AFP South-Eastern Ontario 2017-2018 Board Members Bios
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. Shannon is the Director of Leadership Philanthropy 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.
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.
Jessica Duggan, CFRE
Jessica’s fundraising career began quite by accident 16 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 in the Class and Annual Giving portfolio at Smith School of Business. She spent over four years in the Development office at Smith lastly as Director of Development and Alumni Relations, overseeing the class, annual giving and alumni relations portfolios and managing her own major gift portfolio. Now at Smith for over five years, Jessica is the Director of Strategic Planning & New Initiatives. In her four years on the AFP SEO Board, Jessica has chaired the Conference, been Chapter Treasurer and is now Secretary. 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.
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 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.
Krista is in her 7th annual campaign with Easter Seals Ontario after transitioning out of the world of Hospitality and Tournament Management and Conference and Hotel Sales. Krista has lived in Kingston for 13 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 events, major gifts for her region and grant writing along with managing volunteers, donor relations, and everything else her small shop office throws at her; all is support of children and youth with physical disabilities in the SEO region. Krista is a proud Rotarian and Director with the Rotary Club of Kingston, a Chamber of Commerce member, active with the Kingston Ringette Association, 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 NPD Awards Committee, Co-Chairing the 2017 Conference Committee and for 2018 will be Chairing the National Philanthropy Day Gala.
Kara formally started her career in the not-for-profit world recently in 2016 upon graduating with an advanced diploma in Business Administration – Marketing from St. Lawrence College. However, the informal beginning of her passion for the sector was evident at a much younger age, at around 15 years of age she traveled out of country for the first time to volunteer for Hurricane Katrina Relief. Since then, a drive to complete meaningful work has guided her career and continued dedication to volunteer work. She began her official journey in fundraising as a TD Fellow in Advancement with St. Lawrence College for a one year period where she deepened her skills and passion for the sector. Leading up to this opportunity and during her studies, Kara held multiple part-time positions as a student in the Alumni & Development Office; gaining experience with each role in the area of development. Having now completed her one year fellowship in the industry, she has demonstrated her knowledge and ability in variety of areas; from alumni & donor engagement, to solicitation and stewardship. Kara is now the Annual Giving Officer for St. Lawrence College; a position developed as a result of her work as a fellow. Kara has volunteered for a number of local non-for-profit organizations throughout the years, including as an AFP Conference Committee Member in 2017, and will be Co-Chairing the upcoming 2018 Conference Committee.
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.
Heather got her feet wet in the fundraising world as a volunteer, which sparked a passion for giving back to the community. Her volunteer experience led to her role at United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington. United Way works to strengthen lives by bringing together businesses, labour, individuals, government, and funders – to raise funds in support of a network of social service and health agencies. Through her role as Campaign Director, Heather is involved with all things campaign - organizing community events, engaging affinity groups, managing volunteers, delivering training, and with the help of an incredible campaign team, providing support to over 350 workplace campaigns. Last year, over 55,000 people benefited from United Way funded agencies thanks to the generosity of the Kingston community. Heather is passionate about building a strong community and is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with the amazing volunteers, organizations and agencies that make KFL&A great!
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