|Speakers for this session:|
|Director of Fundraising & Public Relations|
|The Arc of Somerset County|
Tara has been involved in development for 6 years. In her current position, she is responsible for managing the agency's fundraising program on a limited budget. This includes planned giving, grant writing, individual gifts, annual fund campaign, and special events. She also manages all public relations and marketing efforts for the organization. Previously, as Assistant Director of Development at The Arc, Tara was responsible for special events, communications, and the creation and oversight of an agency volunteer program. She earned an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Rider University, a B.S. in Management from Penn State University, and is presently pursing a PhD in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. Tara is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Somerset County Business Partnership, and New Jersey Young Professionals.
|Director of Development|
|Katonah Museum of Art|
Allison has been involved in development for 7 years. In her current position, she is responsible for individual giving, corporate and foundation grants and oversees major gift campaigns and two special appeals annually. She is the Museum's primary liaison with the Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers, responsible for maintaining and growing both Boards. She also oversees membership, special events, PR, and maintains donor and community relationships. She oversees all promotional materials, including ad buys, the Annual Report, invitations, flyers, weekly eblasts and posters.
Previously, Allison was the Executive Director at WNYC, New York Public Radio, where she was responsible for creating budgets for live broadcasts, producing events, reporting to the Board of Trustees, writing grants and cultivating sponsors. She earned her BA in History from Brown University and her MA in Journalism from New York University. She is a member of Association of Development Officers in Westchester. Her honors have included a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Arts and Humanities Award, and Armstrong Radio Award and an American Women in Radio and Television Award.
|Director, Annual Fund|
|Second Stage Theatre|
Karen has been involved in development for 10 years. In her current position, she oversees all annual fundraising for Second Stage Theatre including individual and major gifts; corporate, government, and foundation support; and all special events. Prior to her role at Second Stage, Karen managed the Capital Campaign for the Signature Theatre Company’s newly opened Signature Center designed by Frank Gehry. She has also served as the Individual Gifts Manager for Boston’s New Repertory Theatre and as the Development Officer for the Celebrity Series of Boston. She volunteers at the Westside YMCA and previously served as a mentor for start-up fundraising shops as part of Women in Development’s City Service Committee. Karen earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
|Stephanie Hill Wilchfort|
|Vice President Development|
|The Lower East Side Tenement Museum|
Stephanie has been involved in development for over 15 years. In her current position, she oversees all fundraising operations for the Museum. This includes managing membership and direct marketing; events; major and capital gifts; and, board development with limited resources and a small team of staff and consultants. Prior to her role at the Museum, she was Assistant Vice President for Individual Giving at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit producer of Sesame Street around the world, where she oversaw major gifts and direct marketing. She has also held the roles of Director of Development at New York Public Radio (WNYC) and Deputy Director of Major Gifts at Channel Thirteen, the country’s largest public radio and television stations. Stephanie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Master’s degree in economic policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.