Leadership


Welcome to the new website for AFPNEO. On behalf of our board of directors and volunteers, we hope that you will take a look around to see what has been happening and what we have planned for 2021. 

With so much changing in philanthropy due to the 2020 global pandemic, our team has embraced the latest technologies to continue to bring you the best professional development programs, career-growth options, mentoring partnerships, and access to resources across northeast Ohio. 

AFPNEO is also proud of our commitment to maintaining the chapter's AFP Ten Star Gold Award. This award honors chapters who have accomplished 18 goals outlined in the AFP Strategic Plan. Our board and volunteer committees work daily to ensure we are providing you with the tools necessary for your professional success. 

This year our chapter was once again recognized as a 2021 IDEA Champion. This designation recognizes chapters that have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access strategic pathways.

Whether you are a first-time visitor considering membership, or one of our long-time members, we welcome your feedback, invite you to join and participate, and encourage you to engage with AFPNEO.


Pam Valentine, President, AFPNEO

Pam Valentine
President: Pam Valentine
Retired, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Paula Mastroianni
Immediate Past-President:
Paula Mastroianni
Domestic Violence Project, Inc.

Dan Blakemore
President-Elect:
Dan Blakemore, CFRE
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Vi Leggett
Treasurer:
Vi Leggett 
Aultman College

Wendy Merkert
Assistant Treasurer:
Wendy Merkert, CFRE 
National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc.

Laurie Molnar
Secretary:
Lauri Molnar
Hattie Larlham

Sara Lundenberger
VP Communications:
Sara Lundenberger
 Dot Org Solutions

Susan Schweitzer
VP Membership:
Susan Schweitzer 
Ohio Living Foundation


VP, Professional Development
Doreen Thorne
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
Chair, BE the CAUSE
IBH Addiction Recovery Center
Co-Chair, Focus on Philanthropy Conference
Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America
Co-Chair, Focus on Philanthropy Conference
The First Tee of Canton
Chair, IDEA
The University of Akron
Chair, Mentoring
Jo Ann Carpenter, CFRM
Refuge of Hope Ministries
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Co-Chair, Mentoring
Susan Kosco
Leadership Akron
Chair, National Philanthropy Day
Renee Scherick, CFRE
Akron Community Foundation
Chair, Scholarships
Debra Neff-Mauer
Girls on the Run East Central Ohio
Chair, Special Projects
The Village of St. Edward
Chapter Administrator
Dawn Moeglin
Full-Circle Fundraising