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AFP/Alford Group Women’s Mentor Program Participants Announced For 2023

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Natalie Paskoski, Manager of Content, (434) 236 – 5583,

(Arlington, Virginia) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has announced the participants — 12 mentors and 12 mentees — for its 2023 Women’s Mentor Program, sponsored by Alford Group. 

Part of AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative, this program unites like-minded women in the nonprofit space, fostering connections that promote career growth and create an inclusive and equitable future for the fundraising profession.

This year’s mentors include:

  • Amy Hansen
  • Autumn Keck
  • Chloe Czaplewski, MNM
  • Jennifer Wijangco, CFRE
  • Letty Vendrell, MNM, MPhil
  • Michelle Flores Vryn, CFRE
  • Pinky Vincent, CFRE
  • Marci Bradley, MA, CFRE
  • Danielle Mack, CFRE
  • Jennifer Dale, CNM
  • Linda Frank, CFRE, CSPG
  • Katherine Griswold

This year’s mentees include:

  • Christine Reilly
  • Ronika Moody
  • Devan Mercurio
  • Liyen Chong
  • Gionira Blanco, LPEC
  • Karly Smith
  • Florence Lee
  • Amber Johnson 
  • LaKesha Lockett
  • Sierra Abbot
  • Kym Johnson 
  • Maya Steinberg

“An important part of AFP’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and access efforts is our commitment to promoting gender equality in the fundraising profession,” said Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, president and CEO of AFP. “The AFP/Alford Group Women’s Mentor Program provides ambitious female fundraisers with a network of successful women, dedicated to helping their mentees navigate challenges and achieve their career goals.” 

“Alford Group is proud to sponsor the Women’s Mentor Program for the fourth year. Alford Group believes that the Women’s Mentor Program’s multi-prong approach of ensuring that current leaders continually grow professionally, while also building the nonprofit community’s leadership pipeline by developing emerging potential leaders, is the way to future-proof the sector,” said Brenda Asare, president and CEO of Alford Group. “Our world is in good hands with the talented women who have gone through the AFP/Alford Group Women’s Mentor Program.”

This year’s AFP/Alford Group Women’s Mentor Program mentors and mentees will participate in an eight-month long mentorship program, consisting of virtual meetings, as well as meetings at AFP ICON and AFP LEAD. Program pairs are matched based on compatibility of mentor expertise and mentee goals, ensuring that participants come away with the skills most relevant to them. 

For more information about the AFP/Alford Group Women’s Mentor Program, contact Taryn Gold, vice president, membership & chapter engagement. 

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Since 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. The association works to advance effective and ethical philanthropy by providing advocacy, research, education, mentoring, collaboration and technology opportunities for the world’s largest network of professional fundraisers. AFP’s more than 27,000 members in over 230 chapters raise over $100 billion annually for a wide variety of charitable organizations and causes across the globe. For more information, go to

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