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Events Professional

Grand Rapids, MI
June 28, 2018

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Employment Experience –

Associate Director of Fundraising and Events

June 2012- Present

Catholic Charities West Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI

- In addition to all duties under previous role as Events Manager, expanded responsibilities also include:

- Provides leadership and oversight for the Agency’s annual fundraising goals, including annual drive, special events, private solicitation and giving, donor communications, and related activities

- Assists with Agency public relations and communication activities including media relations, annual reports, newsletters, and the design and distribution of informational materials

- Development and management of Philanthropy Department budget as well as department staff.

Events Manager

- Manage all aspects of large, up to 4,500 attendees, and private events from conception to completion including event timelines, logistical information and cultivation charts

- Create, manage and maintain event budgets to ensure accurate reporting to Board of Directors and Executive Leadership and to meet and exceed goals that are established

- Assist with creation of marketing materials to align with agency’s marketing campaign and brand standards to meet fundraising goals and objectives.

- Manage agency stakeholder (i.e. Board of Directors and Leadership Team) participation as necessary in events and stewardship opportunities

- Provide direction and oversight to Catholic Charities Young Professionals group. Including planning of networking events, volunteer experiences and fundraising opportunities

- Manage monthly credit card reconciliation, mileage and expense reports for multiple members of the Leadership Team

Client Services Representative

April 2011 – June 2012

Kent County Friend of the Court, Grand Rapids, MI

- Managed sensitive and confidential communication with varied stakeholders

- Interpreted technical language and documents and communicated procedural information with varied


- Maintained document management system

Administrative Assistant/Scheduling Coordinator

September 2008 – December 2012

Karpata Instore Services, Walker, MI

- Facilitated communication between field personnel and business managers in the main office

- Managed the schedules of 40+ field personnel members

- Created and managed the schedule of chain wide resets


Event Management and Logistics

Vendor Management

Budget Management

Customer Service

Microsoft Office

Donor Perfect Database




Education –

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI

December 2007

B.A. in Hospitality and

Tourism Management

Business Minor with Event

Planning Emphasis

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