College to Nonprofit Career Panel

Apr 21, 2021

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

E323 Adler Journalism Building, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Join nonprofit professionals in a variety of leadership positions as they discuss career paths and how interns and new graduates can set themselves apart when seeking positions in the nonprofit sector. The event will feature a Q&A period.

This networking series is hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Collegiate Chapter at Iowa, which is a student organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students. AFPCC is sponsored by the UI Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy.

Kristin Roberts joined United Way of East Central Iowa in 2020 after spending the previous 15 years of her career in nonprofit fundraising and communications. She serves as President and CEO where she works with the community, on all levels, to bring together their caring power of the community to invest in the effective solutions that improve people’s lives. Prior to joining United Way, Kristin was the Director of Communications and Planned Giving at Mercy Medical Center Foundation. Kristin graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in Communication Arts and recently completed her master’s degree at Mt. Mercy University in Strategic Leadership. She is a Leadership for Five Season graduate and was honored as a CBJ Forty Under 40 recipient.

Christine Doucet (BA Journalism and Mass Communication ’00) joined the Ace Foundation team in 2012 to manage and grow all retailer fundraising initiatives related to Ace’s two national charitable partners, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the American Red Cross. Since then she has held various roles in the Foundation and currently serves as the Director, overseeing all corporate, vendor and retailer fundraising as well as the Ace Helpful Fund, Ace’s employee emergency assistance fund. In 2019, Christine also took on Employee Engagement for Ace and is leading the engagement strategy for the organization as well as the annual engagement survey. Prior to joining Ace, Christine worked at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare on both the PR and Foundation teams, managing all events for the health system and serving as a media spokesperson. Christine holds a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa.

Michelle Cole joined CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank in 2019 as the Director of External Relations where she oversees the Development, Marketing, Communications and Advocacy efforts. Prior to joining CommUnity, Michelle was the Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Horizons, A Family Service Alliance where she oversaw Human Resources, Client Services, Marketing, Development and Volunteer Coordination. Michelle began her nonprofit career at Mercy Medical Center in 2006 as the Grants Coordinator and soon became the Race Director for the Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer. Michelle received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and after working in the field for several years, she went back to UNI to earn a master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development. Michelle is also a Certified Nonprofit Professional from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

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