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The Siemer Institute Announces New President and National Director

Kimberly Dorniden to further family stability for the Siemer Institute

COLUMBUS, OH (March 9, 2020) —The Siemer Institute, a supporting foundation of The Columbus Foundation, welcomes Kimberly Dorniden to the organization as President and National Director. In this role, Kim will continue the Institute’s mission of enhancing educational opportunities for school-aged children by preventing family homelessness and reducing school instability.

“Kim brings to the Institute a wealth of experience in facilitating positive, transformation change across a network of sites. We are thrilled to have someone with her background leading the complex and innovative work that the Siemer Institute does to give children every possible chance to succeed in school and beyond by helping their families stay in their homes, grow their incomes, and thrive.”    

Barbara Siemer, Founder OF THE siemer institute

Previously, Kim served as Executive Vice President at Mid-Ohio Food Collective, formerly known as Mid-Ohio Foodbank. During her near 10-year tenure, she developed strategic plans and built strong collaborations that delivered positive, transformational outcomes for community members served by the organization.

Kim holds a Master of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University in Positive Change Management and Organizational Development as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Kim also has extensive training and wide-range experience in leading collective impact movements.

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation serves more than 3,000 individuals, families, and businesses that have created unique funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. The Columbus Foundation is Your Trusted Philanthropic Advisor® and one of the top 10 largest community foundations in the United States.

About the Siemer Institute

The Siemer Institute oversees a network of programs for families with school-aged children at risk of homelessness. Built on community outcomes achieved by successful local initiatives and operating as a collective impact network, the Siemer Institute and its partner communities will learn and grow together to achieve even greater results in each community and across the nation. The Siemer Institute will become a national leader in homelessness prevention while increasing school stability for school-aged children. For more information, please visit

March 10, 2020