Chapter Leadership

Chapter Leadership 2019-05-15T10:50:09-04:00

Executive Committee

Tricia Sunders
Tricia SundersPresident
Tricia has served in the nonprofit community for over five years, with three years experience in ethic, and is working toward her CFRE Certification. Tricia currently serves as the Corporate Relations Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati where she works with corporate and business donors to facilitate sponsorship and volunteering efforts.
Rachel Kirley, CFRE
Rachel Kirley, CFREPresident-Elect
Rachel Kirley currently serves as the Development Director for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Previously, she served in a variety of fundraising positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In her final position she acted as the Director of Individual Giving and Donor Services. In this capacity she oversaw individual giving at various levels as well as benefit fulfillment, volunteer management and donor acknowledgment. Prior to her time with the Symphony, Rachel resided in Portland, Oregon serving in development roles for the Portland Opera. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with over a decade of experience in the field, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Vice President of Education. She lives in Mariemont with her husband, Joe Jaquette, a systems analyst for Cisco Systems.
Jackie Baumgartner
Jackie BaumgartnerTreasurer
Jackie Baumgartner specializes in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and project management. An active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and chair of National Philanthropy Day in 2018, Jackie received her B.S.B.A. from the University of Delaware with a concentration in marketing. Her combined 19 years of experience spans from product management to consumer goods to non-profits. In addition to her role as Development Director for Tender Mercies, she is an active volunteer with her parish, and also serves on the Board of Healthy Roots Foundation and Partnership for Innovation in Education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.

Board Members

Jean Coggan
Jean CogganVP of Communications
A seasoned professional, Jean most recently served as Director of Corporate Communications for Macy’s, Inc., including Community Relations and Internal Communication. Her nonprofit experience encompasses promoting and leading programs for volunteerism, cause marketing, corporate philanthropy and social responsibility. Jean is especially passionate about connecting businesses with nonprofit organizations to accomplish mutual goals.
Kat Steiner, CFRE
Kat Steiner, CFRECo-VP of Education
Kat Steiner’s down-to-earth personality started in a small town, where she learned that everyone has a story and that listening is an art. After a decade in fundraising, Kat knows about transformational giving, exciting campaigns, and what it takes to plan a standing-room only event.
With experience in alumni relations, annual fund, major gifts, capital campaigns and special events, Kat has fundraising perspective from Wright State University, Urbana University, Xavier University, and the American Red Cross.
Since 2016, Kat has served as the Director of Development for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and spearheads a comprehensive development operation that advances the Girl Scout mission for long-term growth in the Cincinnati and Dayton Region. She is empowered by how women are changing the philanthropy landscape and is passionate about ending sexism by providing opportunities for girls to lead and write their own script.
Within the community, she serves of the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is an Executive Mentor at Xavier University, and volunteers at Mariemont Elementary. Kat holds a BA in Communications and a MA in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Wright State University. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in 2017 and dreams of spending time on the beach with her son David.
Phillip James
Phillip JamesVP of Membership
Phillip serves as the Associate Director of Annual Giving at the University of Cincinnati Foundation overseeing the Faculty & Staff Campaign, Telefund program and other special projects. Phillip has over 15 years of experience in fundraising and alumni engagement.
 Lisa Williams-Nelson
Lisa Williams-NelsonDirector of Diversity
Lisa’s personal passion for fundraising and diversity has benefited multiple communities across the US and Europe for almost 30 years. Fluent in Spanish and a 2015 graduate of the New Faces of Fundraising program, Lisa currently serves as the Office Manager at the League of Women Voters and has led successful fundraising and diversity efforts across a multitude of non-profit organizations. Lisa is currently co-chair of New Faces of Fundraising.
Mike Griffin, MBA
Mike Griffin, MBADirector of Fund Development
Mike Griffin is at University of Cincinnati Foundation. He has spent ten years in fundraising, working in both higher education and the medical sector. He is a member of Leadership Dayton’s Class of 2015 and Leadership Westerville’s Class of 2010.

Bethany Doverspike
Bethany DoverspikeDirector of National Philanthropy Day
Bethany Doverspike is the Director of Institutional Giving at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where she oversees corporate sponsorship and foundation support. She made the move to development nearly seven years ago after serving a long career as a Pre-K teacher and administrator. She earned her MBA at Northern Kentucky University, where she also earned an undergraduate in psychology. Bethany has served on the National Philanthropy Day committee for two years and is honored to now lead the charge for this signature event celebrating our vibrant philanthropic community.
Laura Proto
Laura Proto Ethics Director
Laura Proto has a Bachelor’s from Saint Mary’s College, a Master’s from the University of Cincinnati, is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She worked with trauma victims for 15 years, and has worked in fundraising for the past 10 years.

Laura’s past positions have been in health care and social service settings, and now she is working to promote and support the arts. Currently, she is employed at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati as their Director of Development.

Aaron Bley
Aaron BleyLeadership Summit Director
Aaron Bley, Vice President of Community Relations and Chief Development Officer, joined Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s staff in December 2016. Aaron was previously the Senior Corporate Relationship Officer at the American Red Cross, Cincinnati-Dayton Region. He also served as the Regional Director for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and worked in a variety of community affairs positions with Mercy Health Partners. Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Xavier University and his master’s degree in Communication from the University of Cincinnati.
Mike Volan
Mike VolanDirector of SNAP
Mike’s career in fundraising spans more than 32 years, and covers all aspects of advancement, including annual fund, major gifts, gift planning, campaigns, program and staff management, alumni relations, and external relations. He earned and has held the CFRE certification since 2000, and is honored to return to serve AFP’s Greater Cincinnati Chapter and the professional needs and interests of its most experienced members.
Jen Horvath
Jen HorvathDirector of Strategic Planning
Jen is the Manager of Development and Grants at the Taft Museum of Art, and in this capacity is responsible for the Taft’s development strategies and action plans directly linked to foundation relations and special campaigns. Jen serves as the treasurer on the board of the Walnut Hills High School Association.
Matthew Gellin
Matthew GellinCo-VP Education
Matthew is currently the Major Gift Officer at Freestore Foodbank and Producing Artistic Director at American Legacy Theatre. Matthew has lived all over the country working in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, and represented the USA in both the People’s Republic of China (business) and Romania (arts) for a period of time.
Laura Gleimer
Laura GleimerCollegiate Liaison
Laura Gleimer is a Director of Development at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute. Laura has more than 4 years of experience in fundraising and donor relations
Kila Hanrahan
Kila HanrahanEngagement Coordinator
Kila is an Agency Development Officer at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati—a dual role also serving as the Director of Development at Jewish Family Service. Her decade of experience in fundraising includes work with special events, planned giving, major giving, and corporate philanthropy.

Outside of work, she’s an avid runner and active in her community, as a board member for the Cincinnati Chapter of the Road Runners Club of America and coach & SoleMate for Girls on the Run. Kila graduated from both NKU with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership and the National Outdoor Leadership School based in Lander, WY.

Jim Hudson, CFRE
Jim Hudson, CFREPast President
Jim Hudson has been the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati for the past five years. Jim has been a nonprofit leader with close to 30 years of experience in various roles around the country.
Michelle Harpenau
Michelle Harpenau Director of YP
Michelle Harpenau is the Executive Director of the World Affairs Council – Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. She has over 8 years of experience in this strategic leadership role and fundraising.
Collegiate Chapter President
Our mission at UC is simple: educate our student peers about the impact of philanthropy on campus, expose others to the field of fundraising/university advancement, and serve as a resource to enhance philanthropic activities occurring on campus.