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All Board members (except for the Conference Director) serve a two-year term. Click on a name to access each person's email.

Alexa Makhani

President (2022 - 2024)

Assistant Director, Relationship Management, Washington State University 

Alexa (she/her) is the Assistant Director for Relationship Management at Washington State University, a position she has been in since 2019. She received a B.A. in Business Administration and Finance from Washington State University and recently received an MBA from Boston University. Alexa lives on the Palouse where she enjoys traveling as much as possible, playing tennis in the summers, and skiing.

Erin Truax 

Vice President & Treasurer (2023 - 2025)

Assistant Director, Prospect Research & Management, University of Montana

Erin (she/her) is the Assistant Director of Prospect Research & Management at the University of Montana Foundation where she has worked since 2014. She began her career in prospect research at the University of Colorado, her alma mater. Erin recently moved to Oshkosh, WI where she enjoys exploring her new state along with her husband and spoiled Corgi.

Patricia Adams 

Secretary (2023 - 2025)

Prospect Research Analyst, Willamette University 

Patricia (she/her) is a prospect research analyst at Willamette University in Salem, OR. She has been working in development for over 15 years; seven in prospect research. Patricia started her journey into advancement as a development assistant at the Johns Hopkins Fund for Medicine, then eventually made her way to the West Coast and Willamette to work in various roles on the Advancement Strategies and Operations team before assuming her present position. She lives in Salem with her husband, daughter, and miniature dachshund.

Sarah Greenberg

Programming Co-Director (2023 - 2025)

Prospect Management & Research Strategist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Sarah (she/her) is a Prospect Management and Research Strategist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over ten years, serving in program administration and community engagement roles at organizations including the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and EZRA Multi-Service Center, a social service agency in her hometown of Chicago. She holds a B.S. and an MPA from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She lives in Seattle with her spouse, child and a very social cat.

Megan Tedeschi

Programming Co-Director (2023 - 2025)

Director, Prospect Research Intelligence, UNICEF USA

Megan (she/her) is the Director, Prospect Intelligence for UNICEF USA where she guides the strategic direction of the prospect identification and research team. Previously, she was a Senior Prospect Analyst at The George Washington University focusing on corporate and foundation research and relationship management. She served as the Assistant Director of Prospect Research at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and spent six years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as a development assistant for planned giving and then as a Development Officer, Prospect Research. She holds a B.A. in art history from Boston University.

Heather Willis

Mentorship Director (2022 - 2024)

Senior Consultant, The Helen Brown Group, LLC 

Heather (she/her) has been a senior consultant for the Helen Brown Group since 2012. She began her research career in 2002 at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula, MT. Heather holds a degree from Colorado State University. She lives in Wilsall, MT on a ranch with her husband and three children. Heather loves everything outdoors. 

Anna Pappert 

Communications Director (2022 - 2024)

Associate Director, Prospect Development, Medical University of South Carolina

Anna (she/her) works remotely for the Medical University of South Carolina as Associate Director of Prospect Development. Previously she held various positions in philanthropy for The Trust for Public Land and Donate Life Northwest, a small Portland, OR non-profit promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation. She also served a year in an education based AmeriCorps program in Forest Grove, OR. Anna has a B.A. in philosophy from University of Florida. She lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband and two kids, and when she’s not working can often be found outside – running, hiking, camping, and exploring with her family.

Jennifer Vourlas 

Membership Director (2023 - 2024)

Relationship Management Strategist, Washington State University 

Jennifer (she/her) has been a Relationship Management Strategist at Washington State University since 2022. She received a B.A. in social sciences from WSU and received an M.S. in communication studies from Portland State University. Jennifer lives in Vancouver, WA. When she is not working, she is busy around the house with her two children, husband, and a couple of misbehaved dogs.

Rebecca Devlin 

Webmaster (2022 - 2024)

Research Analyst, OHSU Foundation 

Rebecca (she/her) is a Research Analyst at Oregon Health & Science University Foundation. She previously worked in research & prospect management at Portland State University and Arizona State University. Rebecca has a B.A. from Northern Arizona University and an M.S. from Arizona State University. She lives in Portland, OR where she loves hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

Monicah Ono Littlejohn

Conference Director (2023 - 2024)

Prospect Management Strategist, University of Washington 

Monicah (she/her) entered the Prospect Development field in 2022 after working in the disability insurance and healthcare space. She holds a B.A. and B.S. in Spanish and psychology from The University of Washington, and returned to her alma mater to work as a Prospect Management Strategist. Monicah loves to cook, explore new places, and travel.

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