Member Spotlight




Our AFP Central PA members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and span across a variety of non-profit areas. Each month, we shine a spotlight on one of our chapter members with a series of questions, showcasing the amazing work that our members – from young professionals to seasoned fundraisers – are doing in the community. Read through their stories to hear about what inspired them to join AFP Central PA  and pursue a career in fundraising, their career advice and more.


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Laurel Spagnolo, Director of Development & Community Engagement at Sadler Health





Q: Tell us a little about your organization and your position. Mission. Population you serve. What do you like most about working there? 

Currently, I am the Director of Development & Community Engagement at Sadler Health Center in Carlisle.  Sadler Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center with a mission to advance the health of our community by providing inclusive, high-quality and compassionate care.  We serve Cumberland and Perry counties, providing comprehensive community-based primary medical care, dental care, and behavioral health services. In addition to our core services, our range of support services includes: the HealthyRx Program, HIV/AIDS & STD testing, insurance enrollment assistance, substance use treatment, case management, and tobacco cessation. All Sadler services are provided to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  I’m impressed with the dedicated staff and their willingness to pivot to discover different ways to offer services, especially during the pandemic.

 

Q: How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?  I joined AFP in 1989 at the suggestion of Ann Moffitt, ACFRE, my supervisor at the time.  She encouraged my involvement and I have always appreciated her mentorship.  I have served the Chapter in many ways:  Annual Conference Chair, Program Chair, Chapter President, Philanthropy Awards Chair, and Senior Professionals Chair.

 

Q: What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?  Membership in AFP has been instrumental in my development as a fundraising professional.  I’ve always found it extremely helpful to network with other fundraisers – to learn from them and share ideas.

Q: How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?  I’m in my 32nd year in fundraising.  Prior to beginning my journey in fundraising, I served non-profits in educational programming and marketing.  I took some time off as I started a family.  My father suggested that I consider a career in fundraising; I thought he was crazy!  However, I pursued a position with Hemlock Girl Scout Council and have never looked back.

Q: Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.  My husband and I collect classic muscle cars.  We enjoy going for rides and participating in local car shows.

Q: What advice would you give to a new member of AFP?  Get involved in AFP!  I’ve enjoyed my involvement and have learned so much. 

Q: Oddest/Most Unique Fundraiser you’ve ever been a part of?  I appreciate it when someone tries a new and unique idea.  However, there’s something to be said for tried and true fundraising activities.  We are successful when we develop strong relationships with our donors. When creative events or methods help us cultivate relationships, our organizations win.

Q: Do you have a favorite book/blog/podcast/etc. that has been very helpful in your career that you’d recommend?  I have many fundraising professionals that I follow, but on the top of my list is Simone Joyaux and Tom Ahern.  I’ve been a fan for many years.




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Lauren Sheehy,
Director of Individual Giving at Logos Academy


 

Q: Tell us a little about your organization and your position. Mission. Population you serve. What do you like most about working there?

I am the Director of Individual Giving at Logos Academy. Logos Academy is an urban Kingdom school grounded in the love of Christ. We seek to educate for excellence, offer opportunity, and cultivate hope in our community. What I like most about working at Logos Academy is serving a culturally diverse community of students and making a positive impact on the lives of our next generation of leaders.


Q: How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

I have been an AFP member for almost 2 years.


Q: What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

Connecting with other fundraisers and sharing ideas


Q: How long have you been in fundraising, and how did you get into it?

I've been in fundraising for 6 years. I got into fundraising when I graduated college and began working for a local nonprofit as an Event Logistic Specialist.


Q: Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

I have 2 dogs, a 5 year old Havanese named Ted and a 6 month old Scottie named Louie.


Q: What advice would you give to a new member of AFP?

Do not be afraid to ask questions! There are so many people willing to help you.


Q: Oddest/Most Unique Fundraiser you’ve ever been a part of?

A large brew festival that benefited the first non profit I ever worked for. So many logistics and moving parts into an event like that.


Q: Do you have a favorite book/blog/podcast/etc. that has been very helpful in your career that you’d recommend?

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran & Michael Lennington. It helped me take large goals and break them out into smaller goals by quarter in order to achieve large overall goals. It helped me feel less overwhelmed when writing a development plan.


Q: Last book you read (or show you’re watching or binge-watching)?

The Woman in the Window by J. Finn


Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn!




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Dawn Smith
Development Director
Adams County Library





Q: Tell us a little about your organization and your position. Mission. Population you serve. What do you like most about working there

Libraries are so much more than books. They are community centers and creative hubs for work, school and play. The Adams County Library System consists of 6 convenient locations: Biglerville, Carroll Valley, East Berlin, Gettysburg, Littlestown and New Oxford. Each day I love helping to connect people to opportunities that enrich their lives.

 

Q: How long have you been an AFP member, and what has your involvement been?

I became a member when I relocated to PA from Colorado in 2015. Immediately, I attended as many educational sessions as I could (I love learning!), and Jan Zanger reached out to me to consider becoming a board member. I was elected secretary last year and am thrilled to be the Membership VP this year. We have a chapter of amazing people doing important work and I want to support them in any way that I can.

 

Q: Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.

I am in awe of Motorcross. I biffed it on my mountain bike a while ago and broke a finger and had to get my chin stitched up. Two months later Santa Claus brought me a tandem cruiser so he would know where I was at all times.

 

Q: What advice would you give to a new member of AFP?

Dive in! In this challenging time it’s extra important to connect to other professionals focusing on development and fundraising. Join a committee. You’ll be surrounded by amazing human beings with beautiful brains and caring hearts. (Let me know if you are interested in joining the membership committee. You can choose to help with IDEA, scholarships, Be the Cause, Affinity Groups or the Membership Task Force.)

 
Q: Last book you read (or show you’re watching or binge-watching)?

I fundraise for 6 libraries so does it surprise you that I am reading 4 books right now? I’m on chapter 1 of Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston’s Simple Habits for Complex Times. It proposes that we ask different questions, take multiple perspectives and seek systems. I love it so far! I am reading 2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything by Mauro F. Guillen. I decided early on that this is not the book to read while falling asleep. I just started Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief by Pauline Boss because although so many of us are having a hard time articulating the feeling that we’re experiencing during this unprecedented time, it might be grief. We are grieving for friends and family who have died, and we are also grieving seeing masks instead of smiles, waving instead of hugging, dining in instead of out, Zooming to class or work instead of driving, and staycations instead of travelling. Life is hard right now! And for fun I am reading Marauder by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. The world needs more Juan Cabrillos!

 

Connect with Dawn on LinkedIn!