Meet Our Board

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Adam Say - President

Adam’s fundraising career began in 2008, when he got the opportunity to move back to Kingston and work for Queen’s, his alma mater. Adam has worked at Queen’s for 12 years and has worked on a variety of projects for the university, including being part of the campaign team that planned and successfully completed the university’s 10-year, $640 million Initiative Campaign.

Shannon Coull, CFRE - Past President & Every Member Campaign Chair

Shannon is the Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation and is overseeing a $16.5 Million campaign which will result in a new hospital for Picton, Ontario. Before starting her role with PECMHF in June 2018, Shannon was the Director of Leadership Philanthropy for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and helped the Foundation to secure over $67 million toward the Extraordinary People, Innovative Health Care campaign. Shannon received her CFRE designation in 2016, is an active volunteer and has played many roles on boards such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Ontario and the County Clippers Basketball Association. Shannon's career as a fundraiser began in 1986 when she started working in the arts with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and then the Royal Ontario Museum when she focused on Corporate and Foundation Relations. Shannon began to focus on individual giving as well as corporate and foundation giving in 2006 when she joined the University of Toronto, School of Medicine's development team. In 2008, Shannon and her young family moved to Prince Edward County, where she was retained by Queen's University to help fundraise for the Faculty of Health Sciences and played a significant role in securing funds to help build the new School of Medicine Building, a $77 million initiative that received funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the balance funded through private donations.

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Marie Miller – Secretary

Marie has been fundraising in Kingston for almost 17 years (over 12 at Queen’s University; the most recent four at St. Lawrence College). Her fundraising career began as the Development Officer for Queen’s Principal and VP (Advancement).  She was the Major Gift Officer for the $20+ million Queen’s mini campaign that raised funds to develop new outdoor playing fields and refurbish Richardson Stadium.  Marie served one year as a Stewardship Officer, and her final two years at Queen’s as a Gift Planning Officer.

Shortly after Marie began her career as the Senior Development Officer at St. Lawrence College (SLC), the Uncommon Campaign was launched, which raised more money than ever in the history of the College in support of students. 

Marie is known for her ability to build mutually rewarding relationships and her natural stewardship skills. She is a Charter member of the AFP of Southeastern Ontario Chapter and served as the Program Chair and Co-Chair of one of the first National Philanthropy Day events.  She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Kingston.

Zabrina Testa – Treasurer

Zabrina is a Development Officer in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University overseeing the Reunion Class Giving and Leadership Annual Giving portfolios. Although she only started frontline fundraising in 2017, she has over 12 years of Advancement experience at the university. Zabrina has experience in all facets of fundraising including Prospect Management, Gift Planning, and Event Management.

Zabrina completed the Fundraising Management Certificate with Distinction at St. Lawrence College in 2017 and obtained her CFRE designation in 2019. She is currently working toward the Undergraduate Certificate in Law at Queen’s University. She has previously served as Treasurer for the Napanee Crunch Female Hockey Association and was a self-employed bookkeeper before joining Queen’s in 2008.

Overall, Zabrina enjoys meeting alumni to learn what inspires their philanthropy and how she can help them achieve their philanthropic goals.

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Melanie Barrett - Marketing, Communications & Outreach Chair

Melanie is the Senior Advancement Associate at Albert College, an independent boarding and day school in Belleville teaching students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Melanie has been working in the Advancement Office at Albert College for 12 years and has worn many hats including: Event Management, Marketing and Communications and Acting Director of Advancement. Her current role involves managing volunteers, outreach, fundraising and cultivation events, marketing and communications, as well as soliciting donations, sponsorships and partners for fundraising initiatives and projects. Melanie is a graduate of Loyalist College and the University of Ottawa and was introduced to fundraising while studying Public Relations. Melanie has been a Board Member with AFPSEO since 2012.

Nicole Beaulieu - Education & Programming Chair

Nikki Beaulieu is a member of the Kingston Interval House (KIH) team, serving as the manager of fund development. Nikki has previously worked for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, where she served as Associate Director of Healthcare Advancement focusing on major gifts. Prior to this, Nikki was part of the United Way of KFLA Team, where she started as the Campaign Manager and then moved into the role of Director of Workplace Giving. Before her career in philanthropy, Nikki worked with a multi-national company as a Territory Manager of Sales.

Nikki has always had a passion for fundraising and philanthropy. She volunteered with the Kingston School of Art as their Marketing and Communications Coordinator, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee, and was the Ontario Delegate and Board Member for the Council for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education.

Born and raised in the Niagara Region, Nikki holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) and an M.Sc. from McMaster University. Nikki moved to Kingston in 2008 and lives with her partner, and her three children. When she is not with family or working, Nikki spends her spare time at the gym with the Stone City Strength Team in east Kingston so she can eat whatever she likes (because she loves to eat--- a lot).

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Gage Benyon -  IDEAS Chair

Gage began his work in fundraising as a student caller with Annual Giving at Queen’s University. His work there helped him grow into a passionate fundraiser and showed him the value of philanthropy. Gage is currently the Annual and Leadership Giving Coordinator at Queen’s, where he has had the chance to increase his fundraising knowledge. In his free time, he loves to travel, read, and volunteer at Queen’s and in the community. As a member of the LGBT community, Gage is passionate about the IDEA portfolio and hopes to bring his own knowledge and experiences to the role.

Amy Doyle - Conference & Government Relations Chair

Amy has been active in the charitable sector as a donor and volunteer since her youth. Amy has always had a passion for social justice, the arts and health charities.

A graduate of English/Media Studies at York University, Amy began her career in media as a junior sales rep and rose through the ranks to Director of Advertising with The Intelligencer newspaper in Belleville. In 2010, Amy launched her own publishing and event company, Midpoint Productions. Amy and her Midpoint team successfully hosted health and wellness expos in South Eastern Ontario and produced print magazines and products including the popular Healthy Living Now Magazine.

Her career in the not for profit industry began in 2013 when she accepted a leadership role at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Hastings and Prince Edward Counties office. In 2016, Amy began work as Associate Director - Major Gifts at University Hospitals Kingston Foundation where she was privileged to be part of the first-rate team raising gifts toward the $67M Extraordinary People, Innovative Health Care campaign.

Currently Amy manages Strategic Partnerships and Communications for the Canadian Frailty Network, hosted by Queen’s University. Amy has served on numerous boards and is excited to continue in government relations for AFP SEO and as a committee member on the National AFP Board. Amy is married to Patrick and has two awesome teenage boys!

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Heather Hayhow - Membership Chair

Heather got her feet wet in the fundraising world as a volunteer, which sparked a passion for giving back to the community. Her volunteer experience led to an opportunity at United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington. Through her role as Campaign Director at United Way, Heather was involved with all things campaign - organizing community events, engaging affinity groups, managing volunteers, delivering training, and with the help of a hard-working campaign team, providing support to over 350 workplace campaigns. Following her time at United Way, Heather worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area as the Supervisor of Fund Development, working with an incredible team to develop resources and funds in order to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Most recently, Heather joined the Development and Alumni Engagement team as a Relationship Manager with the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, supporting volunteers and events in the alumni engagement portfolio. Heather is passionate about building a strong community and is incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many of the amazing volunteers, organizations and agencies that make KFL&A great!