Heather R. Hill, CNM, CFRE

CFRE International Chair
Vice President for Advancement
Concordia College – New York
Bronxville, NY
United States

Heather R. Hill is a seasoned nonprofit executive and AFP Master Trainer, experienced in several areas of the philanthropic sector, including higher education, human services, associations, faith-based, and international relief and development organizations. A highly rated international speaker, she has worked as a consultant in the sector and currently serves as Vice President for Advancement at Concordia College-New York. 

With two decades of nonprofit experience, she has an extensive background in leadership and management, fundraising, marketing and communications, grant seeking, strategic planning, and analytics. She has held the CFRE credential since 2009. 

Heather received a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management (CNM) from the former Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE), where she also serves on the ALDE Board of Directors. She received the Jay Bleeke Award in 2014 for outstanding service as a young ALDE member and the ALDE Creativity Award in 2017 for her “thanksGiving Tuesday” initiative. Heather is also a member of AFP’s Growth in Giving Working Group and an International Advisory Panel member of Rogare, the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy’s fundraising think tank. 

Lesley Ray, MBus, CFRE, FFIA

CFRE International Vice Chair
Executive Director – Philanthropy
Mater Foundation
Brisbane, QLD

Lesley Ray is Executive Director ─ Fundraising at one of Australia’s leading healthcare fundraising organizations where she couples fundraising practice with organizational 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 program 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 organizations. 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 FIA, a national award which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to fundraising in Australia. 

Graham Papenfus, CFRE, F.IDPE

CFRE International Secretary/Treasurer
Director of Fundraising
Kingswood School
Bath, United Kingdom

Graham Papenfus has over 20 years’ fundraising experience in both the educational and charitable sectors in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom. He joined Kingswood School in Bath as their Director of Development and Fundraising in April 2017 after three years as Development Director at Dean Close School. He previously established development programs at Ipswich School, Haileybury College, and Claremont Fan Court School since arriving in the UK in 2001. He established one of the first school development programs 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 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. Graham was elected to the CFRE Board of Directors in 2016 and has served on the Exam, Finance, and Marketing Committees. 

Thomas P. Berekoff, M.A., CFRE

President and CEO
tpb strategic counsel ltd.
Edmonton, AB

Tom Berekoff is CEO of tpb strategic counsel, a Canadian-based consultancy serving charitable and not-for-profit organizations, philanthropic businesses, and individuals. Over a 35-year career, Tom has helped raise nearly $500 million for clients and organizations 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 organizations. 

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 AFP local chapters and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and as a board member of numerous NGOs and community development agencies. 

Alice Ferris LinkedIn2Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE

Founding Partner
GoalBusters Consulting
Flagstaff, AZ
United States

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 25 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 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 B.A. with a double major in radio-TV-film and economics and her MBA with a double major in accounting and management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her 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 Gilbert LinkedIn2Becky 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, D.C., and a master’s 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.

Vincent Law, CFRE, MInstF(Dip)

CEO and Founder
PhilanthroKids Academy
Hong Kong

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, the Diploma in Fundraising, from the Institute of Fundraising. Law holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Imperial College London, a master’s 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 in 2006. He became an AFP Faculty Training Academy Master Trainer in 2008. He served as AFP Hong Kong Chapter President and on the AFP International Board from 2009-2011 and 2013-2016 respectively. 

Elizabeth LeClair, CFRE

Sr. Development Officer, Faculties of Engineering & Computer Science
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Liz brings more than a decade of experience to her role as the Senior Development Officer, Faculties of Engineering and Computer Science at Dalhousie University. She had the privilege of living in many cities across Canada, working with a variety of nonprofits, helping to build strong fundraising programs. Liz has extensive experience in managing and leading teams, the development of strategic business plans, and a genuine passion for raising funds for important causes in her community. 

Liz is a long-standing member of AFP, a Past Board Member of AFP Vancouver Island, and currently a volunteer on the AFP Foundation’s National Scholarships Committee. She believes it is imperative to provide educational opportunities to smaller markets in Canada and she recently led an initiative to bring AFP’s Fundamentals of Fundraising Course to Halifax—the first time this has happened east of Montreal. Liz has held her CFRE credential since 2013. 

R. Martin LinkedInRichard K. Martin, CFRE

Caleb L.L.C.
Sterling Heights, MI
United States

Richard K. Martin has served the impact (nonprofit) sector for 22 years, primarily in social and human services organizations. 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 organization, 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 organizations to create a welcoming culture for diversity. 

Richard is Past President of the 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. 

 Jeff Norris, MBA, CFRE

President & CEO
Royal Columbian Hospital Association
New Westminster, BC

Jeff Norris’s career in nonprofit organizations spans more than two decades and includes experience in healthcare and post-secondary sectors in Canada. Currently serving as President and CEO of Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, Jeff is leading fundraising efforts as the hospital undergoes an unprecedented $1.3 billion redevelopment and expansion. 

Jeff achieved the status of CFRE in 2003. He has advocated for the fundraising profession for many years as a lead instructor in post secondary fundraising programs and as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker within a variety of venues. 

Jeff’s professional achievements include a University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Award, a Giving Hearts Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Vancouver Chapter of AFP and a Business in Vancouver “Forty Under 40” Award for his business accomplishments. He holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland and a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. 

Mary Tschirhart

John Glenn College of Public Affairs
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
United States

Mary advances understanding of a variety of types of nonprofit organizations and their partners. She focuses her research and teaching on management and governance opportunities and the responses of leaders to them. 

Professor Tschirhart earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resource management from the University of Michigan’s School of Business and an MBA in arts administration from the State University of New York. She has a B.A. in philosophy from the Honors College at Michigan State University. 

Prior to her doctoral program, she was the Executive Director of Young Audiences of Michigan, a state-wide nonprofit bringing professional artists to schools and other venues. Her first academic position was at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. She has served on a variety of boards. Her current appointments include President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Trustee of the Sall Family Foundation, and Board Member at Columbus Humane. She also serves on editorial boards for academic journals.