2017 NSFA National Conference in Chicago

Oak Brook Illinois

Mar 27 - 29, 2017

NSFA's National Conference is where the leaders, the best and the brightest in the education foundation industry, come to learn from each other and philanthropic experts about what is possible. 

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Abby Mcnulty

Executive Director, Park City Education Foundation

Bio: Abby McNulty is Executive Director of the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF).  At PCEF, Abby combines her deep Park City roots with a commitment to serving children and families.  She has expertise in nonprofit management, strategic communications, board and volunteer development, fundraising and program design.  Abby has served PCEF since 2007 and under her leadership the organization has grown to support over 65 high impact programs in Park City’s public schools ranging from affordable preschool to mentoring first generation students as they pursue college dreams.   Abby formerly worked for Sundance Institute as Director of Development and Community Relations where she was responsible for all Utah-based fundraising, Sundance Institute’s Advisory Board, and overseeing community programs. Prior to Sundance Institute, Abby worked in New York City as a nonprofit consultant to a variety of organizations including: the Abyssinian Development Corporation, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, and The Shakespeare Project in the areas of marketing, fundraising, and survey measurement.  Abby also worked as a Program Director for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Abby has her Masters degree in Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City, NY and her Bachelors of Arts from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Adriane Johnson

Principal Consultant, Populus XP, LLC

Bio: Adriane Johnson is currently Principal Consultant at Populus XP, and in this capacity, she has responsibility for helping companies manage their investment in employees. She develops timely and customized HR solutions, including workforce planning, capacity assessment, developing formal HR infrastructures, managing compensation and benefits, handling talent acquisition and development, and developing programs to keep employees engaged.

Amy Stuursma

Executive Director, East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation

Bio: Amy Stuursma is the Executive Director of the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation. She has been in the role since 2008. Prior to her work with the Foundation she was an educator who worked as a teacher consultant, Kindergarten teacher and special education teacher in the East Grand Rapids Public Schools. Amy has worked to further the mission of the Foundation and make a positive impact on the East Grand Rapids Public Schools. Over her time at the Foundation, she has worked to grow the endowment, tripling the amount of funds available for classroom enhancement grants, and has established a robust annual giving campaign which provides program support for the district. Amy is grateful to be supporting a community so dedicated to their schools and public education. She and her husband, Peter, feel fortunate to raise their three children in the East Grand Rapids Public Schools as well.

Annie Arbuckle

Executive Director, Ames Education Foundation

Bio: Annie Arbuckle is Executive Director, at Ames Education Foundation, in Ames, Iowa. She received her Bachelors Degree at University of Iowa. She has done graduate studies at University of Northern Iowa. Arbuckle has worked in corporate sales and marketing, overseeing an eight state region, and 80 million in annual revenue. She has worked as a corporate trainer, speaking and training at the national level. She taught business at Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon for ten years. She has owned her own business doing corporate training and strategic plans for business owners and CEO’s. She has been with Ames Education Foundation as ED for six years. Her area of emphasisis planned giving and major gifts. She recently completed two successful campaigns for her district, and raised $250k in the past six months.

April M. Bryant

Community Relations Director, Lincoln County R-III Schools

Bio: With 11 years as Community Relations Director, Bryant keeps her district on the forefront of emerging trends in social media. With nearly two dozen state and national awards for her work in digital media, she’s presented on the power of social media, content marketing and engaging audiences at state and national conferences.

Ben Wilinsky

Development Consultant, CCS Fundraising

Bio: In his time as a fundraising consultant, Ben Wilinsky has designed, led and implemented fundraising programs at multiple national non-profits, in five sectors, with goals in excess of $300 million. Last year, Ben teamed to raise $159 million, in part for improving education in urban and rural Ohio communities. Ben has served is virtually every role on a development team, trained dozens of leaders to realize their goals and has personally secured over $19 million in philanthropic support. Before his development career, Ben was a middle school reading teacher on Chicago's South Side.

Bill Hoffman

CEO, Bill Hoffman & Associates, LLC

Bio: Bill Hoffman leads Bill Hoffman & Associates, LLC which is a Tampa-based consulting firm with national-level independent sector expertise in these areas: > Educational engagement strategies > Nonprofit leadership transitions > Organizational and board development. Bill is a prolific author and frequent presenter on these and other related topics. Bill has senior-level nonprofit management experience in education, having been the president of one of the nation’s top K-12 education foundations, functioning as interim CEO for prominent national and state education and philanthropic associations, as well as leading national, regional and state boards of directors. He has served as a consultant to various groups and individual non-profits in the education field including the Florida Philanthropic Network, Florida College Access Network, SRI International, the National Math and Science Initiative, and the Consortium of Education Foundations as well as others. His work has been primarily in K-12 education, especially college and career readiness and success, standards reform, and STEM fields. Bill has written and spoken extensively for GuideStar, the New York Times Op/Ed, SEEN Magazine, Opportunity Knocks, the National School Foundations Association, the Public Education Network, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Education Foundations, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership. He has developed nationally innovative programming for nonprofit executives, including the Certified Education Foundation Leader program for K-12 education foundation executive directors. This program is being delivered by one of the nation’s largest non-profit universities and rolled-out via the industry’s largest trade association. He is also an Adjunct Professor at National University, teaching Non-profit Leadership and Board Development.

Bill Stanczykiewicz

Director, The Fund Raising School; Senior Lecturer, Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Bio: Bill Stanczykiewicz joined The Fund Raising School and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy after serving as president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, a statewide nonprofit promoting healthy youth development and academic achievement. Bill also served in a cabinet-level position in the office of the mayor in Indianapolis where he worked on a wide range of youth development and community renewal initiatives, and he formerly served as a staff member in the United States Senate. Stanczykiewicz’s speaking opportunities have included the White House Conference on America’s Youth, and his many media interviews have included an appearance on “Good Morning America.” Bill’s leadership success has been celebrated with the “Sagamore of the Wabash” award, the top honor provided to citizens by the State of Indiana, and Bill also was recognized as a “Next Generation Leader” by the Rockefeller Foundation. Stanczykiewicz was elected to serve on his local public school board, and he volunteers with his local county’s community foundation, an inner-city youth ministry and on the generosity team of his religious congregation. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University. He also holds a Certificate in Leadership Excellence from Vanderbilt University, and Bill currently is completing his doctoral degree in leadership at Creighton University.

Chad Clark

President, C.A.C. Consulting

Bio: Chad is the president of C.A.C Consulting, a company dedicated to enhancing the structure of charitable foundations and non-profit organizations through capacity building, board development and interim leadership with succession planning. He has been in leadership roles in the nonprofits arena for 23 years and has received certification from the College of William & Mary National Planned Giving Institute and the Endowment Development Institute.

Chris Ary

Consultant, Foundation Innovation

Bio: Chris Ary has over 8 years’ experience working with multiple Education Foundations throughout the Midwest and Texas. Chris has served on the board of the Blue Springs Education Foundation in Blue Springs, Missouri since its inception in 2006 and currently serves on the Executive Committee. Chris has a BS in Economics from the University of Central Missouri. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the A+ Program for the Blue Springs.

Chris Zimmerman

Executive Director, Weber School District

Bio: Chris Zimmerman is a long time Weber County resident. Chris has served as the Executive Director for the Weber School District Foundation since 2007. He is a Weber State Alumni where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 and a Master’s of Criminal Justice degree in 2009. Chris brings to the foundation vast knowledge and years of experience. Previous to working for the foundation, he spent twenty-nine years in law enforcement. Spending five of those years as Roy City Chief of Police, and four years as Chief Deputy of the Weber County Sherriff’s office. Chris’s influence on the community is extensive. He has served in a variety of leadership and volunteer capacities throughout the county and state.

Cindy Morris

President, Peoria Eduation Foundation

Bio: Since 2010, Cindy Morris  has managed the private foundation for one of the largest public school districts in Illinois, the Peoria Public Schools Foundation. Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, she is a graduate of the Peoria Public Schools, and holds her associate's  and bachelor's degree in management. She is a former banker, PTO president, and community volunteer. She was the Adopt-A-School Manager for Peoria Public Schools. Under her leadership, the foundation has added the Right Now annual fund campaign, the Horizons Club for college and career exploration, the uniform/clothing fund and oversight of the Adopt-A-School Program.

Crystal Scanio

C.E.O., Irving Schools Foundation

Bio: Crystal Scanio has served as the Executive Director of the Irving Schools Foundation (ISF) in Irving, Texas for the past 5 years. During her tenure, she has raised over $5 million to help the 35,000 students that she serves. Under her leadership, ISF has received many accolades, including the distinction of being named one of Stepping Up’s Top 50 Education Foundations in the Nation.

Cynthia Falardeau

Executive Director, Education Foundation of Indian River County

Bio: Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Indian River County is a "broker of resources" for the local school district. During her 12 years in this position, she has moved her foundation from being an ATM and party planning service, to leading the charge of high impact projects that change instructional practice and reduce summer learning loss. Dr. Mark Rendell, Superintendent of Schools, and the district leadership teams, see Cynthia as a key community collaborator who engages philanthropists to try new strategies to increase investments in public schools. Her role extends to spearheading the R&D for large district-wide projects that have brought measurable and sustainable student learning gains in Kindergarten readiness and graduation rates including: STEP into Kindergarten - https://youtu.be/jOklW4c-AOA, SPEAK UP! - https://youtu.be/l6kGPPvEcgQ and Algebra Counts 2 - https://youtu.be/6V9i6BPutcE.

Dana Ostomel

VP, Nonprofit Industry Development, Firespring

Bio: Dana Ostomel is the Vice President of Nonprofit Industry Development at Firespring, a company that provides essential software and beautiful websites for nonprofits. Prior to her role at Firespring, she founded Deposit a Gift, a crowdfunding platform popular with nonprofits. Firespring acquired Deposit a Gift in August 2016 with Dana residing as the company’s lead crowdfunding expert. She has spent over a decade developing integrated marketing solutions for numerous nationally-known brands such as Snapple, MasterCard and DIRECTV. She owns a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UCLA and is a sought-after speaker on the topics of crowdfunding and nonprofit marketing.

Darrell Slabaugh

NSFA Board Member, National School Foundation Association

Bio: Darrell Slabaugh has over 40 years of institutional advancement experience at the community college, university and K-12 education foundation levels. A past executive director of the the McKinney Education Foundation in McKinney Texas, he currently serves as Treasurer of the National Education Foundation Association and has attended every national meeting of NSFA.

Jamie Rosenberg

Founder & CEO, ClassWallet

Bio: Jamie is no stranger to education technology, having launched two successful technology companies in the space. Jamie’s journey from mergers & acquisitions lawyer to social entrepreneur is a living example of how one person can change the world. Jamie is the Founder and CEO of ClassWallet, an industry leading funds management and tracking platform for school systems which boasts some of the largest organizations in the country as customers. ClassWallet is transforming how education dollars are spent providing more accountability and transparency. Jamie's first company, AdoptAClassroom.org, which he launched in 1998, is one of the first crowd funding sites on the Internet, and the first national online platform for education philanthropy. Through AdoptAClassroom.org, Jamie partnered donors with classrooms raising over $25M for teachers in 30% of schools in America, and improving the learning environment for 3.5M students. Jamie has been featured in numerous publications such as Time and Parade magazines, and newspapers across the country. CBS aired a national program hosted by Vanessa Williams about Jamie's accomplishments in 2013. He has been a featured speaker or panelist for the Future of Education Finance Summit, Education Industry Association, ASU GSV Conference, Florida International University Center for Social Entrepreneurship (keynote), National PTA Conference, National School Boards Association Conference, National Schools Foundation Association, Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference, Center on Nonprofit Effectiveness (inauguration keynote), Sustainatopia and Sports Philanthropy Project Conference.

Jay Love

CEO, Bloomerang

Bio: Jay B. Love is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bloomerang. The organization serves the non-profit sector only with cutting edge technology tools built upon best practices for fundraising and communications. He has served this sector for 34 years and is considered the most well known senior statesman whose advice is sought constantly. He and his wife Christie, the former Executive Directive for the Lawrence Township Schools Foundation, served as Co-Chairs for the Indianapolis Fort Harrison YMCA 2011 Capital Campaign and are the proud parents of three children as well as six grandchildren.He is a graduate of Butler University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Over the years he has given more than 2,500 speeches around the world for the charity sector and is often the voice of new technology for fundraisers.

Jeff Abke

Director of Development, Perrysburg Schools

Bio: Jeff Abke is the Director of Development for Perrysburg Public Schools (Perrysburg, OH). In this role he works with the Perrysburg Schools Foundation, the various booster groups, the Alumni Association, and raising money directly for the district. During his 17-year career he has worked on different levels of annual giving, alumni/parent relations, and major gifts at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY 2000-2005), Miami University (Oxford, OH 2005-2010), Pomfret School (Pomfret, CT 2010-2013) and now for his alma mater, Perrysburg for the last four years. He has been a member of NSFA since 2013 and is attending his 4th National NSFA Conference.

Joshua Long

Executive Director, Hammond Education Fundation

Bio: Joshua Long, a Purdue graduate, is the Executive Director of the Hammond Education Foundation. Located in Northwest Indiana, the foundation supports the School City of Hammond, IN. Prior to serving with the foundation, Joshua was a special education teacher and Head baseball coach on Chicago’s Southside.

Karen Swanson, CFRE

Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation

Bio: Karen A. Swanson, CFRE is the Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation. With extensive experience in writing federal, foundation, and corporate grants, as well as development marketing materials, Karen has worked with numerous consulting firms and not-for-profit organizations across the U.S. for more than 25 years, including such clients as the American Diabetes Association, National Philharmonic, Armed Services YMCA, Goodwill Industries International, American University, Children’s Inn at NIH, Salvation Army, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Make-A-Wish America. Karen has been awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive status from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a Past President of Junior League of Cedar Rapids and serves on the Board of 100+ People Who Care. Ms. Swanson is a sought after presenter of workshops on all aspects of foundation funding and grant writing, having recently presented at the AFP International Conference, AFP Mid-America Conference, and the National School Foundations Associations Conference. Her tips have also been quoted in the Foundation & Corporate Grants Alert, the Corporate Philanthropy Report and Grant Hub.

Karin Cox

Senior Executive VP & Co-Founder, Hartsook Fundraising Counsel Worldwide

Bio: Karin Cox is a founding principal of Hartsook. She specializes in major gift and campaign fundraising and authored Fundraising Leadership: The Essential Guide for Nonprofit Board Members Who Want to Make a Lasting Difference. Karin also developed the widely-adopted Cox Event Grid featured in the textbook Fundraising Practices and Practices.

Lauren Fast

President, Lincoln County R-III Education Foundation

Bio: Since 2010 Lauren Fast is recognized as a social media thought-leader, connecting businesses and organizations with a modern audience. Multi-platform literate, she has presented to National and Regional Audiences on the ROI of social media, content development and social media "how- to's" for businesses and non - profits. Host of a weekly Facebook Live show, Lauren's content is regularly viewed in 3 countries.

Laurie Cromwell

President, Foundation Innovation, LLC

Bio: Laurie Cromwell, CFRE began working in the nonprofit field in 1984. In 1999, Ms. Cromwell was elected as a school board member of a local school district and served as President for three years. During this time, she was appointed President of a dormant education foundation and was an instrumental partner in its revitalization. Success was realized in less than six months. Ms. Cromwell’s experience as a lead administrator in a nonprofit organization, current owner of a for-profit corporation, former school board member and Foundation President bring a unique perspective of philanthropic issues. Ms. Cromwell was elected Citizen of the Year in 2002 and served as a founding board member for a local Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, Ms. Cromwell was appointed by the City Council to serve on the Economic Development Corporation and served as President.

Lynne Wester

Founder and Principal, Donor Relations Guru®

Bio: Lynne Wester is a frequent conference speaker and well known resource for donor relations and fundraising expertise. She has been featured in The Washington Post, CURRENTS magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and other industry publications. Lynne also created the website and blog www.donorrelationsguru.com where she shares her expertise, opinions, and collections of samples on a variety of topics as well as hosts a monthly webinar series. It is her personal philosophy that the goal of any great fundraising operation is to use strategic communications and interactions to foster the relationship between the organization and its constituents and friends. Using her expertise and hands on approach, she works with many organizations to help them keep their focus donor driven, technologically savvy, strategic, and always with a splash of good humor. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina and is a loyal gamecock alumna, donor, and fan.

Marcy McNeal

Instructor and Coach, Benevon

Bio: Benevon Coach, joined Benevon after fifteen years of working with nonprofit organizations in Colorado. As the founder of the Poudre School District Foundation, Marcy successfully implemented the Benevon Model, resulting in positive educational opportunities for thousands of students. Prior to that, Marcy served as executive director of a drug abuse prevention organization.

Mary Chance

President, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

Bio: Mary Chance serves as president for the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the membership organization established in 1987 to develop the capacity and resources of Florida’s local education foundations, including managing the nation’s only $1 for $1 match for eligible K-12 initiatives which is funded by the Florida Legislature. Currently, the CFEF represents 62 county-wide school district education foundations that collectively raise more than $63 million annually for targeted initiatives to increase student achievement. She has held this position for eight years after serving as the executive director of a member foundation (Alachua) for 10 years. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida’s inaugural Education Leadership class, an advisory board member for the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Teaching & Learning and an ex officio member of the Florida Department of Education’s statewide Florida Education Foundation. Mary’s previous experience includes 12 years in public relations and marketing in the agency and healthcare sectors.

Mary Melon

President/CEO, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Bio: Mary Mélon joined The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools as president/CEO in September 2014 after a 20 year career running a business newspaper. The Foundation’s mission is to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Mélon believes in the future of Oklahoma City and strives to utilize her network and skills to align the Foundation with the OKC Public School District and the community to provide hope and a rich educational experience for every student in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Michael Williams

CEO, Salt Lake City Education Foundation

Bio: Michael Williams is the Director of Development and External Relations for Salt Lake City School District as well as Executive Director of the Salt Lake Education Foundation. He received his BA from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix in Management. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College as well as the United States Coast Guard’s Flag Officer’s Course. He is a member of the Utah State Boating Law Advisory Council, a former board member of the America Schools Foundation Alliance, and serves on two advisory boards at the University of Utah, the Bennion Center and University Neighbor Partners. He has been active in the non-profit sector continuously following his retirement from the US Army in 1993. Mike enjoys boating, fishing, amateur radio, and his five grandchildren.

Mike Handrick

Executive Director, LUHS District Foundation, Inc.

Bio: Mike Handrick is Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® and the Executive Director of the Lakeland Union High School District Foundation, Inc. in Northern Wisconsin.  He is building collaborative efforts among professional advisors to help inspire wealth holders to learn more about family legacy design, including passion recognition and social impact planning using charitably based planned giving.

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