Marnie Hill, CFRE
CFRE International Chair
Director, Planned Giving
Canadian Red Cross
Marnie Hill has been working and volunteering with local, national and international organizations in the non-profit sector since 1980. Currently serving as Director, Planned Giving for the Canadian Red Cross, Marnie previously held positions in healthcare, post secondary education, social housing and cultural heritage. Marnie attained the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2002.
Elected to the CFRE Board of Directors in 2012, Marnie has served on the Exam and Finance committees, as well as serving as Secretary/ Treasurer and Vice Chair. In 2014 she chaired the CFRE Job Analysis Task Force. She is a Past President of the AFP Vancouver Island Chapter, a current Director of the Board of Pacifica Housing Advisory Association in Victoria, BC and served eight years on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada, including terms as Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair.
Heather R. McGinness, CNM, CFRE
CFRE International Vice Chair
Vice President for Advancement
Concordia College – New York
Heather brings two decades of experience in several areas of the philanthropic sector to her work on behalf of CFRE International and the fundraising profession, including higher education, social services, associations, faith-based and international relief organizations. Prior to taking up her post of Vice President for Advancement at Concordia College – New York, Heather most recently served as Senior Consultant – Account Director at Meyer Partners LLC in Schaumburg, Illinois.
A member of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE), she has led its Education Team, is a frequent presenter and serves on the ALDE Board of Directors. She is a recipient of ALDE’s Jay Bleeke Award and was named a Thrivent Fellow in 2013. Heather is a member of and a Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and serves on the committee for the AFP Fundraising Effectiveness Project. Heather has held the CFRE credential since 2009.
Graham Papenfus, CFRE, F.IDPE
CFRE International Secretary/Treasurer
Dean Close School
Graham Papenfus has over 20 years fundraising experience in both the educational and charitable sectors in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. He is currently Development Director at Dean Close School, having previously established development programmes at Ipswich School and Haileybury College in the UK since 2001. He established one of the first school’s development programmes in South Africa at St Stithians College in Johannesburg in 1996 and, prior to that, worked for an international fundraising consultancy running campaigns in Johannesburg and Zimbabwe as well as running his own consultancy from 1998 until 2001.
Graham was a Trustee, Chairman and Regional Vice President for the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE) from 2003 – 2012 and was made one of the first Fellows in 2014. He was also a Committee member of the Association of Representatives of Old Pupil Associations (AROPS) from 2011-2015 and was elected to the Board of Governors at Hartpury College in 2015 where he sits on the Audit and Search and Governance Committees. He obtained his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2006 and remains currently certified. He previously served CFRE International as a member of the Job Analysis Task Force in 2014 and as Chair of the CFRE UK Task Force.
Thomas P. Berekoff, M.A., CFRE
President and CEO
tpb strategic counsel ltd.
Tom Berekoff is CEO of tpb strategic counsel, a Canadian-based consultancy serving charitable and not-for-profit organisations, philanthropic businesses and individuals. Over a 35-year career, Tom has helped raise nearly $500 million for clients and organisations served. He has a wide breadth of leadership, fundraising and external relations experiences including higher education, continuing education, healthcare, sport, arts and culture, economic and community development, rural and remote context, international development, indigenous peoples, social investment, and faith-based organisations.
Tom received a Bachelor’s degree (sport management) from the University of Lethbridge (1981) and a Master’s degree (philanthropy and development) from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (2005). Tom has earned and proudly maintained the CFRE designation since 1995 and has served CFRE International on the Committee on Directorship and the Exam Committee. He has also served as a volunteer with Association of Fundraising Professionals local chapters and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and as a board member of numerous NGOs and community development agencies.
Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE
Alice is the founder of GoalBusters, a consultancy providing hands-on support for small to midsize charitable organizations in outsourced fundraising, strategic planning and board and staff training. She has more than twenty-five years of professional fundraising experience, and, in addition to her CFRE certification, was the 90th professional to receive the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) certification. Alice has thrice been honored as AFP-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year and previously served eight years on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Board, including two years as Vice Chair, Member Services. She currently chairs the ACFRE Credentialing Board and also is a member of the Wisconsin School of Business Bolz Center for Arts Administration MBA Advisory board. Alice earned her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Radio-TV-Film and Economics and her Masters of Business Administration with a double major in Accounting and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 1999 and remains currently certified, her ACFRE in 2010, and has been an AFP Master Teacher since 2006. Alice is recognized in North America for her television appearances on PBS fundraisers, including Downton Abbey, Ken Burns: The Civil War and Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You.
Becky Ann Gilbert, CFRE
Director of Development
Following seven years as Head of Development & Alumni Relations for ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, where she was the first person to hold the position and laid the foundation for all development work, Becky now serves as Director of Development at ASSIST. Prior to ESMT, Becky held leadership positions with House of World Cultures, Berlin and Deutsches Museum, Munich.
Active in professional fundraising associations across Europe, Becky served on the Board of Directors for the German Fundraising Association from 2006-2014 and serves as National Delegate, Germany and Member of the Board of Directors for the European Fundraising Association (EFA), since 2012 as Vice President and Treasurer. She holds a BSLA cum laude from Georgetown University, Washington, DC and a Masters in Communications with high honors from University of the Arts, Berlin. Becky has previously served CFRE International as a member of the Job Analysis Task Force and the Resource Reading Advisory Group.
Sharon Gleason, CFRE, ACFRE
Executive VP, Financial Development & Communications
Armed Services YMCA of the USA
Sharon brings over 25 years’ experience to serving as Executive VP, Financial Development & Communications for the Armed Services YMCA National Headquarters. She has helped raise more than $140 million for local, national, and international nonprofits, including the National Council On Aging, American Red Cross National Headquarters, The Girl Scout Council, Nation’s Capital, Girl Scouts, USA, The Federation of American Scientists, City of Hope National Medical Center and the National Association of Manufacturers.
A member of the CFRE International Board of Directors since 2012, Gleason has served the Board’s Exam Committee, Job Analysis Panel, Audit and Grievance Committees and also serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Government Affairs, Marketing and Finance Committees. Ms. Gleason serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Community Bridges, an organization that helps minority and immigrant girls living below the poverty line develop leadership, academic and life skills. In addition to her CFRE certification, Sharon has achieved the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) certification, the highest credential awarded in the fundraising profession, signifying mastery of nonprofit professional standards in leadership, management, and ethics.
Vincent Law, CFRE, MInstF(Dip)
CEO and Founder
Vincent has over 27 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and event management in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. He is the first and only Chinese fundraiser in Hong Kong, China who attained both CFRE certification and the UK qualification, Diploma in Fundraising, from the Institute of Fundraising. Law holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London, a Masters in Psychology of Education from City University and a Diploma in Child Psychology from Open University, Hong Kong.
Vincent is the CEO and Founder of PhilanthroKids Academy which teaches K-12 students the concept of philanthropy and offers fundraising consultancy to education institutions and international organizations. Previously he held senior positions at World Society for the Protection of Animals, World Vision and Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong.
Vincent earned his CFRE credential in 2006. He became AFP Faculty Training Academy Master Trainer in 2008. He served as AFP Hong Kong chapter president and AFP International Board from 2009-2011 and 2013-2016 respectively.
CEO and Brand Champion
Big Picture Marketing Consulting
Judy Markoe is the public member of the CFRE International Board of Directors. Judy brings over 30 years of experience as a strategic marketer working with nonprofits, foundations, trade associations and corporations to heighten their brands and increase value to their key audiences. Her work for clients such as the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Program for Professionals, NAFSA: Association for International Educators and World Presidents Organization focuses on strategic and integrated marketing and innovation, brand development and management, market research and assessment and the full range of traditional and social marketing strategies.
Judy served as president of the Advertising Club of Metro Washington, is a recipient of their Crystal Prism Award, and has recently returned to their Board of Directors. Prior to launching her own consultancy, Judy served as VP Marketing Communications for Management Solutions Plus, an association management company, the American Association of University Women and Educational Foundation, and Director of Marketing at the University of Maryland University College.
Richard K. Martin, CFRE
Chief Advancement Officer
Richard K. Martin has served the impact (nonprofit) sector for 22 years, primarily in social and human services organisations. Richard joined Samaritas in 2007 after a decade of work in manufacturing and 15 years in various fundraising positions and senior management. As Chief Advancement Officer, Richard serves as an administrator of a $120M organisation, overseeing every aspect of communications and external relations including fund development, marketing, church relations and public relations as well as serving as executive director for the Samaritas foundation and auxiliaries.
Richard has taught, coached and mentored numerous fundraisers in techniques and practices of professional fundraising as well as inspiring an appreciation and respect for the profession. He has committed his career to introducing African Americans to careers in fundraising and tirelessly encouraging individuals and organisations to create a welcoming culture for diversity.
Richard is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Detroit Chapter and past board member and treasurer of AFP International. Additionally, Richard has served on the AFP Foundation Committee of Appointment and CFRE Job Analysis Task Force. In 2015, Richard became the 17th recipient of the AFP Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service. The Chair’s Award is given to individuals for exceptional service to AFP, the fundraising profession and the philanthropic community.
Lesley Ray, MBus, CFRE, FFIA
Executive Director – Fundraising
Lesley Ray is Executive Director ─ Fundraising at one of Australia’s leading healthcare fundraising organisations where she couples fundraising practice with organisational management and leadership. There she leads a large team of fundraising professionals and communications specialists and is charged with the development of Mater Foundation’s diverse fundraising programme to grow income capacity.
Lesley holds a Master’s degree in philanthropic studies from the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where her research focused on the emergence of giving circles and their relationship with nonprofit organisations. Lesley is a Fellow and past national Chair of Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) and gained her CFRE certification in 2002. She serves as a volunteer with FIA and is also a founding member of “Women & Change”, a women’s giving circle that aims to engage women in philanthropy. In 2015 Lesley received the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year award from the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA), a national award which recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to fundraising in Australia.