Bonnie Bing Honeyman
Physical Education Teacher from 1970 to 1976, Bonnie was the Assistant Athletic Director/Women's Athletics at Wichita State University 1976-1980. She moved to the The Wichita Eagle from 1980-2012 as a Staff Writer/Columnist/Fashion Editor. Her alma mater is Wichita State University, and earned a B.A. degree in Education in 1970 and M.A. in Physical Education in 1976. She is currently a freelance writer with the Wichita Eagle and is heavily involved in the community, including: Wichita Bar Association Auxiliary member, past president; Wichita Junior League Sustaining member; Girl Power leader for Pando Initiative, formerly Communities in School; Cast member of Gridiron show/ raising scholarships for Journalists attending Kansas universities; Member of Bartlett Arboretum fundraising committee; Frequent mentor for senior students at North High; Member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, College of Education, Wichita State University; Board member of Women of Wichita, a philanthropic organization; Board member of 4 Wichita/ KU Med Center; Volunteer fundraiser for Music Theatre Wichita; Member of fundraising events committee for Mark Arts; Spokesperson for the past 19 years for Share the Season, an annual project by The Salvation Army, The Wichita Eagle and The Wichita Community Foundation that offers one-time help to the working poor during the holidays.
Married to Richard Honeyman, she has won many awards, including: Junior League of Wichita Sustainer of the Year 2002-2003; NCCJ A. Price Woodard Award, 2002; James K. Batten Award, Knight Ridder Excellence Award, Community Service, 2002; National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hope Award, 2005; CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Founder’s Award, 2006; Wichita North High School Hall of Fame, inducted 2009; Wichita State University President’s Medal recipient, 2011; KETCH Making the Difference Award, Volunteer of the Year 2014
Wichita Bar Association Jonalou Pinnell Distinguished Service Award, 2015; Wichita Bar Auxiliary Distinguished Service Award, 2005 and 2012
Mark Arts Volunteer of the Year 2016; Good Apple Award from Wichita Public Schools 2017; AFP Greater Wichita Chapter Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser 2017; Humanitarian of the Year Award 2017 (presented to me and my husband).
Christina Bluml, Exploration Place
Christina has 25 years of experience in marketing, and has been with Exploration Place since 2001. She oversees the museum’s advertising, public relations, digital and publication strategies. Before joining Exploration Place, Christina served as marketing specialist for seven years at Commerce Bank, Wichita. In 2013 she received the Wichita American Marketing Association's Non-Profit Marketer of the Year Award. She has served on local boards including Wichita American Marketing Association, PRSA Kansas, and currently serves on the Wichita Hispanic Chamber board of directors. Christina earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University.
Tom Borrego, Wichita Public Library Foundation
Campaign Director for the Wichita Public Library Foundation. Borrego has over 20 years of philanthropic leadership and fundraising experience with non-profit organizations including Wichita State University Foundation, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Newman University, Sterling College, and the Hutchinson Regional Health System. A native of Wichita and a graduate of Wichita State University and Washburn University School of Law, Borrego has applied his legal knowledge to assist individuals with their philanthropic goals. Borrego has served as the President of the Hispanic Law School Students Association, President of the La Familia Senior Center, Chairperson of Senior Services, Chairperson of Grace Med Clinic, Former Member of the Kansas Hispanic Education and Development Foundation and currently serves on the USD 265 Goddard Foundation.
Emma DeVos, Innovative NonProfit
Emma DeVos is the Product Manager at Innovative NonProfit, a software provider based out of Mitchell, SD. She leads the team which provides Fundraising/Donor Management and Phonathon software for nonprofits and university foundations. 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 as President of the board of Mitchell Main Street and Beyond, and as a board member of the Dakota Dreamers Foundation.
Chenay Dixon Sloan, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School
Chenay Sloan is a business professional with 20 years of experience in special events, fundraising, sales, marketing, technology, business process outsourcing and as a small business owner. She currently works in advancement, special events, marketing and alumni relations at Kapaun Mt Carmel Catholic High School, and sold her small business at Trendy Tots Resale Shop in December 2016. She is active in the community with her work at Association of Fundraising Professionals, Catholic Charities of Wichita and St Thomas Aquinas Church and School. A Wichita native, KMC and KU grad, she's a huge fan of Jayhawks Basketball and KMC girls soccer.
Lisa Dodson, Wichita State University
Lisa Dodson served as a Project Associate for the Public Policy and Management Center for three years before joining the team full-time in 2016. As Research and Program Evaluation Manager for the PPMC, she provides program management, evaluation, consulting and research services. Prior to joining Wichita State, she owned an independent consulting firm and held roles at Kansas State University Institute for Academic Alliances, Kansas African American Museum and Tabor College. Lisa earned a M.Econ. and M.Ed., both from Wichita State University.
Katy Dorrah, Mark Arts
Katy Dorrah has been executive director at Mark Arts since December 2014. She has led the organization through the development of a new strategic plan and a nearly $20 million capital campaign that included a name change, new brand identity and new programming. The new Mark Arts opened in Wichita in January 2018. Previously, Katy was vice president of resource development for United Way of the Plains.
Cindy Elifrits Peterson, Maximizing Excellence, LLC
Cindy Elifrits Peterson, MSW, CFRE, is a proven expert in resource development with 19 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 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%. 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.
Merritt Engel, President/Principal, Merrigan & Co
Merritt Engel is a direct marketing strategist, copywriter and trainer. She specializes in providing measurable results for clients through a range of marketing channels, print and digital. She regularly consults and writes for both for-profit and nonprofit national organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the University of Kansas Physicians Group and Hospital.
Merritt serves on the faculty at Rockhurst University, where she developed and teaches theMarketing and Technology Trends course. She is past president of the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association. KCDMA named Merritt “Direct Marketer of the Year” in 2012. She was recently honored as a member of the 2016 40 Under Forty class by Ingram's Magazine. Merritt currently serves as the President of the Kansas City Direct Marketing Education Foundation, as well as serving as Marketing Chair for the Communications Studies Alumni Board at the KU Edwards Campus.
She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Rockhurst University and a Masters in the same discipline from the University of Kansas.
Mandy Fleming, Exploration Place
Mandy has over 20 years of experience in non-profit and higher education, including program development, event planning and fundraising. For seven years, she was the Director of Events at the Wichita State University Alumni Association and has had the privilege to work and grown within innovative organizations Envision and Youth Entrepreneurs before coming to Exploration Place in August 2017. Mandy has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from WSU, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with an emphasis in non-profit management. She is proud to call Wichita "home."
Judy Frick, BoardSource consultant
Judy Frick spent 17 years as a “career volunteer child advocate” before becoming the founding executive director of Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County, Inc. in 1990 (currently, The Pando Initiative). Having served in leadership positions on numerous boards and as an executive director, she decided to focus on nonprofit board development in her retirement. She participated in a BoardSource Consultant training in 2015 and has served as an independent consultant and as a consultant for the WSU Community Engagement Center. When she became a member of the Junior League of Wichita governing board, she helped establish a board development initiative through trained League BoardSource consultants. The group collaborates with the Nonprofit Chamber of Services to provide board development training for League members and community boards.
Diana Gordon, CFRE, President & Chief Development Officer, Orpheum Performing Arts Centre
Diana was joined the Orpheum in January 2016, bringing to the historic Orpheum Theatre more than 25 years of experience in arts advocacy, non-profit administration and development in Wichita, Nashville, New York City and Washington, D.C. She is a licensed Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) whose work for the last 12 years has focused on arts & cultural fundraising in Wichita. At the Wichita State University Foundation, she was Director of Development for the College of Fine Arts and the Ulrich Museum of Art, where she led the $3M fundraising campaign to conserve the iconic Joan Miro mosaic on the WSU campus. She is a dedicated arts & cultural advocate who serves on the board of Music Associates and the Wichita chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Katie Hatfield Gunzelman, Wichita Collegiate School
Katie Gunzelman is in her third year as the Assistant Director of Development and Communication at Wichita Collegiate School, an independent private school for students ages 2 through grade 12. She grew up at Collegiate herself and graduated in 2007 before going on to Wake Forest University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Along with many other fundraisers, she came into this career path by happy accident, working in healthcare, broadcast media, and human resources along the way. Katie has been a member of AFP for three years and enjoyed serving on this year's MAC Planning Committee. She loves meeting new people and building relationships and appreciates the opportunity to do so at this year's conference.
Tanja Heinen, CFRE, MBA, FCEP
Tanja has 30 years’ professional experience spanning the fields of public relations, promotions, corporate communication, marketing, and nonprofit management. For the past 23 years, she has held multifaceted senior-level fundraising management roles in the education, medical research and health care sectors. She became a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2000, earned her Master’s of Business Administration degree in 2002, and became a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP) in 2014. Tanja brings a collaborative leadership style to the team and has served as a consultant to nonprofit boards and executive leaders in the areas of strategic planning, capital campaigns, fund-raising, and development talent acquisition. She teaches about the importance of building integrated marketing and fundraising programs and has helped coach physicians and CEOs about how to build a culture of philanthropy within the nonprofits they serve.
Sandra Henningsen, Crescendo Interactive, Inc.
Sandra Henningsen, CGPA (Certified Gift Planning Associate), Assistant Vice President for Crescendo Interactive, oversees planned giving eMarketing services. She mentors nonprofits in establishing planned giving websites and marketing planned gifts using the Internet, eNewsletters, social media and royalty-free literature. She speaks and teaches seminars in the area of eMarketing and gift planning. She has presented at AFP International and area AFP, CASE International, AHP International, ALDE, CLA and various Regional Conferences. Sandra has been part of the Crescendo staff for 26 years. Her Bachelor of Science degree in education is from South Dakota State University.
Vicki Kline, Nonprofit Go
Vickie Kline is the finance director for Music Theatre Wichita and the Founder/Executive Director of NonprofitGO Inc (NPGO). Ms. Kline has been working in the nonprofit community for 30 years, with the last 14 being at Music Theatre Wichita. In 2012, she added grant writing to her skills and found a new way to serve local nonprofit organizations.
NPGO received nonprofit status in March 2018, with a mission to mentor and educate nonprofit organizations in standard business practices. The NPGO team provides grant writing, accounting, and business consultation services and support to organizations at a reasonable and affordable rate. Over the past year, the NPGO client base has increased to 32 organizations, including The Orpheum Theatre, CASA of Sedgwick County, KPTS-Channel 8, The Pando Initiative, and the Kansas Food Bank Warehouse.
Ms. Kline is a native of Wichita and lives in Riverside with her illustrator husband, Michael, and feline office manager, Felix Noir.
Cherian Koshy, Des Moines Performing Arts
Cherian Koshy, CFRE and AFP Master Trainer, has more than two decades of experience in a variety of non-profits where he has successfully helped organizations connect thousands of donors to causes they care about and raising tens of millions of dollars in the process. He serves as the Director of Development at Des Moines Performing Arts, one of the nation's premier arts organizations. He is also a member of Rogare: the Fundraising Think Tank and serves on the boards of several other organizations. He is a governor-appointed member of Iowa's Commission on Volunteer Service and co-founded the Des Moines Fundraising Insitute.
Mike Lamb, Wichita State University Foundation
Michael Lamb has been working at the WSU Foundation for more than 20 years, currently serving as vice president with oversight of the planned giving vice president with oversight of the planned giving, annual fund, and regional giving programs. He has worked in higher education for more than 29 years. During his tenure with the Foundation, Mike has had direct or supervisory responsibility for more than $11.6 million in outright gifts and $107 million in legacy gift commitments. Mike earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from WSU and an executive masters of business administration from Friends University. In 2005, he earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential. In November 2011, Mike was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Greater Wichita chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2013, the Promise for the Future planned giving campaign, which was directed by Mike, was recognized with a Gold Award in the International Circle of Excellence program of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Mike holds memberships in the Wichita Estate Planning Council, the Association of Fundraising
Professionals, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association for Charitable Gift Planning. Mike speaks regularly on campus and has presented in local, regional and national settings for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Kansas Association of Community Foundation and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. Although a native Wichitan, Mike and his wife, Susan (also a WSU graduate), have lived in Hesston for more than 27 years. The couple has two grown daughters, and four energetic grandchildren. In his spare time, Mike sings in a 250-member male chorus and enjoys running, having completed three full marathons, two half marathons, and multiple 10k and 5k runs. For Mike, fundraising is a form of match-making, facilitating connections between the passions of donors and the opportunities of the university.
Cindy Miles, Nonprofit Chamber of Service
Cindy Miles is the Executive Director for the Nonprofit Chamber of Service and founder of “The Incubator for Nonprofits of Kansas.” Cindy is passionate about serving the community and serves on numerous nonprofit boards and committees. She has assisted many organizations with their marketing, public relations, fundraising, strategic planning, board development and more. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing from Wichita State University and a Master of Business Administration from Newman University.
Charlie Moon, BAS
Charlie Moon, BAS is a builder of momentum. In addition to raising over $331,000.00 in 46 minutes and 31 seconds, Charlie has sold a $1.00 bill for $2500.00 and has a list of other accomplishments. Every day for over 40 years this unicorn has built results-oriented cultures and people. He is a development strategist, consultant, professional benefit auctioneer and it has been said “outright amazing when it comes to connecting donor’s hearts to their credit cards.” Over the last 16 years Charlie has conducted benefit auctions while working with up to 35 non-profits a year in Kansas, Nebraska,
Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. In 2013 Charlie was designated by the National Auctioneers Association as a “Benefit Auctioneer Specialist”. Less than 1% of all auctioneers have earned this designation. Charlie doesn’t auction cars, cattle, pots or pans. He consults on auction strategy and is a professional benefit auctioneer to help people less fortunate.
Joan Moore, Wichita Collegiate School
Joan Moore is a native Wichitan and a trained attorney who "fell" into the field of fundraising, first as a community volunteer and now as a professional. She has worked at Wichita Collegiate School, first as the Development Director and now as the Advancement Director, for the past eight years. Joan is a 1984 graduate of the school and loves working for her alma mater, where she passionately solicits other alumni and friends of the school.
Shelly Prichard, Wichita Community Foundation
Shelly Prichard is the President & CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation, a position she has had since 2012. At the Foundation, which manages more than $80 million in assets, Shelly interacts with donors to help them direct their charitable giving. She also works with prospective fund holders, and non-profits, and works to connect funders with organizations doing good work in Wichita. Prior to the community foundation, Shelly was the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, serving 80 counties in Kansas, and managing the business merger of seven Girl Scout councils. Shelly grew up on a farm outside of Newton, Kansas, and earned a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from K-State.
Betsy Redler, JLW, BoardSource Consultant
Betsy Redler has been a volunteer her entire life. Betsy’s mother would “volunteer” her to work community events. As a BoardSource consultant, she is active in the Junior League of Wichita, having served as a Board president along with involvement in their many fundraisers. Betsy also served in board leadership positions for Exploration Place, The Guadalupe Health Foundation Board and the Wichita Family Crisis Center and has served on the boards of WASAC, Arts Partners and University of Kansas Hillel. She has been active in various ways when her children were enrolled in USD 259, serving as the President of the Robinson Foundation for Academic Excellence and President of the IB Parent Board.
Mallory Rine, Marketing Manager, Orpheum Performing Arts Centre
Mallory has led the Marketing Department at the Wichita Orpheum since 2012. She focuses on increasing and diversifying audience through social media, web presence, rebranding, outreach, and engagement.
Jill Ruhd, Dakota State University
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
Alexei Safronov, DonorSearch
Alexei Safronov is currently serving as the Director of New Sales for DonorSearch where he has worked for the past 10 years serving thousands of different nonprofits. During his time with the company, Alexei has overseen a sales department that has grown by over 25% in each of the past five years, and a team of individuals that has increased in size each and every year. Prior to his work with DonorSearch, Alexei graduated from University of Maryland University College with a concentration in IT management.
Jona Schmidt, Dakota State University
Jona is the Director of Planned and Major Gifts at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, a role she took on in 2018. Prior to that, she was Director of Alumni Relations at Dakota State University where she developed programs to maintain lifelong interactions with the university’s alumni. As a member of the University’s Advancement team since 1995, Jona has served in various roles including leading the annual fund and several years as director of marketing and public relations. She was editor of the Dakota State Magazine and was executive director of the DSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is currently the President of the Lake County Historical Society Board and is current chair of a successful capital campaign at her church. Jona is a graduate of Black Hills State University.
Lisa Schooler, Wichita Collegiate School
Lisa Schooler is in her 19th year as the Director of Alumni Relations and Digital Media at Wichita Collegiate School. Her responsibilities include fundraising, event planning, communication, social media, and webmaster. Lisa has served in many roles as a volunteer with the following organizations: Junior League, Heart Association, Wichita Festivals, Kidzcope Board, and Polo On the Plains committee.
Ed Shafer, FAHP
For over 40 years Ed has directed philanthropic and fundraising programs for health care, senior living, youth groups, churches and other charitable organizations. He has worked in both consulting and staff fundraising management roles. He is the Western Regional Director of Development for Great Circle. He assists clients and organizations with strategic planning for philanthropy and fundraising, capital campaigns, planned giving program development and donor cultivation, major gift solicitation, development office management. Although he lives in Olathe, KS, Ed has served clients in New York, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as a dozen other states. He has held the accreditation status of “Fellow” with the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy for over 30 years. He held CFRE status for 37 years.
Paul Strawhecker, Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc.
Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE, is president of Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc., a full-service resource development consulting firm in Omaha, NE. His career spans over 40 years in conducting fundraising programs throughout the country, serving more than 300 nonprofit organizations.
Paul's experience includes initiating Boys Town's planned giving program, overseeing the City of Omaha's social service programs as assistant to the Mayor and serving as vice president of development for both a 75-hospital management group and a three-state campus university system.
Paul has taught graduate and certificate programs for the University of Nebraska at Omaha for over 20 years. He has authored the book, Capital Campaign Implementation: Are You Ready? (2012) as well as the textbook, Fund Raising Overview: A key to Non-Profit Organizational Success, produced for the UNO Graduate class Fund Raising in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (1998)
In 1996, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) accredited Paul as the 27th Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive. He served as chair of the AFP International Foundation on Philanthropy, and has served on the AFP International Board of Directors and currently serves on the ACFRE Board and the Ethics Committee. He has also served as President of AFP chapters in Michigan, North Dakota and Nebraska. Paul received both the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP and the AFP NE Chapter Award Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in 2008.
Ryan Strawhecker, Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc.
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
Andy Suther is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at DonorSearch, and has been there for the past four years. Prior to his work with DonorSearch, Andy worked as a researcher for a real estate title examination company out of Virginia for seven years after attending James Madison University as a Music major. Currently, he works with hundreds of different nonprofits and fundraising consulting firms to help implement prospect research strategies. Along with speaking at numerous AFP, APRA, and other development workshops and conferences, he currently serves as the President of APRA-MD and on the committee for the Association of Philanthropic Counsel.
Monica Tiffany, Creative Director/Principal, Merrigan & Co
Monica Tiffany specializes in developing effective communications strategy for companies and organizations. She has written for Shriners Hospitals for Children, National Geographic, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Red Cross, to name a few.
Monica served as VP of Marketing and Communications for the Association of Fundraising Professionals — Mid-America Chapter. She currently serves as Marketing Consultant on the CASA of Jackson County board and is a member of the Reach Out and Read KC Community Council. A Mizzou graduate, Monica also serves on the MU English Leaders Development Board helping to promote the university’s English Department and connect recent graduates with career opportunities. She joined the Mid America Planned Giving Council board in 2018.
As a professional creative director and copywriter, she speaks to both local and national audiences about copywriting, messaging and creative strategy. Prior to joining M&C, Monica spent five years in nonprofit association management.
Matt Vainer, Catholic Diocese of Wichita
A Mad Men by trade, Matt Vainer jumped from the fast-pace life of advertising to focus his efforts on a new product. That product: Jesus. More specifically, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, where he is now serving as the Communications Director. Matt has a passion for the field of Communication and helping others bridge the gap between yesterday’s world and today’s ever-evolving environment. In his free time, you can find him at Starbucks sipping on iced coffees or outdoors, disconnected completely, and chasing after whatever is in season at the time
Matt Vuorela, Steir Group
Matt Vuorela is President at the Steier Group, a fundraising and development firm that works almost exclusively with Catholic parishes, schools and dioceses. His passion and dedication to advancing the mission of the Catholic Church led him to the Steier Group, a firm that has partnered with more than 1,500 Catholic organizations and raised over $2 billion. Matt attended Creighton University. He and his wife, Liz, have three children– ages 9, 7 and 5. The Vuorela family attend St. Wenceslaus Catholic Parish in Omaha, Nebraska, where Liz is a teacher and their children attend school.