3B | Managing People, Projects, and Deadlines: What We Wish We Had Known

Wednesday, Sept 21
2:20 - 3:20 PM

Suitable across all sectors

Experience Level
Midlevel (2-5 years)

Shop Size
Suitable for any size shop

Stay in donor relations long enough and you will likely wind up managing people, or projects, or deadlines - or all three! Leadership is a life-long learning process, but what happens when you are elevated to a management role without management experience? Join three leaders from different sectors as they share their experiences and teach you everything they wish they had known when they started managing people, projects, and deadlines. 


Kathleen Diemer, CFRE

Kathleen Diemer, CFRE, has more than 15 years of donor relations and communications experience. In July 2013 she began her tenure at George Mason University where she currently serves as Executive Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Communications. In this role she is responsible for implementing and managing an institution-wide comprehensive donor relations and advancement communications program. Prior to joining Mason she served as the Director of Donor Relations at the University of Maryland. During her time at Maryland she led the university's central donor relations unit and worked closely with university relations staff and other members of the campus community to ensure the university's donors were appropriately acknowledged, recognized and stewarded.

Kathleen is a Certified Fund Raising Executive who holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a certificate in leadership development. An active member of ADRP since 2007, she was elected to the ADRP Executive Board and began a three-year term of service to the board in January 2013.


Jeff Muller

Jeff Muller is the Director of Donor Communications & Stewardship at World Wildlife Fund. His team produces strategic work that cultivates, solicits and stewards the institution's donors, reinforcing WWF's mission and vision of a world where people live in harmony with nature. Jeff started his career working with corporations such as Quaker, Ford and Hercules, and has since amassed nearly 20 years of fundraising, marketing, and communications experience. For the past fifteen years he has helped to advance environmental organizations of all sizes. In that time he has leveraged communications—both online and off—as well as events and travel to build strong relationships and spur programmatic growth. Jeff received a BA in literary & cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of AFP-DC and serves on the board of ADRP, the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.


 Anne Marie Halsey

Anne Marie Halsey currently serves as Director of Foundation Business Operations Administration at
Children's Hospital Foundation (the fundraising arm of Children's National Health System). She joined Children's National in 2011 as Senior Associate Director for Internal Stewardship. In addition to Anne's prior areas of responsibility, including policies and procedures, gift agreements and contracts, current use fund management, several Business Operations functions directly report to her including office management, business operations project management and budget management. Previously, Anne served as Manager of Donor Relations at the Smithsonian Institution. Anne's eleven years at the Smithsonian included service on the operations and advancement teams. Prior to that, Anne provided research services to immigration attorneys and other non-profits. Anne serves on the ADRP Board. She is also a member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals. Anne has a Certificate in Fundraising Operations from Rice University, a MS in justice, law and society from American University, and a BA in Law and Society from Hood College.