AFP Advancement Northwest’s 2018 Board of Directors 

Our board is a group of volunteer professionals who generously share their time and expertise to help fundraisers build their proficiency and advance their careers. We invite you to reach out to anyone on the board to learn more about AFP Advancement Northwest or philanthropy in Washington State.


 

A vote for our 2019 Board of Directors will be held at our Winter Social and Annual Meeting on Monday, December 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sole Repair Shop (1001 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122). All current Advancement Northwest members are invited to join us and take part in the vote. Check out the full proposed slate of Directors of Officers.

We need to have at least 50 members present in order for the vote to take place, so we encourage you to be there! Register today!

Officers

   
 President
Elizabeth "Beth" Castleberry, CFRE
 
 

President-Elect (for 2019)
Asa Tate

Immediate Past President
Lara Littlefield, CFRE
Treasurer
Victoria Kitts
 
Secretary & Vice President of Philanthropy
Jennifer Lee 
Vice President of Diversity,
Equity, Inclusion & Access

Bryan Baker 
 Vice President of Core Programs
Troy Coalman

Vice President of Membership
Jason Dick
 Vice President of Signature Programs
Andrea John-Smith 

Vice President of External Relations
April Johnson

 Board Members  

   
Chair of Corporate Sponsorship
 Kate Banta-Green, CFRE

Co-Chair Strategic Plan
Julie Bianchi, CFRE 

Chair of Leading Edge Core Programs
Lisa Bury, CFRE
      
Chair of Marketing & Communications 
Christie Cotterill, CFRE
 Chair of Community Partnerships & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access  Committee Member
Kari Dasher
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee
Maya Hemachandra, CFRE
     

National Philanthropy Day Committee Member
 Sharon Hurt, CFRE

 Co-Chair of Forum on Strategic Fundraising and Chair of Social Media
B. Michelle Johnson, CFRE
Chair of Public Policy
Kirk Laughlin
     

Directorship Committee Member
 Ray Li

Co-Chair Strategic Plan
 Barbara Maduell, CFRE

Sponsorship Committee Member
 Karen Mudd
     
Membership Committee Member
Helen Sernett, CFRE
Co-Chair of Forum on Strategic Fundraising
Libby Singer 
Co-Chair of National Philanthropy Day
Amy Stone 
     
 Chair of Northwest WA Igniting
Philanthropy Programs

Brad Tuininga
Chair of Business Development
 Daniel Webb
Chair of Governance, Member Giving Committee Member, & Past Presidents Liaison
Jeffrey Wilcox, CFRE 

Advancement Northwest Staff

  • Patty Anderson, Association Executive
  • Ceri Farrow, Member Services Coordinator
  • Rachel Horgan, Events Manager

Saluting Our Past Leaders

We are grateful for the leadership of the past presidents of AFP Advancement Northwest, AFP Washington, and NDOA.

Current Board Member Volunteer Causeway Login


Biographies

Bryan Baker, Board MemberVice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access
Director of Development, Northwest Justice Project

Prefered Pronouns: he/him/his

Bryan Baker has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in program management, operations, and fundraising roles. He is currently Director of Development at Northwest Justice Project (NJP) where he works closely with staff and board members to nourish a culture of philanthropy as he grows the organization’s first private resource development program.

Prior to NJP, he breathed new life into fundraising at Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets to avert program closure and build a strong and engaged donor base.

Since 2015, Bryan has participated on Advancement Northwest’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access committee and this year serves as the Vice President. He is also Vice President on the board of Helpline House on Bainbridge Island, where he has lived with his family since 2003.

Bryan completed his B.A. at the Evergreen State College and earned his M.A. at Antioch University Seattle with a strong focus on social work and community engagement.

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Kate Banta-Green, CFRE, Board Member, Chair of Corporate Sponsorship
Principal and Co-Founder, Breakthrough Fundraising Group

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kate Banta-Green is currently an independent fundraising consultant helping nonprofits fulfill their mission by meeting their fundraising goals. Kate brings 20+ years of nonprofit experience to her board and client work.

Kate has held a variety of philanthropic positions and understands the full spectrum of philanthropy. These positions include development director, foundation program officer, board member, and consultant. Kate wholehearted believes in fundraising best practices and confirmed proof in their success when she implemented them as a development director and doubled individual giving during the recession.

Kate is the chair of the AFP Advancement Northwest sponsorship committee. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Kate is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

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Julie Bianchi, CFRE, Board Member, Co-Chair Strategic Plan
Principal, Julie Bianchi Consulting

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Julie Bianchi partners with nonprofit professionals and volunteers to reveal new paths forward to long-term fundraising success. As an independent fundraising consultant, she believes the sweet spot between big picture thinking and the details is where successful fundraising strategy is born.

Her experience in fundraising, programs, finance, and board leadership over the past decade is the underpinning for her practical and creative consulting style. She has partnered with more than 40 organizations across the country, with an emphasis on campaigns ranging from $1 million to $300 million. Julie especially enjoys shaping an organization’s story from a donor’s perspective.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Business Administration from Santa Clara University and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. Julie is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington. She currently serves on the board of AFP Advancement Northwest. In her spare time, you can find Julie running at Alki, enjoying the company of her husband and two small children, gardening, or hiking.

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Lisa Bury, CFRE, Board Member, Chair of Leading Edge Core Programs

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Captivated by music at age four, Lisa Bury continued her passion for the performing arts most recently as Seattle Opera’s Director of Development.

She began her career as a marketing intern at Lyric Opera of Chicago and continued there to nurture donor relationships as Assistant Director - Donor Services and Special Events, manage board solicitations, special events and special projects as Director of Women’s Board Activities, and, as Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Support, oversee all institutional giving efforts. As Director of Development, Lisa has also led the fundraising teams at Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, and Florida Grand Opera.

Her volunteer activities include participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness Walks and serving on the boards of AFP Advancement Northwest and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO). She has presented at the conferences of OPERA America, League of American Orchestras, and ACSO.

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Elizabeth "Beth" Castleberry, CFRE, Board Member, President
Executive Director, King County Library Foundation

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Elizabeth “Beth” Castleberry is the Executive Director of the King County Library System Foundation. Prior to joining the KCLS Foundation in 2013, she served for seven years as the Chief Development Officer for Global Partnerships a non-profit impact investor expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. Beth has also held senior positions in fund development with Washington State University, the Seattle Public Library Foundation, and the Seattle Symphony.

Beth is a past-President of AFP Advancement Northwest. She was the founding Board President for the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation and served as an officer on the Boards of the Northwest Development Officers Association, Seattle Girls’ and Spruce Street Schools.

Beth is a graduate of Washington State University and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). A native of the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys discussing books as a member of the Emerald City Literati, skiing at Stevens Pass, and kayaking on Lake Crabapple. Most evenings you can find her walking along the bluff in Magnolia with her husband Chuck and their rescue dog Clementine.

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Troy Coalman, Board Member, Vice President of Core Programs
Director of Annual Giving and Community Engagement, FareStart

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Troy Coalman is Director of Annual Giving & Community Engagement with FareStart in Seattle, a positon that marries his passion for philanthropy, culinary arts and uplifting those in our community who are struggling with homelessness.

His two-decade career in fundraising has spanned all facets of the sector from annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, data analysis, event production, marketing, communication, branding and public relations. He has worked with causes ranging from the arts, education, domestic violence to LGBT activism and community engagement.

He is a native of Seattle area having grown up in Kirkland, a graduate of Lake Washington (proud Kangaroo) and attending Seattle University. Troy spent 20 plus years in San Francisco with brief consulting projects on the East Coast. During his career as a development officer, he has developed a love for teaching and mentoring having taught with AFP, Foundation Center, Development Roundtable and with boards of directors across the country. This has married perfectly with his position on the AFP Advancement Northwest Board of Directors where he is Vice President of Core Programs, which encompasses the organizations broad range of monthly education opportunities.

Besides his devotion to the fundraising sector he is an avid advocate for accessibility for the blind community. In 2016, he along with colleague Carol Brown, developed a white paper for presenters of AFP programs to ensure accommodation blind and deaf attendees at events and educational programs. He continues this work with AFP International with a determination to create an industry that welcomes all abilities. Along with his work with AFP, he is an active Rotarian with Rotary Club of Seattle 4, the third largest rotary club in the world is a member of the Community Service Committee. Troy and his husband Alejandro are residents of Seattle’s Chinatown, they share an enthusiasm for the cities food and exploring the sites of Western Washington.

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Christie Cotterill, CFRE, Board Member, Marketing & Communications
Assistant Development Director, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine 

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Christie Cotterill is the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Go Cougs! In this role, she builds relationships with donors and alumni in western Washington and helps people find their philanthropic passion. She also launched the fundraising campaign for the WSU rabies vaccination program: Rabies Free Africa.

Prior to starting at WSU, Christie was the Individual Giving Manager at the Seattle Aquarium with a special fondness for the Pacific Giant octopus. She's also worked at Northwest Center and especially enjoyed supervising people of all abilities. While living in Los Angeles, she worked with Kids With A Cause.

Christie serves on the board of AFP Advancement Northwest and this year is the chair of the new communications and marketing committee. She has also served as the VP for Strategic Initiatives and VP of Programs through AFP. Christie serves on the AFP International Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee with a focus on the task force working to increase the number of chapters that have a focus on diversity. Her personal passion is gardening - you should see the flowers and veggies in the summer!

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Kari Dasher, Board Member, Chair of Community Partnerships, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee Member
Senior Consultant, The Ostara Group

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kari Dasher has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 24 years. She is currently a Senior Consultant with The Ostara Group, where she provides counsel to nonprofit organizations and leads a team of consultants focused on strategy and support for individual giving, major gifts, interim staffing, capital campaigns, coaching and planning. She is passionate about addressing systemic organizational challenges that undermine fund development and programmatic efficacy and does so by way of board and organizational development, strategic/succession planning and coaching work with nonprofit leaders.

Prior to becoming a full-time consultant, she was Director of Development at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. In that role, she led a reorganization of the fund development department and raised more than $11M in revenue for YWCA's programs. While at YWCA, Kari deepened her work in diversity, equity and inclusion and was part of a Robin DiAngelo-led cohort of leaders exploring whiteness and institutional racism, partnering with members to brainstorm and recommend equitable solutions within the nonprofit context.

Kari serves on the board of AFP Advancement Northwest. She is currently the Chair of Community Partnerships and a member of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee. She is also an AFP IHQ-certified Master Trainer, serves on IHQ’s IDEA Committee and is a founding board member of The Uganda Fistula Fund for TERREWODE, which broke ground on a women's reproductive health hospital in Soroti, Uganda in March 2018. Her passions beyond the nonprofit sector include being a stepmom to four young adults, participating in outdoor sports, traveling and reading about emerging infectious disease.

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Jason Dick, Board Member, Vice President of Membership
Director of Donor Relations - International, CRISTA Ministries

Jason Dick leads a team of major gift fundraisers at CRISTA Ministries. Jason’s team raises money with the intention of moving people from poverty into abundance of life through World Concern, sending veterinarians to serve communities without a vet through Christian Veterinary Mission, providing summer camps to military, foster, low-income youth through CRISTA Camps, creating community and providing healthcare for seniors through CRISTA Senior Living, educating students at risk at Seattle Urban Academy, inspiring hearts and minds at King’s School and providing uplifting music through CRISTA Media.

His roles have varied from annual giving and community events to major gifts and capital campaign fundraising. He has worked in public, private and faith-based nonprofits spanning many different sectors including: education, health care, social services, relief and international development and arts raising money in both the USA and Canada. One of his first jobs involved working with the Vancouver Canucks in support of their signature charity, Canuck Place. He has also spent several years with Eastside nonprofits in Washington including Hopelink, Bellevue College and Evergreen Health.

Jason loves meeting and encouraging new and old fundraisers. He believes that there is an exciting career to be had in fundraising and wants to encourage those from all backgrounds who are new to the profession. If you have questions, need encouragement in your work, have a passion for diversity, want to “talk shop”, or think through a new idea Jason would love to connect. He serves on the AFP Advancement Northwest Board and leads the membership committee. Jason lives in Redmond with his wife and two children. They attend Overlake Christian Church. He is an amateur homebrewer and craft beer enthusiast. If you want to get him talking, ask him to tell you a fact about trees.

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Maya Hemachandra, CFRE, Board Member, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee Member
Resource Development Director, Solid Ground

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Maya Hemachandra strategically blends philanthropy and community engagement to build strong relationships with donors and create champions for social change. Since joining Solid Ground in 2016, she has created policies to address inequities within resource development practices, while dramatically increasing revenue from private sources.

A Seattle native, Maya has served organizations in the region for over 15 years and holds an MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), as well as a Girl Scout troop leader.

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Sharon Hurt, CFRE, Board Member, National Philanthropy Day Committee Member
Director of Development, The Bush School

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sharon Hurt is the Director of Development at The Bush School. She formerly served as the Director of Advancement for Charles Wright Academy (Tacoma), where her oversight included fundraising, enrollment management, financial aid, marketing and communications, and alumni and parent relations. Prior to joining Charles Wright, Sharon was the Director of Advancement at Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, PA.

Sharon is a highly regarded advancement professional in the region, serving as a Board member for Advancement Northwest, and a participant in NWAIS’s Pathways to Leadership program, a competitive two-year leadership training program for women in the association. She is the former Committee Chair for National Philanthropy Day, and served as a member of the Social Justice Fund NW and Gender Justice Giving Project.

Sharon holds a BA in English with a Certificate in Women’s Studies, and a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, and a certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. Sharon is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

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Andrea John-Smith, Board Member, Vice President of Signature Programs
Principal, Scout Finch Consulting

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Andrea is a nonprofit strategy consultant, trainer, and writer based in Seattle. She guides boards and executive directors through customized planning processes, and resource development interventions.

Prior to launching Scout Finch Consulting, she served as the Director of Community Campaigns with United Way of King County where she led a team responsible for raising $65 million annually in the recession years following 9/11. Prior to that, she served as Capital Campaign Manager and Director of Volunteers for the Northwest Division of The Salvation Army, managed a groundbreaking on-line public policy curriculum distribution program at the University of Washington’s Cascade Center for Public Service, and served as a neighborhood small business field organizer for Columbia City Revitalization in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

Each spring she teaches a graduate course on philanthropy and grantsmanship at the University of Washington’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. A past President (2009) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Andrea remains active with AFP Advancement Northwest as Vice President of Signature Programs, overseeing National Philanthropy Day and the Forum on Strategic Fundraising. She also serves as a mentor for the Rainier Valley Corps Fellowship Program, and as a Fellow with Creating the Future.

Andrea has a degree in Humanities from the University of California at Berkeley. She met and married her husband Darryl Smith while studying acting at the American Conservatory Theatre. Her daughter, Sofia, is about to graduate from college.

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April Johnson, Board MemberVice President of External Relations
Chief Philanthropy Officer, Amara

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

April currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Advancement and Communications for the UW School of Social Work. April has been with the University of Washington – in progressive fundraising roles – since 2005, working in UW Medicine and the College of Engineering before joining the School of Social Work in 2015. Before moving to Seattle, April worked in Portland, Oregon, with the William Temple House for four years in their development office.

April has a Masters in public affairs and administration from the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and completed her bachelor’s studies in communications and theology at Eastern University in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

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B. Michelle Johnson, CFRE, Board Member, Co-Chair of Forum on Strategic Fundraising, Chair of Social Media
Director of Development, Legal Voice

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

B. Michelle Johnson is the Director of Development for Legal Voice, a progressive feminist organization using the power of the law to make change in the Northwest. Prior to this, she worked in fundraising and communications at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington and Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland. She is an instructor for the University of Washington Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. Michelle received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in playwriting.

Her volunteer experiences include serving in the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire, chairing the Community Advisory Board for HIV/AIDS Trail Unit, and serving as President of the Board and managing communications for the Jet City Rollergirls. She is in her third year as an Advancement Northwest Board member where she’s the Social Media Chair and Forum for Strategic Planning Co-Chair.

When Michelle is not passionately advocating for women’s and LGBTQ people’s rights, she is traveling, hiking our beautiful mountains, running endless mountain trails or trying out a new microbrewery with her wife. She loves to listen to music while cooking.

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Victoria Kitts, Board Member, Treasurer
Audit Senior Manager, Clark Nuber PS

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Victoria Kitts is an audit senior manager with Clark Nuber, a leading regional accounting firm. During her 10+ years at Clark Nuber, she has specialized in serving not-for-profit organizations with a focus on financial statement and federal grant compliance audits. She is a member of the training team, designing and implementing internal and external learning opportunities to the accounting profession, and is a regular contributor to the Clark Nuber Newsletter.

Victoria currently serves as the treasurer of the AFP Advancement Northwest. She is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of College Access Now, whose mission is to empower students from low-income families to access, enroll and graduate from college at rates equal to their more advantaged peers.

Victoria obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

In her spare time, you can find Victoria and her husband Brendan taking advantage of their walkable West Seattle neighborhood. They both enjoy finally feeling like locals after moving to Seattle over a decade ago.

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Kirk Laughlin, Board Member, Chair of Public Policy
Director of Advancement, Academy for Precision Learning 

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Kirk Laughlin is the Director of Advancement at the Academy for Precision Learning (APL). He has been a fundraiser since 1994 and has held leadership positions in fundraising, community affairs and government relations at Pacific Northwest organizations for nearly 20 years.

Before joining APL, he served such organizations as the Seattle Children's Museum, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Youth Eastside Services, and Pacific Science Center.

Kirk holds a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and is an advisory council member for the Inland Northwest Lighthouse. He has presented on topics including government affairs for nonprofits, small-shop major gift fundraising, social media, workplace giving and CDO-ED relationships at local forums and in support of programming at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Kirk has served on the AFP Advancement Northwest board since 2010. He is currently the Chair of Public Policy for AFP Advancement Northwest and serves on AFP International's U.S. Government Relations Committee. Like any good former English major, he has uncompleted novels and screenplays in his computer. He also runs long-distance, (occasional marathons and half-marathons, lots of 10Ks and 15Ks). He lives in North Seattle with his wife and three sons.

Kirk also serves as Chair of Public Policy & U.S. Government Relations Committee with AFP International

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Jennifer Lee, Board Member, Secretary, Vice President of Philanthropy
Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Seattle Foundation

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jen Lee is a Senior Philanthropic Advisor with the Seattle Foundation. Both as a consultant and an in-the-trenches fundraiser, Jen has more than a decade of combined experience in working for and with nonprofit organizations. She has particular expertise in relationship-based fundraising where giving is a result of meaningful, long-term engagements. Jen’s analytical mind—she is known for being able to quickly identify the gaps in a development program and propose the most effective solutions—is equally matched by her inquisitive and collaborative approach to problem-solving. In her work, she looks to build and strengthen existing infrastructure and systems, and implement sustainable fundraising practices.

Jen serves on the boards of AFP Advancement Northwest and Seattle Chamber Music Society. Jen holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and Management from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths University of London.

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Ray Li, Board Member, Directorship Committee Member
Senior Director of International Advancement, University of Washington

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Ray Li is the Senior Director for International Advancement at University of Washington. In this role, he oversees the international fundraising and alumni relations activities of the UW.

Prior to joining the UW, he served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Advancement for Neighborhood House for 12 years. Ray also served as the Assistant Director of Development for the American Red Cross – Greater Hartford Chapter and was involved as a volunteer and paid staff of both the Canadian Red Cross and the American Red Cross - Seattle King County Chapter.

Ray serves on the board of AFP Advancement Northwest, on the Visiting Committee of the Seattle University Master in Not-for-profit Leadership Program and until recently, as an instructor for the University of Washington Certificate in Fundraising Management Program. He also served on the boards of Northwest Development Officers Association (NDOA) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington State Chapter (AFP-WA) as well as serving as president for both organizations (NDOA in 2005 and AFP-WA in 2008). He recently completed his term as president of AFP Advancement Northwest in 2016.

Ray continues to serve as an active mentor to young professionals and as an advisor to organizations big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest. In his spare time, you can find Ray and his wife Beeby enjoying the Pacific Northwest with their son Ryder and daughter Dylann or on his own training for triathlons. Once indoors you can be sure to find him in the kitchen cooking.

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Lara Littlefield, CFRE, Board Member, Immediate Past President
Associate Vice President for Innovation Strategy at CoMotion and the Global Innovation Exchange, University of Washington

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Lara Littlefield is University of Washington Associate Vice President for Innovation Strategy at CoMotion and Chief Strategy Officer for the Global Innovation Exchange. With over 20 years of experience in resource development, she also oversees CoMotion's operations, labs, and innovation investment programs. Lara previously served as the Chief Advancement Officer for CoMotion/GIX and before that was Senior Director of Advancement at the University of Washington, where she was responsible for the ongoing strategic design, oversight and implementation of the UW's California advancement program.

Prior to the joining the UW, Lara was a Principal at Collins Group (now Campbell & Company), where she consulted with over 50 nonprofit organizations across the arts, education, environment, health and human social service sectors. She is the Immediate Past President for AFP Advancement Northwest and holds an M.P.A. and Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Evergreen State College.

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Barbara Maduell, CFRE, Board Member, Co-Chair Strategic Plan
Principal and Co-Founder, Breakthrough Fundraising Group

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

With her family legacy as inspiration, Barb has sat on every side of the nonprofit table for almost thirty years. She worked in-house as a development director and leadership gifts officer, raising $30 million for organizations serving children and families. As a board member, she created a strategy to raise $6 million in four months for a capital project. As a fundraising consultant, Barb has served more than 50 organizations in education, arts and culture, human services, and Jewish communal life, and empowered executives, development professionals, and board members to raise more than $150 million for their communities. Along the way, she has been a frequent presenter at local, regional and national conferences.

Barb is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The University of Wisconsin Law School. She serves on the board of AFP/Advancement Northwest and is a member of Washington Nonprofits, Washington State Bar Association, and Washington State Planned Giving Council.


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Karen Mudd, Board Member, Sponsorship Committee Member
Interim Director of Development, Hedgebrook

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Karen Mudd is an independent nonprofit consultant specializing in providing interim development staffing services. During times of organizational transition, she steps in as chief development officer to lead the team in heightened productivity and sets the stage for a new leader to enter and succeed.

Since 2011, Karen has worked with a diverse array of Puget Sound organizations including Harrison Medical Center Foundation, Women’s Funding Alliance, Cornish College of the Arts, Pride Foundation, The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle and The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

Prior to consulting, Karen served as Executive Director of Equality South Dakota. This followed four years at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America where she held the role of Director of Development. Prior to that, she enjoyed a 14-year tenure at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, where she was Director of Communications and Legislative Liaison.

Karen currently serves as on the sponsorship committee for AFP Advancement Northwest. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Webster University.

Originally from southern Illinois, Karen now feels at home in the Pacific Northwest during rain and shine. She enjoys gardening, yoga, hiking, kayaking, and traveling. Combining joint passions of friends and food, she loves entertaining with her wife in their home near Seward Park.

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Helen Sernett, CFRE, Board Member

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Helen Sernett is an Investments and Partnerships Director at Bloodworks Northwest, a unique healthcare provider for the community providing blood collection, testing, transfusion and research. Prior to joining BWNW, she served as a Director of Development for Seattle Children’s for 6 years. Helen also served as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving for Seattle University and has volunteered board service to Seattle Youth Garden Works now a program of Seattle Tilth.

Helen currently serves as a co-chair of the Membership Committee of AFP Advancement Northwest. In her service she has mentored and advised peers, colleagues, students, young and transitioning professionals in the field of mission advancement. She also served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington State Chapter (AFP-WA) prior to the merger.

Helen holds a degree from Muhlenberg College of Allentown, PA (BA – International Studies), a certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington and has had her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential since 2010. In her spare time, you can find Helen and her husband, Matt enjoying the Pacific Northwest with their daughter Wade Nora or at home cooking up a feast, often with her two cats underfoot hoping for crumbs.

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Libby Singer, Board Member, Co-Chair of Forum on Strategic Fundraising
Advancement Manager, The Bush School

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Libby Singer is the Assistant Director of Development at The Bush School. She oversees alumni programming, annual giving and donor recognition. Prior to joining Bush, Libby spent nearly four years at the University of Washington School of Public Health. She started her development career at Childhaven a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides healing care to abused, neglected and chemically affected children under 5 years old. She volunteers with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Advancement NW chapter where she helps produce the two signature events, a two-day conference and an annual luncheon celebration of National Philanthropy Day. Libby holds a BA in History from UW and is currently pursuing her MBA with a focus on leadership at UW Bothell. In her spare time, you can find Libby spending time with friends, crafting and playing volleyball. 

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Amy Stone, Board Member, Co-Chair of National Philanthropy Day
Consultant, The Alford Group

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Amy Stone is a consultant with The Alford Group, a professional consulting partner strengthening not-for-profits. Previously, Amy was development manager for Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Amy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Tulsa, and an MA in Arts Management and MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Southern Methodist University. She serves on AFP Advancement Northwest’s Board of Directors and as co-chair of the 2018 National Philanthropy Day event. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, travel, arts and crafts, and cooking.

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Asa Tate, Board Member, President-Elect (for 2019)
Director of Philanthropy & Mission Advancement, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Asa Tate is the Director of Philanthropy & Mission Advancement at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington overseeing annual, major and planned giving programs. She’s an accomplished fundraiser with more than 20 years of non-profit experience at local and national non-profits. She’s created and managed a wide variety of fundraising programs and events, appealing to donors of all types in order to diversify revenue and foster long-term sustainability.

Asa’s best known for her strategic thinking, leadership, and exceptional ability to create life-long relationships and partnerships that strengthen non-profits and our community. Asa actively volunteers to grow the field of philanthropy; serving as President-Elect for AFP Advancement Northwest, on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington Certificate in Fundraising Management, and as a former Northwest Development Officers Association Board & Executive Committee Member.

Asa is a life-long learner and alumni of Seattle’s Leadership Tomorrow – Class of 2015, 2016 Center for Creative Leadership – Leadership Development Program, and a 2002 graduate of United Way of King County’s Project LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness And Diversity).

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Brad Tuininga, Board Member, Chair of Northwest Washington Igniting Philanthropy Programs
Director of Philanthropy, Skagit Valley College Foundation

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Brad Tuininga is the Director of Philanthropy for Skagit Valley College Foundation (SVC). Serving Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties, Skagit Valley College is a comprehensive 2-year college providing opportunities in workforce development, academic/transfer and adult basic education for these communities.

Prior to joining SVC, he served as Resource Development Director for North Cascades Institute. Brad also served a Development Director for Bellingham Technical College Foundation and he co-created, launched, and directed the Society for Wilderness Stewardship (SWS), the only professional organization in the United States dedicated to advancing the professional practice of Wilderness stewardship.

Brad currently serves as the Chair of AFP Advancement Northwest’s Igniting Philanthropy Series programs for Northwest Washington. He is activitely involved with the Skagit Development Professionals group, as well as advising nonprofits in Whatcom and Skagit counties on their development programs.

Brad holds a Masters in Education (Science Education) and a Bachelor of Arts (Resource Management and Sustainability) from Western Washington University, and a certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership from Northc Cascades Institute. When he’s not at work, Brad enjoys spending time outside with his wife, Jenny and their two daughters, Campbell and Elise.

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Daniel Webb, Board Member, Chair of Business Development
Associate Director of Advancement, University of Washington College of the Environment

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Daniel Webb is the Associate Director of Advancement for the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the UW, Daniel got his start in fundraising working in Annual Giving and Alumni Relations for his alma mater, Southwestern University outside of Austin, TX. Daniel holds an MBA in Marketing from the UW Foster School of Business.

He has been involved with NDOA and now AFP Advancement Northwest for five years and has held leadership roles related to large programs like National Philanthropy Day and the Forum on Strategic Fundraising.

Daniel and his wife enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest with their new baby boy.

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Jeffrey Wilcox, CFRE, Board Member, Chair of Governance, Member Giving Committee Member, Past Presidents Liaison
President & CEO, Third Sector Company

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Jeffrey Wilcox is an experienced grant-maker, nonprofit executive and fundraiser turned entrepreneur. As President and CEO of The Third Sector Company, he leads one of the largest teams of professionals in the United States dedicated to the study, teaching, and practice of succession planning, interim executive leadership and chief executive performance advancement for the nonprofit sector. Third Sector Company has bases of operations in Long Beach, Orange County, and Sacramento, California; Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Since its founding in 2002, Third Sector Company has provided services to over 600 nonprofits in the United States and Canada and has provided interim leadership to organizations, congregations and associations whose combined assets total more than $1 billion. He is the former Senior Vice President of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix, Arizona, and executive director of CHOC Children’s Hospital Foundation in Orange County, CA.

Jeff is the former nonprofit columnist for the Long Beach Business Journal; founder of “The Board Chairs Academy;” and author of “The Nonprofit Leader of the New Decade.” He co-developed and is the former lead trainer for the Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute of Greater Los Angeles and the Developing Development Program/Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy in partnership with Executive Service Corps of Southern California. He is on the board of AFP Advancement Northwest in Seattle and is the immediate past chairman of the Executive Advisory Board of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He is also the former chapter President of AFP Orange County (CA), a trainer for the CFRE review course, and is a former national chairman of the Executive Transitions and Succession Planning Affinity Group for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

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