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Chapter Member Spotlight

August 2017 Member Spotlight: Jeff Schneider
 

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1. Tell us about your role in the fundraising field.
I work in the Development Office of the Archdiocese of Dubuque working as the Associate Development Director. Not only do I work for the Archdiocese directly doing a wide range of fundraising related duties, but I also provide support and resources to the parishes, schools and cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. In my role, I also have the opportunity to work with two other non-profits, the Catholic Foundation for the Archdiocese of Dubuque(CFAD) and the Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future School Tuition Organization(Our Faith STO).
2. How long have you been in the fundraising profession and how did you get into it?
I have been in the fundraising profession since December of 2014. Like a lot of people in the fundraising profession, I had never really thought about fundraising as a career, but I've found it to be a great fit for me personally.
3. Why did you get involved with AFP?
Being new to Dubuque in 2014, I had been looking for ways to network in Dubuque. It was timely that one of the board members for the Catholic Foundation(Barb Potts) is an AFP Tri-States member and suggested that I join the chapter as a way to network and gain knowledge of the profession.
4. What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?
Speaking as someone who is still new to the fundraising field, the networking and idea sharing have been the most valuable pieces for me. All of the AFP members I have met at chapter events have all been very willing to share their experiences, materials and expertise with me and others, which has been great.
5. Share a random fact about yourself!
In my mid-twenties, I had the opportunity to live in Honolulu, Hawaii for a year. It was an awesome experience, but it was too far from home to stay forever.

 

July 2017 Member Spotlight: Kari Nickol
 

K.Nickol 21. Tell us about your role in the fundraising field.

Currently, I am the Director of Institutional Advancement for Holy Family Catholic Schools.  I direct all external activities for the school system, including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and public relations. I have been with Holy Family now for almost a year and it amazes me every day the dedication and loyalty the community has for our system and I am proud to be a part of it and help this organization flourish.

2. How long have you been in the fundraising profession and how did you get into it? 
 
My career in fundraising began in 2008 at Clarke University.  Honestly, a career in Fundraising was something that I never even gave a thought of. At the time, I was working as an Advertising Account Executive at the Telegraph Herald and Clarke was one of my accounts. They were restructuring their Development Office and were looking to hire a Major Gifts Officer.  Having become familiar with the school and considering the position, it seemed like a perfect fit for me.  Building relationships with individuals and businesses was the forefront of my position at the TH and to be able to carry that over to Clarke in a fundraising capacity was a great opportunity.  Now, almost 10 years later, I’ve enjoyed what this career has done for me professionally and personally. 
 
3. Why did you get involved with AFP?

I became involved in AFP when I first began my fundraising career to learn more about the industry and to network with and learn from members who were at varying points in their fundraising career.
4. What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?
 
The most valuable part of my AFP membership is knowing that there is always something that I can learn from a fellow AFP member.  Even though I have been in this profession for some time now, there is always room for growth.  Knowing I have a network of fundraising professionals in the local area that I can call on for advice or feedback is invaluable.
5. Share a random fact about yourself! 

I reigned as Queen for a year. Little League Baseball Tournament Queen, that is!  But still, in 1990, as a 9-year-old, that’s a pretty big deal! I was Miss Luxemburg for the Little Miss Queen pageant for the Little League tournament in Holy Cross, which has been going on now for over 40 years.  Ten girls from surrounding communities represented their town and I represented Luxemburg. While there was no formal wear or talent competition, each girl was interviewed by a panel of judges for them to decide.  I received a crown, sash, and trophy, which I still have today! 

 

June 2017 Member Spotlight: Karen Tuecke
 

 

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1. Tell us about your role in the fundraising field.

My role is the Partners in Mission Coordinator with the Sisters of the Presentations of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM). My responsibilities are to focus on building partners (donor relations) and re-igniting support. I find my profession to be delightful, as everyday is something or someone new to work with. 
 
2. How long have you been in the fundraising profession and how did you get into it? 

I feel I have been in a philanthropist all of my life. At age 13 my aunt, also a fundraising professional, asked me to assist with a golf event. I fell in love with the profession at that very moment. All though my college years I volunteered, but when I went out to the workforce, I found myself at a for profit company in corporate America. I knew this was not the place for me. After nine years in corporate America, I transitioned into a fundraising role. I would never change my decision for making the transition and absolutely love working in philanthropy!
 
3. Why did you get involved with AFP?

My mentor, Sister Dolores Ullrich, OSF encouraged me to become engaged in nonprofit activities. Through her, I met Sister Kate Katoski, OSF and one of the original members for the AFP Greater Tri-State Chapter and she encouraged me to join for the education, networking and resources. I joined in late 2005 or early 2006, per her guidance. 
 
4. What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

The opportunity for continual professional development. AFP offers so many opportunities to learn more about the industry, changes in the not for profit world and how to excel. Who wouldn't want to be a part of the AFP! 
 
5. Share a random fact about yourself! 

When I was in college, I was an NCAA swimmer on the men's team. We did not have a women's team at the time, so by my senior year, we created one. We had four swimmers, I was the backstroke, and were the second best in the country!

 

 

May 2017 Member Spotlight: Kyle Collins

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Tell us about your role in the fundraising field.

My role as donor relations representative with Sisters of Charity, BVM focuses on donor relations and data analytics.

How long have you been in the fundraising profession and how did you get into it? 

I was an intern in the development office at Clarke University and when I graduated last year I began my current job in fundraising.

 Why did you get involved with AFP?

I was introduced by a few of my coworkers. Everyone was friendly and opened networking opportunities to get a great start in fundraising.

 What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

I think the most important part of my membership is the ability to be a part of a team and make an impact.

 Share a random fact about yourself! 

I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration and will graduate this time next year.


April 2017 Member Spotlight: Liz Heins

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1. Tell us about your role in the fundraising field.

I am currently the director of the Dyersville Health Foundation.

2. How long have you been in the fundraising profession and how did you get into it? 

I got into this field first as a volunteer for the Ohnward Fine Arts Center.  In 2006, when they needed an interim director, they asked me if I would step into that role.  I agreed.  I was in that role for three years.  It was a one person office, so I was handling everything from grant writing to annual fund to events and anything else that needed to be done.  I loved every minute of it.  In 2010, I started working for Mercy as director of the Dyersville Health Foundation.  Again, this is a one person office so I get to do a lot of different things.  Sometimes it can be crazy, but I really enjoy the variety of work and the challenge of keeping all the plates spinning.

3. Why did you get involved with AFP?

With no formal training in this field, I was looking for a professional organization that would provide education and networking opportunities.

4. What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?

Education – I just got my CFRE in 2016, and expect I'll be able to get most of my CEU's through workshops and seminars offered by AFP.  I also really enjoy networking with others in this field and sharing experiences.  I learn a lot from the other members.

5. Share a random fact about yourself! 

I was ranked  #1 on my high school tennis team my junior and senior year.