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KIA JARMON

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Kia Jarmon works at the intersections of community, culture, crisis, and communication, guiding leaders, organizations, and systems on a pathway of improvement. Over the past 16 years, central to Jarmon’s work is studying and sharing how people are impacted by leadership decisions. Based in Nashville, in her everyday role Jarmon wears many hats: she leads boutique communications and community engagement consultancy, MEPR Agency; she is also founder and visionary for the Nonprofit Equity Collaborative; and she serves as philanthropy advisor of Give Black, Give Back the first effort from the Black Philanthropy Initiative in Middle Tennessee.

Through the lens of inclusion, Jarmon partners with high capacity leaders – in nonprofit, government, and the C-suite - on mission-driven, high impact initiatives to drive organization, community, or system changes. As a result of Jarmon’s commitment to the community and communications industry, she has been recognized by the 100 Black Women of Nashville with the Susan Short Jones Emerging Leader award, the Minority Business Center as the Minority Business of the Year, the Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum as the “Woman to Watch”, and the Nashville Business Journal’s “Top Forty Under 40” and “Women of Influence”, among others. Kia’s full bio can be viewed here.

 

Kia will bring an infectious, candidly caring energy to her keynote, and kick off an exciting day of sessions addressing innovation and disruption in the philanthropic sector.
 

SPEAKERS

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Jason Arbacheski

Jason Arbacheski serves as the Director of Gift Planning and Stewardship for the Chester County Community Foundation in West Chester where he develops and maintains working relationships with current fund advisors discussing their charitable priorities, charitable desires, and gift planning ideas while also identifying potential donors (individuals, families, businesses, and private foundations) and professional advisors for the purpose of attracting new endowed funds to the Foundation. Among primary responsibilities, Jason works to build the Planned Giving Legacy Society program through direct stewardship, helping facilitate the joy his donors experience through philanthropy and continue to work with regional nonprofit organizations regarding their legacy programs.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Jason spent the last several years as Director of Development for Community Volunteers in Medicine, Inc. (CVIM), a West Chester, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit comprehensive healthcare center serving low-income, uninsured families in the Southeast Pennsylvania region. Serving in this role since 2017, Jason’s chief responsibilities included developing fundraising strategies and individual and corporate fundraising, as well as establishing and maintaining comprehensive major gifts and planned giving programs, shepherding relationships with donors. Prior to joining CVIM, Jason spent 10 years at Main Line Health (MLH) working in several development and external affairs positions for the five-member hospital health system, where, starting in 2007, he joined Paoli Hospital Foundation in a development communications role, gaining additional responsibility in managing a portfolio of annual donors. In 2012, Jason became the lead for development special projects across MLH, continuing to manage a portfolio of annual donors and fundraising projects, while creating sustaining relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Scranton and recently earned his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation from The American College of Financial Services, King of Prussia. Jason volunteers as a Board member of the Association of Fundraising Professional Greater Philadelphia Chapter (AFP-GPC) and as a Judge for The Pennsylvania Society’s Benjamin Franklin Scholarship Award. 

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Leigh Ann Bridges

Leigh Ann Bridges is an accomplished nonprofit fundraiser with expertise in major gifts. In her current role as Executive Director of Regional Advancement for Villanova University, Leigh Ann oversees the University’s 5 region-based major gift offices in NYC, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and Washington DC. She holds an MA in Theatre and a BA in English from Villanova. Her previous fundraising positions include Playwrights Horizons (Manager of Individual Giving), Columbia University Medical Center (Director of Development), and St. Basil Academy (Director of Development). As a former theater performer, Leigh Ann enjoys the opportunity to guest lecture and participate on panels; she has presented on various topics within major gift fundraising and volunteer management.

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Tynetta Brown

Before joining Philanthropy Delaware, Tynetta served as the Director of Development and Marketing/Communications for the WRK Group (The Warehouse, REACH Riverside Development Corporation and Kingswood Community Center) and prior to the WRK Group, she was employed at United Way of Delaware as the Director of Community Impact as well as the Associate Director of Health. She also served as staff liaison on the Public Policy Committee, as an Ally to their PRIDE Council Affinity Group, which focused on LGBTQ+ youth, adult health, and workplace equity.

Ms. Brown has over 24 years of experience in the public health, corporate, and pharmaceutical sectors with demonstrated skills in strategic sponsorship development, relationship management, social marketing, and management of non-profit and government programs. Additionally, she has expertise in public policy and advocacy that emphasized health and economic equity. 

Awards and honors include Board Leadership Award recipient from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Delaware Today magazine’s 2017 Women in Business Award, and recognition by the Association of Black Cardiologists with the Commitment to Diversity and the Elimination of Health Care Disparities Award.

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Mariah Casias

Mariah Casias is Vice President of Learning and Evaluation at Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. Mariah comes to Philanthropy Network from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) at the University of Pennsylvania. As Social Impact Fellow, she managed the delivery and development of CHIP’s education programs and provided strategic support for communications and marketing. Previously Mariah served as Program Manager for the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at Wharton, where she implemented the selection process for the annual global social impact prize and managed the work and leadership development training of the Lipman Prize Fellows. Prior to joining Penn, Mariah worked in grantwriting and major gifts for the Science History Institute in Philadelphia and as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She is a graduate of Haverford College and received a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mark Chilutti

Mark Chilutti has raised over $35 million to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities during his 20+ year career at Magee Rehab Hospital in Philadelphia. His specialties are major and planned giving, and finding creative ways to help donors make an impact at this 83 bed specialty hospital.

He became a CFRE in 2006 and has recertified every 3 years since then. Mark is a distinguished public speaker and a frequent presenter for his local AFP Chapter, at AFP ICON and Spotlight Sessions, and AFP Global webinars. He became an Eagle Scout at the age of 14 and is still a top volunteer on all levels with the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a former wheelchair tennis player living with a spinal cord injury since 1996.

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Aleah Conlin

Aleah is a Senior Public Relations Account Manager at Slice Communications. Aleah’s career began in the nonprofit space and eventually led to work in planning and events, where she helped raise tens of thousands of dollars that were used to support a variety of nonprofit organizations such as providing 350 backpacks to children in the Philadelphia school district. During this experience, Aleah was regularly interviewed on WURD radio and other media outlets such as the Content Marketing Institute.

Through that work, Aleah discovered a passion for marketing and PR with mission-based organizations which guided her decision to invest in building her skills. She went on to pursue a Masters of Communication degree from Purdue University with a concentration in Public Relations and a certificate in strategic leadership.

Today Aleah puts her expertise and experience to work with a wide range of clients at Slice Communications including for-profit and non-profit. She has generated media coverage for software companies, educators, HR leaders, homelessness advocates,  healthcare organizations, and beyond. Aleah is a hustler and has secured media placements in some of the biggest media outlets such as Axios, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, SHRM, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and more.

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James Copes

James first started working with Tolsma Productions over a decade ago and has been its president since 2022. Helping organizations distill their objectives, and find the essence and soul behind their stories is not just one of his foremost strengths–but also something in which he takes great pleasure and pride. James has directed and produced effective and award-winning productions for nonprofit organizations across the country, helping to support causes from housing equity, to  LGBTQ+ rights to animal shelters. James also works with communications and development professionals to help them improve their own in-house production chops through Tolsma Productions’ teaching and consulting efforts. Always interested in sharing knowledge, James has presented on virtual events and video production for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, James lives in North Philly with his husband and two dogs.

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Jeremy Davies

Jeremy Davies has been with iWave for the past 15 years, and loves his current role as a Client Success Manager.  Working with hundreds of nonprofits around the globe, Jeremy has helped countless organizations in reaching their fundraising goals by assisting them with identifying new major gift prospects and funding opportunities found in iWave.  He grew up as part of a military family travelling the world and loves attending conferences to meet his clients in person.  Jeremy and his wife Kellie live in Stratford Prince Edward Island with their son Grayson and beloved dog Allie. 

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Julie Fink

Julie Fink is a seventeen-year veteran in nonprofit with experience in healthcare and social services. She currently is the Director of Development for Jefferson Health Foundation New Jersey. She serves as president of her local AFP chapter and a board member of a national animal assisted canine therapy nonprofit. She holds her bachelors in communications from Rider University, her masters in nonprofit management and philanthropy from Bay Path University and is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE). 

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Kelly Grattan

As a member of the Schultz & Williams consulting team, Kelly Grattan, Vice President, has worked with many social justice and community service organizations, cultural institutions, and independent schools. 


Kelly has more than 22 years of development experience with a variety of nonprofits, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Gesu School, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Susquehanna University, and Cabrini University. In her work at these organizations, she oversaw the operational aspects of the development function—database administration, donor stewardship, and prospect research—before moving into major gifts and chief development officer roles.


In addition to her work at S&W, Kelly was an instructor of master’s-level courses in philanthropy at Central Michigan University (CMU). She has also served as lead faculty and subject matter expert for leadership at Northcentral University (NCU), designing online course curricula for the master’s and doctoral business and organizational leadership programs, including development of the nonprofit management specialization. At NCU, she was also an instructor of master’s and doctoral business, public administration, nonprofit management, and organizational leadership courses.


Kelly is currently serving on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter (AFP-GPC) in the roles of Vice President of External Affairs and President Elect. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit management from The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University’s School of Business and a Blackbaud certification in Raiser’s Edge. Kelly has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2016 and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) from The American College of Financial Services since 2022.

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Robbe Healey

Robbe A. Healey, MBA, NHA, ACFRE, FAFP, Founding Member of Aurora Philanthropic Consulting, brings more than four decades of diverse experience, insight, and success to philanthropic fundraising consulting, strategic planning, board governance and non-profit organization management. Highly regarded and sought after, she has worked with more than 150 organizations.


A sector leader, she Chaired the Board of Directors of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Global and the AFP Global Ethics Committee.  Recognized for her expertise, AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter named her the 2001 Fundraising Executive of the Year, AFP Global awarded her the 2013 Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership and named her a 2021 AFP Global Distinguished Fellow (FAPF).  A member and past chair of the AFP Ethics Committee, she is currently CO-Chair of The AFP Code of Ethic Review Task Force.  LeadingAge tapped her to help establish the LeadingAge Philanthropy Network and Co-Chair the LeadingAge Philanthropy Cabinet. 


Her academic and professional qualifications include a BS in Education from Northeastern University, MBA from Villanova University, where she is an adjunct member of the Master of Public Administration faculty, ACFRE (Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive), Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrators License (NHA), AFP Master Trainer, and CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Faculty Star. 


Committed to community service, she is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Greater West Chester Sunrise, Past President and current Secretary of the Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary Foundation Board, Chair of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund Board, and Board member and Secretary of the Housing Partnership of Chester County. You will find her serving with the “Natural Lands Force of Nature” team every chance she gets.

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Elizabeth Hefner

With a decade of fundraising experience, Elizabeth has raised $14 Million as she seeks to be a thought leader focusing on engaging communities in conversations to create change and dignity.  Elizabeth became a CFRE in November 2020, an accomplishment made possible by the 2019 M. Jane Williams Professional Development Award from AFP-GPC and Shultz & William.

Currently, Elizabeth serves as the Director of Advancement at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, where she oversees all fundraising, communications, and marketing activities.  Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, founded in 1878, is committed to serving Philadelphia's hungry, homeless, and hurting people every day.  

Elizabeth began serving on the AFP-GPC Board in January 2020, and she currently serves AFP-GPC as Co-Vice President of External Affairs and Co-Chair of the Program Committee.

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Jeremy Hidalgo

Jeremy serves as a Project Manager on the Development team at Schultz & Williams. He is responsible for liaising between client and firm leadership, coordinating a range of campaign and technical services, ensuring high-quality deliverables on deadline, and executing development and data operations.


Jeremy’s passion for policy and advocacy led him to the nonprofit sector. Since joining the firm, his excitement to help S&W clients realize and achieve their goals remains high.

Prior to joining S&W, Jeremy worked with several nonprofits in education, healthcare services, and sports and recreation. He regularly volunteers with arts and environmental organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area. He continues to support organizations in variety of capacities including communication, data and policy analysis, development, and operations.

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So Jung

So is part of Schultz & Williams’ strategic planning team and serves as a day-to-day consultant for a variety of strategic planning engagements in Philadelphia and across the country. Her responsibilities include conducting research and interviews, leading and facilitating meetings and workshops that guide nonprofit organizations to reach their strategic goal areas for the next 3-5 years, and developing recommendations and detailed action-plans as final deliverables to clients. 

Before joining S&W, So worked for a nonprofit that serves vulnerable immigrant seniors in five different counties in Pennsylvania. There, she was part of multiple departments, including development, social services, and communications. So is also an advisory board member at a nonprofit that focuses on distributing children’s books to low-income schools in West Philadelphia. Before moving to Philadelphia, So worked as a researcher at Cornell University for five years developing questionnaires and programming surveys, as well as collecting and analyzing local and national data via interviews and focus groups for final reports that were used for key organizations. So has a master's of science in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Sarah Ohanesian

A Chief Marketing Officer turned Productivity Coach, Speaker & Trainer – Sarah Ohanesian is on a mission to fight burnout and increase happiness at work. Through her programs, she helps people clarify their thoughts, organize their work, and take meaningful action. Because when you are efficient with what you need to do you have more time and energy for what you want to do and the people you love. Sarah is the founder of SO Productive and a co-host of The Heroic Council podcast.

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Michael A. Ticzon
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Richard Tolsma

Rich Tolsma founded Tolsma Productions in 1996 with a focus on storytelling for nonprofit organizations, and an objective-based approach designed to achieve results. He's been an active member of AFP for over 15 years and has served on the board of several organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in Music Education and a master’s degree in Educational Communications from Temple University. A dedicated musician, Rich currently performs with the the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia.  

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Craig Weinrich

Craig Weinrich serves as the Director of Member Services at CNJG, where he helps to recruit, retain, and engage members. Additionally, he serves as the Salesforce database administrator, organizes most communications, wrote and designed the recent Salary and Benefits Report, and along with our webmaster, maintains the website.

Craig discovered the nonprofit sector through an intense desire to avoid working in the dining hall during his sophomore year at Dickinson College. Interning with the Eaken Piano Trio, artists-in-residence at Dickinson, introduced him to the many meaningful positions in the music industry that are not performance-oriented. From there, he served as Development Directors for the Delaware Symphony (promoted from Development Assistant) and Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestras, where he could even be found clad in the costume of their newly-created penguin mascot! Craig then moved to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, a membership association of nonprofits in the New York City area, serving as their Membership, Outreach and IT Director for nine years. While at NPCC, he earned a nonprofit management certificate from Baruch College through the United Way Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Prior to joining CNJG, Craig served as the Membership Director for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. At each organization, Craig has served as the “accidental techie.”

Craig is happy to back in New Jersey for his third tenure. He grew up in Madison, lived in Bloomfield while working at NPCC, and now resides in Hamilton. He serving for a second time on Council at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Ringoes; graduated from Lead NJ in 2015 (go Green!); and in July, 2018, married Kacy O’Brien. In 2022, he was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Council on Volunteerism and Community Service.

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Gregory Wilson

In his 20+ years of frontline fundraising and managing frontline fundraisers, Greg has served in various leadership positions, including Associate Vice President, Development for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, Director of Leadership Gifts and Planned Giving at Muhlenberg College, Senior Director of Individual Giving at East Stroudsburg University Foundation, Director of Development for Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, and multiple assignments with the Boy Scouts of America.


While he’s held literally every position possible in fundraising, planned giving is Greg’s favorite area. In addition to scratching the donor visit and technical itches, there are two key reasons Greg thinks planned giving is critical, one relating to donors and the other, to organizations.


Greg is a certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) from the American College of Financial Services, a MS in nonprofit management from Eastern University, and a BA in history from Lebanon Valley College.
You’ve probably also seen Greg in various Planned Giving Marketing YouTube videos focused on practical planned giving fundraising advice or speaking in-person across Pennsylvania. He currently serves as Planned Giving Marketing’s Director of Client Success and as a Senior Consultant with Schultz & Williams.