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Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) Exam

What is CFRE certification? The CFRE credential recognizes experienced fundraising professionals aspiring to the highest standards of ethics, competence, and service to the philanthropic sector. The CFRE certification was first awarded in 1981 and is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which guarantees that the CFRE certification follows best practices in credentialing.

AFP-RI encourages fundraising professionals to pursue this prestigious certification.  For more information on the CFRE please go to the CFRE website.

If you are interested in connecting with other fundraising professionals who have taken or are planning on taking the CFRE exam, please email

Rhode Island’s 2017 CFRE Recipients


Cheryl Comai, CFRE

Cheryl Comai has been fundraising for over 26 years in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. Since 2011 she has been at Partners in Philanthropy LLC, a full-service fundraising consulting firm, where she worked with numerous clients including: Trinity Repertory Co., WaterFire, Newport Restoration Foundation, the United Theatre and the Met School. Prior to that Cheryl held senior advancement positions at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Meeting Street School, Bryant University, Roger Williams University and the RI Philharmonic. She is an AFP-RI member and on the Board of Directors at Trinity Repertory Co. Congratulations Cheryl on achieving your CFRE!


Christine Pellegri, CFRE, MPA

Christine Pellegri is currently the President of AFP-RI.  In 2017, she fulfilled a long-time goal by achieving her CFRE.  A professional fundraiser with over 26 years of experience, Christine has worked at large and small nonprofits in Rhode Island and Massachusetts with the last eight years spent in higher education.  She is currently the Senior Advancement Officer at UMass Dartmouth.  Prior to that she was the Major Gifts Officer at Bridgewater State University.  Christine encourages anyone who has questions about taking the CFRE exam to reach out to her (  “I received invaluable encouragement and advice from Erica Donnelly, CFRE, Past President of AFP-RI, while preparing for the CFRE exam and would be happy to pay it forward!”

Current RI ACFREs (Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive) and CFREs (Certified Fundraising Executives):

Gayle Gifford, ACFRE
Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip

Michele Berard, CFRE
David Bodah, CFRE
Ann Buono, CFRE
Erica Bryson, CFRE
Cheryl Comai, CFRE
Caroline Considine, CFRE
Donald Demers, CFRE
Lisa Desbiens, CFRE
Melissa A. Dick, CFRE
Erica Donnelly, CFRE
Joanne Gregory, CFRE
Eva D. Heroux, CFRE, MBA
Robin Marek, CFRE
Christine Pellegri, CFRE
James Roehm, CFRE
Mary L. Roda, CFRE
E. Ramone Segree, CFRE, Ed.D
Nicholas Stahl, CFRE
Claudia Swain, CFRE
Karen Weavill, CFRE