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Successful Faculty Training Academy Held in Minneapolis

(July 14, 2008) Thirty-three participants completed AFP’s 2½-day Faculty Training Academy (FTA) held June 11-13 at the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn.

FTA  training focused on adult learning concepts and teaching techniques, including learning styles and training methods, lesson plans, ice breakers and energizers, forms of delivery, handling questions, giving directions, facilitating discussions and working with difficult trainees. On the last day, each participant presented a 10-minute training session demonstrating new training techniques learned in the academy.

Co-facilitators for AFP’s fifth FTA included B.J. Bischoff, president of Performance Improvement Consulting in Indianapolis, Indiana.;  Roberta (Robbe) Healey, ACFRE, principal, Farr Healey Consulting LLC in West Chester, Pa., Scott Staub, ACFRE, vice president, Fund Development, EMQ in Campbell, Calif.; and Vivienne Smith, CFRE, principal, Liberty Quest Enterprises Inc., Maple Ridge, B.C.

The 2008 FTA graduates are listed at the end of the article.

A Cadre of Master Teachers

The significance of the FTA isn’t just to help experienced fundraisers improve their presentation skills. The academy has a positive effect on the entire profession, and its graduates can provide programming and training assistance to any AFP chapter.

“By providing this training, AFP is enabling a cadre of experienced trainers to improve their teaching skills,” Healey explained. “We hope these Master Teachers will train others in their chapters and their organizations. In the long run these excellent teachers will help to improve and strengthen education programs for professional fundraisers.”

All graduates of FTA have agreed to volunteer as an instructor for at least three AFP courses within the next two years. A list of FTA graduates may be found here. For contact information on these individuals, email the AFP Professional Advancement Division at

“The academy provided me a unique opportunity to learn, discuss and rehearse emerging best practices to enhance adult learning,” said Jan F. Brazzell, Ph.D., CFRE, principal counsel and CEO of Advancement Consulting in Tacoma, Wash.  “Sharing the experience with some of my longtime favorite educators in the field of not-for-profit leadership and fundraising was icing on the cake!”

“My favorite ‘take-aways’ from the academy include an encyclopedia of engaging hands-on learning exercises, clearer standards for teaching the AFP First Course and CFRE prep courses, and an international network of highly accomplished colleagues with whom I can exchange ideas and materials,” Brazzell explained.

Supporters of FTA

FTA was made possible through the in-kind support of the Center for Nonprofit Management, University of Saint Thomas, and the support of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.  Special thanks go to Audrey Kintzi, ACFRE, vice president and  chief development officer, Courage Center in Minneapolis, who made arrangements with the University of Saint Thomas to host the event.

2008 Graduates

The complete list of 2008 Faculty Training Academy graduates is below:

Lorelei (Lorie) Abernethy, MA, CFRE, Calgary, Alberta

Helen B. Arnold, CFRE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jan Brazzell, PhD, CFRE, Tacoma, Wash.

Linda Bryson, CFRE, Toronto, Ontario

Juan Calixto, CFRE, Chicago, Ill.

Erik Daubert, MBA, ACFRE, Durham, N.C.

Michael G. Ferber, CFRE, Eagan, Minn.

Kenneth C. Frisch, ACFRE, Perrysburg, Ohio

Ann Fritschner, ACFRE, Hendersonville, N.C.

Suann D. Hammersmith, MNM, CFRE, Tecumseh, Mich.

Marcy Heim, CFRE, Madison, Wis.

John Honaman, Dallas, Texas

Audrey P. Kintzi, ACFRE, Minneapolis, Minn.

Deborah J. Kipp, CFRE, Allentown, Pa.

Vincent Law, CFRE, MInstF, Hong Kong, China

William (Billy) Leh, CFRE, Allentown, Pa.

Tania Little, CFRE, Toronto, Ontario

Shaun G. Lynch, CFRE, St. Lazare, Ontario

Douglas McDaniel, JD, CFRE, West Nyack, N.Y.

Andrea McManus, CFRE, Calgary, Alberta

Nicci Noble, San Francisco, Calif.

Custodio Pereira, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Gail Perry, CFRE, Raleigh, N.C.

Amanda Preston, CFRE, Cambridge, Mass.

Sandy Rees, CFRE, Loudon, Tenn.

Patricia M. Scharr, CFRE, White Plains, N.Y.

Candace Schuler, CFRE, CERM, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Shereitte Charles Stokes III, MAEd, ACFRE, Nashville, Tenn.

Barbara Ellen Talisman, Chicago, Ill.

Jill M. Walker, MA, CFRE, St. Cloud, Minn.

David Wolfson, CFRE, Milwaukee, Wis.

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