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Member Motion (September 2014)

September 3, 2014

AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. So far, 2014 has been a year for some major moves—here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for 2014 thus far!

Susan Mennenga, MPA, CFRE (below) is the new executive director for the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation in Chicago, Ill. She brings a wealth of knowledge as she most recently served as the vice president of the Presence Mercy Medical Center Foundation. Susan is also an AFP Master Trainer.

Member Motion Sept 2014 mennenga

Manny Arencibia, CFRE is the new vice president of development for Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore in New Castle, Del. Manny was previously the vice president of development at Delaware Hospice.

The New Beginnings Counseling Center in Santa Barbara, Calif., is pleased to announce the addition of Marina Manheimer Schuller (below) as director of development and community relations. Previously, Marina worked in religious and cultural nonprofit organizations in New York City, NY and Los Angeles, Calif.

Member Motion Sept 2014 schuller

Kimberly Burruss-Alexander, MPA has been named the director of development for Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration in Bernardino, Calif. Kimberly is an accomplished fundraising professional who previously spent 13 years at the University of Southern California as senior executive director of civic engagement.

The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. announces the appointment of Hillary S. Nather-Detisch (below) as the museum’s new director of development. Hillary comes to the Joslyn Art Museum from United Way of the Midlands, where she served as senior vice president of community impact.

Member Motion Sept 2014 Detisch

Mary Jo Baker (below) is the new director of major and planned gifts for Cat Care Society (CCS) in Lakewood, Colo. Most recently Ms. Baker worked in development for Centura Health at Home and Sobriety House, Inc.

Member Motion Sept 2014 Baker

John Scola (below) has been named chief executive officer of Educare Arizona in Phoenix, Ariz. John brings with him more than 25 years of leadership, fundraising, board development and strategic planning. Most recently, John worked with organizations in various leadership capacities and has assisted in the design of capital campaigns and alumni giving programs, securing upwards of $2 million annually.

 Member Motion Sept 2014 scola

Vegas PBS in Carson City, Nev. has announced the appointment of Sandy Wallace as its new grant writer. Sandy brings more than 20 years of experience in grant writing, grant management and program development. She has previously served as a grant writer for the Washoe Tribe, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, University of California, Santa Cruz and many other organizations.

The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. has appointed Eden Graber, CFRE to the position of vice president of development and marketing. Eden comes from the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) in New York.

Claire Schultz (below) has joined the Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) in New York City, N.Y. as the chief executive officer. Claire goes to HHF with extensive experience in the public sectors. She most recently served as the chief external affairs officer of Amnesty International USA.

member Motion Sept 2014 schultz

The Institute for Conversational Fundraising in Tulsa, Okla. announced the promotion of Kathy Wright (below) to chief operating officer. Kathy previously held the title of trainer at the institute and will continue to work closely with Founder, Kent Stroman (also an AFP member).

 member Motion Sept 2014 wright

The New York City-based Foundation Center has announced the appointment of John Patrick Bailey, Ph.D. as director of its regional office in Cleveland, Ohio in the center’s social sector outreach division. John has previously served as the executive director of HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura in Westlake, Calif.


To be listed in Member Motion, you must be a current AFP member. Simply send your current AND new job information (including city and state/province), or information about the accolade or award received, to Please include the phrase “member motion” in the subject line, and feel free to include a picture!

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