|Speakers for this session:|
|Dean of Development|
|Montserrat College of Art|
As Dean of Development, Howard has over fifteen years of experience in advancement and supporter relations. Since joining Montserrat he has become lead staff for their currently running “Catalyst Campaign,” a capital campaign that is now being conducted without counsel. Prior to joining Montserrat College of Art he served as Director for Individual Giving for Boston Ballet, as Senior Gifts Officer at Partners In Health and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and as Director of Events for New England Conservatory of Music. He has also done private advancement consulting for a broad range of individuals and organizations. He has worked with professional counsel on capital campaigns at Boston Ballet and New England Conservatory. Howard has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Puppet Showplace in Brookline, Women In Development’s City Service committee, the Professional Conference Managers Association, and as President of both the New England and San Francisco chapters of the National Association of Catering Executives. Howard graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire.
|Richard R. Blain & Associates, LLC|
Rick has been involved in development for 30 years. In his current position, he is responsible for providing direction and counsel to not-for-profits of various types, assisting them with feasibility studies and capital campaigns, program audits and ongoing institutional advancement programs, public relations, and strategic planning. Previously, as Director of Fund Development at Caritas Christi Health System, Rick was responsible for assisting the staff of member institutions with all aspects of their development efforts including capital campaigns. Before that, he worked as Vice President at a national consulting firm where he was responsible for similar functions. Rick currently serves as Board Member for the North Andover Scholarship Foundation, Family Services, Inc., Essex County Community Foundation Grants Management Committee, Exchange Club of Lawrence, and Stoneham Savings Bank. He earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Merrimack College. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), New Hampshire Conference on Fundraising (CONFR), and Exchange Club of Lawrence. Rick is Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE),
|Erin O`Connell Casey|
|Senior Philanthropy Officer|
|St. Francis House|
Erin has been involved in development for 21 years. As Senior Philanthropy Officer at St. Francis House, Erin is helping to raise more than $3 million annually and $15 million in capital campaign (2007 - 2011) support to fund services for Boston's poor and homeless. Most previously, as Director of Development at The Second Step, Erin set a new course for the organization's events-reliant fundraising effort by establishing a major gifts program, a mail appeal program, and opportunities for volunteer, donor, and community engagement and education. Erin has helped to build comprehensive, successful Development programs at some of greater Boston's most renowned health and human services non-profits. Prior to her major gifts and management-focused work at St. Francis House and The Second Step, Erin was Director of Development at The May Institute and Development Manager for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Early in her career Erin held special events, public relations, annual fund, and grantwriting positions at The New England Home for Little Wanderers. She earned a BA in English from St. Anselm College in 1989. She has been a longtime member of AFP and Women in Development.