Board of Directors 2021

AFP Charlotte is always looking for talented fundraisers to lead the chapter and serve the mission of the chapter. Serving on the board is a great way to give back to the profession and work side by side with your fellow fundraising professionals.

Our board is made up individuals from different organizations and backgrounds. Most have served on a committee leading up to their nomination, though this is not a requirement. Special consideration is given to candidates who have obtained their CFRE.

Click to fill out the online nomination form.


Caitlin Donley, CFRE
Chief Advancement & Finance Officer
Safe Alliance


Past President
Penny Hawkins, CFRE
Senior Director of Development
Strategic Planning & Gifts
UNC Charlotte


Robert Touchstone, CFRE
Vice President of Philanthropy
Arts & Science Council


Sarah Lanners Avinger, CFRE
Chief Philanthropy Officer
YWCA Central Carolinas


Mike Blackwelder, CFRE
Chief Administrative Officer 
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County


VP, Special Initiatives with IDEA 
Holly Whitfield
Executive Director 
Shepherd's Center of Charlotte

VP, Programming
Lori Avery
Chief Development Officer
Pat's Place



VP, Outreach
Nick Stewart
Philanthropy Manager
The Relatives


VP, Membership and Scholarships
Brittany Jenkins
Manager of Leadership Gifts
Charlotte Rescue Mission


Erica Ellis
Director of Development NC
Youth Villages


April Harley 
Executive Director


NC Conference
Allison Morton 
Individual Giving Manager
Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council


Alicia Morris Rudd 
Executive Director 
Jimmie Johnson Foundation


CFRE and Senior Forum
Alexandra Reardon, CFRE
VP of Advancement
Girl Scouts, Hornet's Nest Council

Affinity Groups
Jane Freeman
Director, Executive Operations & Governance
Communities In Schools

Higher Education
Autumn Keck 
Scribe, LLC    
National Philanthropy Day Chair
Sydney Hammond
Director of Annual Giving & Stewardship
Safe Alliance
National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair
Megan Mitcham, CFRE
Annual Fund Manager
Thompson Child & Family Focus
  Community Impact
Heather Moeller, CFRE
Regional Director of Philanthropy
Children's Home Society of NC
  Communications and Marketing
Katie Sutton
Latin Fund Director
Charlotte Latin School

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