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Member Motion/Accolades: July-September 2009

September 29, 2009

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 July-September 2009.

Ira B. Cooperman, CFRE, formerly director of philanthropy for the Masonic Care Community of NY (a long-term care facility in Utica), recently accepted the dual position as executive director of the Jewish Community Federation of the Mohawk Valley and the Jewish Community Center of Utica (NY).  He also recently stepped down after serving two terms as president of the Utica Symphony Orchestra's Board of Directors.

Stephanie Cory, CFRE, CAP, is now the director of development for The Arc of Chester County in West Chester, Pa. Formerly she was the development and communications director for Saunders House in Wynnewood, Pa. Stephanie serves as the vice president education and professional development for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of AFP.

Rhonda L. Davidson is now regional director of development at the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. She formerly served as development director at the East Lake Foundation in Atlanta.

Tara Friedman, director of major and planned gifts at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM), has been selected for the Rumpelstiltskin Award /Fundraiser of the Year given annually by the Development Officers Council, the national organization for Planned Parenthood development staff.

Marguerite O. Kelley, CFRE, recently left the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Md., to become the director of major gifts and planned giving at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, Md.

Dee Ladd, was recently awarded the 2009 Women of Distinction Award in the category of Philanthropy, Community and Government Services from the Southern Nevada chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

William G. Lucas has been named the first director of development at the Airlift Research Foundation (formerly Extremity War Trauma Research Foundation) in Pittsburgh, Pa. He formerly served as director of development for Volunteers of America Wyoming & Montana in Sheridan, Wyo.

Donna M. Lynd has joined Resource Area for Teaching, RAFT, in San Jose, Calif., as director of development. Lynd has been a member of AFP since 1987.

Virginia Nugent previously served as development director for Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Dance Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. She is now development and marketing director for The Jazz Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Ill, which is a newly created position at the Institute.

Joan Kemeny Paru, CFRE, recently retired as director of major gifts at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. Paru has now established a consulting firm, Bright Ideas Consulting In Development LLC, in Sarasota.

Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations recently named Jennifer K. Pelton, CFRE, the "Training Faculty Volunteer of the Year." Pelton is director of development at Public Justice Center in Baltimore, Md.

Karen Schnabel has been named the state director for Best Buddies Rhode Island.  She formally was a resource development manager with a local organization at Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Roger D. Sheffield has joined IES Abroad in Chicago as vice president and chief development officer. Prior to joining IES Abroad, Sheffield was a financial and philanthropic advisor for Smith Barney in Lincoln, Neb. 

Scott Staub, ACFRE, is the new director of development for Firelight Foundation in Santa Cruz, Calif. He previously served as the vice-president of fund development at EMQ Children & Family Services in Campbell, Calif.

Jaimie E. Vargas is now director of strategic planning and communication, Division of Student Affairs, at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Calif. Vargas formerly served as director of development and communication at UC Santa Cruz Educational Partnership Center.

Susan Perry Yarber, IOM, director of development of Alliance Credit Counseling in Charlotte, N.C., has graduated from Institute for Organization Management (Institute), a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

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