2022 Board of Directors 

On behalf of your AFP Maryland chapter, I am pleased to present the following officers and directors for 2022. These individuals have shown their dedication to your chapter through their service on AFP committees and the Board of Directors – creating and promoting member benefits at the local level. 


President: Kimberly Weiner

Kimberly Lennon Weiner is the Sr. Director of Development for the Ulman Foundation. Kimberly has 14 years of professional fundraising experience and has a broad range of development experience in major gifts, managing large fundraising events, direct mail appeals, major gift solicitation, grant writing and peer to peer fundraising efforts for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), Best Buddies International, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Hopeworks. During her career Kimberly has raised more than $6 million for these nonprofit organizations.

Kimberly graduated from Salisbury University in 2007 with a B.A. in Communications and a Marketing minor. Kimberly has been actively involved with the AFP Maryland Chapter as a board member since 2018, past leader of the Annual Giving Roundtable group, co-chair of National Philanthropy Day, and for the past two years has served as President-Elect. Kimberly lives in Baltimore City with her husband and rescue pit bull, Roz.

President-Elect: 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 and co-chaired the committee in 2020.  Tara also serves a member of the Board of Directors for the Family Recovery Project which is a residential drug treatment program.


Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown is a higher education and nonprofit professional.  He has held many positions at several institutions of higher learning both working with major gifts and the annual fund. Brandon is a proud member of many civic and professional organizations. Brandon is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. He is passionate about DEI especially in the areas of philanthropy. He is a 2018 Atlanta chapter diversity fellow. 

Vice President, Member Services: Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE

Emily Hamsher Kindred has more than 10 years of experience delivering high-impact growth across fundraising, stewardship, and giving initiatives in progressive leadership capacities. She has a passion for women's philanthropy and has dedicated her extensive technical and leadership acumen to building effective programs for women and children. Currently, Emily supports the mission of the Maryland Food Bank as Director, Annual Fund. Prior to working with MFB, Emily served as Director of Development for Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority and its educational foundation. She also supports several nonprofits in Baltimore City through board and committee roles. Emily is passionate about the value of the AFP member experience and has served on the Membership Committee of the AFP Maryland Chapter since 2017.

Vice President, Professional Advancement: Jessica Abel, CFRE

For 12 years, Jessica Abel has been delivering impact-oriented growth across institutional and individual giving to raise more than $25 million in charitable support for deserving nonprofits in the mid-Atlantic. She is committed to providing thought leadership for strategic planning and implementation, donor relations, and outcome-focused storytelling and communications. Jessica is an advocate and ally for improving DEI practices in fundraising and philanthropy, and she especially seeks to support related continuing education and professional growth for AFP MD members. Jessica is currently the Senior Major Gift Officer at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She previously served as the Director of Development for Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and Director of Institutional Giving with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her work as a fundraiser, Jessica is a proud musician and member of Baltimore’s artistic community where she serves on the steering committee of the Arts Advocacy Network for Maryland Citizens for the Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Florida State University and her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.


Treasurer: Kristopher (Kris) Sharrar, CFRE

As Director of Philanthropy at Helping Up Mission, Kris joyfully connects HUM to Greater Baltimore and beyond by sharing the compelling stories of redemption, renewal, and restoration in the lives of the men and women HUM serves. Kris’ personal connection with HUM began when he hit his own “rock bottom” in March 2006 and entered HUM as a client in the Spiritual Recovery Program. Graduating in April 2007, he then joined the staff in the long (and growing) line of graduate staff members. Kris has been active with AFP Maryland chapter, including periods as National Philanthropy Day Committee member (2010-2016), and Board Member (At-Large) in 2021.

Kris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA in December 1985 and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from University of Southern California in December 1988, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (2018-Present)

Secretary: Elizabeth A. (Liz) Schuman

Liz Schuman is Senior Donor Relations Manager at Hospice of the Chesapeake. Previously, she was Director of Development and Communications for CHANA, a domestic violence agency within The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore and led key development and marketing efforts within the larger organization. Earlier, she was a freelance writer, specializing in health care, higher education, estate homes, and occasionally business, fashion, and technology. Other roles included marketing and communications at Stevenson University and GBMC Healthcare. 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. Before this role, she co-chaired AFP Maryland’s program team after several years as a committee member. She admits to being a complete fangirl about fundraising gurus Vu Le, Tom Ahern, Penelope Burk, Gail Perry, Amy Eisenstein, and others too numerous to list. She’s also a fan of the Oxford comma.

Immediate Past President: Vacant


CFRE Chair: 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.

Communications Chair: Vacant



Membership Co-Chair: Dannielle Sturgeon

Dannielle Sturgeon is currently the Development Director at Baltimore Corps, Inc. She works with both institutions and individuals to enlist talent to accelerate social innovation in Baltimore and advance a citywide agenda for equity and racial justice. During her time at Baltimore Corps, she has supported fundraising efforts to expand service opportunities in Baltimore and to build out their place-based service model for national application.

 In 2018, Ms. Sturgeon moved to Maryland and transitioned to a career in fundraising as the Institutional Giving Coordinator for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and then worked as the Advancement Services Specialist at Strong City Baltimore. Her professional background also includes arts administration and higher education with specializations in communications, marketing, operations, and project management.

Ms. Sturgeon holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Administration from Western Michigan University (2017), Master of Music from The Ohio State University (2013), and Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University (2011). 

Membership Co-Chair: Todd Troester

Todd Troester is an innovative fundraising professional with 5+ years’ experience delivering high-impact growth across public relations, stewardship, and fundraising initiatives. He has a talent for cultivating strategic partnerships with Board of Directors, executive leadership, community partners and volunteers in support of mission objectives. Passionate and highly motivated program leader known for brand enthusiasm and community engagement. Todd currently works for St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore as the Director of Individual Giving and serves on the Board of Directors of Our Joyful Noise.

Mentoring Chair: Laura Urban

Laura Urban is Director of Development at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) in Towson, a secular educational organization promoting interreligious understanding. She has been working in development and communication for nonprofits for nearly 30 years, both in Baltimore and Chicago. Prior to ICJS, she served as Vice President of Giving at the Maryland Food Bank. Her volunteer activities have included: AFP-MD Program Committee, member; Oakenshawe Improvement Association, president; Waverly Main Street, board member; and Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, elder. She has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and lives with her husband in Baltimore City, where her four adult children will occasionally come visit.  


Programs Co-Chair: Emanuel Figueroa

Emanuel is currently the Director of Individual and Community Relations 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!


Programs Co-Chair: Ryan Nicotra

Ryan Antony Nicotra is the Associate Director of Annual Giving at McDaniel College and a professor in arts entrepreneurship and nonprofit arts management at Goucher College. He has previously served as the Assistant Director of the Annual Fund and Digital Engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art, and as the Development Director at Single Carrot Theatre, both in Baltimore, Maryland. His professional background is in nonprofit arts administration, higher education, and arts advocacy, with specializations in digital engagement and campaign development. He has previously served on the Mentorship committee of AFP Maryland.


Roundtables Chair: Vacant



At Large Member: Gen Haines

Gen Haines has 26 years of experience fundraising for the arts, human services organizations, and
political campaigns. Most recently Gen has been serving as a consultant to a number of nonprofits in
the area. Gen has been involved with AFP for more than 13 years beginning as the Major Gifts
Roundtable monitor, serving on various committees and as President of AFP Maryland.

At Large Member: Breanna Hill

Breanna Hill is currently the Director of Philanthropy 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 served on AFP’s Program Committee.



At Large Member: Elise Krikau

Elise Krikau, Senior Vice President, Development, is focusing the food bank’s fundraising efforts to maximize their impact on the lives of hungry Marylanders. Elise’s first experience with philanthropy came in college (which ultimately became her vocation) when she began her fundraising career in 2007. During her 20 years of professional experience, she has worked in healthcare, higher education, nonprofit consulting, and human services.

Elise has a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. She is currently a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter, and a Certified Leadership Coach. When not raising funds for the food bank, Elise enjoys running and exploring new places with her husband and stepchildren.


At Large Member: Tamara W. Zavislan

Tamara (Tami) Zavislan is the Associate Director of Annual Giving for the Mercy Health Foundation. She has held development and executive management positions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio, working in the arts, human services, faith-based organizations, community foundations, legal services, and healthcare. Tami is a past facilitator for the Small Shop Roundtable and has served on the AFP Maryland board as Roundtables Chair, Treasurer, President-Elect, President, and Past President. Her volunteer work also includes the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County and the music ministry at St. Francis de Sales Parish (Abingdon, MD).