As Senior Director of Philanthropic Services for the University of Alaska Foundation, Harry enjoys guiding friends and alumni through complex and legacy gifts to the University of Alaska. Creating internal readiness for a statewide comprehensive development initiative at the University of Alaska is also a top priority. In the last couple of years, while providing statewide leadership in gift planning, his proposals and collaborative efforts are resulting in a strategic realignment of decentralized annual and major giving development operations. Formerly serving as the Development Officer for the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Health and Honors at UAA, the Development Director for Habitat for Humanity – Anchorage and the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at UAA, Harry started his development career in the trenches as an administrative specialist at UAA. There, he also earned his MPA with a capstone project focusing on Creating Shared Value for Enhanced Collective Impact.
He is also an alumnus of Leadership Anchorage and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Harry serves as a trustee for the Denali Ski Patrol, a past President and executive board member for the Fairview Community Council, a delegate to the Federation of Community Councils and a Ski Patroller at Arctic Valley. For this service, Harry was recognized as a "Top Forty Under 40" young professional by the AK Journal of Commerce in 2014. Harry serves the Alaska chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals because he recalls how AFP was a lifeline for professional development, collegial support and ethical guidance while he ran a one-professional development shop.
Immediate Past President
Ken is the president and founder of Denali Fundraising Consultants, a nonprofit fundraising and management consulting company located in Anchorage, Alaska. Ken originally moved to Alaska in 1975 and attended Bartlett High School graduating in 1980. He then attended and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1984. After a long career in sales and management in the lower 48 he returned to Alaska in 2009 to marry his high school sweetheart Sondra Stewman.
Ken began working in the field of nonprofit fundraising and development in 2010 and was the director of development for Bean's Café for four years before starting Denali Fundraising Consultants in 2014. Ken was awarded his Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2016 and in 2017 was a member of the of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Intl. board of directors. In 2018 he is the past-president of AFP Alaska Chapter and a member of the Committee on Directorship for AFP Intl.
Ken is the past president and founder of the Dartmouth Alumni Club of Alaska, the past president of the Anchorage Gateway Rotary club and past chairman of the Rotary District 5010 public information committee. In his free time Ken enjoys traveling with his wife, weightlifting, cycling and reading non-fiction books.
Becky, a lifelong Alaskan, is the Development Director for Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), Alaska’s largest domestic violence safe shelter and intervention program, and owner of BeMore Fundraising Consulting. Becky earned her B.A. in Business Administration and Management with a Nonprofit Management Emphasis from Alaska Pacific University.
Her interest in nonprofit fundraising began in the financial services industry where she was heavily involved with local, statewide, and national corporate diversity initiatives at Wells Fargo. For almost a decade, she has created long-term sustainable development plans for a myriad of organizations—raising tens of millions of dollars for organizations she cares about along the way.
Becky is fluent in American Sign Language. She enjoys attending local comedy shows, theater productions, live music performances, hiking Alaska’s mountains, traveling, and spending quality time with her son Logan.
Cynthia is the director of operations at Providence Alaska Foundation. She is excited to work where her two boys were born and finds it fulfilling to assist in the mission that promotes compassionate care to all people. Her previous philanthropy experience comes from working at Loma Linda Univesity & Medical Center, a campus specializing in healthcare education located in California.
Since 2015 she has enjoyed serving on the AFP Alaska Chapter Board in various capacities. She also is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.
Cynthia was imported here by a third generation Alaskan with ties to Dillingham and Anchorage. She then survived the family initiation of commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, which continues every summer. Together with husband, Dr. Warren Libby, they are thankful to pass on the unique Alaskan life of adventure to their two boys.
Jann is the Director of Development & Communications at Alaska Humanities Forum. Jann spent 18 years working in admissions, external affairs, and development at secondary schools in Denver, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Throughout her career in education, she also coached field hockey and lacrosse, served as an advisor, and taught health and wellness classes.
In 2013, she transitioned to a role in communications and outreach at United Way of Anchorage and then took on her new role at the Forum in the spring of 2016. Jann was born and raised in New Hampshire; she holds a bachelors degree from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York and a masters degree in counseling from Villanova University. She moved to Alaska from Pennsylvania five years ago and has loved exploring the state's trails, parks, and communities with her husband and their two dogs.
VP Membership & Engagement
Jessie is the Community Engagement Director for Credit Union 1 and with the support of 350+ employees and 85,000+ members, facilitates fundraising, corporate contributions, volunteering efforts as well as financial education. From 2012 – 2015, Jessie organized events and assisted with donor development for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter. By December of 2015, Jessie graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Administration and Management. In November of 2017, she was elected as VP of Membership & Engagement for AFP Alaska Chapter.
In her spare time, Jessie instructs scuba diving lessons here in Alaska, reads a good book and spoils her furry cat children. If the sun is shining, you’ll find her outside running in a local 5K race or working out with her friends at her CrossFit box.
Sandra is a management, leadership, and fund development consultant with more than 35 years of increasing responsibility in the private and public sector.
A dedicated nonprofit advocate, Sandra acts as a catalyst for nonprofit excellence by increasing effectiveness and efficiency in organizational development, fund development, marketing communications, media relations, and strategic planning.
As lead consultant, she is responsible for assessing, monitoring, and moving national nonprofit clients to a higher level of achievement and performance through integrated fund development best practices and strategic planning.
A Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE, Sandra has successfully raised more than $50 million for national nonprofits. She has received two national fundraising awards, and has presented at national fund development conferences, webinars, and workshops.
Sandra is a transformational nonprofit leader in Alaska. She is the Board President of the Friends of Talkeetna Library, and the VP of Education of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, AFP Alaska Chapter.
She is an Associate Professor of Management & Marketing at the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business & Public Policy. In recognition of Exemplary Service for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Sandra received the University of Alaska Faculty Development Award in 2016. She received the Teacher of the Year Award from the UAA College of Business & Public Policy in 2013-2014.
VP External Relations
Anne has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1992. In 2002 she left a perfectly good job in Washington, D.C. to feed her adventurous spirit and spend a year travelling. On a whim, she accepted a summer stint as a photographer in Denali National Park and immediately knew she'd found her new home. She recently joined the University of Alaska Anchorage as their Development Writer.
Anne is passionate about helping nonprofits integrate their marketing, communications and fundraising and improve their fundraising outcomes through the use of communications plans, messaging, and other tricks of the communication trade.
Anne graduated from Dartmouth College (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.S.).
Statewide MembershipOriginally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Becca relocated to Alaska in 2014 to hike, fish and experience life the way her husband TJ did as he was growing up. She has 10 years of experience working for, volunteering with or serving on the boards of various nonprofit organizations. Currently Becca serves as the Statewide Membership Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Secretary for the Chena Tool Library, committee member for Young Life Fairbanks and board member for Bread Line, Inc.Becca works as a Community Liaison for the Interior AIDS Association. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Technical Communications and a Professional Grant Writing Certificate from the University of Tennessee. When she’s not working, Becca enjoys live music, practicing yoga, baking, reading and being outside.
Shyanne Beatty is Hän Hwëch’in Athabascan from Eagle, Alaska and Trondëk Hwëch’in Athabascan from Moosehide, Yukon Territory.
I currently work at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska as the Major Gifts and Development Officer. Before coming to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, I worked for Koahnic Broadcast Corporation which I started as a Production Assistant fellow in 1999. My work for Koahnic included directing the 2004 Native Media Empowerment Project where I designed and constructed media training sessions for Alaska Native participants in rural locations including Barrow, Bethel, Kotzebue, St. Paul Island, Unalaska and Sitka. I also co-produced the award-winning oral history/Native language programs "Native Word of the Day" and "Stories of Our People" and the award-winning 2008 radio documentary "Coming Home: The Return of the Alutiiq Masks." I then become an on air personality for 90.3 KNBA, Anchorage, Alaska and eventually moved on to host and producer of “Earthsongs” which was the first nationally syndicated radio show to air out of the State of Alaska. Before leaving Koahnic, I served as the network manager for Native Voice One, a national radio network that distributes Native radio programming to stations throughout North America, Canada, Australia and Guam.
I also serve on Doyon Foundation’s Language Revitalization Committee, Alaska Native Heritage Center Athabascan Cultural Advisory Committee and I am the current President of Alaska Native Heritage Month, Inc.
Nancy is the Senior Development Manager at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Nancy and her family moved to Seward in 1992. Nancy spent 10 years working for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District as the School Secretary at Seward Elementary. In 2005, she was hired by the Alaska SeaLife Center as the Executive Assistant. This position introduced her to work in the non-profit sector. In addition to other traditional assistant duties, she began building her own set of relationships with the organizations that interacted with the Center. She also assisted the development and events departments with various fund raising activities.
In 2014, Nancy transitioned into the development lead position, and the role of fundraising and relationship building began full-time. It has been a rewarding change of duties as she has leveraged her knowledge and passion for the Center and its mission into a more finely-tuned, successful program. As Senior Development Manager, Nancy understands the value of a team dynamic, and often promotes everyone on staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center as part of “Team Development.”
Peter Host, Program Chair
Peter is the Development Specialist for Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc., holding that position beginning in January 2016. A recent recruit to fundraising, his primary background is in children’s behavioral health, having risen up in the field from direct service provider to a Director of a remote branch of a statewide organization. He attained an Associate’s in Accounting while serving the organization in this capacity.
Over the past 3 years, Peter has participated as Secretary of the Mat Su Agency Partnership Board, Member-at-Large of the Anchorage Waldorf Board of Trustees, Policy Committee Co-Chair for R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (a MSHF funded Collective Impact project) and become an active Rotarian. He believes that lacking great skill and expertise does not excuse him from the responsibility of service above self, and that humility, dedication and great curiosity have been his most helpful tools in supporting his community to the best of his ability.
As a commuter, Peter is a voracious consumer of audiobooks and podcasts, and suggests the novel The Goldfinch, and podcastsThe Weeds and Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. Peter is the father of two beautiful little girls, Sophia (8) and Violet (5), and suggests developing a strong repertoire of character voices in the first year of parenthood. He also recommends the book Daddy Hug to all fathers of little ones, noting that his copy is well loved, and a total shambles at this point.
Lilah Walker, Alaska Philanthropy Day Chair
Alaska Philanthropy Day Co-Chair
Anne was raised in Anchorage and returned home in 2014 after over twenty years in Seattle. A writer, director, artist, and musician, she is a graduate of Bartlett High School, holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Saint Olaf College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching, K-8 Certification from City University. Anne co-founded the Preeclampsia Foundation, where she served as Executive Director until 2003, and went on to help start four nonprofits including the Microsoft Alumni Foundation and the Unexpected Project.
In 2015, she became Director of Development at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition to serving on the board of AFP-Alaska, Anne is a member of Anchorage East Rotary where she heads the International Services committee, on the Advisory Board of Advanced Prenatal Therapeutics, Inc., and the Unexpected Project. She is a 2007 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth recipient for her work with the Preeclampsia Foundation.
Kelly Hurd joined Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) in August 2010 as the Senior Director of Development and is responsible for stewarding relationships and raising funds to sustain the organization’s critical programs and services. Established in 1983, CITC administers 35 culturally-appropriate programs designed to assist individuals and families achieve their endless potential.
Prior to that, Kelly served with the American Red Cross of Alaska for 9 years in the capacities of Community Relations Manager (2001-2005) and Statewide Director of Development (2005-2010).
Kelly serves on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Alaska Chapter and has volunteered in several capacities with the American Red Cross, including membership on the Advanced Public Affairs Team, acting as a Red Cross spokesperson with national media during high visibility disasters and as an instructor for International Humanitarian Law. In addition, Kelly is a member of the International Response Team of the American Red Cross, and has been assigned to relief operations in Kosovo, Turkey, Sri Lanka, and Haiti.
Kelly served in the US Peace Corps as a Health Educator in Cameroon, West Africa from 92-95. She is an Honorary Commander with Elmendorf Air Force Base and in 2005 was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Kelly received a BA in Political Science from the University of Maine, and a MA in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University Minnesota. In addition, Kelly earned her Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 2014.
Kelly is a firm believer in the power of philanthropy to strengthen communities – and loves the quote by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only that ever does.”
Chair, AFP International
Ann has lived in Anchorage since the age of four. She is a graduate of Bartlett High School, holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Utah and a Masters of Arts in Philanthropy & Development from St. Mary University of Minnesota. After three years of working in the advertising field, Ann began her career in fund raising and development at Providence Alaska Foundation where she worked for five years. In 1997, she became Director of Development at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, and Director of University Advancement at Alaska Pacific University in 2002. She worked previously as Chief Development Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, and now is Advancement Director at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.
Ann is a Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Alaska Chapter. She is a member of the AFP International Board of Directors, serves as Secretary and is on the Executive Committee. Ann received her CFRE designation in September of 2001 and was also honored with receiving AFP Alaska Chapter's Outstanding Development Professional Award for 2001.
Laura has served as the Alaska Chapter Administrator since February 2016. As a Past President of AFP Alaska Chapter (2009) she brings a unique perspective to managing the daily activities of our chapter. She is a graduate of Leadership Anchorage (year 10) and was a member of the Pick.Click.Give Committee and the Alaska Giving Coalition.
Laura has been the Director of Pro Bono and Development for Alaska Legal Services Corporation for more than five years. Her previous positions in development included employment with the Arthritis Foundation, Planned Parenthood, the YWCA Anchorage, and Junior Achievement. She has served on the Anchorage Mayor's Diversity Commission and is an alum of the University of Michigan.