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AFP-NM Monthly Meeting

January 21, 2016

The Marriage Between Executive and Development Directors

In order for any nonprofit to be truly successful, two important seats in the house must be and remain on the same page. When Executive Directors work seamlessly with their Development Directos (and vice versa), greatness happens. This month's AFP-NM meeting will feature discusssions about and from dynamic duos from varying sized nonprofits who will candidly  share how and why their partnerships led to success at their individual organizations.

Speaker Bios

LaDonna Hopkins

LaDonna has worked in the field of social profit mangement, fundraising and consulting for more than 40 years. She has served in both professional and volunteer roles with numerous organizations. Awards include recognition by AFP-NM as Outstanding Fundraising Executive.

Kristin Rortvedt, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico (RMHC-NM)

Prior to joining RMHC-NM, Kristin served as the Community Liaison for PNM Resources, leading the company's employee volunteerism efforts as well as administering Foundation grants. Originally from northern Minnesota, she is passionate about serving the community that she now calls home. Active in many organizations, Kristin is currently an advisory board member for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, United Way Young Leader's Society, the Mayor's ABQ Volunteer Initiative and Association of Fundraising Professionals - NM Chapter. She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She enjoys traveling and is still trying to strengthen her New Mexican chile-eating skills.

Sarah R. Newman, Development Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico (RMHC-NM)

Before joining the RMHC-NM staff in 2013, Sarah had been a volunteer for the organization. Prior to her RMHG-NM career, Sarahe was a Retail Buyer for Fotune 500 companies, Manager of the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger, and worked as a consultant focused on programming and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. She hold a Bachelor's of Science fron the University of Arizona. Sarah is an active community member and in her free time can be found colunteering for local nonprofit organizations.

Melody Wattenbarger, President and CEO, Roadrunner Food Bank

Melody has worked in non-profit organizations since starting her career more than 40 years ago. Nearly 30 of those years have been spent in food banks, first in Texas and then for the past 20 years at Roadrunner Food Bank. A struggling and almost bankrupt food assistance agency when she began her work in 1995, Roadrunner is now the largest and most comprehensive anti-hunger organization serving the entire state of New Mexico. Meoldy is responsible for the overall leadership and management of programmatic, fiscal, developmental and operational aspects of the Food Bank's work. She aslo founded two state food bank associations and on several occasions has been involved in food bank work at the national level, including serving as Chair of the National Contract Task Force for Feeding America. She reports to the Roadrunner's board of Directors and assists the board in setting policy and strategic direction for the organization. Melody earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from West Texas State University, and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Wally Verdooren, Chief Development Officer, Roadrunner Food Bank

Wally has devoted his entire career to fundraising and organizational development within the nonprofit sector, which includes nearly 30 years of extensice exoerience in capital campaigns, foundation and corporate grant-seeking, major gifts with inividuals and families, annual fund appeals, online giving, special events, stateic planning and development communications. He has served as a chief advancement officer, consultant, staff member and board member for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Wally oversees Roadrunneer's fundraising and communications team, and also is responsible for advocacy and community engagement actvities and the Food Bank. He joined the senior mangement team at Roadrunner in August of 2015. Wally has a Bachleor of Arts in Religion from Yale University, and Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuqueruqe - Sierra 1 Room

Register for the January 2016 meeting here.