National Capital Gift Planning Council

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Board Members

Effective August 2017

President

Meg Roberts

Senior Director of Planned Giving

Impact Communications

President

Meg Roberts

Meg Roberts

Meg joined Impact Communications in January 2015 to lead a new division of gift planning consulting. She served as Director of Planned Giving at the George Washington University from 2009-2014. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Meg has more than 15 years of fundraising experience, including 12 years focusing on planned giving. She served for 7 years as the Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Capital Hospice. She has also worked with major gifts, annual giving, foundation and corporate grants, and sponsorships for a variety of chapter affiliates of national organizations and a small, community based social service agency. Meg served on the board member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council from 2009-2014 and rejoined in 2015, currently serving as President.

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President-Elect

Elana F. Lippa

Director of Gift Planning

Charles E. Smith Life Communities

President-Elect

Elana F. Lippa

Elana Lippa

Elana F. Lippa is currently Director, Gift Planning, at Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to serving in this capacity, Elana was Director of Gift Planning at Montgomery College, Planned and Major Gifts Officer at National Foundation for Cancer Research, and Planned Giving Associate and Major Gifts Assistant at the Smithsonian Institution. This is Elana’s thirteenth year working in planned giving and fifteenth in development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts from American University. She has been involved with the National Capital Gift Planning Council for many years and is excited to again sit on the Board.

Treasurer

Craig Stevens

CPA

Aronson LLC

Treasurer

Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens

Bio coming soon.

Secretary

Jane Kolson

Senior Planned Giving Advisor

The George Washington University

Secretary

Jane Kolson

Jane Kolson

Jane B. Kolson is Senior Planned Giving Advisor at The George Washington University, where she has worked since September 2005. Her current responsibilities focus on planned giving, with an emphasis on gifts of real estate, and fundraising for the University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.

Jane has more than 35 years of fundraising experience at institutions including Case Western Reserve University, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Washington National Cathedral. She is a cum laude graduate of Allegheny College and holds an M.P.A. from Kent State University. She is a licensed real estate agent in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Vice President for Membership

Adam S. Lewis, CFRE

Senior Associate Director, Planned Giving

The George Washington University

Vice President for Membership

Adam S. Lewis, CFRE

Adam Lewis

Adam Lewis is the Senior Associate Director of Planned Giving at the George Washington University. Adam, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, has more than a decade of development experience, with the last ten years primarily focused on planned giving. Adam joined GWU from Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, MD. In his role at GW, his responsibilities include serving as the planned giving liaison for the university's School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and GW Hillel. Adam earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with honors from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master's degree in higher education administration from the George Washington University.

Vice President of Programs

Elana F. Lippa

Director of Gift Planning

Charles E. Smith Life Communities

President-Elect

Elana F. Lippa

Elana Lippa

Elana F. Lippa is currently Director, Gift Planning, at Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to serving in this capacity, Elana was Director of Gift Planning at Montgomery College, Planned and Major Gifts Officer at National Foundation for Cancer Research, and Planned Giving Associate and Major Gifts Assistant at the Smithsonian Institution. This is Elana’s thirteenth year working in planned giving and fifteenth in development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts from American University. She has been involved with the National Capital Gift Planning Council for many years and is excited to again sit on the Board.

PG Days Chair (ex-officio)

Steve Mohyla, CFP

Managing Member

PG Days Chair (ex-officio)

Steve Mohyla, CFP

Bio coming soon.

Board of Directors

Vikki Ismael, CGPA

Director of Gift Planning

University of Maryland

Third Term

Vikki Ismael

Board Member

Vikki Ismael

Vikki Ismael is Director of Gift Planning at the University of Maryland. She has 25 years of development experience and has held planned giving and major gift positions at Children's Hospital, the Washington National Cathedral, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Central Park Conservancy in New York City. She is most proud of launching Arena's current gift planning program.

Vikki served on the PG Days Conference committees 2010-2014 and currently serves as NCGPC's Ethics Corner Chair. She holds a BS from Syracuse University and a MAM (Master of Arts Management) from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Certified Gift Planning Associate.

Thomas Perkins

Ocean Conservancy

First Term

Lars Etzkorn

Lars Etzkorn Law PLLC

First Term

Lars Etzkorn

Board Member

Lars Etzkorn

Lars' legal practice focuses on estate planning and administration, charitable giving and nonprofit governance. He works with individuals and families, and with local and national cultural, education and health organizations.

He started his legal career as Counsel with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and was then Counselor to the Vice Chair at the Interstate Commerce Commission. Lars served also in senior and cabinet appointments for four mayors in two cities (Bosley and Harmon in St. Louis, MO; Williams and Fenty in Washington, DC).

In addition to practicing law, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Capital Gift Planning Council, is Chair of the Trustees of the Endowment at the Arts Club of Washington, is a Trustee and Treasurer of Olney Friends School, in Barnesville, OH, and is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors at Washington University in St. Louis. By mayoral appointment, he is a member of the DC Commission on National and Community Service (Serve DC), and was Vice Chair of the Saint Elizabeths East Advisory Board.

Lars is a cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the Saint Louis University Public Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis. Lars is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Missouri. He lives in DC with his husband, Gregory Hoss, the President of David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc., and their energetic dachshund, Ada.

Mary Bet Dobson

American Chemical Society

First Term

Mary Bet Dobson

Board Member

Nicole Engdahl

Mary Bet Dobson is Assistant Director of Development at the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. She has directed its individual giving program since 2003, advancing and leading the organization's major, legacy, and annual fundraising. Mary Bet's career spans twenty-five years in the non-profit sector, to include managing development programs at colleges and universities, and six years in the private sector, selling securities and software. As a leader in the association fundraising community, she served on the Association Foundation Group (AFG) board and as AFG president from 2007 to 2008. Mary Bet is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in French and General Linguistics, and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, CAP®.

Kara Barnes

American University

First Term

Kara Barnes

Board Member

Kara Barnes

Kara Barnes is Director of Planned Giving at American University in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she directs a multichannel planned giving marketing program, manages a portfolio of donors, and facilitates collaboration with the university’s schools and units on planned gift strategies. She has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising with a focus on major gifts and planned giving and has worked at WAMU 88.5 American University Radio, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, National Public Radio, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Gallery of Art. Kara has a B.A. from Creighton University and a M.A. from Temple University's Tyler School of Art. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.

Nicole Engdahl

Vice President, Planned Giving

National Park Foundation

Third Term

Nicole Engdahl

Board Member

Nicole Engdahl

Nicole Engdahl is the Vice President of Planned Giving at the National Park Foundation. She has 18 years of fundraising experience with the last 10 years primarily focused on planned giving. Nicole joined NPF from Special Olympics International where she helped the organization create and grow its national planned giving program. Prior to Special Olympics, Nicole was a Planned Giving Officer for the National Geographic Society where she directed the planned giving marketing program as well as managed a portfolio of donors. In addition, Nicole has served as the Director of Development for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, the Associate Director of Annual Giving for St. Olaf College and the Associate Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Wisconsin Chapter. Nicole has an M.A. from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. from Luther College. She lives in Washington, D.C.

D. Kay Malone, J.D.

Senior Director of Gift Planning

World Wildlife Fund

Second Term

Kay Malone

Board Member

Kay Malone

D. Kay Malone, J.D. is the Senior Director of Gift Planning with World Wildlife Fund. She was a trial attorney for 6 years before becoming Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving for Project HOPE, and later Director of Major Gifts at American Farmland Trust. Kay is a longstanding freelance writer/consultant for The Stelter Company and an AFP certified Master Teacher.

Elissa Leif

CEO

MiniMatters Video + Marketing

Second Term

Elissa Leif

Board Member

Elissa Leif

Elissa Leif is CEO of MiniMatters, a video production and marketing company she co-founded in 2009. At MiniMatters, Elissa has helped to pioneer the use of video storytelling for planned giving marketing and donor stewardship. Earlier in her career, Elissa served as a development director at media and arts nonprofit associations. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in history from Yale University. She enjoys teaching about technology in a user-friendly way, and presents occasionally about video marketing and storytelling. Planned giving presentations have included the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning, PPGGNY, the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council, the Planned Giving Group of Connecticut, and NCGPC’s own PG Days.

Heather Narvaez

Director, Gift Planning

AARP

Nikki Peters

Gift Planning Officer

The Nature Conservancy

Second Term

Nikki Peters

Board Member

Nikki Peters

Nikki Peters is an Associate Director of Gift Planning at The Nature Conservancy, where she develops and manages donor strategies that result in outright, blended and deferred gifts. In her current role, she serves as a technical and strategic gift planning partner for TNC chapters to help close noncash and complex gifts, to build relationships with fundraising staff and donors and to generate support for TNC’s campaign goals and conservation mission. Nikki has been with TNC for seven years, most recently as a Gift Planning Officer on its Bequest and Annuities Team.

Prior to joining TNC, Nikki worked at an investment bank focused on middle market companies and an advisory services and technology solutions firm.

She has a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nikki has been a member of NCGPC since 2013 and served as Chair of its PG Days Conference in 2017.

Barbara Golden

General Counsel/Planned Giving Consultant

Supreme Council, 33rd Degree

Second Term

Barbara Golden

Board Member

Barbara GoldenBarbara Golden is a seasoned attorney and development professional licensed to practice law in DC and MD. She currently serves as General Counsel to a national masonic fraternal organization, The Supreme Council, and its affiliated charities. In her role as general counsel, Barbara not only works on contracts and transactions, but she also works with the organization's gift officers, donors and donors' advisors to plan and close complex planned gifts and major gifts to the organization's charities. Prior to becoming general counsel, Barbara was Director of Development and Director of Planned Giving for the same organization. Before joining The Supreme Council, Barbara was managing attorney for the Pro Bono Program for the Bar Foundation of Montgomery County, MD. There, in addition to handling fundraising, grants and programs, Barbara helped to establish a pro se division in the Circuit Court for people of limited means. Barbara was born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland, where she now resides. She dreams of winning the lottery and splitting her time between a beach paradise and Italy.

Pamela Valenzuela, CAE

Executive Director

NCGPG

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