Chapter Leadership

Chapter Leadership 2021-07-01T12:23:12-04:00

Executive Committee

Kila Hanrahan, CFRE
Kila Hanrahan, CFREPresident
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.

Matthew Gellin, CFRE
Matthew Gellin, CFREPresident-Elect
Matthew is currently the Executive Artistic Director & CEO 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

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

Aaron Bley, CDE
Aaron Bley, CDELeadership Summit Coordinator
Aaron Bley, Vice President of Community Relations, joined CABVI’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. Aaron also hold a Certificate in Corporate Community Relations from Boston University.
Dolores Dodson
Dolores DodsonDirector of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access)
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.

Bethany Doverspike
Bethany DoverspikeVP of Membership
Bethany Doverspike is the Director of Development at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She earned her MBA at Northern Kentucky University, where she also earned an undergraduate in psychology. Bethany currently serves on the board of The Recovery Center of Hamilton County and is an active volunteer with Cincinnati Cares. Giving back and helping others fuels her passion and heartfelt desire to be a community change agent. 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.
Lauren Frooman
Lauren FroomanNPD Chair
Michelle Harpenau, CFRE
Michelle Harpenau, CFREVP of Fund Development
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.
Elise Hyder
Elise HyderEngagement Coordinator
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.
Amanda Jenkins
Amanda JenkinsCo-VP of Education
Amanda Jenkins is the Development Director at the Community Action Agency. Amanda received her B.A. with a concentration in public policy from Indiana University. Her professional career has focused on development work for political candidates, non-profits, and associations. She is a life-long learner and excited to help lead the Education Committee. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, and hiking the many trails in our community with her dog.
Rachel Kirley, CFRE
Rachel Kirley, CFREPast-President
Rachel Kirley will soon begin a new phase of her career as the Director, Individual Giving for the San Francisco Symphony. Most recently, she served as the Development Director for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In this capacity she oversaw 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 will soon be relocating to the Bay Area.

Chad Martin
Chad MartinVP of Communications
De'Ron McDaniel
De'Ron McDanielDirector of YP
Andrew Polter, CFRE
Andrew Polter, CFRECo-VP Education
Andrew Polter, CFRE, serves as Associate Director of Development for the University of Cincinnati Foundation. In this role, he represents the College of Arts and Sciences, and works with donors to build a culture of philanthropy at UC’s largest college.

Polter most recently served as Associate Director of Development at Eastern Kentucky University. He has additionally served in development roles at Miami University, Boston Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Institution.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Miami University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He serves as Co-VP of Education for the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter and lives in Oakley with his wife, Rachael, and their Golden Retriever, Theo.

Laura Proto, CFRE
Laura Proto, CFREEthics 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 a fundraising capacity for 12 years. Laura’s past positions have been in health care, social service and the arts. Currently, she is employed at Meals on Wheels of Southwest OH & Northern KY.

Rebecca Vachon, CFRE
Rebecca Vachon, CFREDirector of Strategic Planning
Rebecca is currently the Assistant Director of the Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio Office of The Nonprofit Spot. She specializes in annual giving and donor retention strategies. In her first year as a fundraiser, Rebecca was fortune enough to attend an AFP International Conference (now known as ICON) and has been involved with AFP ever since. Though AFP Rebecca was able to make connections that led to job opportunities, receive her CFRE and form long-lasting friendships. She is thrilled to give back to an organization that has helped her so much by serving on the board. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys travelling, hiking, crafting and spending time with her pets.
Jarrod Williams
Jarrod WilliamsCollegiate Liaison