Since 1998, AFP Michiana has served the Michiana non-profit and philanthropic communities with meaningful educational and advocacy programs designed toward one goal – elevating the practice and understanding of philanthropy throughout Michiana for the benefit of all its citizens.
AFP Michiana serves non-profit professionals, specifically those who are involved in resource development as well as their volunteers, through:
Quarterly morning coffee chats with local industry leaders on topics relevant to the profession
Quarterly evening roundtable discussions and networking with both seasoned and new to the fundraising field
Brown bag luncheon webinars
An annual professional development conference
Scholarships and internships for young adults interested in Development as a career
FRIENDS OF DIVERSITY DESIGNATION
The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the advancing influence and inclusion strategic goal. This designation encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase diversity within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures. The Michiana Chapter is one of a select group of chapters to earn this honor.
TEN STAR CHAPTER
The Associated of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) announced that AFP Michiana has been named a 2019 Ten Star Chapter.
Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Gold Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy.
Board of Directors
Charmaine Torma, Chapter president
Charmaine Samaraweera Torma is the founder and president of Charmaine Torma Consulting LLC (CTC), and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Charmaine has has raised tens of millions of dollars in the past 20 years as well as developed workshops and training programs to advancing philanthropy and the fundraising profession.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and her two kids Matthew and Chiara.
adria Minnear, president elect
Adria sarted her nonprofit career in her hometown of Kokomo, IN, managing pediatric and adult therapy programs at a community not-for-profit.
A simple nudge, “Have you ever thought about going into fundraising?” sparked her passion for philanthropy. In 2014, Adria returned to school and in 2016 earned a Masters degree in Public Affairs – Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. Adria is now the Director of Leadership Giving at LOGAN Center.
Rick Addis, CFRE has held the position of Regional Director of Development for Catholic Relief Services since September 1st, 2016. Prior to joining CRS, he served five and half years as Associate Director for Development for Holy Cross Mission Center. Rick began his fundraising career at Ancilla College after 17 years in the healthcare field, which he capped off as Vice-President of Goshen General Hospital.
Rick is a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish Goshen, . He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, a son-in law and a granddaughter almost 2.
juan constantino, CHapter TReasurer
Juan Constantino is the Development Coordinator for La Casa de Amistad, a youth and community center that primarily serves the Latinx and immigrant community. Under Juan’s leadership, La Casa de Amistad’s annual fundraising dinner has doubled in size, their grant program has grown, and La Casa’s overall income has climbed from $400,000 per year to nearly $600,000.
Juan also serves on the board of our local LULAC Council (#5025) and on a board committee for the South Bend Civic Theater. He also volunteers with his alma mater, Holy Cross College.
Adam DeBeck started serving the students of Holy Cross College – Notre Dame, IN in 2007 when he joined the Admissions department. After ten years in Admissions, he transitioned to his current role as the Director of Alumni, Parent, and Community Relations as well as the coordinator of the senior capstone class.
In addition to serving on the AFP Michiana Board, Adam also serves on the Seasons Counseling of Michiana. Adam and his wife, Torrie, and daughter, Kate, are enthusiastic supporters of the local community and its small businesses.
After moving away from the Michiana community for almost a decade, Betsy decided to move back to my hometown to give back to the community that had given me so much. While background is as an educator, she found a passion for working in development to help others gain access to quality education and the arts. After working in development at Holy Cross College, she recently transitioned into a new role with WNIT Public Television as their Philanthropic Gifts Officer.
Betsy is currently involved in our local art scene by serving on the board of the South Bend Museum of Art and taking their pottery classes. When she has any spare time, you can bet she is on her feet and moving.
Dani Haydell has served as the Associate Director of Annual Giving at Saint Mary’s College since September of 2017. Her passion for development and fundraising began with an internship at Saint Joseph Parish during her senior year at Saint Mary’s, and has only grown since she graduated in 2013.
In addition to serving on the AFP Michiana Board, Dani also enjoys volunteering at various events and in the community of Michigan City, where she lives with her fiancé and their cat and dog. Her current favorite volunteer opportunity is at the Michiana Humane Society, where she gets to take adoptable dogs out running for exercise.
Jess Hohulin has served in her current role of Strategic Partnerships at LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry, Inc., since June 2017. Though new to the fundraising profession, Jess has more than 10 years of non-profit experience in education and social work, both locally and internationally.
When she isn’t traveling for work, Jess enjoys time with her family (a husband, two teenage daughters, and three dogs!), cheering for Nebraska football, singing opera, and traveling internationally.
nate levin-aspenson, CHAPTer secretary
Nate began fundraising while getting his Masters in Public Affairs from UNC-Greensboro. After a year as the Director of Marketing and Development for a local nonprofit, he followed his wife to South Bend and started working as a freelance grant writer and fundraiser through his company, Michiana Nonprofit Consulting.
Danielle McCausland is Development Manager for the Potawatomi Zoo and recently celebrated 11 years with the organization.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Danielle has lived in South Bend for over 20 years with her husband, Matt and their daughter Macy. As a family, they share Danielle’s love of zoos, theatre, music and Chicago Cubs baseball.
She is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and American Association of Zoo Keepers. Danielle received her Non-Profit Leadership Fund Development Certificate from the University of Notre Dame in 2015.
hannah birong nichols
Hannah Birong Nichols is the Communications & Events Coordinator for the Hospice Foundation that supports Center for Hospice Care. She has held that role since the summer of 2017 and has a special place in her heart for hospice care. Though fairly new to the non-profit world, Hannah has a decade of experience in communications and marketing and she holds a degree in Mass Communications from Indiana University.
A networker at heart, Hannah is excited to be joining the AFP Michiana board and looking forward to getting more connected in the local non-profit community. When not in the office or at a fundraising event, Hannah’s greatest joy is spending time with her husband and two children and she can usually be found with a book in hand.
hebe ‘abby’ soares
Abby has 0ver 20 years of experience in the philanthropic field, and currently serves as a Senior Development Officer at Andrews University, where she is responsible for major donor relationships and raising gifts for ongoing campaigns on the east coast and Bermuda.
Before her current position, she has served as the Advancement Director for the Illinois Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist and as the Vice President of Advancement for Atlantic Union College.
Christina had already raised millions for the American Heart Association, been a part of the team that branded Ignition Park, and spent years at the South Bend Medical Foundation before starting as the Director of Development of Corvilla.
As the mother of a teenage daughter and the sister of someone with a severe disability, Christina is driven to care for those who cannot care for themselves. She has always loved going home at the end of he day knowing that what she does makes a difference.