CFRE International Chair
Executive Director – Philanthropy
Lesley is Executive Director ─ Philanthropy at one of Australia’s leading healthcare fundraising organizations where she couples fundraising practice with organizational management and leadership. There she leads a team of fundraising professionals and is charged with the development of Mater Foundation’s individual giving and philanthropic engagement programs.
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. In 2015 Lesley received the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year Award from FIA, a national award which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to fundraising in Australia. Lesley is a founding member of “Women & Change,” a women’s giving circle that aims to engage women in philanthropy.
CFRE International Vice Chair
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 his 35+ year career, Tom has helped organizations raise millions to advance their mission, support beneficiaries leading to positive impact, outcomes, and change. 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 and a master’s degree (philanthropy and development) from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Tom has earned and proudly maintained the CFRE designation since 1995 and has served CFRE International on the Committee on Directorship, Exam Committee, and Finance 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 charities and community development agencies.
CFRE International Secretary/Treasurer
Shore Community Services
Ms. India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE has over 25 years of nonprofit success. She is the CEO of Shore Community Services, a local organization serving individuals with disabilities since 1951.
Ms. Ehioba is passionate about supporting individuals with disabilities and has been involved with disabilities advocacy for more than four decades. Ms. Ehioba obtained her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification in 2008 and was selected to serve as the Secretary/Treasurer of CFRE International’s Board of Directors. CFRE is the only certifying body for fundraising professionals worldwide. Ms. Ehioba has been responsible for many successful capital campaigns in community organizations across the country. Additionally, she is a highly accomplished major and planned giving fundraiser, establishing successful multi-million dollar planned giving programs.
She is a well-known speaker, trainer and presenter of philanthropy and nonprofit management. In addition to fundraising organizations, Ms. Ehioba serves on the Board of Directors of the Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation, a Chicago-based grantmaking foundation, as well as the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF).
Ms. Ehioba holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University and has a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Delaware Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Ehioba and her husband have five adult children and reside in Naperville, IL, where she is an active volunteer.
Chief Development Officer
Museum of Discovery
Little Rock, AR
Catherine Bays, CFRE, serves as the Chief Development Officer for the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas. With almost two decades in the nonprofit sector, Catherine’s experiences include leadership in arts, education, healthcare, and faith-based philanthropy. She gained her CFRE in 2012 and actively supports the certification by mentoring individuals and currently serving on the AFP Professional Development Division. Catherine’s strengths include strategic planning, grant administration, relationship building, volunteer management, and entrepreneurship.
Catherine’s involvement and passion for the arts stems from her past experiences as a professional ballet dancer, teacher, and arts supporter. Her life experiences in funding the arts education have culminated in a rewarding career in nonprofit management and fundraising. Catherine remains very involved in the arts community, serving as an appointed member of the Arkansas Arts Council Executive Board since 2016 and an artist on the state’s art roster since 1996.
Catherine graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in English, with secondary education certification. She also holds numerous certifications in dance education training and is an accomplished public speaker. Catherine’s community volunteerism includes board positions with organizations that align with her interests in supporting literacy, children in need, and women’s leadership.
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)
Advisor, Fund Development and Communications
SOS Children’s Villages International, Asia
Vincent has two decades 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, to attain both CFRE certification and the diploma in fundraising, from the Institute of Fundraising, UK. He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Imperial College London, a master’s in the psychology of education from City University, a diploma in child psychology from Open University, Hong Kong, and a postgraduate diploma in lifelong education from University of Nottingham, UK.
Vincent is the Advisor, Fund Development and Communications, SOS Children’s Villages International, Asia. Previously, he founded PhilanthroKids Academy which trained early childhood education teachers on teaching philanthropy and consulted education institutions and international organizations. He held senior positions at World Society for the Protection of Animals, World Vision, and Ocean Park Conservation Foundation in Hong Kong before.
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
Director of Major Gifts, QEII Foundation
Liz 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
San Diego, CA
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.
Director of School and Professor
Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
George Washington 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.