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AFP South-Eastern Ontario 2016-2017 Board Members Bios

Tim Brown CFRE

Tim has been involved in the not for profit world for over 16 years. With a range of experience in development and association management he has led large and small organizations to achieve their goals. Initially and through progressive roles, he worked for six years in health care development, originating at Niagara General Hospital and culminating as Chief Development Officer at Kingston’s Providence Care. Tim then served for three years as Executive Director for the Canadian Yachting Association, restructuring the national organization for sailing and leading the Olympic Sailing Team to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2008 Tim established his independent consulting services working with a range of organizations locally and at a distance. In 2011, he served as Senior Director Resource Development for Hamilton Burling ton’s United Way, raising their highest combined campaign goal on record ($6.95 M). More recently Tim served as the Director of Development for Albert College in 2011, assessing capital campaign readiness. He has been the Executive Director for the joint School Boards’ Food Sharing Project for three years. Tim co-ordinates the resource development, management, supply and weekly distribution of more than six tons of food, to 95 schools across the region. Tim has served on the AFP SEO Board since 2002 and was granted his CFRE designation in 2003.


Shannon Coull CFRE

Shannon's career as a fundraiser began in 1986 when she started working in the arts with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and then the Royal Ontario Museum when she focused on Corporate and Foundation Relations.  Shannon began to focus on individual major, corporate and foundations giving in 2006 when she joined the University of Toronto, School of Medicine's development team.  In 2008, Shannon and her young family moved to Prince Edward County, where she was retained by Queen's University to help fundraise for the Faculty of Health Sciences and played a significant role in securing funds to help build the new School of Medicine Building, a $77 million initiative that received funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the balance funded through private donations. Since 2011, Shannon has served as the Associate Director of Major Gifts for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and is helping the Foundation to secure $65 million toward the Extraordinary People, Innovative Health Care campaign.  Shannon received her CFRE designation in 2016, is an active volunteer and plays many roles on boards such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Ontario and the County Clippers Basketball Association.


Jen Laurette

Jen is the Associate Director, Development and Alumni Relations at the Queen's School of Business. Immediately prior to this Jen held the position of Senior Development Officer at UNICEF Canada in Toronto.   Jen has spent the most of her career working with higher education institutions in her home province of Nova Scotia where she held positions as Senior Development Officer at Dalhousie University, Advancement Officer at the Nova Scotia Community College, and as Alumni & Development Officer at her alma mater - the University of King's College. Throughout her moves Jen has been an active member of AFP and an avid volunteer in her community.  She has served on several boards including JazzEast Rising and Prescott Group, chaired the Canadian Cancer Society's Halifax Relay for Life event for three years, and also spent time volunteering with organization such as Raising the Roof, Community Living Toronto, and the HALTR program.


Jessica Duggan, CFRE

Jessica’s fundraising career began quite by accident 15 years ago when a post graduate PR internship turned into a full time job at Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.  After four years of increasing responsibility in the events department and hundreds of signature and third-party events under her belt, she left to broaden her fundraising knowledge.  Heading back to her roots in the Niagara region, Jessica briefly worked with the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation before joining the $100 million capital campaign team at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.  Starting as a Campaign Coordinator and moving into roles as Development Officer and Senior Development Officer, Jessica spent six years at HHSF working in a number of portfolios including major gifts, stewardship and leadership giving.  A move to Kingston after an extended maternity leave found Jessica shifting gears from healthcare to education as a Relationship Manager for Class and Annual Giving at Smith School of Business.  Now at Smith for over four years, Jessica is the Director of Development & Alumni Relations, overseeing the class, annual giving and alumni relations portfolios and managing her own major gift portfolio.  Jessica was the co-chair of the 2015 AFP SEO Conference and is now in her second year as Treasurer for the Chapter.  In addition, Jessica is the founder of 100 Kids Who Care Kingston; created as a way to actively engage kids in helping their community through their treasure, talent and time.


Krista LeClair

Krista began her fundraising career with Easter Seals Ontario over 5 years ago after transitioning out of the world of Hospitality and Tournament Management and Conference and Hotel Sales.  Krista has lived in Kingston for 12 years and is happy to call South Eastern Ontario home.  Krista is the Senior Development Officer and sole staff for Easter Seals Ontario in the South Eastern Ontario region.  In her current role Krista manages large and small events and grant writing along with managing volunteers, donor relations, and everything else her small shop office throws at her.  Krista is a proud Rotarian, Chamber of Commerce member, sits on the Board for the Kingston Ringette Association, is a member of the Kingston Women's Network, and volunteers in the community as often as possible.  Krista is passionate about philanthropy and community.  Krista has been a member of AFP SEO since 2013 sitting on the 2015 NDP Awards Committee and now co-chairing the 2017 Conference Committee.


Begoña Pereira

Begoña cut her teeth in fundraising back in 2001 at McGill University, where she joined the Development and Alumni Relations team and learned both the art and the science of fundraising. In 2007, Begoña decided to leave her beloved hometown of Montreal to seek a simpler life in Kingston, where she is proud to have been part of the very successful $72 million capital campaign at University Hospitals Kingston Foundation in support of Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care. In 2013, Begoña decided to return to her roots in educational fundraising and joined the Queen’s University’s Annual Giving team. Today, she is Associate Director of Annual Giving where she manages a dynamic and innovative team of fundraisers. Begoña has been on the organizing committee for AFPSEO National Philanthropy Day conferences for many years. As this year’s Co-Chair of our Annual Conference, Begoña looks forward to putting together another rich and diverse line up of speakers for our AFPSEO Conference in May 2016.


Cicely Johnston

Cicely is a Relationship Manager, Annual and Reunion Class Giving at Smith School of Business at Queen's University. Previous to this role, Cicely worked within Queen's Annual Giving, both as a student caller and as the Development Officer, Telefundraising.  Cicely graduated from Queen's in 2012, and in 2013 successfully obtained her Professional Fundraising Certificate from Boston University.  In addition to spending free time at her family's marina in the 1000 Islands, Cicely sits on the Board of Directors for AFP South Eastern Ontario and Save the River a non-profit environmental organization based out of Clayton, N.Y.


Jessica Robson

Jessica Robson has been in the philanthropic sector for over eight years and is currently the Manager of Funds Development at the YMCA of Kingston. Jessica got her start in fundraising working with the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta where her passion for connecting with people who want to change the world with community needs was sparked. Following a cross-country adventure to Kingston to follow her true love, Jessica joined the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation working with an inspiring group of fundraisers on the $72-million Together We Can Campaign to redevelop Kingston's hospitals. Before moving to the Y, Jessica built experience working in Donor Relations and Direct Mail. She now focuses on meeting the philanthropic needs of Major Gift donors and managing a small fundraising and communications team.


Lisa Sykes CFRE

Lisa is the Government Relations Chair for the AFP-SEO chapter, as role she’s held since 2012. Lisa is a Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts with the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University. She has been with Queen’s for five years. Prior to moving to Kingston, Lisa spent three years with St. John’s Rehab Hospital working in major and planned gifts as well as strategic communications. Lisa holds an honours BA from Queen’s and received her CFRE designation in 2013.


Jessica Kostuck

Jessica began her fundraising career, aptly enough, at the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada. After three amazing years in Toronto, Jessica moved to Kingston in 2014, where she worked as a Fundraising Specialist for Easter Seals Ontario. In her current role as Data Analyst, Annual Giving for Queen’s University, Jessica develops analytical approaches and tools to support strategic decision-making in all Annual Giving programs. Jessica is a graduate of McGill University’s English Drama and Theatre program, and sits on the Board of Directors for Bad Dress Productions, a two-time Toronto Fringe award-winning indie theatre company. 


Rob Zuback

Rob started his career at Lakehead University in 1990 as a Development Officer on Lakehead's $19.2 million Share Our Northern Vision Campaign.  In 1994 Rob accepted the role of Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Lakehead where he would spend the next 14+ years.  In 2009 Rob joined the Canadian Red Cross - Ontario Zone as a Senior Manager of Philanthropy for Northern Ontario and between 2013-2014 also held the role of Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships.  After six successful years at the CRC, Rob returned to educational advancement in the role of Director of Alumni and Development at St. Lawrence College in 2015.  Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Rob graduated from Lakehead University in 1988 with an HBComm. (Marketing).  Rob has volunteered as a member of the CCAE-O board and as a long-time hockey coach in Thunder Bay.  Rob is an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and motorcyclist.


Melanie Barrett

Melanie is the Event Managment and Communications Coordinator at Albert College. Founded in 1857, Albert College is Canada's oldest co-educational boarding and day, independent school. Located in Belleville, Ontario, Albert College teaches students from Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 from the local community and over 20 nations around the world. Melanie has been working in the Advancement Office at Albert College for nine years and has worn many hats including her most recent roles; Marketing and Communications Coordinator and Acting Director of Advancement. Her current role involves managing all external events, including the school's 160th Anniversary in 2017, and producing major communication materials for the school. Melanie is a graduate of Loyalist College and the University of Ottawa and was introduced to fundraising while studying Public Relations at Loyalist College. This is Melanie's second term as a Board Member with AFPSEO as she held the Communications Chair in 2012.