Speaker Bios (G-L)

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  • Brad Gaither
    Associate Executive Director
    YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties/Bremerton Family YMCA
    2261 Homer R. Jones Drive
    Bremerton, WA 98310
    360 307 4070

    Brad Gaither is a 2014 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Business Administration and a NAYDO Young Professional Alumni Class of 2016. Prior to joining the YMCA in 2015, Brad worked as a Digital Marketing Coordinator for an online sports apparel company. He moved to the Seattle/Tacoma area to become the Marketing and Communications Director at the Bremerton Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of PIerce and Kitsap Counties. He initially began working with his executive director on the annual campaign efforts  as part of the Association Development team. In April, 2016 he was promoted to Membership and Marketing Director while still working with Annual Campaign. In November, 2016 Brad was promoted to Associate Executive Director of the Bremerton Family YMCA and he continues his efforts in fundraising for his branch and association.





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  • Ernesto Gaona
    President and CEO
    Mexican Federation of YMCAs
    Avenido Ejercito Nacional 253 col. Anahuac
    Miguel Hidalgo
    Mexico City, Mexico City, CP 11320  Mexico
    52 55 5531 209
    Ernesto Gaona has a 27-year career in the YMCA and currently holds the position of President and CEO of the Mexican Federation of YMCAs. He has 33 years of experience in financial development and is proud of Mexico’s accomplishments in this area, particularly the capital campaign in alliance with the Kresge Foundation in the amount of $6.3 million. Ernesto has also been successful at involving new volunteers, strengthening the board, unifying their logos, and increasing revenue to support social programs.
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  • Sharon Gish
    Senior Counsel
    Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc.
    Former CEO, Central Coast YMCA (retired)
    6167 Bristol Parkway
    Culver City, CA 90230
    310 836 7624

    Sharon Gish has more than 45 years of professional experience. For 24 years, she served as a YMCA professional with the last 11 years as President/CEO. She is a past NAYDO Council Member.  During her tenure as CEO, the Central Coast YMCA won NAYDO's Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising. Sharon is a volunteer coach for the YMCA of the USA's New CEO Coaching Program. For the last 7 years, she has provided consulting services to YMCAs, colleges, schools and nonprofits across the country. She is an active volunteer for several local charities including the Central Coast YMCA. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Salinas Valley Half Marathon, is Past President of the Rotary Club of Salinas-Downtown,  is an executive coach with the Community Foundation for Monterey County and serves on their Community Impact Grants Review Committee.


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  • Reagan Goodnough
    Director of Community and Fundraising Events
    YMCA of Metro Atlanta
    100 Edgewood Avenue NE Suite 1100
    Atlanta, GA 30303 
    404 527 7691

    Reagan Goodnough is the Director of Community and Fundraising Events for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. She joined the YMCA in January of 2016, after working with the Y as a consultant for 12 years. Prior to joining the YMCA, Reagan also managed her own consulting business providing event management services to multiple non-profit organizations throughout the Metro Atlanta Area for more than a decade. She also served as the Director of Marketing and Special Events for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta when it opened in 2003. Her broad range of experience with organizations large and small allows Reagan a unique perspective into all aspects of event management.

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  • Michele Goodrich
    Senior Consultant
    Donor By Design Group, LLC
    4701 Common Vista Circle
    Indianapolis, IN 46220  USA
    317 371 9729
    Michele Goodrich assists not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to increase resources and build capacity in order to fulfill their missions.  She brings a strong and varied background in a wide range of management disciplines including financial development, program innovation, operational oversight, volunteer and staff development, marketing and public relations to her work with Donor By Design.  In recent years, she has facilitated the development of collaborations for YMCAs as a part of their capital development process.  With over 30 years of professional experience, Michele has served as a Program Leader, Resident Camp Executive, Marketing and Communications Director, Vice President of Program Development, Chief of Operations, and Chief Development Officer at the YMCA. She has also served as an active volunteer and board member for a number of arts, youth serving and cultural organizations.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Indiana University and has participated in advanced seminars on financial development at Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy. She is a YMCA Senior Director, past NAYDO Council Member and chaired the NAYDO 2006 Conference in Indianapolis.
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  • Carolyn Grady
    Senior Vice President for Development
    YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
    420 Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, Suite 625
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222  USA
    412 227 3828
    Carolyn Grady has spent 18 years as a fundraising executive working for organizations as diverse as Family House, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti and most recently the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh.  Her experience includes management of four successful capital campaigns, Chief Development Officer of an international fundraising operation and management of the Children’s Hospital Gala (which netted over $4 million annually.)  Carolyn earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2006. Prior to 1999, Carolyn worked at UPMC where she was the first Director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Health Care Professions and later the Clinical Administrator for the outpatient liver and kidney transplant services. As the Senior Vice President for Development at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Carolyn is responsible for all fundraising activities across the Association’s 15 branches and three camps including annual and capital campaigns, major gifts, foundation and government relations and special events.  Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northeastern University and a master’s in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Carolyn is currently a NAYDO Council Member.
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  • D. Todd Gray
    Vice President, Deputy Director of Financial Development
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606  USA
    312 419 4696
    Todd Gray is a development and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in nonprofit organization management as staff, consultant and board member.  He began his career as a registered lobbyist and political fundraiser in Washington, D.C.  After relocating to Denver, Todd moved into nonprofit management focusing on the integration of marketing and philanthropy at the Denver Center of Performing Arts.  He oversaw a variety of marketing, communications, annual fund, planned giving and capital campaign endeavors at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond Symphony and Equality Virginia before joining the YMCA of Greater Richmond in 2007.  He served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications until early 2013 when he assumed responsibility for development efforts as Vice President of Philanthropy & Communications.  In Richmond, he also served as an adjunct faculty member and board member for the University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy.  Prior to assuming the position of Vice President, Deputy Director of Financial Development at YMCA of the USA, Todd served as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of Greater Rochester.  A graduate of George Mason University, Todd holds degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration. He has served as a NAYDO Council Member and is the Awards Productions Coordinator for the NAYDO 2017 Conference.
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  • Linda B. Haley, CFRE
    Let’s Build Hope, LLC
    75 W. Lockwood Suite 203
    St. Louis, MO 63119  USA
    314 716 2496
    Since 1995, Linda has successfully developed funds, helping to raise more than $100 million for various non-profits, including religious, social services, educational and healthcare organizations.
    Linda has a breadth of "in the trenches" development experience and has worked at small, mid-sized and large charities, leading development initiatives to incredible success along the way. In 2016, Linda was recognized as the Gateway AFP Chapter's Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year. 

    Linda started Let’s Build Hope, LLC, in 2013 and now guides nonprofit agencies by teaching, coaching and mentoring development teams, senior staff and volunteers, especially board members. She developed - and teaches - a week-long Annual Fund Training Camp to educate fundraisers and volunteers about the intricacies of successful fund development.  Linda has been a CFRE since 2001 and serves in various volunteer capacities with non-profits in St. Louis; she is especially passionate about mental health. Linda speaks both locally and nationally about fund development and is a vocal advocate for nonprofits who seek to change the fabric of the communities in which they serve.
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  • Linda Hanson-Dorst, MS
    Technical Advisor, Grant Writing
    Financial Development Department
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Dr.
    Chicago, IL 60606
    312 419 4698

    Linda is a veteran grant professional with 20+ years of grant writing experience that has resulted in millions of dollars secured from regional and national funders.  Before joining Y-USA as Technical Advisor, Grant Writing, Linda spent over a decade writing grants in the healthcare field with an emphasis on securing large government grants.  She also established the first grant writing office for the Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation in Chicago, IL and defined grantsmanship responsibilities for OSF Healthcare System in Peoria, IL. She has acquired federal funds from the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), federal pass-through grants via the Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer program (HRSA), Title X Family Planning Program (HHA) and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (HRSA) as well as funding from private foundations.  At the Y she works alongside the fundraising and program teams to produce winning proposals in support of Y-USA and Movement-wide funding needs. Linda holds a master's degree in community mental health from Western Illinois University.
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  • Dan Harris
    Senior Resource Director
    YMCA of the USA
    1815 Shaler Drive
    Glenshaw, PA 15116  USA
    312 339 9369

    Dan serves as Senior Resource Director for Y-USA and is responsible for providing oversight for the delivery of resources to local YMCAs in the Midwest through a network of eleven Resource Directors and numerous Specialists. He joined Y-USA staff in 2003 as a Financial Development Consultant in the northeast region of the US. In 2006 Dan became a Resource Director serving 31 Ys in the states of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey providing leadership in the areas of Board Development, Strategic Planning, Financial Development, Operational Support, Collaborations and State Alliances before assuming his current role in 2012. Through his 30 year Y career Dan has held various leadership positions that have helped build the highest capacity in YMCAs in many key areas. Prior to joining Y-USA, Dan spent 17 years as the CEO of two YMCAs in Pennsylvania where he developed his passion for philanthropy, community service and servant leadership.
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  • Lindsay Harrison
    Marketing Coordinator
    YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
    22 Grove St. W.
    Barrie, ON L4N 1M7 Canada
    705 726 9622 x 425  

    Lindsay Harrison is the Marketing Coordinator at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, where she has worked since 2012. A graduate of Northwood University in Michigan, she brings an eclectic mix of experience to her position, having studied, lived and worked in the United States, Australia and Canada. Lindsay was an eager participant and graduate of the NAYDO Young Professionals Class of 2016. She has a passion for cause driven campaigns, and is most interested in unique, integrated campaigns for the Y's stakeholders that remind them (and us) of all that we do at My Y.
    She has been a driver of the integrated digital marketing platform within her association, and most recently became part of a collaborative team driving intentional, targeted marketing campaigns across the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario.  She credits the YMCA with welcoming her into each community she has lived in, and believes the core values of the Y are what keep her smiling every day.
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  • Pam Havlick Hearn, CFRE
    Membership and Education Director
    309 Windsor Avenue
    Stratford, CT 06614 USA
    203 848 0994
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  • Marcy Heim, CFRE PLCC
    The Artful Asker
    2679 Fahey Glen
    Madison, WI 53711
    608 772 6777

    There is a JOY in giving AND living and Marcy Heim, CFRE, PLCC, and Founder of The Artful Asker, wants you to experience this!  She deeply respects the powerful, positive impact that generosity creates for our institutions, organizations and communities.  A respected authority in enhancing major gift success, Marcy turns decades of in-the-trenches successful major gift development experience into a high-content workshop.  Marcy’s teaching reflects over twenty years of firsthand fundraising experience at the University of Wisconsin Foundation where she and her team raised millions of dollars by creating the genuine relationships she promotes in her presentation.   She led her unit through three successful comprehensive campaigns including the $1.8 billion dollar Create the Future Campaign.  

    Marcy was presented the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Crystal Apple Award for earning the highest faculty rating at ten national conferences and is a recipient of the AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional award.  She’s been featured at AFP, AHP and CASE International Conferences and is a graduate of the AFP Faculty Teaching Academy. 
    Marcy’s book, “Empowering Your Board to Serve as Effective Development Ambassadors” is widely used by both staff and board members alike to enhance the understanding of the relationship-building process.  But her unique strength is her focus on what goes on in our heads – and using tools to create our mindset for success in both our giving, and living. Her second book, "Invest in JOY!”™ is due out 2017. 

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  • Darlene Hepburn
    VP Fund Development
    YMCA of Greater Vancouver
    300-5055 Joyce St.
    Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2  Canada
    604 622 4954

    Darlene Hepburn is VP Fund Development for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver since 2012.  The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is currently involved in a $140 million community investment campaign to open four new centres of community and Darlene is co-lead of the $40 million capital campaign. She also has oversight of $38 million endowment. Darlene Hepburn co-chaired the NAYDO 2013 Conference in Vancouver and currently serves on the NAYDO Council.
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  • Robb Hermanson

    Senior Counsel, Netzel Grigsby Associates
    Senior VP Development, YMCA of Silicon Valley (retired)
    1631 Elwood Drive
    Los Gatos, CA 95032  USA
    408 656 2173

    Robb’s Y work began in 1974 in Denver, Colorado where he first worked as a Health and Wellness Director and later a branch Executive. In 1988, Robb moved to San Jose, California where he first served as Executive Director of the Downtown YMCA; in 1994 he was named Vice-President and ultimately became Senior Vice President for Financial Development. As CDO, Robb directed and managed a $3 million, multi-branch annual giving campaign, supervised a $7 million endowment program, and provided oversight of a $10.1 million campaign to build and renovate four branches. In 2006, Robb helped to lead the largest capital fundraising event in his Y’s history - a $19.6 million campaign to rebuild their 100-year-old Camp Campbell resident facilities. Robb served on the NAYDO Council for eleven years including NAYDO Chair from 2005-2007. Robb is past president of his local AFP chapter, past chair of the Northern California Financial Development Network, and past president of his Rotary Club. Among his many honors are the 2001 AFP Outstanding Professional Fundraiser for Silicon Valley and the 2011 NAYDO Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising. Following a distinguished 40-year career, Robb retired from “active” Y work in December 2012 and is currently involved in a limited amount of consulting work with Netzel Grigsby Associates.
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  • Matt Hitchcock
    Director of Development, Donor Relations and Stewardship
    YMCA of San Francisco
    50 California Street, Suite 650
    San Francisco, CA 94111 USA

    Throughout Matt’s 20+ year career, Matt has worked in facilitating youth programs, as leadership at branches and as association-wide support in fundraising.  As an Executive Director,  he has had success in improving his fundraising through donor engagement and volunteer training and more than doubled his fundraising in four years.  His current role as Director of Development, Donor Relations and Stewardship for the YMCA of San Francisco is designed to help the Y create more meaningful engagement for its donors and to help staff and volunteers become more intentional around stewardship.  

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  • Darian Rodriguez Heyman
    Executive Director
    Numi Foundation
    4401 Davenport Ave.
    Oakland, CA 94619 USA
    415 637 5062

    Darian Rodriguez Heyman is an inspiring, dynamic visionary committed to supporting and connecting tomorrow's nonprofit, business and environmental leaders through his role as Executive Director of the Numi Foundation. Previously he served as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation (2004-2008) and creator of its Nonprofit Boot Camp, where he worked to advance not just one cause or organization, but the effectiveness of the entire nonprofit sector. Heyman's best-selling book, Nonprofit Management 101, has been hailed as the bible of nonprofit leadership, and his second book, Nonprofit Fundraising 101, a comprehensive and practical guide to raising money for your cause, launched as the # 1 new nonprofit release on Amazon.com and quickly reached best-seller status. He co-founded Social Media for Nonprofits (www.SM4NP.org), the world's only conference series devoted to social media for social good, actively advises the United Nations as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has keynoted in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, India, Kenya and all over the US including engagements for the State Department, Independent Sector, the Kellogg Foundation, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Grant Professionals Association, the Conference of Southwest Foundations and a wide range of state nonprofit association and universities. No matter whom he addresses, Darian always looks to build on his history of helping people with visions of a better world make them real.
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  • Caitlyn Hoerr
    Marketing and Development Director
    YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
    4717 S. 19th St.
    Tacoma, WA 98405  USA
    253 534 7810

    Caitlyn Hoerr graduated in 2011 from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington with a Bachelors in Communication with an emphasis on public relations and advertising. She gained valuable experience through several internships: Marketing Intern at Intel, Creative Writer for brand agency, Public Relations Associate for PLU's Media Lab and Marketing Intern for PLU Athletic Department.  She was hired by the Y right out of college and has worked in several areas of marketing including membership, promotions, summer camp and financial development. Caitlyn is an alumni of NAYDO's Young Professional Class of 2016.


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  • Emily Holthaus
    National Director, Social Responsibility
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606  USA
    800 872 9622 x 2892
    Emily Holthaus was recently appointed as the National Director of Social Responsibility at Y-USA. In that role Emily provides leadership to the implementation of TOGETHERHOODTM , the signature program for Social Responsibility.  This program consists of inspiring Y members to engage in transformational experiences through participation in member-led community service, as well as guiding improvement of the methods and processes local Ys use to recruit, train, recognize, and register volunteers for the Y. Emily started her Y-USA career in 2008 as Senior Manager of Career Development. Prior to that she was the Urban District Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh where she worked closely with under resourced inner city Ys. She also spent 3 years at the YMCA of Greater St. Paul as a Branch Executive in a unique full facility public school/YMCA collaboration. Emily has chosen a career in the Y because of its mission and cause. She came from a single parent, low income family and was able to be successful in life by growing up through youth agencies like the Y. Her YMCA work helps her to give that same gift to others.  Emily graduated from Iowa State University with a dual teaching degree and also holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Concordia University.
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  • Kirk Hoopingarner (VIP)
    Past Chair, McGaw Board of Directors
    Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
    1000 Grove Street
    Evanston, IL 60201
    847 475 7400

    Kirk is a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm of Quarles & Brady where he practices in the firm's Trusts and Estates and Tax-Exempt Organizations practice groups.  For over 30 years he has concentrated his practice on all faces of wealth planning, trust and estate administration and philanthropy. He has been very active in various leadership roles in the Chicago region's philanthropic sector, including having served as Board Chair of McGaw YMCA of Evanston, Board Chair of the Evanston Community Foundation and President of the Corporate Responsibility Group of Greater Chicago. He is on the editorial board of Planned Giving Today and is a frequent contributor to that online publication. Kirk  is currently serving on the Board of the Evanston Township High School Foundation and on professional advisor committees for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Foundation, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society.
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  • Mark Hopwood
    929 White Plains Road #368
    Trumbull, CT 06611 USA
    203 987 3339
    Mark is a co-founder of VolunteerMatters, a software provider that specializes in web-based solutions for the non-profit market.  Mark has provided thousands of consulting hours with hundreds of non-profits implementing solutions for volunteer management and workflow automation.  Mark has been the point person working directly with Y-USA and many YMCAs across the US to implement automated systems to help increase volunteer participation and retention, mitigate the risks associated with a volunteer workforce, and simplify the on-boarding, training, scheduling, reporting and attendance tracking for volunteer initiatives.
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  • Alan Hostrup
    President & CEO
    YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
    625 South New Hampshire Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90005
    213 351 2201

    Alan Hostrup is President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. Founded in 1882, with 26 community branches and 3 camps, the Los Angeles Y is respected world-wide for its innovative programs and service to under-resourced communities. He leads a team of 2,500 staff and 5,000 volunteers, including over 600 branch community board members. In 2015, the Y generated $88 million in operating revenues and $24 million in total donations from over 23,000 donors. He has devoted his entire career to the YMCA. His leadership in 2015 resulted in 16% growth in memberships and $17M secured for the urban program endowment campaign. Alan is the current Board Chair of the Headington Institute, a member of the Board of Directors, YMCA of the USA, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; and Past Board Chair and current member, California YMCA Youth & Government; Past Chairman, California Alliance of YMCAs; member of the California Club and the Los Angeles Coalition.
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  • Susan Howlett
    Consultant, Author, Trainer, YMCA Member
    260 NE 43rd Street
    Seattle, WA 98105 USA
    206 545 2186

    Susan Howlett has been raising money joyfully for over 40 years, as a board member, development director, executive director, and consultant to over 1000 nonprofits nationwide. She's been core faculty since 1990 in the year-long Fundraising Program at the University of Washington, where she was honored with their 2004 Award for Teaching Excellence.  Longtime leader of professional associations in fundraising and grantwriting, Susan was a subject matter expert who helped develop the national accreditation standards for grantwriters, and won a Lifetime Achievement Award from her local AFP in 2001. Author of two acclaimed books -- Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals, now in its 6th edition, and Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully -- Susan consults, trains and speaks nationally (often as a keynote), known for her practical solutions to thorny problems and her liberal use of humor, stories and chocolate. An avid rower, she loves doing yoga and Zumba at her local Y and has helped with many campaigns.
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  • Gretchen Hyde
    Director of Development
    YMCA of the Triangle/YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer
    801 Corporate Center Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27607 USA
    919 582 9313

    Gretchen Hyde is the Director of Development for YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer. Gretchen graduated with a BA from Wake Forest University and taught elementary school in South Carolina following college. After being a camper and a counselor for 10 years, Gretchen took her first full time position with the Y as the Assistant Personnel Director for Camp Seafarer. Following her involvement in the annual campaign as both a volunteer and staff member, she transitioned to the Development team for both camps. Gretchen is a Y-USA Trainer for Introduction to Fundraising.
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  • Sarah Iantosca
    Regional Marketing & Communications Director
    YMCA of San Diego County/La Jolla YMCA
    8355 Cliffridge Avenue
    La Jolla, CA 92037 USA
    858 453 3483 Ext. 12825

    With a dedication to developing strategic and creative communications, Sarah Iantosca plays a critical role in furthering the mission of the Y’s cause in her position as Regional Marketing & Communications Director for the La Jolla YMCA. Sarah attended the University of California, San Diego and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing. Sarah has over a decade of marketing and communications experience, specializing in copywriting and messaging, brand strategy, media planning/buying, promotions and events and public relations and has won two ADDY Awards for her work in copywriting and associate creative direction. Prior to joining the Y family just over a year ago, Sarah worked with clients including LinkedIn, Massage Envy, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and many more. 
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  • Diane Jackson
    Marketing and Development Director
    YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties/YMCA Camp Seymour
    9725 Cramer Road KPN
    Gig Harbor, WA 88329 USA
    253 460 8902

    Diane has years of program and marketing experience in camping and the ski industry. Known for  always being an innovator and pushing to do better, she is currently the Marketing and Development Director at YMCA Camp Seymour. Alumni development, parent relationship-builder, and development director have been her roles over the past ten years there. Diane’s systems background gives her expertise in fundraising tools including Raiser’s Edge, NXT, Online Express and Daxko. Donor recognition, stewardship, and strategic innovation are priorities for Diane. 


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  • Scotty Jackson
    Executive Director
    YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties/YMCA Camp Seymour
    9725 Cramer Road KPN
    Gig Harbor, WA 98329 USA
    253 460 8883

    Scotty Jackson's camping career started in Outdoor Environmental Education at YMCA Camp Campbell in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. He was on the program team during Camp Campbell's $18 million dollar capital fundraising effort in 2004-2006. He has been executive director at Camp Seymour for three years after a 25+ year career in summer camp, group services and project management. His experience in relationship-building has led to immediate success with grants, capital fundraising, annual campaign and legacy giving.
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  • Heidi James
    Chief Development Officer
    YMCA of San Francisco
    50 California Street Suite 650
    San Francisco, CA 94111  USA
    415 281 6744

    Heidi began her career with the Y in 1994 in the area of health and fitness, and has since worked in membership, operations, and financial development.    In her 22 years with the YMCA of San Francisco, Heidi has worked at various Y facilities to include Executive Director of the Embarcadero Y in downtown San Francisco, and District Vice President, overseeing Embarcadero, Presidio, Point Bonita and Marin YMCAs.  Heidi’s expertise in fund and board development and understanding of Y operations gives her a unique and powerful perspective of the Y. 
    Heidi currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of San Francisco.
    Heidi has a passion for philanthropy that is shown in her relationships with staff and board alike. Last year the branch and Association boards raised close to $8 million. Heidi feels it is important to remain engaged in her YMCA branch community as a member, volunteer and donor.
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  • Shadra Jenkins
    Executive Director/CEO
    Jackson Area YMCA
    594 East Main Street
    Jackson, OH 45640
    740 286 7008

    Shadra Jenkins has been the CEO of the Jackson Area YMCA since 2010. Prior to that time, she had served in a variety of positions: Administrator of a small Christian school , Alcohol & Drug Counselor and  published author.  She became involved with NAYDO at the recommendation of a colleague during the process of obtaining her Organizational Leadership Certification.  Her first NAYDO Conference was in the 2013 in Vancouver and after that she was hooked!  With an operating budget of $500,000, the Jackson Area Y’s first attempt at an Annual Campaign raised $15,000. After one year at NAYDO, it grew to just over $44,000 and in 2016 $97,600 was raised! That represents nearly 20% of their annual operating budget. Contributions have increased 75% under her leadership. Shadra was recently appointed to the NAYDO Council.
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  • Larry Johnson, CFRE
    The Eight Principles
    909 East Maple Street
    Caldwell, ID 83605 USA
    866 499 4777 ext. 102

    Larry and his wife are active members of the Treasure Valley YMCA in Boise and are leadership donors to the annual Healthy Kids Campaign. He knows the Y.  Founder of The Eight Principles (TM), Larry is the author of the best-selling award winning book, The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising.  Ranked among the top 15 fundraising coaches in the United States by the Wall Street Business Network, Larry believes in the power of relationships to build a better place. He has coached the volunteers and executives of hundreds of nonprofits in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. In 2010 he was awarded the Outstanding Development Executive Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Larry serves on numerous boards and was recently named to the advisory council of The Carter Center, the philanthropy of the 39th President of the United States. In early 2016 he launched the ground breaking fundraising training program, The Oracle League (TM). It's sequential building block knowledge approach and cloud-based platform is generating rave reviews. Larry holds the CFRE certification and is a graduate of Yale University.
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  • Ryan Johnson, CFRE
    Regional Collaboration Manager
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606  USA
    312 419 8865
    Ryan Johnson has served the Y Movement since 2011 as a Regional Collaboration Manager in the Financial Development Department at YMCA of the USA. In this position he helps YMCAs increase their capacity and performance in the area of philanthropy. Prior to joining Y-USA, Fryan worked s a marketing and financial development professional in higher education and non-profit youth camping. Ryan has extensive experience in annual campaigns, major gifts and capital campaigns through his University and YMCA background. Ryan studied business and economics as an undergraduate and received his Master of Arts in Education from North Park University in Chicago. He is a graduate fellow of the Development Leadership Consortium in Chicago and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He is Director of the YMCA Fundraising Effectiveness Project in addition to serving on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Research Council.
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  • Dan Kappel
    Resource Director
    YMCA of the USA
    16730 Kingstowne Estates Drive
    Wildwood, MO 63011
    312 781 3593

    Dan Harris is a Resource Director for Y-USA working with 22 YMCAs in Missouri providing assistance in Strategic Planning, Board Governance, Cost Studies, CEO searches and operational support. He also provides support to the Missouri Alliance of YMCAs on important public policy issues and State Initiatives.  Dan started his career in Minnesota working in leadership positions in two YMCA resident camps. He also served as the Camp Executive  for the YMCA of Greater Whittier in California overseeing Camp Arbolado in the San Bernardino National Forest. In 1992 Dan accepted a position as Branch Executive in Omaha Council Bluffs YMCA and then moved into the position of Director of Operations before leaving to join the YMCA of Greater St. Louis (now Gateway Region YMCA) in 2002 as a District Vice President where for seven years he oversaw the operations of six branches including 2 facility and one Campus YMCA branch. Dan joined the staff of Y-USA in 2008 in the position he currently holds.
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  • Jim Kauffman
    Senior Manager, Leadership Development
    YMCA of the USA
    1316 North 7000 East
    Huntsville, UT 84317 USA
    312 419 2986

    Jim Kauffman has worked for YMCAs of all sizes in Vermont, New York, and Colorado for the past 33 years, and is currently serving as the Senior Manager, Leadership Development for YMCA of the USA.  In this role Jim manages activities and resources supporting the development and training of current and future YMCA Branch Executive Directors, along serving as the content specialist in Program Design Institute.  His YMCA background includes positions of National Director for Health and Well-being, Senior Membership and Program Consultant, President/CEO, Executive Director, Branch Executive Director, Corporate Fitness Director, and Senior Program Director.  Previous to working for the YMCA, Jim coached ski racing and track and field, and taught Human Development at the University of Vermont.  Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education, and a Master’s Degree in Education/Human Performance Development from the University of Vermont, along with advanced study in Psychology.  Within the YMCA, Jim has done extensive work in staff development, training, and coaching, member involvement, program development, capital and annual fund raising, international world service, and organizational change/improvement.

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  • Kelly Kennai
    Communications Director, Government Relations & Policy
    YMCA of the USA
    1129 20th St NW, Suite 301
    Washington, DC 20036  USA
    202 835 9043
    Kelly Kennai uses her 20 years of experience in media advocacy and communications to help YMCA of the USA position itself as a leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. As Communications Director for Y-USA’s Office of Government Relations and Public Policy, Kelly oversees and implements communications strategies that tell the powerful story of the Y’s impact in communities across the nation. She works closely with the government relations and policy team to educate policy makers and partners and engage the YMCA Movement in advocacy that supports the Y’s cause. Her past experience includes work with the American Heart Association and managing communications for the association’s obesity initiatives, most notably the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - the association’s partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation to fight childhood obesity. Kelly has also served in roles at the Healthcare Leadership Council, National Air Traffic Controllers Association and American Psychological Association.
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  • Omoiye O. Kinney
    Senior Director, Client Services
    Marketing and Communications
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606
    800 872 9622 x 8783

    Omoiye Kinney was named Senior Director of Client Services for YMCA of the USA in January 2015. In that role, she leads the marketing, communications, design, video and digital teams within Y-USA. Omoiye previously served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, where she oversaw all internal and external communications for the organization. Prior to joining the Y in 2006, she held Marketing Communications positions in both the private and non-profit arena. She was the PR & Marketing Manager for Tasty Baking Company and the Director of Public Relations for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross. In this capacity she was the primary media spokesperson for the organization and was involved in providing the response to September 11th and the American Red Cross Measles Eradication Project in Ghana in 2002. Omoiye holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Temple University and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Springfield College which she serves as an adjunct professor.
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  • Les Kollegian
    Jacob Tyler Brand & Digital Agency
    6863 Friars Road # 101
    San Diego, CA 92108  USA
    619 379 0007

    As CEO of Jacob Tyler, Les’ goal is to create an internal experience that fosters award-winning campaigns, and an external experience that leaves his clients wanting more. Les founded Jacob Tyler in 2000, and has been responsible for its growth and development ever since.

    Les holds a Masters in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and has more than 20 years of experience designing marketing campaigns with an eye for innovation, strategy and out of the box thinking that makes people nervous. Honest to a fault and sometimes undiplomatic, Les builds great relationships and ensures the delivery of Jacob Tyler’s core values of honesty and integrity. 

    Born in Cambridge, MA and raised in Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland. After graduation in 1991, Les was accepted to graduate school and became a production artist, eventually working his way up the ladder in multiple agencies.  It was a visit to San Diego in 1995 that inspired him to save up some funds and move to Southern California. He landed the Creative Director position for Echolink Interactive, a 150 person, San Diego based interactive media agency. There, he created interactive and traditional campaigns for Intel, Qualcomm, Gateway, America Online, Fox Television, and Chili’s Restaurants. In late 1999, he set out to work on his own and start his own agency.

    Les is a certified Google speaker and delivers presentations regularly at design conferences and Universities on the topics of Mobile Marketing, Web Design, Omnichannel Marketing, Creative Strategy, Branding, and Usability. His current clients range from start-up companies to Fortune 500 firms, that include Four Seasons Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Nuvasive, Sony, Hensel Phelps, San Diego Airport, YMCA, and TED.



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  • Kyla Kumar
    VP, Marketing & Communications
    YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
    79 James Street South
    Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 2Z1 Canada
    905 529 7102

    Kyla Kumar is the Integrated Vice President of Marketing and Communications for both the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford and the YMCA of Niagara.  As part of this first-ever joint YMCA leadership role, Kyla provides a continuum of communication leadership including brand management, media and government relations, advocacy, marketing strategy, crisis communications and issues management, to support the broad spectrum of YMCA programs as well as philanthropy.  Prior to joining the YMCA, Kyla headed the Public Affairs Department of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, a $500 million teaching hospital, and the St. Joseph’s Health System, Canada’s largest health corporation.  Kyla holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Humanities from McMaster University and a post graduate certificate from Humber College’s Public Relations program.  Kyla is a frequent guest speaker at McMaster’s internationally acclaimed DeGroote School of Business’ MBA program.  Kyla is a past award winner of the Health Care Public Relations Association HYGEIA Award for Communications Best Practice and previously served on the Board of Canada’s Sport for Kids Foundation. Kyla is currently a NAYDO Council Member, serving as NAYDO Secretary and 2017 Communications Awards Chair.  She is also a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, the YMCA Canada National Brand Council and the YMCA North American Chief Marketing Officer group.
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  • Brandon Laan, MA
    Director of Sales
    Race Roster
    740 Richmond St. 2nd Floor
    London, ON N6A 3H3  Canada
    800 749 3028 x 6

    Brandon is a Christian, father of 4-year old twin girls, Co-Founder of Race Roster along with being a 2:21 Marathoner, Timer, Race Director and USATF Level ll Certified Coach. 
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  • Aileen La Borie (VIP), LL.B, TEP
    YMCA of the Greater Vancouver Volunteer
    Vice President, High Net Worth Planning Services
    RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
    2950 Glen Drive, 7th Floor
    Coquitlam, BC V3B 0J1 Canada


    Aileen La Borie is a VP at the Royal Bank of Canada, specializing in high net worth planning. Prior to this, Aileen practiced law, specializing in estate and trust planning and tax litigation. She is the Chair of the Vancouver Branch Executive of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a member of the Canadian Bar Association, a Trustee of the YMCA of the Greater Vancouver Endowment Fund and a graduate of teh YMCA Youth Leadership Development Program.
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  • Beverly Lacy, CFRE
    Vice President of Philanthropy
    YMCA of Long Island
    121 Dosoris Lane
    Glen Cove, NY 11542
    516 674 8092 x 36

    Bev Lacy began teaching fitness at the YMCA just after moving to New York City in 1995 and taught at various YMCAs until 2013. She joined the YMCA of Greater New York Special Events Staff in 1996 and since that time has worked in development at several other YMCAs including the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester and the YMCA of Delaware. Her responsibilities varied but included Special Events, Capital Campaign, Major Gifts, Endowment and Annual Campaign. She even opened her own development consulting business.  In 2016 she accepted the position of Vice President of Philanthropy at the YMCA of Long Island.
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  • Bart Landess, JD 
    VP-Major & Planned Gifts
    YMCA of Greater Charlotte
    500 East Morehead St. Suite 300
    Charlotte, NC 28202  USA
    704 564 2692
    Bart Landess has been VP-Major & Planned Gifts at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte since December of 2010. Prior to his work at the Y, he was Senior Vice President of Development and Planned Giving at Foundation For The Carolinas, a community foundation with approximately $1 billion in charitable assets. He joined the Foundation in 2000 after serving Davidson College for nine years, first as Vice President of Planned Giving and Major Gifts and then as General Counsel and Executive Assistant to the President. Bart has served as a board member and volunteer for several nonprofit organizations. Bart was named the 2007 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He holds a B.A. from Davidson College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
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  • Michelle LaRue 
    Vice President and Chief Member Experience Officer
    YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties         
    4717 S. 19th Street, Suite 201
    Tacoma, WA 98405 USA
    253 534 7842
    Michelle LaRue joined the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties in 2007 and has worked in communications, media relations, marketing, and financial development. She spent her first nine years helping to coordinate efforts between communications and philanthropy to shape the image of the YMCA as a leading charitable organization in the community. Michelle most recently was leading a $15 million capital campaign to fund a new YMCA. As Vice President of Financial Development and Marketing, Michelle led a $16 million capital campaign and $3 million in annual giving. In 2016, she transitioned into member experience, a new department for the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties that includes membership, marketing, communications and information technology. During her decade in the Y, Michelle has also specialized in crisis communications, board relations, and strategic planning processes. Michelle came to the YMCA after spending several years as a reporter and editor in newsrooms at weekly and daily newspapers. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Michelle is a NAYDO Council Member, Awareness Committee Chair and Young Professionals Program 2017 Chair.
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  • Ray LeBlond
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    1100 - 111 Dunsmuir Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6A3 Canada
    604 696 8179

    Ray LeBlond is a Director of Marketing and Communications for Stantec in Canada. With a personal and prorfessional commitment to building community, he has held several volunteer positions including President of the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association and Vice Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Leaders of Tomorrow Advisory Committee. Ever curious, he believes "You can learn something every day if you pay attention."
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  • Martin Leifeld
    Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
    University of Missouri-St. Louis
    401 Woods Hall – 1 University Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63121  USA
    314 516 4278
    Martin Leifeld has served as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) since August 2008.  Since his arrival he has led a dramatic increase in fundraising of 375%, averaging $26.3 million per year.  University Advancement at UMSL has more than 130 employees and an operating budget in excess of $13 million.  Its primary duties include alumni and community relations, fundraising, marketing and communication, university events and St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU. The third largest university in Missouri, UMSL is the only public research university in the St. Louis region.  More recently, Martin established the website www.MartinLeifeld.com as a resource for the fundraising community.  Therein is the “Five Minutes for Fundraising” series of video presentations about various fundraising matters, initially focusing upon the work of major gift fundraising.  Prior to joining UMSL, Martin was Associate Vice President for University Development at Saint Louis University. He also has served as Director of Development for the Diocese of Belleville (IL) as well as a consultant and outreach executive in Ohio and Wisconsin. His civic activities have included serving on the boards of directors for FOCUS St. Louis and the Nonprofit Services Consortium, and the President’s Council for Food Outreach.  He is a former president and board member of the Southern Illinois Charitable Giving Council. Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, both from Franciscan University.
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  • Ken Lima-Coelho
    Vice President, Marketing and Communications
    YMCA Calgary
    101 - 3rd St SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 4G6  Canada
    403 781 1672

    Ken is a passionate storyteller with over 20 years experience in broadcasting, brand and fund development, the arts and community building.  A graduate of the University of Calgary in communications and the University of King's College (Halifax) in journalism, Ken is enjoying his role as Vice President, Marketing and Communications for YMCA Calgary. He was previously on the Board of Directors for YMCA Calgary. He also collaborates with colleagues across the national federation as a member of Brand Council through YMCA Canada. Prior to his current role, Ken held increasingly senior positions at the Canadian public broadcaster CBC Calgary in television, radio and communications, marketing and brand. As a volunteer, Ken is currently chair of the Arts and Heritage Grants Advisory Committee at The Calgary Foundation, and a member of the Grants Committee. He is a board director at the Youth Singers of Calgary. He’s also a founding member of the Alumni Advisory Committee for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts, the P.R. Advisory Committee for Bow Valley College and a volunteer with Calgary Board of Education’s non-profit foundation, Education Matters.
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  • Kim Looby
    Executive Director
    YMCA of Metro Atlanta/Forsyth Family YMCA
    6050 Y Street
    Cumming, GA  USA
    336 414 4830
    Kim has over 25 years of experience in both operations and fundraising at the local and national YMCA level.  She has led annual and capital campaigns and worked on program funding initiatives raising over $30 million.  She was recruited by YMCA of the USA to assume a National Network Consultant position, consulting with 27 CEOS and their boards throughout the country on operational performance, organizational succession planning, fund development, board development, public policy and strategic planning.  Working as a partner with Triangle2 Solutions, Kim brought her strong YMCA experience and strategic thinking to grow her clients' financial development programs and advance their charitable mission. Kim assumed the position of Executive Director of the Forsyth Family Branch of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta in January of this year.
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  • Megan Looby
    Senior Program Director
    YMCA of Metro Atlanta/Northwest Family YMCA
    1700 Dennis Kemp Lane
    Kennesaw, GA 30152
    336 414 3391

    Megan has over 6 years of experience working in youth and teen programming and operations in the Tampa and Atlanta YMCAs. She developed and implemented teen programming from the ground up and has extensive experience engaging teens in the philanthropic side of the Y.  Through her leadership, the teen groups have developed a strong sense of what true social responsibility is by giving thousands of hours of service both locally at the Y as well as in communities in other states and countries - teens raising the necessary funds to support program initiatives and international service projects.
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  • Scott Lorenz
    Vice President, Philanthropy and Leadership Gifts
    McGaw YMCA
    1000 Grove Street
    Evanston, IL 60201
    847 475 7400 

    Scott Lorenz joined the staff of the McGaw YMCA in February 2016 as the Vice President, Philanthropy and Leadership Gifts with responsibility for major gifts, planned giving and funding of capital initiatives with the goal of building long-term relationships to support a culture of philanthropy. Just prior to his work at McGaw, Scott served as Senior Vice President, Mission Advancement for the YMCA of Metro Chicago where he oversaw $6 M in annual fundraising and also directed capital campaigns and government grants. Scott spent three years as Vice President of External Affairs for Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago where he increased central office fundraising by 55%, corporate support by 60%, foundational support by 100% and individual giving by 35%. As Executive Director of Chicago Cares, Scott increased audited revenue by 60% while growing monthly programs by 70% and youth programs by 140%. Scott also held senior Advancement positions at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and spent the early part of his career in the corporate world. He has had a variety of volunteer leadership positions over the years, including serving on the Board of Directors of Points of Light Institute and as a member of the Planning and Host Committee for the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering & Service. Scott received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Indiana University and completed advanced coursework in strategic planning, marketing and fundraising at North Park University in Chicago.

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  • Jay Love
    CEO & Co-Founder
    5724 Birtz Road
    Indianapolis, IN 46216 USA
    317 513 8000
    Jay Love is Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomerang which exclusively serves the nonprofit sector with cutting edge technology tools built upon best practices for fundraising and communications.  

    He has served this sector for 33 years and is considered the most well-known senior statesman whose advice is sought constantly.  Previously, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of eTapestry for 11 years which at that time was the leading SaaS technology company serving the charity sector.  
    Jay and his team grew the company to more than 10,000 nonprofit clients, charting a decade of record growth. Earlier in his career, Jay served 14 years as President and CEO of Master Software Corporation (MSC) which provided a widely used family of database products for the non-profit sector called Fund-Master. He is a graduate of Butler University with a BS in Business Administration.  Over the years, he has given more than 2,500 speeches around the world for the charity sector and is often the voice of new technology for fundraisers.
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  • Jay Lowden, CFRE
    President and CEO
    YMCA of Superior California
    1926 V Street
    Sacramento, CA 95818  USA
    916 452 9622 x 124
    Jay Lowden hosts the New Attendee session at NAYDO because of his unique perspective on the benefits that active participation in the conference provides for your YMCA and your career development. Jay has been active in NAYDO since 1995 and has participated in 19 NAYDO Conferences as an attendee, committee member, and conference chair. From 2007 - 2013 Jay also served as a member of the NAYDO Council where he was the Educational Chair. Jay is currently the President & CEO of the YMCA of Superior California in Sacramento, California. Prior to his role as a CEO he served as the Chief Development Officer for two YMCAs, was a financial development consultant and an executive with another youth servicing organization. Jay is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
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