Meet the Board - AFPONSouthEasternOntario
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Meet the Board

Shannon Coull, CFRE - President

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Shannon is the Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation and is overseeing a $16.5 Million campaign which will result in a new hospital for Picton, Ontario. Before starting her role with PECMHF in June 2018, Shannon was the Director of Leadership Philanthropy for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and helped the Foundation to secure over $67 million toward the Extraordinary People, Innovative Health Care campaign. Shannon received her CFRE designation in 2016, is an active volunteer and has played many roles on boards such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Ontario and the County Clippers Basketball Association. Shannon's career as a fundraiser began in 1986 when she started working in the arts with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and then the Royal Ontario Museum when she focused on Corporate and Foundation Relations. Shannon began to focus on individual giving as well as corporate and foundation giving in 2006 when she joined the University of Toronto, School of Medicine's development team. In 2008, Shannon and her young family moved to Prince Edward County, where she was retained by Queen's University to help fundraise for the Faculty of Health Sciences and played a significant role in securing funds to help build the new School of Medicine Building, a $77 million initiative that received funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the balance funded through private donations.  



Krista LeClair - Vice Chair & President Elect, National Philanthropy Day Awards Chair

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Krista is in her 7th annual campaign with Easter Seals Ontario after transitioning out of the world of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Conference and Hotel Sales. Krista has lived in Kingston for 13 years and is happy to call South Eastern Ontario home. Krista is the Senior Development Officer and sole staff for Easter Seals Ontario in the South Eastern Ontario region. In her current role Krista manages events, major gifts for her region and grant writing along with managing volunteers, donor relations, and everything else her small shop office throws at her; all in support of children and youth with physical disabilities in the SEO region. Krista is a proud Rotarian and Director with the Rotary Club of Kingston, a Chamber of Commerce member, active with the Kingston Ringette Association, and volunteers in the community as often as possible. Krista is passionate about philanthropy and community. Krista has been a member of AFP SEO since 2013 sitting on the 2015 NPD Awards Committee, Co-Chairing the 2017 Conference Committee and for 2018 will be Chairing the National Philanthropy Day Gala.



Tim Brown, CFRE - Past President & Every Member Campaign Chair

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Tim has been involved in the not for profit world for over 16 years. With a range of experience in development and association management he has led large and small organizations to achieve their goals. Initially and through progressive roles, he worked for six years in health care development, originating at Niagara General Hospital and culminating as Chief Development Officer at Kingston’s Providence Care. Tim then served for three years as Executive Director for the Canadian Yachting Association, restructuring the national organization for sailing and leading the Olympic Sailing Team to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2008 Tim established his independent consulting services working with a range of organizations locally and at a distance. In 2011, he served as Senior Director Resource Development for Hamilton Burlington’s United Way, raising their highest combined campaign goal on record ($6.95 Million). More recently Tim served as the Director of Development for Albert College in 2011, assessing capital campaign readiness. He has been the Executive Director for the joint School Boards’ Food Sharing Project for three years. Tim co-ordinates the resource development, management, supply and weekly distribution of more than six tons of food, to 95 schools across the region. Tim has served on the AFP SEO Board since 2002 and was granted his CFRE designation in 2003.


Adam Say - Treasurer

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Adam’s fundraising career began in 2008, when (after thinking his time at Queen’s and in Kingston had come to an end) he heard of an interesting job opportunity getting to work for his alma mater and decided to move back to Kingston. Originally working on special projects for Queen’s, Adam’s role evolved into being part of the campaign team that planned and successfully completed the university’s 10-year, $640 million Initiative Campaign



Nicole Pierce - Education/Programming Chair & Conference Coordinator

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Nicole started her professional career in fundraising only five years ago with the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) as an Associate Director of Major Gifts.  UHKF is the fundraising arm for Providence Care and Kingston Health Science Centre, which includes the Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital sites.  Prior to her role with UHKF, she spent over 15 years in sales and held a management role for a Fortune 500 company.  She always had a passion for philanthropy, so she volunteered and fundraised for organizations such as The Heart and Stroke Foundation, MS Society and Rotary Club of Kingston.  In 2014, Nicole and her husband founded “TP the Town,” which was a local initiative to help provide toilet paper to those in need.  Since then, the initative has spread across Canada and raised over 1 million rolls of toilet paper and provided thousands of people with the dignity that they deserve.  She has chosen Kingston as her home for over twenty years where she raises her three children.  Nicole has been the AFPSEO Chair of Education and Programming since 2015.

Melanie Barrett - Marketing, Communications & Outreach

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Melanie is the Event Management and Communications Coordinator at Albert College, an independent boarding and day school in Belleville teaching students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Melanie has been working in the Advancement Office at Albert College for over 10 years and has worn many hats including: Marketing and Communications Coordinator and Acting Director of Advancement. Her current role involves managing special events including the school's 160th Anniversary in 2017, fundraising events, the Partnership program and producing the school's magazine. Melanie is a graduate of Loyalist College and the University of Ottawa and was introduced to fundraising while studying Public Relations. Melanie has been a Board Member with AFPSEO since 2012.

Marie Miller -  Secretary
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Marie has been fundraising in Kingston for almost 15 years (over 12 at Queen’s University; the last more than two at St. Lawrence College). Her fundraising career began as the Development Officer for Queen’s Principal and VP (Advancement), developing strategic relationships with the highest level of donors.  She was the Major Gift Officer for the $20+ million Queen’s mini campaign that raised funds to develop new outdoor playing fields and refurbish Richardson Stadium.  She also secured funding for many of the varsity sport teams.  Marie served one year as a Stewardship Officer, developing a five-year plan for the department and creating the first online Annual Donor Report, saving the University thousands of dollars.  She spent her final two years at Queen’s as a Gift Planning Officer and had great success marrying her major gift skills with donors interested in supporting the long-term goals of the University.

Shortly after Marie began her career at St. Lawrence College (SLC), the Uncommon Campaign was launched with a $3 million gift from Brit Smith, the largest philanthropic gift received by the College to date.  Marie has developed a number of new donor relationships for SLC and re-established others that had been supportive of the College in the past.  Along with Marie, the SLC Development team has raised more money than ever in support of their students. 

Marie is known for her strong ability to develop long-lasting, mutually rewarding relationships and her natural stewardship skills. She has been a member of the AFP of Southeastern Ontario for over 15 years, and served as the Program Chair and Co-Chair of one of the first National Philanthropy Day events.  She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Kingston.

Marie feels honoured and fortunate to serve donors so they can make a difference in their communities in ways that are meaningful to them. 

Jessica Robson - IDEAS Chair
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Jessica has been in the philanthropic sector for over nine years and is currently the Manager of Funds Development at the YMCA of Kingston. Jessica got her start in fundraising working with the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta where her passion for connecting people who want to change the world with community needs was sparked. Following a cross-country adventure to Kingston to follow her true love, Jessica joined the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation working with an inspiring group of fundraisers on the $72- million Together, We Can campaign to redevelop Kingston’s hospitals and the $65-million Extraordinary People, Innovative HealthCare campaignJessica has built experience working in donor relations, annual giving, and major gifts with a particular focus on #donorlove. Jessica has enjoyed many roles with AFP SEO serving in the past as an Awards Chair and an Education and Programming Chair. As an analytical thinker, she is passionate about using data to drive results and is also a proud member of NTEN. When not working to make a difference in the world, Jessica can be found building sand castles on a beach with her two young children.



Heather Hayhow - Membership Chair
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Heather got her feet wet in the fundraising world as a volunteer, which sparked a passion for giving back to the community. Her volunteer experience led to an opportunity at United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington. Through her role as Campaign Director at United Way, Heather was involved with all things campaign - organizing community events, engaging affinity groups, managing volunteers, delivering training, and with the help of a hard-working campaign team, providing support to over 350 workplace campaigns. In 2017, Heather joined the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area, and is currently the Supervisor of Fund Development. With an incredible team, Heather works to develop resources and funds in order to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Heather is passionate about building a strong community and is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with the amazing volunteers, organizations and agencies that make KFL&A great!