Chapter President

Jonathan Richardson, Albany Damien Center

In his current role, Jonathan serves as the Director of Development for the Albany Damien Center overseeing several million dollars in overall revenue between grants, fundraising, and various other sources.  His current work supports programming for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.  In addition to his work with the Damien Center, Jonathan launched the Institute of Non-Profit Leadership and Community Development in the Fall of 2017 where he serves as a Recruiting, Training, and Coaching Consultant.  Prior to this, Jonathan was the Annual Fund Manager for Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood where he most notably launched the Friends with Benefits Campaign.  Jonathan has held various other fundraising roles within the Capital District non-profit sector including Habitat for Humanity, Pride Center of Capital Region, Northern Rivers Family Services, and Easter Seals New York.

Jonathan earned his Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration degrees at University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy focusing on nonprofit management and social welfare policy.  He has completed research projects on the effectiveness of a nonprofit’s board of directors, marketing for human service agencies, and collaborations between local governments and nonprofit organizations. Jonathan received his bachelor’s degree in Religion, Linguistics and Gender Studies from the University of Rochester.  Jonathan also serves as Chair for the board of Mission Accomplished Transition Services.  Jonathan is a class of 2016 Capital District New Leaders Fellowship. 


Michael J. Buckley, CFRE

A career fundraiser, Mike Buckley is a non-profit consultant\coach working with small and medium-sized non-profits to increase results.  Mike's extensive experience includes annual campaign audits and management, capital campaign leadership, feasibility studies, interim and ad-hoc program leadership and providing inspirational counsel to his clients.  Mike is an effective and sought-after speaker on topics including actionable fundraising data, major donor identification, and strategic planning.

Previous to his consulting career, Mike served as the Chief Philanthropy & External Affairs Officer at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Albany, NY. In this role, Mike had overall responsibility for unrestricted, capital and legacy giving as well as strategically increasing exposure of the organization.  Previous to this position, Mike served in multiple leadership fundraising roles in higher education in the Albany area.  Mike began his fundraising career as a student phon-a-thon caller at his alma mater, Castelton State College (VT).

Mike has been an invited speaker at the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, the Northeast Annual Giving Conference, New York State Animal Protection Federation and the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, of which he currently serves as Past President and Treasurer.  Mike also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Saratoga Independent School and as Vice President of the Board of Education for the Schools of the Albany Catholic Diocese.

As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Mike has met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement for not-for-profit organizations. CFRE’s also pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold CFRE Accountability Standards, the Donor Bill of Rights and the International Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising.

A native of Long Island, Mike now resides in the Albany, NY with his wife Alison O’Brien Buckley.

Programming Chair

Laurie Ballard, LMB Development Consulting, LLC


Communications Chair

Sam Roods, Albany Damien Center

National Philanthropy Day Chair

Eric Guzman, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

Eric has served on the development team at Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) since 2012.  He began his career in a marketing and outreach focused role, adding structure and formality to the agency’s volunteer program and helping build an identifiable brand, social media presence, and new website from a communications standpoint.  Today, Eric serves as Assistant Director of Development, with a focus on donor relations, annual fund, and special event fundraising.

In addition to his role at IPH, Eric served two years as president of the board of the Capital Alliance of Young Professionals (CAYP), helping connect and engage local professionals to grow personally and professionally from networking events and other professional development opportunities.  Eric also serves on the board of Albany Youth Soccer (AYS), helping produce bi-annual soccer seasons for more than 400 local youth, and coordinating more than 50 coaches and volunteers to support the program.

Eric earned his BS in Marketing/Management from Siena College.  Originally from Long Island, Eric now lives and works in Albany.


Membership Co-Chairs

Tish Czachor, Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady

Tish Czachor holds more than 15 years of experience fundraising. Her expertise includes major donor management, corporate partnerships, event management, donor marketing and communications, and annual fund.

Tish received her BS in Journalism from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1998. Outside of her family and the great outdoors, her passion lies in leading nonprofits in raising funds necessary to meet their mission. As a current member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson-Mohawk, NY Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Tish continues a lifetime commitment to the nonprofit sector.

Tish is a native of Long Island, NY, and after calling Colorado her home for 15 years, Tish moved back east to upstate NY in 2014.


Pamela Howard, Historic Albany Foundation

Pamela Howard is currently serving as Interim Administrator at Historic Albany Foundation.  Pam has over 30 years of non-profit experience focusing on fundraising, events, membership, marketing and public relations.  Most recently she served as Director of Development at Saratoga Independent School. Pam has also worked at non-profits in Albany including the New York State Museum, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and the Albany Institute of History & Art.  Pam was also the owner of At Your Service, a personal concierge service in the Capital Region.

At-Large Board Members

Rebecca Whalen, Capital Roots

Chapter Administrator
Alisa Brancatelli, LexisNexis

Alisa Brancatelli is a Senior Electronic Product Analyst with LexisNexis where she has worked since 1995.

Alisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University at Albany with a major in English and double minor in Psychology and General Education studies. She continued her education at Sage Graduate College earning a Master of Science degree in School Counseling.

Raised in West Nyack, NY she now resides in Guilderland, NY with her husband and three children.  She volunteers heavily in her children’s classrooms and at various school events. In addition, her family serves their community by volunteering at the local food pantry and Ronald McDonald house.