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Fundraising Professional Group Awards Diversity Scholarships
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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Yosemite Chapter began 2018 by naming awardees for the chapter’s annual Diversity Scholarship and its 2018 Board Members.

The purpose of the Yosemite Chapter AFP Diversity Scholarship is to provide memberships for development officers in not-for-profit organizations in Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, and Merced counties. Each scholarship will provide recipients with an Introductory AFP International membership and an AFP Yosemite Chapter membership.

Diversity Scholarship Recipients are: DeAsia Strong, Corporate Sponsorship and Special Event Coordinator, Gallo Center for the Arts; Rochele Roura-Foster, Fundraising/Marketing Program Manager, LearningQuest – Stanislaus Literacy Centers; Diana Gonzalez, Development Specialist, Center for Human Services.

Board officers for 2018 are Karen Williams, President (Learning Quest – Stanislaus Literacy Centers); Melissa Van Diepen, President-Elect (Community Hospice Foundation); Amber Flores, Immediate Past President (Gallo Center for the Arts); Carolyn Teixeira Gomes, Treasurer (Society for Disabilities); Tamra Losinski, Assistant Treasurer (Family Promise); Arnold Chavez, Secretary (Great Valley Museum); Courtney Fernandes, Assistant Secretary (United Samaritans); Michele Proffitt, Assistant Website Administrator (Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation); Dr. George Boodrookas, PhD, Vice President Education (Modesto Junior College Foundation); Kevin Brunk, Vice President Education (CSU Stanislaus); Kathy Hobby, Vice President Membership (Stanislaus Education Foundation); Pat Portwood, Assistant Membership (Stanislaus Library Foundation); Carla Whitehurst, Diversity Chair (Gallo Center for the Arts); Tammy Menezes, CFRE, Professional Accreditation Chair (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church); Carole Richard, CFRE, Ethics Chair (Modesto Symphony.)

Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. For more information or to join the world’s largest association of fundraising professionals, visit

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