Propelling Non-Profit Organizations Through Her Visionary Lens!

Upon meeting Lori Sontag, President & CEO of The Breathing Association, you will immediately feel at ease as you sense her genuine and authentic demeanor. She began her new role as President and CEO effective September 1, 2021, after the retirement of Joanne Spoth, former President and CEO, who had a long successful history with the organization.

Lori is a pillar in the Non-Profit Community, as she has served in the space for over thirty years. “My passion is serving those who are part of a vulnerable population.” Throughout Lori’s impressive Non-Profit career with organizations such as I Am Boundless, National Church Residences, United Church Homes and 2 Central Ohio Hospital Systems, she relies on her visionary talent to plan, organize, and strategize. She is driven to build teams and to propel growth while assuring mission sustainability.

Throughout her roles as V.P. of Business Development, CFO, Executive Director, Director of Finance, and Director of Treasury Services, not only was she responsible for day to day financial and treasury oversight, development, information technology & data analytics, risk management and compliance, but also led numerous major properties, business start-up, acquisition, and healthcare initiatives, throughout her career. Additionally, she was the one to strategize and solve the ongoing challenge of “How do we pay for this and assure organizational excellence and sustainability?”

Business acumen, acute listening skills, effective communication skills, open board relations and a keen knowledge of funding resources, such as financing, philanthropic strategies, and grant funding, are components which contribute to her success. “Knowing that I have impacted and mentored others, while developing structure and a master plan to bring sustainability and innovation together, are the accomplishments of which I am most proud.” Lori maintains a pulse on emerging ideas, initiatives, and available resources.  “I rely on the expertise of partners, a driven team, clear communication, collaboration, and measurable outcomes. It is a beautiful thing when all of this comes together!”

Lori Sontag is a connector of people and talent with a common vision. “I am excited to embrace each day, welcome new ideas and participate in meaningful conversations, which effect and bring value to the population we serve. As I identify and absorb the needs of the community, I am transformed by this purpose, and it becomes a part of who I am.”

Lori Sontag, President & CEO.