Our Team

Christine Reeves Strigaro

Executive Director

Christine Reeves Strigaro is the Executive Director of The Sapelo Foundation, a private, family foundation based in Savannah, Georgia.

On a mission for a just Georgia, Christine leverages every form of philanthropic capital – grant, endowment, human, partnership, advocacy, convening, strategy, and more. In doing so, she helps a dedicated and dynamic team build relationships, catalyze solutions for systemic problems, lift up Georgia as a destination for social and environmental justice, and embrace creativity and new ideas. With equal conviction, Christine believes philanthropy is a team sport for championing grantee partners and ensuring communities are participants and leaders, not only recipients.

Active in national and Georgia communities, Christine serves on the board of Funders Committee for Civic Participation, public policy committee of Georgia Grantmakers Alliance, and steering committee of Georgia Funders Network for Racial Equity. Previously, she served as Director of Foundation Programs at Alliance for Justice and Senior Field Associate at National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. She also served on the boards of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Christine graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She earned her master’s degree from Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy in Durham, NC.

MaryBeth Deiters

Administration and Grants Manager

MaryBeth Deiters is the Administration and Grants Manager of The Sapelo Foundation.

With a belief that the actions of everyday citizens can affect extraordinary change, MaryBeth utilizes her past experience in foundation operations from her Corporate Support position with the University of Oregon Foundation and grants management expertise as the Grants Coordinator/Writer for the City of Hinesville to further the mission of The Sapelo Foundation. She believes that by investing strategically in the community and in passionate organizations, the foundation’s goal of a just Georgia can be realized.

​MaryBeth is energized by the work of grassroots organizations and civic engagement. She has volunteered for several Get Out the Vote campaigns and had the pleasure of serving as Vice Chairman of Liberty’s Initiative for Community Housing. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for a Savannah based animal rescue. MaryBeth received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. She graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree from the University of Oregon’s School of Planning, Public Policy and Management where she concentrated her studies on Community Building and earned distinction as an Outstanding Master of Public Policy. 


Nicole Bagley – President
Philip N. Carey – Vice President
Michael Grant – Secretary
Laura Mountcastle – Treasurer
Irene Reynolds Schier, Ph.D. – President Emeritus
William K. Broker
Bettieanne Hart
The Honorable Senator Nan Grogan Orrock
Midge Sweet