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: Third Thursday every other month, 5:15 pm
  • Members: Sherrana Kildun, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation; Sue Loiland, Pacific Lutheran University; Lee Warnecke, University of Puget Sound
  • Chair: Dermont Smith, Campbell & Company

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: Emily Happy, The Philanthropy Collective; Elizabeth Hirschl, Elements of Education; Jim Hushagan, The Philanthropy Collective; Missy Zenczak, United Way Pierce County
  • Chair: Andrea Michelbach, Pacific Lutheran University; Co-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: Kate Albert Ward, Hilltop Artists; Laurel Carlyle, World Vision; Sue Loiland, Pacific Lutheran University 
  • Chair: Jennifer Wolbrecht, Pierce College

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: Second Mondays, 4:30 pm, Peace Community Center
  • Members: Jan Brazzell, Advancement Consulting; Laura Edman, The Alford Group; Jim Greenfield, Retired; Ruth Tollefson, Peace Community Center
  • Chair: Jennie Griek, Children's Museum of Tacoma; Missy Zenczak, 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; Laura Edman, The Alford Group; Al Hove, Fundraising Consultant; Barbara James, CHI Franciscan Foundation; Sue Loiland, Pacific Lutheran University; Rick Oldenburg, Oldenburg and Associations; Doug Page, Pacific Lutheran University; James Plourde, Campbell & Company; Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • Co-chairs: Emily Happy, Writer & Fundraising Consultant (AFP SS) 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.

  • Meeting Schedule: Varies, please contact chair for more details.
  • Chair: Mary Davidson, the Zoo Society

Committee Chairs Share Why They Serve

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“AFP is a great resource and network of dedicated professionals working to make the South Sound a thriving community. As a life-long learner I come away with new tips after every AFP engagement.” 
— Sheranna Kildun, past IDEA Committee Chair

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“AFP South Sound has been such a positive professional and personal network for me. Joining — and volunteering with — our local chapter has been one of the best ways for me to grow my career and get to know the local nonprofit community.”
— Andrea Michelbach, Marketing and Communications Committee Chair

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“I joined AFP South Sound almost five 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, past Membership Committee Chair

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“I'm a member of AFPSS because I have gained so much from my professional community. Fundraising can be difficult, lonely work, and I'm so grateful that I have a group of people that always understands where I'm coming from! AFP has also brought me the opportunity to learn from the best of the best and prepare for and pass my CFRE. I feel so fortunate to be part of such a supportive network!”
— Ruth Tollefson, past Program Committee 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

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“I am an AFP member to enhance my knowledge within the field of philanthropy, gain access to professional development resources, and to learn and build real relationships with others in the fund development community. My years with AFPSS has provided me with a variety of informational resources, new perspectives, and new ideas to take back to my organization.”
— Linda Hickman, past Young Professionals Committee Chair