Calgary 2017 - 2018 Chapter Board of Directors
President - Stu Reid
President-Elect - Carlene Chrumka
Past-President - Wayne Steer
Treasurer - Marni Halwas
Secretary - Michelle Regel, CFRE
Professional Development & Advancement - Sharon De Boer Fyie
Diversity and Inclusion - Jose Guillen
Government Relations - Stu Reid
Marketing and Communications - Dan Lombardi
National Philanthropy Day/Week - 2017 Sherry Dahl / 2018 TBD
Youth in Philanthropy - Vacant
Chapter Services - Suzan Valenta
Banff Compass 2019 - Ben Crews
Every Member Campaign - Karen Filbert, CFRE
About our Board Members:
Board of Directors Biographies 2017
Wayne joined Fresh Start Recovery Centre in the capacity of Director of Fund Development on February 1, 2010 to help develop the organization's capacity to raise money for programs and to orchestrate their capital campaign to build a facility so that a greater number of people would be able to recover from a life torn apart by alcoholism or drug addiction. His professional fund development experience includes roles with Volunteer Calgary (Director of Fund Development), The Canadian Red Cross Society (Manager of Relationship Development for Alberta, Manager, Planned Giving for Alberta and Major Gifts Coordinator for Southern Alberta Region) and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Alberta (Fund Development Manager).
Wayne was introduced to practical fundraising in the mid-1980s while volunteering for the Canadian Progress Club, an organization that generates revenue streams for Uncles At Large/ Aunts at Large (later amalgamated with Big Brothers/Big Sisters), Canadian Special Olympics, the Calgary Burn Unit and Camp Warwa Society. Since the mid-1980s, he has chaired several special events committees in Calgary and Edmonton in addition to serving stints as Vice-President and President of the Edmonton Downtown Chapter of the Canadian Progress Club. Other volunteer experience includes fundraising and exposure building exercises with Edmonton’s Klondike Days Association, Reynolds Alberta Museum and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Wayne has a strong corporate background in marketing and communications having worked in management and marketing positions for companies such as the Royal Bank of Canada, Husky Oil Marketing Company (now Husky Energy), Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall and a number of small, privately held companies.
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance, Economics and Marketing from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Wayne has been an active member of AFP since 2004 and has served as the Editor of the AFP Newsletter – Calgary Chapter (2004 – 2008),Chair of the Chapter Services Committee (2006-2007), Co-vice Chair of the AFP Calgary and Area Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day or NPD (2007) and Co-chair of the NPD (2008), has more recently served taken on the role of Diversity Chair. Wayne is also an active member of AFP International sitting on the Membership Services Division, International Development and International Diversity & Inclusion Committees and the Diversity Resource Guide Task Force.
In addition, Wayne's volunteer roles outside AFP have included membership in the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP Southern Alberta Roundtable) as Communications Chair and editor of their quarterly newsletter “Sounds like a Plan”, Vice-President of the Western Canada College Old Boys Association and President of the Western Canada High School Alumni Association.
Michelle Regel, CFRE
Michelle has worked in the charitable sector since 1995 in both international and grassroots organizations in the areas of health, education and social services. Her career spans many areas of fund development and non-profit management including major gifts, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns.
Since becoming a strategic fund development consultant in 2006, Michelle has worked with clients on a variety of projects, most of which have involved sponsorship, prospect research, campaign counsel, feasibility studies, fund
development assessments and planning or executive and senior management recruitment. Michelle’s analytical approach and her eye for detail ensure that clients receive professional, customized counsel.
Michelle is a member of AFP, CAGP and APRA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and English and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. She earned her CFRE designation in 2003.
Sharon deBoer Fyie
Karen Filbert works at Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta as Manager of Individual and Corporate Gifts. Core responsibilities include the direct mail program, Ride for a Lifetime sponsorship, monthly donors, and corporate gifts.
A board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Calgary & Area Chapter. Past AFP volunteer roles include co-chair of the Generosity of Spirit Committee in 2007 and 2008, co-chair of National Philanthropy Day™ activities in 2009 and co-chair of Banff Compass 2011- the association’s bi-annual conference.