2021 Board of Directors 

 

President: Samantha Flottemesch

Samantha Flottemesch is currently the Director of Development at Moveable Feast in Baltimore. She brings over 10 years of development experience in the nonprofit sector, spanning her professional experience in both Baltimore and Philadelphia where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Temple University. Samantha has spent the majority of her development career in health and human service organizations. She has extensive experience in event management, donor cultivation, direct mail appeals, and grant management. In her current role she is responsible for all fundraising, development and marketing related initiatives – also overseeing the organization’s volunteer program. Samantha has served on the AFP Maryland board for the past 5 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 13 years of professional fundraising experience and has a broad range of development experience in managing large fundraising events, direct mail appeals, major gift solicitation, grant writing and peer to peer fundraising efforts for MVLS, Best Buddies International, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Hopeworks. During her career Kimberly has raised more than $5.5 million for these nonprofit organizations and has experience planning formal black-tie galas, 5K’s, fundraising walks, golf outings, silent auctions, and various award ceremonies. 

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

 

Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Orlisha Fox

Orlisha Fox joined the AFP Maryland Chapter in 2018.

Starting in January 2021 she will serve as the Director of Individual Giving for the Mission Continues. 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 Master’s 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. She is an advocate for D & I research, practice and procedure implementation with a passion for equity. 

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: Gen Haines

Gen Haines has 23 years of experience fundraising for the arts, human services organizations, and political campaigns, most recently as Director of Development with The Samaritan Women. 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: 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.

 

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 23 years of experience fundraising for the arts, human services organizations, and political campaigns, most recently as Director of Development with The Samaritan Women. 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 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.

 

Communications Chair: Megan McCormack

After earning her Business Communications degree from Stevenson University in 2009 Megan has continued to work in the communications industry, working with national and international organizations in developing, implementing, and managing various marketing-related projects. She works with diverse client team members, developing communications systems and tools to keep stakeholders informed and engaged. She specializes in branding, social media strategy, and planning and digital media buying.

Most recently, she developed the advertising strategy for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, My Home, My Deed campaign, a partnership with the DHCD’s pilot program helping them secure a second year of funding. She's currently working with Mario Armstrong and the Never Settle Show, an Emmy award-winning show, as head of social media and CSR project manager.

She resides in Glyndon, Maryland, with her 2 daughters and husband. Normally when she's not working she can be found enjoying a nice hike outside with her family followed by a local winery or brewery visit.

Fundraising Day in Maryland Chair: Vacant

 

Membership Co-Chair: Kurt McKinley

Kurt McKinley is a Corporate Vice President for CCS Fundraising where he manages CCS’ Baltimore and Washington, DC operations team. He serves as a member of the region’s executive leadership, working to identify and implement strategic initiatives related to business development, communications, and institutional priorities. In addition to his role as Membership Chair for AFP Maryland, Kurt also serves on the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers’ Benchmarking Committee and the Association Foundation Group’s Research Committee. Kurt has a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland and a Bachelors in Business Management and Marketing from Penn State University.

 

Membership Co-Chair: Jessica Abel

Jessica Abel has been fundraising in the Mid-Atlantic for more than a decade. She is currently the Senior Major Gift Officer at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she raises funds in support of a world-class art and design education. Prior to joining MICA, Jessica served as the Director of Development for Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and Director of Institutional Giving with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She began her career in fundraising in the District of Columbia at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and spent time at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia before returning to her adopted hometown of Baltimore. In addition to her work as a fundraiser, Jessica is a proud member of Baltimore’s artistic community where she has appeared with a variety of area music groups and venues across the Mid-Atlantic and is a steering committee member of the Arts Advocacy Network of Maryland Citizens for the Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Music from the Florida State University and her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

 

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.  

 

National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair: Vacant

Programs Co-Chair: Nancy Fenton

Nancy is the Development Director at the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP).  She has over 25 years of experience in Baltimore’s nonprofit sector, with most of her work engaged in the social service and education fields.  Nancy is passionate about work and seeks to make positive changes through her profession. Best practices and ethical standards are high on her list. Nancy has a Nonprofit Management Certificate from The Johns Hopkins University and she is an AFP Master Teacher. Nancy is currently the Co-Chair of the AFP MD Program Committee. She has been an AFP member since 1999.

 

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

Liz Schuman is Major Gifts Officer at Hospice of the Chesapeake. Previously, she served as Director of Development and Communications for CHANA, a domestic violence agency within The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, and held other development roles within the organization. Earlier, she was a freelance writer for publications, healthcare, and higher education, and held marketing roles 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.

 

Sponsorships Chair: 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.

Roundtables Chair: 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: Kristopher (Kris) Sharrrar

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 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.  

 

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.

 

At Large Member:  Breanna Hill

Breanna Hill 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 served on AFP’s Program Committee.