Speaker Bios (M-R)


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  • Bonnie MacFadyen
    VP, Philanthropy and Volunteer Development
    YMCA of Greater Moncton
    30 War Veteran’s Avenue
    Moncton, NB E1C 0B3 Canada
    506 857 0606
    bonnie.macfadyen@ymcamoncton.com
     
    Bonnie began her career with the YMCA working with the Community Initiatives Department developing programs and services that extended the reach of the YMCA in the community.  She has had the opportunity during her career, to learn and grow while working with YMCA child care and camps, youth and membership.  Since December 2011, she has had the privilege of working as the VP, Philanthropy and Volunteer Development. In her role, Bonnie works with over 45 volunteer fundraisers, YMCA staff, YMCA Board of Directors and the Greater Moncton YMCA Foundation Board of Directors who are committed to ensuring everyone deserves a YMCA experience and that the YMCA remains a vital part of the community for the years to come.  In 2013, the YMCA of Greater Moncton pursued accreditation through the Imagine Canada Standards Program and Bonnie led the staff and Board team to a successful result receiving their accreditation in May 2015.
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  • Tom Madeyski
    Regional Vice President
    YMCA of San Diego County Overnight Camps
    P. O. Box 2440
    Julian, CA 92036 USA
    619 855 7734
    tmadeyski@ymca.org

    Since 1990, Tom Madeyski has the Executive Director/Regional Vice President of the YMCA of San Diego County Overnight Camps, which includes Camp Marston (on 230-acres of splendid mountain land), Raintree Ranch (a western horseback camp) and Camp Surf (45- acres right on the Pacific Ocean).  Last year alone, over 26,000 campers and guests experienced one of these three YMCA Overnight Camps.  Tom has over 34-years full time experience in Resident Camping. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Recreation Administration and is a Certified Organizational Leader with the YMCA of the USA. Tom’s two daughters grew up at YMCA Camps and he currently lives at Camp Marston. He witnessed his own children’s personal growth as campers, Leaders In Training and staff. 
     
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  • Danny Maier
    Senior Consultant
    Donor By Design Group, LLC
    720 West Jefferson
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    734 369 21164
    dan@donorbydesign.com

    As Senior Consultant at Donor By Design, Danny offers invaluable support to clients and their volunteer leadership as they look to enhance their development campaigns, prepare for crisis communications, strengthen their boards and more. Prior to Donor By Design, Dan served as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, recipient of NAYDO's Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising in 2012.  Before Detroit, Dan was National Director for Mission Advancement at the YMCA of the USA, where he led the Y-USA's development, marketing, media and public relations, corporate relations, special events and the YMCA's strategic positioning campaign. He also supervised the Y-USA Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C. Prior to his Y-USA work, Danny served as Chief Communications Officer for the American Medical Association. He began his career in Washington, D.C., serving as press aid and speechwriter to United States Senator Alan J. Dixon.  A graduate of University of Notre Dame (BA) and the University of Michigan (MBA), Danny served for 12 years on the NAYDO Council.
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  • Elizabeth Martin
    Development Manager
    YMCA of Metro Atlanta
    100 Edgewood Ave. NE Suite 1100
    Atlanta, GA 30303  USA
    404 481 2931
    elizabethm@ymcaatlanta.org


    Elizabeth Martin graduated from Rhodes College in 2014 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. She began her career at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta as an intern after graduating and was hired as the Development Coordinator in January 2015. In that role she assisted with the association-wide annual campaign, stewardship fundraising events. Her role expanded in January 2017 as she moved into a Development Manager position focusing on donor communication and campaign messaging. She is an alumni of the NAYDO Young Professionals Class of 2015 and currently serves as the Young Professionals Alumni Coordinator on the 2017 NAYDO Conference Committee. Simultaneously she is a full-time student at Georgia State University working on a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.
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  • Kristin McEwen
    Senior VP
    YMCA of Metro Atlanta/Carl E. Sanders Buckhead Y Branch
    1160 Moores Mill Road
    Atlanta, GA 30327  USA
    404 350 9292
    kristinm@ymcaatlanta.org
     
    Kristin is a senior vice president at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and executive director of the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead and oversees four other branches.  Born and raised in Eagan, Minnesota, Kristin is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Corporate Wellness and Management. She had her first YMCA experience as a volunteer for the downtown branch in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1992 she joined the YMCA of Metro Atlanta as a wellness director at the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family Y. Over the past 25 years she has served in leadership roles at several branches and worked to ensure that Y programs and family services are available to people in all communities. Her accomplishments include establishing strategic partnerships with community organizations to implement youth, young adult and family programs.  She has worked to strengthen member experiences in Ys across the association by designing wellness centers and implementing the association’s equipment replacement program. Driven by a passion for empowering every individual to reach their fullest potential, Kristin is deeply committed to ensuring that the Y has a positive, lasting impact on every family it serves.
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  • Teri McGuill
    Sr. VP of Financial Development
    YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
    512 Lamar Street Suite 400
    Fort Worth, TX 76102  USA
    817 335 9622
    tmcguill@ymcafw.org

    Teri McGuill oversees all aspects of fundraising for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. She manages a staff of three full-time professionals and 1 part-time staff. While providing guidance and support to staff and volunteers at 15 branches across the association, she oversees the raising of $3 million annually. She serves as a member of the CEO's senior leadership team, providing strategic leadership in financial development to advance the YMCA's mission through annual giving, government and foundation grants, endowment bequests and gifts and capital campaigns. She assists the CEO in developing an actively engaged fundraising volunteer board of directors and in positioning the YMCA as a  "charity of choice" for the investment of donations within the local community. She is currently a NAYDO Council Member, Chair of the Impact Committee and 2017 Conference Sponsor Exhibitor Chair.
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  • Kate Meeks
    Manager, Capital Development
    YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
    22 Grove St. W.
    Barrie, ON L4N 1M7 Canada
    705 726 9622
    kate_meeks@sm.ymca.ca

    Kate has been with the YMCA for over 6 years. Her career began with a passion to help others through counseling after receiving her Master's degree. When she started with the YMCA of Central Kentucky as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, she worked closely with the Board of Directors, donors, senior staff and grew to love the mission, values and impact the YMCA has all over the world. Her role expanded and she moved into a Marketing and Communications Specialist position completing the rebranding from Y-USA for the association and working on rolling out the Nationwide Campaign on the local level. Kate began with the Philanthropy Team at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka in January 2015 and is now the manager of Capital Development. Kate was a graduate of the NAYDO Young Professionals Program in 2013.
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  • Constance Miller
    Data Scientist
    Daxko
    600 University Park Place, Suite 500
    Birmingham, AL 35209  USA
    773 682 5461
    cmiller@daxko.com
     

    Constance comes to Daxko from Y-USA and has 8+ years of Y-specific data experience. Formulating plans for how to do more with good data is her focus. She leads Daxko's data, reporting, and analytics priorities and development across Daxko products in support of market needs. Constance is an avid devotee of assuring information is meaningful and useful. Her prior work includes market research, benchmarking, impact measurement, survey writing, and both formative and summative evaluation. 

     

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  • Jonathan Mooney
    Founder and President
    Project Eye-To-Eye
    328 Pacific Street # 3
    Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Jonathan is Founder and President of Project Eye-To-Eye, a mentoring and advocacy non-profit organization for students with learning differences. It currently has 20 chapters in 13 states working with over 3,000 students, parents and educators nationwide. He is also an accomplished author and has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (LD/ADHD), disabilities and alternative education. Learning Outside The Lines (now in its 14th printing) was published when he was 23 and his second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, is a memoir that has been lauded as "a heartfelt rebuke to the rigid definitions of normality" by Kirkus Review. Why this is a more significant accomplishment than you might think is because Jonathan Mooney is a dyslexic writer and activist who did not learn to read unti he was 12 years old and the one place he truly excelled as a child was at the Westchester YMCA's soccer program. For that reason Jonathan believes the Y plays a critical role in supporting all kids and helping them find acceptance and success.
     
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  • Zane Moore
    President and CEO
    Central Bucks Family YMCA & Lower Bucks Family YMCA
    2500 Lower State Road
    Doylestown, PA 18901 USA
    215 348 8131
    zmoore@cbfymca.org

    Zane Moore is President and CEO of Central Bucks Family YMCA, a position he has held since 2011, acting CEO of Lower Bucks Family YMCA and President/CEO of Warminster YMCA, the newest branch of the Y in Doylestown. He serves on the PA State Alliance Executive Committee and chairs the Public Policy sub-committee and is on the 7th Grade Initiative Task Force as a Y representative CEO. He also serves on the Y-USA National Board Regional Committee on Membership Standards as a representative CEO. He ws elected to the Y-USA Inaugural Leadership Symposium as one of the top 40 future leaders of the Y National Movement. Prior to Central Bucks, Zane served as COO at Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He ia a 20 year veteran of the health and fitness industry holding positions as Regional and National Sales Manager for major fitness equipment manufacturers, and as the former Founder and Owner of FitLife Total Fitness. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology from West Chester University.
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  • Mirtha Elena Morales
    General Coordinator of Community Development and Social Assistance
    YMCA of Mexico City
    Av. Ejercito Nacional 253
    Mexico City 11320  Mexico
    552 959 7929
    mirthamorales@pymcadescom.org.mx

     
    Mirtha Elena Morales has 23 years of experience in community development that includes 14 years with the YMCA. Presently she is the General Coordinator of Community Development and Social Assistance for the YMCA of Mexico City. She also serves as YMCA Mexico's representative on the NAYDO Council and serves as  YMCA Mexico's Liaison to the 2017 NAYDO Conference Committee.
     
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  • Rachel Muir, CFRE
    Vice President, Training
    Pursuant
    4905 W. Frances Place
    Austin, TX 78731 USA
    512 970 7983
    rachel.muir@pursuant.com

    When she was just 26 years old, Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a non-profit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology with $500 and a credit card. Several years later she had raised over $10 million and was featured on Oprah, CNN and the Today Show.  A winner of Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life award, Rachel is a three time finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named "Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year" by AFP, and one of Fast Company Magazine's "Fast 50" Champions of Innovation. Her career spans running successful nonprofits, leading an online fundraising consulting practice at Convio (later Blackbaud) and managing major gift portfolios for some of the country's largest and most successful nonprofits. Today she is Vice President of Training at Pursuant where she transforms people into confident, successful fundraisers. Get free fundraising templates and learn more about Rachel at www.rachelmuir.com.
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  • Sheri Noer, CFRE
    Director of Financial Development
    YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
    615 North Alabama Street Suite 200
    Indianapolis, IN 46204  USA
    317 713 8546
    snoer@indymca.org
     
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  • Suzanne Nunn (VIP)
    Board Member
    YMCA of Greater Long Beach
    3605 Long Beach Blvd, Suite 210
    Long Beach, CA 90807 USA
    949 400 8106
    suzannenunn@outlook.com


    After 15 years as a Y professional, Suzanne Nunn joined Endowment Horizons in 1995 and has provided Planned Giving/Endowment Development serves for several YMCAs and other charitable organizations throughout the United States and Canada.  Suzanne along with her husband Charles Nunn have played a key role in assisting families in giving over $4.5 billion to their favorite charitable and religious organizations. As a Planned Giving Specialist, Suzanne works closely with staff, volunteers and donors to develop and carry out a successful Endowment Development program. This includes assisting staff with the administrative, donor tracking and volunteer development and working closely with volunteers providing support in their volunteer roles, assuring the right volunteers are assisting in the most productive role. Key to the entire program Suzanne joins staff on donor visits to provide the discipline to make endowment visits and the planned giving knowledge to assist the donor to meet their charitable goals and objectives.




     
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  • Jerold Panas
    Executive Partner
    Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners
    500 North Michigan Avenue Suite 1035
    Chicago, IL 60611 USA
    312 222 1212
    ideas@jeroldpanas.com
     
    Jerold Panas has been professionally involved in fundraising and financial development for over forty years. He combines this understanding and experience in the field with a special talent for strategic planning and volunteer development.  In the field of philanthropy and trustee governance, he is regarded as an author of particular note. His books are considered the most significant in the field. Three are considered classics. ASKING is the largest selling in the history of the field.  His latest book, Power Questions, was on Amazon’s Top 50 books for 37 weeks. Because of the prominence of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners and the impact of his writing, there are few who have had a greater influence in the history of the profession.  His firm is one of the largest and most prominent in campaign management. Jerold Panas is past Executive for Administration and Finances for the National Councils of YMCAs in the USA. He is founder of Decision Research Institute, one of the nation’s largest firms in market research, needs assessment, attitude surveys, and marketing strategy for non-profit institutions. He is also founder and chairman of the board of the Institute for Charitable Giving, one of the most significant providers of training in philanthropy. In 2016 a national magazine selected Jerry Panas as the number one fundraiser in the United States!
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  • Heidi Peever Bain, CFRE
    VP of Development
    YMCA of Western Ontario
    382 Waterloo Street
    London, ON N6B 2N8 Canada
    519 667 3300 x 2347
    hpbain@ymcawo.ca
     
    Heidi has worked in the development field since 1999 and holds her CFRE designation. Her career started out in politics, where she worked for a Cabinet Minister in the Provincial Government. She then transitioned into development working first for her alma mater, Western University, raising funds for the Canada Summer Games and then for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Heidi was then recruited to the YMCA of Western Ontario in 2006 to run their first capital campaign in 25 years. One of the proudest moments at the Y was securing a $3 million gift with a family whose father had recently passed away; he was incredibly grateful to the Y as it had changed his life experience in a most profound way.  Heidi Peever Bain played a major role in the 2016 NAYDO Conference as Co-Chair of Keynotes.
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  • Jacqueline Parks
    Senior Vice President and Wealth Strategist
    U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
    jacqueline.parks@ustrust.com

    Jacqueline Parks is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Strategist at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In this role, Jacqueline is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth management solutions in the areas of estate planning, intergenerational wealth planning, charitable giving, stock option planning, retirement planning, tax planning and cash flow analysis. Prior to joining Bank of America, Jacqueline spent ten years practicing as an estate planning attorney, working with high net worth individuals and families in the areas of income tax, estate and gift tax, and philanthropy. 

    Jacqueline earned her B.A. degree in Political Science from John Carroll University, her Juris Doctorate at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from the University fo San Diego School of Law. Presently she serves as a Board Member of the San Diego Symphony, Trustee of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra Musicians' Pension Plan and as Board Chair of the United Way of San Diego County. She does not provide tax or legal advice in her role at U.S. Trust.
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  • Cindi Phallen
    President
    Create Possibility
    10250 Rancho Carmel Drive
    San Diego, CA 92128 USA
    858 618 4762
    cindi@possibility-cp.com

    Cindi Phallen is an author, educator, speaker, consultant and the President of Create Possibility. She is on a mission to change the mindset of nonprofit leaders so they can maximize their missions.  With 18 years of experience as an Executive Director with Ys around the US, she provides strategy consulting, speaking services, retreat facilitation, and executive coaching on topics related to board development, organizational transition, fundraising and strategic planning.
    Cindi asks the tough questions and is a champion for advancing your mission without the chaos. She has managed high-performing boards of up to 45 members, raised millions of dollars, built a new YMCA and she's never attended a Y conference she didn't like!  Her book The Impact Triangle has received international attention, and is based on her success formula referred to as the secret sauce to build a thriving social enterprise. Cindi teaches in the University of San Diego's Nonprofit Management Certificate program, is on the board of the San Diego Employers' Association, and serves as Viewpoint Partner for Social Venture Partners. She also writes a popular blog focused on key issues nonprofit leaders face.
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  • Andy Pierce, CFRE
    Vice President, Marketing and Development
    YMCA of Greater Louisville
    545 S. 2nd St.
    Louisville, KY 40202 USA
    502 587 2106
    apierce@ymcalouisville.org
     
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  • Rick Politte, CFRE
    Executive Director
    YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles/South Pasadena San Marino YMCA
    1605 Garfield
    South Pasadena, CA 91030 USA
    805 813 4415
    rickpolitte@ymcala.org
     
    Rick Politte is the Executive Director of the South Pasadena San Marino YMCA, a branch of the Los Angeles Association.  He joined the LA Y in 2015. Prior to this role, he served as the President/CEO of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA since 2007.  He joined the YMCA movement in St. Louis, Missouri in 1982 and has served in multiple YMCA positions throughout his 34 year career.  Rick served as the President/CEO of the Hunterdon County YMCA in New Jersey prior to leading the YMCA in Southeast Ventura County.  Politte worked as the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Family YMCA prior to moving to New Jersey.  While at the Santa Barbara YMCA, he implemented a comprehensive fundraising campaign that included a $4.2 million capital campaign.  Rick holds a Masters Degree in Leadership Development and Organizational Management and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.   He served as the Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter and is Past Membership Chair of NAYDO Council.  Rick served as the Education Chair for the 2011 NAYDO Conference on Philanthropy and is in charge of the New Attendee Experience on the 2017 NAYDO Conference Committee.


     
     
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  • Mary Kay Polston, CFRE
    Senior Director of Development Partnerships
    YMCA of the USA
    48 Rochelle Drive
    Churchville, NY 14428 USA
    800 872 9622 x 3210
    marykay.polston@ymca.net
     
    Mary Kay Polston serves the Y Movement as the Senior Director of Development Partnerships in the YMCA of the USA’s Financial Development Department.  In this position, she is responsible for the design and implementation of regional, collaborative fundraising strategies, as well as building and supervising the team that executes the strategies in support of signature programs and national initiatives. She also provides oversight to the delivery of services to local Ys to help increase local Y fundraising capacity and strengthen the Movement's culture of philanthropy.  

    Mary Kay started her YMCA career in 1992 with the YMCA of Greater Buffalo, where she held various positions in financial development, communications and operations.  She left the Y and spent 3 years as the Western New York District Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  In 2003, she returned to the Y as the Vice President of Communications with the YMCA of Greater Rochester.  She was promoted to Vice President of Development and Communications in 2008, taking responsibility for the Rochester Y’s Annual Campaign, growing the overall campaign and major gifts more than 30% in a three-year period.  As part of Rochester’s Partner Y team, Mary Kay also provided support to numerous Ys seeking assistance with marketing planning, brand implementation and annual campaign best practices. A native of Buffalo, New York, Mary Kay earned a degree in Mass Communications from St. Bonaventure University.
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  • Andrew Powers
    Vice President of Philanthropy
    YMCA of Greater Rochester
    444 East Main Street
    Rochester, NY 14604 USA
    585 341 3044
    andrew.powers@rochesterymca.org
     
    Andy Powers has been with the YMCA of Greater Rochester  for over 5 years, now serving as the Vice President of Philanthropy for the Association.  With nearly 15 years of development experience, Andy began his career writing grants for a small non-profit, and broadened his experience as an assistant director in the stewardship department at the Fund for John Hopkins Medicine. Following his work at Johns Hopkins, he led the annual giving program at Notre Dame of Maryland University. At the Y, Andy leads all philanthropic efforts for a 17 unit association that is over halfway through a $75M comprehensive campaign that includes major capital, endowment, and annual campaign initiatives.  Andy is an active Financial Development Partner, working with associations to help develop major gift programs focused on securing gifts of $5,000 or greater. 
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  • Sallie Ransom
    Senior Vice President for Financial Development
    YMCA of the Triangle Area
    801 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200
    Raleigh, NC 27607
    919 582 9300
    sallie.ransom@ymcatriangle.org

    In her role as Senior Vice President for Financial Development for YMCA of the Triangle Area, Sallie Ransom supports multiple branches, including three overnight camps, in financial development planning and strategy. She plays a significant role in leading our Association toward a comprehensive philanthropic campaign iwth a goal of $117 million. Prior to her current role, Sallie was the Director of Development for YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer where she successfully led a capital campaign that exceeded its goal of $4.5 million for the camps. In addition, she has helped double the amount raised in the Camp Annual Fund, which just this past year exceeded $1 million for the first time. Sallie has a broad level of experience in the YMCA and in overnight camping. She previously served as the Annual Fund Director for Sea Gull and Seafarer for three years. Before that she was the Marketing Director for the camps for over seven years. She also worked with Camp TV helping camps across the country with their individual marketing efforts.
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  • Susan M. Reschke, CPA
    Finance Specialist
    YMCA of the USA
    111 Rosebud Trail
    Webster, NY  14580  USA
    585733 2005
    susan.reschke@ymca.net

    Sue was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the YMCA of Greater Rochester from 1996 through 2015. During that time the Association grew its operating budget from approximately $14 million to $45 million, built two full-facility branches with tax exempt bonds, merged with a neighboring single-facility YMCA and completed numerous capital expansions and projects at all of its facilities. She also served as a Y-USA Partner Professional in the Finance Specialty group starting in 2008. Upon her retirement from the YMCA of Greater Rochester in 2015, Sue became a Finance Specialist for YMCA of the USA working with YMCAs across the country on specialized fiscal and operational issues.  Other past professional experience includes serving as a controller, auditor and tax preparer.  She received her BBA with Honors from Niagara University and is a CPA licensed in New York State.
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  • Ron Rescigno
    Vice President Business Development
    Rescigno's Marketing Connections
    7501 W. 85th St.
    Bridgeview, IL 60453 USA
    708 974 2600
    ron@rescignos.com

    Prior to beginning his career in which he helps nonprofits realize their fullest philanthropic potential, Ron was an educator and administrator for 23 years in Catholic high schools in Chicago. Since 1991, Ron has coached and counseled hundreds of fundraising and development professionals on strategies and techniques for raising money. He is a well regarded speaker and facilitator on nonprofit topics and makes sure he stays abreast of the latest trends in the industry that can help nonprofits achieve their philanthropic goals. His mantra, much like that of his partner, Sue's, is that nonprofit organizations need to practice the simple fundamentals of fundraising, especially as it pertains to the annual fund. Currently, Ron oversees new business at Rescigno's Marketing Connections.
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  • Sue Rescigno
    Owner and President
    Rescigno's Marketing Connections
    7501 W. 85th St
    Bridgeview, IL 60453 USA
    708 974 2600 X 104
    sue@rescignos.com

    Susan Rescigno has been in the direct marketing and fundraising field for over 30 years. In 1992, she started her business in her garage and, to date, she has helped over 800 clients with counsel, planning, design, print and direct mail. She works with her team to help clients bring their annual fund programs to the next level doubling and tripling their annual fund programs in  2 -3 years. Her philosophy is doing the fundamentals consistently well. Sue manages the daily operations of her staff and helps generate new business, as well as managing existing business through a variety of proven fundraising and marketing strategies and tactics. Sue's passion is living life to the fullest, enjoying what she does and pushing herself to be all that she can be!
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  • Matthew Richens
    VP, IT
    YMCA of Western Ontario
    Co-Founder
    TechShare Group
    380 Wellington St., Tower B, 6th Floor
    London, ON N5A 5B5  Canada
    226 378 5718
    matthew@techshare.ca
     
    Matthew has been immersed in the world of IT Management since his time as the Director of Business Systems with Compass Group. After 15 years in this role, Matthew had a profound impact at Zucora, Inc. as their Director of Business Technology and Chief Innovation Officer. His well-rounded experiences helped him to identify opportunities for organizations to use technology to empower business growth while operating IT in a new and unique way. For this reason he, with his co-founders, launched TechShare Group in 2012 and since then he has been busy providing IT services to many organizations across Ontario while serving as the VP of IT for the YMCA of Western Ontario.  

     
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  • Craig Rowe
    National Board Chair
    YMCA Canada
    1867 Yonge St.
    Toronto, ON M4S 1Y5 Canada

    Craig's connection with the Y began when he joined the YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon in St. John's Newfoundland as a fitness member more than 25 years ago and eventually led to his participation as a Board member and Chair, and chair of the of Ches Penney Family Y Project. He was a member of the YMCA Canada National Resource Creation and Capacity Building Committee, Chair of the National Board's Governance Committee, and member of the Executive Human Resources Committee prior to becoming Chair of the National Board. In 2006, he founded ClearRisk, a risk management software company and in 2014, he founded Optimized Risk and Insurance, an independent insurance brokerage. 
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  • Bert Ruiz
    Region Director, CEO Search
    YMCA of the USA
    7826 Braeburn Valley Drive
    Houston, TX 77074
    312 419 2928
    bert.ruiz@ymca.net

    Bert Ruiz currently serves as Region Director, CEO Search within the Association Resources department at YMCA of the USA. With a 16-year career with the YMCA, Mr. Ruiz's most recent role includes serving as Senior Manager of Chronic Disease Prevention Programs within the Healthy Living Department at Y-USA. In addition to serving at the national level, previous work includes Program Director, Associate Executive Director and Executive Director with the YMCA of Greater Houston. He volunteers his time on cross functional teams that support initiatives focused on staff development and diversity and inclusion, and currently serves as a mentor to YMCA employees. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Houston, a Master of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College and is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.
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