We are thrilled to welcome experts from our nonprofit and higher education community to lead our monthly sessions. In addition, representatives for nonprofits and foundations will join us as panelists or guest speakers throughout 

the year.

Lynette Adams

Rebecca Arno

Scott Arthur
Martha Bahamón

Rebecca Barker

Christy Clay    

Jennifer Darling

Patrick Gaines

Martine Hyland

Keri Kallaway

Jon Kraus

Kelly Purdy

Gordon Smith

Matthew Wasserman 

Vickie Wilson

Ellen Winiarczyk

Lauren Wise

Lynette Adams

Leading with an Equity Lens - In Conversation

Lynnette Adams (M.F.A., Wayne State University) is an adjunct professor at University of Denver University College. Until 2020, Lynn was the Director of Development at the Community College of Aurora Foundation. She has over ten years of experience in fundraising and donor relations with a focus on building strong donor relationships and events. Lynette’s experience includes fundraising workshops at Colorado Free University, presenting at the Association of Fundraising Professional's International Conference and board leadership on donor development and donor stewardship. She also holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. Lynette brings this enthusiasm and experience to the Nonprofit Leadership program.

Rebecca Arno

History and Legacy of Philanthropy in the United States

Rebecca Arno is Chief Operating Officer of the Barton Institute for Community Action

She has more than three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector, including as Vice President for Operations and Communications for The Denver Foundation, and Vice President of Communications for the Daniels Fund.

Rebecca has served on numerous boards including as chair of the Washington, D.C.-based Communications Network and of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Rebecca earned her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and teaches in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Denver. She is currently board chair of Lighthouse Writers Workshop and serves a board member of the Colorado Safe Parking Initiative.

Scott Arthur

Development Relationships & Culture

Scott brings 22 years of experience as a fundraising leader at major medical institutions and nonprofits. Previously, Arthur was the vice president of constituent giving at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, the fourth-largest children’s hospital in the United States, where he led a major-giving program that increased giving nearly 400 percent in two years.

Prior to that, Scott was a major gift officer for Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, perennially ranked among the top three medical centers in the United States. He individually raised more than $11.2 million for the Mayo Clinic over 3 years.

At CU, Scott leads a team of 58 fundraisers and support staff, with an annual goal exceeding $200 million. Since his tenure at CU, the Anschutz team has worked with inspired benefactors to triple philanthropy focusing on benefactor-centric, inquiry-driven, relationship-based, first-in-class practice. His expertise lies in how to create more with less, using office values and culture to produce fundraising results.

Martha Bahamón

Leading in Philanthropy with an Equity Lens

With over 20 years of experience in successful major gift and capital campaign fundraising, Martha is known for her ability to connect donors to their passion via a practical and donor-centered approach. She is guided by the belief in making the world a better place by discovering where opportunities lie and closing leadership gifts that catapult organizations to new heights. Prior to joining the University of Denver as Executive Director of Development, Foundation Relations, Martha served as Vice President for Development for the Hispanic Federation where she was instrumental in securing the organization’s first $1M gift from a national private foundation. Martha launched her fundraising career at the United Way of Essex and West Hudson in Newark, New Jersey, and then went on to lead fundraising efforts for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the School of Biomedical Health Sciences at Rutgers University.

Rebecca Olchawa Barker

Endowments and Capital Campaigns

Rebecca joined Community First Foundation in August 2017 where she manages the Foundation’s Nonprofit Endowment Partner program and helping these partners build their fundraising capacity and talking, with much passion, about the importance of building endowment to reach long-term sustainability.

Rebecca began her career at Edelman, a Chicago public relations agency, where she worked with clients such as Dove Hair Care, but soon discovered that it left her wanting more meaning from her job. She got her start in the nonprofit sector in the donor relations department at the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Now, with more than 14 years of experience, Rebecca has had the great fortune of applying her expertise to fundraising roles at a few of Denver’s most notable nonprofits including, National Jewish Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and History Colorado.

Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts and Western Michigan University. She is an alumnae of the Institute for Leaders in Development at the University of Denver, class of 2013, and is a current student in the Leadership Jefferson County program with the West Metro Chamber Foundation. She is also an active member with the Colorado Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals and Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable. The lure of the mountains persuaded her and her husband to relocate from Chicago to Colorado in 2007. Together they have made Arvada home and are proud parents of two beautiful sons who haven’t yet complained about camping, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, and the list of outdoor pursuits goes on! Rebecca believes that fundraisers are change makers whose work will make the world a better place for all.

Christy Clay

The Development Plan

Christy Clay is a business strategist, quick study and inspired problem solver. The focus of her work is helping organizations work smarter versus harder as they navigate growth and change. She has been working in or with growth-oriented businesses for over 25 years and completed her Masters in Management – Change Leadership at the College of St. Scholastica in 2014.

Christy primarily serves as a facilitator for strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. Her philosophy on strategic planning is to Do Less Better, a balanced approach that focuses both on planning and implementation. Her success stems from her ability to navigate her clients through a variety of disciplines—strategic planning, organizational and operational effectiveness, business development and strategic communications—to achieve tangible results. She is trained as an EOS Implementer, bringing a complete set of simple concepts and practical tools designed to help leadership teams clarify, simplify and achieve their vision.

Raised in an entrepreneurial household, Christy has owned and operated three businesses in the recreation, hospitality and consulting sectors. Originally from Minnesota, Christy graduated with a BS from Colorado State University and moved back to Colorado in 2017.

Jen Darling

The Development Plan

Jen Darling has worked in the nonprofit sector since earning her bachelors degree in economics and political science (double majors with a pre-law certificate as well) from Northwestern University in 1991. She went on to earn her masters degree in public administration from the University of Colorado in 2000. She was actively involved in the formation of the Institute for Leaders in Development and continues to serve on the steering committee as past chair for the program as well as a mentor and program instructor. Jen also helped create and chair the nonprofit Drennen’s Dreams Foundation that promotes pool safety and lifeguard training in memory of Drennen O’Melia.

Jen has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Denver in the leadership and organizations program in DU’s University College. And she also co-chaired the Woodmark Group’s North American Summit in Calgary in May, 2017 as well as her 25th Reunion for Northwestern University in October, 2016. Jen was recognized as the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser in 2008 and again in 2015 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and National Philanthropy Day in Colorado. Jen’s strengths include institutional leadership, motivating others, strategizing comprehensive campaigns, building relationships with volunteers and donors, and philanthropic engagement across all arenas from annual giving and planned gifts to transformational gifts and beyond.

Jen has worked in the following capacities within the local community:

--2008-present President, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation
(serving as Executive Vice President January 2017 to December 2017;
and Senior Vice President of Philanthropy prior)

--2001 - 2008.1 Director of Development & Membership, Denver Art Museum
--1997 - 2001.1 Director of Development & Membership, Denver Botanic Gardens
--1994 - 1997 Director of Annual Giving and Corporate Relations, Colorado School of Mines

--1991 - 1994.1 Director of Development, American Indian Science and Engineering Society

After growing up in Minnesota and then attending college in Chicago, Jen settled in Colorado in 1991. In addition to her commitment to her career, Jen is an active mom, friend, and community member. She values balance in her life and has managed to adjust her career as needed to help her two children grow up successfully.

Patrick Gaines 

Major Gifts

Patrick Gaines has 28 years of fundraising experience with cultural arts, higher education, healthcare and medical research organizations. For nearly three decades, he has helped lead nonprofit organizations through strategic planning and implementation, business development, talent acquisition and board management. He has a strong record of accomplishment in major gifts initiatives, planned giving, capital campaigns, corporate development and sponsorship marketing, annual fund and membership programs, grant writing, and volunteer recruitment/management. As a nonprofit executive, volunteer and donor, Patrick passionately fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout the organizations and communities in which he works and lives. In 2019, Patrick Gaines became Chief Development Officer at Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

Patrick served as the Executive Director of the University of Colorado’s Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine from 2011 to 2019. Prior to that, Patrick enjoyed a five year tenure as Director of Major Gifts with the American Cancer Society, serving a western region that included Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Washington and North Dakota.

Patrick’s experience in the cultural arts spans over 15 years, including senior fundraising positions with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Westfield Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey, and the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media. Concurrent with his early fundraising career, Patrick also enjoyed a brief tenure as a professional musician, holding positions with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller.

Patrick is a board member with the Brent Eley Foundation and volunteers with City Year Denver, CASA, and the ARC of Weld County. He has lived in Colorado for 18 years and enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing, cycling and ultra trail running. Patrick resides in Ken Caryl, CO and is the proud and grateful father of an eighteen year old son, Christopher, who will be enrolled in the University of Colorado’s College of Engineering and Applied Science in August 2019.

Martine Hyland

Discovery Work

Martine Hyland is a Philanthropy Director at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation where she is responsible for managing relationships with 150 major donors and prospects. Prior to her arrival at Children’s in 2012, Martine spent six years as Associate Director of Development for the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University. Earlier in her career, Martine served as the Development Manager for Marymount International School in Paris, France; as the Capital Campaign Manager for the Denver Art Museum during the time that the museum’s iconic Frederic C. Hamilton Building was built; and as a Major Gifts Assistant and Special Events Coordinator at the New York City Ballet.

Keri Kallaway

Donor Stewardship

Senior Director, Donor Relations, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation
Keri Kallaway has 20 years of nonprofit experience and currently serves as Director, Donor Relations at Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. She began her tenure at the Foundation in 2007 and was responsible for the inception of their Donor Relations program. Some of her accomplishments include planning and implementing key areas of the program such as an internal and external endowment reporting processes, individualized stewardship and refining and centralizing stewardship processes such as the organization's acknowledgment process and donor cultivation/stewardship events.

Aside from her time at Children's Colorado, Keri's most recent experience includes her roles as CEO, Susan G. Komen Colorado and Executive Director, Amp the Cause, where she oversaw all program areas for both organizations.

Additionally, Keri has worked in fundraising and development at The Winston-Salem Foundation in North Carolina, Georgetown University, and The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. Her experience covers many aspects of a development office including communications, individual and corporate fundraising, planned giving and board development. Keri has been a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) since 2007, was elected to the ADRP Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as President-Elect for the association.

Kelly Purdy

Leadership Spotlight

Kelly Purdy is a lifelong fundraising professional with experience across the spectrum of giving and a passion for 

connecting generosity with impact She is the current Senior National Director for Philanthropy & Foundations at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, where she oversees institutional fundraising, principal gifts, and planned giving. Prior to joining BGCA, Kelly served as Vice President of Engaged Philanthropy at The Denver Foundation, and before that Vice President of Development & Communications for Global Greengrants Fund. Kelly serves on the board of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable where she chairs the DEI Taskforce, and she also supports the Curriculum Committee for the Institute of Leaders in Development.  She is a Colorado-native, with undergraduate degrees from University of Colorado and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Gordon P. Smith, MBA, CFRE

Gift Planning

Gordon was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Psychology from Colgate University in 1983. He went on to complete a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance in 1989 from the University of Colorado.

Before going into planned giving and the nonprofit world, Gordon worked as a financial consultant, where he obtained experience in estate planning, business succession planning, insurance, and investment management. This provided a wonderful springboard to planned giving and the work he does for National Jewish Health where he has worked since September of 1995.

As the Associate Vice President of Development & Planned Gifts at National Jewish Health Gordon is responsible for planned and major gifts. This includes marketing bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, and outright gifts to supporters of National Jewish throughout the country. In addition, it is his goal to educate people interested in the many benefits of charitable giving. 

Matthew Wasserman

Major Gifts

Matt Wasserman recently served as the vice chancellor of development for the University of Colorado Denver. He led the development team in cultivating relationships with donors, matching donor interests with institutional priorities and encouraging long-term investment in CU Denver. Wasserman directed philanthropic activities for CU Denver starting in 2010, achieving 300 percent revenue growth in three years, including three of the best fundraising years ever for the campus.

Wasserman started at the University of Colorado Foundation in 2007, overseeing development for the CU Denver Business School. He played a prominent role in the campaign for the school’s new home, which opened in early 2012.

Before joining the CU Foundation he was cofounder and partner of the Denver Development Group (DDG), a nonprofit and political fundraising consulting firm that represented several area organizations and Colorado elected officials. Wasserman also served as the membership manager for the Denver Art Museum, where membership numbers reached an all-time high in 2004 under his management. He previously worked on several state and national political campaigns.

Wasserman received a BA in political science from Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. His community involvement includes serving on the board of the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, AXL Academy board and the Downtown Denver Partnership Membership Committee. Matt lives in Aurora, Colorado, where he and his wife, Jackie, spend time with their two children and three dogs.

Vickie Wilson

Endowments and Capital Campaigns

After a very brief retirement, Vickie joined Friends of the Haven in 2018, first as a board member, then as Interim, and now as Executive Director. Vickie made the shift to the nonprofit sector after a twenty year career in financial services, first as Director of Endowment and Planned Gifts for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then as Director of Professional Advisor Programs and Senior Philanthropic Officer for The Denver Foundation. She retired in 2017 as Vice President of Development for Community First Foundation.

Throughout her nonprofit career, Vickie worked closely with major gift and planned giving donors, nonprofits, and professional advisors to encourage smart giving that matches charitable needs with philanthropic interests. Vickie holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado

(Denver), an M.S. in Management (Finance) from Purdue University and a B.A. in Economics from Beloit College. She has served on a variety of boards including as president of the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, steering committee member for the Institute for Leaders in Development, board member of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood and the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable. In 2017, she received the Roundtable's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vickie is originally from Chicago (southside), a mother of two and grandmother of five-year-old Declan.

Ellen Winiarczyk, Ed.D.

Leadership Development & Fall Retreat Facilitator

Ellen Winiarczyk (win-ar-zic), Ed.D. is the Academic Director and Teaching Assistant Professor for University College's Nonprofit Leadership master's program.

For 18 years, Dr. Winiarczyk consulted in leadership development, program/grants management, strategic planning, and diversity/equity/inclusion for national and local nonprofit organizations. She served in Washington State government for 10 years leading AmeriCorps workforce

development and youth program education, as well as environmental regulation. She pioneered collaborative training and technical assistance across 4 states, as well as project-based and service-learning education for AmeriCorps members. She has been a Bill and Melinda Gates grantee in education management and workforce development. She coached K-12 superintendents and principals for the National SAM Innovation Project.

Currently, Dr. Winiarczyk is an executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership for nonprofit, governmental, and corporate executives. In addition, she has provided training services for the U.S. Department of Interior University, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Outward Bound, and other leadership, learning and development programs. She holds a BS in Environmental Conservation and Physical Education from the University of New Hampshire, and an Masters in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. She received her Doctor of Education from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

We recognize and deeply appreciate the contributions of past lead faculty who helped to shape our curriculum

Sarah Harrison

Ethics in Nonprofit Fundraising

Sarah Harrison is Vice President of Philanthropic Services at The Denver Foundation. She joined The Denver Foundation in 2002 after spending 10 years as Director of Development at Morris Animal Foundation. Prior to that time, she worked in development and communications for the National Center for Citizen Involvement (Boulder), the Colorado School of Mines (Golden), Craig Hospital (Englewood), and the United Cerebral Palsy Association (Denver).  Harrison is a past member of the Junior League of Denver and she currently serves on the board of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Peter Konrad

Finance for Nonprofits

Peter Konrad serves as advisor and consultant to foundations in setting strategic direction, managing operations, developing programs, establishing financial discipline and investing endowments. A particular area of emphasis is working with new and emerging family foundations to help maintain donor intent, develop focused and effective grant-making programs, and to establish the organizational infrastructure to support such programs. In this capacity, he has served as the sole staff person for a first-generation foundation, the Harvey Family Foundation, a three-generation foundation, the JFM Foundation, and a seventh-generation foundation, the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. For 15 years, Peter served as Vice President of The Colorado Trust, where he was responsible for all aspects of foundation management.

Peter has been particularly active in the foundation community. He received recognition in 1998 as Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy in Colorado, served two terms as President of the Colorado Association of Foundations, and served individual terms as President and Chairman of the Board of the Conference of Southwest Foundations, an association of over 250 foundations. He has also been active on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations, including serving as Trustee of his alma mater, the University of Redlands and as a trustee of a private foundation in Denver. As Adjunct Professor of Nonprofit Management at Regis University, he received recognition as Teacher of the Year for his excellence in teaching. He has co-authored a third edition of a textbook, Financial Management of Non- Profits and has assisted the Council on Foundations in writing The Guide to Small Foundation Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has earned his Doctorate in Education.

Scott Lumpkin

The Art & Science of Planned Giving

Scott Lumpkin concluded a 32-year advancement career at the University of Denver in June 2015, capped by serving five years as Vice Chancellor of University Advancement. Before being appointed vice chancellor in 2011, he led DU’s gift planning program for more than twenty-five years. He is currently principal at Scott R. Lumpkin & Associates LLC.

In his 30 years of service to DU, Lumpkin has played a significant role in garnering many of the University’s largest gifts, reflecting his recognized expertise in charitable gift planning and ability to build strong relationships with alumni and friends of the University. Under his leadership the University successfully completed its $490 million Ascend Campaign in 2014, coinciding with DU’s 150th anniversary. He was also instrumental in DU’s previous $273 million campaign that transformed the campus in the 1990s.

He has learned a few key lessons in his decades’ long career. Philanthropy is all about relationships – not only with donors but also with those you work with and with other associated professionals. True and enduring success takes a long-term perspective, both in terms of donor relationships and your career in fundraising. Personal integrity and your belief in your organization’s mission really do matter.

Written by Jim Brozo, CFRE, CSPG (The full version of this bio is available at cpgr.org)

Christiano Sosa

Ethics in Nonprofit Fundraising

Executive Director, The Arc of Colorado
Prior to joining The Arc of Colorado, Mr. Sosa was the Director of Capacity Building & Philanthropic Partnerships at The Denver Foundation, a position he has held for ten years. Prior to that, he was Executive Director at the Northern Colorado AIDS Project in Ft. Collins where he engaged extensively in public policy advocacy for men, women, and children living with HIV. Since 1996, he has steadily ascended to numerous leadership positions at the local and national level.

Christiano is a Colorado Trust Fellow and former Commissioner for the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. He has taught courses in "Wealth and Philanthropy" and "Resource Development" in the Masters of Nonprofit Management Program at Regis University.

Christiano is the co-founder of the Colorado HIV/AIDS Community Partnership that led to the merger of four of the five largest AIDS Projects in the state. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Mi Casa Resource Center, advancing the economic success of Latino families in Denver.

Dan Reed

Leadership Development

With a desire to actively unite people with stories beyond themselves, Dan Reed has served as a professional fundraiser for over 15 years. For causes ranging from public education to the advancement of free enterprise to animal health, Dan has helped organizations raise over $50Mt in private philanthropy. Regardless of the cause, the core conviction remains: fundraisers serve our culture as intentional catalysts for generosity. In 2015, Dan launched Seed Fundraisers to re-orient, train, and coach fundraisers to achieve organizational results, greater occupational satisfaction, and ultimately, lasting cultural impact. Previously, Dan worked as a fundraiser and program director for National Right to Work Committee, Denver Public Schools Foundation, and Morris Animal Foundation. He serves on the board of Prodigy Ventures, a social enterprise focused on providing restorative work opportunities for disconnected young adults. Dan graduated from Geneva College and lives with his family in Denver, CO.

Lori Zahn

Leadership Development

Lori Zahn founded Perceptive Leaders in 2005 with a vision of helping organizations develop exceptional leaders an

 d executive leadership teams. As an organizational consultant, Lori is regarded as a skilled thought partner who workscollaboratively to design leadership solutions that will have the greatest business impact.

As a facilitator of group process, she is known for her ability to stimulate new ways of thinking and creating a safe space for learning that helps people collectively move forward.

As an executive coach, she is recognized for her ability to challenge while being supportive, and in the end, for her effectiveness in helping people stretch into new ways of leading.  Lori has been engaged as an executive coach to work with more than 250 organizational leaders. She works predominantly with C-suite executives and their teams.

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