Alexandria, VA, USA – CFRE International is pleased to announce its 2021 Board of Directors. The organization has seen continued growth throughout the last year as the number of individuals holding the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification has steadily climbed.
Currently, there are more than 7,200 certificants. The leadership of the CFRE International Board of Directors has been pivotal in charting a successful course for the organization and continues to champion the CFRE credential as the mark of confidence, ethics, and professionalism in fundraising.
“The CFRE International Board of Directors has a deep commitment to ensuring fundraising professionals worldwide are equipped with the body of knowledge required to carry out effective, ethical fundraising,” said CFRE International President and CEO Eva Aldrich, Ph.D., CAE, (CFRE, 2001-2016). “In 2021, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to test many organizations and fundraising professionals. Through certification, fundraising professionals can be assured they hold the up-to-date skill set required to help their organizations navigate the shifting nonprofit landscape.”
Members of the 2021 CFRE International Board of Directors are:
Lesley Ray, MBus, CFRE, FFIA – Chair
Executive Director of Philanthropy at Mater Foundation in Australia. Holds a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology. CFRE since 2002.
Thomas P. Berekoff, MA, CFRE – Vice Chair
President and CEO, tpb strategic council ltd. in Canada. Holds a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University and a bachelor’s degree in sport management from the University of Lethbridge. CFRE since 1995.
India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE – Secretary/Treasurer
CEO, Shore Community Services in the United States. Holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from North Park University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from The Ohio State University. CFRE since 2008.
Catherine Bays, CFRE
Chief Development Officer, Museum of Discovery in the United States. Holds a bachelor’s degree in English with secondary education certification from the University of Arkansas. CFRE since 2012.
Becky Ann Gilbert, CFRE
Director of Development, ASSIST in Germany. Holds a master’s degree in communications with high honors from University of the Arts, Berlin and a BSLA degree cum laude from Georgetown University. CFRE since 2014.
Vincent Law, CFRE, MInstF(Dip)
Advisor, Fund Development and Communications, SOS Villages International Asia in Hong Kong. Holds a master’s degree in the psychology of education from City University, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Imperial College London, a diploma in child psychology from Open University, Hong Kong, and a postgraduate diploma in lifelong education from the University of Nottingham, UK. CFRE since 2006.
Elizabeth LeClair, CFRE
Director of Major Gifts, QEII Foundation in Canada. Holds a master’s degree from Cardiff University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dalhousie University. CFRE since 2013.
Jeff Norris, MBA, CFRE
President & CEO, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation in Canada. Holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan. CFRE since 2003.
Graham Papenfus, CFRE, F.IDPE
Director of Fundraising, Kingswood School in the United Kingdom. Holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rhodes University. CFRE since 2006.
Mark Stuart, CFRE
President & CEO, The San Diego Foundation in the United States. Holds a master’s degree in educational administration from McDaniel College and a bachelor’s degree in English, political science, and public service from Albion College. CFRE since 2014.
Art Taylor (public member)
President & CEO, BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Holds a bachelor’s of business administration – accounting from Franklin & Marshall College and a JD from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law.
ABOUT CFRE INTERNATIONAL
The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional.
Since 1981, CFRE has set standards for fundraising professionals. As the only globally recognized fundraising certification, CFRE indicates professionalism, confidence, and ethics. It is how today’s fundraiser shows accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good. The CFRE certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals.
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