Alicia is a proud graduate of Simmons College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Divinity at Gordon Conwell Seminary. Alicia resides in Boston with her loving husband and two sons.
Amy Bronson is Executive Director of Advancement Resources and Strategic Talent Management at Boston University, where she is engaged in building and sustaining an outstanding team of advancement professionals who are undertaking an enormous challenge: the first comprehensive campaign in the history of the University. Amy oversees the talent management program for a staff of 200 including seventeen schools and colleges at the University. Encompassing recruitment, retention, staff development and training, finance and administration, Amy partners with colleagues across the University to ensure the advancement team is ready to meet the campaign challenge. Under the leadership of Sr. Vice President Scott Nichols, who hired Amy in her first development role at Harvard in 1994, Amy has partnered with a dynamic leadership team to recruit over 175 staff and advance over 75 promotions to date.
Prior to joining BU in September 2010, Amy led the strategic staffing initiative for the Light the World Campaign at Boston College, managing the recruitment effort and everything from onboarding to succession planning for over 100 new staff for the Office of University Advancement. Before joining BC in 2005, Amy was at Harvard Law School where her many roles included managing special events; curriculum planning and program administration for executive legal education and as a fundraiser and administrator at Baker House Alumni Center. Her prior experience includes working for Tiffany & Co. in Chicago and Houston and teaching in Athens, Greece. With over 15 years of advancement experience, Amy has served in leadership roles and chaired and presented at numerous conferences and is excited to be at the forefront of talent management in the not for profit sector. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Amy resides in Milton, MA where she is an active volunteer in her community, including serving on the Parent Leadership Committee of Boston College High School.
Previously, Briana oversaw community relations for Staples, Inc. During her eight years with the company, she managed Staples' global community relations activities and communications strategy, directing their private charitable foundation, strategic non-profit partnerships, external and internal communications, employee engagement and cause marketing initiatives.Prior to joining Staples, Briana was an account representative with Lois Paul & Partners, where she managed public relations programs for technology and business-to-business clients.
Sylvia Ferrell-Jones joined YWCA Boston in January 2007, after 25 years in the fields of real estate investment management and non-profit governance and executive leadership.
For twenty years Ferrell-Jones has focused on management of real estate-based assets, serving as a director at AEW Capital Management, headquartered in Boston, and as a principal investment officer with the State of Connecticut Trust Funds, with portfolios ranging up to $2 billion.
Subsequently, Sylvia served as Regional Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where she provided governance, management and fundraising consultations to a $26 million portfolio of not-for-profit affiliates.
In her 7 years as CEO of YWCA Boston, Sylvia has led the organization through financial, operational management and program transformations.
Ferrell-Jones earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her juris doctor from Yale Law School. She has held leadership roles with numerous community and professional organizations, including local, regional and national real estate industry groups; the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ; United Church Funds, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Andover Newton Theological School, the Commonwealth Compact, and the Wellesley Centers for Women.
Ilisa Hurowitz has nearly 30 years of experience as a development professional, consultant and gift planning specialist. An independent consultant and founder/principal of West Cambridge Consulting, Ilisa is also affiliated with Marts & Lundy, a national fundraising consulting firm where she had been a senior consultant and planned giving practice group leader for 10 years. Campaign consulting experiences with a range of institutions and campaigns of diverse size and scope have included Boston College, Boston University and Boston University School of Law, Hebrew Union College, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Children’s Hospital Boston, ACCION, Preservation Society of Newport County, Northwestern University, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Ilisa recently served as Boston Ballet’s chief development officer, leading the organization’s development program through its 50th anniversary season. Prior to joining Marts & Lundy, Ilisa was endowment development vice president with Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. She also served as associate director, major gifts for Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and as director of planned giving at Wellesley College.
Ilisa is a current member of the Planned Giving Taskforce at Boston Children’s Hospital. Ilisa is a former member of Belmont Day School’s Development Committee, past president of Women in Development of Greater Boston, past president of the Planned Giving Group of New England, a former member of the Board of Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater, and a past president of the Cornell Club of Boston.
Suzanne Kenney has for the last nineteen years been the Executive Director of Project Place, a non-profit organization providing employment, education and housing opportunities for homeless individuals. Under her leadership, Suzanne developed job training programs into self-sustaining social enterprises and relocated the organization to a newly-constructed six story facility in order to expand opportunities for homeless clients. The building project led to 14 units of permanent housing units and expanded commercial and physical space for the operations of social enterprises. The development included financing through securing tax credits, public funding and managing a capital campaign to raise $11 million for successful completion of the project. Prior to her experience at Project Place, Suzanne worked in various human service agencies and in different capacities including fiscal/contract management and direct services. She has an undergraduate psychology degree from Fairfield University and a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University, School of Management. She has been appointed to a number of boards including citizen advisory boards for the Department of Social Services and Office for Children, served seven years as an Advisory Board Member for Center for Children with Special Needs, two years on the local neighborhood board South End Business Alliance, and on a national board for strengthening non-profit management. Suzanne is an alumna of Eureka Communities-Boston Fellowship program, an organization committed to the development of leadership among non-profit executives. She currently serves on several boards including the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, an advocacy organization dedicated to the abolition of homelessness; Charlesbank Homes and Franklin Square House, both private foundation boards supporting the housing of low-income and homeless individuals; and has been selected as a member of the Affirmative Investments Wainwright Governing Board for New Market Tax Credits. Suzanne received a discretionary monetary award and recognition for Creative Leadership in Entrepreneurship and with the funds has initiated a micro-lending program for Project Place alumni. In December 2007, Suzanne was recognized in the Boston Courant as South End Woman of the Year. Suzanne has served on Mayor Menino’s Homeless Planning Committee and in March of 2010 was sworn in to serve as a member of the Living Wage Advisory Committee. In 2011, Suzanne received the Wainwright Social Justice Award for her work at Project Place.
Danielle Klainberg is Principal, DEK Associates and provides consultant services to the nonprofit sector. Danielle focuses on entrepreneurial philanthropy and customizes her services for the Greater Boston area philanthropic community. Previously Danielle worked with Amnesty International, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and WGBH Educational Foundation (PBS), and attended Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Ms. Laping is the senior vice president of development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She joined BIDMC in February 2003, with the charge of building a comprehensive fund raising program, and since that time, annual fund raising revenues have grown 550%. She came to BIDMC from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, where she served as vice president for development. Ms. Laping has served as dean for development at the Harvard School of Public Health, director of annual giving at Brandeis University, and director of development at Deaconess-Nashoba Hospital. She is the past president of Women in Development of Greater Boston and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Ms. Laping graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a bachelor of business administration in marketing.
Pam Lassiter connects people with meaningful work. Author of The New Job Security, a Wall Street Journal award winning book, she is principal of Lassiter Consulting, a firm that provides career transition programs and coaching to companies and individuals worldwide. As a consultant in career management for over thirty years, Lassiter works with senior level professionals who are developing satisfying work in their current organization or are considering a career transition.
Lassiter teaches “Career Leadership” at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education and coaches senior professionals in her private, global practice. She is a coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education and has taught in “Charting Your Course,” a re-entry program, since its inception. Her clients include Fortune 100 companies as well as non-profits including MIT, Princeton, and University of California Berkeley-Haas. Through leading ExecuNet in New England, Lassiter has helped thousands of professionals to improve their career management, networking and negotiation skills.
Lassiter is a Trustee and Chair of the Overseers at the Museum of Science in Boston and serves on their Executive Campaign Committee as well as earlier assignments on their Annual Giving and Capital Campaign Committees. She has served on the Stewardship Committees of major non-profits and works with her clients and the Corporate Board Committee of the Boston Club to coach professionals to obtain seats on non-profit and public boards.
Lassiter earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in English/Spanish and her Master's degree from Boston University in psychological counseling with specific graduate coursework in career development and business management.
In his role as VP of Development and Communications, Tim oversees all fundraising events, including Pie in the Sky and LifeSavor, and directs the effort to secure corporate and foundation grants as well as individual donors. He is also responsible for the agency’s online presence, print communications and press.
Tim brings over 20 years of fundraising and communications experience, along with a food service background, to the job. He worked for 16 years in the food service industry, from ice cream parlors to fine dining, and for six years in sales and marketing, with the world's largest Macintosh computer show, MacWorld Expo. After years of working in the private sector, Tim chose to dedicate his efforts to nonprofit development. Before coming to Community Servings in 1999, Tim served for two years as the Director of Development for the Boston Salvation Army and for three years at the United Way of Dutchess County, NY. Tim has long been a passionate supporter of HIV/AIDS and hunger-relief causes, volunteering for a number of organizations and serving as a board member at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
He received a BA in English and Economics from UMASS Boston.
Meggan Levene is co-founder and CEO of GVNGTogether, a nonprofit sparking next generation philanthropy through experiential education and collective grant making. Prior to founding GVNGTogether, Meggan was Senior Manager of Business Development, Care Force, for City Year's National Headquarters where she built innovative integrated partnerships between the private and voluntary sectors. Previously, Meggan worked in the Community Relations Department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts where she represented the company at charitable events and managed the corporate volunteer program. Originally from Rochester, New York, Meggan is a graduate of Boston University where she studied International Relations and Cultural Anthropology. Meggan serves on CJP’s Commission for Caring & Social Justice and is an alumna of CJP's PresenTense Boston Fellowship and the ROI Summit in Israel.
Nichols is married to Muriel I. Nichols, an attorney, and has two sons, Spencer and Todd.
Mike Nelson’s extensive content marketing experience involves helping brands create unique digital experiences across their owned properties. Mike currently works across an array of industries with Weber Shandwick for his clients’ social media and web projects. His expertise encompasses a variety of digital communication tools, from social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) to digital advertising to SEO, having spent two years as a full-time SEO analyst prior to joining Weber Shandwick.
A development professional since 1984, Sue currently serves as Dean for Resource Development at Harvard Medical School (HMS), working closely with the School’s Board of Fellows, the Dean, and members of the faculty, to raise funds for world-class medical research and education at HMS through The World is Waiting: The Campaign for Harvard Medicine, an effort to raise $750 million.
Sue served as Associate Vice President for Development at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute from 2001-2008 during the $1 billion Mission Possible Campaign, and was responsible for the management of the Major/Principal Gifts, Annual Giving, Gift Planning, and Palm Beach Regional fundraising programs, and the Development Operations group. From 1991-2001, Sue served in several development capacities at the Harvard School of Public Health including as Director of Major Gifts, Senior Development Officer, and Major Gifts Officer responsible for raising funds for School priority areas including Environmental Health and Children’s Health.
Before this, Sue was the Director of Annual Giving at Dartmouth Medical School (1989-1991), responsible for the Dartmouth Medical School Alumni Fund and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Annual Fund. Sue began her development career as the Director of Development of The Cambridge School of Weston (1984-1988). She received a B.S. in Finance from Babson College and holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
"In her current role as Associate Vice President, Advancement Operations and Planning, Brenda oversees Administrative Services, Advancement Information Systems, Gift & Record Systems, Prospect Research, Recruitment & Training, and Stewardship & Donor Engagement. Brenda has been a member of the Boston College community for 25 years. Before coming to Advancement in 2005, she worked as an internal management consultant for the university’s executive vice president for seven years, specifically focused on the design and implementation of strategic initiatives through business process reengineering and organizational development. Prior to that, she served as the administrative officer for the Division of Student Affairs, overseeing all aspects of budget, personnel, and information technology. She has taught classes in management, human resource management, and organizational development as an adjunct professor at Emmanuel College. Brenda holds a B.S. in marketing from the University of Connecticut’s School of Business Administration and an M.A. and Ph.D., both in higher education administration, from Boston College. "
Author and Owner, Emma Roberts graduated with honors from Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and started Capers Catering in 1991. Roberts holds a BA in English Literature from Denison University.
Capers Catering has won Best of Boston from Boston Magazine in 2007 and 2013. The Knot Magazine awarded Capers Best Wedding Caterer in 2011, 2012, 2013 and articles on their work has appeared in More Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, The Boston Business Journal, Boston Magazine, and more.
Roberts has enjoyed establishing long term relationships with clients over the past 23 years. She has emphasized innovation at Capers Catering and focuses on unique spins on classic dishes, event design and presentation.
Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Crossroads Rhode Island
Karen Santilli joined Crossroads Rhode Island in February 2008 and currently serves as the Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer. The mission of Crossroads Rhode Island is to help homeless or at-risk individuals and families secure stable homes. She led the organization through a strategic change process to implement a new service delivery model focused on rapid rehousing and housing first. Under Karen’s leadership, the Marketing & Development team implements a multi-channel marketing and fundraising program which raised $2.9 million in 2013 – up from $1.9 million in 2008.
Prior to joining Crossroads, Karen enjoyed a 20+ year career at Plan USA where she served as Team Managing Director of Sponsorship and managed a budget of $1 million to raise and retain $24 million in revenue. She led a team of 40 individuals involved in sponsor/donor engagement and development. She left Plan to shift her skills from helping the children and families in developing countries around the world to helping our very own neighbors impacted by homelessness.
Karen was named the 2011 Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island Chapter, she’s a ZETA II graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, and received Rhode Island College’s 2003 Alumni Honor Roll Award for Marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Masters of Art in Teaching from Rhode Island College.
Technical Coordinator, Shoreline AV
The Shoreline service model stands that each customer deserves a dedicated project lead, from design to the end result. David is the Technical Coordinator for Shoreline AV, and manages many of these key accounts. He leads a wonderful team of technicians that work tirelessly through all phases of production to ensure a flawless and memorable event. With over six years in the Audio Visual industry, and an education from SAE Institute, David has facilitated the success of countless fundraising and educational functions.
Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, School of Medicine, Tufts University
Rebecca is the senior director of development and alumni relations at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she oversees fundraising for annual giving, major gifts, and planned gifts for the School of Medicine. The department also supports the Tufts Medical Alumni Association (a vibrant network of medical school alumni), and holds annual reunions and regional programming for alumni throughout the United States. Rebecca brings to this position more than 18 years of experience in fundraising with an expertise in gift planning, including serving as director of gift planning for Tufts University from 2005 to 2012 and prior to that, as the associate director of gift planning at the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. She was also vice president for programming for the Planned Giving Group of New England. A graduate of McGill University, Rebecca was the general manager of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Rebecca completed a residency in new media design at the Canadian Film Centre and is a co-founder of the interactive marketing company, Trapeze Media.
Senior Manager, Social Impact Investment Community, Root Cause
As senior manager for Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum, Carolyn is engaging business leaders, philanthropists, and funders from Greater Boston to join with the Social Innovation Forum team as we strengthen local non profits by strategically helping to build their capacity, visibility and networks. Carolyn is a board member for the Camellia Network, an organization that utilizes social networking to connect youth “aging out” of foster care with a community of resources and opportunities. She is the founder of A Step Up, a group that encourages women and their families to become involved with innovative nonprofits having an impact in their local community. Prior to Carolyn’s work with with local non profits, she worked in higher education supporting students with learning disabilities by developing and implementing programs to enhance academic and social success and maximize retention. She holds a BA in psychology from Boston College and and M.Ed. from Boston University.
Executive Director, Perkins Trust
Kathy Sheehan joined Perkins in October 2009 as Executive Director of the Perkins Trust, and led the Perkins team to the completion of its first-ever comprehensive campaign, raising funds to support Perkins campus, community, and international programs. She previously worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston as Chief Advancement Officer. Kathy led BGCB’s development effort for their groundbreaking $108 million Comprehensive Campaign that concluded in June 2008. At Harvard, she developed a national network for non-alumni support for the Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. At Wellesley College, Kathy was a Senior Development Officer and served as Director of the College’s Business Leadership Council. Kathy serves on the board for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and on the Vestry of Trinity Church in the city of Boston. Kathy is a graduate of Smith College and earned a Master of Divinity at Boston University.
Chair of the Board, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Dana Smith is the Chair of the Board at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Facing History and Ourselves and serves as Trustee for two active family foundations, including the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. Her past professional experience includes work at the Boston Housing Authority where she was the Deputy Director of Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston where she was Director of Operations, and the City of Boston where she was a youth outreach and street worker. She also serves as a Director on the Board of Social Finance and the Dean’s Leadership Council at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a former Trustee at The Park School. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dana moved to the east coast to attend Tufts University and graduated in 1988 magna cum laude. After graduation, she received a fellowship to teach in SOWETO, South Africa. Dana returned to Boston and completed her Master’s in Education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Children and Adolescents at Risk.
Vice President, Tufts Medical Center Trust
In 2008, Catherine Squires joined Tufts Medical Center in Boston as Vice President for Development. A world-class academic medical center, Tufts provides outstanding patient care to both adults and children, teaching generations of future physicians the most advanced medical science and breaking new ground with ongoing, innovative research. With its Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center serves as the principal teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. The Tufts Medical Center Trust raises philanthropic funds across the broad continuum of services, from community-based programs to translational research.
Before relocating to Boston, Catherine served the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago as Chief Advancement Officer, where she led a dynamic and strategic organization responsible for marketing, communications and securing the philanthropic support necessary to sustain Chicago’s disaster response, preparedness and lifesaving programs. Additionally, Catherine served as Chicago’s fundraising lead for the national Red Cross organization, building, supporting and sustaining key strategic partnerships with the region’s prominent corporate, foundation and individual donors who generously responded to needs on a national and international basis.
Previously, Catherine was Vice President of Development for Advocate Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Advocate Health Care - a not-for-profit, faith-based health care system in the Chicago region, and one of the largest and most prominent integrated health care systems in the country. In this capacity, she was responsible for developing and managing the development programs at three of Advocate’s teaching hospitals, culminating in the top development position at Lutheran General in Park Ridge, the system’s flagship.
Catherine maintains a dedicated commitment to service and ethical practice, sharing her experience and passion for professional ethics, board and volunteer development, mentoring and strategic planning as a board member and volunteer consultant. Her ethics interests extend to the biomedical realm, and she currently serves Tufts Medical Center as a member of the Ethics Committee. As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Health Care Philanthropy (AHP), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), she is a frequent speaker at workshops and conferences, and has served as faculty for AFP International’s First Course in Fundraising, AFPMA’s Basics Course, and has taught Legal and Ethical Aspects of Fundraising at the collegiate level. Catherine previously served as a member of AFP’s Research Council, part of the association’s Professional Advancement Division, which takes the leadership role for AFP internationally in identifying research priorities for the organization, and by recognizing, promoting, funding and publishing research on the philanthropic sector and philanthropic fundraising. She serves as Immediate Past President of the AFP Massachusetts Chapter, and was elected to the AFP International Board of Directors in January, 2012, currently serving as a member-at-large.
A graduate of the Northern Illinois University School of Music, Catherine also holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University in musicology as well as the professional credential, Certified Fund Raising Executive.
Vice President, Client Solutions, Pursuant-Ketchum
As a leader in nonprofit fundraising, Kelley Stewart has a strong commitment to helping philanthropic organizations work smarter, not harder at fundraising. With more than a decade of strategic planning, marketing and fundraising experience, Kelley’s emphasis is in healthcare, multi-affiliate health and human series organizations, and peer-to-peer fundraising. Her strength is to come alongside nonprofit organizations regardless of their size or tenure, and help them achieve their long term vision and goals.
On behalf of Pursuant, Kelley currently works alongside organizations including JDRF, Boston Children’s Hospital, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Lupus Foundation of American. Prior to joining Pursuant Ketchum in March of 2011, Kelley spent eight years with The American Cancer Society (ACS) and two years with the Avon Foundation for Women.
Kelley has a bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and works form Pursuant’s office in New York City, where she lives with her husband and 2 daughters.
President and Cheif Development Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust
Lynn Susman is President and Chief Development Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust. An accomplished development executive, she has 30 years of experience leading and building philanthropic programs, and has held several positions advancing care and research at Boston Children’s. As Trust President, Lynn oversees a comprehensive fundraising program, partnering with a team of 125 staff and a 40-member Trust Board made up of business and community leaders. Boston Children’s is one of the nation’s top hospital philanthropies, having increased support from $30M in 2000 to nearly $150M in 2013. Prior to joining Children’s, Lynn served as Development Director at New England Conservatory, and held several positions in fundraising for the arts. She is a frequent speaker and program leader within the Woodmark Group and is a member of The Boston Club and the Massachusetts Women’s Forum.
Vice President of Development, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jim Thompson is the Vice President for Development at the Massachusetts General Hospital, an organization he has served for over 28 years. During his tenure at the MGH, Jim has been involved in four successful capital campaigns. Under Jim’s leadership, the MGH has built one of the most successful grateful patient fund raising models in academic medicine. He has advanced donor outreach efforts well beyond the grateful patient base for Research, Global Health, and the Home Base program that supports veterans and their families. Jim has overseen the growth of the MGH Development staff from 49 individuals in 2010 to 125 in 2013, and has executed Mass General’s most successful fundraising Campaign to date, the Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine which has fundraised over $1.72B by the Campaign’s conclusion in December 2013.
Jim has worked in the field of Development for 38 years. He has made a commitment in mentoring and advancing the careers of development professionals. Prior to the MGH, Jim was the Director of Development at the Roxbury Latin School from 1979-1986. From 1976 to 1979 he served as Development Officer for Bentley College. He received a B.S. degree in Communications from Ithaca College, and also earned a M.S. in Education from Elmira College. He completed a four year term in 2012 as a director of Villanova University’s Parent Executive Committee where he led several key major gift solicitations on behalf of the University. He is a former member of the Finance Council for St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Acton and also served as past Chairman of the Church’s Development Committee. He served as Chairman of the Parent Fund for the Class of 2003 at the College of the Holy Cross. Jim is a former member of the Corporation of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, and he is a former trustee of the Minuteman Association of Retarded Citizens in Concord.
Vice President of Development, Zoo New England
Suzanne Tompkins is Vice President of Development for Zoo New England. Her responsibilities include building and managing the Office of Development’s operating funds and restricted revenue streams; implementing the Zoo’s inaugural leadership donor program; implementing fundraising strategy for corporate and foundation revenue; interfacing with and cultivating the Board of Directors; and directing fundraising strategy for the Capital Campaign.
At WBUR, Suzanne managed the Office of Development, with oversight of the 750 person group of major donors. She also helped to build WBUR’s Board of Overseers; grew fundraising revenue 100% during her tenure; and launched WBUR’s first dedicated planned giving program. Suzanne received her formal development training at Boston University’s Center for Professional Education and has served as a Director of AFP MA Chapter Board for the past five years.
Director of Annual Giving, Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Jennifer TumSuden serves as the Director of Annual Giving at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA. She manages the operations and marketing of the Annual Fund and leverages the artistic and academic work of faculty and students to create a variety of engagement opportunities and programs. Jennifer has previously held advancement positions at Harvard University's Divinity School and Alumni Affairs and Development, and Dana Hall School. Jennifer is a magna cum laude graduate of Fairfield University and is completing a Master's degree in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University this spring.
Bradford Wm. Voigt, CFRE
Director of Principal Gifts for the Arts, Harvard University
Bradford Wm. Voigt, CFRE has 30 years of fundraising experience and has raised over $400 million in his career. Currently he oversees capital and major gifts as well as planned giving, membership, annual giving, and events for the Harvard Art Museums. Additionally, Brad is directing a $250 million capital campaign to transform the Art Museums physical facilities and create a visual arts laboratory and teaching facility.
Prior to joining the Harvard Art Museums, he served as Director of Development at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Mass. He completed a $194 million campaign, funding the expansion of the museum. In addition, Brad served for eight years as Assistant Dean for Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has also played key roles in development programs at Beth Israel Hospital, Mass Audubon Society, Boston Ballet, North Shore Music Theatre and Rhode Island School of Design. A frequent lecturer and author of numerous articles on fundraising, Brad served as President of the Mass Chapter as well as on the National Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
President, A Direct Solution
Erica Waasdorp is President of A Direct Solution. Erica lives and breathes direct response and fundraising and can be considered a Philanthropyholic. Building partnerships and trying to find the best solution for members and donors and thus clients' needs are what Erica does best. Her multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience are of added value to those clients interested in raising money internationally and her experience in monthly giving has given her an edge for those clients who are ready to embark on this way of giving.
Erica Waasdorp started A Direct Solution in December of 2003 with more than twenty years of experience in direct marketing, from both sides of the desk, on the client side and the agency side. She has since worked with numerous non-profit clients on and off-Cape. She has helped several organizations with their annual fund campaigns, monthly giving, grant writing, events and PR.
Erica contributes to various industry publications, both in the US and abroad, and she has spoken at numerous nonprofit conferences, ranging from fundamentals of fundraising, to international fundraising, to monthly giving. She is also the US Ambassador for the International Fundraising Congress (IFC), held in the Netherlands in October (www.resource-alliance.org).
Erica Waasdorp published one of the very few books in the industry on monthly giving, called Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant. For more information, see www.adirectsolution.com or find the book as paperback or e-book on amazon.com and other e-book sites. She is currently working on her second book, due to be published with Emerson & Church early 2015.
David A. Woodruff , CFRE
Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Resource Development, MIT
David is currently Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Resource Development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has served in this capacity since June 2012. There he oversees operations of a development staff of 225 persons and a budget of $30 million. He is preparing the Institute for its next multi-billion dollar comprehensive campaign.
David first worked at MIT between 1984 and 2002. His assignments included corporate fundraising and individual giving. He led the major gifts team in MIT's successful $2 billion campaign in 1997-2004. He also represented the Institute throughout the Asia-Pacific region and drove MIT's international fundraising strategy.
Before to returning to MIT, David held the post of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Development at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) from 2008-2012 where he guided the conception and execution of the hospital's successful $1.5 billion campaign.
Between 2002 and 2008, David was Dean of Resource Development at Harvard School of Public Health and headed up initial planning for the School's portion of a university campaign. David and his team launched several international trips for donors to witness public health in action in the
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