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.



Faculty

Leslie Carmona

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

Alta Compton
Donor Relations Officer
Trinity University

Alta Compton is the donor relations officer for Trinity University, where she is responsible for everything from presidential-level stewardship and endowment reporting to tracking down students for thank-you notes and occasionally dressing as the university mascot. She started her development career in prospect research before spending six years working in administration and relationship management for the major gifts and executive teams at the University of Texas at Austin.

She holds a master's degree in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor's degree in history from Colorado State University.


Kirsten Lavin

Kirsten Lavin
Director of Stewardship
Johns Hopkins University

Kirsten Lavin is a classically trained musician who began her career in arts administration. In her 16 years at Johns Hopkins University, she has led communications teams at the Peabody Institute and the Office of Alumni Relations before helping to build the strategic communications and donor recognition platform for the $5-billion "Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins."

As director of stewardship in the Office of Donor and Volunteer Engagement, Lavin guides the stewardship, recognition and engagement of top donors to both Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, and leads a team working on discreet projects for principal level donors. Additionally, she calls upon her expertise in project management and constituent engagement to champion the mandatory stewardship program with the goal of building and enhancing relationships with donors at all levels. She has presented at the Association of Donor Relations Professionals International Conference and the CASE District II conference.



Keynote Speaker

Lisa Thomas

Lisa Thomas
Associate Vice President, Campaign
University of Washington

As associate vice president of campaigns, Lisa Thomas is responsible for leading the University of Washington's "Be Boundless" campaign, a comprehensive $5B effort. Her work encompasses vision, goals, priorities, plans, budget, timeline, policies, volunteer leadership and operations, bringing together leadership across the university's integrated advancement model.

Thomas has a long history at the University of Washington. Since joining the advancement team in 1994, she has led campaigns, served as a fundraiser, and directed the institution's donor identification and relationship management efforts.

Proud to work for her alma mater, she earned bachelor's degrees in sociology and communications and a master's degree in communication research from the University of Washington. She is a regular speaker both regionally and nationally on campaigns and related topics.



Speakers

Lauren Dixson

Lauren Dixson
Director of Development Services
Drake University

Lauren Dixson is the director of development services at Drake University, where she has managed the donor relations, prospect research and foundation relations departments since 2011. Previously, she worked at the Iowa State University Foundation as the associate director of development research.

Dixson is a former member of the Apra Board of Directors (2013-2017). In addition to her service on the international board, she served as the Apra conference chair in 2013, on the conference curriculum planning committee in 2011 and 2012, and as president of the Apra-Great Plains chapter from 2010-2012. She is a frequent speaker at CASE, Apra, and AFP conferences.

She is a proud graduate of Iowa State University.


Bond T. Lammey

Bond Lammey
Managing Associate
Bentz Whaley Flessner

Bond Lammey is a managing associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner specializing in prospect development and donor relations. She has worked with higher education institutions, medical centers, and humanitarian and conservation organizations. Prior to joining BWF, Bond was the director of prospect research at the University of Chicago.

She received her bachelor's degree in sociology and her master's degree in Nonprofit Administration, both from North Park University. She is the treasurer of the Apra International board and an instructor at the Rice University Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Bond has presented in the United States, Canada, Australia and Asia at CASE, ADRP, AASP, and Apra conferences..



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