Catherine Martoff Timko '91

For the purposes of this award, service is defined as striving to make a difference in the lives of a few or tackling a problem that has far reaching implications for humanity. Since graduating in 1991, Catherine Martoff Timko has worked tirelessly for nonprofit causes, specializing in public relations and fund development.  After a successful career for outstanding community nonprofits such as the Cleveland Opera, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern Ohio, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Catherine has finally found her dream job as the Ohio Development Director for the Trust for Public Land, which she joined in 2002.

Established in 1972, this national nonprofit organization conserves land to improve the quality of life in our communities and to protect our natural and historic resources for future generations. It protects land for people to enjoy such as parks, gardens, and natural areas, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. In Northeast Ohio, TPL has partnered with local organizations to save a historic house in Parma, establish a public park in Avon Lake, protected acreage at Bass Lake in Chardon, Sawmill Creek in Youngstown, and the Burton headwaters area, and created the 23-acre Steiner Woods in Bath Township.

The Trust depends on the support and generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses to achieve its mission, and as Ohio's Office's Development Director, Catherine is involved in making these projects and the Trust's ongoing efforts financially possible.

It will come as no surprise that Catherine is also active as a community volunteer. In 2003, she served her profession as the president of the North Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A resident of Peninsula, she is the Vice President of the town's Library and Historical Society Foundation. She also volunteers at her church, the Mother of Sorrows Parish, including service on the Parish Pastoral Council.

In her professional life, Catherine is a hard-working, dedicated, compassionate, ethical, and honest team player. Personally she is a kind, patient, spiritually-grounded, open-mined individual who has a special passion for the environment. Catherine Martoff Timko has strived through her career to make her community and region a better environment, which makes her a fitting recipient for the Service to Humanity Award.

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