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Meet Your New Board Members!

The AFP-GPC has appointed six new board members to join the slate of Directors for 2021: Dan Getman, Don Neimetz, Jen Newmeyer, Jason Arbacheski, Joanne Sabatini, and Melanie Richter. These new members will join the existing board to help determine the present and future direction of the chapter, including policies related to strategic planning, governance, financial stewardship, revenue enhancement, member outreach, and chapter programs and events. 

On January 7, the AFP-GPC members had a chance to meet the nominees at the Community Coffee Conversations event. It was a wonderful opportunity for introductions and questions. At the January Annual Meeting, the new board members were officially appointed.

Let’s get to know our new leaders!

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Dan Getman, CFRE 

Title – Senior Manager of Donor Relations, MANNA 
Years in Fundraising - 11 
What led you to your career? 
I was raised by two career nonprofit executives, who instilled in me a belief in service to the community. I wanted to do something I could feel good about, so I followed in their footsteps. 

What are the benefits you’ve received from being a part of the AFP? 
I’ve found the networking and educational opportunities to be outstanding. As someone who always has an eye towards personal growth, I believe the resources the AFP provides give me a better understanding of the best practices out there and of the greater philanthropic world in general. I’m the only person in my role at MANNA, so I enjoy being able to bounce ideas off others with similar mindsets and careers. 

What are your hobbies or interests? 
Big sports fan. Also an avid TV and movie buff. I also really enjoy getting my hands dirty building/fixing things around my house. 

What are you reading right now? 
How to Be an Antiracist, So You Want to Talk About Race, Doc (the Roy Halladay bio), Life is Magic (Jon Dorenbos bio) 

Three favorite locations in the area 
Woodstown, NJ (my hometown), Stone Harbor, NJ (favorite beach town), Brandywine River Park in Wilmington, DE (favorite place of my 3 year old daughter) 

Favorite athletic team – Most years it’s the Eagles… 
Coffee or tea – Coffee…espresso’s even better! 
Dogs or cats – Dogs – have had one all my life! 
Mountains or beach – If it’s just me, mountains. If the family is involved, beach. But I love both! 
Connect with Dan:

  • LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/dfgetman/ 

 

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Don Neimetz 

Title - Executive Director, North Star of Chester County and VP of Membership and Marketing (for AFP) 
Years in Fundraising - Non Profit Fundraising for about 4 years and 25 years as a Sales Manager in the business world 
What led you to your career? 
Ever since I was a child, my parents instilled in me to help others. Growing up as a teenager, my family was in need of assistance from the local food bank. That experience stayed with me as a pillar in my life.  
What are the benefits you’ve received from being a part of the AFP? 
Meeting others in this field that are the best of the best when it comes to fundraising. 

What are your hobbies or interests? 
Fishing, Trail Riding with a dirt bike (purchasing the bike this spring), Crypto Currency Trading and napping 

What are you reading right now? 
Nothing at the moment, started a new job 7 months ago and I have been pouring my energy into this new adventure 

Three favorite locations in the area 
Green Lane County Park (good fishing), KOP Mall and Longwood Gardens 

Favorite athletic team
– Pittsburgh Steelers or the Penquins 
Coffee or tea – Coffee 
Dogs or cats –   Dogs 
Mountains or beach – Beach 
Connect with Don:

  • LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/donald-neimetz-ms-901582141/ 

 

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Jen Newmeyer 

Title – Director of Digital Membership, WHYY 
Years in Fundraising – 15+ Years 
What led you to your career? 
Like many, I fell into fundraising. I started out in the travel and hospitality industry but then worked with nonprofits through Combined Federal Campaigns. I loved the work and continued my journey from there. 

What are the benefits you’ve received from being a part of the AFP? 
Networking and learning from colleagues in the industry. I also love the webinars and member resources. 

What are your hobbies or interests? 
I love writing, hence my book and blog. Pre-COVID, I loved traveling and now just go for lots of walks. Yoga, drawing, reading, and happy hours are among a few others. 

What are you reading right now? 
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community by Julia Campbell

Three favorite locations in the area 
I'm new to Philly but so far I’ve enjoyed Rittenhouse Square, Penn’s Landing, and walks across the Ben Franklin bridge. 

Favorite athletic team – Unaffiliated. But I’m told I should be a 76ers fan. 
Favorite theater – Since I haven’t been able to discover Philly theaters yet, my favorite would still be the Curran Theater in San Francisco. 
Coffee or tea – Coffee (strongest blend possible) 
Dogs or cats – Dogs 
Mountains or beach – Mountains
Connect with Jen:

  • LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/jennewmeyer/
  • Twitter  – twitter.com/CharityJen
  • Instagram – instagram.com/charityjen/

 

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Jason Arbacheski 

Title – Director of Development, Community Volunteers in Medicine   
Years in Fundraising – 15 years   
What led you to your career?   
Originally, my background was in PR and communications.  At the early part of my fundraising career, I started working in a development communications role for a regional hospital / health system, which allowed me to learn first-hand the critical role fundraising plays for a non-profit organization, including how important it is to have a close relationship with your constituents.  I loved getting to know so many wonderful people and hearing their inspirational stories about the organization and what motivated them to charitably support it – those stories energized me (and continue to this day).  After a few short years, in addition to my communications role, I started to work on my own portfolio of annual giving donors and very much enjoyed working with them through the fundraising process.  That hands on training offered to me was of enormous value and I will never forget that.  I now work for CVIM, a West Chester, Pennsylvania-based non-profit comprehensive healthcare center serving low-income, uninsured families in the Southeast Pennsylvania region, fully funded year after year by philanthropic sources.  Serving in this role since 2017, my chief responsibilities include developing fundraising strategies and individual and corporate fundraising, helping facilitate the joy our donors experience through philanthropy.    

What are the benefits you’ve received from being a part of the AFP?   
The many doors that have been opened for me are countless. The events and expert educational sessions offered are extremely valuable and the networking opportunities are endless.  I have attended National Philanthropy Day each year for about 10 years and have left, like many, each of those years inspired and refreshed to do my best work.  The most important benefit in my view, is being able to meet so many wonderful colleagues and friends and dear mentors who I learn from. It’s a pleasure to work with them to advance our profession.  Being involved with the Chapter has encouraged me to identify and seek professional development opportunities. I am currently pursuing my Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation from The American College of Financial Services, King of Prussia.  

What are your hobbies or interests?   
I very much enjoy hiking our area’s many preserves which, in my view, are true gems in our community.  I also enjoy golf (occasionally, although I’m not good at it) and freshwater fishing (never with any luck).  Mostly my time is occupied with my two lovely daughters, five and two, introducing the things in life they might be interested in.  

What are you reading right now?   
I am in between readings at current moment but hope to find time soon to start reading: “Cutting for Stone,” a novel written by Ethiopian-born Indian-American medical doctor and author Abraham Verghese.

Three favorite locations in the area: Alba restaurant (Malvern), Philadelphia Zoo, Franklin Institute.  
Favorite athletic team – New Orleans Saints  (sorry Eagles fans!)  
Favorite theater – Walnut Street Theater (Hoping to attend something at The Met soon!)  
Coffee or tea  – Both. Several cups of coffee in the morning and a nice afternoon tea sprinkled in with great reflective conversation with anyone who will listen.  

Dogs or cats – Dogs.  We had an awesome dog named Willis, a lively 11 year old Wire Haired Fox Terrier.  He passed away tragically, but we will always remember his gentle and loving soul.  We are about to welcome a new member to our pack – a Whoodle (standard Poodle and Wheaton Terrier mix). Should be fun.    

Mountains or beach – Mountains, especially in the early/mid fall is my favorite.  Throw in a beach weekend(s)!  

Connect with Jason:

  • LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/jasonarbacheski  

 

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Joanne M. Sabatini 

Title – Director of Leadership Giving & Donor Relations, Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey 
Years in Fundraising – 15 
What led you to your career?
I am drawn to helping others with challenges 

What are the benefits you’ve received from being a part of the AFP?
Networking and Education 

What are your hobbies or interests?
Cycling  

What are you reading right now?
Just finished the Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett 

Three favorite locations in the area
Ocean City NJ, Philadelphia PA and Haddonfield NJ 

Favorite athletic team – Villanova Wildcats 
Favorite theater – The Walnut Theater in Philadelphia and Neil Simon Theater in NYC 
Coffee or tea – Coffee 
Dogs or cats – Dogs 
Mountains or beach – Beach 

Connect with Joanne:

  • LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/josabatini 
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/jsabs5 
  • Instagram: instagram.com/jsabs5/ 

 

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Melanie Richter 

Title – Senior Director of Development, Project HOME 
Years in Fundraising – 20 
What led you to your career?  
A desire to help connect people that want to make the world a better place. 

What are the benefits you’ve received from being a part of the AFP?  
Connections to industry peers, professional development, opportunities to pass along what I’ve learned. 

What are your hobbies or interests?  
Board games like Scythe, Pandemic or Catan, 1,000+ jigsaw puzzles and cooking. 

What are you reading right now?  
The Bottom: A Theopoetic of the Streets by Charles Lattimore Howard. 

Three favorite locations in the area  
Linvilla Orchards, The Philadelphia Zoo, and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. 

Favorite athletic team – I live in a Phillies/Mets household. 
Favorite theater – Suzanne Roberts Theater in Philadelphia when The Lady Hoofers are in residence. 
Coffee or tea – Coffee 
Dogs or cats – Dogs 
Mountains or beach – Beach 

Connect with Melanie:

  • LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/melanie-redmond-richter-9903033/ 

 

In addition to these new members, the AFP-GPC had appointed the following new officers:

  • President: Doris Parent, The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Chair and Past President: Christopher Jungers, CFRE, Congregation of the Passion
  • Treasurer: Margaret King, InfoRich Group, Inc.
  • Secretary: Kevin Quinn, CFRE, Quinn Strategic Advancement
  • Vice President of Education & Professional Development: Valerie Johnson, CFRE, Pathways To Housing PA
  • Vice President of Membership: Donald E Neimetz North Star of Chester County
  • Co-Vice President of External Relations: Kelly Grattan, CFRE, Schultz & Williams
  • Co-Vice President of External Relations: Bradley Richardson, Williamson College of the Trades

 

The board is looking forward to serving the membership with stellar programming, resources, and networking opportunities. We encourage you to connect directly with us or volunteer on an AFP-GPC committee. There is no better way to advance your career, give back to the development profession, and expand your network. Learn more about the committees and how you can get involved!

Feel free to email our board members directly and join us for an upcoming event.

See you in the (now virtual) neighborhood!

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