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Member Motion/Accolades: September 2008

(Sept. 29, 2008) AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for September 2008.

Chad E. Barger, CFRE, has been appointed executive director of the Cultural Enrichment Fund in Harrisburg, Pa.  The Cultural Enrichment Fund is Central Pennsylvania’s united arts fund.  He was formerly regional development director for Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania.

Cindy Barrington, currently assistant director of planned giving at Auburn University Foundation in Auburn, Ala. is moving back home to Washington, D.C.  She has accepted the position of assistant director of development at PFLAG National.

Donna Batcho has joined the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) in Bethesda, Md., as partnership development officer for major gifts and individual giving.  She was formerly a major gifts consultant at the American Farmland Trust in Washington, D.C.

James N. Bennett, CFRE, has been named the director of the Capital Initiative for Pacific Repertory Theatre, a professional theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.  Previously he was director of development with Hospice Foundation in Monterey, Calif. for 13 years. He was also named Rotarian of the Year by his local Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific.

Cheryl Bernstein Gurin, CFRE, formerly vice president of fund development at the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter, is now director of fundraising for Vancouver Community at the Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia Hospital Foundation in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Terrie Conrad, CFRE, has been promoted from director of constituent and planned giving at the VMI Foundation Inc. in Lexington, Va., to vice president, constituent and planned giving. 

Ira B. Cooperman, CFRE, director of philanthropy for the Masonic Care Community in Utica, N.Y., recently was re-elected president of the board of directors of the Utica Symphony Orchestra.

Alison Drone has joined the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) in Bethesda, Md., as partnership development officer.  She was formerly project manager for the Aspen Institute’s Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Initiative.

Joseph Ferraro, CFRE, has launched the direct response fundraising firm PULSE Marketing, Development & Communications in Putnam Valley, N.Y., as its president and principal. Most recently, he served as director of development for Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. and previously as director of annual programs for the American Bible Society in New York.

Genevieve Klim was promoted to the position of annual fund manager at the Boston Ballet in Boston, Mass. Klim formerly served as annual fund coordinator there.

Linda Kostka, CFRE, is now director of development and marketing at Mill Creek MetroParks in Youngstown, Ohio. She was formerly regional director of development at Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio.

Nancy Ludin was recently named executive director of the Jewish Pavilion of Central Florida in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Previously, she served as the campaign director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.

Cecilia Murillo is now a senior consultant at HFS Consultants in Oakland, Calif. She previously served as development director at Coastside Family Medical Center in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Mark Randall, CFRE, director of institutional advancement at the Newman Foundation—University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., and Laura Huth, president and CEO of do good Consulting in Urbana, Ill. were recently named Man of the Year and Woman of the Year, respectively, by Central Illinois Business magazine.

Julie Roe has been promoted to director of development at Christian Blind Mission in Springfield, Tenn. She formerly served CBM as southeast regional director.

Debra L. Sharpe is now president and CEO of the The ALS Association – Massachusetts Chapter in Norwood, Mass. She formerly served as regional director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Newton, Mass.

Whitney Templeton of Chicago, Ill., has recently become the director of development and outreach at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. She used to be a major gifts officer at the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Julie Wolf-Rodda has been promoted from acting director to director, Partnership Development Program, at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

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