Chapter Committees

AFP South Sound (AFPSS) is fortunate to have many engaged members who make our chapter great! The dedicated members of our chapter committees volunteer their time to assure that we are a success. Committee members have the opportunity to learn, contribute, and shape our chapter.

Committees are always looking for additional volunteers, and serving is a great way to give back to your local AFP chapter and get to know others in the chapter more closely. If you would like to join any of the committees below, please contact the committee chair.

IDEA Committee

The IDEA Committee works to expand inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in fundraising in the South Sound.

  • Meeting schedule: First Tuesday of the month, 4:30 pm
  • Members: Al Hove, Phoenix Risen Consulting; Kyle Franklin, MultiCare Foundations; Sue Loiland, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Co-Chairs: Jill Rose, PCAF

Marketing and Communications Committee

The Marketing and Communications Committee shares and promotes chapter opportunities to learn, network and grow; shares resources and information with our members; and increases the visibility of AFP South Sound in our region.

  • Meeting schedule: Third Wednesday of the month, 12:30 pm
  • Members: Janie Frasier, HopeSparks; Emily Happy, The Philanthropy Collective; Elizabeth Hirschl, Elements of Education; Jim Hushagan, The Philanthropy Collective; Andrea Michelbach, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Chair: Mary Brickle, Tacoma Art Museum

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee aims to attract, engage and retain members to AFP South Sound. We do this by spreading the word about the impact of our chapter, asking people to participate, and offering opportunities to be involved.

  • Meeting schedule: Third Friday of the month, 8 am
  • Members: Noah Baskett, Leadership Foundations; Sally Glover, South Sound Care; Sue Loiland, Pacific Lutheran University 
  • Chair: Kate Albert Ward, Community Volunteer and AFPSS Admin

Programs Committee

The Program Committee seeks to inspire and inform greater professionalism in fundraising practice by planning a diverse mix of educational programs that appeal to our members and friends. Our committee seeks CFRE-approved topics and presenters on par with those at national conferences. We coordinate with the other committees to ensure that AFP South Sound programming and events complement one another and meet ongoing needs for professional knowledge, networking and development.
  • Meeting schedule: First Monday of each month, 12 pm
  • Members: Angela Beard, City University of Seattle; Jan Brazzell, Advancement Consulting; Jim Greenfield, Retired; Jennie Griek, Children's Museum of Tacoma; Lisa Johnson, The Zoo Society; Ruth Tollefson, Amara; Lee Warnecke, University of Puget Sound
  • Chair: Laura Rose, Charles Wright Academy; Missy Zenczak Candler, United Way Pierce County

Summit Committee

The South Sound Philanthropy Summit Committee is a joint project of AFP South Sound (AFP SS) and the South Sound Planned Giving Council (SSPGC) formed to plan and execute the annual South Sound Philanthropy Summit. The goal of the Summit is to bring together development, allied professionals, and philanthropists for a day of education and networking.

  • Meeting schedule: First Monday of each month; bimonthly Aug/Sept pre-event
  • Members: Shelley Buck, Foundations of MultiCare; Robin Echtle, Tacoma Lutheran Home; Laura Edman, The Alford Group; Al Hove, Phoenix Risen Consulting; Rick Oldenburg, Oldenburg & Associations; Doug Page, Pacific Lutheran University; James Plourde, JP Fundraising Solutions; Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation; Susan Schmit, Franciscan Foundation
  • Co-chairs: Emily Happy, The Philanthropy Collective (AFPSS) and Todd Blodgett, Eisenhower Carlson (SSPGC)

Young Professionals Committee

The Young Professional committee seeks to provide opportunities for young development professionals in the South Sound region. We aim to grow the young professional membership category; organize events that share ideas and resources; and provide meaningful input to the AFPSS Board. Young Professional events are focused on peer exchanges through collaboration, networking, and community resource sharing.

Committee Chairs Share Why They Serve

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"AFP South Sound provides great networking and training opportunities for both new and seasoned fundraising professionals, so we can enhance our work and impact. I’m inspired by those doing this work, and enjoy working alongside other committed, passionate people who are taking action to elevate philanthropy and strengthen our community." 
— Jill Rose, IDEA Committee Chair

"AFP South Sound has been an incredible resource for education, networking, and community building since I first joined the fundraising world. I've loved deepening my knowledge and growing my connections each year. Joining our chapter board was an obvious choice in terms of leadership opportunities - it's easy to serve an organization whose mission you believe in! I'm excited to keep pushing boundaries in our sector and keep working with my colleagues to encourage community-centric fundraising in our community."
— Mary Brickle, Marketing and Communications Committee Chair

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"I joined AFP South Sound almost seven years ago because I was new to fundraising. I have stayed involved because I really value the programming, networking, and leadership opportunities that our chapter makes possible.”
— Kate Albert Ward, Membership Committee Chair

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AFP is a wonderful resource for fundraising professionals that are looking to connect, learn, grow, and support each other. I believe that AFP makes us better fundraisers and stewards to our donors. I feel fortunate and honored to be a part of a group of such supportive and esteemed professionals.
— Missy Zenczak Candler, Program Committee Co-Chair

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“AFP South Sound is my go-to for superior development education and networking. It is a wildly supportive community, and I have loved learning and growing with these wise professionals over the last several years. Thank you, AFP!”
— Emily Happy, Summit Committee Co-Chair