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Wednesday, Feb. 21
12:00-12:10 pm ET | Welcome
Setting the tone for our time together.
12:10-1:00 pm ET | Scholarship Management and Best Practices Panel
Moderated by: Jessica Price, Programs & Gifts Manager, Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation
Panelists include: April Hailey, Development Coordinator, Alpha Gamma Rho Educational Foundation; Erin Parks, Foundation Operations Manager, Alpha Chi Omega Foundation; Mary Kate Smith, Programs Director, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
Jessica Price is the Programs & Gift Manager for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. Jessica is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, graduating from Purdue University in 2010. She has worked for the Alpha Gam Foundation since 2015. She received her graduate certificate and master’s degree in philanthropic studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
April Hailey serves as Development Coordinator with the Education Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho. She has served in that position since 2020 and before that worked for Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity as the database manager. She has knowledge of both sides of the AGR Fraternity having worked with membership and now works with the Foundation on scholarships, stewardship, and overall database management. April holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and minor in Business Administration from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She is a Kansas City, Missouri native and is currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana, enjoying Mardi Gras and all things New Orleans.
Erin Parks serves as the Foundation Operations Manager for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. She has an extensive background in education, database management and organizational process improvement. Erin holds a Bachelor of Secondary Education and a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management. She lives in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and enjoys spending time with her three grown children and granddaughter and traveling with her husband.
Mary Kate Smith is the Programs Director for Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation. In her role, she oversees Theta Foundation’s Scholarship, Chapter and Individual Grants, Fraternity Grant, and Housing Grants programs. She is passionate about helping students further their educational endeavors and make a difference in the world through scholarship and grant opportunities – and removing barriers to those opportunities. Last year alone, Theta Foundation awarded over $860,000 in scholarship funding to collegians and alumnae pursuing degree programs. As a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta herself, Mary Kate has served in an advisory board capacity for two different college chapters. She holds a degree in Dance and Arts Administration from Butler University. A retired NFL cheerleader, she lives in the Indianapolis suburbs with her husband and two young children and is looking forward to ice cream and splash pads this summer!
1:10-2:10 pm ET | Storytelling and the Impact of Educational Programming
Chris Woods, Partner, Plaid, LLC.
Chris Woods is a partner in Plaid and serves in the areas of organizational operations, program and business development, account management, marketing and facilitation. He provides knowledge and experience specializing in fraternal management, chapter operations and individual leadership development. Chris graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. in Marketing, and obtained his M.A in Corporate Communication from Austin Peay State University. Chris is a former staff member of the Kappa Alpha Order National Office where he served in the area of chapter expansion. Chris specializes in culture change initiatives and product innovation by leading the charge to uncover educational tools to further the reach and efficacy of Plaid’s programs and services.
2:20-2:35 pm ET | Legal Insights for Grants Management
Amy Hebbeler, Associate, Fraternal Law Partners
Amy is an associate with Fraternal Law Partners. Amy’s practice focuses on the issues specific to fraternities, sororities, fraternal foundations and house corporations. Amy’s areas of expertise include corporate law, real estate law, tax, and grant making. She is also a regular contributor to the Fraternal Law Newsletter.
Amy is a member of the Cincinnati and Ohio State Bar Associations. She earned her B.A. in History and International Studies from Centre College (2013, cum laude). She then earned her J.D. from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law (2016, summa cum laude). While there she was an Associate Editor for the Northern Kentucky Law Review and Vice President of the Chase Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
2:35-3:00 pm ET | Roundtable Discussion: Best Practices of Fraternity/Foundation Collaboration
You’ll connect with others who are currently improving or hope to improve this area of work. Bring questions to the table for collaborative problem-solving and find a network of support.
3:10-4:00 pm ET | Engaging Alumni/ae in Leadership Development & Educational Programming
Connecting donors with leadership development programs and today’s collegiate members
Allison Rickels, Executive Director, FarmHouse Foundation
Allison is Executive Director & CEO of the FarmHouse Foundation, serving as the first and only woman CEO of a men’s fraternity educational foundation. She has been in this role for almost 16 years and on staff for nearly 22 years. She has led the efforts to grow their assets from $2 million to over $25.5 million today. Last fiscal year, the Foundation raised over $3.7 million. Allison is an Alpha Phi, past President of the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (FFE), and served on the board for six years. In 2013, she received FFE’s William D. Jenkins Outstanding Professional Award. Allison is a member of the AFP MidAmerica Chapter, serving on their board for six years, and is a 15-year faculty member of the chapter’s Fundraising 101 program. She also served on the boards of the Fraternity Communications Association and the University of Northern Iowa’s Alumni Association. She is president of her PEO Chapter and treasurer for South Valley Middle School PTSA. She and her family live in Kansas City, Mo.
Alumni/ae educational opportunities and engagement in programming
Monique Purnell, Leadership & Development Manager, Alpha Gamma Delta IHQ
Monique is the Learning & Development Manager at Alpha Gamma Delta International Headquarters. In her role, she oversees the implementation of the Fraternity’s member experience programming, evaluates the effectiveness of the training and educational programs, and develops eLearning curriculum. She is passionate about the sorority experience, striving to create relevant and engaging programming for members in every stage of their life. Monique earned her BFA in Theatre Arts from Brenau University and her MS in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity and lives in Kissimmee, FL with her husband and son.
Roundtable discussion: How are you energizing alumni/ae affinity or engagement?
Facilitated by Desiree Paulhamus, Director of Programs, Foundation for Fraternal Excellence