The ACFRE Credentialing Board congratulates Karen Willson, CFRE, ACFRE, who became the 109th ACFRE at the Boston conference. Karen is Senior Vice President of KCI Ketchum Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario. Karen is the ninth Canadian to earn the credential.
Willson has been involved with fundraising and AFP for a long time, having been a former president of the Greater Toronto Chapter and currently sitting on the AFP Canada Council. On a volunteer basis, she serves on the Board of Directors for Toronto Youth for Christ, Intriciti Ministries and is an Advisory Board member of the Sanfilippo Foundation.
For Willson, earning the ACFRE was about maximizing opportunities for personal growth and being actively involved with AFP. “This process was a great opportunity to ensure that I continued to strengthen my leadership skills,” she says. “Each step requires careful thought and a significant investment of time and continued learning. It is not for the faint of heart.”
The ACFRE Board is also very proud that our own Vern Snyder was named the 2016 Outstanding Fundraising Professional for AFP International! Vern received his ACFRE in 2010 and has been a member of the ACFRE board since 2013. Vern recently retired from his position as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the University of Toledo after 13 years of leadership. Well deserved, Vern!