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AFP Member Motion!

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April 2019

AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment to service. Here are recent job announcements, promotions and recognitions:

Kay Amland has joined the Washington County Humane Society in Slinger, Wis., as the director of development.  Most recently she was director of development at the Mequon Nature Preserve in Mequon, Wis.

Lisa M. Blackwelder has been named the director of development at United Against Poverty, Inc. in Orlando, Fla.  She was formerly with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida.

Carolyn Kozuch DeFrancesco, J.D. has been promoted to senior director of planned giving at Elon University in Elon, N.C.  She was formerly the director of planned giving at the University.

Lisa Ireland has been named vice president for institutional advancement at the Rochester Museum and Science Center in Rochester, N.Y. She was previously director of agency advancement at the Mary Cariola Children's Center.

Donna C. Marino Kirtland, CFRE MBA, has been named executive director of The Live Well Foundation of South Lake County in South Lake County, Fla.  Previously, she was the statewide director of development for the Florida Bar Foundation.

Michelle Paulus has joined the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Bragg in Fort Bragg, N.C. as director of development.

Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier, Ed.D., CFRE, CNP, SHRM-CP, aPHR has joined the Jordan Thomas Foundation in Chattanooga, Tenn. as their executive director.  Previously, she was the executive director of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation in Nashville, Tenn.

Clarissa Reis has been named director of leadership gifts for the Parkview Foundation in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was previously the director of development for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Chiara Sani has been named director of major gifts for the Girl Scouts of Northern California in Alameda, Calif. She was previously director of development at the Bowman School in Palo Alto, Calif.

To be listed in Member Motion, you must be a current AFP member. Simply send your current AND new job information (including city and state/province)—or information about the accolade or award received, to Please include the phrase “member motion” in the subject line AND be sure to attach a recent photo as well!

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