Conference Planning Committee


John-Gilchrist
DFWPC Position: Conference Chair
Company / Position: Fundraiser Strategies / Managing Principal
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: One can never stop learning and growing professionally. The DFW Philanthropy Conference provides the opportunity to engage in new ways of looking at our industry from different perspectives. Seeing old friends and meeting new colleagues represents a big reason why I love this conference. This conference gives every development professional, regardless of experience, the BEST value in terms of the quality presentations from exceptional thought leaders at a very reasonable price.

Chris Evans
DFWPC Position: Conference Co-Chair
Company / Position: Center for Transforming Lives / Annual Giving Manager
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: It's so important to continue learning as a fundraising professional, and the conference is a great tool to stay updated on the newest trends and best practices. It's also a fantastic opportunity to network with the best in our field!

Renee Underwood
DFWPC Position: Immediate Past Chair
Company / Position: Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation / Chief Development Officer
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: Big, bold new ideas! That's why I come every year. You "skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been" with the fresh insights you gain from the outstanding lineup of speakers, sponsors and exhibitors at the DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference.

Tiffany Anderson
DFWPC Position: Sponsor Chair
Company / Position: Gladney Center for Adoption / Director, Corporate Giving and Community Engagement

Nathaniel Aranda
DFWPC Position: Scholarship Chair
Company / Position: Pathfinders / Chief Development Officer
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love seeing the passion, innovation and excitement around philanthropy. It is amazing to see so many incredible organizations and development professionals come together and leave inspired to create, dream, and change the world.

Sarah Ayala
DFWPC Position: PR / Marketing Committee
Company / Position: Texas Health Resources / Annual Giving Specialist

Sarah Barrera
DFWPC Position: PR / Marketing Chair
Company / Position: Texas Health Resources Foundation / Donor Relations Manager
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love that colleagues are brought together from all over the area for a day of learning and sharing great ideas!

William Bogie
DFWPC Position: Logistics Chair
Company / Position: Mary Crowley Cancer Research/Prospect Researcher
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The Conference is the best thing our chapters do each year. We bring top notch speakers to educate our community of fundraisers, we bring in outstanding exhibitors that provide products and services fundraisers need, and we provide the CFRE Refresher Course because we believe in our profession's high standards for ethics, and professionalism.

Marcus Cunningham
DFWPC Position: IDEA / EDI Chair

Erin Fincher
DFWPC Position: Registration Co-Chair
Company / Position: North Texas Food Bank / Senior Director of Foundation Relations and Strategic Initiatives
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love this conference because it provides excellent learning opportunities for up-and-coming development professionals, while giving us "old folks" the chance to spend time with our colleagues / friends from other organizations. Secondarily, but equally as important, it offers opportunities to hear national speakers, and provides information on relevant topics.

Caitlin McCartney
DFWPC Position: Registration Committee
Company / Position: North Texas Food Bank / Philanthropy Project Coordinator

Stephanie Molina
DFWPC Position: Scholarship Co-Chair
Company / Position: ACH Child and Family Services / Annual Giving Specialist
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love seeing so many dedicated people gathered together wanting to make a difference for the DFW community. Because of AFP, we're given this wonderful opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other which creates such an open and amazing environment for fundraisers to collaborate.

Michael Schwerin
DFWPC Position: Registration Chair
Company / Position: Community Lifeline Center / Executive Director
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The Philanthropy in Action Conference brings together professionals from throughout North Texas. It is a great opportunity to learn from the best and network with others from the area. Having it right here in Irving makes it a very inexpensive opportunity that everyone should attend.

Janet K. Sherlip
DFWPC Position: Preview Party Chair
Company / Position: JKS by Design / Chief Visionary Officer

Josh Silva
DFWPC Position: PR / Marketing Chair
Company / Position: Marketing Manager / M.Gale & Associates

Open Positions

Please contact Conference Chair for more information about these positions.

  • Speaker / Guest Relations Chair
  • Sponsor Chair

Join Our Planning Committee

Sign up now to serve on the 2022 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference Planning Committee. Please email Conference Chair or Conference Co-Chair to let them know on which of the following committees you would like to serve.

  • Registration
  • Scholarships
  • Sponsorships
  • PR / Marketing — including photography, social media
  • Speaker Liaison
  • Preview Party
  • Guest Relations
  • Logistics
  • Evaluation
  • Young Professionals Event

You will be contacted with dates and times of planning meetings. Thank you for serving your AFP chapter and your profession as a member of the DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference Planning Committee.

Thank you, and see us soon for 2023 Philanthropy in Action Conference information.