2019 Board of Directors 


President: Gen Haines

Gen Haines is Director of Major & Lead Gifts with Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She has 21 years of experience fundraising for the arts, human services organizations, and political campaigns. Gen 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. 


President-Elect and Vice President, Professional Advancement: 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 3 years and previously led the AFP Membership Committee.


Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Orlisha Fox

Orlisha Fox works for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. as the Donor Relations Specialist in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the past nine 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.

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Treasurer: Chris Knoerlein

Christopher Knoerlein is the Director of Communications and Grants for The Arc Baltimore, an agency that provides advocacy and supports to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to his 13 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. He is a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and Villanova University.


Immediate Past President: Tami Zavislan

Tamara W. Zavislan is former Director of Development for the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) in Baltimore. Prior to joining HPRP, she served as Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Harford County. She has also had development roles and directed programs in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio. Tami is a past facilitator for the Small Shop Roundtable and has served on the AFP Maryland board for eight years, including roles as Roundtables Chair, Treasurer, President-Elect, and President. Her volunteer work also includes the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County and music ministry at St. Francis de Sales Parish (Abingdon, MD).


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 Co-Chair: Elise Krikau

Elise Krikau brings over 20 years of professional experience across the healthcare, education and human services sectors to her role as Senior Consultant at Campbell & Company. Before joining Campbell & Company, Elise served as the Assistant Dean for Advancement for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Applied Health Sciences, the Manager of Major Gifts at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and as the Manager of Development at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Elise is a former board member of AFP Chicago. She served as Co-Chair of the Midwest Conference and Membership committees and as Senior Vice President of Member Engagement.


Fundraising Day in Maryland Co-Chair & Sponsorship Chair: Natalia Ramirez

Natalia (Natalie) Ramirez currently serves as the Director of Special Events for Catholic Charities in Baltimore. Natalie has served as the Director of Special Events for the past 10 years and is 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.


Membership Chair: 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. 


Mentoring Chair: Beth Ryan

Beth Miller Ryan currently serves as the Senior Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship at The Catholic University of America. She has been a philanthropy professional, consultant and non-profit leader for the past 30 years with experience in arts and culture, medicine, social justice and higher education. Beth has served AFP-Maryland as Board Vice President and Secretary, Membership Committee-Co-chair, as a member of the Small Shop, Program and Mentoring Committees, and as the Chair of the Healthcare Philanthropy Roundtable. She is looking forward to reconnecting with the Board as the Mentoring Chair.


National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair: Graham Cowger

Graham Cowger is the Director of Development for Maryland Legal Aid, a statewide civil legal services provider which works to provide equal access to justice for low-income Marylanders. Since 2003, he has held development positions with a variety of non-profit organizations, including Peace Action, the McLean County Museum of History, and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. He has also served on the board of directors of the Old House Society and the Downtown Bloomington Association.  Graham joined the AFP Maryland board in 2017.


National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair: Kim Weiner

Kimberly Lennon Weiner is the Director of Development for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS). Kimberly has 11 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 graduated from Salisbury University with a B.A. in Communications and a Marketing minor. Kimberly has been on the AFP Board of Directors the past year and co-chair of National Philanthropy Day, a member of AFP for the last four years, and previously co-chaired AFP Maryland Annual Giving Roundtable.


Programs Co-Chair: Irene Amoros

Irene Amoros is the Director of Annual Giving & Special Projects at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she developed and manages their annual giving program, giving site, and marketing materials. In her 12+ years in development and fundraising, Irene has also worked at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in a variety of positions. With her B.A. in Communications from Queens College (CUNY), she is now pursuing an M.S. in Management/Marketing from University of Maryland University College. She previously completed Dun & Bradstreet’s management training program and worked in their directory publishing division. Irene is an active member of AFP Maryland’s Program Committee, of her church’s Refugee Resettlement Committee, chairs their Stewardship Committee, and is a Stephen Minister. 


Programs Co-Chair: Geannine Darby, CFRE

Geannine Darby, CFRE is the Director of Major Gifts for LifeBridge Health. Prior to her current position, Geannine worked for the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, the American Lung Association of Maryland, the YMCA of Central Maryland, and U.S. Lacrosse. Geannine’s past service to AFP Maryland includes roles as President (2001-2002), Treasurer, Vice President for Professional Advancement, Program Chair, and Co-Chair of Volunteers for the 2005 and 2015 AFP International Conferences on Fundraising. 


At Large Member: Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE

Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE is Director of Development for Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority and its educational foundation. She started her career in 2010 as an intern at the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies and moved on to hold a trajectory of positions culminating with Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, which serves individuals with disabilities in the DMV. Emily is a past member of the AFP DC Chapter. She is currently on AFP Maryland’s Membership Committee 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 Fundraising Principles and Practice Course in 2018.


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.