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Mahoning-Shenango AFP Named ‘Ten Star’ Chapter

SHARON, Pa. – The Mahoning-Shenango chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professional bas been named a Ten Star chapter by its international parent organization.

The local chapter, which represents 60 members from Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania, will be honored at the annual AFP International conference in San Antonio at the end of the month.

“AFP exists to advance philanthropy with advocacy, research, education and certification programs while fostering development and growth of fundraising professional and promoting ethical standard in the fundraising profession,” said chapter president Lisa Long in a release. “Our chapter strives to be representative of the communities we serve and we invite any interested parties to join us in furthering this cause.”

The chapter also announced its board members and officers for 2019, including president-elect Landis Erwin, major gifts officer at Westminster College. Other new officers include vice president of communications Jodi Harmon, who also serves as the marketing and events coordinator of Potential Development; vice president of membership Deborah Liptak, development director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County; secretary Kathleen Austrino, foundation president of Altrusa International of Youngstown; and treasurer Lynn Wyant, vice president of development for Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley.

New board members for this year are James Baber, Bonnie Benton, Susan Berny, Mario Marini, Susan Moorer, Chaney Nezbeth, Helen Paces and Tony Perrone.

Leading committees this year for AFP Mahoning-Shenango are Rebecca Davis, government relations; Laura Dewberry, ethics & diversity; James Echement, mentoring; Sally Freaney, scholarship; Linda Kostka, strategic planning; and Joann Stock, planned giving.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.