Owen Atkins is the Grants Manager for Climate Solutions, the Northwest’s leading climate advocacy organization (www.climatesolutions.org). Owen joined Climate Solutions in 2008 with a background in nonprofit administration and policy advocacy on education and children’s issues. For six years, he worked for the Washington State PTA in a variety of roles, most recently as the interim Executive Director. Prior to entering the nonprofit field, Owen worked in the publishing business and spent ten years in the music industry. Owen holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) from Seattle University and a BA from University of Washington-Tacoma. He is dedicated to the profession of ethical fundraising and a member of the Northwest Development Officers Association and Puget Sound Grantwriters Association. He lives in Tacoma with his wife Jennifer Augé.
Claire Avriett, a Seattle native, is the Major Gifts Coordinator for YouthCare, an organization that has been serving homeless youth for over thirty six years. Claire loves to share with community members the ways in which YouthCare is engaging, stabilizing and supporting homeless youth as that they transition off of the streets and start planning their futures. The opportunity to work with passionate people and resilient, inspiring young adults is what makes Claire enjoy her work. Previously Claire worked at Treehouse, managing two statewide programs that served youth in foster care: Foster Care to College Mentoring Program matched high school age youth with a community mentor who together worked on education goals and Holiday Magic, a gift program that delivered over 4,500 gifts to the doorsteps of kids living in foster homes during the holidays. Claire went to Western Washington University where she received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Child Development, an Elementary Education K-8th grade teaching certificate and a minor in Psychology. In her free time Claire enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, reading, cooking, and volunteering with Seattle Works.
Angela Hsieh is the Development Associate at Seattle Opera, where she specializes in donor services and event planning. Prior to this position, she was the intern in Seattle Opera's development department. Angela graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor's degree in Oboe Performance and from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, with a Master's degree in the same concentration. Following a life-long passion for music and the arts, Angela is striving to provide an environment in which art will not only thrive but prosper in the greater Seattle community. Her interests in the non-profit sector include event planning, managing donor relationships and educational outreach.
Anne Lehmer proudly works as a Major Gifts Officer on the development team of the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. With a background in cultural anthropology, Anne appreciates the social justice aspects of the YWCA mission which is also reflected in her volunteer work. She currently serves as Board Chair of The Service Board, an organization that empowers Seattle teens to overcome obstacles, reach their potential and build strong community. Previous development work locally found Anne with the Nordic Heritage Museum, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Children’s Museum, Seattle. Anne holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in anthropology from Mills College, and she keeps one foot in the Museum world through speaking engagements and occasionally serving on grant review panels.
Heather Longhurst is the Development Director for Pacific Ballroom Dance, a social development and arts education organization serving youth ages 11 to 18. Heather manages all development activities for Pacific Ballroom including grant writing, major giving, special events, annual giving, and donor relations. Heather is grateful for the many opportunities that an AFP scholarship provides, and looks forward to learning from the industry’s best this year. She holds a BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University and currently lives in Auburn with her sweet husband, Matthew, and three delightful daughters, Cora, Sydney, and Maryn.
Theron Shaw has worked in non-profit administration and fundraising since 1995, with wide-ranging experience in the fields of arts, education, environment and social services. He has assisted numerous California and Washington organizations in designing individual and major donor programs. As a fundraiser, Theron’s work is motivated and guided by his interest in the connections between community-building, creativity and fundraising. He served as founding Director of Development for Seattle’s Recovery Café until 2005 when he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. He now serves as Director of Development for InterPlay, an Oakland-based international arts organization that promotes community-building, peace-making, and social change through InterPlay’s techniques of improvisational storytelling, movement and dance. He has designed and currently leads a 3-year $1 million capacity-building campaign, the largest fundraising effort in InterPlay’s twenty-year history. Theron also designs and leads individual giving and major gifts campaigns through his consulting practice, Theron Shaw Fundraising. He recently relocated his consulting practice and residence to Seattle, WA in April 2010. Theron has a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, and is a certified InterPlay leader.
Rosa Vissers, originally from the Netherlands, is the interim Development and Marketing Manager at Velocity Dance Center, Seattle’s hub for contemporary dance. She is also the volunteer Development Director at Yoga Behind Bars, which brings yoga and meditation classes to incarcerated youth and adults in Washington State. As a professional dancer, Rosa became interested in donor-centered fundraising while working for several small non-profit arts organizations—including Dance Art Group, where she was a Co-Artistic Director for two years. Rosa recently completed a Certificate in Fundraising Management at the University of Washington and holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She performs at venues such as On the Boards as well as numerous smaller theatres in Seattle and beyond. When she is not dancing or working for and with non-profits, you can find her at home, cooking and baking cakes.
Julie Washburn is the Executive Director for Washington Food Coalition, which is a collective coalition of hundreds of hunger relief agencies all across Washington State. Washington Food Coalition serves as the voice for these agencies, providing advocacy as well as technical assistance and resources for the work done to alleviate hunger statewide. Julie graduated from Seattle Pacific University with degrees in Sociology, Business as well as History. She started her first for-profit company in college that provided fundraising services for nonprofits. This led to a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector, and a deep love for it followed, soon bringing her to full-time nonprofit work. In addition to working full-time in the nonprofit world, Julie also regularly volunteers with numerous agencies, including service on the Human Services Funding Advisory Board for the City of Lakewood. Julie also completed the UW Nonprofit Management Certification Program in 2009 and has enjoyed advancing her knowledge and skill set in the nonprofit world. The scholarship with AFP will be a fantastic additional opportunity to continue this advancement.