Chapter Leadership

Chapter Leadership 2020-03-09T10:31:35-04:00

Executive Committee

Rachel Kirley, CFRE
Rachel Kirley, CFREPresident
Rachel Kirley currently serves as the Development Director for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In this capacity she oversees all annual, capital and endowment fundraising efforts for the institution while overseeing a team of nine. 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 position she oversaw individual giving as well as benefit fulfillment, volunteer management and donor acknowledgment. Prior to her time with the Symphony, Rachel resided in Portland, Oregon serving in various development roles for the Portland Opera. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with over a decade of experience in the field, she resides in Mariemont with her husband.
Kila Hanrahan
Kila HanrahanPresident-Elect
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.

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

Sarah Holtsclaw
Sarah HoltsclawVP of Communications
Sarah Holtsclaw currently serves as Development and Communication Coordinator for the Camp Joy Foundation in Clarksville, OH. In this capacity she creates Camp Joy’s print and media communications, plans fundraising events, supervises database administration, and stewards a portfolio individual donors. Sarah found her passion for fundraising while working for a Quaker social justice lobby on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., inspired by the social good that occurs when passions are matched with action. Sarah holds a B.S. from Wilmington College in Political Science and Agriculture Change for Environmental Sustainability.
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 JamesEngagement Coordinator
Phillip serves as the Associate Director of Annual Giving at the University of Cincinnati Foundation overseeing Giving Day campaigns, Telefund and Crowdfunding programs, and other special projects. Phillip has over 17 years of experience in fundraising and alumni engagement.
Sara Pomeroy
Sara PomeroyDirector of Fund Development
For over ten years, my expertise has been focused in the areas of major gift, special programs and event fundraising.

I thrive in a fast paced environment and enjoy managing a multitude of programs simultaneously. I aspire to inspire donors in a way that makes them feel most connected to the organization and I am always pursuing deeper and more meaningful relationships.

The most successful teams I’ve been a part of have implemented a transformational approach to leadership, goal setting and team management.

Bethany Doverspike
Bethany DoverspikeVP of Membership
Bethany Doverspike is the Director of Institutional Giving at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where she oversees corporate sponsorship and foundation support. 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 most recently led the charge for this signature event as the 2019 NPD Chair. She is thrilled to continue to be part of the AFP Leadership team as she credits her involvement with AFP as an integral part of her success in the field.
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.
Elise Hyder
Elise HyderNPD Chair
Elise believes in the power of the collective good and loves to connect people to their passions to make a difference in our community. Her career includes positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Ronald McDonald House, and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. Currently she serves as the Senior Development Officer at Beech Acres Parenting Center. As the National Philanthropy Day Chair, Elise is thrilled and honored to be a part of such a positive and inspiring event which celebrates those who make our region a better place.
Lauren Jones
Lauren JonesDirector of Diversity
Lauren Jones is a dynamic engagement professional with success in campaign management, relationship and capacity building. She is currently the Inclusive Giving Advisor at Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation inspires current and future generations to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive. GCF believes in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities.

Prior to her position at GCF, Lauren held leadership positions. Most recently with the Women’s Fund of GCF, Public Allies Cincinnati, YWCA, United Way, and Organizing for America – the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama. In addition to her day job, Lauren is a fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights serving as a member on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. She is a Kennedy Heights resident who has been living in Cincinnati for seven years.s.

Matthew Gellin, CFRE
Matthew Gellin, CFRECo-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.

Fundraising Innovator | Artistic Developer | Empowering Leader

Dolores Dodson
Dolores DodsonCollegiate Liaison
Dolores Dodson is an Assistant Director of Development at the University of Cincinnati Foundation supporting both the College of Medicine and UC Health Medical Center. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dolores traveled to Ohio after to secure a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Miami University followed by a master’s of public health degree from Wright State University.

She has personally benefited from becoming a member of AFP and utilizing resources like networking & knowledge courses and Fundamentals of Fundraising. As a member of the inaugural class of New Faces of Fundraising she understands the power of professional development and mentorship as you navigate the non-profit space. She is involved in AFPs Education committee and serves as co-chair for AFP’s Fundamentals of space. She is involved in AFPs Education committee and serves as co-chair for AFP’s Fundamentals of Fundraising course and serves on New Faces of Fundraising’s committee as well.

Tricia Sunders
Tricia SundersPast President
Tricia has served in the nonprofit community for over eight years and is working toward her CFRE (certified fund raising executive) Certification. Tricia currently serves as the Director of Development, Heart Mini, for the American Heart Association where she works with corporate and business donors to facilitate sponsorship and volunteering efforts. Tricia has also served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Cincinnati Chapter, for over six years as Ethics Director, President-Elect, and the 2019 President. For five years, Tricia served as the Corporate Relations Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati where she oversaw all aspects of corporate fundraising efforts. She resides in Colerain Township with her husband and two children.
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.