Michael J. Buckley, CFRE
A career fundraiser, Michael J. Buckley, CFRE most recently served as the Chief Philanthropy & External Affairs Officer at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society outside of Albany, NY. In this role, Mike had overall responsibility for unrestricted, capital and legacy giving as well as strategically increasing exposure of the organization. During his time at the Humane Society, Mike successfully lead their Capital Campaign while also increasing annual revenue. Previous to that position, Mike served as a Major Gift Officer and subsequently Director of Development at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Mike’s first professional fundraising position was with Siena College. Mike began his fundraising career as a student phon-a-thon caller at his alma mater, Castleton State College.
Mike has been an invited presenter at the Northeast Annual Giving Conference, New York State Animal Protection Federation Conference, NetSquared Tech Valley, and the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, of which he currently serves as Chapter President. Mike also serves on 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 Guilderland, NY with his wife Alison.
Sandra Beer, WMHT Educational Telecommunications
Sandra Beer is a Major Gifts Officer at WMHT Educational Telecommunications, where she has worked since 2009.
Prior to joining WMHT, Ms. Beer worked for 15 years in a variety of development positions at CARE USA in Atlanta, GA and Darrow School and Powell House in Columbia County, NY. Before working in the non-profit development sector, Ms. Beer worked at National Data Corporation for 5 years in marketing and administrative positions.
Ms. Beer earned her MBA and Master of Divinity degrees at Emory University in Atlanta, GA after earning a BA degree in Political Science and Religious Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.
Sandra has served on a number of non-profit boards including The Friends Meeting House Fund and, the Guilford College Alumni Association Board and the local chapter board for the Association for Fundraising Professionals. She resides in Columbia County, NY.
Vice President of Programs
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.
Bo Goliber, Fingerpaint
Bo is a communications specialist with extensive expertise in corporate philanthropy, public speaking, marketing, fundraising and community relations. At Fingerpaint, Bo spearheads all internal philanthropic engagements and community outreach efforts to causes deeply personal to the staff and the company. Her unique blend of skills from her newsroom days, the non-profit world and now corporate philanthropy give her a different spin on how to engage and build sustainable relationships in the community across various audiences.
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.
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, Saratoga Independent School
Pamela Howard had been a development professional for over 25 years, having worked at public organizations including the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Boys & Girls Club of Albany, and she currently serves as the Director of Development at the Saratoga Independent School. Ms. Howard was previously the owner of At Your Service, a personal concierge service. In addition, Ms. Howard has served on boards in the community including the Food Pantries of the Capital District and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. During her tenure at LLS, she received the Michael Howard Spirit Award, named for her late husband. Ms. Howard lives in Charlton with her husband Brian Richards and her beloved pets.
At-Large Board Members
Mindy Derosia, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Mindy Derosia has served as the Development Officer for the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region since 2012. Ms. Derosia joined the Foundation in 2007 to launch a new planned giving support initiative called the Legacy Partnership ProgramSM, which was designed to help strengthen and sustain our community's nonprofit agencies by establishing a structure to build and manage their endowed assets. The program was largely focused on guiding participating agencies in the identification of prospects and in developing strategies for meaningful engagement and stewardship of each agency's donors to increase legacy giving.
Ms. Derosia moved to the Capital Region in 1995. Prior to joining The Community Foundation, she held positions in the field of nonprofit fundraising for various organizations including: The Albany Academies, The College of Saint Rose, WMHT and TRIP/Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program.
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.