Board of Directors

2022 Officers

Emily Happy, Principal at The Philanthropy Collective - President, South Sound Philanthropy Summit Co-Chair
Emily has served the Puget Sound nonprofit community for the past 20 years. "AFP South Sound is my go-to for superior development education.Along with the growth and learning comes the camaraderie of many caring professionals-- we are truly a collaborative and supportive community. It is my privilege to serve on the board and lead the South Sound Philanthropy Summit committee efforts."

Al Hove, J.D., Principal Counsel & CEO, PHOENIX RISEN Consulting - Immediate Past President
"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."

Laura Rose, CFRE, Charles Wright Academy -President Elect, Programs Co-Chair
Laura discovered her passion for nonprofit work in 2002 and has worked in fundraising ever since. "I have learned so much personally and professionally from colleagues who have become friends. I am honored to serve AFPSS and be a member.  I am excited by our chapter's goals for the future, and hope many more will join us!"

Mary Brickle,
CFRE, Washington State University - Treasurer

Mary is an ardent supporter of the Tacoma nonprofit community, working and volunteering with a variety of organizations since moving to the region eight years ago. The connections and mentors she has met through AFP South Sound have been career game-changers and wonderful friends. "I definitely recommend getting involved with the chapter, whether you're new to the field or region, or just want to get to know your fellow fundraisers better!"

Jennie_Griek_headshot.pngJennie Griek, CFRE, Greentrike - Secretary
Jennie has had the honor and privilege to work for Greentrike in a fundraising capacity since 2008, and credits much of her learning to the resources and network of development professionals AFPSS shares. 
"I joined AFPSS as a new Development Director in 2015 because of the stellar professional development AFPSS provides. I am happy to volunteer and grateful to learn alongside a community of development professionals."

Jill Rose, PCAF - IDEA Chair
South Sound provides great networking and training opportunities for both new and seasoned fundraising professionals, so we can enhance our work and impact. I’m inspired by those doing this work, and enjoy working alongside other committed, passionate people who are taking action to elevate philanthropy and strengthen our community." 

2022 Directors

Ali Bessee, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound

Mary Brickle
, Tacoma Art Museum - Marketing/Communications Co-Chair 

Emily Mendez-Bryant, United Way of Pierce County

Missy Zenczak Candler, United Way of Pierce County - Programs Co-Chair 

Jennifer Li Dotson,

Sabina Ibragimova, Peace Community Center - Marketing/Communications Co-Chair 

Sally Glover, South Sound CARE Foundation

Jill Rose, CFRE, PCAF — IDEA Chair

Ruth Tollefson, CFRE, Amara - Programs Co-Chair

Lee Warnecke, Southern Poverty Law Center - Programs Co-Chair

Chapter Administrator

Jennifer McLain
"I have served in various capacities in non-profit organizations and am excited to be a part of AFP South Sound.  I find great joy in supporting non-profit professionals as they create opportunity and equity in our community.  I hope to serve those involved with AFP South Sound as they strive to further educate and expand their knowledge of the fundraising profession."