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Member Motion/Accolades: May-June 2009

Bernie Barringer is now director of marketing and development for Let's Go Fishing of Minnesota. Barringer formerly served as development director at Willmar Community Christian School in Minnesota.

Michael Benzin is the new director of development for Read to Succeed Buffalo, a coalition of organizations focused on improving literacy in Buffalo, New York. He had been director of development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County in Buffalo.

Heather M. Butz, M.S.Ed., is now director of annual giving at Children's Home + Aid in Chicago. She was formerly acting director of development, University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia, Pa.

David M. Coyne, CFRE, executive vice president of The Sheridan Group in Silver Spring, Md., has been elected as president of the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association and to a two-year term on the college's board of trustees.

Louisa W. Frederiksen is now director of development and community relations at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester, Va. She was formerly the director of the foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia—a University of Virginia Foundation.

Nancy C. Green, formerly director of development and public relations for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, recently accepted the position as director of development for Bethesda Project, a faith-based ecumenical organization that provides shelter, services, transitional and permanent housing for adults who are homeless in Philadelphia. 

Susan K. Nenstiel, CFRE, was recently named director of advancement services at Kutztown University Foundation, Kutztown, Pa. Prior to her promotion, she was development director for the College of Education. She currently serves as president of the Berks Regional Chapter of AFP.

Kathleen Phelan, OP, CFRE, has been named development director of RENEW International headquartered in Plainfield, New Jersey.

Noni Redding was recently promoted to the position of southeast regional associate director at American Kidney Fund in Atlanta, Ga., after previously serving as southeast regional associate director of Minority Health Programs there.

Michelle Smith, CFRE, is now the director of grants management for Family & Children Services, a Silicon Valley nonprofit agency providing mental health and prevention services through offices in Palo Alto and San Jose, Calif. Smith previously served as the grants management director at the youth mentoring organization Friends for Youth Inc. in Redwood City, Calif.

Tania Vrionis, CFRE, has been appointed executive director of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation in Langley, British Columbia. She most recently served as director of development for the John McGivney Children’s Centre in Windsor, Ontario.

Penelope Welch, CFRE, has been named director, annual fund and donor relations for Capital Hospice of Falls Church, Va., which serves communities in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Welch also serves as the D.C. Chapter's mentoring program chair.

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