Conference Speakers

National Philanthropy Day - Celebrating our 35th Anniversary
Friday, November 13, 2020 VIRTUALLY!
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AFP-GLAC is planning a full-day on-line conference with a wonderful NPD Awards honoring the people and organizations that dedicate their time, talent and treasure to making the world a better place through philanthropy.

Meet our speakers and moderators!

Lisa Baxter
Director of Major Gifts
Martin Luther King Community Hospital Foundation

Lisa J. Baxter is the Director of Major Gifts for MLK Community Health Foundation and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of key donors and fundraising initiatives essential to developing, expanding and stewarding major philanthropic support for the hospital.

Lisa has worked in the nonprofit sector for 12 years and her most recent roles were the Director of Development for After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles (ASAS-LA), the Associate Director, Corporate Giving at Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Director of Corporate Development at Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles. Prior to Make-A-Wish, Lisa worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for five years as an Associate Director, Major and Planned Gifts and as Associate Director, Children’s Miracle Network Department. Lisa began her career in nonprofit as a Match Support Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Saint Mary’s University (formerly Mount Saint Mary’s College) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Los Angeles (AFP-GLAC) and Conaxion a non-profit that supports smalls businesses in South LA with access to capital, technical assistance and resources needed to grow and thrive. Lisa is also the 2020 VP of the AFP-GLAC I.D.E.A. (Inclusion. Diversity. Equity. Access.) Committee.

Dana Bean
Senior Director of Development & Communications
Union Station Homeless Services

Dana Bean, Senior Director of Development & Communications, is a nonprofit development and communications executive with nearly seventeen years of experience. She brings wide-ranging expertise to her role and provides oversight for the organization’s diverse fundraising and communications efforts, including foundation and government grants, major gifts, corporate partnerships, direct mail, special events, public relations and brand management. Dana joined Union Station in 2006 and has held a number of roles during that time, including grant writer, communications manager, and director of development. She earned a BA from UCLA, and holds a Master of Public Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Sector Management from California State University Northridge. She is a credential grant professions with a certificate from Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). 

Moderator: Career Development

Regina Birdsell 
President & CEO
Center for Nonprofit Management

Regina Birdsell brings to the Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management a wide-range of diverse, entrepreneurial experiences and a reputation for leveraging public and private assets to achieve ambitious goals. For more than 25 years, Regina has been collaborating successfully with media, business, philanthropy, government, nonprofit executives, creating strategic partnerships throughout California to address complex problems. She launched her unique career path at Eyewitness News in Los Angeles before serving as press secretary for California’s Attorney General. Regina built the division of public affairs at Children’s Hospital, ran the New Los Angeles Marketing Partnership with Mayor Riordan and 100 corporate leaders, and was appointed by the Governor to lead the Office of Ratepayer Advocates at the California Public Utilities Commission. The LA Business Journal recently named Regina “Most Admired CEO” for her role as advisor to hundreds of leaders across the region.

Speaker: Career Development

Kara Coleman, MA, SC
Certified Coach and Counselor

For more than 20 years, Kara Coleman has been committed to creating a more just, caring world in leadership roles that span the grassroots, philanthropic, and educational sectors. As a nonprofit director and senior consultant, she has led successful initiatives on behalf of First 5 LA, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy that are designed to improve outcomes for children and families. Drawing upon her experiences as a certified life and spiritual coach, Kara also supports the integration of practices that cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and resilience among change agents in order to help strengthen alignment between organizational values, goals, and actions.

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Joceyln Cortese
Fundraising Committee Chair
Westside Foodbank

Jocelyn Cortese is a former advertising agency executive, working at Los Angeles agencies including McCann-Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather, and Grey Advertising from 1984 – 1996.

She is longtime board member with the Westside Food Bank and serves as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. She is also on the Board of the Westside Shelter Coalition and the grants coordinator for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish in Pacific Palisades. In the past, Jocelyn has served on the Boards of Hollygrove Children’s Home, Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, and the St. Anne School Support Council.  A GAIA Mobile Health Clinic has been named in her honor. She is a regular volunteer with St. Joseph Center and The People Concern, serving meals to those in need. Jocelyn is married and has three adult children.

How Board Members Can Be Effective Fundraising Partners

Theresa Don Lucas
CRA Officer
City National Bank

Theresa Don Lucas serves as a vice president officer for City National Bank’s Community Reinvestment Department, which monitors and reports on the banks community reinvestment act (CRA) lending, investment and service programs. 

Ms. Don Lucas manages the CRA charitable grants, volunteer service hours and community outreach initiatives conducted by City National Bank’s 73 offices across 8 states. She also provides support of City National Bank’s California Commitment - an $11billion commitment to California.  

At City National, she previously served in an executive assistant position, was VP of Relations for City National Bank’s Toastmasters, VP of Marketing for City National Bank’s Latino Caucus supporting new business development and outreach initiatives.   

Her banking career also includes positions with Citibank, JP Morgan Chase and Union Federal Savings and Loan where she had a variety of responsibilities ranging from bank branch operations to home mortgage loan processing. 

Ms. Don Lucas is on the board of Haven Neighborhood Services, a non-profit affordable homeownership provider in Southern California, and was the Team Leader of her church’s Women’s Exercise Group for over 5 years.  

She earned her associates degree at Citrus College, Glendora California and continues to pursue education. Ms. Don Lucas resides in Covina, California. 

Speaker: How the Funders’ Landscape has Changed with COVID19

Allison Fuller
Managing Partner
Envision Consulting

Allison Fuller brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge to the nonprofit arena through more than ten years working in the sector. Allison's passion for nonprofit started as a volunteer, leading her to co-found a nonprofit organization dedicated to micro-lending which then led to an career-change to the nonprofit sector where she has held numerous staff and executive leadership positions, including Executive Director, Board Chair, Marketing and Operations.

Allison brings her extensive planning and logistical experience into overseeing many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning and operations. In addition, as a graphic designer and marketer, she brings in unique talents to nonprofits, expanding resources and efficiency while substantially increasing fundraising revenues. Allison has always had a passion for helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations including Autism Speaks, YWCA, and Make-A-Wish. 

Allison lives in Pasadena with her husband Ryan, two daughters, and two rescue pups.

Speaker: Career Development

Lupita C. Garza, CFRE
Senior Major Gift Officer
Adventist Health White Memorial Charitable Foundation

Lupita is a bilingual professional and has worked in the non-profit arena for over 25 years, concentrating in fund raising. She joined White Memorial as a Senior Major Gifts Officer in November 2014 and is responsible for the management and execution of the hospital’s two main events, the Golf Classic and the annual Gala, the hospital’s signature event. Lupita is also charged with the responsibility of expanding relationships with corporations, securing sponsorships and enhancing the major gifts program.  Prior to joining White Memorial, Lupita was the Director of Corporate Relations for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and during her time there, she raised over $25M for the hospital. 

Throughout her career, Lupita has elected to work at organizations, whose mission aligns with her values.  Over her career, she has closed three one million gifts and has raised over $50 million for the causes she strongly believes in and supports. 

Lupita is a Board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Southern California Association of Healthcare Development.  She is also on the Faculty of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Madison Institute.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Alex and they have two sons, Gabriel a writer and Rafael, a Mechanical Engineer and their sheltie, “Tiffany Starr”.  

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Connie Maguire, MA MGMT, CFRE
Senior Vice President
Netzel Grigsby Associates

Connie is a senior vice president with Netzel Grigsby Associates, a full service-consulting firm serving the non-profit sector. Connie has enjoyed over a 30 year career in the non profit sector including 18 years in executive management with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and 17 years with Netzel Grigsby Associates leading capital campaigns, fundraising studies, board development and planning services. Connie holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Long Beach and a masters’ degree from Azusa Pacific University. She serves as the capital campaign instructor for UCLA Extension, a longtime member and past board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter and a member of North American YMCA Development Organization. Connie is a native of West Los Angeles and served as president of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica for the term 2016-17.

Moderator: How the Funders’ Landscape has Changed with COVID19

Molly Moen, MBA
Vice President, Development & Communications

Since 2005, Molly has served as Chrysalis’ Vice President of Development & Communications, responsible for leading the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. Using her 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, Molly stewards relationships with current and potential individual, corporate, and foundation donors, manages public messaging, and ensures the continued success and prominence of Butterfly Ball, Chrysalis’ signature fundraising event. Prior to joining Chrysalis, Molly spent ten years with the Downtown Women’s Center, serving most recently as Chief Operating Officer, guiding the day-to-day operations of the organization and providing strategic leadership to its planning, financial analysis, fundraising, communications, human resources, volunteer, Board development, and facilities management efforts. Molly has also worked with Phoenix Houses of California and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. 

Molly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wells College and a Master’s in International Business from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. 

How Board Members Can Be Effective Fundraising Partners

Alison Raitt
Director Fund Development
Uplift Family Services

Alison Raitt is a non-profit professional with over 18 years in the industry. Alison’s career includes lengthy tenures at both Oakwood School and The ALS Association as well as the American Diabetes Association and The Willows Community School with roles focusing on event planning, major & planned gifts and capital campaigns. Alison recently joined Uplift Family Services as their Director of Fund Development after being laid off from her job at Oakwood School at the end of June. She is looking forward to returning to the workforce in non-profit development work.

Alison, a native of Seattle, WA, enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her dog either walking on the beach or hiking in the forest. Alison loves running and cycling and is a Team USA Athlete in the sport of the duathlon (run/bike/run) and will be competing in the 2021 World Championships in Almere, Amsterdam.

Speaker: Career Development

Genevieve Riutort
Deputy Director & Chief Development Officer
Westside Food Bank

Genevieve Riutort is passionate about innovating and collaborating for social good. Her personal experience with food and housing insecurity informs her work to solve entrenched societal problems. She has worked at Westside Food Bank since 2004, currently serving as Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer. WSFB’s income has more than tripled during her tenure with strong support from private foundations and individuals. She plays a key role on WSFB’s Strategic Planning Committee and she designs, executes and oversees its fund development strategy including fundraising, grant writing, event planning, donor relations, database management, communications, public relations, and marketing. 

She currently serves on the Board of Cornerstone Theater Company and was the host and producer of the City TV Santa Monica program Nonprofit Profiles. She is the mother of 3 young adults and enjoys performing at live storytelling shows in her free time. Genevieve is honored to serve as Co-Chair of the 35th Annual National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Gala.

How Board Members Can Be Effective Fundraising Partners

Kate Rosloff
KR Associates

Kate Rosloff has decades of fundraising experience with nonprofit organizations  having worked with such diverse issues as the arts, health, homelessness, social  services , scientific research and education. As owner of KR Associates, she  assists charitable organizations develop their capacity and expand their reach  through targeted and strategic support. Her practice provides individualized  hands-on assistance: interim staffing, proposal development, and board training. Her diverse client base has included the American Friends of the US-Israel  Binational Science Foundation, Life Steps Foundation, Partners in Care  Foundation, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and several hospitals to  name a few.   

Her past work with both small and large charitable organizations is well rounded  and has included staffing board committees and conducting training. In addition,  she was responsible for events, direct mail, individual, Foundation and Corporate fundraising, in-kind donations, public relations and marketing and liaison with leadership volunteers.  

Moderator: How Board Members Can Be Effective Fundraising Partners

Julia Siebel, Ph.D.
Vice President
CCS Fundraising

Passion for Philanthropy: Julia M. “Julie” Siebel, PhD, believes that those who empower others by  sharing their gifts, works, and creativity are ideally positioned to serve as catalysts for lasting and  positive change in the world around us. 

Experience: Julie brings nearly 30 years of fundraising experience in organizational leadership, strategic  planning and analysis, campaigns, constituent engagement, operations management, institutional  advancement, data mining, and communications with educational, healthcare, human and social  service, and membership institutions. Throughout her career, Julie has consistently launched or  enhanced programs designed to build engagement, receive substantial philanthropic support, and  achieve excellence. Julie’s interests cover a large spectrum, both in terms of philanthropy and project  management. She has dedicated her career to helping organizations achieve their philanthropic  potential through volunteer engagement. 

Currently, Julie serves as resident counsel for The J.F. Shea Therapy Center’s endowment campaign,  Always. This transformational opportunity is building the core endowment and launching a planned  giving program that will ensure The Shea Center will always exist, always maintain their excellent  reputation, always have the financial flexibility to help their clients thrive, and always have the security  to innovate. She remains of counsel with Easterseals Southern California’s $40 million Innovating for  Independence Orange County initiative.

Education: Julie holds her PhD in U.S. History from the University of Southern California with a research  focus on the powerful impact of women’s voluntary activism across the nonprofit sector.  

Personal: She resides on Balboa Island. She is an active civic leader who serves with local, national and  international organizations, including Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.; National  Collaborative for Women’s History Sites; Girls Scouts of Orange County; Junior League of Orange  County; Long Beach Ronald McDonald House; and Pomona College Alumni Association.

How the Funders’ Landscape has Changed with COVID19

Eddie Thompson, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO
Thompson & Associates

Dr. Eddie Thompson holds a Doctorate from Vanderbilt University.  His doctoral dissertation was on successful fundraising methods.  His academic achievements include two Master of Arts degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate of Fine Arts degree.  He has served in many capacities with nonprofit organizations, including Assistant to the President, VP of Institutional Advancement, Director of Planned Giving and Chief Executive Officer.  

Eddie is the Founder and CEO of Thompson & Associates, the nation’s premier charitable estate planning firm.  Thompson’s innovative and proven process is engaging organizations and their donors nationwide.  The Thompson & Associates’ team, consisting of over 49 attorneys and experienced professionals, help individuals and families plan to pass their assets to their family and to the organizations they support in a manner consistent with their values and objectives.  This unique process resulted in the successful completion of estate plans that directed several billion dollars to charities and billions more to families. 

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