Speaker Bios (S-Z)

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  • Brian Saber
    Asking Matters
    P.O. Box 1295
    South Orange, NJ  07079
    862 216 2880

    Brian has spent his entire career asking for money for non-profits.  From his early days as a student leader and telethon caller to his six years in charge of major gifts throughout the Midwest for Brandeis University, to his two stints as an executive director, every position has involved significant face-to-face solicitation. Having spent most of his career with organizations having budgets unders $10 million, Brian is well aware of the fundraising challenges smaller organizations face. He knows that most organizations cannot afford consulting services, or even a half-day training by an expert. It's just not in the budget.  With that perspective, Brian created Asking Matters, a resource all non-profits could afford. This web-based company trains people how to ask for money and motivates them to do it! Brian has led training programs for Prevent Child Abuse America, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, National Public Radio and the U.S. Olympic Committee to name a few. He has presented at many conferences including the Utah Society of Fund Raising Executives, AFP of Southern Colorado and the Salvation Army National Community Relations and Development Conference.
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  • Jeff Sage
    Director, Market Strategy
    221 Whisperwood Ave.
    London, ON N6K 4E8 Canada
    519 204 5731

    Jeff and Lindsay Sage are the founders and chief strategists of sagecomm, a Canadian-based marketing and communications consultancy. Together, they have more than 25 years of combined experience in strategic marketing, public relations, corporate communications, and, more recently, digital engagement, content strategy, and social marketing.  They are most proud to be the strategic marketing and communications partner of dozens of local, provincial and national charities, nonprofits and social enterprises. They are passionate about projects that embody intrinsic social good, are revolutionary or change-provoking in their approach, and who are led by innovators with ambitious visions. sagecomm clients include the YMCA of Western Ontario and YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo.
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  • Lindsay Sage
    VP, Marketing & Communications
    YMCA of Western Ontario
    382 Waterloo Street
    London, ON N6K 4E8 Canada
    519 204 5731

    Lindsay Sage is VP of Marketing and Communications at the YMCA of Western Ontario, which serves nearly 140,000 people annually in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. She and her partner, Jeff Sage, are also Senior Strategists with sagecomm, a marketing firm specializing in brand, product and cause positioning for national nonprofits, corporate brands and growing small businesses, including a number of YMCA associations in North America.
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  • Stephanie Salamah
    Executive Director of Development
    YMCA of South Florida
    900 SE 3rd Ave.
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
    754 551 7174

    Stephanie Salamah is in her seventh year with the Y Movement and is currently the Executive Director of Development for the YMCA of South Florida. She has spent over 15 years dedicated to development work in the non-profit industry. After serving as a Development Officer for the UNLV Foundation, Stephanie began her Y career at the Northwest YMCA providing crucial knowledge of branch culture and operations which helped her excel in her role at the YMCA of Southern Arizona as the Director of Development. After five years there, Stephanie accepted the challenge to help shift the culture of philanthropy at the YMCA of South Florida.  As the Director of Annual Support, Stephanie helped 11 Family Centers double their campaign productivity in one year. More importantly, the shift to a culture of philanthropy had begun.  After the conclusion of her first annual campaign, Stephanie was moved into the role of Executive Director of Development to help further the fundraising efforts in major gifts, moves management, donor relations, stewardship, and continue the work in helping the association grow the philanthropic culture. She continues to oversee the $2.2 million annual campaign, working closely with the Director of Annual Support and Family Centers to ensure the needs of the campaign are met.
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  • Jeanne E. Schmelzer, CFRE
    Executive Vice President & Regional Director
    Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc.
    6167 Bristol Parkway Suite 125
    Culver City, CA 90230 USA
    619 595 0020

    Jeanne is an executive vice president and regional director with Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc. serving San Diego, Arizona, Nevada and San Jose.  Jeanne joined the firm in 1997 following a successful 17-year career as a nonprofit professional. During those years, she served as vice president of community relations of the United Way of Santa Clara County, executive director of the San Diego Downtown YMCA and associate executive of both the Magdalena Ecke and Davis/Grossmont YMCAs in San Diego. Her professional experiences have included managing and implementing successful multi-million dollar capital campaigns, annual and major gift fundraising programs. She has provided both counsel and management to a wide range of nonprofit organizations and institutions and has extensive experience in  board and staff development, fiscal management, long-range strategic planning, facility and program development, marketing and communications. Jeanne received her BA from National University, San Diego. She has been an active Rotarian since 1991,  is currently a member of the San Diego Rotary Club and has served on the board of the Rotary Club of Santa Clara.  She has served on several other boards as well including AFP-Silicon Valley Chapter and San Diego Chapter, YMCA of Santa Clara Central Branch, and the Downtown YMCA Board of Directors. Jeanne has been on the faculty for extended studies at UC San Diego instructing Fundraising Basics and Processes, Capital Campaigns and at Cal State University San Marcos Special Events for Nonprofits.
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  • Carol Schmidt, CFRE
    Senior Financial Development Resource Specialist
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606 USA
    312 419 4201

    Carol Schmidt CFRE; Y-USA Sr. Financial Development Resource Specialist, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Financial Development with over twenty years experience designing, building, managing, and implementing fundraising strategies and campaigns to help non-profit organizations achieve their financial goals. Serving as VP of Financial Development for the YMCA of Minneapolis and the YMCA of Greater St Paul simultaneously, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Council of Camp Fire, and numerous volunteer board positions  have prepared her well for  developing and delivering financial development resources to YMCAs throughout the United States. She currently serves as the Y-USA NAYDO Council representative and is a past NAYDO Council Chair.
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  • Steven Shattuck
    Chief Engagement Officer
    Bloomerang/Launch Cause
    5724 Birtz
    Indianapolis, IN 46216 USA
    317 296 6606

    Steven Shattuck is Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang. In addition to leading the sales and marketing teams, he curates their blog, administers their weekly educational webinar series
    and hosts Bloomerang TV, a weekly video podcast that interviews fundraisers and consultants in the nonprofit sector. Steven got his start in the nonprofit sector producing fundraising videos and other digital content for organizations like Butler University, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Domestic Violence Network, the Adoption Support Center, the American Heart Association.
    In 2015, he co-founded Lauch Cause, a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping emerging nonprofit organizations enhance the impact of their work through collaborative office space, shared services, educational programming and networking with other nonprofit professionals. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, Steven is a contributor to NTEN, Nonprofit Hub, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, Technorati, Content Marketing Institute, Conductor and Business2Community.  Recipient of the David Letterman Scholarship, Steven graduated with honors from Ball State University in 2006 with a degree in Telecommunications and Creative Writing. 

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  • Craig H.Shelley, CFRE
    Vice President
    Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI)
    600 Lexington Avenue, 12th Floor
    New York, NY 10022 USA
    940 368 4124
    Craig Shelley (@craigshelley) is vice president at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI), a premier consulting firm to the nonprofit industry. He specializes in serving as an integrated fundraising, leadership and strategy partner to leading nonprofits. His work has included supporting and growing fundraising for a variety of organizations including the 92nd Street Y and the YMCA of Greater New York.  Prior to joining OAI, Shelley served in a variety of positions with the Boy Scouts of America, most recently as the national director of development and corporate alliances. He serves on the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' New York City Chapter and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York's Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
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  • Jon Simons
    Vice President-Resource Development
    Donor By Design Group, LLC
    315 Florence Road
    Middletown, NJ 07748
    781 223 4032

    In his role as Vice President for Resource Development, Jon works with clients to maximize current resources and establish clear and measurable goals for future success through a comprehensive assessment of strengths and areas for growth. Prior to joining Donor By Design, Jon served over 18 years as both Development Officer and Executive Director in the YMCA. Jon has managed and grown annual fundraising campaigns in diverse communities from suburban New England to major metropolitan cities including Boston and New York.  Specializing in training, team-building, staff and volunteer development, motivation and community development, Jon brings many years of operations and community development experience to the fund development arena. Jon holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Human Services Administration from Springfield College and was a professional development faculty trainer for Y-USA for over 13 years.

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  • Vivian A. Smith, CFRE
    Liberty Quest Enterprises
    21687 48A Avenue
    Langley, BC V3A 3P7 Canada

    Vivian Smith's commitment to providing highly effective, ethical and responsible services to the not-for-profit sector along with her flexibility, insight and more than 25 years of experience has led her to become one of the most respected and sought-after consultants in western Canada.  Her strategic approach to fundraising, combined with a passion for philanthropy, means a winning track record in support of a wide range of charitable causes. A true believer in giving back, Vivian lends her energy and expertise as a volunteer, trainer and mentor. She is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, participating in a number of international committees, sitting as a director on the International Board and volunteering with her local chapter.  She donates her time to the Volunteer Leadership Development Program, a board development initiative of Vantage Point that provides mentorship and training to senior staff and board members of not-for-profit organizations throughout British Columbia. Vivian is a Master Trainer with AFP, and a co-trainer for AFP International's Faculty Training Academy. Her expertise spans the realm of the charitable sector from major capital campaigns to the creation and execution of organization-specific annual fund development programs from organizational analysis and development to strategic planning.
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  • Deborah L. Sontupe
    Match Nonprofit Consulting
    17 Canterbury Way
    Morristown, NJ  07960
    908 963 3056

    With over 20 years experience in fundraising, communications and nonprofit management in both the non-profit and higher education sectors, Debbie Sontupe, President of Match Nonprofit Consulting, provides consulting services and project-based leadership in helping organizations in the areas of building and leading development programs, campaigns, major gift fundraising, board development, alumni relations, annual fundraising efforts and public relations. Debbie served as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement  both at Mercy College in NY and New Jersey’s Rutgers University.  At Rutgers she was responsible for the planning and direction of a comprehensive one billion dollar campaign, the largest campaign in university history. Debbie has served in several leadership roles in the YMCA where she held the positions of vice president of operations as well as the vice president of marketing and development. She served as a trainer for all aspects of fund development for YMCA of the USA. She currently serves on many nonprofit boards and has served as a board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New Jersey Chapter and chaired the state-wide conference in 2004. She recently earned her Certification of Education Foundation Leadership from National University. Debbie earned her Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University and holds a Master of Education from Rutgers University. 
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  • Malik J. Stewart, M.Ed.
    Director of Grants
    YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
    512 Lamar Street Suite 400
    Fort Worth, X 76102  USA
    817 566 1088

    Malik has been Director of Grants for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth since 2015.   Malik spent over two decades as a leader and resource manager in educational and non-profit sectors.  As the Manager of Federal Programs with the Red Clay School District (DE), Malik oversaw over $75 million in federal and local grant funds to support school success.   With the Delaware Department of Education he coordinated the technical assistance to schools in improvement and the state’s improvement grant portfolio.   Now with the Y, Malik is responsible for overseeing the grant processes and portfolio for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth to support the philanthropic mission of the organization.  He works with the YMCA branches in crafting philanthropic plans to increase the number of youth served and have lasting impact in their communities. 
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  • Josh Sullenberger
    Vice President of Operations
    YMCA of Greater Dayton
    118 W. First St. Suite 300
    Dayton, OH 45402 USA
    937 223 5201

    Josh Sullenberger started his YMCA career in 1994 at the Miami County YMCA where he held positions as Youth Sports Director, Sr. Program Director, and Branch Executive Director. In 2002 Josh joined the YMCA of Greater Dayton staff as the Branch Executive for the Preble County YMCA. Josh managed the construction and opening of this YMCA and lead it until 2004, when Josh was asked to do another construction project as Executive Director of the Huber Heights YMCA. While serving as the Branch Executive at the Huber Heights YMCA, Josh was able to work closely with volunteers, donors, and partners to more than double the operating size of this YMCA, growing from $1.5 million to $3.3million.  In 2014 Josh was named Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Greater Dayton.

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  • Mary Tikalsky, CFRE
    Director, YMCA World Service, International Group
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N Wacker Drive
    Chicago IL 60606   USA
    800 872 9622 ext 8371  
    Mary Tikalsky is the Director of YMCA of the USA World Service for the International Group of the YMCA of the USA.  The World Service Annual Campaign raises $1.7 million annually and is part of the larger strategy to increase U.S. engagement in and to strengthen sustainable, innovative work of YMCAs worldwide that address critical youth development and local community needs. 
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  • Amy Van de Klippe
    Product Strategist
    TechShare Group
    380 Wellington St., Tower B, 6th Floor
    London, ON N5A 5B5  Canada
    226 688 5125
    Amy has experience in corporate sales strategies, business analysis and operational work that helps her support TechShare’s rapid expansion into the member-based organization industry. She plays many roles as TechShare’s ‘paver of the future’ but has taken a particular interest in working with TechShare’s non-profit clients. She is a certified product owner and her education and work experience in business management is helping to share TechShare’s path to success.  
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  • Michael Wagschal
    Senior Vice President, Institutional Sales Director
    U.S. Trust Philanthropic Solutions
    520 Newport Center Drive
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Michael is a Senior Vice President and Philanthropic Specialist for the West Coast for U.S. Trust Philanthropic Solutions. His role is to assist the firm and its advisors when establishing business relationships with endowments and foundations. He also works with the firm's high net worth clients on philanthropy. Michael's 30 years in the philanthropic sector has extended from being Director of Development at the American Heart Association, Maryland Division to Vice Chancellor for the Endowment at the University System of Maryland Foundation. He has worked at such nationally recognized institutions as the YMCA of San Diego County, American Cancer Society and Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science. He has served as president of the Planned Giving Roundtable of San Diego County and served as a board member for several organizations. He is a founding board member of HALO, a nonprofit providing scholarships for speech therapy for autistic children. Michael holds his BA from the University of Maryland.
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  • Camarin Wanamaker
    Digital Marketing Consultant
    ACTIVE Network
    717 N. Harwood Suite 2500
    Dallas, TX 75033 USA
    858 964 6045

    Since 2007, Camarin has worked with community-serving customers in a variety of roles – from Technical Support Manager to Account Management, and now as a Digital Marketing Consultant.  Her research focuses on taking the best marketing and social engagement trends in big business and translating them for a small businesses and civic-minded audiences.  She’s passionate about helping her clients engage more families in healthy and active lifestyles.

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  • Kevin Washington
    President and CEO
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker
    Chicago, IL 60606 USA
    800 872 9622
    In February 2015, Kevin Washington became president and CEO of YMCA of the USA, and is the 14th person and the first African American to the lead the YMCA movement in the United States.
    A 38-year Y professional, Kevin is a widely recognized and respected leader in the Movement and has a deep devotion to the Y's mission, cause and core values.

    He joined Y-USA after four years as president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, where he re-energized the organization. Prior to the YMCA of Greater Boston, Washington served as the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford for ten years. He was Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago from 1995 to 2000 and previously held other executive roles with the Chicago YMCA and the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. He got his start in the Y as a Youth Program Director at the Philadelphia YMCA's Christian Street branch in 1978.

    In his role at Y-USA, he leads the nation’s 2700 YMCAs, annually serving 22 million children and adults, through 250,000 staff and 600,000 volunteers. He has provided leadership for many national YMCA initiatives including serving on the YMCA of the USA Board of Directors. He was the first chair of the YMCA North American Network (YNAN), as well as chair of the Y-USA CEO Advisory Committee. He is past chair of the Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP) Board of Directors. He has been a member of a number of important national YMCA initiatives including the National Diversity Initiative, Aquatics Safety Task Force, and the National Mentorship Program to support young YMCA leaders. Kevin Washington earned a Bachelor's degree in history from Temple University.
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  • Courtney Weiland, CFRE
    VP, Philanthropy
    ThedaCare Family of Foundations
    1818 N. Meade St.
    Appleton, WI 54911 USA
    312 285 7975
    Courtney Weiland brings experience in implementing a relationship-based, integrated approach to fund development efforts.  This expertise helps organizations increase philanthropic capacity to carry out their mission.  In her current role as VP, Philanthropy of the ThedaCare Family Foundations, Courtney provides opportunities for patients and families to invest in their community based healthcare system, ThedaCare.  She began her Y professional career with the YMCA of Greater Seattle in 2002.  As Senior Director of Development, she provided leadership to capital campaign efforts.  In this position she focused on extensive capital readiness work including volunteer and staff development, case development and major gift cultivation and solicitation.  Her focus on strengthening annual community support campaign practices and comprehensive financial development planning greatly contributed to an annual increase in charitable support. Courtney also worked for the YMCA of Greater Tulsa in the area of financial development and volunteer engagement.  In addition, she assisted Ys in assessing financial development efforts as an independent consultant. Prior to her work with the Y, Courtney was a Development Associate at the University of Colorado Foundation, supporting annual and capital campaign efforts.   Courtney attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. She grew up a “Y kid” at the Kettle Moraine Y in West Bend, WI and currently resides in Neenah, WI.
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  • Stephen D. Willmont
    Vice President
    Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc.
    6167 Bristol Parkway, Suite 125
    Culver City, CA  90230  USA
    310 836 7624

    As a vice president wth Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc., Steve directs major capital campaigns, feasibility studies and organizational development for a wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations, primarily in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Prior to joining the firm, Steve was the President & CEO of California Youth & Government where he worked extensively with the California legislature to increase support for YMCA programs.  He has also served as executive director and program director at multiple YMCA branches and has served as director of training events for the YMCA of the USA and regional programs. Steve serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter and is Co-Chair of the 2015 Symposium on Fundraising. He has been an active member of Optimist International in both northern and southern California, serving as District Lt. Governor and Club President. He is a Lifetime Optimist Member and has been honored as Optimist of the Year.
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  • Carolyn Woempner, PhD
    Group Vice President, Community Support Services
    YMCA of San Diego County
    3333 Camino del Rio South # 400
    San Diego, CA 92108
    619 521 3055 x 2200

    Dr. Carolyn Woempner is Group Vice President of Community Support Services at the YMCA of San Diego County. She has spent her career turning public funds into impact through a combination of strategic planning, relationship building, evidence-based decision making, and creative thinking.  She is the author of numerous articles and policy briefs on education and early learning and is co-author of the book, The Future of Schooling: Educating America in 2020.  Carolyn is a Colorado native who now lives in San Diego and enjoys not commuting in the snow.
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  • Mary Young
    Resource Director
    YMCA of the USA
    101 N. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606 USA
    610 314 6542
    Mary Young has a 30-year career in YMCA operations serving Ys in Delaware, New Jersey and California and for the past 6 years with Y-USA. She has a keen passion for capital development with an emphasis on facility design and construction. As Group Vice President for Facility Development at the YMCA of Delaware, Mary spearheaded the land development, design, construction and $19 million project budget for a new full facility branch and large capital renovation projects at several other branches and the resident camp. She was instrumental in securing funds from non-traditional sources towards the complex full facility renovation of the Y’s downtown branch that included the branch’s 180-unit housing program. In Mary’s role as a Resource Director with Y-USA, she facilitates the multi-phased capital development planning process with many local Y CEOs and boards and serves on Y-USA’s Capital Development and Property Management task forces.
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  • Adam Zawadiuk, CFRE
    Manager, Fund Development
    YMCA of Northern Alberta
    300-10030 102A Avenue
    Edmonton, AB T5J 0G5  Canada
    780 429 5732

    Adam Zawadiuk is an experienced fund development professional with over 14 years of experience in a variety of sectors.  A graduate of the University of Alberta with a degree in English, Adam entered the world of fund development as a Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in 2002. While this was never an imagined career path for Adam, he quickly discovered his talent and passion for fund development. Adam achieved his CFRE designation in 2010, and is an active member of his local Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter, currently in his second year of his term as President.  In addition to serving as an instructor for many AFP courses, Adam has also taught a course on fund development at MacEwan University in the Arts and Cultural Management diploma program. He currently works as the Manager of Fund Development for YMCA of Northern Alberta with a focus on the annual Strong Kids Campaign.  He is passionate about continuing education opportunities for fund development professionals with the goal of creating a stronger sector for all.
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  • Mary Zoller
    Operations and Conference Director
    21 Chateau Trianon
    Kenner LA 70065
    504 858 3379

    In her  30+ years as a YMCA professional Mary alternated between positions at the local and national levels. At the YMCA of Greater New Orleans, her positions ranged from Program Director and Louisiana State Director of Youth and Government to COO and CEO. In 1985 Mary became the first woman to receive the APD (now AYP) A. G. Knebel Award before joining the Y-USA staff as a Program Consultant for what was then called the West Field. As YMCA of the USA's Director of National Events and Training in the 90s she developed the program training system, annually coordinated  34 Program Schools and Membership Universities nationwide at their peak, created the first Program EXPO and authored numerous program manuals and close to 100 training designs. She held key positions in  General Assemblies including coordinating the 150th Anniversary General Assembly in 2001 in New Orleans involving 8,000 participants, still the largest attendance to date. Since becoming NAYDO's first staff person in 2002, her position has evolved as has the organization. Membership has grown from 650 to 6500 staff and volunteers while the conference has grown to become the largest annual YMCA Conference in North America that also attracts attendees from countries around the world.  Currently she is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of NAYDO and serving as director of the annual conference on YMCA philanthropy.
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