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 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.
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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.
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.
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 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.