Your 2020 Board of Directors

 

President: Samantha Flottemesch

Samantha Flottemesch is currently the Director of Development at Moveable Feast in Baltimore. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Temple University, and since 2008, she has worked in various development and event management roles. In her current role as Director of Development she is responsible for all fundraising, development, and marketing related initiatives at the organization. Samantha has served on the AFP Maryland board for the past 4 years and previously held Vice President and Committee Chair roles

President-Elect: Kimberly Weiner 

Kimberly Lennon Weiner is the Director of Development for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS). Kimberly has 12 years of professional fundraising experience and has a broad range of development experience in managing large fundraising events, direct mail appeals, major gift solicitation and peer to peer fundraising efforts for MVLS, Best Buddies International, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Hopeworks. Kimberly has been actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as a past leader of their Annual Giving Roundtable group, and since January 2018 a board member of the AFP Maryland Chapter. She is also a co-chair of the AFP National Philanthropy Day event that honors top philanthropists and foundations in Maryland. 

 

Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Orlisha Fox

Orlisha Fox works for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. as the Manager of Development and Public Policy. Over the past ten years she has worked for various non-profit and government agencies specializing in workforce development, fundraising and social services programs. She has her Bachelors in African American Studies with a minor in Humanities and Law from the University of California Irvine and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Government and Policy from Grand Canyon University. In addition, she has certifications in both Non- Profit Management and Professional Fundraising. Orlisha has extensive experience developing donor and partner relations programs, campaign management, strategic development initiatives and donor retention analysis. Orlisha joined the AFP Maryland Chapter in 2018.

Vice President, Member Services: David Drake

David Drake is Director of Stewardship for Sheppard Pratt Health System. He previously provided consulting for nonprofits to improve their fundraising.  David has served as a development director for 25 years at education, animal welfare, and healthcare organizations. He has led capital campaigns, developed direct mail and planned gift programs, and managed special events. He has led fundraising trainings nationally. He began his fundraising career in communications, where his publications received a number of CASE awards for excellence. He is on AFP Maryland’s Membership Committee, and he has presented at AFP Maryland’s Fundraising Day. 

Vice President, Professional Advancement: Gen Haines

Gen Haines has 22 years of experience fundraising for the arts, human services organizations, and political campaigns, most recently as Director of Major & Lead Gifts with Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She served on the AFP International External Relations Committee for four years and has participated in AFP Maryland's Mentoring Program, led the Major Gifts Roundtable, was Co-Chair of Fundraising Day in Maryland, and co-chaired the 2015 International Conference Host Chapter Event Committee. 

Treasurer: Chris Knoerlein

Christopher Knoerlein is the Director of Communications and Grants for The Arc Baltimore, an organization for adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to his 14 years there, he started his career as a residential treatment counselor at Catholic Charities for young boys with severe emotional disabilities. He was the Maryland chapter president of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). In addition, Chris co-chaired AFP Maryland’s Fundraising Day in Maryland event in 2017 and 2018 and is currently the board treasurer. He is a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and Villanova University.

 

Secretary: Terry Weigel

Terry Weigel is the Director of Advancement for Marian House, a housing and support services program for homeless women and children. Terry leads a small development team in all development efforts, and also focuses on marketing and communications for Marian House. She also serves on the Board of Catholic Business Networking Baltimore and is a member of the Center Club.  Prior to her work at Marian House, Terry was the Associate Director of Annual Giving at Catholic Charities from 2014-2018.  In addition, Terry has served as the Executive Director of There Goes My Hero Foundation, encouraging individuals to join the bone marrow registry to save lives of leukemia patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. Terry graduated from Hesser College in Manchester, New Hampshire and completed the fundraising and marketing communications certificate program at Goucher College.

Immediate Past President: Gen Haines

Gen Haines has 22 years of experience fundraising for the arts, human services organizations, and political campaigns, most recently as Director of Major & Lead Gifts with Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She served on the AFP International External Relations Committee for four years and has participated in AFP Maryland's Mentoring Program, led the Major Gifts Roundtable, was Co-Chair of Fundraising Day in Maryland, and co-chaired the 2015 International Conference Host Chapter Event Committee. 

CFRE Chair: Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE

Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE is Director, Annual Fund for the Maryland Food Bank. Prior to working with MFB, Emily served as the Director of Development for Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority and its educational foundation. She started her career in fundraising in 2010 as an intern with the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies before moving to the DMV area to join the Development Team at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, which serves individuals with disabilities. Emily is a past member of the AFP DC Chapter. She is currently AFP Maryland’s Membership Chair and CFRE Chair and presented at AFP Maryland’s Fundraising Day in 2017. She holds a BA in Corporate Communication and Public Relations/Advertising from Duquesne University, and she completed AFP's 11-month Fundraising Principles and Practice Course before obtaining her CFRE in 2018. 

Communications Chair: Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin is the founder and principal of Andrea D. Martin Consulting, LLC a branding, public relations and marketing consultancy that helps organizations of all shapes and sizes raise awareness of hot button issues, programs and funding opportunities. She earned her Master’s degree in Communications from Hawaii Pacific University, and from there spent nearly 10 years at leading communications agencies from Hawaii to Massachusetts before settling in the Baltimore area.  

Fundraising Day in Maryland Chair: Elise Krikau

Elise joined the Development Team after working with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever as a fundraising consultant since December 2016. Prior to PF/QF, Elise served as a Senior Consultant at Campbell & Company, supporting and serving as counsel for fundraising campaigns in excess of $50 million. Elise also served as the Assistant Dean for Advancement at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and as Manager of Development at Advocate Christ Medical Center. She is a Michigan native who has always enjoyed the outdoors and has recently added upland bird hunting and fishing to her activities. She is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter and serves as the Co-chair of National Fundraising Day. 

Membership Chair: Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE

Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE is Director, Annual Fund for the Maryland Food Bank. Prior to working with MFB, Emily served as the Director of Development for Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority and its educational foundation. She started her career in fundraising in 2010 as an intern with the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies before moving to the DMV area to join the Development Team at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, which serves individuals with disabilities. Emily is a past member of the AFP DC Chapter. She is currently AFP Maryland’s Membership Chair and CFRE Chair and presented at AFP Maryland’s Fundraising Day in 2017. She holds a BA in Corporate Communication and Public Relations/Advertising from Duquesne University, and she completed AFP's 11-month Fundraising Principles and Practice Course before obtaining her CFRE in 2018. 

Mentoring Chair: OPEN

 

 

National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair: Elise Krikau

Elise joined the Development Team after working with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever as a fundraising consultant since December 2016. Prior to PF/QF, Elise served as a Senior Consultant at Campbell & Company, supporting and serving as counsel for fundraising campaigns in excess of $50 million. Elise also served as the Assistant Dean for Advancement at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and as Manager of Development at Advocate Christ Medical Center. She is a Michigan native who has always enjoyed the outdoors and has recently added upland bird hunting and fishing to her activities. She is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter and serves as the Co-chair of National Fundraising Day. She resides in Baltimore, 

 

National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair: Tara Turner

Tara has over 20 years of experience in fundraising for higher education.  She currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Advancement at Coppin State University.  She has served as the director for several aspects within development at Coppin including Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Major Gifts and Planned Giving. Tara earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame University of Maryland.  She has been a member of AFP Maryland since 2006.  She served on the AFP National Philanthropy Day planning committee for Maryland in 2019.  Tara also serves a member of the Board of Directors for the Family Recovery Project which is a residential drug treatment program.

 

Programs Co-Chair: Nancy Fenton

Nancy is the Director of Development at Central Scholarship in Owings Mills, Maryland where she works to raise funds to provide post-secondary scholarships for Maryland students based on their academic success and financial need. She has worked in Baltimore’s nonprofit sector, specializing in the areas of education, workforce development and affordable housing. Throughout her career, she has helped nonprofits access new funds to operations, programming and capital programs. AFP has been an important resource for Nancy, informing her professional skills and understanding of the value of philanthropy in civic life. Most recently, and with great enthusiasm, Nancy completed APF’s Master Teacher program.

 

Programs Co-Chair: Elizabeth A. (Liz) Schuman

Liz Schuman is Major Gifts Officer at Hospice of the Chesapeake, raising funds to support thoughtful care at end-of-life for patients and loved ones. Previously, she served as Director of Development and Communications for CHANA, a domestic violence agency within The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore. She began her fundraising career in 2011, beginning at Associated Women, followed by Goucher and UMBC Hillels (all under The Associated). Earlier, she was a freelance writer for publications such as the Baltimore Sun, My Day bridal magazine (as editor), and local healthcare and higher education organizations. She continues to write for local publications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park and a master’s degree in publication design from the University of Baltimore.

Programs Co-Chair: Breanna Weathers

Breanna Weathers is currently the Development and Events Coordinator at the St. Francis Neighborhood Center in West Baltimore. Breanna graduated from the Community College of Baltimore County with an Associate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2015. Breanna went on to work in hotel sales coordinating sports groups, tour groups, and weddings. Breanna developed a passion for coordinating meetings, events, and getting all the little details together. Breanna joined the AFP Maryland Chapter in early 2019. Breanna had received a scholarship from AFP Maryland Chapter for their annual Fundraising Day conference and serves on AFP’s Program Committee.

 

Sponsorships Chair: Natalia Ramirez

Natalia (Natalie) Ramirez currently serves as a Major Gifts Officer for Catholic Charities in Baltimore. Natalie previously served as the Director of Special Events for 11 years where she was responsible for executing or managing the organization’s yearly fundraising events. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 1994. She has served on various volunteer committees including the Catholic High School of Baltimore Board of Trustees. Natalie has been a member of AFP since 2012.

 

At Large Member: Erin Brock

Erin Brock is Development Manager for the Public Justice Center in Baltimore. She has worked in fundraising since 2010. Erin is a past facilitator for the Small Shop Roundtable and has served as a presenter at Fundraising Day in Maryland and AFP Maryland’s National Philanthropy Day. She previously worked at Lutheran World Relief doing communications and constituent outreach. She received a bachelor’s degree in religion from Luther College.

At Large Member: Emanuel Figueroa

Emanuel is currently the Annual Fund Director at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has worked various development roles with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Maryland Food Bank, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Over the past few years, he has co-chaired the monthly AFP-MD Annual Giving Roundtable. Emanuel has extensive experience with Direct Mail, Raiser’s Edge, eTapestry, Bloomerang, and enjoys a good conversation about a data work around or an appeal that worked!

 

At Large Member: Tamara W. Zavislan

Tamara (Tami) Zavislan is Associate Director of Annual Giving for the Mercy Health Foundation. Prior to joining the Mercy Health Foundation, she served as Director of Development for the Homeless Persons Representation Project. She has held development and executive management positions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio. Tami is a past facilitator for the Small Shop Roundtable and has served on the AFP Maryland board as Roundtables Chair, Treasurer, President-Elect, and President. Her volunteer work also includes the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County, music ministry at St. Francis de Sales Parish (Abingdon, MD), and the Bel Air Community