Staff
Michael Kenyon
President & CEO
Michael Kenyon
President & CEO
Planned Giving Group of Indiana

As president and CEO of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, Michael strives to create an environment where CGP’s 8,000 members can come together to educate, learn, network and advocate for the distinguished profession of charitable gift planning. Working closely with the CGP board, Michael helps develop and champion the organization’s strategic vision, ensuring that CGP’s budget, staff and priorities are aligned with its mission to serve charitable gift planners and bring to life the art and science of charitable gift planning. It’s Michael’s job to navigate change, foster innovation and bring people together to build a healthy and successful organization.

Before joining CGP, Michael served as the executive director of the Percussive Arts Society. For 11 years, he led this international music service organization that serves 7,500+ members, 50 U.S. chapters and 28 international chapters. Among many successful initiatives, he led the organization through development of a new facility for the Rhythm! Discovery Center, a museum and educational space that USA Today named one of the top places in the United States for hands-on music making.

Michael holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from Arizona State University and began his professional life as a musician before transitioning into arts and nonprofit administration. He has worked with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center for the homeless, Celebrate Youth and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop.

Michael currently serves as vice-president for the Charitable IRA Initiative, is a member of the board of directors for the Percussive Arts Society and serves on the steering committee for Music Crossroads, a strategic initiative focused on advancing quality of life in Indianapolis through the performing arts.

 

Title of Presentation: Advocating for the Future of Gift Planning

General Topic: Advocacy

 

Title of Presentation: CGP - Your New Association

General Topic: Membership Benefits to CGP

Barbara Yeager
Director of Education
Barbara Yeager
Director of Education

A 25-year veteran of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, Barbara takes on several leadership roles. Through CGP’s Leadership Institute, she helps members advance the art and science of philanthropy, working side by side with volunteers to shape standards and best practices for the gift planning community.

Barbara manages education and networking programs for the annual CGP Conference, and is an active force in CGP’s metrics and counting task forces.

Known for her research skills, Barbara continues to advance her credentials in the gift planning field. In 2015, she earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy credential from The American College, and she works with the college to provide CAP curriculum resources and programs that foster collaboration between nonprofit and for-profit advisors.

Before joining the CGP staff, Barbara worked as a public librarian and as a technical writer and systems analyst. She is a member of the board of CGP Indiana Chapter and the planned giving advisory committee of the Carter Center.

Barbara earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in English, summa cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. In her community, she is a Girl Scout volunteer and a costumer for community theater groups.

Richard Ritter
Director of Membership
Richard Ritter
Director of Membership

As Director of Membership, Richard will provide strategic and operational management of membership development, recruitment and retention. Responsibilities include creating meaningful experiences for CGP members and supporting strong relationships with the national network of CGP affiliated councils.

Richard joins CGP from Teach For America (TFA). TFA is a diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequity through teaching and work with unwavering commitment from every sector of society to create a nation free from this injustice. For two years, Richard served as the Director, Incoming Corps Members where he crafted yearly vision and strategic direction for the Indianapolis regional team. Mr. Ritter also served as Manager of School Partnerships for TFA.

Richard holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University and attended Wabash College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and played tennis. Richard is a native of New Palestine, Indiana.

Gloria Kermeen
Meetings Manager
Gloria Kermeen
Meetings Manager

As the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners’ Meetings Manager, Gloria works independently and collaboratively to plan and implement well-run programs and events that create meaningful member experiences. Since 1997, she has played a central role in coordinating all logistics for off-site meetings, including the National Conference. Gloria handles site selection, contract negotiation and event execution. In addition, she manages the registration process for all meetings and coordinates all aspects of CGP’s sponsor and exhibitor programs.

Gloria served as Director of Administration for the American Council on Gift Annuities from 1998 to 2010. She holds a B.A. in Tourism, Conventions and Event Management from Indiana University.

When she’s not at work, Gloria enjoys music. She and her husband of 40 years share a passion for rock with their three grown children. 

Carey Wilson
Membership Data Manager
Carey Wilson
Membership Data Manager

With 14 years of tenure at the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, Carey has mastered the art of providing a helping hand to CGP members and potential members across the United States. Carey also assists CGP’s affiliated local councils with frontline services and reporting. It’s her job to ensure positive member experiences.

Members appreciate Carey’s quick responses to questions and concerns, and her focus on building strong relationships. She plays an important role in developing and implementing membership policies and procedures, and assists with preparing for important member events, including board and leadership meetings and the annual CGP Conference. 

Carey, who received a B.A. in English at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, says she’s proud to have spent most of her career serving the CGP membership.

Donna Ward
Administrative Support Specialist
Donna Ward
Administrative Support Specialist

Donna Ward is the Administrative Support Specialist for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. In this role, Donna assists management in daily operations of CGP and provides additional support to the president and other staff. She also gives general membership support by email and telephone to our members. Donna assists in the development of reports, tracking effort and progress of special projects, managing fundraising records, assisting in the development of office guidelines and procedures. She serves as a liaison with the Board of Directors, Leadership Institute, Committees and Task Forces.

Donna joined CGP in January of 2017 with an experienced background in administration. She has previously served as an executive assistant/office manager at the Medtech College corporate office, where she assisted the CEO, CFO, Regional Vice President of Nursing, Vice President of Academics and Vice President of Financial Aid. Donna performed accounts payables and general administrative duties while also assisting students in understanding course requirements. Prior to Medtech College, she worked at Harrison College for four years as an administrative assistant to the Nursing Department.

Donna is excited to bring her office management and administration expertise to help the CGP national office in it’s continued work in charitable gift planning. 

Executive Committee
Lynn Malzone Ierardi
Chair
Lynn Malzone Ierardi
Chair

Lynn Malzone Ierardi, J.D. has been in the estate and gift planning field for more than 25 years. She has served as Director of Gift Planning for the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) since 2005 and on a limited basis as an independent gift planning consultant (www.GiftPlanningAdvisor.com, founded in 2002). Prior to joining Penn, she held gift planning positions in health and higher education, served as Vice President with the Merrill Lynch Center for Philanthropy and practiced estate planning and real estate law.

Lynn has been a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) since 1993 and is a past board member and past President of the Gift Planning Council of New Jersey (GPCNJ) and current board member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Philadelphia (PPPGP). She is a member of the CGP Leadership Institute and a regular faculty member for the Planned Giving Course offered by PPPGP. As a dynamic and highly rated speaker, Lynn has presented at conferences and meetings throughout the country on a variety of gift planning topics. Lynn is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, and is a Proud Penn Parent - times two!

Kent Weimer
Chair elect
Kent Weimer
Chair elect

 

Kent is Director of Trusts, Estates & Gift Planning at Parkland Foundation where he works with donors and their advisors to make estate gifts, create endowments or make donations with assets other than cash. His extensive expertise in institutional advancement comes from 40 years of experience in community based health care, higher education, cultural institutions, international healthcare, youth development and social service organizations.  Kent has been actively involved in CGP for 17 years including leadership roles at the Chicago Council of Planned Giving and the Dallas Council of CGP, where he is a past president.

Christy Butler Eckoff
Secretary
Christy Butler Eckoff
Secretary

CHRISTY BUTLER ECKOFF is the Managing Director, Philanthropic Counsel for Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. In this position, Christy is primarily responsible for developing the strategic direction for and successful implementation of the Foundation’s new investment product and comprehensive planned and major giving programs including work with professional advisors and acceptance and liquidation of complex assets.

Most recently, Christy served as Senior Director of Gift Planning at Georgia State University. Christy is President of the Georgia Planned Giving Council and the past-President of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) – Greater Atlanta Chapter. She is a former trustee of The Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta. She is also a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta and served on the Georgia State University Advancement of Women Staff Steering Committee. Christy is a graduate of Duke University, earned her J.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and LL.M. in Taxation at the University of Washington. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Christy is also a CAP® - Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

Christy's previous experience also includes serving as clerk for a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and working for a large law firm specializing in divorce, tax and estate planning in Greensboro, NC. Christy held development positions at UPLIFT, Inc. and Duke University before moving to Seattle, Washington. In Seattle, she performed legal and nonprofit consulting, and practiced at a boutique law firm specializing in complex tax shelter defense, estate planning and white collar criminal defense. Christy is a member of the bar in North Carolina and inactive member of the bar in Washington.

Jon Abrams
Treasurer
Jon Abrams
Treasurer

Jon Abrams serves as Director, Gift Planning for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Divisions for the American Red Cross.  He leads, coaches and supports a team of 7 gift planning officers in raising planned gifts to support the Red Cross’ humanitarian mission. Jon joined the Red Cross in 2007.  Prior to his current appointment, Jon held executive fundraising positions at educational and health institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Brown University and Joslin Diabetes Center.  He also worked as a financial advisor at Smith Barney and as director of product development at Fidelity Charitable.
 
Jon received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a law degree from Quinnipiac University.  He is a current member, past board member and past president of the Planned Giving Group of New England.

 

Kathy Kielar
Conference Chair
Kathy Kielar
Conference Chair

Kathy has more than 15 years of experience in planned and major giving. For the last nine years, she has been with WTTW in Chicago, one of the most watched PBS stations in the nation and WFMT, a fine arts radio station heard across the globe. In her current position as Senior Director of Planned and Major Gifts, Kathy leads the planned giving program, the major giving annual funds, the matching gifts program, and the WFMT on-air pledge drive, which has just had its most successful year to date.

During her tenure, she has developed a successful marketing program to grow planned giving and appointed a planned giving advisory committee of esteemed professional advisors, which has resulted in tripling the membership base. She also initiated a successful rebranding campaign, naming the giving society after a prominent trustee and PBS leader, Newton N. Minow.

Prior to this, Kathy served at the Alzheimer’s Association where she developed planned giving programs for 14 chapters throughout the Great Lakes region. 

Kathy is the most recent past president of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving board of directors and current chair of the nominating committee. She also has been a speaker on numerous panels for CCPG and participated in their outreach program as a mentor. She has been involved with the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and was recently appointed to the PBS National Planned Giving Advisory Council.

Meryl R. Cosentino
Conference Chair elect
Meryl R. Cosentino
Conference Chair elect

Meryl R. Cosentino, J.D. has more than 30 years of estate and gift planning experience, and is currently the Senior Director of Gift Planning at Stony Brook University. Meryl joined the Stony Brook Advancement team after spending five years as the Director of Planned Giving at St. Francis Hospital. Prior to that, Meryl honed her philanthropic skills at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island.


As a practicing attorney, Meryl specialized in representing parents of children with disabilities and it was this work (tailoring estate plans to meet the specialized needs of her clients) that sparked her interest in pursuing a career in Gift Planning. Meryl is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (NACGP), and has been a faculty lecturer at the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning in 2011 and 2015. 
Locally, Meryl is just completing her two-year term as President of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY), and has also served PPGGNY as Vice President from 2013-2015, as the Programs Chair from 2011-2014, and as the Co-Chair of Planned Giving Day in 2014 and 2015.  


Meryl received her B.A. from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. With a dramatically shortened commute Meryl now has time to spend with her family and enjoys quilting, baking and time in front of the TV cheering on the NY Giants and NY Rangers. Meryl is also delighted to share that she is now a certified Spinning instructor!

 

Board Members
Carlos Byrne
Carlos Byrne

Carlos Byrne is Vice President, National Director, Donor Advised Fund Services for BNY Mellon Wealth Management . In this role, he manages client relationship teams responsible for the oversight and administration of planned giving programs.  Carlos also oversees the operations of the BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund – a donor advised fund. Prior to BNY Mellon, Carlos worked at Time Warner as a district human resources manager.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Baruch College. Carlos is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Planned Giving Group of New England.

Penny Cowden
Penny Cowden

Penny began her career at Weyerhaeuser Company, a Fortune 500 Forest Products company operating in eighteen countries, in marketing, communications and business development.

Penny has specialized in healthcare philanthropy for over twenty years holding senior level positions at major health systems and institutions in Washington, Colorado, Virginia and Arizona. 

Currently, Penny holds the position of executive director of Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation in Astoria, Oregon where she is responsible for board development, strategic planning, operations and managing a comprehensive development program to support numerous programs and services. 

Penny is also the president of philanthropy212 a company that specializes in customized approaches to raising money through transformational philanthropy.  She has consulted with numerous not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States, providing customized growth strategies, creative services and program development.

Penny earned her Bachelor’s from Portland State University and Masters Degree from Washington State University.  She holds the CFRE designation and has earned advanced certification as a Fellow in the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP).

She has received numerous awards for community service and is a member of the National Chamber of Commerce, the Public Relations Society of America, the American Hospital Association, the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, The Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

David S. Disend
David S. Disend

I have planned, led, and executed fundraising campaigns that have achieved over $1.5 billion in fundraising success.  I and my teams have amassed 27 CASE and IABC awards, including twice winning, as CAO, the CASE award for most improved fundraising effort.

My first professional job was as an English teacher, at a school for kids who had been unsuccessful in other schools. I entered the administrative ranks when I was named academic dean of that school in my first year of teaching.  My start in fundraising launched when the school asked me to head their first capital campaign in 20 years.

After a decade of service to independent schools, I entered the world of higher ed.  I rose to the rank of vice president before I turned 40, and I served as a college and university vice president for over 15 years.

My work led me to major and planned giving work at national charities.  At the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I increased annual legacy giving from $1.5M to over $25M in gift assets received and documented expectancies.  We completed a $200M campaign that sailed past its goal with $327M in gifts and pledges, where $108M, 33% of the total, came from planned gifts. 

I currently serve as a philanthropy and management consultant for one of the oldest fundraising consulting firms in the world, Brakeley Briscoe International.

In service to the profession, I have served as the president of the San Francisco AFP chapter (then a six-year president-elect to past-president process), and I also served on the AFP International board for three years.  Grateful for the success of my career, I have tried to give back by nurturing and encouraging the future generations of professionals.  Concerned that philanthropy will not achieve its full opportunity if its workforce of development professionals does not look more like the communities they serve, I led the effort to establish AFP’s Diverse Communities Scholarship program.  I chaired the fundraising effort for those scholarships for two years, and I was pleased to create and endow my own David Disend and 馬奔 Diverse Communities Scholarship.

I enjoy cooking, reading and hiking, particularly in national parks around the world.  

Brigit Kavanagh
Brigit Kavanagh

Brigit Kavanagh is a founding partner of Kavanagh Rhomberg LLP and for over a decade has focused on the laws of nonprofit organizations and charitable gift planning, advising charities, foundations, and their donors on nonprofit tax, trust, and corporate law. Prior to launching Kavanagh Rhomberg LLP, Brigit practiced with the San Francisco law firm of Adler & Colvin, handling a range of matters for public charities, private foundations, and charitable donors.

Brigit has expertise in complex private foundation matters, such as set asides, out of corpus distributions, program related investments, and international grant-making, as well as public charities and charitable gift planning matters, such as endowments, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, donor advised funds, and supporting organizations.

Prior to attending law school, Brigit was the director of the land acquisitions and education programs for Save-the-Redwoods League in San Francisco. Brigit also served as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Cameroon, where she taught English.

Brigit is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University, where she co-teaches Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving in the LLM in Taxation program. She is also a contributing and update author for Continuing Education of the Bar’s (CEB) treatises on the charitable giving chapters of California Estate Planning, Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts, and California Will Drafting. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as charitable gift planning, endowments, and many aspects of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

Brigit is on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Planned Giving Council. She is also member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the American Bar Association, the Marin County Bar Association, and the San Francisco Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in California.

Michelle E. Mancini
Michelle E. Mancini

Michelle is the Senior Director, Wealth Consultant for the American Cancer Society.  Working for their Global Headquarters, Michelle oversees planned giving efforts for North, Northwest and Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. In addition, Michelle serves as the Wealth Consultant for the American Cancer Society planned giving team Nationwide.  She works with many Planned Giving Directors around the country on training, mentorship, and special gifts and initiatives.  In her role, she works to secure funding for the ACS’s life-saving mission and advance their efforts in cancer research, patient services, prevention, early detection, and advocacy.  She joined the American Cancer Society in 2005 as an Executive Assistant for the Planned Giving Business Unit. 

Michelle became a Director with the Planned Giving Business Unit in 2007.  She then moved into the Senior Director role. In 2008, she received the ACS Rookie of the Year Award and Nationwide Integration Award.  She was also the recipient of the ACS High Achiever Award in 2015 and the ACS Summit Award in 2012 and 2014.  In 2014, 2016, and 2018, Michelle was named the ACS National Director of the Year.  She was also the recipient of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 ACS National Top Performer Award.

Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Michelle was the Campaign Coordinator for the Cincinnati Clean Indoor Air Coalition.  She currently sits on the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council Board of Directors as well as serving as Past President of the Board.  She is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.  She is also a member of the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council, the Cleveland Estate Planning Council and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.  She serves as a Board member of both the Xavier University’s Women of Excellence Council and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Michelle graduated cum laude from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Business Administration.  She is an avid traveler and has completed numerous international volunteer trips around the world.

 

Cynthia A. Randazzo
Cynthia A. Randazzo

Cynthia Randazzo is the President & CEO of The Research Foundation and Cass Community Health Foundation. Ms. Randazzo is responsible for the day-to-day operation of these two Foundations and their community programs. She is also responsible for directing and implementing all fund development activities. 

Prior to her current position, she served as Vice President of Development from 1995 to 2003 for Research Medical Center, Research Belton Hospital and Research College of Nursing. 

She has 30 years of not-for-profit management and fund raising experience, including annual campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation solicitation, and special events.  Ms. Randazzo has secured major gifts in the $25,000 to $1 million ranges.

She has served on the Mid-America Planned Giving Council board of directors since 2012 serving as President in 2016. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Kansas City Leave a Legacy Program in 1999.  Other professional organizations include Nonprofit Connect (formerly Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy), Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid-America Chapter and Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. She currently holds the CFRE credential which designates her as a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

In her volunteer time, she is active with St. Elizabeth School and Church establishing and chairing their largest fundraising event and serving as the school's PTA President. She currently serves on the Finance Committee for the Church, which is conducting a capital campaign where Ms. Randazzo is serving on the lead gift committee. She has also been a Girl Scout leader from 2007 to present currently working with high school girls working toward their Gold Awards, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

She is married and has two daughters and lives in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Ed Sandifer
Ed Sandifer

Ed Sandifer serves as the Planned and Major Gifts Officer for the Indianapolis Zoo, joining the Zoo in 2002. Since 1999, Ed has served in the philanthropic sector managing charitable gift issues involving bequests, trusts, annuities, insurance, securities, and real estate. Prior to joining the Zoo, Ed served as the first Director of Planned Giving at Marian College (now Marian University) in Indianapolis, while concurrently serving as Assistant Counsel to the Indiana State Senate. Before entering the not-for-profit sector, Ed worked in the private practice of law focusing on estate planning, probate, real estate, and family law matters. Ed serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and he is a member and past president of the Charitable Gift Planners Indiana Chapter. Ed is also a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and serves on the board of directors of its Indiana Chapter. Ed is active as a community volunteer, including service with Boy Scout Troop 131 in Carmel, and Grace Church in Noblesville. Ed received his B.A. degree from Indiana University in 1989 and his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 1992.

Kelli Smith
Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith joined Saint Mary's Foundation in 2011 shortly after arriving in Grand Rapids. In her role as Senior Special Gifts Officer, Kelli is responsible for leading the development and implementation of major and planned giving strategies to increase overall philanthropic support to Mercy Health Saint Mary's. Kelli serves as the Foundation's liaison for several fund development committees, providing support and direction to key volunteer stakeholders and clinical allies. Kelli's professional and community affiliations include:

  • Catholic Charities of West Michigan, Board of Directors, Vice President, Executive Committee – 2013-present
  • Western Michigan Planned Giving Group, Board President – 2016-2017; Ex-officio 2/2017 and Nominating Committee Chairperson
  • Trinity Health Systems Philanthropy Planned Giving Committee – 2015-current
  • East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, Campaign Co-chair – 2017-current
  • Greater Grand Rapids Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. 2011-2014, 2016-present
  • Crew Board, Corresponding Secretary, East Grand Rapids High School Rowing Team – 2015-16
  • Lake Michigan Academy, Fund Development Committee 2014-2016
  • Leadership Grand Rapids, Class of 2015
  • Kentwood Community Church, Board of Elders 2013-2015
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Member
  • Association of Health Care Philanthropy (AHP) Member

Prior to joining Mercy Health Saint Mary's, Kelli served as a Senior Major Gifts Officer at Beaumont Hospital's Foundation, after spending more than a decade in academic advancement. Kelli is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy with a Master of Science in Health Services Administration. 

Kelli enjoys being active and spending time with husband, Chris, daughter, Kaja (18), son, Koda (15), family and great friends. 

 

Nathan Stelter
Nathan Stelter

Nathan Stelter is vice president of business development and marketing for The Stelter Company, a leading source for gift planning marketing for the nonprofit community. The Stelter Company, which was founded in 1962, currently serves more than 1,400 organizations nationally with a staff of over 100 individuals. The home office is located in Des Moines, Iowa, with regional representation in Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Ill.; Asheville, NC; Boston, MA; Washington, DC and Denver, Colo.

Nathan’s responsibilities include a little bit of everything…from product development, strategic partnerships and marketing consultation to client services and corporate marketing. His primary concentration and passion is overseeing Stelter's consulting and marketing teams and using his expertise to develop distinct marketing solutions for Stelter clients that connect with donors and provide results for the organization.

Nathan’s expertise places him in high demand as a lecturer at national and regional industry meetings on gift planning marketing trends and cutting-edge donor and fundraising research. He has been quoted in Planned Giving Today, Advancing Philanthropy and other trade publications and is a past board member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council (Washington, DC) and current member of the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council.

Nathan is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. degree in marketing.  When not at his Stelter desk, Nathan enjoys spending time with his growing family, CrossFit, playing soccer, bicycling and being a loyal Iowa Hawkeye fan. He and his wife, Nora, have relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, after spending eight years in Alexandria, Va.  They are the proud parents of 11-year-old Benjamin Hawkeye, 8-year-old Brody and 6-year-old Brynn along with three Brussels Griffon puppies, Lola, Bubbles and Fergus.

 

 

William Strickland
William Strickland

William Strickland, JD, CSPG, strengthens the communities of Los Angeles through effective philanthropy and civic engagement by partnering with business managers, CPAs, entertainment industry advisors and non-profit organizations through his duties as Senior Development Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF). Prior to joining CCF, William served as the Associate Director of Gift Planning for The Nature Conservancy.  He has demonstrated a proven ability to work with varied advisors, organizations and communities from his successful careers in finance as Vice President of Trust Administration at Bank of America and in the performing arts as a professional dancer.  William is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Law, for which he formerly served as a board member of the King Hall Alumni Association. William is also a past President of the Partnership of Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles (PPP-LA).

Kimberley Valentine
Kimberley Valentine

I have worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years having begun this incredible journey at the Palm Springs Desert Museum in 1995 as a volunteer. I was encouraged to take the job of Director of Planned Giving back in 1997 and soon found myself learning about planned gifts through the great talents who initiated us all in the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving program at Cal State Long Beach. I feel very fortunate to have been in one of the early classes and still count my colleagues from the original “Fun Bus” as my best friends in our industry.

My path ultimately brought me back into the greater LA area and how lucky I have been to represent The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Scripps College and now the LA Phil in a variety of roles centered on legacy and creating philanthropy around these most amazing institutions. The LA Phil calls two iconic venues in Southern California home: Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA for our winter season and the Hollywood Bowl in the summer. Having music in one’s life on an almost daily basis is a life full of riches.

Along the way I have fostered my sense of giving back and been active at the local level, serving as Cochair for two years at the Western Regional Planned Giving Conference in Southern California, Presidentelect, President and now Immediate Past President of the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners. It gives me great pleasure to work with, learn from, and when I can, mentor some of the greatest professionals in the world.

Additionally, I serve on a number of non-profit boards here in the LA area, including Mt. San Antonio Gardens Retirement Community and Camerata Pacifica. I live in Altadena just above Pasadena, spend time in Arizona and points north and south in California and travel by small plane whenever possible. Dakota, the 9 ½ year old Golden keeps me company on long walks and hikes and someday soon I shall fill my spare time as a private fiduciary. Until then, I love being engaged in the power of planned gifts both for our institutions and most especially for our donors. Kimberley Valentine Director, Leadership Gifts Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners 

Raymond W. Watts
Raymond W. Watts

Raymond W. Watts, CFRE, CSPG, is Associate Vice President and Senior Philanthropic Advisor at the University of Redlands, and has served the University since 2002. Ray manages the Development team at the University, and oversees all University philanthropic outreach efforts, working closely with Trustees, the President and the Vice President for University Relations to achieve organizational goals.  Before assuming the role of AVP at Redlands in 2007, Ray served for 5 years as Director of Development, overseeing the major gift fundraising for the historic Centennial Campaign.

 

Prior to coming to Redlands, Ray spent 7 years at his alma mater, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles, spending the last 4 years as Director of Annual and Special Campaigns.  Prior to this role, Ray served as Director of University Relations Administration, overseeing special events, donor stewardship and worked closely with the Vice President of University Relations.

 

Ray received a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from LMU and a Masters in Business Administration from LMU with an emphasis in management.  Ray received CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification in 1999, CSPG (Certified Specialist in Planned Giving) certification in 2014 and has presented at multiple conferences on varying topics relating to development and management.  He is also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business at the University of Redlands, teaching undergraduate and graduate-level classes on management, leadership, change and working with students on their capstone projects.

 

Ray lives in Redlands, California with his wife, Judi, their 17-year old daughter Haven, 14-year old son Logan and 9-year-old daughter Clare.  His interests include volunteer activities, coaching, golfing, reading, community theater and spending time with friends and family.

 

Marion Yongue
Marion Yongue

Marion Yongue is Associate Vice President of University Development for University of South Florida Foundation, Inc. Over the past 6 years, he has been honored to work with donors who have included the University of South Florida in their philanthropic plans. He is responsible for the marketing of planned gifts, and soliciting/cultivating major and planned gifts.

Marion has more than 15 years of professional experience in the areas of major gifts, estate planning, non-profit management and donor focused fundraising. His career began at Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation working with grateful patients, faculty and staff.

Marion received a B.A. in accounting from the University of South Florida. In 2016, he earned the designation of Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College.

In addition to serving as the past President of the Charitable Gift Planners of Tampa Bay, Marion is also member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Suncoast Estate Planning Council, the Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council and the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council.