Speaker Bios (A-F)

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  • Lisa Aman(VIP)
    Advisory Board Chair
    YMCA of Metro Atlanta/Carl E. Sanders Buckhead Y Branch
    1160 Moores Mill Road
    Atlanta, GA 30327  USA
    404 267 4819

    Lisa grew up in Stamford, CT and received her B.A. in Economics from Yale University and M.B.A. from Stanford University. She spent her professional career at Bain & Company, a strategy consulting firm, where she focused on growth strategy, business development and performance improvement. Lisa and her husband moved to Atlanta in 1996 to open Bain & Company’s Atlanta office. Lisa volunteers on several boards. She has been a trustee of The Galloway School board for 8 years, serving as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She is a member of Homrich Berg’s client advisory board, the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, the American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta board, the Sisters By Choice board and recently joined The Hirsch Academy's advisory board. Lisa and her family which includes 3 children have been involved in the Carl E. Sanders YMCA since 2003 when her oldest daughter joined the swim team. Lisa was an annual campaign volunteer starting in 2005 and joined the board in 2009. She served as Chair of the Membership Committee for three years and is inher final year as Chair of the Advisory Board.
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  • Jim Anderson, CFRE
    GoalBusters Consulting
    555 N. Pinecliff Drive
    Flagstaff, AZ  86001 USA
    888 883 2690

    Jim Anderson is a partner in GoalBusters with more than 25 years of sales and sales training experience who migrated into the nonprofit arena in 2005. He specializes in sponsorships, donor motivations and the psychology of giving, marketing and social media campaigns, communications, media production and event hosting. Jim is a past honoree as teh AFP Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year and Past President of the AFP Northern Arizona chapter. He received his Certified  Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2013.
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  • Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE
    1237 Stanyan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117 USA
    415 317 0595

    Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and brings 30 years of frontline development and marketing experience to her work as a principal of Clairification. A sought-after coach, Claire is a member of the Rogare Fundraising Think Tank Relationship Fundraising Advisory Panel, teaches the CFRE Fundraising Certification Course and is a frequent presenter for 4GOOD Nonprofit Webinars, Bloomerang and The Foundation Center. Claire writes regular columns for Nonprofit Pro and Guidestar, plus a monthly feature on nonprofit social media for Maximize Social Business. Clairification was named "Best Fundraising Blog of 2013" by Fundraising Success Magazine.

    Claire's passion is helping fundraisers become philanthropy facilitators - taking donors on a journey to fulfill their passions. She wants to help nonprofits think bigger, become relevant, adapt to the digital revolution and open up to the possibilities change brings. She offers both big picture vision thinking and cut-to-the-chase practical strategies.  A member of the California State Bar and a graduate of Princeton University, Claire resides in San Francisco, California.
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  • Sue Ball
    Regional Vice President
    YMCA of San Diego County
    8355 Cliffridge Ave.
    La Jolla, CA 92037 USA
    858 453 3483

    Sue Ball began her career with the YMCA 32 years ago as a gymnastics instructor in Little Rock, Arkansas. Fresh out of college, she needed a job and the local Y was hiring. A few weeks after she began, a position for gymnastics program director opened up and a week later, she was hired for the position. Years later after positions in other Ys, Ball moved West to run the Cupertino YMCA in Silicon Valley before joining the staff of the YMCA of San Diego County. She is currently a regional vice president for the YMCA of San Diego County overseeing branches in the coastal region. Though she never imagined a 32-year career at the Y, Sue says "The longer you are with the Y, the more it gets into your blood. It's been a great career for me. I get to do all kinds of things - work with volunteers, fundraising, operations, just serving people. I think a lot of people look to make a difference in the world through volunteer opportunities. I get to do it through my job."
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  • Pamela Barden, CFRE
    Direct Response Fundraising Strategist and Copywriter
    PJ Barden Inc.
    934 Edie Drive
    Duarte, CA 91010 USA
    626 535 3737

    With a professional career in strategic fundraising that spans more than 35 years, Pamela brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her current role as a fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations. She specializes in developing and executing fundraising strategy for her clients as well as writing fundraising copy, newsletters and informational materials, donor recognition, P. R. and advertising collateral, instructional articles and blog posts.

    Pamela's previous nonprofit experience includes long-term fundraising leadership positions where she was responsible for all fundraising activities: major gift solicitation, planned giving marketing, direct mail, newsletters, internet, telemarketing, television and radio acquisition and advertising. Pamela is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), an Instructor for UCLA Extension School's Fundraising Certification Program and the University of La Verne, College of Business and Public Management, a frequent webinar speaker and author of two online courses for UCLA Extension. Pamela earned a Doctorate of Business Administration in 2015. She is also a past winner of a Gold Award for Fundraising Excellence and an ECHO Award from DMA; recipient of a Distinguished Instructors Award from UCLA Extension, a weekly columnist for Nonprofit PRO; and a monthly contributor to Blackbaud's blog, npEngage.
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  • Donna Bembenek
    Vice President, Marketing and Communications
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606
    312 419 8843

    As Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Donna Bembenek provides leadership and strategic direction to a 30-person department that is responsible for YMCA of the USA's traditional and digital marketing, internal and external communication, public relations, brand management, graphic design and creative, and social media efforts. She joined Y-USA in April of 2014 after eight years at the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.  Donna has over 30 years of experience leading marketing communications teams in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Y, Donna held executive positions in both the financial services and broadcast industries. She eared a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MBA from Alverno College in Milwaukee.
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  • Bruce Berglund, CFRE
    President/YMCA Alumni
    Donor By Design Group, LLC
    725 W. Gilbert Road
    Palatine, IL 60067
    877 323 3904

    For more than 25 years, Bruce Berglund has been a successful professional fundraiser in the fields of higher education, arts and culture and social services. Bruce is the founder and President of Donor By Design Group, a national firm providing comprehensive fundraising services to nonprofits, churches, community colleges and schools. Donor By Design is currently managing more than $1 Billion in capital, annual and endowment campaigns.  Prior to founding Donor By Design Group, Bruce served as the Chief Development Officer for Doane College, The Saint Louis Art Museum, local YMCAs in St. Louis and Milwaukee, and then at YMCA of the USA. Bruce has served on the NAYDO Council and has held leadership roles as a local member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in St. Louis and Milwaukee. In 2001, Bruce received the YMCA's top fundraising award, the NAYDO Eagle Award, which recognizes and defines YMCA fundraising excellence in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Bruce holds a BA from Doane College, where he majored in communication and human relations, and a MA in Management from Webster University.

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  • Brandon Blackman
    Marketing and Communications Director
    YMCA of the Triangle/YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer
    801 Corporate Center Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27607 USA
    919 582 9313

    Brandon Blackman is the Marketing and Communications Director for YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer. He started his career at the YMCA during college as a camp counselor for several years and continued to be involved with their annual campaign before coming back on staff full-time.  Brandon has been with Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer for 5 years in his current role and spearheads the camps Young Alumni Giving Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University.
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  • Tisa Blackmore
    Executive Vice President and Regional Director
    Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc.
    6167 Bristol Parkway Suite 125
    Culver City, CA 90230  USA
    310 836 7624

    Tisa, currently an executive vice president and regional director with longtime NAYDO Sponsor Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc., has spent more than 30 years as a professional with nonprofit organizations as an executive director, development director and consultant. Her consulting experience with Netzel Grigsby Associates includes directing multi-million dollar capital campaigns, major gifts, annual giving, board development, strategic planning, volunteer training, staff coaching and feasibility studies. Previous positions included executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, and associate executive director of the San Pedro and Peninsula YMCA where she received the Don Hayward award for program development.  Tisa has served in a volunteer capacity as the capital campaign steering committee chair for her church. She has been a member of the Palos Verdes and Newhall Rotary Clubs and a guest lecturer for the UCLA Extension Program on fundraising. Tisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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  • Ken Blanchard
    The Ken Blanchard Companies
    125 State Place
    Escondido, CA 92029
    760 489 5005

    Ken Blanchard shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services, and bestselling books. Universally characterized as one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, Ken is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership. Few people have influence the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. His iconic 1982 classic, The One Minute Manager, co-authored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades he has authored or co-authored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works - including Raving Fans, The Secret, and Leading at a Higher Level, to name a few - have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005, Ken was inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time. Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken participated in a variety of programs as a child at the New Rochelle YMCA. Over his adult years he had an influential relationship with the YMCA of San Diego County serving as a mentor, guide and thought leader on how to run an outstanding Y by empowering leaders to change lives.He received his master's degree from Colgate University and his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from Cornell. To learn more, visit www.kenblanchard.com.
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  • Lauren Bruce
    Director of Development
    YMCA of San Francisco
    50 California St Suite 650
    San Francisco CA 94111 

    Driving the YMCA of San Francisco's efforts to advance the three-county, 15 branch annual campaign and planned giving efforts, Lauren currently serves as the Director of Development. Working with the Y since 2008, Lauren specializes in creating donor-centered experiences and integrating new association-wide collaborative engagement strategies in service to the Y's strategic plan.  Lauren has successfully led and grown the YMCA of San Francisco's  Association Annual Giving Campaign and delivered engaging signature events grossing more than $2.7 million dollars in the past 5 years.  Lauren is passionate about developing  new approaches to engage diverse communities and delivering funding to ensure our communities are served intentionally by the YMCAs in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. Lauren is an alumni of NAYDO's 2014 Class of Young Professionals.

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  • Michael Brunker
    Executive Director
    YMCA of San Diego County/Jackie Robinson Family YMCA
    151 YMCA Way
    San Diego, CA 92102  USA
    619 264 0144

    Michael Brunker has served as the Executive Director of San Diego's "inner city" YMCA since October of 1997.  The YMCA of San Diego County's 2015 Positioning for the Future strategic plan includes the Safe at Home Capital Campaign that is totally rebuilding the facility at its current location. To date, $26 million of the $32 million goal has been raised. Phase One Ground Breaking was on May 20, 2016 with anticipated ribbon cutting planned for April 15, 2017. 

    Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Michael graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in political science before embarking on a thirteen year basketball coaching career with stints at his alma mater and the NBA Detroit Pistons. For the last 20 years Michael has been dedicated to the betterment of the San Diego community as a place to live, work and play. His active involvement in the community embodies service before self. He has received numerous awards but is especially proud of the recognition for his cutting edge work engaging communities in his YMCA service area to discover new approaches to curbing gang violence and saving lives. 
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  • Mike Bussey 
    Senior Consultant
    Donor By Design Group, LLC
    9956 Wellington Lane
    Woodbury, MN 55125  USA
    630 710 8467
    Before coming to Donor By Design, Mike Bussey had a terrific YMCA career spanning nearly four decades. The foundation of Mike’s Y work is rooted in many summers as a camp counselor, experiencing firsthand the impact that YMCA camping has on kids. Mike has worked for the YMCA of Greater St. Paul, YMCA World Service, the Jerusalem International YMCA (JIY) and Y-USA. While at JIY, Mike secured the two largest gifts ever received by the JIY and the YMCA was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize for its historic work in creating peaceful coexistence in the Middle East. As a Senior Consultant for Donor By Design, Mike has worked extensively and successfully with YMCAs to design endowment development programs that result in funds that help assure the long-term financial strength and mission viability of local associations. Mike is a past NAYDO Council member, served as National Chairman for the YMCA World Camp ’88 and presented at the 1991 YMCA World Council in Seoul, Korea.
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  • Maria Bustria-Glickman
    Vice President
    U.S. Bank
    633 West Fifth Street, 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90071
    213 615 6689

    Maria Bustria-Glickman manages U.S. Bank's New Markets Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit origination activities throughout the Western region of the country. She has over 16 years of combined experience in finance, affordable housing and management consulting in the private and nonprofit sectors. Since joining the bank in 2007, Maria has participated in tax credit transactions that have included mixed-use, commercial, office, hospitality, retail and community facilities. Earlier in her career, she worked for a community development intermediary and J.P. Morgan. She’s interested in experiences that blend economic gains with positive social and community impacts.  Maria serves on the Board of Abode Communities and sits on the Low Income Investment Fund Western Region Advisory Committee. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and aBachelor of Science in finance and accounting from Boston College. 

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  • Delphine Carter
    Senior Product Manager
    600 University Park Place, Suite 500
    Birmingham, AL 35209  USA
    205 802 4600

    Delphine has been part of the Daxko Nation for over 6 years where she's focused her efforts on shaping solutions that help staff to establish a routine, relationship focused connection with their members. Currently she works on understanding market needs and establishing the greater vision for Daxko's Operations, Accounting and Engagement products. Throughout her career, Delphine has always carried a passion for helping customers create an experience for their members. She envisions a world where members feel like in each experience at your facility, they've interacted with someone who cares for them as a person, thereby fostering a sense of community that goes far beyond the purchasing experience. In her spare time, Delphine volunteers at her children's school, a local non profit roundtable, a women's emergency shelter, and the local Mastiff rescue group.
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  • Adam Clevenger, CFRE  
    Senior Associate
    Loring Sternberg and Associates (LSA)
    2332 Broadway St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46205  USA
    317 450 7681
    Adam Clevenger, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), has spent his entire career building donor passion for causes. For over a decade, Adam has created donor-centered and sustainable fundraising programs. Currently Adam is Senior Associate with Loring Sternberg and Associates (LSA), an Indianapolis-based nonprofit management and fundraising consulting firm. Prior to joining LSA, Adam was the Director of Development for the Indiana Repertory Theater engaging 2,200 annual donors, securing $2.5 million annually and launching a capital campaign. Adam's previous experience includes Regional Collaboration Manager for YMCA of the USA, Director of Annual Giving for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis where he provided leadership to the annual campaign for 13 branches that raised more than $2 million each year. Adam is a YMCA Faculty Trainer for the Annual Campaign and Introduction to Fundraising courses, a frequent contributor to Bloomerang and NAYDO blogs.  A former Youth Governor of Indiana Youth & Government, Adam knows firsthand the benefit of Y programs. As a volunteer, Adam serves as a board member for the Indiana YMCA Youth and Government, board member and former VP of Resource Development for Indiana Chapter of Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), both the Advisory Council and Development Committee for Second Helpings in Indianapolis, Stewardship Committee for Second Presbyterian Church and a board member for Hanover College Business Scholars Program Leadership Council.
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  • Greg Coop
    Major Gifts Officer
    YMCA of Greater Houston
    2600 North Loop West Suite 300
    Houston, TX 77092
    229 798 3737
    Greg Coop has spent the last 24 years in the YMCA and in 2017 became a Major Gifts Officer for the YMCA of Greater Houston. For the prior 9 years Greg was in the role of CEO of the Moultrie YMCA. While there he grew the budget from under $2 million to $3.5 million. Over 6 years he  increased the annual support campaign giving from $50,000 to $170,000. Greg implemented Chairman’s Round Table categories resulting in 130 donors.  He secured $250,000 from a local trust for capital projects. Greg worked closely with five endowment trusts to manage a $1.2 million endowment.  He was Chairman of the Georgia State Alliance and creator of NAYDO’s Small Y Network during his tenure on the NAYDO Council.
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  • Wendy Cornett-Marquitz, CFRE
    Senior Vice President of Association Advancement
    Gateway Region YMCA
    326 South 21st Street, 4th Floor
    St. Louis, MO 63103 USA
    314 436 1177 x 250
    Wendy Cornett-Marquitz became the Senior Vice President of Association Advancement at the Gateway Region YMCA (previously the YMCA of Greater St. Louis) in July 2013.  Previously she worked for the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she served as the Director of Development for the College of Business Administration where she oversaw all philanthropic efforts for the second largest college on campus.  During her tenure there, they exceeded their capital campaign goal of $25M and grew annual support to over $500K through alumni and corporate support.   Wendy began her YMCA career in 1995 and has worked for the YMCA of Greater Omaha, YMCA of South Alabama and most recently the YMCA of Middle Tennessee where she served as Vice President of Annual Giving directly overseeing $5.7M in the association-wide “We Build People” campaign.  Under Wendy’s leadership, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee exceeded its $10M goal to renovate and expand the Downtown YMCA and grew their annual giving campaign from $200K to $525K.  Wendy is an organizational leader, NAYDO presenter, has served as a National Y trainer in Financial Development, and served on the board of AFP-Nashville Chapter. She holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive). Wendy is currently on the NAYDO Council.
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  • Regenia Crane (VIP) 
    Branch Board Member, McDonald Southeast YMCA
    Principal, Mansfield ISD
    1519 Creek Bank Lane
    Arlington, TX 76014
    817 992 7248

    Regenia Crane is a transformational leader in the field of education. Currently she is a principal at an alternative high school and behavior intervention center in Mansfield ISD. She is recognized for her passion for kids who have been targeted as at-risk and conducts parenting seminars as well as workshops for adolescents. In addition, her outreach to women in the community, faith based organizations, and nonprofits demonstrates her commitment to the growth and development of families. She has received two community leadership awards as well as the honor of being selected as the YMCA's Volunteer of the Year. She has served as a member of the McDonald Southeast YMCA Board for 8 years and leads the community awareness committee where she is responsible for helping the YMCA  build partnerships throughout the community. She holds a B.B.A. from the University of North Texas State, a M.A. in Counseling from Amberton University and both a principalship and superintendent certification.
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  • Erik J. Daubert, MBA, ACFRE 
    Director, Fund Development Partnerships
    YMCA of the USA
    2917 Beech Grove Drive
    Durham, NC 27705  USA
    312 218 0309
    As the Director of Fund Development Partnerships for the YMCA of the USA, Erik works to maximize the philanthropic capacity of the YMCA movement. He has helped inspire thousands of YMCA staff, boards and volunteers to reach their goals and have lasting impact in their communities. Erik is consistently ranked as a top speaker and keynote presenter at national and international conferences. In addition to being a past NAYDO Council member, Erik holds the lifetime credential of Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) – one of only 100 worldwide.  He is an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Master Trainer, serves as Chair of the Growth in Giving Initiative and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project. Erik has taught courses and designed curriculum for many, including but not limited to, Duke University, Indiana University – The Fund Raising School, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He also serves as an Affiliated Scholar with The Urban Institute, a Washington, DC think tank, facilitating one of the world’s largest nonprofit engagement studies. Erik has written many books, manuals, and articles on topics such as annual, capital, endowment, grant getting, major gifts and more. His latest book (co-authored) is entitled Strategies and Tools to Raise Money.
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  • Reeshemah L. Davis
    VP of Operations/Community Development
    YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
    512 Lamar Street, Suite 400
    Fort Worth, TX 76102  USA
    817 335 9622

    Reeshemah Davis oversees the McDonald Southeast and Eastside YMCAs for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. She is a community leader who excels in supporting staff in fulfilling the mission of the Y, effectively managing operations and developing community and volunteer relations for ensuring organizational success. Along with her duties overseeing YMCA branches, Reeshemah plays an instrumental role in creating community relationships and collaborative ventures for the Fort Worth Association and supports many Y-USA Initiatives on multicultural development. She has Co-Chaired the Emerging Multicultural Leadership Experience in 2010, serves as the Vice Chair for African American ERG, and participates as a community development subject matter expert for many webinars and presenter at conferences about effective strategies of community engagement.  With over 16 years of non-profit management experience she continues to have a passion for cause driven leadership and effecting change within communities.
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  • Lisa Drouin
    Region Director, CEO Search
    YMCA of the USA
    45 Stanhope Road
    East Falmouth, MA 02536 USA
    973 714 3678

    In her role as a Region Director for CEO Search with YMCA of the USA, Lisa Drouin partners with local Y Boards in the Northeast to hire their next CEOs.  Prior to this role which began in October 2015, Lisa served as a Y-USA Resource Director beginning in 2008 and provided specific services that included strategic planning, board governance, operational assessments and community development. Her previous positions included Leadership Development Consultant for Y-USA and work in four local YMCAs:  Butler, PA, Darien, CT, Rochester, NY and Phoenix, AZ. Lisa has been with the YMCA movement for 37 years.
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  • John Duntley
    YMCA of the USA
    Senior Camping Specialist
    101 N Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  60606   USA
    800 872 9622 x 2959 
    John Duntley is Y-USA’s Senior Camping Specialist. He has a 30 year YMCA camping career with Ys in Wisconsin, Minnesota and YMCA of the USA along with a 7-year YMCA capital development consulting background with Ys across the nation.  John’s depth of experience continues the advancement of strong youth development impacts for day and resident camping as well as outdoor education, conference and retreat camp programs to support Y-USA’s strong commitment to YMCA camping. At Y-USA John is focused on the development of effective program improvement and service delivery systems that meet the unique needs of our camping movement and relevant partnerships with national organizations that will keep YMCA camping on the forefront of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
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  • Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE
    PO Box 686
    Westfield, NJ 07090  USA
    201 970 9766
    Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE is an author, speaker, trainer and consultant. Her published books include Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops,  Raising More with Less, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks.  She is a frequent speaker at national and local conferences as well as at staff and board retreats on a variety of topics.  She became an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) certified Master Trainer in 2009, and recently served as the president of the board of the New Jersey Chapter of AFP.  She became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and received her advanced certification, ACFRE, in 2013.
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  • Kathe Elwell
    Director, Donor Relations
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606  USA
    312 419 4697
    Kathe joined the Y movement in January 2009 after more than twelve years in corporate sales, marketing and special events.  Leveraging her passion for helping local Ys tell their story, Kathe has spent the last eight years building Y-USA’s grant making capacity, directing the strategic and tactical implementation of all stewardship and grant making operations of Y-USA, establishing best practices for the stewardship, re-granting and risk management of contributed revenue, and coaching local Ys on their own grant writing and stewardship processes.  Kathe will share her perspective on how grant makers reward applicants who pay careful attention to grantor’s goals, build persuasive proposals around those goals, and reinforce their narratives with unambiguous data.  An active member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) and the Grant Managers Network (GMN), She is also an active member of NAYDO as a presenter and  Co-Chair of the 2017 Hot Topics.
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  • Michael Farris
    Specialist, Strategic Priorities, Diversity & Inclusion
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606
    312 419 8866

    Michael Farris has ten years of experience as an equity leader within the YMCA movement. He began his career with the YMCA of Greater Detroit as a Program Coordinator and moved to Kansas City to lead the Young Achievers Program for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. He  also served as Executive Director of the 8th Street Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Currently, Michael serves as Specialist for Strategic Priorities within Y-USA's Diversity & Inclusion Department where he helps local Ys integrate diversity and inclusion practices into their strategic plans and operational goals. He is a graduate of the Y'S Multicultural Executive Development Institute (MEDI), is an active participant in the Multicultural Mentoring Program (MMP) and has served on a number of cross-functional teams for various Y-USA initiatives. Michael holds a B.S. in Corporate Fitness and Wellness from Grand Valley State University and a M.S. in Athletic and Sport Business Administration from the University of CEntral Missouri.
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  • Renata Ferrari  
    Senior Director of Global Advancement
    YMCA of the USA International Group
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606     USA
    Renata Ferrari is the Senior Director of Global Advancement for the International Group at YMCA of the USA. She develops and implements strategies to strengthen international YMCAs including organizing and facilitating technical expertise in international board development, strategic planning, resource mobilization, global philanthropy, global grant management, international institutional and program development and assessment of results/impact of global programs. She also provides technical expertise to the integration of global leadership development, global service learning and targeted delivery strategies with local YMCAs in the USA. She also fosters increased local US YMCAs involvement in Y-to-Y  international partnerships and coalitions focused on YMCAs' self reliance and growth. She has been a YMCA professional since 1986, and spent the first 17 years with the YMCA of Montevideo, Uruguay.
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  • Alice L. Ferris, CFRE, ACFRE
    GoalBusters Consulting
    555 N. Pinecliff Drive
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001  USA
    888 883 2690

    Alice Ferris is founding partner of GoalBusters, specializing in outsourced development for small nonprofits; integrated fundraising, marketing and strategic planning; and customized education and training programs. Alice, with more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience, has served on a multitude of nonprofit boards over the past 20 years and currently chairs the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credentialing board and serves on the CFRE International and AFP Foundation for Canada boards. She is a two-time honoree as AFP-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year who earned her CFRE in 1999 and her ACFRE in 2010.
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  • Lauren Flannigan
    Sr. Financial Development Consultant
    Triangle2 Solutions
    3534 West End Ave.
    Nashville, TN  37205
    770 355 9446

    Lauren Flannigan brings over 12 years of financial development experience to her work with Triangle2, with particular emphasis on major gifts development, capital campaign management and prospect research. Lauren also serves as the Director of Client Relations for the financial development team. Prior to her Triangle2 Consulting in 2011, Lauren provided fundraising consulting for the Birmingham YMCA’s capital development program and served as Campaign Manager with O’Neill & Associates, an Atlanta-based consulting firm specializing in multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns for a variety of nonprofit clients in the Southeast. 

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  • Cathryn France
    Director of Fund Development
    The YMCA of Greater Vancouver
    300-5055 Joyce St.
    Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2  Canada
    604 622 4964

    Cathryn France is the Director of Fund Development at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. She has a passion for connecting people with opportunities to make a difference in the community.  Cathryn successfully built the Major Gifts and Planned Giving program to support the YMCA's priority programming, and continues to seek new ways to engage individual, foundation and corporate donors in the YMCA's mission to develop long-term mutually beneficial partnerships.
    Cathryn played a major role in the NAYDO 2013 Conference in Vancouver.
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  • Robyn Furness-Fallin, CFRE

    Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
    Oglethorpe University
    4484 Peachtree Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30319  USA
    404 822 6093

    Robyn C. Furness-Fallin, CFRE, assumed the role of Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Oglethorpe University in May, 2015. She began her professional life as an elementary school teacher followed by several marketing positions with consulting firms in the greater Baltimore area. Her nonprofit career started at the YMCA of Central Maryland in 1986 as the Vice President for Marketing and Development. In 1992 she moved to the YMCA of Santa Clara Valley assuming the position of Vice President of Marketing & Development. Robyn moved to Atlanta in 1994 as the Chief Development Officer for the Metro Atlanta YMCA where she oversaw financial and board development, public relations, communications, special events and new capital development planning and partnerships. From 2003-2011 she led 5 campaigns with the final effort being a comprehensive, 2 wave drive to secure $110 million to increase financial assistance to underserved families; build and expand facilities and support new program development. She then returned to San Jose to join the team at the YMCA of Silicon Valley as Executive Vice President for Strategy & Innovation in 2012. In 2013, she was asked to join the senior team at YMCA of the USA as the Chief Development Officer focusing on capacity building, major gifts and grant making. In 1998 Robyn received North American YMCA Development Organization’s Award for Excellence in Fundraising. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership San Jose. Robyn graduated with a BA from McDaniel College and holds additional nonprofit management certifications from Goucher College.

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