Conference Planning Committee

Renee Underwood
DFWPC Position: Conference Chair
Company / Position: Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation / Associate Director
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.

John-Gilchrist
DFWPC Position: Conference Co-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.

Nathaniel Aranda
DFWPC Position: Scholarship Co-Chair
Company / Position: Pathfinders / Director of Development
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.

William Bogie
DFWPC Position: Logistics
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.

Tori Correll
DFWPC Position: CFRE Refresher Course Co-Chair
Company / Position: Mission Allies (formerly Gregg Partners) / Director of Grants
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: Every year, this single conference brings together fundraisers from all over North Texas. Represented among us are startup nonprofits, longstanding organizations, churches, schools, and supporting for-profit companies. Our causes range from health/human services and animal rights to international efforts and education. Through this conference, we come together to share in what we know, where we want to go, and how we can help our communities. Looking forward to a great conference in 2020!

Michelle Crim
DFWPC Position: CFRE Course Facilitator, Preview Party Committee
Company / Position: Dynamic Development Strategies, LLC / President
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love being part of the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference because I get to meet other fundraising professionals and work with a positive group of dedicated individuals. I've worked on this conference over the years and am so impressed with the quality of the topics and how well-run the conference is every year.

Shay Dickerson
DFWPC Position: Committee Member
Company / Position: M. Gale & Associates / Nonprofit Consulting

Paul A. Dunne
DFWPC Position: Speaker Co-Chair
Company / Position: Catapult Fundraising / Senior Vice President
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The thing I love about the AFP Philanthropy In Action Conference is not only the great learning opportunities that are available from the scheduled speakers, but equally the opportunity to connect and learn from my peers.

Erin Fincher
DFWPC Position: Registration
Company / Position: North Texas Food Bank / Director of Foundation Relations and Strategic Initiatives
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love this conference because it gives me the chance to spend time with my colleagues from other organizations that I only see once a year. It offers opportunities to hear national speakers, and provides information on relevant topics.

Emily Kettlewell
DFWPC Position: Committee Member
Company / Position: Spark / Annual Fund/Grants Officer
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The Philanthropy in Action Conference is one of the best events AFP has to offer. It's a "can't-miss" for anyone looking to learn new tricks and grow their fundraising network!
Katie Kinsley
DFWPC Position: PR and Marketing / Social Media
Company / Position: Brad Cecil & Associates / Digital Production Specialist
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: 2018 was my first year attending the conference, and I learned so much across all the different breakout sessions. As an attendee, I found it difficult to engage on social media, but I wanted to turn that around for the conference by volunteering to help bolster that online presence!
Mark Z. Mourer
DFWPC Position: PR and Marketing / Chair
Company / Position: YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth / Director of Major Gifts
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The confluence of ideas and best practices that come together, introducing new friends and reconnecting with colleagues.

Rosa Langley
DFWPC Position: Scholarship
Company / Position: UT Southwestern Medical Center / Assistant Director of Development
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The people are what make the conference memorable and impactful. It is great to have a large gathering of notable local and national fundraisers to network with and learn from. In addition, the wide variety of sessions available, allowing individuals to select topics most relevant to their own careers and interests, is a major asset.

Marti Lawrence
DFWPC Position: CFRE Refresher Course Co-Chair
Company / Position: Combined Federal Campaign / Director of Outreach Coordinator Services - North Texas
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference brings our community together for a fun, interesting and exciting opportunity to learn and celebrate our common love of humanity. This is where we find inspiration, tools and confidence to be the change we want to see in the world.

Diana Marquis, CFRE
DFWPC Position: Preview Party
Company / Position: DMGroupConsulting
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The conference is more than just one thing. I love learning something new. I love being reminded of what I do know. I love seeing my friends and colleagues. I love seeing lots of people I don't know. I love the congenialty. I love having the opportunity for professional development without the international conference price tag.

Vickie Mathews
DFWPC Position: Registration Committee
Company / Position: Brad Cecil & Associates / Senior Consultant
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference is a great opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues from across the Metroplex and make new connections. I always love to see which speakers will be bringing the latest and greatest for all of us to learn and grow from each other in our fundraising roles.

Holly Hull Miori
DFWPC Position: Speaker Co-Chair
Company / Position: UTD / Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Laura Muniz
DFWPC Position: Sponsors and Exhibitors Relations
Company / Position: Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity / Development Officer
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love how the conference brings together fundraisers from all experience levels and backgrounds.

Michael Schwerin
DFWPC Position: Registration Co-Chair
Company / Position: SPCA of Texas / Director of Development
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.

Barbara Shelton
DFWPC Position: Speaker Liaison
Company / Position: M. Gale & Associates / Vice President

Maria Strong
DFWPC Position: Preview Party Co-Chair
Company / Position: Dini Spheris / Consultant
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: The AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference is about growth — both personally and professionally. It encourages us to embrace new ideas and take on new challenges — all while learning from some of the most respected and innovative fundraisers in the field. Each year I come away energized, inspired, and ready to dream big!

Katie Summerfield
DFWPC Position: Guest Relations Chair
Company / Position: Dallas Regional Chamber / Managing Director, Investor and Board Relations
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love spending the whole day learning new things. Attending the conference is always refreshing and inspiring. It helps me stay connected with my peers and up to speed on industry trends.

Lindsay Tooker
DFWPC Position: Logistics Co-Chair
Company / Position: Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains / Grant Writer/Outcomes Coordinator
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: This conference is an incredible opportunity to learn, meet other fundraisers in the field, and feel inspired about our craft. Our team leaves the conference every year with new ideas and plans for projects that make a big impact.

Brandy Wicker
DFWPC Position: Evaluation Chair
Company / Position: Dallas Black Dance Theatre / Senior Development Director
What I Love About the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference: I love having that one (or multiple) aha! moment during each speaker's presentation. I always learn at least one new thing to take back with me.

Join Our Planning Committee

Sign up now to serve on the 2020 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

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.