For more than a decade, Sarah Anderson has worked with nonprofit organizations of all types to align their messaging and fundraising to boost giving. As Campbell & Company's director of strategic priorities, she has worked closely with a range of organizations and collaborative cohort programs across the country, including the LGBT Giving Project, GLAAD, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the AARP, and the Alzheimer's Association. She is also a member of the Giving USA Editorial Review Board and a volunteer with Social Justice Fund Northwest.
Elizabeth J. Dale is an assistant professor in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University. She teaches courses in philanthropy, governance, fundraising, and marketing and communications.
Dale received her doctorate in philanthropic studies in 2016 from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her research focuses on the philanthropic practices of LGBT individuals and couples, women's giving and funding for women's and girls' causes, and the intersection of gender and philanthropy. She has presented nationally and internationally on her research as well as on service learning and online teaching methods.
Chad Davis is the senior director for annual and leadership giving at Lafayette College. He is responsible for securing annual fund resources for the college, using strategies around direct response, volunteers, alumni participation and leadership giving.
Prior to starting at Lafayette, he spent 10 years in development and alumni relations at Lehigh University, where he worked with student and young alumni giving and engagement programs, as a gift officer with young alumni, and as the director of the Lehigh Fund for five years.
Davis enjoys working in higher education development, especially when he has the chance to interact with the students who make a positive impact on campus and in the community, and connecting with alumni who are passionate about their alma mater. He received a bachelor's degree in public relations from Syracuse University.
Patrick Dwyer is an assistant professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He teaches courses on donor motivations, behaviors, and engagement, and on institutional fundraising and grant writing. He joined the faculty in 2017 after completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He earned his doctorate in social psychology at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses broadly on motivation, emotion and social action. Some of the questions that inspire his work are: Why do people help others, and when and why do they look the other way? What are the benefits of gratitude, and is it ever a bad idea to say "thanks"? And, how can psychology be used to promote sustainable behaviors, and to increase community involvement?
Amanda Fabrizio-Grzesik is the director of development for the Colleges of Agriculture and Human Ecology, Education, Engineering and the Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Tech University. She also oversees regional fundraising for Kentucky, Virginia, the upper-Midwest and the Northeast.
She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from DeSales University and a master's degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University.
Before Tech, she worked in communications at Lehigh's Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and in the university development offices at Immaculata University and Pratt Institute.
Dana Foster directs the development and implementation of Ad Agency marketplace and industry segment/company media integration that incorporate direct mail programs, which enhance established or newly created marketing formats deployed throughout the country.
He holds a master's degree in business adminstrationn from Lindenwood University, a bachelor's degree in business management and is a graduate of the prestigious Center of Creative Leadership and Ardath Burkhart Executive Board Programs. He is a certified direct mail specialist and certified training consultant who has effectively helped a multitude of companies build, grow, and/or reinvent their businesses.
Kathy Hall launched ATIME4Marketing (AT4M) in 2017 as a way to help businesses and organizations make valuable connections. Taking a 25+ year career selling corporate marketing solutions, she has leveraged her training and knowledge-based direct marketing expertise together with her relationships to top industry marketing producers to provide efficient and effective marketing strategies for education, non-profit and civic organizations.
A managerial studies graduate of Rice University, certified direct mail and mailpiece design professional, Hall is the industry co-chair of the Houston Postal Customer Council (PCC), and on the Marketing and Education Advisory Board of the National PCC.
Karen Hamilton is an experienced communications and advancement professional at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is responsible for the strategic planning of the school's stewardship program to engage current and prospective donors, alumni and friends. She manages a team whose efforts help cultivate lifelong relationships between donors and the School and advance their philanthropic support of priorities in global business education. As associate director of communications and stewardship in undergraduate financial aid development, she developed and executed stewardship and communications strategies for named scholarships with a special emphasis on annual reporting and personalized stewardship for major donors as well as the print and digital content related to these efforts.
Hamilton serves as a member of the Campaign Committee for the African American Museum of Philadelphia. She is an active parent in the Phil-Mont Christian Academy community, where she co-founded the Carter G. Woodson Society of Phil-Mont, an organization dedicated to integrating the celebration of African-American culture and history into the school.
She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in journalism from Temple University.
Charleon Jeffries joined Penn State's Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) as the inaugural director of diversity, equity and inclusion in May of 2018. Prior to that, she served as the university's diversity educator in the Affirmative Action Office from 2013-2018 and had 11 years of progressively more significant roles in the College of Education's Office of Multicultural Programs, concluding with serving as multicultural coordinator from 2011 to 2013.
In addition to her Penn State experience, Jeffries served as director of the Pennsylvania Future Educators Association from 2006 to 2011. She has been active with the President's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the Penn State Council of College Multicultural Leadership, and was founder and advisor to the Multicultural Education Student Association. She is active in the community, as well, having just completed training of more than 700 faculty, staff and administrators in the State College Area School District addressing the influence and impact of unconscious bias, and has served as counselor advocate and trainer for the Center County Women's Resource Center. She recently accepted a position on the board of the Centre Region Community Diversity Group as the director of their education and outreach initiatives.
Jeffries is a two time graduate of Penn State with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education.
Heidi Jesiel is the director of development for student life at the University of Michigan and a senior member of the Parent and Family Giving, Student Life, and Diversity Initiatives team in the Office of University Development. In 2018, Michigan was the first public university to raise over $5B in a capital campaign. The Division of Student Life raised more than $52M—far exceeding the $18M goal in its first ever campaign. With more than nine years of experience in development and a passion for the donor experience, she has created a best in class stewardship process in student life. One of her proudest accomplishment is working as a Blavin Scholar mentor working with students who have experienced foster care.
Jesiel has a master's degree in higher education with a concentration in philanthropy, advancement and development from the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Office of University Development Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implementation Subcommittee.
Alexis serves as the director of advancement talent management at Dartmouth College where she helps people maximize their potential to achieve organizational priorities. Her responsibilities include shaping the overarching strategy for talent management, coaching leaders and supervisors, and designing training and professional development programs for 250 staff.
Alexis believes people should be engaged by their work and have the opportunity for continuous growth and development. During her more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Alexis has delivered educational experiences to hundreds of staff and students, led award-winning diversity and inclusion initiatives, and started two talent management departments. She is the founder of AKO Collective, a women's leadership development company that offers training to women and girls, and presents nationally on gender-related topics.
Alexis holds a bachelor's degree in organizational studies from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a certificate in organization development from Colorado State University. She is a certified StrengthsQuest Educator, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner, and TEDx Speaker.
Kimberly Karol is director of stewardship and development communications at Prairie View A&M University. Previously, she served as director of stewardship and development communications at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). While at UTHealth, her department was recognized by numerous awards, including the 2017 CASE IV District Gold Award in Stewardship/Donor Relations.
Before joining UTHealth, she served as the director of individual giving for Teach for America-Houston, where she improved the region's individual giving operations by implementing structured stewardship programs. She has also served as executive director of donor relations for Drexel University.
Jason Lee is general counsel for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for nonprofit organizations. He strives to increase the public visibility and awareness of the association by developing political initiatives regarding fundraising and philanthropic issues. He represents the association in public policy and legislative matters before Congress, the Canadian Parliament, the U.S. and Canadian Administrations, state and provincial legislatures, and various regulatory and other pertinent agencies. In addition, he provides legal counsel to the association and assists with the enforcement of the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.
Prior to joining AFP, Lee worked as a lobbyist for Alcalde & Fay where he assisted a wide range of corporate and municipal clients such as the City of Dallas, Texas, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, with interests in areas ranging from environmental policy to transportation infrastructure to community development.
He also has held legislative positions with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). Lee advised the Senator on issues such as judicial nominees, immigration policies and Native American interests. He also served as one of the Senator's advisers for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. While assisting Congresswoman Jackson Lee, he served as her adviser for the House Science Committee. Lee holds two bachelor's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin; a master's degree from Binghamton University; and a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the States of Maryland and Virginia.
Una Osili is director of research and the Dean's Fellow for the Mays Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is also a professor of economics and philanthropic studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
An internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, Osili frequently speaks on issues related to national and international trends in philanthropy and has been quoted by national news media outlets such as the New York Times, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and National Public Radio. She has served as a member of several national and international advisory groups, including the Social Science Research Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Program.
Kishshana Palmer is an international speaker, trainer, and coach with a 20+ year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management who helps leaders create high performing teams. Kishshana is CEO of Kishshana & Co., an organizational development firm focused on helping everyday leaders live well and lead well. Her firm's work centers on equity and social justice and practical solutions for today’s organizations. She is the founder of The Rooted Collaborative -- a global community focused on the growth and development of women leaders of color in the social sector. She's the host of the podcast "Let's Take This Offline", an adjunct professor at Baruch College, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT), A Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and an AFP Master Trainer.
Genevieve G. Shaker is associate professor of philanthropic studies in the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI and adjunct professor of liberal arts and women's studies. She was an advancement officer for 20 years, most recently as associate dean for development and external affairs for the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, where she facilitated fundraising, communications, alumni programming and public events. In 2015, she was recognized nationally as the year's outstanding scholar/practitioner by the Association for Fundraising Professionals with its "Emerging Scholar" award.
Shaker's research focuses on higher education advancement; fundraising and fundraisers; workplace philanthropy; and universities' contribution to the public good. She serves as associate editor of Philanthropy & Education, a journal dedicated to building understandings in an under-researched area. She is a fellow of the TIAA Institute. Much of her work is intended to contribute to practice and policy as well as to build scholarly understandings.
George Suttles is director of research at the Commonfund Institute, supporting Commonfund's market research and professional development activities. Previously, he served as program officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation, a private foundation focused on improving care for older adults, and also as vice president, senior philanthropic relationship manager at U.S. Trust/Bank of America.
He is a member of numerous nonprofit boards, including Odyssey House and the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. He received a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, a master's degree in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a master's degree from Baruch CUNY School of Public Affairs.
Rachel Vassel serves as the associate vice president, office of multicultural advancement, where she leads diverse alumni engagement and fundraising at Syracuse University. Previously, as the assistant vice president of the Office of Program Development, she and her team host SU's groundbreaking triennial Black and Latino alumni reunion, "Coming Back Together (CBT)," targeted regional events and trips, and has oversight for the Our Time Has Come (OTHC) Scholarship program (benefitting high-performing Black and Latino students with financial need). Under her leadership, these targeted programs have resulted in a 60 percent increase in Black and Latino alumni gifs.
Prior to joining Syracuse, Vassel led nationwide multicultural marketing at the American Cancer Society's Atlanta headquarters. She also enjoyed a 20-year career in brand marketing and account management, holding leadership positions with Tribune/Central City Productions, Turner Broadcasting, The Weather Channel, Music Choice and Young and Rubicam.
Angela White serves as a senior consultant and CEO of Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates. She previously served as executive director for institutional advancement at the University of Indianapolis and as vice president of institutional advancement at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
She is a faculty member at The Fundraising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, presents on behalf of the Women's Philanthropy Institute, and serves on the Committee on Directorship for CFRE International.
Kim Williams-Pulfer serves as the Postdoctoral Research Appointee for the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. A recent doctoral graduate of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, she completed her dissertation project entitled, "Get Involved: Stories of The Postcolonial Black Middle Class and The Development of Civil Society." Through the methodological use of archival records, cultural textual analysis, participant observation and in-depth interviews, her dissertation carefully traces how these unfolding narrative experiences shape the current environment in of civil society especially within the global south.
Williams-Pulfer was also awarded the Indiana University President's Diversity Dissertation Fellowship in 2017. Her ongoing research agenda focuses on diversity within the philanthropic sector and the role of arts and civic engagement within the African diaspora.
Sasha Zarins joined the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI as a research associate in September 2014, and has been with the Research Department as a project coordinator since February 2017. Working in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has allowed her to combine her passions for research and philanthropy.
Zarins earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from the University of Michigan.