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 and currently serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Before joining Whitehead Institute, she worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 11 years. She has contributed to the success of multiple campaigns, ranging from small, focused efforts, to a $6B comprehensive campaign. Her areas of expertise include principal gifts, as well as large-scale project management of initiatives and institutes. She also worked for the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of Maryland and the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.
Bridget Flynn, Senior Vice President
Bridget Flynn, Senior Vice President

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.

Brenda Goodell, Secretary
Brenda Goodell, SecretarySenior Director of Development, Event Fundraising at Joslin Diabetes Center
Brenda is Senior Director of Development, Event Fundraising at Joslin Diabetes Center, 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.

Neeta Beepath, Treasurer
Neeta Beepath, Treasurer
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.

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).

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.

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.

John F. Donovan CFRE
John F. Donovan CFREPrincipal Consultant, Accordant
John brings considerable depth and perspective to his work rooted in twenty years consulting experience focused on strategic philanthropy planning, campaign assessment, planning and management as well as philanthropy program assessments and planned giving counsel. John has provided consulting services to a wide array of institutions including health, social service, veterans, education, and the arts. He has been intimately involved in campaigns ranging from a few million dollars to $100 million+.

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
Maureen GriecoConsultant

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.

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.

Christopher Marrion
Christopher Marrion

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.

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 U.S. and international management and fundraising consulting firm that specializes in raising the sights for nonprofit organizations and helping them meet aspirational goals.

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.

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.