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Helen Grafton

Junior Associate

With more than 5 years of experience in marketing and communications within the nonprofit sector, Helen Grafton specializes in social media management, project/event management and content creation.

Helen’s expertise includes marketing and development of healthcare and higher education institutions. Some of her previous experience includes multiple roles at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She began her nonprofit fundraising career in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Helen graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.

Area of Expertise: Helen’s predominant expertise is in Donor and Constituent Engagement. She also excels in Project Management. Direct Marketing, and Alumni Relations and Giving.

Experience: Education, Healthcare

Fundraising Must Have: A compelling and clear mission and story to share


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Sterling Garcia


With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Sterling Garcia has served as Director of Development for Florida State University and the University of Florida, and as Major Gifts Officer for UnidosUS, the largest nonprofit Hispanic/Latino civil rights organization in the United States.  Sterling graduated from the University of Hartford with a bachelor‚Äôs degree in Business Administration and from Florida State University with a master‚Äôs degree in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Institutional Advancement.  Sterling also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Board Governance & Community Leadership from Alvernia University.  Sterling is also a decorated veteran, having served as a United Stated Marine, receiving several awards including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal and two Humanitarian Service medals.

Area of Expertise: Sterling’s core expertise is in Major and Principal Gifts, supported by experience in Donor and Constituent Engagement, Fundraising Campaigns and Strategic Planning, Board Training, Management and Governance, Alumni Relations and Giving, Direct Marketing and¬†Annual Giving.¬†

Experience: Education, Community Based Membership and Advocacy

Fundraising Must Have: A community with a strong culture of philanthropy both inside and outside the organization.


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JoAnne Dolan

Executive Associate

As an advancement executive with over 30 years of experience, JoAnne Dolan has a proven track record developing and implementing fundraising campaigns and providing strategic management to effectively address priorities from inception to implementation in academic healthcare and higher education. While JoAnne’s core expertise is Major and Principal Gifts, she has wide experience in developing planned giving programs, prospect pipeline and move management development, building and stewarding strategic relationships, and volunteer/Board management.

As the Executive Director for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, JoAnne was responsible for leading a team of thirteen, raising $15M-$20M annually including successfully orchestrating a capital campaign.

JoAnne also has served as the Assistant Vice President of Principal Gifts at The George Washington University where she served as a strategist soliciting seven figure gifts. In addition, JoAnne was the Assistant Vice President of the Loyola University of Maryland.

She was the founding Director of Development at Maryvale Preparatory School and served in various fundraising capacities at the Baltimore Opera Company.

JoAnne graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Art History and received a Masters Degree in Administrative Science from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. She holds a certificate in the Business of Medicine from Johns Hopkins and her teacher’s certification in English from Towson University.

Area of Expertise:¬†JoAnne’s predominant expertise is in Major and Principal Gifts. She also excels in Fundraising Campaigns and Strategic Planning, Planned and Legacy Gifts, and Risk Management and Fundraising Governance.

Experience: Education, Healthcare, Arts & Culture

Fundraising Must Have: A strong commitment from leadership, an engaged and committed Board, and a well-defined development plan and mission that inspires the team and donors.

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Kyle Atienza

Junior Associate

A graduate of the University of Toronto Arts & Science Program, Kyle Atienza achieved an Honours Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Genetics and pursued his passion for combining science, psychology, and technology to improve user experiences through human-centered design by also achieving a diploma in UX/UI Design from BrainStation.

UX design focuses on creating a seamless and meaningful user experience by understanding user needs, conducting research, and designing intuitive interfaces, while UI design focuses on the visual, interactive elements of a product to create aesthetically pleasing interfaces.

In addition to applying his talent and skill with Medtronic and COL Financial, Kyle currently serves as a UX Designer for Mike Paul Atelier, to improve the atelier experience by enhancing the digital experience.

Area of Expertise: Kyle’s core expertise is in Donor and Constituent Engagement

Experience: Arts & Culture, Community Based Membership and Advocacy

Fundraising Must Have: Accessible and transparent information

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Jennifer Lynch-McKinney 


With over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, Jennifer Lynch-McKinney, MNA has served the Arts & Culture, Animal Welfare, Education, Housing and Community Based Membership and Advocacy nonprofit sectors, serving as Manager of Annual Fund and Advancement for the Cleveland Zoological Society, Annual Fund Manager for ASM Materials Education Foundation and Institutional Advancement Manager for University Circle, Inc.  

Today, Jennifer applies her skill and talent as Manager of Fundraising at CHN Housing Partners, a highly seasoned, nonprofit affordable housing developer and housing service provider that works with its partners to solve major housing challenges for low-income people and underserved communities. CHN partners with cities and organizations to deliver housing solutions for their constituents, with utility companies, financial institutions, and public agencies to manage and deliver large-scale housing resources to the community, and with people‚ÄĒlow-income individuals, families, seniors, the disabled and the homeless‚ÄĒto improve their housing stability. 

Through partnerships CHN has developed over 7,000 affordable homes, and each year serves over 60,000 families through a wide array of housing services. 

Working in Ohio and neighboring states, CHN preserves and expands affordable housing, building equitable communities. By investing in affordable housing, CHN invests in families, communities, and the economy ‚Äď CHN invests in the power of a permanent address. 

Jennifer is passionate about the work she does with various organizational partners and works hard as an advocate for the voices that need to be heard and the work that needs to be done to improve individuals and our communities. 

A graduate from Otterbein University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Equine Administration, Jennifer is also a graduate from John Carroll University with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration.  

Jennifer completed the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute, is a board member of One Health Organization, past chair of The Gathering Place’s Race for the Place fundraiser, a member of the Advisory Board for Ashland University Women in Leadership Certificate Program and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cleveland chapter. 

Area of Expertise: 
Jennifer’s core expertise is in Donor and Constituent Engagement. She has excelled in Annual Giving and Direct Marketing; Fundraising Campaigns and Strategic Planning; and Major and Principal Gifts¬†
Education, Arts & Culture, Community Based Membership and Advocacy 
Fundraising Must Have: 
Passion and strong advocacy to improve individual lives and the communities we serve. 

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Marcha Chaudry


Marcha Isabelle Chaudry, Esq., is the founder of the Equity Wellness Collaborative a public policy consultancy providing strategic solutions to health and consumer policy issues at the intersection of beauty justice, women’s health/wellness, and consumer policy. Marcha complements this work with the Center for Progressive Reform where she serves as a Senior Policy Analyst.

With over a decade in the nonprofit advocacy sector Marcha has served as Senior Policy Manager at the National Women’s Health Network, Counsel, Law Clerk, General Counsel, and Law Fellow for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, U.S, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the AFL-CIO, and National Employment Lawyers Association, respectively.

Marcha interned for National Education Association Center for Social Justice-Human and Civil Rights Division, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, the office of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, and the Embassy of Haiti.

As a nonprofit leader and board member, Marcha has testified before Congress and the Food and Drug Administration on women’s health and consumer advocacy issues, and her efforts have been recognized by numerous media outlets and publications.

These endeavors result in a broad range of expertise, including Board Training, Management and Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility; Development Program Review and Expansion Strategies; Donor and Constituent Engagement; and Project Management.

Marcha graduated with honors from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science, and Howard University School of Law, with a distinction in alternative dispute resolution. She is fluent in French and Haitian-Creole in addition to English, and resides in Miami Florida.

Area of Expertise: Marcha’s predominant area of expertise is in Corporate Social Responsibility. She also has experience in Board Training, Management and Governance; Development Program Review and Expansion Strategies; Donor and Constituent Engagement; and Project Management.

Experience: Education, Healthcare, Community Based Membership and Advocacy

Fundraising Must Have: A story and reason that truly connects with the core values and mission of the work.

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