March SNAP Conversation Event

When:  Mar 16, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (MT)

Session: What makes a successful CDO/CEO relationships

March 16th, 2020 4:00 to 6:00pm
at the Flinn Foundation

Fundraising Success Factor: it is widely believed that if the CEO/CDO relationship is a successful one, the organization’s likelihood of success climbs exponentially.

Join us for a facilitated panel discussion with two long-time CEO/CDO partnerships.
o Learn what works and what doesn’t work
o Hear how to overcome struggles
o What keeps these duos together
o How do they manage the fundraising process
o Managing disagreements and getting to yes 

Facilitated by:
Julia Patrick, American Non-Profit Academy

Elizabeth Reich, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Arizona
Karny Stefan, CFRE, CDO, Make-A-Wish Arizona
Jodi Stoken, CFRE, CDO, Child Crisis Arizona
Torrie Taj, CEO, Child Crisis Arizona

Elizabeth Reich
Elizabeth Reich is President and Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish®, the international wish granting organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions enriching the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

As leader of the founding chapter for the last nine years, Elizabeth has helped to grow Make-A-Wish Arizona from granting 251 wishes in 2010 to 406 wishes in 2019, and she and her team have more than doubled the chapters fundraising revenue in the same timeframe. She also serves as the Category 1 Leadership Team, representing the CEOs of the largest 15 chapters in the U.S. to the national office, Make-A-Wish America.

Prior to that, Elizabeth held several positions, including CEO of VisionQuest 20/20, the nation’s only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to establishing a national vision screening program for U.S. school children. As Vice President of Development for the Banner Health Foundation, she had responsibility for all fund development at two of Banner Health’s 11 Phoenix hospitals, including providing oversight of a capital campaign to support the building of a Cardon Children’s Medical Center. And, during the administration of Governor Jane Dee Hull, she was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. In that role, she also served as an advisor to Governor Hull on those issues and as a member of her Policy Council.

Throughout her career she has been an active volunteer and credits her experiences serving on many boards for offering her the best preparation for her professional positions. She and her husband, Frank, have been married for 42 years and are the proud parents of three sons and six perfect grandchildren.

Karny Stefan, MPA, CFRE
Karny joined the Make-A-Wish® Arizona team in February 2013. Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish®, the international wish granting organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions enriching the human experience with hope, strength and joy.Karny began her volunteer fundraising career in Santa Fe where she spent several years working in the family art business. In 1995, she moved to Kansas City where she landed her first official fundraising job, starting as Special Events Coordinator and progressed over the next three years to become the Senior Director of Special Events & Corporate Relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. In 1998, Karny moved to Phoenix for two years to serve as the first Director Development & Marketing for HomeBase Youth Services before being lured to San Diego to become the Executive Director of Mail Boxes Etc. We Deliver Dreams Foundation. She held two other positions in San Diego: Capital Campaign Director for the Monarch School for homeless youth, and CEO of Walden Family Services, a foster family and adoption agency serving special needs children. Karny moved to Phoenix in 2009 to work for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation where she combined her two passions – raising money for charity and raising awareness for kidney transplantation. She lives in Phoenix with her extended family and has 10 nieces and nephews for whom she works tirelessly to maintain her “Auntie of the Year” status, and she her sweet mixed breed dog, Penny Lane.

Jodie Stoken
With more than 16 years of fundraising experience, Jodi has lead the philanthropic efforts of Child Crisis Arizona since 2001. Jodi began her tenure with the organization as a volunteer in 1998 when she became a member of the Board of Directors. Her passion for the agency’s mission leads her to leave her career in the for-profit sector and join the Child Crisis Arizona team. Jodi holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech – Communications, a CFRE and most recently earned a CAP designation from The American College of Financial Services. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as co-chair of the 2016 & 2017 National Philanthropy Day luncheon. In 2017, Jodi was awarded Fundraising Executive of the Year by AFP Greater Phoenix Chapter. As Chief Development Officer, Jodi directs and oversees the agency’s philanthropic and marketing efforts and has a deep passion for connecting people to their philanthropy goals.

Torrie Taj
Torrie is a passionate and dedicated professional with more than 27 years in nonprofit leadership and philanthropy. Driven by meaningful work, she has dedicated her professional life to bettering the community through strategic partnerships and connecting resources to those in need. As CEO of Child Crisis Arizona (CCA), Torrie provides support and leadership to talented staff to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, creating strong families and safe kids. Torrie started her career in the non-profit sector as a volunteer in 1991 and worked her way up, overseeing a variety of human-service programs before heading to lead CCA in 2015. Torrie encourages all her staff to give back through volunteer work in the community. Leading by example, Torrie enthusiastically served on the Board of Association of Fundraising Professionals, currently serves on the Board of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, is participating in Valley Leadership Class 41, volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and teaches at ASU, her alma mater . . . Go Devils! For fun, Torrie loves spending time with her three children, enjoys gardening, and loves to travel!


The Flinn Foundation
1802 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004