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Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA – President & CEO of AFP

Mike Geiger is president and chief executive officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $100 billion in charitable contributions every year around the world for countless causes.

Prior to accepting the president & CEO role for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Geiger served for seven years, from 2010 - 2017, as executive director and chief operating officer of the Chief Executives Organization, Inc (CEO) a 501c (6) international membership organization with a focus on education. In the role, Mike directed CEO's day-to-day global operations, while supporting the board of directors and all organizational committees. He led the CEO global staff, which annually conducted 35-40 world-class educational experiences and programs for CEO members and produced Compass magazine, a semi-annual publication reflecting the membership base’s interests. 

Geiger previously served for six years as the vice president and chief financial officer of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a 501c (3) non-partisan international think tank and grant making organization from 2005 - 2010, where he provided global strategic direction in the areas of finance and accounting, fundraising, information technology, human resources and administration. While in this role, he also staffed the board’s Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees.

Geiger was also chief financial officer for seven years at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a 501c (3) non-partisan international policy research think tank organization from 1998 - 2005, where he was responsible for all financial and accounting activities. He also staffed the board’s Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees.

Prior to his non-profit experience, Geiger held chief financial officer and director of finance positions in the Washington, DC and Virginia areas in the hospital/medical provider industry.

Geiger sits on the board of the Romanian American Fund and the Romanian American Enterprise Fund, two organizations created by a 1995 act of the United States Congress under the Support for Eastern European Democracy (SEED) Act.

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Geiger is a certified public accountant, and holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and a Master's in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He moved to the U.S. to attend college and put his roots down, along with his family, in northern Virginia.

 

Dee Dee Raap

Life may be short, but the journey you create is as deep, wide and tall as you make it.  That philosophy drives Dee Dee Raap’s passion to help people make their journey the best it can be, every day.  A marketing career in South Dakota promoting media, Mt. Rushmore and then financial services ended with a move to Wyoming and a pity party that resulted in a speaking, writing and consulting practice that has lasted 22 years.  A member of the National Speakers Association, Dee Dee has spoken in 38 states and two Canadian provinces on customer service, leadership, life balance and issues like generational communication.  Clients range from Fortune 500 to a small café, as well as federal, state and local governments, and nonprofits in energy, health care and social services.  Dee Dee has served on boards for seven nonprofits, helping them with strategic planning, marketing and development.  She coaches leaders and conducts research related to employee satisfaction and customer service to help organizations retain both customers and employees. Dee Dee has written two books on customer service and three on healing from loss—one of life’s hardest, yet best teachers of core values. 

Dee Dee lives in Sioux Falls, is married and considers her greatest compliment being called “Gumma” by two of the world’s best grandkids. For more info on her message of living your core values in service, leadership and life, visit www.DeeDeeRaap.com, or www.Facebook/com/DeeDeeRaapSpeaks.

 

Martha Schumacher, CFRE, ACFRE, MInstF (AD) – Chair-Elect of AFP Board of Directors

Martha H. Schumacher is a philanthropy ambassador, educator, coach, mentor, author, and champion. She is President of Hazen Inc. and the Hazen Institute for Leadership Training (HILT), creating global strategies to elevate social impact and philanthropy.

Martha has worked with and within nonprofit organizations for 25 years. Most recently, she led the Defenders of Wildlife fundraising team as Vice President for Development. Her current and recent clients include the American Red Cross, Best Buddies International, the Library of Congress, and National Geographic Society.

Martha is AFP International Chair-Elect, and previously served as President of AFP/DC. She was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the chapter in 2006. She holds the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising with Distinction, and the Certified Fund Raising Executive and Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials.

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Martha earned her B.S. in Law and Public Policy from Indiana University. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Casey and their two rescue dogs.

 

W. Tom Simmons

W. Tom Simmons is the president of Simmons Presentations Company, LLC and serves the small and mid-size business community as an author, executive coach and culture advocate. In 2017 he published a book on corporate culture titled, “How We Do Things Around Here” chronicling lessons learned over his more than 45 years in communications industries.

In addition to normal work activities, Simmons has served on nearly 40 local charitable and civic boards, served on national boards for three separate industries, and represented those industries more than a dozen times before both houses of the US Congress, the Senate Commerce Committee and the FCC. Simmons is a member of the National Speakers Association and the NSA Minneapolis Chapter. He is a recognized master of ceremonies and popular public speaker on a variety of topics.

Mr. Simmons is married to Mary Simmons, lives in Sioux Falls, SD and Chandler, AZ. Together they have three children, four grandchildren, and a Japanese Chen dog named Yogi who thinks he’s in charge.

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