Bridget Flynn has over 20 years experience in higher education and healthcare philanthropy. Most recently, she served as the Director of Major Giving and Capital Campaigns at Southcoast Health, a $1 billion regional healthcare system stretching from Cape Cod to Rhode Island.
During her tenure at Southcoast, Bridget was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Southcoast Health’s $25 million campaign – the largest in the organization’s history – and led the annual, major and planned giving teams to the 2nd best fundraising year on record.
Before joining Southcoast Health, Bridget spent six years at Cape Cod Healthcare where she was part of a team that successfully completed a $100 million campaign for Falmouth and Cape Cod Hospital. Prior to her time in community healthcare, Bridget worked in the development offices at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.
A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Bridget holds an MBA, with a concentration in non-profit management, from Providence College and a master’s degree in English from Bridgewater State University.
Goodell is a graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in Speech Communication and Psychology and Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program in Strategic Marketing Management. She is a member of The Boston Club.
Neeta holds a B.A. in Business Management from Bentley University and lives on the South Shore with her young daughter.
Desne Crossley is a community builder, mentor, and award-winning development professional. She has served as an officer in higher education and the arts for over 30 years, primarily in major gifts and corporate and foundation relations. She is experienced in campaigns—as a staff member, lead, and volunteer; in board development; program, prospect, volunteer, and crisis management; speech and proposal writing; event design and implementation; stewardship; strategic planning; diversity programming; and with small and large shops. She was first trained by development expert, David R. Dunlop (father of moves management and principal gifts), and has practiced development as art, by processes, and metrics. Ms. Crossley is known for her willingness to approach difficult and unusual assignments, and especially her work with estranged, non-, and never-donors.
Ms. Crossley has held positions at Cornell University, Wellesley College, Radcliffe College/Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, Wheaton College-Norton MA, the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Simmons College (now University). She has been Associate Director of Major Gifts at Harvard Law School since 2012. Previous to her non-profit career, she served in the electronics industry on the west coast for 10 years, in marketing and advertising.
Ms. Crossley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz; and certification in University Management Training at Harvard University.
He served as SVP for Development from 2006 to 2013 for this four hospital healthcare system in Providence, RI and from 2000 to 2006 he served as Associate Vice President of Annual Programs and Direct Marketing at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, where he also served as Senior Director of Development Operations and was responsible for overseeing Annual Support, Individual Giving, Marketing and Development Service activities. He most recently served as VP, Chief of Advancement and Marketing at Franciscan Hospital for Children from 2013 to 2015. In September of 2015 he created his own consulting company and is working with a number of non-profits.
He is immediate past-president of Friday Forum, and is a board member of NEAHP (New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy).
Before her tenure at the Brigham, Sue worked in both higher education and healthcare fundraising at institutions like Marquette University, Chapman University, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Joslin Diabetes Center. She received her bachelors from Bentley College in Waltham, MA and a Masters of Education from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
Prior to the Museum, he served as Executive Director for Advancement Operations at the Harvard School of Public Health, overseeing the completion of a $900 million campaign. He previously held roles as Associate Dean at Stanford University and Director of Finance and Operations at Bethel University. Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Northwestern, and a Masters of Education and MBA from Bethel University.
Ms. Crowley has worked for private and public colleges and universities as well as some non-profit agencies. She held several positions with Brown over her 17 years there including: Executive Director of Development – Metro NY, Director of Campaign Volunteer Management, Director of the Parents Leadership Programs, Major Gift Officer, and Sr. Associate Director Annual Giving. Ms. Crowley also worked in Connecticut College’s office of Advancement in major giving and at Bryant University – overseeing all aspects of the institutions first-ever comprehensive campaign. As of October 2015, she is Vice President for College Advancement at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
Ms. Crowley is a frequent speaker at national conferences for CASE and Academic Impressions and has served on several boards in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Tufts University having received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Russian Studies.
Before her tenure at BU, Kate worked in both education and healthcare fundraising at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Latin School Association, University at Buffalo, and SUNY Geneseo. She also serves as a member of the Education Committee and co-chair of the Basics Program with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Massachusetts Chapter. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Geneseo and serves as a regional volunteer mentoring students and recent graduates.
John has also worked for a planned gift asset management and administration firm where he provided assistance on complex gift planning and investment strategies, trained development staffs on planned giving concepts and worked with donors and their advisors on charitable giving techniques. John is a current board member of the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and active civically with foster care and health and wellness not for profits. John is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences, a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and graduate of Villanova University with a degree in Economics.
Maureen Grieco has a 25-year career spanning the varied sectors of politics, higher education, academic medicine and cultural institutions.
She began her career in politics as a field organizer on a presidential campaign. Her first assignment was to find a volunteer to wear a chicken suit and hand out chicken nuggets at a political rally. She quickly realized that members of the fundraising team never had to do those tasks. In her next campaign, she got a job as a fundraiser and has since developed an allergy to poultry.
After a decade working on political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels, Maureen transitioned to fundraising in higher education and academic medicine at Yale School of Medicine and M.I.T. At both institutions, she raised funds in record-setting capital campaigns and developed relationships with influential donors, faculty and university leadership.
She then combined her experiences in politics and higher education and joined the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate as the inaugural Vice President of Development. At the Kennedy Institute, she was responsible for building a fundraising team and preparing for the opening of the new specialty museum and educational center.
Currently, Maureen consults for political campaign committees and advises the philanthropy of a family foundation.
As a recent patient of bilateral hip replacement, Maureen is enjoying her new set of hips and is taking longer walks, learning to spin and might ride a horse someday soon.
She is leading the organization’s first capital campaign to build a new Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Center in south central Massachusetts. Melissa has many years of experience leading mission-driven nonprofits in Massachusetts, raising funds, and influencing a range of health and public policy issues, including women’s reproductive healthcare and food systems issues.
When not at work, Melissa is ideally hiking in the White Mountains, cooking for friends, or trying a new restaurant.
Christopher Marrion is a senior not-for-profit executive with more than two decades of experience as a fundraiser in higher education and cultural organizations. Most recently Chris served as the Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at his graduate school alma mater, the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where he helped the school to exceed its fundraising goal for BU’s Choose to be Great campaign and on-boarded the school’s first permanent Dean in more than fifteen years. Prior to BU, Chris served under Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma as Deputy Director of Silkroad, where his responsibilities included strategic planning, program assessment, and fundraising for concert tours, recordings and commissions by the Silk Road Ensemble, a multi-year education initiative in NYC public schools, and a collaboration with the Harvard Business School to promote innovative cultural enterprise. Additional experience includes Boston Lyric Opera (Director of Development), Boston Children’s Hospital (Major Gifts Officer), and AIDS Action Committee (Director of Individual Giving).
Chris studied at the New England Conservatory of Music (BM) and the Boston University College of Fine Arts (MM). Prior to entering the development field, he was a freelance musician active in the U.S. and Europe.
In his spare time, Joe can be found spending time with his family (wife, Abbey, and their three young boys) in Cohasset, MA, either at the beach building sandcastles in the summertime or in the backyard bringing snowmen to life during the winter months.
Emily began her fundraising career immediately following graduation from Smith College and continued on to have leadership development roles at Cushing Academy, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund, Meeting Street, and Lifespan, a comprehensive healthcare system in Rhode Island inclusive of Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Newport Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and Bradley Hospital.
Outside of philanthropy, Emily immerses herself in the joy of being with her family often spending time together at the water’s edge in South Dartmouth, MA, with her husband, Peter, and their five children.
He worked 20 years as a senior level front-line advancement executive in healthcare, biomedical research, and human services, and nearly 20 years of consulting with more than 200 nonprofit organizations. Larry has been campaign counsel to campaigns ranging from $2M to $200M, served as interim senior leadership, facilitated board development retreats and has conducted many strategic advancement planning efforts.
Larry has authored the GivingTake blog since 2011 and is co-founder of planMGO, a four-day Master Gift Officer™ event dedicated to improving the quality and professionalism of development executives. The program has trained hundreds of professionals from across the U.S. and has been credited by attendees with providing transformational insights that have led to vastly improved major gift performance.
He previously served as Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Providence College and raised more than $100 million over 7 years. He also served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at St. John’s University in NY, where he oversaw development efforts that raised more than $260 million for St. John’s most recent capital campaign.
Originally from Warwick, RI, Wegrzyn is a graduate of Toll Gate High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration at Bryant. He also holds a Master of Education in sports administration from Temple University.