Volunteer for AFPSEWI



Joining a committee (or two) was the best AFP decision I made, I was struggling to connect with people at educational luncheons and/or stay connected with my tablemates after the luncheon ended. The marketing and education committees have both provided me with a strong network of people that I can call on to problem-solve with, share the joy of my success and commiserate when we’re struggling together. Fundraising can be a very isolating journey, AFP has brought me out of the isolation and into the joy.

- Julie Cordero, AFPSEWI




AFP leaders featured in MKE Lifestyle magazine November 2018

Getting involved as a chapter leader is one of the best ways to increase the value of your membership.  The heart of AFP SEWI’s work is done through committees. Joining a committee is a great way to meet your peers, network, and enhance your leadership skills. With your voice at the table, there’s so much more we can achieve. There are many ways to get involved, with flexible time commitments. 


Education committee members at registration table handing our name tags

Thank you to all of our hard-working 2023 committee members listed below for all they do to support our community, our profession, and ethical and effective fundraising. 

Interested in joining a committee? Learn more below then contact us, there is room at the table for everyone!




This committee is involved in the identification/recruitment of potential new members and the implementation of networking activities for the membership.  It is also responsible for new member orientation and following up with lapsed members.  If you are a “people person” this is the committee for you!

Committee Members Include:

Lisa Breitsprecker, CFRE, Senior Development Officer, Mt. Mary University
Mimi Laflin, Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy, Goodwill Industries International
Eddie Lupella, Development and Administrative Coordinator, Community Smiles Dental
Michelle Strode, Senior Manager of Individual Giving, Pathfinders

Coordinates educational sessions for the chapter, including presentations at membership meetings, small groups, webinars, and mentoring.  Help us present the best educational workshops for our membership by joining this committee.

Committee Members Include:

  • Heather Willette, Grant Writer, Shepherds College - Chair
  • Rebecca Surges,  Director of Philanthropy & Marketing Communications, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee - Co-Chair
  • Jennifer Charpentier, CFRE, Executive Director, Gateway Technical College Foundation
  • Paige Jorgensen, Fundraising Professional
  • Nancy Seidl Nelson, CFRE, Principal, SPI Consulting, LLC
  • Shannon Watry, CFRE, Senior Director of Advancement, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Help stage the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.  Held during National Philanthropy Week, this high profile event is growing every year.  This even provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the role of philanthropy in our community by honoring top individual, corporate, foundation, and planned gift donors.  There is also an award for a fundraising professional.

Committee Members Include:

  • Amanda Stahmann, Marketing & Development Director, Life Navigators - Committee Chair

  • Jonathan Lord, Director of Annual Giving, Children’s Wisconsin Foundation, Committee Vice-Chair

  • Julie Cordero, AFPSEWI Chapter Administrator
  • William Loder, Director of Advancement, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

  • Kendra Kelling, Development Director, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside
  • Andrea Rivera De Vega, Events Director, Milwaukee PBS
  • Beth Bender, Development Director, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

Promotes the availability of scholarships to support members’ participation in professional development programs, and reviews and acts on member applications for scholarships.

Committee Members Include:

  • James Moore, Director of Operations, Waukesha County Community Foundation
  • Scott Marshall, Director of Development and Communications, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Heather Uzowulu, Carroll University
  • Amy Rowell, Chief Operating Officer, IMPACT, Inc. 

Not all of our chapter's member benefit activities require a committee. Thank you to our other chapter leaders.

  • Michele Weinscrott, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing & Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, Director of Development, Seasoned Professionals & Emerging Development Leaders Special Interest Groups Host
  • Michael Wos, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation, Executive Director, Grant Writers Special Interest Group Host