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Brian Bonde, ACFRE

Brian Bonde is Chair of the United States AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and also serves on the South Dakota Arts Council, as board chair of Arts South Dakota, the board of Arts Midwest, South Dakota Association of Fundraising Professionals, and several others. He is a noted consultant and trainer to non-profits through his firm, Advanced Certified Fundraising, LLC. He has been in senior leadership positions for Sanford Health, Children's Care Foundation and Augustana University.

He has been involved in raising nearly $100 million for several organizations. He has been recognized by Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) with the Showcase Award for Planned Giving and by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Fundraising. Brian is an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), one of only 107 professionals worldwide to hold this distinguished designation. He has been on various non-profit boards for over 40 contiguous years.

Greta Chapman

Greta Chapman is the CEO of the South Dakota Hall of Fame (SDHoF) that is one of a five organizations in the nation for the purpose of recognizing a state’s outstanding individuals for their qualities of excellence. SDHoF provides Ms. Chapman engagement with the top percentage of professionals in their field to further their influence and contributions in building Champions for Excellence: One Act at a Time in the state of South Dakota.

Upon obtaining her master’s in public administration from UNO Omaha, she pursued a career transition into nonprofit management. Ms. Chapman’s previous career in library administration encountered many of the issues found in nonprofit work, in particular successfully working with boards as the primary governance structure.

The current trend in nonprofit professions is challenging work found within an environment of a finite amount of resources. Ms. Chapman’s experience is established from a passion for vision, mission and values of an organization. She has demonstrated this through program development and sustainability with strategic planning initiatives and board development. In addition to the pursuit of a passion, her experience in foundational elements such as human resources, donor relationships and fund development is based on theory and practice.

Ms. Chapman has been instrumental in the administration of building initiatives, mentorship for employee career development, innovation through 21st Century technology applications and politically in-tune to navigate choppy waters.

Emma DeVos

Emma DeVos is a Product Manager at Innovative Systems, a software company based out of Mitchell SD. She is responsible for the NonProfit division of the company, which provides Fundraising/Donor Management and Phonathon systems. Previously she held a number of

roles in Project Management and Marketing for private and public-sector organizations in the US and UK. She is a member of AFP and CASE and serves on the board of Mitchell Main Street and Beyond, and The Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Cindy Elifrits Peterson, MSW, CFRE

Cindy is a proven expert in resource development with 18 years of experience in fundraising, volunteer management, strategic planning, board development, facilitation, program design, and outcome measurements. In 2011 she founded Maximizing Excellence, LLC that partners with organizations that want to improve their effectiveness and achieve high impact.

Before founding Maximizing Excellence, Cindy directed the annual fundraising effort for the Sioux Empire United Way. Already boasting the second highest per capita of giving in the nation, under Cindy’s leadership the Sioux Empire United Way raised $44 million, producing a five-year increase of 20%. Prior to this role, Cindy worked at United Way of the Midlands in Omaha, Nebraska, and the United Way of Central Minnesota in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Holding a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Cindy has a unique way of bringing people together by identifying personal motivators and incorporating them into a common objective. At Maximizing Excellence, Cindy customizes each project specific to the strengths, mission, and goals of the organization and its individuals. Even though she is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE), Cindy is most known for being a catalyst of change while empowering and mentoring those involved in sustaining success.

Kim Haiar

Kim Haiar is the Director of Development for the LifeScape Foundation, joining their team in 2016, after working with the Sanford Health Foundation for 10 years as a Development Officer and then the Enterprise Director of Annual Giving.  She also serves as a board member for the Drake Durkee Foundation in Colorado.  Prior to her career in fundraising, she was an insurance agent for 10 years, earning President’s Club and serving on multiple insurance boards.  Kim made a career change because she wanted to do something to make a true impact in her community, helping others with a servant heart.  She has presented nationally at Children’s Miracle Network on cause marketing and event management, and her team was named the Top Fundraisers for Small Markets in North America for a consecutive eight years, among other awards.  Kim feels very blessed to work in her current role, providing her the opportunity to build additional success to an already esteemed fundraising program, but more importantly, loves the opportunity to interact on a personal level with families and the people supported at LifeScape, as well as the donors that care about their community.  LifeScape supports children and adults with disabilities across the state of South Dakota, as well as providing regional services to children from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming.

David Hanzlick, PhD, CFRE, CAE

David holds a PhD from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Nonprofit Leadership Program in the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University and in the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Association Executive (CAE). He is a past president of the Mid America Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

An experienced fundraiser, David serves as the Director of Program and Development at Sheffield Place, a treatment and supportive housing program for homeless mothers and their children in the urban core of Historic Northeast Kansas City, MO. During David’s nearly eight-year tenure, Sheffield Place has dramatically increased its funding base and diversified funding sources. The agency has been recognized with both the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award from Support KC and the Excellence in Fundraising Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid America Chapter.

Kacey McCarthy

Kacey is the Project & Brand Director with Maximizing Excellence, LLC. Kacey has many years of fundraising and volunteer management experience having spent 14 years at Sioux Empire United Way, most recently as the Campaign Director. During her time at United Way, Kacey was a part of developing and implementing fundraising strategies for a $7.1 million dollar annual campaign that increased to over $10.3 million dollars in 2016. With each campaign she worked with hundreds of volunteers training, motivating and assisting them to achieve their individual goals to ensure overall campaign success.

Through her role at Maximizing Excellence, Kacey takes great pride in the opportunity to partner with individuals and organizations and assist them in achieving their identified goals.

Amy Pokela, CFRE

For seven years, Amy Pokela, CFRE, has been blessed to teach an online course introducing fundraising to both undergrad and grad students at the University of South Dakota. One of the central elements of this course is effective storytelling. The resources used in this course will serve as the starting point for this presentation.

Amy is also the Foundation Administrator for the Good Samaritan Foundation. This role has a strong emphasis on communication and strategic alignment between the Foundation and the Good Samaritan Society.

As a Sioux Falls native, Amy enjoys spending time enjoying all the city has to offer. Whether it’s a sporting event (Canaries games are a favorite way to spend a summer night), a local performance (Municipal band concerts at the Terrace band shell are another must), or a family outing (biking from Falls park through the river walk), Amy is always on the go.

Jill Ruhd

Jill Ruhd is currently serving as a Development Officer at Dakota State University. She is in her 9th year of fundraising at the DSU Foundation. In college, she was a student caller & supervisor for the DSU Phonathon and then in 2010, started full-time at the DSU Foundation as the Annual Fund Manager working with the Phonathon, Faculty/Staff Campaign, Direct Mail Campaign and other scholarship fundraising. As a Development Officer, she is helping lead major gift fundraising for endowments and other scholarships opportunities, event fundraising and continues to oversee the annual fund. She is the secretary of the Rotary Club of Madison and is a graduate of Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Jona Schmidt

Since 1995, Jona Schmidt has served as the Director of Alumni Relations at Dakota State University. In her role, Jona develops and implements programs to maintain lifelong interactions with the university’s alumni. As a member of the University’s Advancement team, Jona has served in various roles including leading the annual fund, planned and major gift fundraising, and several years as director of marketing and public relations. She is the editor of the Dakota State Magazine and executive director of the DSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. She also sits on the Lake County Historical Society Board and is currently chairing a capital campaign at her church. Jona is a graduate of Black Hills State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

Tom Simmons

Tom Simmons is an associate professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law (as well as a proud graduate of the same institution) where he teaches Trusts & Wills, Estate Planning, Professional Responsibility, Holocaust Law, and Remedies & Equity.  He is a fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the American College of Tax Counsel, and the American Bar Foundation, as well as a member of the South Dakota Governor’s Task Force on Trust Administration Review and Reform. 

Prior to joining the faculty of the USD law school, Tom practiced in the areas of trusts, estates, and elder law for thirteen years with the Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore law firm in Rapid City and clerked for two years under federal district judge Andrew Bogue. 

Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE

Paul is president of Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc., a full-service resource development consulting firm. His career spans over 30 years in managing fundraising programs throughout the country, generating more than $300 million in annual giving, planned giving and capital campaigns.

Paul’s experience includes initiating Boys Town’s planned giving program, overseeing the City of Omaha’s social service programs and serving as vice president of development for both a 75-hospital management group and a three campus university system.

Paul has been nationally recognized for his work as a development professional on the national level and has received the highest credentialing for a fundraising professional.

Ryan J. Strawhecker, MA, CFRE

Ryan started his career in 2004 when he began working at Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc., assisting with philanthropic planning studies and capital campaigns. In 2010, he became Development & Communications Director for Project Interfaith, a cultural and religious educational start-up nonprofit. Ryan's career then led him to Omaha Home for Boys as Planned Giving Officer and Grant Manager and to United Way of the Midlands as Senior Director of Corporate Relations & Major Accounts. During his time at the United Way of the Midlands, he was a primary contact for the Foundation, and later the annual $20 million fundraising drive.

Ryan earned two degrees in English, a bachelor's from Millikin University and a master's from Creighton University. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Charitable Gift Planners of Nebraska.

Tara Wilcox

Tara Wilcox has a passion for non-profit leadership and community collaboration. With this motivation, she aims to empower people to act in ways that move themselves, their business, and our community forward. She brings hands-on experience in non-profit operations including team leadership, group facilitation, program development, systems creation, planning for results, and project management. She has served Black Hills Works for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Engagement. She is also a partner with Pathways-2-Solutions, offering assessment and support for non-profits and other "small shops" to find customized, affordable and efficient operational solutions. Tara is a graduate of Black Hills State University, National Leadership Institute, Leadership Rapid City, and SDCEO Women in Leadership. Additional affiliations include the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Black Hills Area Council Boy Scouts, Our Camp Inc., and Toastmasters International.

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