Toledo Ballet, Toledo Symphony Appoint Brett Loney as New Director of Development

Published Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:30 am

The Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts’ (TAPA) President & CEO Zak Vassar announced this morning that Brett Loney will join the organization as its new Director of Development beginning November 18, 2019.

“We welcome Brett to the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony family with great enthusiasm,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts. “Brett completes our team and brings over two decades of experience in development, encompassing every area of direct fundraising and operations. We look forward to working with him to develop and grow our fundraising efforts.”

“The performing arts bring life to our community and are an invaluable part of what makes Northwest Ohio such a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” says Brett Loney. “The Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony have deep roots with an incredible reputation for excellence, and they continue to set the pace with their innovative ideas and leadership. I am excited to join this great team and to contribute my skills and experience.”

Loney will be a member of the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts’ senior leadership team as the Director of Development. Loney will be responsible for designing and executing the overall fund development vision and strategy for the organization, including annual fund drives, corporate sponsorships, endowment, planned giving, capital campaigns, grant applications, and new initiatives. He will lead a team of fundraisers and, in partnership with the President & CEO, guide overall fundraising strategies for the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts.

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts at

About Brett Loney

A Toledo native, Brett Loney is a senior development professional with 21 years of experience encompassing every area of direct fundraising and development operations. He has extensive experience cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors and more than a decade of senior leadership experience building comprehensive development programs, guiding staff and volunteers, and providing expertise on strategic planning and operations.

Most recently, Brett served as the Associate Vice President for Development at The University of Toledo Foundation. Previously, he was the Vice President for Advancement at St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy. He also served as the Director of Development for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and Director of Development for Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton.

Brett is a graduate of Fordham University, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. He obtained his law degree from the College of William and Mary and practiced law in Virginia prior to his career in development. He received his CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential in 2005 and his ACFRE (Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive) credential in 2015. He is one of only 112 individuals worldwide to have earned both the CFRE and ACFRE credentials.

He has been active in leadership positions with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapters in both Toledo and Dayton. He currently serves on the boards of the Wolf Creek YMCA, Josina Lott Foundation, Team Toledo Triathlon Club, and the Toledo Area Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. He is a graduate of Leadership Toledo (2002) and Leadership Dayton (2005).

Brett resides in Sylvania, Ohio with his wife Amy Waskowiak, a practicing attorney with Lyden, Chappell & Dewhirst, and children Arianna and Alex.

About the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts

Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony are the region’s oldest performing arts institutions. Toledo Ballet, celebrating its 80th year of dance instruction, is recognized as one of America’s finest pre-professional dance programs. The Toledo Symphony, celebrating its 76th season, is recognized as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country, employing 65 professional musicians, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region.

Combined, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony reach more than 260,000 individuals annually through performances and education programs. The series concerts (Masterworks, Pops, Dance, Chamber, Mozart in the Afternoon, and Family Series) are the critical underpinning of TAPA’s artistic mission and regularly draw people from 135 zip codes. Education programs, student performances and community concerts are held in schools, neighborhood churches, performing arts centers and community facilities throughout the region; many are offered at no charge or provided at a reduced fee to help expand participation. For more information, please visit


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