Board


Board of Directors 2024

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.

 

President
Sarah Lanners Avinger, CFRE
Chief Philanthropy Officer
YWCA Central Carolinas

 

Past President & VP Strategic Initiatives
Brittany Jenkins
Development Director
Urban Promise Charlotte

 

President-Elect
Katie Sutton
Director of the Latin Fund
Charlotte Latin School

 

Secretary & Treasurer
Jane Freeman
Director of Development
Baby Bundles
 

 

VP, Outreach
April Vahey
Director of Donor Engagement
Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina

 

VP, Programming
Katie Benston, CFRE, GPC
Principal Consultant
Hyacinth Consulting, LLC
 

 

Recruitment & Retention
Eliza Root
Major Gifts Officer
Habitat For Humanity Charlotte Region

 

VP, Membership
Sydney Hammond
Director of Major Giving
Safe Alliance

 

Sponsorships
Katelynn Greene, MPA
Development Director
The Center For Community Transitions
 


 
Communications and Marketing
Claire Lechtenberg 
Director of Development & Marketing 
The Independent Picture House
 

Programming
Heidi Weatherspoon, CFRE 
Development Director 
JazzArts Charlotte
 

 

Community Impact
Abbey Craig
Director of Development
Baby Bundles
 

 

Scholarships
Jordan Fletcher, CFRE 
Director of Development
Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
 

 

CFRE & Senior Forum
Michelle Hamilton, CFRE
Managing Director 
Carter

 
Affinity Groups & Mentoring
Michelle Spreitzer, CFRE
Philanthropy Manager
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation 
 
 

Higher Education
Meagan Conley
Senior Director of Development
UNC Charlotte

 
 
National Philanthropy Day Chair
Tenille Banner
Outreach Director
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
 
National Philanthropy Day Co- Chair
Olivia Morris
Philanthropy Manager
Humane Society of Charlotte
  NC Conference Chair
Julia Feuer
Outreach Manager
Charlie Health


 
  IDEA
Shannon Walker
Development Officer 
ANSWER Scholarship