Our Chapter & Leadership

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, West Florida Chapter, founded in 1988, is based in Pensacola, offering members the opportunity 
to connect with colleagues, engage in creative thinking, network with new friends, and achieve great results in their work.  

We focus on delivering innovative educational programs and events to help you reach your goals. We meet on the second Monday of each month at Bonefish Grill in Pensacola—these meetings around open to members, guests and the public. AFP West Florida Chapter is your link to professional networking luncheons, roundtable sessions, programs for advanced executives, mid-career professionals, and those new to the field.

We also offer opportunities for volunteering, sponsor special events like National Philanthropy Day, and more. View the past National Philanthropy Day winners.

Help make AFP West Florida work for you! Contact us at to learn more and get involved. If you're not a member, join today and be connected!

For more information, contact us at afpwestflorida@gmail.com.

2019 Chapter Officers

President, Florida Caucus Chair

Maegan Leonard, Development Specialist at Baptist Healthcare Foundation

Maegan is responsible for contributing to the Foundation's overall financial growth and fundraising initiatives, with a focus on developing and managing the Helping Hands annual team member giving campaign and its initiatives. She also serves as the Foundation marketing liaison, as well as oversees Foundation's financial processes and fund management. Maegan previously was the director of membership for the Greater Pensacola Chamber and is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a degree in journalism. She is an active volunteer for several community organizations.

President-Elect, Secretary

Natalie Chism, Director of Development at Dixon School of Arts and Sciences

Natalie Chism is the Director of Development for Dixon School of Arts & Sciences. Natalie received her Bachelor of Science from the University of West Florida with a degree in Health, Leisure and Sports with Hospitality and Communications as her focus. Natalie has 20 years of fundraising and event planning experience. Prior to Dixon, she was the Director of Marketing & Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWFL. She also previously worked for the American Heart Association planning Heart Walks and Heart Balls. She currently serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors, West Florida Chapter. Natalie and her husband Rich are wish granters for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Northern Florida and enjoy volunteering in the community. She is a mother to Olivia who is eight years old. In her free time, Natalie enjoys antiquing, traveling and planning parties.


Robin Zimmern, Director of Development at University of West Florida

National Philanthropy Day Chair

Lauren Clark, Development Coordinator at Council on Aging

National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair

Meg Bolyard, Development Manager at Pace Center for Girls

Meg is a 2003 graduate of Florida State University where she studied Theatre. She owned a local photography studio for a decade and her work took her around the world photographing nuptials. In 2015, she left behind a world of elaborate weddings and traded in her camera for a fresh start in the nonprofit sector. Her passion for helping others led her to Pace Center for Girls where she serves as the Development Manager.

Communications Chair

Blaise Moehl, Development Manager at United Way of West Florida

Membership Chair

Mallory Wilson, Director of Development at Pensacola Children's Chorus

Mallory Wilson is the Director of Development and Community Engagement for the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Communications from Florida State University. Over the last ten years, she has gained experience through local non-profits specializing in fundraising, events and marketing. Wilson is involved with the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and serves on the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), West Florida Chapter. As a Pensacola native, Wilson supports her community by participating on the International Paper Community Advisory Council and as a member of the Fiesta Pensacola’s Fiesta Forces (past member of the Volunteer Board) and the Krewe of Hip Huggers.

Social Chair

Alyssa Tucker, Director of Development at Episcopal Day School

Alyssa is the Director of Development at Episcopal Day School where she oversees marketing and fundraising for both of the independent school’s campuses. She is a second generation Pensacolian and is passionate about finding ways to continue the city’s growth for all of its inhabitants.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design with a minor in Communication from Florida State University and is a certified K-8 teacher.

In the past, Alyssa has served as president of both the Junior League of Pensacola and Learn to Read of NWFL, a board member of Ballet Pensacola, and committee chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Gala.  She currently serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of NWFL, Impact 100, and the Junior League of Pensacola Sustainers. She has been recognized as an Independent News Rising Star, is an alumnus of Leadership Pensacola (‘16), and has received the Junior League’s Kendra Fendt Ray of Sunshine award.

In her free time she enjoys walking her two dogs, Scout and Abby, practicing pilates with friends, attempting DIY projects on her beloved East Hill home, and traveling the country with the goal of visiting all 50 states.

Education Program Chair

Tori Bennett, Development Officer at University of West Florida

Tori Bennett is Director of Development at the University of West Florida where she is passionate about transforming student lives through higher education. As a Director of Development, Tori focuses on major gifts and all aspects of stewardship. Tori has been at UWF for the past five years and is a two-time graduate of UWF. Go Argos!

Past President

Heather Moorer, Development Director at Baptist Healthcare Foundation

Board Member Emeritus

Laverne Baker, President of Laverne Baker and Associates

Board Member Emeritus

Patrice S. Whitten, CFRE, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs and Special Assistant to the President at Pensacola State College