Calgary 2012 Chapter Board of Directors
President - Kim Anthony, CFRE
President-Elect - Lorie Abernethy, CFRE
Past-President - Derek Fraser, CFRE
Vice-President - Karen Filbert
Treasurer - DD (Dolores) Coutts CFRE
Secretary - Wayne Steer
2012 Fundraising Day - Stu Reid and Carleen Chrumka
Professional Development & Advancement - Carlene Chrumka
Diversity - Marni Halwas
Government Relations - Sarah Hayes
Marketing and Communications - Derek Bechthold
National Philanthropy Day/Week - Janeen Webb
Chapter Services - Kara Tersen
Revenue Development - Andrea Hlady
2013 Banff Compass - TBA
Every Member Campaign - Stu Reid and Andra Hlday
About our Board Members:
Board of Directors Biographies 2012
Lorie Abernethy MA, CFRE
Lorie’s passion is education and her greatest pleasures are her volunteer work in the community, and vacations with her husband Gie and her dog, Wilson. Over her career in private, post-secondary education and nonprofit environments, she has become known for her decisive and effective leadership style; recognized for her ability to engage multiple stakeholders to tackle tough problems; and respected for her commitment to ethics, transparency and integrity
Lorie is currently Associate Director Alumni Relations and Stakeholder Services with SAIT Polytechnic’s Alumni & Development Office. She has worked in the non-profit sector since 1982 providing strategic leadership for arts, education and faith-based organizations in a wide range of capacities. Since then she has worked in all areas of fund development in both Southern Ontario and Calgary. She completed the AFP Faculty Training Academy and has taught AFP curriculum and presented on a wide-range of topics for several organizations including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Canadian Council for Advancement in Education (CCAE)
Lorie has been active in the Calgary & Area Chapter of AFP since 2002. Most recently she has served as Co-Chair of the 2011 National Philanthropy Day & Philanthropy Awareness Week activities. Other board positions include Treasurer and Chair of Professional Development & Advancement. She continues as a mentor in the AFP Mentorship program. Lorie obtained her CFRE in 2003 and is most proud of her CFRE study group who continues to meet. Lorie holds a Master’s degree in Philanthropy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Lorie’s next adventure BHAG is to begin PhD studies in 2012 in Leadership and Organizational Change at Regent University.
Kim Anthony CFRE
Kim Anthony is currently the Executive Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Alberta. She has held this position since June, 2011 and has been with the organization since January, 2011.
Before this Kim was Director of Development at Cantos Music Foundation and worked on the National Music Centre project. Kim has worked in the non-profit sector for fourteen years with organizations such as Calgary International Organ Foundation, Honens and TriumphEnt Foundation.
Kim has been a member of AFP for over ten years and has been a volunteer with AFP for seven years. Kim is the current President of the AFP Calgary & Area chapter. Kim has enjoyed holding a variety of roles within AFP including Co-Chair, National Philanthropy Day and Chair of the Program Committee.
Kim has a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia. She also completed her National Certificate in Fundraising Education at Mount Royal College and has her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation.
Kim, her husband Rod and daughter Brooke enjoy living, working and volunteering in Calgary.
Derek’s fundraising career is as eclectic as his educational background – he has a degree in history and a Masters degree in British military history.
One day, while innocently doing non-profit stuff at a non-profit agency the Executive Director came up to him and said, “So ... I hear you like to write”.
And so began his fundraising career.
More than 12 years later Derek has worked for a myriad of different non-profit agencies – the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Wood’s Homes Foundation, the Calgary Learning Centre, Alberta College of Art & Design, and Inn from the Cold. These agencies have ranged in budgets from $500,000 to $18 million, and fundraising departments from 7 FTE staff to one-person shops. Through a plethora of successes and failures one thing remains true for this slightly-used, mango-shaped fundraiser ... “selling for the saints is exceptionally rewarding”.
Currently, he is the Director of Resource Development with YouthLink Calgary: The Calgary Police Interpretive Centre and continues to succeed and fail on a daily basis.
In the evenings, Derek takes on a whole different role. He is married to an exceptional woman, Kathryn, and is a loving – though annoying – father to his daughter Charlotte (6) and son, James (2).
Carlene Chrumka has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years. She has served in management and executive management positions within this sector. Carlene taught in the Community Rehabilitation Studies department at Mount Royal College for 2 years. Carlene is currently employed at the Bethany Care Foundation where she is the Executive Director. Previous to this Carlene worked at Enviros for 8 years as the Manager of Fund Development. Carlene has sat as a Board member for a number of non-profit organizations. She has also volunteered her time on the AFP National Philanthropy Day committee and as the chair of the AFP Program Committee. Carlene currently sits on the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter Board of Directors as the chairperson of the PD&A portfolio. Carlene has a Masters of Rehabilitation Administration from the University of San Francisco. She has also completed the Fund Development Plus program through CentrePoint as well as numerous other workshops in the area of fund development.
DD (Dolores) Coutts, CFRE
DD’s career includes experience in all three sectors: private, public and charitable. She began as a journalist and writer/producer before she turned her hand to writing communications materials for non-profits. This work led into fund development. DD has worked for grassroots organizations as well as large post-secondary institutions. Her experience spans everything from $5 donations to multi-million naming opportunities, capital campaigns, planned gifts and media specialization. She is most passionate about human services and is thrilled to be working with a phenomenal team at the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. Her overarching personal goal is teamwork with those who demonstrate commitment toward positive change and the betterment of their community.
Jolayne Davidson Gardner MA, CFRE
Since her first grant writing assignment in 1994 with a small non-profit organization dedicated to Aboriginal education and employment, Jolayne has worked with conservation groups, the arts, education providers, government and social service agencies. Jolayne is a Senior Associate with Nine Lions Development Consulting having joined the firm in 2007.
Jolayne is a strong proponent of mentorship having benefited significantly from both sides of such relationships. She has been an active mentor with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for many years. She was the co-chair of AFP Calgary and Area’s 2006 Professionals Forum. As part of her commitment to encouraging excellence within the fund development profession, she has voluntarily taught the AFP First Course in Fundraising and the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) Review Course. Most recently, she was a volunteer with the 2011 AFP Banff Compass Conference and was a jury member for the 2010 and 2011 Generosity of Spirit awards. Her other volunteer activities include assisting her municipality with grant writing and project management of community based conservation initiatives.
Jolayne completed her National Certificate in Fundraising Management at Mount Royal College and achieved her CFRE designation in 2003. Since graduating from the University of Calgary with Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, she has gone on to successfully pursue her Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Jolayne lives on a ranch southwest of Calgary with her husband, two children and innumerable animals.
Michilynn Dubeau, Ph.D., CFRE
Michilynn Dubeau is Vice President, Revenue Development for the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. Michilynn has been working in fund development since 1998. She has been an active member of AFP since 2001, and a CFRE since 2005.
Prior to joining the Canadian Cancer Society, Michilynn’s fundraising career had focused on post-secondary education, starting with the University of Toronto where she was privileged to be part of the Great Minds Campaign of Campaigns, the most successful in Canadian history to date. Michilynn first worked in the alumni department during the launch of Great Minds, then helped with the $4M campaign for the graduate Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Returning to Calgary in 2000 she joined the University of Calgary, working with the Vice President, International on developing community relationships and raising funds for students. She then moved to Royal Roads University in Victoria where she helped out during the restructuring of the Foundation. Returning to Calgary again she worked at the Alberta College of Art and Design during the new President’s inaugural year. Michilynn joined the Canadian Cancer Society in 2006 as Major Gifts Manager.
Michilynn has been a volunteer with AFP Calgary & Area Chapter since 2001, and has served on the Board as Secretary, and as Chair of the Every Member Campaign (EMC). She was also Chair of the EMC in Victoria in 2003-04 while at Royal Roads University.
Michilynn holds a B.A. (with Distinction) from the University of Calgary (1987), and an M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1997) from University of Toronto. Her focus areas were political science and South Asian area studies.
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.
Derek D. Fraser, CFRE
Derek Fraser, a senior associate with Ross W. Marsh & Associates and currently working with Lethbridge College on their $25 million capital campaign, has over twenty five years of experience in serving the independent education sector, performing arts, and community-based as well as provincial sports organizations. Derek made a commitment to the non-profit sector early in his career in an effort to make our world a better place to live and raise families. Derek’s dedication to ethical, effective and realistic fund development methodology, when combined with his Canadian career experience in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, has provided a solid foundation of understanding of the non-profit sector in Canada today.
Derek has had the privilege of experiencing the width and breadth of fund development work with concentrations in annual giving, capital campaigns, major gift work both in Canada and abroad, alumni affairs, along with association organization and volunteer management. Most recently, Derek was the Interim Chief Development Officer and Capital Campaign Director for The Mustard Seed Society in Calgary, AB. The Mustard Seed serves the homeless community and is undertaking the development and construction of the first-ever Canadian, affordable housing tower in downtown Calgary.
He is the past president of the Calgary & Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and was recently elected Vice Chair of the AFP Canada Council. Derek sits on the AFP International Development Committee, AFP Next Generation Committee and chairs the AFP Collegiate Chapter Support Sub-Committee.
He has served as president of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools Advancement Professionals (CAISAP), and was recognized in 2009 with the Sam Heaman Award for service to independent school advancement in Canada. Derek currently serves as vice president of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for Alberta, NWT and NT, and is a director on the Board of Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta.
Derek holds a B.A. (Hons) in Film Studies from Queen’s University and earned his CFRE in 2004 with recertification in 2007 and 2010. Currently living in Calgary, AB, Derek is married to Andrea and they have two busy teenage daughters, a beautiful English Springer Spaniel and a handsome Tabby!
Marni Halwas is the Director of Fund Development at Calgary HandiBus Association. Marni joined the non-profit sector in 1999 and began working in fund development in 2001. Advancing in the various fund development roles within the organization, Marni has worked on the re-branding of Calgary HandiBus in 2005 and participated in HandiBus’ first multi-year campaign for $4 million. Marni has been a member of AFP since 2002 and is currently working on attaining her CFRE designation.
Campaign director for the Calgary Stampede, Sarah Hayes is a fundraising professional with twenty years experience working in the area of fundraising campaigns. Most recently she served The Banff Centre as the Executive Director of The Banff Centre Foundation and Director of Development. In this capacity, Sarah directed The Banff Centre’s $127-million campaign with a national campaign cabinet.
Prior to joining The Banff Centre, Sarah served as Vice President, Research for KCI (Ketchum Canada), a national fundraising consulting firm. She oversaw the firm’s feasibility studies, audits, as well as its research department. Sarah started her career as the Research Officer for The University of Calgary’s Building on the Vision campaign and later as a development officer during The Banff Centre’s Creative Edge campaign.
Sarah has experience working with diverse government departments from the Province of Alberta’s Rural Alberta Development Fund to the Government of Canada’s Cultural Spaces program. Raised in Calgary, Sarah holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Studies and Sociology) from Queen’s University. She is currently working toward attaining her Certified Fundraising Executive designation.
Andrea Hlady is currently the Fund Development Manager at Habitat for Humanity Calgary and is currently on maternity leave.
Her enthusiasm for fund development started in 2003 when she was the volunteer coordinator for the Victoria Walk for ALS. It was a role she held for three years and was recognized nationally by the ALS Society of Canada when she received the Mark Pollock award for outstanding volunteer achievement. Following that success, she sought employment in fund development and has worked for the past five years in the areas of planned giving, annual campaigns and major gifts.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge and was recently inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame for her contribution on the U of L Women’s Basketball team. Andrea has been a member of AFP since 2006 with the Vancouver and Calgary Chapters and in 2010 sat as a committee member on the Revenue Development team with the Calgary Chapter. She is presently working towards her CFRE designation.
Andrea’s other passions include the Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition and the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
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.
Kara Tersen has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for four years, served as co-chair of the 2010 National Philanthropy Day and Philanthropy Awareness Week activities and on the 2011 AFP Calgary & Area Chapter board as Chair, Chapter Services. Kara completed her Fundraising Management Certificate at Mount Royal College in 2008, the CFRE Review Course in spring 2010, attended the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore in May 2010 with a scholarship from the AFP Calgary & Area Chapter, and intends to write her CFRE exam in spring 2012.
Kara has been with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) – Alberta Region since 2006 and is currently the Director of Development and Communications. Kara received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Calgary in 1989 in Political Science and shortly thereafter joined the Reform Party of Canada managing the membership services department, her first experience with fundraising and non-profit organizations. She then worked for Jan Brown, Member of Parliament for three years, then pursued communications and marketing in various industries, worked in IT for a few years, then ran her own web design firm for 5 years before deciding to make a move back into the non-profit world when she joined NCC. Kara has served on the board of the Alberta Native Plant Council and the Communications subcommittee of the Alberta North American Waterfowl Management Program.