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

Development Committee

The Development Committee strives to support the AFP South Sound 2023-25 Strategic Plan by discovering opportunities for sponsorship and giving from the community. Committee members will create opportunities for sponsorship and giving, seek out partners and steward donors and sponsors. The committee will meet monthly to discuss opportunities, and create and follow up on action items. For more information, please contact Laura Rose, Chapter President, at

    • Meeting schedule: Second Mondays of the month at 12 pm PST
    • Members: Laura Rose, Washington STEM; Emily Happy, The Philanthropy Collective; Jennifer Li Dotson, Fundraise Up; Audrie Jones, eliseo; Emily Mendez Bryant, Tacoma Community College Foundation; Camille Perezselsky, Washington State Historical Society; Jill Rose, CFRE, Amara; Lee Warnecke, Southern Poverty Law Center

    IDEA Committee

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

    • Meeting schedule: Third Friday of the month at 10 am PST
    • Members: Miranda Beiermann (Martens), Pacific Lutheran University; Jesse Bohlin, RVC Seattle; Robyn Jones, United Way Pierce County; Jennifer Li Dotson, Fundraise Up; Diane Lyons, Orion Industries; Emily Mendez-Bryant, Tacoma Community College Foundation
    • Chair: Jill Rose, CFRE, Amara
    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: Third Fridays of the month at 2 pm PST via Zoom
    • Members: Jim Hushagan, The Philanthropy Collective
    • Co-Chairs: Laura Badeaux, Alzheimer's Association; Sarah McAtee, KNKX

    “I have had the pleasure in being involved with AFP South Sound since 2013 where I know I will continue to learn and latest methods in fundraising and keep making connections with more impactful people. Serving as Co-chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee has given be a chance to creative while stepping out of my comfort zone.”   
    -Laura Badeaux, 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: Our committee meets monthly, switching coffee hour to happy hour. We like to support local businesses in the South Sound. Please get in touch with Jennie or Teddy if you'd like to join us!
    • Members: Celyna Addison, Center For Dialog & Resolution; Tyler Barham, ALS Association; Chris Baiocchi, Resolute Philanthropy; Sally Glover, South Sound CARE Foundation; Mike Goodell, United Way of Pierce County; Emily Happy, The Philanthropy Collective; Sue Loiland, Pacific Lutheran University; Missy Zenczak Candler, Greentrike 
    • Co-Chairs: Jennie Griek, CAP®,CFRE, Pacific Lutheran University; Teddy Wingo, ECOSS

    "I am grateful to be part of the South Sound fundraising community since 2009. AFP South   Sound provides excellent networking and educational opportunities for all levels of fundraising professionals. I thrive working and volunteering alongside other committed, passionate, and welcoming people who are taking action to elevate philanthropy and strengthen our community together."

    -Jennie Griek, Membership Committee Co-Chair

    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: Amy Geier, Concern for Animals; Jim Hushagen, The Philanthropy Collective; Shannon Michlitsch; Laura Rose, Washington STEM; Ruth Tollefson
    • Chair: Lee Warnecke, Southern Poverty Law Center

     “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 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 in late September every year.

    • Meeting schedule: First Tuesday of each month
    • Co-Chairs: Robin Callahan, The Callahan Collaborative; Robyn Jones, United Way of Pierce County
    • Members:
      Jenn Brink, Fundraising Professional
      Shelley Buck, Foundations of MultiCare
      Rick Oldenburg, Oldenburg & Associations
      Doug Page, Pacific Lutheran University
      James Plourde, JP Fundraising Solutions
      Tom Ryan, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
      Emily Happy, The Philanthropy Collective
      Todd Blodgett, Eisenhower Carlson

    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: First Wednesday of each month, 8:30-9:30 am

    Members: Jesse Bohlin, Group Facilitator

    BIPOC Affinity Group

    The BIPOC Affinity Group meets at least once per month 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!
    Meeting Schedule: Watch for updates and registration links in each monthly newsletter

    Facilitators: Jennifer Li Dotson, Fundraise Up and Emily Mendez-Bryant, Tacoma Community College Foundation

    "In my work as a fundraiser, I struggle to find others who 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

    Sharing our cultures, lived experiences, communities we have served and represent are all beautiful ways to uplift philanthropy. The ability to be honest, brave, and proud about being a BIPOC fundraiser, within an industry that has a small BIPOC percentage, positively contributes to the overall advancement of our profession. I especially appreciate AFP South Sound Chapter’s lead in empowering this affinity group.

    — Emily Mendez-Bryant, BIPOC Affinity Group Facilitator