Board of Directors

2019 Officers

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Kate Albert-Ward, Hilltop Artists — President

“I joined AFP South Sound almost five years ago because I was new to fundraising. I have stayed involved because I really value the programming, networking, and leadership opportunities that our chapter makes possible.”

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James Plourde, CFRE, Campbell and Company — Immediate Past President

James joined the board of AFP because of his interest in forming a stronger sense of community among everyone engaged in the fundraising profession. “What we do is very meaningful, but it also is hard work. I’ve found fundraisers to be very generous in sharing information about what has and hasn’t worked for them. We can all benefit from having people around us with whom we can consult, receive support and form friendships.”
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Jennifer Wolbrecht, Pierce College — President Elect/Membership Chair

Jennifer has been involved in nonprofit development work in the Tacoma/Pierce County area since 2003, and credits AFP with helping her gain much of her fundraising education and community partnership work. “AFP has been both a staple and a lifeline for me in development work. When I joined AFP as a newly minted development staffer to now with several years under my belt, AFP has and continues to provide quality education, fellowship and a source of expertise in the field that is invaluable. I am happy to give back a fraction of what I’ve received from AFP by serving on the AFP South Sound board.” 

Sally Glover, South Sound Cancer Awareness Research Expansion Foundation — Treasurer

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Al Hove, JD, Principal Counsel & CEO, PHOENIX RISEN Consulting — Secretary

"Over the past 30 years I have been fortunate to serve many nonprofits, in either a staff or consulting capacity. When asked to serve as an officer on the AFPSS board, I saw it as a terrific opportunity to ‘give back’ during a time of transition and great challenge for our profession. Our work includes the need to strengthen the skills and build the pipeline of the next generation of development professionals; and, AFPSS is at the forefront of these efforts."

2019 Directors

Mary Brickle, Tacoma Art Museum —Marketing/Communications Chair

Jennie Griek, CFRE, Children's Museum Tacoma — Program Co-Chair

Emily Happy
, Principal at The Philanthropy Collective — Summit Co-Chair

Sue Loiland, CFRE, Pacific Lutheran University

Andrea Michelbach, Pacific Lutheran University

Dermont Smith, Campbell and Company — IDEA Chair

Ruth Tollefson, CFRE, Peace Community Center

Missy Zenczak, United Way Pierce County — Program Co-Chair

Chapter Administrator

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Laura Berry

Laura Berry is a fundraising consultant with more than fifteen years of development and nonprofit leadership experience around the country—all the while, a proud member of AFP. She enjoys every chapter program and event as an opportunity to connect personally with our members. Laura is proud to say, “I’m inspired and energized by our community, and seek to make it as easy as possible for you to engage and see for yourself what an outstanding organization we have here in the South Sound.”