Conferences & Training
Faculty - Annual Conference for Donor Relations Professionals

Conference Co-Chairs

Maureen Donnelly

Maureen Donnelly
Senior Director of Development, Donor Relations
Massachusetts General Hospital

Maureen leads the Massachusetts General Hospital donor relations/stewardship team responsible for gift agreements and acknowledgements, fund establishment and endowment/impact reporting, principal gift stewardship, and donor recognition. Prior to MGH, Maureen led similar teams at Boston University and MIT, and held management positions in development/alumni relations at Emmanuel College. She has experience in strategic planning, operations and relationship management, and is known for her expertise in building high functioning teams and programs that utilize creative approaches to stewarding, cultivating, and conveying to donors the impact of their philanthropy. In 2013, she was keynote for CASE Europe's annual Stewardship Conference, and she presents frequently for ADRP, AFP, CASE Donor Relations and District 1, and Women in Development Boston. Maureen earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Emmanuel College and a master of social work degree from Simmons College.

Mark Lanum

Mark Lanum
Director of Donor Relations
University of Washington

Mark Lanum is the director of donor relations at the University of Washington where he has served in a multiple roles since beginning his advancement career in 2000. He is passionate about driving the donor relations profession forward and he continuously seeks to identify new and innovative ways to connect donors with the organizations they support and love. Known for his enthusiasm for impact reporting, he encourages people to simply "tell them what you did with their money." To this end, he also champions strategies that make stewardship both personal and scalable.

A frequent speaker for CASE and other professional organizations, Lanum proudly serves on the board of directors for the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP). He holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity Lutheran College.


Leslie Carmona
Director of Donor Relations
Wayne State University

Leslie Carmona is the director of donor relations at Wayne State University in Detroit. She has worked in philanthropy for more than nine years and proudly serves on the executive committee of the local AFP Chapter. She is an experienced speaker with a keen understanding of philanthropy and the field of donor relations. Prior to joining the Wayne State team, she raised funds for the Humane Society of Broward County, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Michigan State University. 

She graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in sociology and completed her graduate work at Michigan State University.

Alta Compton
Donor Relations Officer
Trinity University

Kirsten Lavin
Senior Associate Director, Institutional Stewardship
Johns Hopkins University

CASE Crystal apple award winner for excellence in teaching.