Spotlight On...

Take a moment to get to know these new and current members of the chapter!

Erica Rabhan

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Job title: Director of Development, College of Health Professions 

Employed by: MUSC

What I like most about my job: The friendly faculty & staff.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: I want to network with other professionals in the area. 

I'm originally from: Taylors, SC

My hobbies include: The beach, traveling & spending time with my family

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I love to try new cuisines, but I can't cook a thing! 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Travel

Andrew McGlaughon
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Job title:  Director of Development, Strategy & Communications

Employed by:  Engaging Creative Minds

What I like most about my job:  I love that we are constantly working to create new opportunities for arts integrated educational programming for children of the Lowcountry.  Every day at ECM is different, but our story is amazing and each person we touch comes away with a positive experience!

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:   It was recommended by many colleagues in the area as a great resource to grow my skillset and connect to new folks in the development community.

I'm originally from:  Jacksonville, NC

My hobbies include:  Being outside with my family and watching my kids play sports. 

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I love coaching my kids soccer teams – until they stop listening to me!

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Take my family on a trip to see some of the coolest natural wonders in the United States.

 

LYN RUMAGE


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Job title:  Regional Director of Development

Employed by: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

What I like most about my job:  Connecting donors, volunteers and advocates to something they are passionate about and watching the amazing results

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I love to learn and new ideas and people

I'm originally from: New Jersey

My hobbies include:  Cycling, Watersports, Baking

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I write fiction books – mysteries and chick lit – at night when I should be sleeping

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Swim with the dolphins, explore the ocean and marine life

Karen Quadrio


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Job title: Director of Development & Marketing

Employed by: Charleston Promise Neighborhood

What I like most about my job: Discovering the best ways to obtain the support and partnerships necessary to further our mission of transformation within a generation.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I want to expand my knowledge of, and expertise in, the non-profit world.

I'm originally from: New Jersey

My hobbies include:  Cooking, golf, gardening, traveling

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I’ve traveled frequently to Hong Kong

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: spend it in Italy

AARON JACOBSON

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Job title:  Foundation Administrator/Capital Campaign Manager

Employed by: The Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation

What I like most about my job: (1) It changes every day. (2) The people I meet, the relationships we cultivate and the impact that results.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  To join a community of like-minded professionals, and to benefit from the AFP’s many professional resources.

I'm originally from: Charleston, SC

My hobbies include:  Exploring Charleston with my dog, Nava; digital photography; research; cooking and eating great food.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I’m a nerd, and proud!

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: That’s tough. I would either spend a week traveling by boat to every country that borders the Mediterranean, trying the cuisine and experiencing the culture of each place; OR, I would go on a week-long camping trip somewhere in the mountains with my dog, Nava.

Melinda Hester

Job Title:  Administrator

Employed by:  Edisto Island Open Land Trust

What I like most about my job:  Being a part of the community effort to preserve lands and vistas on Edisto Island.  I am grateful to be able to help save our beautiful island from becoming overcrowded and over developed.  I have been able to meet so many people here who share the same goals.  And I get to do it all in the most magnificent place in the world!

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I want to learn more about fundraising and be able to meet others in the same field and also learn from them.  Often those off the cuff conversations at a gathering provide significant insights.

I’m originally from:  Arkansas

My hobbies include:  Knitting, travel, volunteer work.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I was a medical missionary to Haiti for six years.  I was there during the earthquake of 2010, lost everything, including my house.  But I was in the right place at the right time.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Travel to Greece, Italy and France.



Brittani Watkins

Job title: Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving  

Employed by: Charleston Southern University

What I like most about my job: I am able to build relationships with many alumni from different backgrounds and help them get connected again with their alma mater!

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: I hope to connect with a local group of professionals who can help me learn and grow in my career.

I'm originally from: Rock Hill, SC.

My hobbies include:  Singing, reading, trying new local restaurants with my husband, and traveling.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I was Miss Charleston Southern University 2014 and competed in the Miss South Carolina (America) Pageant while studying for my undergraduate degree.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Go somewhere tropical and sit on the beach all day with a good book.

Sarah Fichera

Job title: Grants Manager 

Employed by: Dorchester Children's Center 

What I like most about my job: I enjoy finding ways to better communicate the value of our programs and services to funders. Specifically, I love collaborating with our program directors to develop outcomes and strengthen our program evaluation system. 

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: I am in my first role as a fundraising professional. I would like to connect with and learn from those seasoned in the field.

I'm originally from: Allendale, NJ

My hobbies include: Anything active and outdoors. Half marathons, triathlons, hiking, and hanging at Folly Beach.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: Three years ago, I moved to Charleston without knowing a soul. I took a leap of faith and accepted an AmeriCorps position at the City of Charleston. I haven't looked back since!

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Unplug and hike a part of the Appalachian Trail with my boyfriend, Joey.

Mark Swick

Job title: Community Liaison

Employed by: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston 

What I like most about my job: My portfolio includes organizing free Jewish cultural programming for the broader community, as well as raising funds in support of such programs. I love that I get to see both sides of the fundraising world!  

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I hope to expand my local network, and to grow as a fundraising professional. 

I'm originally from: Silver Spring, MD

My hobbies include:  Photography, biking the peninsula as a commuter and for pleasure, and seeing live music. 

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I organize and host semi-regular photo walks around Charleston. 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Explore National Parks with my fiancé (or wife, depending on when this spotlight runs!)  

Katie Shank Danbury

Job title: Director of Resource Development

Employed by: Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton

What I like most about my job: I love seeing our donors’ dollars at work every day! My office is in the Boys & Girls Club and I get to see our members, ages 6-18, participating in our reading program, technology center, career development classes and other programs. It really makes me feel connected to our mission!  

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I have a great love for fundraising and want to continue to get ideas and learn best practices from leaders.

I'm originally from: Bluffton, SC

My hobbies include:  Spending time at the beach, reading, traveling, and University of South Carolina Football!

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I recently moved back to my hometown in South Carolina after living in the San Diego, California area for the last two years. It’s great to be back!

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Travel for six days and rest at the spa on the seventh!


Michelle Boudet

Job title: Director of Development

Employed by: Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

What I like most about my job: My job allows me to use both my analytical and creative skills. I love finding new and exciting ways to connect people with our mission.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I love networking and learning from those who have been in the field longer than I have.  

I'm originally from: Leawood, KS 

My hobbies include:  Playing music, entertaining my 4 fur babies, exercising, baking.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I am fluent in Spanish and French.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: I would travel around France - I haven't been in many years, and miss it! 


Kristen Arrington

Job title: Council Director

Employed by: Girls on the Run Charleston             

What I like most about my job:  The ability to know that we are reaching a much needed area of instilling confidence, joy and health to young girls in 3rd-8th grade.  Seeing the excitement at our 5K race day after they completed the 10 week program - nothing compares. Their smiles say it all.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:   I believe in the power of connection and learning.  Always learning!  We don't need to reinvent the wheel and learning what others are doing allows for conversations to be had on how to work better and smarter.  I feel like I can learn a lot from our local chapter and its memebers!

I'm originally from: Delafield, WI! I graduated from the College of Charleston and have been here for 9 years. My husband is a born and raised Charlestonian, so this is home.

My hobbies include: family walks with our dog, boating, reading, volunteering, and watching sports 

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:   I can hydrostop a roof - thanks in part to spending a few weeks during the summer repairing homes.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  go boating in South Florida/Keys with my family 

Izabela Babinska

Job title: Donor Relations Officer

Employed by: Lowcountry Food Bank   

What I like most about my job:  hearing and sharing stories from clients, partner agencies and donors 

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: To learn from and with the passionate, dedicated network of fundraising professionals striving to improve our community through their work.  

I'm originally from: Sandomierz, Poland

My hobbies include: reading, biking and cooking

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I love public radio and originally pursued a degree in journalism. 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Spend it wandering around a major European city, visiting art museums, eating lots of local pastries and getting lost down cobble stoned streets. 

Kimberly Baehr

Job title: Development Officer  

Employed by: Lutheran Services Carolinas            

What I like most about my job:  Traveling the state and meeting donors

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I joined AFP because it is a valuable resource. I enjoy networking and meeting new people!

I'm originally from: Mt. Pleasant, SC

My hobbies include: Tennis, Golf, walking the beach

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:   So happy to be back home. Left in 84’ and just returned last summer. Don’t know what took me so long!

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Take my 3 children and travel! 

Jenny Broe

Job title:  Executive Director

Employed by:  Dancefx Charleston

What I like most about my job:  Everyday I wake up with something completely different to accomplish.

I recently joined AFP because:  I am in desperate need of motivation and influence when it comes to fundraising for my dance company!

I'm originally from:  Atlanta, GA

My hobbies include:  Black Tap Coffee is my life!  Parkour, wine tasting, cats, yoga & shopping

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I really love plants.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Travel to Capri, Italy again


Kim Wright Brown

Name: Kim Wright Brown

Job title:  Associate VP Development

Employed by:  Carolina Youth Development Center

What I like most about my job:  I am inspired daily seeing how the kids here at CYDC, coming from some very tough circumstances, still have smiles, hope and work hard to grow and learn.  It’s amazing!

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  My first day on the job, Kate took me to the AFP Summer Summit, and the wealth of information, knowledge and expertise I experienced motivated me to join.  I loved how everyone wants everyone else to succeed.

I’m originally from:  Dayton, Ohio ( but I only lived in Ohio for a couple of years…my dad was in the Air Force and I have lived all over the US and Germany.  Charleston is the place I have lived the longest.

My hobbies/interests include:  Travel, great movies, painting, and recently my husband has gotten me interested in Formula 1 and American Le Mans Auto Racing.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I am a grateful Breast Cancer Survivor/Thriver

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Spend it with Karen Hagen on one of her Paint in Italy Tours.


McLaurin Bruce

Job title:  Gift Planning Administrator 

Employed by:  Medical University of South Carolina 

What I like most about my job:  The challenges of managing some of the complexities of the various deferred gift vehicles and being able to resolve any issues or roadblocks.  I also really enjoy finding creative ways to market planned gifts to a variety of audience donors.  Above all else, it is so gratifying to hear from the children, grandchildren and heirs of our donors as they’ve seen the legacy of their family members come to fruition.

I recently joined AFP because:  The majority of my colleagues are members and I’ve seen the benefits they’ve received from being members, as well as the opportunities they’ve had to be involved with other fundraising professionals in our community.  I also knew AFP would be a wonderful way to meet other professionals within fundraising and find mentors.

I’m originally from:  Greenwood, SC 

My hobbies include:  Wining and dining, reading, staying involved with my church, spending time with my Cavalier King Charles, Charlee, and finding really delicious recipes that I can cook well and quickly. 

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I used to collect Pez dispensers; and still do occasionally if I see a unique one.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Travel the warm areas of the world with my pup, Charlee. If the weather is nice, I’d like to visit areas of Europe and especially Scotland to learn more about my heritage.  I’m sure it’s been done before, but along the way, I’d author a children’s geography book, “Charlee’s Travels Around the World,” mentioning the various people we met and helped along the way.

Rachel Chesser

Job title: Development Associate

Employed by: ETV Endowment of South Carolina

What I like most about my job:  I love visiting with Endowment members. They are all incredibly interesting and keen on learning new things. I have been a lover of public radio and television for many years, so it is great fun talking about favorite programs with fellow public media fans.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: While I have worked for non-profits for almost two decades, I am new to the fundraising field. I’m hoping to learn a lot from all the brilliant development pros in our area. 

I'm originally from: Fairfax and Loudoun Co., Virginia

My hobbies include: I have two young children, so I don’t get to indulge in my hobbies as often as I would like. But, when I can sneak a little time, I love to sew, quilt and read. I’m also a bit of a PBS addict.

Kristy Collins

Name:  Kristy Collins

Job title:  Development Associate and Administrative Assistant

Employed by:  Medical University of South Carolina – Department of Medicine

What I like most about my job:  I work with a wonderful group of people who are all so supportive and team-oriented.  I really do learn something new every day!  

I recently joined AFP because:  I wanted to make the most of the opportunities that come with being a part of such a well-organized and committed professional network. Also, many of my coworkers are members of AFP, and I knew it would be a great way to get to know them even better!

I'm originally from:  Greenville, SC  

My hobbies include:  Trying to better my skills in the kitchen, yoga, maintaining my coffee addiction, and spending way too much money at Earthfare.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I have a fear of seagulls – which wasn’t really a problem until I moved to Charleston.   

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Explore Europe with a group of friends.

Kendra Conway

Job title:  Development Operations Specialist

Employed by:  Trident United Way

What I like most about my job:  I love the people!  I work on a dynamic and hardworking Resource Development team at TUW.  I like that our mission is helping to improve our local community from a holistic and collective approach.  You can feel the huge impact that we are able to make in Charleston.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I am always interested in learning more about the profession of fundraising.  It's important and interesting to keep up with industry trends.  I also love the opportunity to network and meet more fundraisers in our community.

I'm originally from:  I moved to Charleston two years ago after having spent nine years in Boston.

My hobbies include:  I love exploring Charleston and taking weekend trips to different places along the coast - Pawleys Island, Beaufort, Savannah, and Hilton Head to name a few.  In my free time, you will find me at a new restaurant in town or at the beach on Sullivan's!

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I can find something in common with almost anyone!  I am an ex-pat and grew up mostly oversees in London and Cairo.  I was born in NYC and have lived in Boca Raton, FL and Overland Park, KS in addition to Boston.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  I would go back to the resort we stayed in for our honeymoon on Virgin Gorda in the BVIs.

Jade Fountain

Name:  Jade Fountain

Job title:  Planned Giving Administrative Assistant

Employed by:  Medical University of South Carolina

What I like most about my job:  While I have a background in annual giving and volunteer coordination, major giving and planned giving is completely new to me.  I like that I have the opportunity to learn from a variety of great development minds at MUSC.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I think the AFP is a great resource for personal and professional development, and I am excited to get to know people in development from different sectors.

I’m originally from: Union, SC

My hobbies/interests include:  Traveling, reading, cooking, playing with our dog - Colonel

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I’m out-of-my-mind excited to be going to London for the first time this summer.  (I’m taking suggestions for what to see/do and where to stay!)

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  This is a tough one because I know I would use it to travel—but one week wouldn’t be enough!  And where to go? 

Trips I’d love to take for a week or more:  Touring Napa/Sonoma with my husband and a big group of friends, an Alaskan cruise to see the Northern Lights, visiting Australia, taking a Mediterranean cruise and finishing the week up on a Greek Island…

 

Amy Gordon

Job title:  Director of Development

Employed by:  Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
What I like most about my job:  Helping to create connections between parents and their children in a safe and fun environment and witnessing children develop before my eyes through the power of play.
 
I recently joined AFP because:  After leaving MUSC, I wanted to ensure that I could still be connected with a network of philanthropy professionals.

I'm originally from:  Philadelphia, PA

My hobbies include:  Yoga; reading; spending time with my 6 month old son, Sawyer; daily walks with my husband, son and three dogs; and trying all the incredible restaurants in the greater Charleston area (which is why yoga was listed as my number one hobby).
 
Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I am obsessed with the traffic report on the radio.  I am constantly switching stations weekday mornings and afternoons to find updated reports.  I will even sit in the car when I reach my destination to finish listening to a report.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Travel with my husband, best friend and mom to Italy and eat my way through the country, again.

Joy Grainger

Job title: Vice President, Resource Development

Employed by: Trident United Way    

What I like most about my job:   The people I work with and the community partners I’ve had the pleasure to meet.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  Building a network of like-minded professionals to grow and learn alongside has always been important for me.

I'm originally from: A lot of places! From Washington, DC to Denver, CO and many places in between. I relocated to Charleston from Phoenix, AZ in May and am enjoying my first time living in the southeast.  

My hobbies include: Travel, yardwork, photography 

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I met my husband on a television show in Ireland. We’ve been together 13 years now & still laugh when we watch the TV clip of the day we met! 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Find a foreign country to explore with my family and my camera! 

Maggie Hendricks

Job title:  ‎Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

Employed by:  South Carolina Aquarium

What I like most about my job:  The staff is amazing!  Everyone is so fun to work with and learn from and they have a true passion for the Aquarium and all of its programs and animals.  I also love feeding Alabaster, the albino alligator.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  Honing in on my fundraising skills and being connected with other people in development is invaluable to both my personal and professional growth.

I'm originally from:  Charleston, SC

My hobbies include:  Exploring the world outside. If it's raining. then you'll find me buying and selling  things on Ebay.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I know how to operate a backhoe!  Anyone in need of an excavation?

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art from top to bottom - a week might not even be enough time!

Jason Kirk

Job title: Director of Development

Employed by: Lowcountry AIDS Services

What I like most about my job:  What I like most about my position is that it allows me to meet so many giving and caring members of the Lowcountry community and connect them to Lowcountry AIDS Services mission of helping those affected by HIV/AIDS and promoting education and awareness of this epidemic. HIV/AIDS has not been cured and still greatly affects many in our community. If we don’t educate ourselves on how to reduce transmission and help those who are HIV positive to live healthier lives with adequate access to medical care, we will continue to see increased rates here in the Lowcountry. I am happy to do my part to raise awareness and funding for this cause about which I am so very passionate and dedicated.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: As a past member, I know the value in learning from others who work in the fundraising field day in and day out and understand our challenges as well as our triumphs. 

I'm originally from: Seattle, WA

My hobbies include: Kayaking, Cooking, Reading and Travelling

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I have been an AFP member in three different cities over the past decade.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Live my life just the way it is right now. I couldn’t be happier or more excited to be just where I am at this moment in both my life and my career!

 

Rachel Knight

Job title: Director of Development  

Employed by: Trident Literacy Association   (We are excited to celebrate National Literacy Month in September!)         

What I like most about my job:  I am a part of reversing the cycle of generational poverty and illiteracy by raising money for adults to earn their GED and WorkKeys Certificates!

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I want to cultivate new relationships in the community with similar organizations and the same mind-set as Trident Literacy. I’m also interested in learning new fundraising ideas!

I'm originally from: Tuscaloosa, AL

My hobbies include:  Swimming, Horse Back Riding, Scuba Diving, Singing, Running and Boating (to name a few). 

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:   I was Miss Lake Murray 2009-2010 and also the recipient of the Presidential Service Award of the Miss America Association in 2010 for volunteering over 4,000 hours of community service all across South Carolina. 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  I would definitely travel to another continent and see the world!

Amy Kovach

Job title:  Director, Communications and Community Relations
 
Employed by:  Berkeley County School District

What I like most about my job:  Seeing children in the district succeed because we were able to secure an opportunity that they may not otherwise have had.
 
I recently joined AFP because:  I want to improve and stretch my personal and professional capabilities.

 I'm originally from:  Fremont, Ohio

 My hobbies include:  Cheering for my three girls; going to the beach any time of the year – I love the juxtaposition of the serenity and the power of the ocean.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I spent the first 18 years of my career working in Fortune 500 Corporate Manufacturing as a marketing, communications, and public relations professional.  My industry jump to public education has been exhilarating and challenging in ways I never expected – making this change was the best and scariest thing I could ever have done.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Travel on a Mediterranean cruise with stops in Barcelona, Spain and Athens, Greece.

Emily Lee

Job title: Annual Giving Coordinator

Employed by: One80 Place

What I like most about my job:  Working with people who want to make our community a better place and who are actively taking steps to do so.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: I want to learn from the best of the best in Charleston and bring those ideas and thought processes back to One80 Place. 

I'm originally from: Myrtle Beach, SC

My hobbies include: dining, crafting, exercise, watching Downton Abbey and spending time with friends and my wonderful husband.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I used to live and work in a small mountainous village in Japan teaching English through song and dance. 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: fly to Japan and take a week-long holiday in Kyoto visiting my favorite sites and visiting with old friends.  

Amy Maciariello

Job title: Business Partnership Officer

Employed by: Trident United Way     

What I like most about my job:  I love introducing new people to the transformational work Trident United Way is doing in our community.  Bold Community Change is hard work, and I am proud to play my small role!

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I love networking, brainstorming, and learning from like-minded professionals.

I'm originally from: Charleston, SC, born and raised!

My hobbies include:  Writing, storytelling, cake decorating, anything outdoors, and living vicariously through my kids’ awesome lives!

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I am a complete math geek.  Numbers and patterns make me happy!

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  I would spend it hiking, camping, and rafting with my family in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Samantha Mills

Job title: Major Gifts Officer

Employed by: South Carolina Aquarium

What I like most about my job: I love that I have the opportunity to spend time with members of my community, and find meaningful and transformative ways to connect them more deeply with the work of the Aquarium.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I enjoy connecting with other development professionals and learning from one another, and having access to AFP’s vast resources so I can continue to grow and better serve my organization.  

I'm originally from: Atlanta, GA

My hobbies include:  Cooking, exercise, spending time outdoors, and traveling when I can.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I have been known to speak with different accents from time to time. Just for fun, of course!

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: I would travel to New York to enjoy fabulous meals and see all of my favorite Broadway musicals.


Tracy Mitchell

Job title:  Director of Sales

Employed by:  JMC Charleston

What I like most about my job:  I love the working environment that JMC Charleston has created.  We are like a family at the “Event Complex."  Under one roof, we have ICEBOX Bar services, EventDRS, Haus Tents and JMC Charleston. We work closely with our vendors and have wonderful relationships, not only with our in house partners but also many other vendors throughout Charleston.  These bonds are reflected in our work, creativity and relationships with our clients. Many times clients become part of the family and keep coming back year after year.  You can’t help but have happy clients when you come from a happy work environment. 

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I am looking to network and see how JMC Charleston can help give back to the community by becoming involved with some of the great fundraising organizations that are involved with AFP.

I'm originally from:  Saratoga, NY, but my dad was in the Navy, so I only lived there a short while as we bounced around.  Charleston is where I call home as I have been here for 25 years. 

My hobbies include:  Traveling, running, biking, eating, finding the perfect wine, swimming, going to the beach and most any outdoor activities.  

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I used to be a Clemson Cheerleader.  C-L-E-M-S-O-N!

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Hop on a flight to the Turks and Caicos and charter a private yacht to island hop the southern Caribbean

Jeffrey Montgomery 

Job title:  Managing Partner

Employed by:  Omatic Software

What I like most about my job:  Seeing clients freak out when we show them how we can automate their nonprofit systems and processes.

I recently joined AFP because:  Although we work with over 1,000 nonprofit organizations internationally, I recently joined the board of a local nonprofit and would like to connect with the local nonprofit community.

I'm originally from:  Owego, New York

My hobbies include:  Boating, parenting

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I work for the only company listed on the 2012 and 2013 Inc. 500 lists that is dedicated to nonprofits.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Read several books on a boat in the Caribbean. 

Alana Morrall

Job title:  Director of Development


Employed by:
  East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO)

What I like most about my job:  It is such a rewarding experience to work for an organization that helps others and makes such an impact in the community…it doesn’t even feel like a job.

I recently joined AFP because:  My previous fundraising experience has been in the performing arts industry. Having recently joined ECCO, I thought AFP would be a good resource to utilize now that I’m in working in a new field. Also, I’ve only been in Charleston for a little over two years, so I’m still trying to broaden my professional network.

I'm originally from:  Washington, D.C.

My hobbies include:  Music, doing work around my house and in the yard, and teaching (I’m also an adjunct professor of arts management at CofC and sort of consider that my main hobby right now).

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I'm a certified rescue scuba diver.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Probably spend the week here – either so I could adopt a dog and dedicate time to train him or her, do some home improvement projects, or be a tourist for the week and visit all the places I still haven’t been to in the area.

Steve Mount

Job title:  Director of Philanthropy  

Employed by:  The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Drayton Hall

What I like most about my job:  Understanding each individual’s passion, connecting passions with organizational priorities, and ensuring each relationship is valued in a meaningful manner – as we all know, great stewardship is the hallmark of an exceptional fundraising program!  

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  As a long-time NSFRE and AFP member – who lapsed after a decade in higher education-CASEland – I missed the camaraderie, robust exchange of ideas, and professional resources associated with AFP.  

I’m originally from:  Ithaca, NY

My hobbies/interests include:  Historic preservation and mountain biking were interests, until my twin boys arrived.  Jack and Ethan are now 6, and I am found at swim lessons, soccer practice and helping with first grade homework . . . which is more difficult than I remember.  

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I began my career in archival and collections management and was a founding member of the AFP Finger Lakes Chapter.  

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Unplug my smart phone and disappear into rural America.  Montana and the Dakotas are still on my list . . .

Susannah Netherland

Job title: Development Associate

Employed by: College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina             

What I like most about my job:  One of my favorite parts of my job is working with our videographer to update on online giving page with new videos of our scholarship recipients on a monthly basis. I love getting to know our students and learn about their life stories and their experiences before they came to nursing school. It’s also incredibly rewarding to get feedback from our donors regarding these videos, especially for our donors who are not able to meet their scholarship recipients in person. I had never had a chance to work on a project like this before I came to MUSC, and it’s been a wonderful experience for me.  

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:   I’m looking forward to the chance to network with other development professionals in the area and advance in my career by attending the fantastic educational sessions that AFP offers throughout the year. 

I'm originally from: Stuart, VA

My hobbies include: exploring Charleston, reading, traveling with friends, trying new recipes (usually after spending too much time on Pinterest).

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:   I got my start in fundraising on a political campaign when I was 22.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  I would probably spend that week exploring the Musee D’Orsay. It stole my heart 13 years ago on an art history tour, and I have always wanted the chance to go back and get lost for a few days. 

Heather Oddo

Job title:  Development Associate

Employed by:  MUSC Heart & Vascular Center

What I like most about my job:  I enjoy exercising and eating well, so it is very rewarding to work in an area of MUSC where I am able to help create awareness and educate others on the seriousness of heart disease and prevention.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I wanted to meet new people with interest in the fundraising profession, learn about different organizations in the Lowcountry and become more involved.

I’m originally from:  Greenville, SC

My hobbies include:  Exercising outdoors; playing kickball (on a non-competitive team); spending time with my pups, Charlie and Sophie, at the park; volunteering; and exploring the great city that we live in.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I love to do yard work, I find it therapeutic.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Travel through Italy, see all there is to see and eat everything I could.

Gerard “Jerry” Pepin

Job title:  Director of Business Development

Employed by:  Custom Development Solutions, Inc.  (Fundraising Counsel - Nonprofits Capital Fundraising Campaigns)

What I like most about my job:  I'm still learning and enjoying a wide variety of experiences and opportunities as our organization embarks on a great cycle of growth.

I recently joined AFP because:  Although I have done considerable volunteer work for a variety of nonprofits, I am really new to the nonprofit world; therefore I am searching for more knowledge as well as networking opportunities.

I'm originally from:  Somersworth, New Hampshire

My hobbies include:  Reading, the arts, walking the beach, bicycle riding, hiking, conversations, and the quest for knowledge.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I have a MBA from the University of South Carolina, as well as an extensive background in accounting.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  I would spend the time absorbing the sights, sounds, and culture of Paris.

 

Claire Petroskey

Job title: Donor Relations Coordinator

Employed by: Medical University of South Carolina     

What I like most about my job:  I love working with such a passionate and talented team. I learn something new every day and feel grateful to work for an organization that is making a difference in people’s lives.  

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I joined AFP because it is a great opportunity to connect with fundraising colleagues in the community and learn more about development and donor relations.

I'm originally from: I was born in Fairfax, VA, but grew up in Cooperstown, NY.

My hobbies include:  Spending time outdoors, traveling, exploring Charleston, antiquing, playing tennis, running and spending time with my family and friends.  

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:   I grew up on a horse farm.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Take a road trip along the California coastline.

Daniel Prohaska

Job title: Development Officer

Employed by: Avian Conservation Center / The Center for Birds of Prey            

What I like most about my job:  I love the unique way the Center approaches conservation through birds of prey. I have been impacted by the Center since I was 11 years old, and now I get to be a part of engaging others in that work.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:   My colleagues in the Master of Arts program for Philanthropy and Development at LaGrange College in Georgia encouraged me to get involved in my local AFP chapter. I love networking and growing professionally and AFP provides a great forum for that!

I'm originally from: Moncks Corner, SC

My hobbies include: Volunteering with Lions Clubs International (the world’s largest service organization, dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired) and building/flying high-powered model rockets.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:   I have a real passion for international missions and love working with the Hausa people in West Africa through the IMB.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Plan a road trip to Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania during the fall migration to see and count some of the 20,000+ migrating raptors that cross this landmark each year.

Barbie Schreiner

Job title: Director of Fundraising

Employed by: Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy

What I like most about my job:  Talking with people. I love learning about people’s motivations for philanthropy, their life stories and the legacy and impact they want to leave. It is very inspiring.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: Peer collaboration is a great way to learn and share best practices

I'm originally from: Toledo, Ohio….I know, I know

My hobbies include: My pets, traveling, eating all of the good food in Charleston, being engaged in the plethora of activities Charleston offers.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I was in a Jiff Peanut butter commercial as a child

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Travel the world like Anthony Bourdain…learning about cultures and eating

Megan Severn

Job title:  Planned Giving Administrative Assistant

Employed by:  Medical University of South Carolina

What I like most about my job:  Having the chance to work with such a great development team at MUSC.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I would love to learn more about the fundraising community and to be able to network with different organizations in Charleston.

I'm originally from: Malvern, Ohio

My hobbies include:  Going to the beach, cooking, crafting, and spending time with my three pups.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I have been severely allergic to dairy since I was six months old.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Travel to Italy and Greece with my husband and family. I would love to see where my family is orginally from.

Shea Sinclair

Job title: Vice President of Development

Employed by: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (CMCC)       

What I like most about my job:  CMCC is deeply involved in education and workforce issues; recognizing the need for a highly educated and technically skilled workforce.  Being involved with an organization building up local young people to be qualified for employment in the area’s 21st Century workforce is both challenging and gratifying.  I am energized when my work helps others. 

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  AFP has always been a great source of information and education for the fundraising/development professional, while offering opportunities to connect with others.  Being new to Charleston, AFP membership has helped me get involved and meet peers throughout the community.

I'm originally from: Kansas (Yes…I’ve heard LOTS of Toto jokes since moving here!)

Previous work experience: I served 8 years as the Executive Director/CEO of a Community Foundation in Kansas working with passionate donors to support exceptional community organizations and projects.  

My hobbies include:  Kayaking, paddle boarding, exploring the beautiful East Coast, travel and projects around our home.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  My husband and I moved to Charleston in June of 2015.  

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Travel!  My husband and I love to travel and start planning our next trip on the way home from a vacation.

Michael Sosnowski

Job title: Donor Relations Manager

Employed by: The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina    

What I like most about my job:  I love the opportunity to get out in the field and walk, paddle or ride with our donors and partners. Without fail, every one of them has a uniquely personal story that ties back to why they care about a particular piece of property, a certain species, or conservation in South Carolina as a whole – sharing those stories is the best (and most effective) part of my job.  

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: Even with all of the in-house training and professional development that TNC offers, it is important to connect and network with local development professionals to exchange ideas and best practices for every specific region. 

I'm originally from: Wadmalaw Island, SC

My hobbies include: hunting, boating, hiking, woodworking, swimming and paddling. 

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I am also a professional ocean rescue lifeguard – yes, just like Baywatch…

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Charter a yacht and spend a week adventuring around the Virgin Islands with my wife. 

Amy Spencer

Job title:  Director of Marketing

Employed by:  Blackbaud

What I like most about my job:  It’s simple - I get to work with exceptional nonprofits that are changing the world. 

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  A great opportunity to learn and partner with great professionals doing amazing work.

I'm originally from:  Indiana

My hobbies include:  Wait – people have time for these?!  You can usually find me on the golf course watching my son play.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I played on the Men’s High School Golf Team. 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Four of the days, you’d find me walking the hallowed grounds of Augusta National at the Masters.  The other three days you’d find me on the beach with a book and a smile.

Haley Sulka

Job title: Alumni/Development Coordinator

Employed by: MUSC    

What I like most about my job:  

The people I work with! Also, I love knowing that we are helping others even if I don’t see it directly every day. 

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: I am new to Charleston and to development. I thought joining AFP would be a good way to network and get a better understanding of fundraising/development across different industries.

I'm originally from:  Bluffton, SC

My hobbies include: Playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, cooking and I’m on a quest to find the best chocolate chip cookie in Charleston (suggestions are welcome!) 

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I lived in NYC after graduating from Clemson University and worked behind the scenes of fashion week.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Go to Ireland (it’s on my “places to see” list).

Kaley Stunkard

Job title: Development and Communications Associate

Employed by: WINGS for kids

What I like most about my job:  I like knowing that each day my hard work is making the lives of children in the Lowcountry even better!

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: Learning more about the fundraising and development profession will be a huge factor in helping me reach my career goals!

I'm originally from: Pittsburgh, Pa

My hobbies include: Paddleboarding, Cooking, and Hanging out at the beach

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I think Charleston is the best city in the U.S.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Travel to Thailand

Ellie Tiller

Job title: Director of Development

Employed by: Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

What I like most about my job:  I love being out in the community, meeting new people, and being an ambassador for CML and all of the important work we are doing.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because: I joined AFP because it is a great opportunity to network with my colleagues in the community and learn more about best practices for fundraising.

I'm originally from: Lookout Mountain, TN

My hobbies include: Yoga, tennis, and spending time with my husband and three children.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I lived in NYC for 5 years before moving to Charleston. 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Go to a tropical island with my family and soak up the sun and relax!  

Maureen Tokarczyk

Job title:  Development Specialist

Employed by:  Roper St. Francis Foundation

What I like most about my job:   I enjoy coming to work every day because I get to see the impact philanthropy has on the quality of healthcare in our community. 

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I want more opportunities to grow professionally and to learn from my fundraising colleagues.

I'm originally from: Paducah, Kentucky

My hobbies include:  Cooking with my husband, music, going to concerts, hanging out on the beach, playing with my two kitties Lilly and Beau.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I play the oboe and I was a music major in college.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: Travel to London with my husband to listen to the London Philharmonic in concert. 

Katie Tumbleston

Name:  Katie Tumbleston

Job title:  Development Associate

Employed by:  American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina

What I like most about my job:  Learning about the interesting backgrounds, lives, and interests of our donors. It is also an amazing experience to be a part of such an influential organization like the ACLU.  The work we do around the country is inspirational as a professional and as a citizen of the U.S.

I recently joined AFP because:  I am new to the development world and am interested in soaking up all of the knowledge that AFP provides through its membership.

I'm originally from:  Jackson, Mississippi

My hobbies include:  Horseback riding and lounging on the beach.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I have three children.  Oops, I mean 3 cats!

 If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Eat my way through Europe.

Lisa Ward

Job title: Director of Philanthropy

Employed by: Porter-Gaud School    

What I like most about my job:   I enjoy all aspects of fundraising! I think my favorite though is helping donors make a planned gift.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP to get to know other fundraising professionals in Charleston.

I'm originally from: Summerville, SC 

My hobbies include: I enjoy volunteering, attending oyster roasts, shopping, and spending time with family.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I am a licensed attorney in South Carolina. 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: I would take a vacation with my husband somewhere relaxing! 

Lauren Whiteside

Lauren Whiteside

Job Title:  Development Associate

Employed by:  MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

What I like most about my job: I absolutely love working at the Hollings Cancer Center.  My passion is helping others and volunteering with non-profit organizations, so this is a perfect fit for me.  I sincerely enjoy coming into work each day; I’m helping with the fight against cancer and that’s a wonderful feeling!

I recently joined AFP because:  Many of my new colleagues at MUSC are a part of the AFP and I thought this would be a wonderful way to meet others in the same field as myself.

I’m originally from: Lexington, SC

My hobbies include:  Yoga, writing for my blog, volunteering, spending time with friends and family, and going to the dog park with my Border Collie, Rainer!

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I am the South Carolina Chapter Leader for the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.  I founded the SC Chapter in January 2011.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  If I had a week to do anything I wanted and had unlimited fundas well, I would travel around the state of South Carolina and volunteer.  I would help educate people (men and women) on the topic on cervical cancer and HPV. And if there were unlimited funds, then I would help as many women as possible receive their pap test & pelvic exam that might not be able to afford to do so otherwise.

Jennifer Winchester

Job title: Director of Philanthropy  

Employed by: Charleston Animal Society            

What I like most about my job:  Being a part of such a stellar lifesaving operation. I love being able to tell my donors that they are saving animal lives because they truly are. And, of course, I cannot resist spending time with the many dogs and cats that are looking for new homes! They provide as much support to us as we do to them some days. 

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I wanted to take advantage of the benefits of membership! There is a great focus on career development, and I appreciate that.

I'm originally from: Bainbridge, New York (small town, one stoplight, about 90 minute from Syracuse).

My hobbies include:  I'm an avid sports fan, especially college basketball (Go Orange!), but I also enjoy most things outdoors (concerts, beach volleyball, festivals). I am also active in CrossFit, a board member of YNPN Lowcountry, and a new homeowner so I am sure to be adding hobbies in the next few months!

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:   If I could re-do my education, I would go for broadcast journalism. I grew up wanting to be Linda Cohn on Sportscenter. Instead, I have a Masters Degree in Human Services with a specialization in marital, couple, and family counseling! Not quite the same! 

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Take a trip to Italy. My grandfather was from Sicily so I'd like to see his city, as well as Tuscany and Venice!

Helen Wolfe

Job title:  Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

Employed by:  Historic Charleston Foundation

What I like most about my job:  Historic Charleston Foundation has been a part of so many groundbreaking efforts and programs throughout the Charleston community in its 67 years, and I love that in my role I get to use big picture thinking in creating partnerships to help all of the many facets of the organization continue to succeed. I get to learn more about the history and people of Charleston and Historic Charleston Foundation each day, which makes me even more enamored by the place I now call home.

I'm originally from:  Lincoln, Nebraska

My hobbies include:  Playing piano, reading, taking dance and fitness classes, hiding out in local coffee shops, and currently making a house a home (as my husband and I purchased our first home last week!).

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  Try as I might, I still cannot whistle.