Join AFPKC Board Members Chad Harris and Michelle Davis and chat about ways you can use your AFPKC membership beyond attending educational programs. You'll meet AFPKC committee chairs and learn about opportunities for networking (even during COVID) and skill-building. We'll share what's on the horizon for AFPKC, including our growth in IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and access) programs and services. The Virtual Meetup is a great way to (re)connect with colleagues and make new connections - a vital component of making the most of the AFPKC member experience in 2022! Registration is free; join us!
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AFPKC Immediate Past President
Michelle is the Executive Director of the International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) Association; a rare disease patient advocacy organization. The majority of Michelle's career has been spent working in the nonprofit sector; seven years of which were spent leading Nonprofit Connect. In that role, Michelle was exposed to many deserving causes, but her passion has always been in working with patient advocacy organizations, including tenures at the national headquarters of the National Kidney Foundation and Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation. While at the PKD Foundation, Michelle became acquainted with the rare disease community which is part of what drew her to the IFOPA. At the IFOPA, Michelle leads the staff team and partners with the Board of Directors to execute the organization’s strategic plan. She provides strategic support to fundraising activities and manages the IFOPA's relationships with pharmaceutical partners and advocacy and awareness initiatives.
Chad Harris, Ed.D., CAE, is a nonprofit executive, facilitator, scholar, practitioner and mentor to many in the nonprofit sector. Professionally he serves as the Chief Development Officer of Cornerstones of Care, a behavioral health and mental healthcare organization serving 17,000 children and families annually across Kansas, Missouri and beyond, through trauma-informed care and programs. Chad leads the agency’s fundraising, community engagement, marketing, communications and advocacy efforts, including charitable grants, public support, major gifts, special events and planned giving. He serves as the executive staff liaison to the agency’s Board of Directors Fundraising Council and Governance/Nominations Committee and is the Secretary to the agency’s Governing Board and Foundation Board. He is a member of the agency’s seven-member executive leadership team, co-leads the agency’s WIDE (Welcoming, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) Initiative and is the executive sponsor of the agency’s PRIDE! Affinity Group for team members.
Harris also helps nonprofits as a consultant in addressing organizational needs around the topics of organizational development, strategic planning, board governance and volunteer leadership development. Prior clients include local, regional and national nonprofits and membership associations, with missions ranging from higher education to healthcare, professional societies to senior services, and civic engagement agencies to civil servant member-serving organizations.