Zach Cahalan is the Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition, a position he has served in for two years. He is an experienced mission-based leader with over fifteen years working in the nonprofit sector where he is known for his strategic program development, advocacy, and coalition-building acumen.
Zach Cahalan has previously worked with Catholic Charities USA for five years and over 10 years of his professional career working for the American Red Cross. He has served in multiple disaster relief operations throughout the United States including, but not limited to: Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, and Maria. Under his leadership, design, and direction, the American Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign which has saved nearly 2,000 lives across the nation. He co-administered Project Comeback: Texas, one of the largest Disaster Case Management Programs in history, in collaboration with NVOAD and its member agencies. He previously served on the NVOAD Board of Directors as well as Chair of the NVOAD Advocacy Committee. He has a robust background in crisis operations, grants management, partnership cultivation, and nonprofit program operations.
Zach Cahalan earned his B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University and his M.A. in International Development Administration from Western Michigan University. He resides in Northern Virginia with his three children, Hannah, Elise, and Griffin, and his loyal Vizsla, Kaya.
Director of Development
Johnetha Lindsey was born in Jackson, MS, and raised in northern Mississippi. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Business Administration from Jackson State University and is currently an Executive Leadership PH.D. candidate at the University of Holy Cross.
Building on her love and passion for Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Johnetha began her career in Institutional Advancement at the historic Tougaloo College. As an Institutional Advancement professional, Johnetha served as a liaison who works to engage alumni and donors to help meet institutional goals.
Most recently, Johnetha led the department of Corporate and Foundations, where she was responsible for identifying corporate and foundation prospects, cultivating relationships with them, developing funding proposals for them, soliciting, and following up in securing philanthropic support. She also prepared reports for the Vice President and Office of the President, served as the liaison and technical support for the Alumni Relations and Development team, and distributed communications for fundraising projects.
She was a co-chair for the Presidential Inauguration at Tougaloo College in 2021. In addition, she is currently a committee member for the annual Two Rivers Black-Tie Gala, the DIA Commencement team, and a data project manager for Give Love Xavier Day at Xavier University of Louisiana. Johnetha also currently serves as the project manager for the Annual Business Luncheon, where in February 2022, Tougaloo exceeded its goal and raised over $300,000 during the event.
Johnetha is an avid fundraiser enthusiast who enjoys raising money for philanthropic causes, events, and nonprofit organizations. Her passion for serving stems from the opportunity to connect people to deserving causes. Johnetha also serves as a Girl Scout volunteer, assisting leaders and co-leaders in growing future women leaders. When she is not working, Johnetha is either spending time with her family or traveling and exploring life’s adventures.
Grant Program Coordinator
Coryn Lombardi began her career as an Environmental Educator at the Meadowlands Environment Center in New Jersey where she developed a passion for effecting positive change. After a decade in environmental education, Coryn transitioned to grant coordination overseeing a school-based education grant at Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. During her time as Program Coordinator, Coryn fostered valuable relationships with partnering schools, facilitating crucial public health education initiatives that steered the grant toward success. Most recently, Coryn was the Development Manager at Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, where she led the planning and execution of multiple high-impact events throughout the year.
Coryn is thrilled to join the Truck Safety Coalition team as Grant Program Coordinator and to leverage her skills and experience in grant coordination, relationship building, and event planning.
Coryn earned her B.S. in Biology from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She currently resides in Florida with her husband, Chris, and their beloved dog, Melee. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing board games.