Heather R. Hill, CNM, CFRE
CFRE International Chair
Vice President for Advancement
Concordia College – New York
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.
CFRE International Vice Chair
Executive Director – Philanthropy
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.
Thomas P. Berekoff, M.A., CFRE
CFRE International Secretary/Treasurer
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 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.
Shore Community Services
Ms. India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE, has over 20 years of fundraising success in local community-based organizations. She is the CEO of Shore Community Services as well as an Adjunct Professor teaching fundraising management at North Park University where she also serves on the advisory board for North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management.
She is active in the fundraising community as 2nd Vice President of Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council (SCPGC), as well as a member of the Chicago Council of Planned Giving and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a well-known speaker, trainer, and presenter of philanthropy.
Ms. Ehioba holds a bachelor’s in organizational communications from The Ohio State University and a master’s in nonprofit administration from North Park University as well as graduate certificates in Nonprofit Governance and Fundraising Management.
She obtained her CFRE in 2008 and has served on CFRE International’s Exam Passpoint Review Study and the Expansion Committee. Ms. Ehioba and her husband have five adult children and reside in Naperville, IL, where she is an active volunteer.
Becky Ann Gilbert, CFRE
Director of Development
Becky Gilbert, CFRE, is based in Berlin, Germany, and her passions include “all things fundraising”—particularly philanthropy, partnerships, major gift fundraising, and alumni relations. Becky is currently Director of Development for ASSIST American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that matches academically talented, multi-lingual international students with American independent secondary schools. Prior to this, Becky held leadership positions with the European School of Management and Technology, the House of World Cultures, the Deutsches Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution. Her career in fundraising spans over 20 years.
For a number of years ongoing, Becky has proudly held the CFRE credential, which is the only globally recognized certification for experienced fundraising professionals aspiring to the highest standards of ethics, competence, and service to the philanthropic sector. In 2014, she was elected to the Board of Directors of CFRE International. Becky also currently serves on the EFA Certification Committee and has been associated with EFA since 2007, including six years of service on its Board of Directors. Becky joined the German Fundraising Association as a member in 2001 and also served as an elected member of its Board of Directors for three terms. She holds a BSLA cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s in communications with high honors from University of the Arts, Berlin.
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, 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
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.
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.
Graham Papenfus, CFRE, F.IDPE
Director of Fundraising
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.
President & CEO
The San Diego Foundation
Mark Stuart is a fund-raising and friend-raising professional with 29 years’ experience in all aspects of advancement operations and leadership.
For 14 years, Mark Stuart led San Diego Zoo Global’s (SDZG) Development and Membership Department. SDZG has the world’s largest membership programs with 450,000 individual members–all up for renewal each year. Stuart also oversaw government and community relations for SDZG.
Mark served as Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure, the school prepared, launched, and executed a five-year $100 million campaign, which was the largest fundraising effort for any veterinary school at that time.
Mark received a master’s in educational administration from McDaniel College and a bachelor’s in English, political science, and public service from Albion College.
In 2012, Mark received the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals-San Diego Chapter. He has led or presented at regional and national CASE and AFP conferences.
Mark and his husband, Tim, live in the Village of Point Loma in San Diego, California.
John Glenn College of Public Affairs
The Ohio State University
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.