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Member Motion/Accolades: March-April 2009

(April 14, 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 March-April 2009.

Claire Hélène Bevan has been promoted from development associate to donor information and communications associate at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass.

Leanne Denis, CFRE, is now director, principle gifts, at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division. She formerly served as regional revenue development manager, Greater Vancouver Region, at the Canadian Cancer Society.

D.C. Dreger, ACFRE, is now campaign counsel with Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, Ga., in its $3.8 billion global campaign under the aegis of D'Alessandro, Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla. He was formerly vice president and senior campaign director of Custom Development Solutions in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Christine Etherington is now manager, events and sponsorships, at St. John’s Rehab Foundation in Toronto, Ontario. This is her first position as a fundraiser.

Vivien Hoexter has been named vice president for marketing and development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Hoexter most recently served as  chief executive officer of Gilda's Club Worldwide in New York.

Christine Hyland, CFRE, has joined Friends of the Orphans in Vienna, Va. as regional director, major and planned gifts, for the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region. She previously worked 12 years as an independent consultant.

Yvonne Kroll, CFRE, has been named foundation director at St. Luke’s Foundation in Dickinson, N.D. She formerly served as planned gifts director at MeritCare Foundation in Fargo, N.D.

Pamela Leazer is now vice president of development for Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Wash. She previously served as chief advancement officer for the Sonoma and Mendocino counties chapter of the American Red Cross. She also has recently earned a Masters Degree in Organization Development from Sonoma State University.

Carolyn Martchenke, a member of the Fort Worth AFP chapter, retired in 2007 after 44 years with nonprofits, and with most of those years in the development field.  She has come out of retirement to work part-time as the development officer for a small nonprofit, Wings of Hope Equitherapy Center in Cleburne, Texas.

MaryK McGinley, has been named director of development at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro School of Nursing in Greensboro, N.C. She previously served as senior development officer at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro.

Andrew Olsen, CFRE, annual giving officer at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., was recently awarded a 2009 Gold Quill Award for Excellence by the International Association for Business Communicators for leading the strategic redesign of Gillette’s newsletter program, resulting in more than 1,000 percent increase in both response rate and income for this program.

Elizabeth “Boo” Fallon Quilter has returned to philanthropy seven years after her retirement.  She and her family relocated from Chicago to Syracuse, N.Y. and Quilter has joined the Hospice Foundation of Central New York as development officer.

Tara Regan is now manager, resource development at The YWCA of Greater Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. She was previously development manager at The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) in Cleveland.

Emily Shaker now serves as annual fund director at George School in Newtown, Pa. Prior to this, she was institutional advancement coordinator and director of the annual fund at The Phelps School in Malvern, Pa.

Lisa Sykes is now development officer, major gifts and planned giving, at St. John’s Rehab Foundation in Toronto, Ontario. This is her first position as a fundraiser.

Linda Toyota has been named chief development officer, YWCA Greater Houston, in Houston, Texas. She was formerly senior vice president, Houston Technology Center, in Houston.

Robert E. Wahlers, CFRE, president of the AFP-NJ Chapter and senior director of major and planned gifts at the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division Inc., was recently conferred with a Masters of Science Degree in Human Development & Leadership (with a concentration in Nonprofit Management) from Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

Cathe Wood is now director of development at the Global FoodBanking Network in Naperville, Ill. She formerly served as director of development and communications at Zonta International in Oak Brook, Ill.

Kimberly F. Yang is now director of corporate and foundation relations at Children's Bureau in Los Angeles, Calif. She previously was administrative director at the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles.

Roberta Ruben Zweifler, CFRE, of South Orange, N.J. has joined the staff of Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson as director of development. She spent seven years as director of development at The ARC of Essex County and previously was the Assistant Director of the United Jewish Foundation of Metrowest.

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