Chapter Committees

AFP South Sound (AFPSS) is fortunate to have many engaged members who make our chapter great! The dedicated members of our chapter committees volunteer their time to assure that we are a success. Committee members have the opportunity to learn, contribute, and shape our chapter.

Committees are always looking for additional volunteers, and serving is a great way to give back to your local AFP chapter and get to know others in the chapter more closely. If you would like to join any of the committees below, please contact

IDEA Committee

The IDEA Committee works to expand inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in fundraising in the South Sound.

  • Meeting schedule: First Monday of each month, 4:00 pm
  • Members: Kyle Franklin, Good Samaritan Foundation | MultiCare Health System; Jennifer Li Dotson, National Bureau of Asian Research; Emily Mendez-Bryant, United Way of Pierce County; Miranda Martens, PEACE Community Center; Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace, REACH (Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches); Robin Webster, Museum of Flight
  • Chair: Jill Rose CFRE, PCAF
    Jill Rose
    "AFP 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." 

    — Jill Rose, IDEA Committee Chair

    Marketing and Communications Committee

    The Marketing and Communications Committee shares and promotes chapter opportunities to learn, network and grow; shares resources and information with our members; and increases the visibility of AFP South Sound in our region.

    • Meeting schedule: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 12:15 pm
    • Members: Jim Hushagan, The Philanthropy Collective; Laura Badeaux, Safe Streets Campaign; Kaitlin Bauer Huynh
    • Chairs: Mary Brickle, Washington State University Spokane; Sabina Ibragimova Bartlett

    "AFP South Sound has been an incredible resource for education, networking, and community building since I first joined the fundraising world. I've loved deepening my knowledge and growing my connections each year. Joining our chapter board was an obvious choice in terms of leadership opportunities - it's easy to serve an organization whose mission you believe in! I'm excited to keep pushing boundaries in our sector and keep working with my colleagues to encourage community-centric fundraising in our community."
     — Mary Brickle, Marketing and Communications Committee Co-Chair

    “AFP has been an incredible networking and educational resource for young and seasoned fundraising professionals. I am very fortunate to join such an amazing and diverse community and be able to gain new skills that are crucial for a nonprofit sector and share my own fundraising journey”
    — Sabina Ibragimova Bartlett, Marketing and Communications Committee Co-Chair

    Membership Committee

    The Membership Committee aims to attract, engage and retain members to AFP South Sound. We do this by spreading the word about the impact of our chapter, asking people to participate, and offering opportunities to be involved.

    • Meeting schedule: Third Friday of the month, 8 am
    • Members: Jenn Brink; Sally Glover, South Sound Care; Sue Loilland, Pacific Lutheran University; Teddy Wingo, Pacific Lutheran University
    • Chair: Jennie Griek, CAP®,CFRE, Greentrike

    Programs Committee

    The Program Committee seeks to inspire and inform greater professionalism in fundraising practice by planning a diverse mix of educational programs that appeal to our members and friends. Our committee seeks CFRE-approved topics and presenters on par with those at national conferences. We coordinate with the other committees to ensure that AFP South Sound programming and events complement one another and meet ongoing needs for professional knowledge, networking and development.  We invite you to join one of our meetings should you be considering service to the chapter. Please contact for details.  
    • Meeting schedule: First Monday of each month, 12 pm
    • Members: Angela Beard, City University of Seattle; Jan Brazzell, Advancement Consulting; Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace, REACH (Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches); Jim Hushagen, The Philanthropy Collective; Laura Rose, Charles Wright Academy
    • Co-Chairs: Lee Warnecke, Southern Poverty Law Center; Ruth Tollefson, Amara; Missy Zenczak Candler, Greentrike

     “I am grateful to be part of the South Sound community and AFP South Sound since 2014.  Serving on the Programs Committee provides meaningful connection with fundraising leaders and rising stars at the local and national level. I volunteer my time as I owe my professional success to the relationships I have formed through this chapter.”

    — Lee Warnecke, Programs Co-Chair

    Summit Committee

    The South Sound Philanthropy Summit Committee is a joint project of AFP South Sound (AFP SS) and the South Sound Planned Giving Council (SSPGC) formed to plan and execute the annual South Sound Philanthropy Summit. The goal of the Summit is to bring together development, allied professionals, and philanthropists for a day of education and networking.

    • Meeting schedule: First Monday of each month; bimonthly Aug/Sept pre-event
    • Members:
      Emily Happy, The Philanthropy Collective (AFPSS) - Co-Chair
      Todd Blodgett, Eisenhower Carlson (SSPGC) - Co-Chair
      Jenn Brink, Fundraising Professional
      Shelley Buck, Foundations of MultiCare
      Robin Callahan, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
      Jennifer Li Dotson, Classy & GoFundMe
      Talisa Lavarry, Yum Yum Morale - DEI Consultant 
      Rick Oldenburg, Oldenburg & Associations
      Doug Page, Pacific Lutheran University
      James Plourde, JP Fundraising Solutions
      Tom Ryan, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
    • Co-Chairs: Emily Happy, The Philanthropy Collective (AFPSS) and Todd Blodgett, Eisenhower Carlson (SSPGC)
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    "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."

    — Emily Happy, Summit Committee Co-Chair

    Emerging Professionals Group

    AFP South Sound is excited to introduce the Emerging Fundraisers Group (EFG). Whether you're a young professional or new to the fundraising profession, the Emerging Fundraisers Group serves to create a strong community of colleagues to strengthen our collective future. The EFG will meet every other month via Zoom to discuss relevant issues, share best practices and build community among emerging fundraising professionals in our area.

    The purpose of the Emerging Fundraisers Group (EFG) is to create a strong community of new fundraisers within the AFP South Sound chapter. EFG provides educational and networking opportunities with the aim to strengthen the future of the fundraising profession in the South Sound area.

    Meeting Schedule: Second Wednesday of each month, 8:30-9:30 am
    Ali Bessee, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound

    Ali Bessee"As someone new in their organization and new to the South Sound area, launching this group of like-minded emerging fundraisers to build community and share best practices is my number one goal."
    Ali Bessee, EFG Facilitator


    BIPOC Affinity Group 

    This newly launched BIPOC Affinity Group will meet every month on the first Wednesday during lunch hour to allow AFP members to self-identify and have this informal way to connect, network and build relationships with one another. The BIPOC Affinity Group will create casual conversations for you to share stories, ask questions, provide resources and build friendships.  We welcome your participation! Watch for updates and registration links in each monthly newsletter.

    Meeting Schedule: First Wednesday of each month, 12:00-1:00 pm

    Facilitators: Jennifer Li Dotson, Classy & GoFundMe and Emily Mendez-Bryant, United Way of Pierce County

    "In my work as a fundraiser, I struggle to find others that share my same ethnic background and lived experiences in the philanthropic world. But when I do, it’s a cause for celebration! I love the comfort of speaking Chinese, honoring my ancestors’ rich histories, comparing citizenship stories, or cheering for another barrier broken by a BIPOC trailblazer."
    — Jennifer Li Dotson, BIPOC Affinity Group Facilitator