE

Vice President, Foundation and Chief Development Officer

Alexander F. Pope, CFRE, brings more than 20 years of experience as a development officer to Rush Copley. Alex previously served as executive development officer, operations at Advocate Charitable Foundation, the fundraising arm of Advocate Health Care. With a diverse background in major gift work, Alex also has expertise in volunteer board management, direct marketing, workforce giving, special events, planned giving and advancement services. Alex has worked at the national level for associations and organizations including the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Earthwatch Institute, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Alex has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors since 2007, including as president in 2010. He is an accomplished educator and speaker on fundraising and volunteer leadership. Alex is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. He resides in Naperville with his wife and four children.

Jessica Bennett

Annual Giving and Special Events Officer

Jes earned her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Ball State University, where she started her fundraising career contacting alumni for gifts. Prior to joining Rush Copley Foundation in 2020, she was the Director of Development for Family Counseling Service in Aurora. Jes is passionate about building relationships and serving the community and has participated as an Ambassador for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2017.

Lisa LapinskiLisa Lapinski

Administrative Assistant, Rush Copley Foundation

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Tulane University, and she has served in management positions throughout her career, focusing on creating positive customer experiences and database management. Lisa has been with Rush Copley for 20 years, and her previous experience includes two years as the Program and Administrative Support Coordinator at Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center and 18 years at Rush Copley Healthplex as Business Office Supervisor.