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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, CFRE

National Philanthropy Day/Week -  2017 Sherry Dahl / 2018 Sheryl Barlage

Youth in Philanthropy - Vacant

Chapter Services - Suzan Valenta

Banff Compass 2019 - Ben Crews

Every Member Campaign - Karen Filbert, CFRE

 


 

About our Board Members:

 

Stu Reid

Stu brings over 30 years of fund development experience to the projects and organizations he works with.  A recipient of AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional award in 2009, Stu recently retired from Kids Cancer Care as Chief Development Officer after holding senior leadership positions with KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.), the University of Calgary and McMaster University.

Stu is a recognized speaker and presenter at the national and international level and is strong ambassador for our city, province and country. Helping improve the lives of children and teens has long been one of Stu’s passions.  His volunteer involvement has included the Calgary Stampede’s Grandstand Show Committee and Nominating and Shareholder Relations Committee, Pearson College of the Pacific, Arts Commons (formerly the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts) and Youthlink –the Calgary Police Interpretive Centre and the Council for the Advencement and Support of Education.  He currently serves as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 A graduate of McMaster University, Stu is married to Vicki (Director of Community Relations at Cenovus) and has two adult children – Jamie and Tori.


Carlene Chrumka

 

Carlene Chrumka is an experience fundraising professional who has over 35 years of experience.  She has held Executive Leadership and Director roles with numerous not-for-profit organizations.  Carlene's expertise is in creating and facilitating training workshops and designing and developing funding proposals.  She has a passion for leading exciting new programs/special projects, and creating policies and procedures.  Further, she has shared her knowledge and experience by teaching at MRU in their Community Rehabilitation program.  Carlene is currently the Executive Director for Janus Academy.

 


Wayne Steer

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.  


Marni Halwas

Marni has been a non-profit professional for 16 years. She began her fundraising career began at Calgary HandiBus Association where she started as an Assistant and worked her way up to Director of Development.

Marni has experience in annual giving, prospect research, planned giving, events, major gifts and donor stewardship. She has a particular appreciation and understanding of small shop operations. Marni has worked with corporations, individuals, estates, foundations and service clubs.

Marni has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Calgary and Area Board of Directors since 2011. She has served as co-chair of National Philanthropy Day and she currently serves as Treasurer.

Marni’s personal interests include camping, boating and outdoor activities.


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, APRA, and the Sponsorship Marketing Council Canada. 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

Sharon has proven leadership developing and executing fund development programs, working with volunteers, developing collaborative partnerships and helping organizations meet their mission. Currently, Sharon is experiencing the joy of being a new mom, and looking forward to returning to the Calgary Homeless Foundation as the Director of Development in early 2018. Previously, she has served in fund development capacities with Calgary Health Trust, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2016, Sharon earned her CFRE. Volunteering has always been a passion and she most recently served as the 2016 co-chair of National Philanthropy Week, as well as a long-time member of the planning committee for the Organizing Committee Calgary who hosts speed skating world cups and championships in Calgary.


José Guillen

José is the Manager of Legacy Giving at The Mustard Seed and is also responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of major gifts in Red Deer.  José has worked in the charitable sector since 1992.  Prior to working with The Mustard Seed, he held director as well as management positions with Amnesty International, Discovery House, Bethany Care Foundation, The Calgary Humane Society, McMan Calgary, and other non-for-profit organizations.    

José earned his CFRE designation in 2002 and is an active member of AFP Calgary Chapter since 2001 and he is also member of CAGP. Since joining AFP, José has been actively involved with the association, most recently as Chair of the Mentorship Program.  In previous years he volunteered as Sponsorship Committee member, Western Fundraising Conference, 2007; Survey Course instructor, First Course in Fundraising, AFP Calgary, 2003; and Sponsorship Chair of Philanthropy Day 2001 and 2002.  José likes volunteering in the community and in addition to his volunteer roles with AFP he was President and Treasurer of the Calgary Photographic Society. 2000 – 2006; Membership Chair, CAGP Southern Alberta Round Table, 2011 – 2013; Capital Campaign Committee member of the MEOW Foundation, 2010 – 2011; and since October 2016, Fund Development Committee member with Hillhurst United Church. 

A former mechanical engineer, José also holds a Master of Business Administration. During his spare time, he likes fine art black and white photography, flamenco guitar, hiking, bicycling and travel.  He is proud father of two sons, David and Martin.  


Dan Lombardi

Director at Large is originally from Ontario. Dan moved to Calgary in 2015 and has fallen in love with the city and province. Dan is a Certified Fundraising Executive currently working for the Calgary Public Library Foundation raising money to support collections, programs, and services across the city. Dan also sits as a Director at Large for PALS in Calgary. 

Dan holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Brock University and Post Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College.


Sherry Dahl

Sherry Dahl, is a fund development professional with close to 20 years of experience within the non-profit sector, active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), as well as the Estate Planning Council of Calgary (EPCC). She is currently a member of the AFP Calgary board as the co-chair for National Philanthropy Awareness Week in 2017; was a member of the AFP Calgary Chapter Services Committee for 6 years, serving as that Committee Chair; and was a Board member of the local chapter for 2 years during that time. Sherry received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2004, and continues to re-certify every 3 years as required. She completed the National Certificate in Fundraising Management through Mount Royal College in 2002. She has been an instructor for the AFP First Course, the guest speaker to discuss special events, fund development communications and marketing, as well as annual and legacy giving. Sherry is currently the Director of Development, Legacy Giving and Major Gifts with the University of Calgary. Her prior experience includes roles with Operation Eyesight, Boys & Girls Club of Calgary, the Calgary Zoo, and Aspen Family. In her personal time you will find her enjoying the outdoors, riding her motorcycle, travelling or scuba diving.


Suzan Valenta

Engaged as a professional in the nonprofit sector since 2002 (and volunteering in it since her youth), Suzan's passion is to resource solutions to social and wellness issues, at both local and international levels. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Suzan gained from years of administrative experience in various industries. Interspersed through it all, personal and theatrical experiences have made it fun, interesting and meaningful.

Since 2012, Suzan continues to serve as the Director of Philanthropy at Wellspring Calgary. Specializing in small shops, Suzan has led successful annual through major giving initiatives in several organizations in Calgary, raising funds and awareness for causes from women exiting street life, to public education, to addressing homelessness, and preventing avoidable blindness internationally. She has previously served as a volunteer with AFP with the first Calgary conference in 2007, planning and launching a Youth Philanthropy Day in 2009 alongside Wayne Steer, and chairing the NPD Generosity of Spirit awards for three years (2010-2012). Having appreciated the friends, networks and guidance offered through AFP Calgary during her career, Suzan is excited to join the  Board.


Ben Crews

Coming Soon...


Karen Filbert

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.