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.


Sarah Lanners Avinger, CFRE
Chief Philanthropy Officer
YWCA Central Carolinas


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


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


Katelynn Greene, MPA
Development Director
The Center For Community Transitions

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

Heidi Weatherspoon, CFRE 
Development Director 
JazzArts Charlotte


Community Impact
Abbey Craig
Director of Development
Baby Bundles


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


CFRE & Senior Forum
Michelle Hamilton, CFRE
Managing Director 

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

Shannon Walker
Development Officer 
ANSWER Scholarship