2019 Member Kudos

nghia-le-57365-unsplash.jpgOur members have been making an impact and doing amazing things this year. We love to celebrate their success! See what AFP Greater Madison Members have been up to.

Do you have something special to share for Member Kudos? We want to hear about it. Please share your story with us!

  • Job changes or promotions
  • Unique grant or funding accomplishments
  • Honors or awards for you or your organization
  • Capital campaign completion


Jennifer Gryniewicz has earned her CFRE Designation.

Mike Sweitzer-Beckman was promoted to Director of Major & Planned Gifts at Edgewood College.

Kristin Wensing has been accepted into the Certified Destination Management Executive program and will begin coursework this summer on this credential. The program is managed by Destinations International, the professional association for destination marketing and management professionals around the world.



Michelle Orge has been named as the new president & CEO of the organization. Orge takes over for Dan Stein who is retiring at the end of the year after 11 years at the helm of one of the area’s largest and most recognized nonprofit organizations.

Jonathan Solari has recently been named CEO of Madison Ballet.

Nancy Hansis's colleague, Communications Manager Max Nguyen, won third place in the essay contest at the Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits Conference at Union South in the last week of May! It was a touching article he had written on one of the men in our housing program. His essay was chosen by a panel led by conference director, Don Gray, and included a check for a donation to St. Vinny's. Way to go!


Kelly Hook recently joined Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) as Director, Donor & Partner Engagement. In this role, Kelly is responsible for pursuing sustainable funding sources as well as cultivating relationships with potential donors and partners to advance WECA’s mission of promoting positive early learning opportunities for children by focusing on the professionals who provide child care for Wisconsin’s children.

Kelly brings to the position more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience as well as nearly a decade in nonprofit leadership and fund development expertise. She is an avid connector and truly enjoys building strong partnerships among diverse communities, funders, and stakeholders. What’s more, Kelly is passionate about early childhood education and ensuring that all children have the best chance at a bright future. 

Kelly holds a BBA in Marketing and a Certificate in International Business from the University of Wisconsin.



Emily James recently participated in an alumni panel for the Community and Nonprofit Leadership degree program through the School of Human Ecology at UW Madison. Along with two other recent graduates of the program, they answered undergraduates' questions related to job experiences, the nonprofit job market in general, what skills are most needed in the field, what issues we see within the field, fundraising trends, and more. The event was put on by Community and Nonprofit Leaders of UW-Madison, a student-run organization to support those in the major. 

Madison Chapter member Marcy Heim, CEO, The Artful Asker taught the CFRE Refresher course at AFP ICON in San Antonio with Kishshana Palmer. She also presented 2 sessions at the full conference. Marcy has presented at 7 of the past 10 international conferences.

April is national volunteer month and we are all so grateful for the volunteers who make our programs possible. In 2018, MOM (Middleton Outreach Ministry) volunteers, through their amazing gifts of time and talent, contributed 36,500 volunteer hours to ensure that the individuals and families MOM serves continue to enjoy stable homes, with nourishing food on the table, for themselves and their children.



Nikki Wilson started as the Events & Stewardship Coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Madison!

AFP long-time Chapter members Marcy Heim, President, The Artful Asker and Jen Davie, Jen Davie Consulting just completed two successful MORE Major Gifts workshops in Minneapolis and Milwaukee providing key tools for increased major giving capacity-building. Workshop rankings were 100% "terrific" for both experiences. 

Adam Erdmann, former AFP President and Communications Co-Chair is named to the 2019 class of 40 Under 40.  Adam serves as the Senior Community Affairs Program Manager at Alliant Energy Foundation.

Kirsten Houghton, former AFP President and Treasurer was highlighted in InBusiness Magazine for her work with area nonprofit organizations. Kirsten Houghton serves as a Principal with SVA Certified Public Accountants. Read her interview here.

Marcy Heim, President, The Artful Asker, will again be presenting the CFRE Review Course at APF ICON in San Antonio. This year's session will find her partnering with Kishshana Palmer, CEO and Founder Kishshana and Co. In addition, Marcy will be presenting a deep-dive with her signature talk, Ask For Anything Artfully and the session she shared at AFP Madison, Face to Face for the First Time at the conference.



Gwen Kochan recently joined the Dane County Humane Society team as their new Associate Director of Development!



Bucky on Parade was a huge hit last summer. The public art event raised $1 million for charity. Kristin Wensing of Visit Madison shared, "It has been a humbling experience to support a project that has meant so much to many in our community."

Kim Jensen, Donor Engagement Coordinator at Dane County Humane Society, was named employee of the month! She does amazing work with grant applications and reporting and heads up DCHS's direct mail. She is FURTASTIC!

McDonald Schaefer congratulates AFP members Mary Donahue and Shauna Thayer on their successful $8.9 million capital campaign to fund a major renovation and expansion at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison, nearly doubling the size of the facility to accommodate the needs of more patients and their families treated at our local hospitals.

Gabriella Gerhardt started a new position last month as Engagement Programs Manager for the Morgridge Institute for Research.

Adam Erdmann was recently promoted to Senior Community Affairs Program Manager at Alliant Energy Foundation. Adam has been with the Foundation for three years and manages grant-making and employee engagement programs in Alliant Energy communities in Wisconsin and Iowa.