Earning the ACFRE is an incredible accomplishment, to be recognized as one of the best of the best in the fundraising profession. The ACFRE credential signifies mastery of professional standards in leadership, management and ethics—all at an advanced level of practice.

AFP is proud to celebrate the first 100 members to earn the ACFRE. Our list below not only recognizes every one of them, but also gives a little insight to some of their personalities. Learn about their personal mission statements and interesting experiences during the application process, as well as favorite foods, movies, shows, hobbies and sports, that make each one a unique fundraiser and one of the best of the best!

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James Allen, ACFRE, class of 2004, with Jill Pranger, ACFRE board chair, class of 2006.

Sandra A. Adams, 1994: Personal Mission Statement: Leave the world a better place and never stop learning.

James H. Allen, 2004: I’m at my best when: The sun is rising. I’m at my worst: After 10 p.m. Favorite Movie: Gone With the Wind.

Carol Ringrose Alexander, 2000: Personal Mission Statement: My life will be a success if I'm a wife worth respecting, a mother worth imitating, a business leader worth following and a financial adviser worth trusting.

William C. Austin, 2004

William F. Bartolini, Ph.D., 2000

Ted D. Bayley, 1993 (deceased)

Brian J. Bonde, 2004

Alphonce J. Brown Jr., class of 2002, is snapped wearing his ACFRE ribbon.

Jan F. Brazzell, Ph.D., 2012: Favorite TV Show: The Daily Show With John Stewart. Hobbies: Playing Rock Band with my niece and nephew; driving a Wave Runner; playing word games

Marianne G. Briscoe, Ph.D., 1994: Favorite Book: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, by Oscar Hijuelos. Favorite Movie: Gosford Park. Hobbies: Crossword puzzles

Alphonce J. Brown Jr., 2002: Favorite Book: Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising, by Hank Russo Phobias: Acrophobia (heights), ophidiophobia (snakes) and murophobia (rats)

Nancy L. Brown, 1996

Lawrence R. Buck, 2000: Personal Mission Statement: To be a good and faithful steward of all that God has entrusted to me.

Sandra S. Byrd, 2000

Peggy J. Calhoun, 1997: Personal Mission Statement: "Put it to them briefly so they'll read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so it will be guided by its light.” — Joseph Pulitzer

Thomas L. Campbell, 2012

William L. Carlton, 1998

Mary Anne Chern, 1993

Daniel C. Clapin, 2002: Personal Mission Statement: To be authentic in all my undertakings and be the best I can. Favorite TV Show: Antique Road Show.

Erik Daubert, ACFRE, class of 2008, chats with Sanae Tokumura, APR, ACFRE, class of 1999.

Pamela A. Cook, 2006: Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad Favorite Book: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Vanentino Achak Deng Phobias: Mice and mazes

Glen Cosper, 2007: Favorite Book: Designs for Fundraising by Seymour Competitive Sports: Are you serious? Phobias: A cave full of rattlesnakes. Therefore, you won't see me spelunking.

Erik J. Daubert, MBA, 2008: Personal Mission Statement: Do more. Live more. Give more. Favorite TV Show: Monday Night Football

C. Neal Davis, Ph.D., 1993: Hobbies: Writing (four-plus books), photography (70,000+ pictures), kids (six of our own and 60 foster kids)

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, receives her ACFRE certificate at the 2013 AFP Leadership Academy.

John P. Demoleas, 1993: Favorite Book: The Bible Favorite Movie: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Hobbies: Byzantine art

D. C. Dreger, 2001: Personal Mission Statement: To help others achieve what they cannot on their own.

Amy Eisenstein, 2013

Lona M. Farr, Ph.D., 1993

Alice L. Ferris, MBA, 2010: Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movie: The Cutting Edge Favorite Movie I Can Quote: The Princess Bride Competitive Sports: Ballroom dancing

Robert E. Fogal, Ph.D., 1996

R. Scott Fortnum, 2011: What happened during the ACFRE process? I had my position restructured out of existence, started a new job and moved to different cities.

Kenneth Frisch, 2007

Alice Ferris, ACFRE, receives her ACFRE certificate at the 2010 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Ann Fritschner, 2001: Travel Story for the Written ACFRE Exam: A few hundred miles. Bad idea! The written exam was in Williamsburg, Va., which I thought would be a pretty place to visit. My test manager told me I looked like a deer in the headlights after the exam was over, and he practically forbade me to get in my car and drive home!

Gayle L. Gifford, 2002

Walter Gillette III, 2008: Personal Mission Statement: Read, study, practice, reflect...but be a man of action. Lead by example, never stop learning, impart the importance and the dignity of the fundraising profession, and move from practitioner to consultant with ample leisure time for family in retirement (hopefully someplace warm!).

Sharon Gleason, 2011: Favorite Book: Team of Rivals Competitive Sports: Cross-country skiing and track Favorite TV Show: House of Lies

Jon Kevin Gossett, 2005: Significant Events During the ACFRE Process: At American Public Media we were launching a capital campaign at Southern California Public Radio while we completed the largest capital campaign in public radio history at Minnesota Public Radio.

Carmine A. Grande, DPS, 2000 (deceased)

James M. Greenfield, 2004: I’m at my best when: Working with cooperative leaders. I’m at my worst when: Working with “society ladies.” Favorite TV Show: Star Trek

Ann Fritschner, ACFRE, chats with Brian Bonde, ACFRE, at the ACFRE celebration during the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Bill Hallett, Ph.D., 2000: Favorite food: Dairy Queen milkshakes. Favorite TV Show: Jeopardy. I’m at my best: at 6 a.m.

Patricia Hardy, 2000

Theodore R. Hart, 2002: Personal Mission Statement: “If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.” — Mother Teresa

Robbe A. Healey, MBA, 2005: Competitive Sports: Ask me about my college intermural basketball season! Hobbies: Travel and knitting (not at the same time).

Eileen R. Heisman, 2001: Personal Mission Statement: Align your work and professional life and values as closely as you can.

F.A. (Ski) Hilenski, Ph.D., 1998 (deceased)

Ann R. Hyatt, 1994

Ben Imdieke, 2013

James D. Ingolio, 2002

Simone P. Joyaux, 1994: Personal Mission Statement: People eat, sleep and make love in languages other than English, in colors other than white and in pairings other than opposite sex. I think that is beautiful. I am committed to fighting for those rights and that beauty.

Phil Schumacher, ACFRE, and Walt Gillette, ACFRE pose with Karla Williams, ACFRE, and their new ACFRE ribbons at the 2008 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Zoltan A. Karpathy, 1994: Personal Mission Statement: Eat dessert first, life is uncertain! Personal Vision Statement: Always view your glass as half full.

Audrey Kintzi, 2004

Kathryn B. Knox, 2003

Rev. Rick M. Kress, 2000: Competitive Sports: I wish I could have, but my motto was, "I may be small, but I'm slow." Favorite Musical Artist: The Beatles, Metallica.

Barbara R. Levy, 1993: Personal Mission: To make a difference in the lives of others and to empower those with whom I am working

Patricia F. Lewis, 1996

Timothy D. Logan, 1999

Ronald A. Lundeen, 1997: On My Tombstone: A steward of time, he helped to make things happen.

Barbara Levy, from the first class of ACFRE’s in 1993, addresses her fellow ACFRE’s at the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Wayne K. Lynch, 2002: Favorite Movie: The Mission. Favorite Music: Classical and Medieval. Hobbies: Baseball memorabilia.

Linda Lysakowski, 2001: Favorite Foods: Chocolate, coconut, mango and peanut butter are close. I would say it's a tie. Sports: My favorite athletic figure is Muhammad Ali.

David J. Madson, 1994: Favorite Sport: Cycling. Competitive Sports: Cross country skiing. Favorite book: Robert Caro's four-volume biography of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Carl D. Manfield, 2001: Favorite Book: 7 Habits of Highly Successful People Favorite TV Show: Meet the Press Phobias: Dying before I accomplish all I want to in this life

Michael R. Maude, 2001

Theodore J. Meyers, 1995

Ann H. Moffitt, 2005

William M. Moran, 1993

Jon Kevin Gossett, ACFRE, Ann Moffitt, ACFRE and Jill Pranger, ACFRE, receive their honors at the 2006 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Susan Moritz, 1995: Competitive Sports: I played fullback on the state champion field hockey team for four years. Phobias: Train tracks have always been a concern.

Charles R. Murray, 1999: Favorite Food: Porterhouse steak Favorite Musical Artist: Charley Parker Favorite TV Show: Saturday Night Live

James K. Phelps, J.D., 2011: Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz. Favorite TV Show: Babylon 5. Hobbies: Collecting rare books.

Karen M. Porterfield, 1998

Jill A. Pranger, 2006: Travel Story for the Written ACFRE Exam: From Rochester, N.Y., to Alexandria, Va.—by plane on a VERY, VERY snowy day—when everything was shut down in the Washington, D.C. area (including the AFP offices, where I was to take my exam). However, a wonderful staff person agreed to find her way to the offices and proctor my exam.

Anne House Quinn, 2001: What happened during your ACFRE process? I gave birth to 16 pounds of twins and was unable to receive my ACFRE credential at an AFP international conference. Instead, I was awarded my ACFRE medallion at the Washington, D.C.'s chapter's Philanthropy Day celebration in November 2002.

Robbe Healey, ACFRE, Karla Williams, ACFRE, and James Allen, ACFRE, congratulate Martha Schumacher on her ACFRE at the 2010 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

J. Russell Raker III, 1993

Naomi Revzin, 2001

Charlotte Rhodes, 1994: Personal Mission Statement: To make a positive impact on any major investment of time and money and take on tasks that build on my strengths.

Susan F. Rice, Ed.D., 1997: Personal Mission Statement: Make people feel good about themselves. I’m at my best when: organizing or leading a group. I’m at my worst when: throwing a baseball!

Patricia E. Rich, 2000

William S. Roth, 1994

Marcella Moyer Schick, 2009

Martha H. Schumacher, 2010: What happened during your ACFRE process? I traveled to India for the first time (with the People to People program). It was an eye-opening and life-changing cultural exchange.

Mary Doorley Simboski poses with her newly achieved ACFRE certificate and ribbon at the 2010 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Philip G. Schumacher, 2009

Angela Seaworth, MBA, 2011: Personal Mission Statement: To live with such hope and purpose to help others achieve beyond their imaginations

Mary Doorley Simboski, 2009: Personal Mission Statement: I want to always honor my faith and my family—and never say anything stupid. Favorite Food: Broiled, pan-seared or grilled salmon. I can't pass it up.

C. Vernon Snyder, 2010: Personal Mission Statement: Live honestly and let people do good work. Favorite Musical Artist: Yo Yo Mah.

Cecilia N. Soriano, MBA, 2011: What happened during your ACFRE process: A major personal and professional transition, living and traveling among three continents: Europe, Asia and North America.

Del Staecker, 1993

Scott C. Staub, 2001: Personal Mission Statement: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Carpe diem! Hobbies: Comic book collecting—47 years and counting.

Dennis Stefanacci, 1993

Vern Snyder poses with his ACFRE certificate and ribbon at the 2010 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

Shereitte C. Stokes III, 2005: Personal Mission Statement: To be a good husband, father and brother, and to help the underclass, the disenfranchised and the underprivileged to obtain opportunities to become productive citizens

Paul J. Strawhecker, 1995: Favorite Author: e.e. Cummings Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird Favorite Musical Artist: ABBA

Dree Thomson-Diamond, 2008

Dana R. Todsen, 1993

S. Sanae Tokumura, 1999: Favorite Food: Yogurtland Tarts with Lychee Popping Bobas, coconut and almonds Competitive Sports: Triathlons and marathons Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Stanley Weinstein, 2001

Leslie Weir, 2004

Sanae Tokumura, APR, ACFRE, shows off her ACFRE medallion to AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF.

B. Jeanne Williams, 1993 (deceased)

G. Patrick Williams, 1994

Karla A. Williams, 1993

Marjorie A. Winkler, 1993: ACFRE Application Experience: I remember once having a 4:30 deadline to get the portfolio materials to FedEx, and the only office computer crashed! I almost had a heart attack, but somehow the computer was brought back to life and I got my portfolio off with minutes to spare.

Robin Primeau Zanotti, 2001

In addition, two certifications were awarded (in 2001 and 2004) but were later rescinded.




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