Sharon Stanczak, CFRE, President
Sharon Stanczak, CFRE, PresidentVice President for Institutional Advancement, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Sharon has worked in the advancement field for over 25 years. Before joining Whitehead Institute, she worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 11 years in the area of principal gifts, as well as large-scale project management of initiatives and institutes, including: oversight of fundraising for the David H. Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research; MIT.nano (a new, state-of-the-art nanotechnology facility); and the MIT Libraries. She also worked for the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of Maryland and the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.

She enjoys science, technology, the arts, diversity and all aspects of the philanthropic world.

Bridget A. Flynn, CFRE, Sr. Vice President
Bridget A. Flynn, CFRE, Sr. Vice PresidentDirector of Major Giving and Capital Campaigns, Southcoast Health System

Bridget Flynn has worked in the non-profit sector for 20 years and currently serves 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.

In her current role, Bridget is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Southcoast Health’s $25 million campaign – the largest in the organization’s history. During her tenure, Bridget has led the annual, major and planned giving teams to the 2nd best fundraising year on record.

Before her tenure at Southcoast Health, Bridget spent six years at Cape Cod Healthcare where she was part of a team that 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 a master’s degree in English from Bridgewater State University and an MBA, with a concentration in non-profit management, from Providence College.

John A. Perry, CFRE, Immediate Past President
John A. Perry, CFRE, Immediate Past PresidentAVP for Philanthropy, University of Kentucky HealthCare and College of Medicine.
John A. Perry is Associate Vice President for Philanthropy at the University of Kentucky HealthCare and College of Medicine. In this role, he leads all health and medical philanthropy efforts as a part of UK’s $2.1B Campaign, reporting to UK’s Executive Vice President of Health Affairs, Vice President for Philanthropy and Dean of the College of Medicine.

Perry’s three decades of fundraising experience includes 18 years within the medical and healthcare sectors. He was previously Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School from 2016 – 2019. Prior to that, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Advancement at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, serving as the Chief Advancement Officer in charge of philanthropy, alumni and parent relations and communications for the medical school. Prior to joining Brown in 2010, John served as Director of Development for the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan; Chief Development Officer at the Oakwood Healthcare System in Dearborn, Michigan; and Director of Major Gifts at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit Michigan.

From 1985 to 2001 he served in various development and management capacities with the Boy Scouts of America in the Chicago and Detroit areas. A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), John holds a BA in Psychology from DePauw University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Perry is a member of the Group on Institutional Advancement of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He is also a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and served as chair for the AHP’s Midwest Regional Conference and as a member of the Midwest Regional Board.

Mark T. Cummings, Past President
Mark T. Cummings, Past PresidentPrivate Consultant and NEAHP Board Member (New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy)
With 36 years in the profession of healthcare fund-raising, Mark has served several well-known regional and national organizations. Beginning in the early 1980’s he was elevated to Northeast Regional Director of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis,Tennessee, after serving three years as Regional Fund-Raising Representative. In 1985 he was hired by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he served in a number of capacities for the Jimmy Fund, the fund-raising arm of the Institute, including Associate Director, Director of Planning and Special Events and Director of Operations. In 1994 he became the Director of Development for the Cancer Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

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).

Andrea V. Ferreira, Treasurer
Andrea V. Ferreira, TreasurerDirector of Foundation Relations & Research Advancement, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners HealthCare at Home
Andrea V. Ferreira is Treasurer for The Friday Forum. She is currently Director of Foundation Relations and Research Advancement for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners HealthCare at Home, both affiliates of the Partners Health System. As a seasoned development professional with a public health background, she has spent her career in the nonprofit world both as a consultant and in staff roles with healthcare and human service organizations as well as state and local education agencies. In addition to her experience in grant writing and grant making, her successful track record includes program development, management, and evaluation as well as staff, board, and community member training in a range of settings.

When she’s not balancing the books for The Friday Forum or enticing yet another funder to support the mission of her current employer, she enjoys traveling, playing with her preschool-aged grandkids, and fearlessly cooking up a storm in her too-small kitchen.

Brenda Goodell, Secretary
Brenda Goodell, SecretaryPrincipal, The White Space Collaborative
Brenda is a principal at The White Space Collaborative, a consulting firm, and former Assistant Vice President of Event Fundraising at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. In her role as AVP of event fundraising, she worked on growing events including Scooper Bowl, the Executive Council supporting the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, the Palm Beach Celebrations and over 200 annual grassroots events.

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.

Sue Andrews
Sue AndrewsAssistant Vice President for Major Gifts at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Sue Andrews, CFRE, has worked in the development field for over 20 years and currently serves as an Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In this role she manages fundraising for over 15 different medical disciplines, including the Departments of Surgery, Dermatology, and Orthopaedics. During her time at BWH, she has personally raised over $70 million for clinical and research programs and capital improvements.

 

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.

Neeta Beepath
Neeta BeepathDirector, Annual Giving and Donor Operations, Catholic Charities of Boston
Neeta Beepath – Catholic Charities of Boston
Neeta Beepath has spent her entire career working with and advancing Boston area non-profits.  With a focus on Annual Giving, Individual Giving, and Donor Operations, she has broad experience in the healthcare, social service, and education arenas.  Neeta began her fundraising career at Children’s Hospital Boston in 2003 and has since held various consultant and staff positions at Perkins School for the Blind, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Hebrew Senior Life, Father Bills & MainSpring, Franciscan Hospital for Children, Hearth, and Thayer Academy.  She is currently the Director of Annual Giving and Donor Operations at Catholic Charities of Boston where she has grown the annual fund program to an all-time high.

 

Neeta holds a B.A. in Business Management from Bentley University and lives on the South Shore with her young daughter.

Aaron Buzay
Aaron BuzayAssociate Vice President of Advancement Operations, Museum of Science
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In his role at the Museum of Science, Aaron oversees annual giving, donor relations, events, information services, advancement marketing and communication, and research.  Since starting at the Museum in 2017, Aaron has managed the unification of a comprehensive advancement operations and services team, implemented key performance indicators, dashboard reporting, and grown annual giving 15% year-over-year.

 

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.

Merritt Crowley
Merritt CrowleyVice President for College Advancement, Wheaton College
Merritt Crowley has been involved in the non-profit fund-raising world for more than 25 years. Ms. Crowley has a comprehensive understanding of campaign fundraising, philanthropy, board development, prospect management, and volunteer management as well as over fifteen years of staff management experience in comprehensive campaigns ranging from $35 million – $1 billon+.

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.

Kate DeForest
Kate DeForestDirector of School Development & Assistant Dean for Development at the School of Social Work. Boston University
Kate DeForest has worked in the development field for over 20 years and currently serves in a dual role at Boston University as Director of School Development and Assistant Dean for Development at the School of Social Work. In her role, Kate manages a team of front-line school-based officers at the Schools of Theology and Hospitality, the College of General Studies, and Metropolitan College, and two junior gift officers. Additionally, she is responsible for all fundraising efforts at the School of Social Work. Prior to moving into this role, she served as Director of Advancement at Boston University School of Medicine. In her time at Boston University, she has personally raised over $10 million for professorships, research programs, and scholarship.

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.

Melissa Kogut
Melissa KogutVice President of Development, Riverside Community Care
Melissa Kogut has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years – currently as Vice President of Development at Riverside Community Care, which provides community-based behavioral healthcare and human services to more than 40,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year.

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.

Joe Pannozzo
Joe PannozzoVice President and Chief Development Officer at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital
Joe Pannozzo has spent his entire career working in the philanthropic sector. Beginning as a gift officer at Stonehill College, his alma mater, Joe has since held positions of progressive responsibility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, and now at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals in Providence, where he holds the role of Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Currently Joe leads a comprehensive team of professionals focused on raising funds for research, clinical care, operations, programs, and facilities. He is the lead staff to the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation and works collaboratively with the President and Board Chair in this capacity.

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.

Larry G. Raff, MPH, Past President
Larry G. Raff, MPH, Past PresidentPresident and Principal at Copley Raff, Inc.
Larry G. Raff is president and principal of Copley Raff, Inc., a national management and fundraising consulting firm that specializes in raising the sights of nonprofit organizations and helping them to meet aspirational goals. He is also a principal with Rising Tide Direct LLC, a direct mail and marketing firm that stresses the use of direct marketing channels to maximize net revenue and to identify and move contributors into the major donor pipeline.

Larry has held leadership advancement positions and consulting engagements for more than 30 years. He and his firm have served hundreds of organizations of all sizes and reach from every nonprofit sector, and have earned a reputation for achieving client objectives through both creative and rigorous application of proven advancement practices. The thought leadership Larry provides includes his GivingTake blog which has been publishing bi-weekly for more than five years and has an international following; serving as past President of The Friday Forum, a thought leadership group of senior development professionals in the Boston area; and, regularly providing high-level training presentations and publishing articles in Becker’s Hospital Review, Fundraising Success Magazine and Board Source.

Larry is a co-founder of the highly acclaimed Philanthropy Leadership Advancement Nexus, a Master Gift Officer Event. Now entering its seventh year, PLAN-MGO is an immersive, four-day training program that transforms advancement professionals and volunteers into Master Gift Officers by reengineering the nature and process of their relationships with donors, goals, asks, and stewardship.

David C. Wegrzyn, M.Ed.
David C. Wegrzyn, M.Ed.Vice President of University Advancement
David C. Wegrzyn ’86, who has a distinguished background of more than 20 years of executive leadership experience, is Vice President of University Advancement.

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.