Speaker Bios – Fundraising Boot Camp 2018

Amy Kubacki
Vice President of Development
Magnificat High School

Prior to her role as Vice President of Development for Magnificat High School, Amy Kubacki has been the Senior Director of Development for Cleveland Clinic’s Philanthropy Institute since 2011, most recently overseeing philanthropy for the western regional hospitals. Ms. Kubacki holds thirty-five years of fundraising experience, including working in the Annual Fund at Harvard University and as a major gift officer at Princeton University, in addition to many years of fundraising experience for several high schools. Ms. Kubacki is a graduate of Denison University and resides with her husband Jim in Westlake. They have three children: Liz (30), Bobby (27), and Sarah (23).

Beth Darmstadter
Director, Individual Giving
The MetroHealth System

Beth Darmstadter, MPH, currently serves as Director, Individual Giving for the MetroHealth System. Before coming to MetroHealth, Beth spent 8 years at Chief Development Officer at The Gathering Place and twelve years as a Program Officer and Director of Donor Relations at The Cleveland Foundation. A native of the Washington, DC area, Beth has worked for local and national health promotion and disease programs in San Diego, CA and Washington, DC with an emphasis on serving underserved communities, particularly communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. She is a current board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has previously served as Chair of Funders Concerned About AIDS and the AIDS Funding Collaborative. Beth was a member of the 2008 class of Cleveland Bridge Builders. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan and received her graduate degree from San Diego State University. A mother of a soon-to-be Oberlin graduate, Beth spends her limited free time raising funds by doing endurance sports events like the Ironman Triathlon.

Deborah Osgood
Vice President, Development and Marketing
Achievement Centers for Children

Deborah Osgood has nearly 30 years’ experience and proven success in non-profit management, fundraising, effective staff supervision and Board relations, non-profit marketing and planning, and program development and outreach.

Deborah holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lakeland Community College and was inducted in the Lakeland College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.

Deborah is currently the Vice President of Development and Marketing for the Achievement Centers for Children, a non-profit organization serving over 2,500 children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families each year.

In her role at the Achievement Centers for Children, Deborah is a member of the agency Management Team and she and her staff are responsible for raising over $1.8 million in charitable support each year and the creation and implementation of marketing plans and activities. In 2010, Deborah was honored to receive the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Cleveland Chapter, Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.

Prior to her coming to the Achievement Centers in 2004, Deborah served as the Director of Development at Vocational Guidance Services in Cleveland for 6 years and as the Director of Heights Parent Center (now Family Connections) in Cleveland Heights for 12 years.

She was also an early childhood classroom educator and school consultant for several years.  Deborah is an avid gardener and is a Master Gardener Volunteer through the Ohio State University Extension Services. She lives with her husband Roger in University Heights, and has two grown sons and 3 grandsons – 5 ½ year old Liam and 2 year old twins Owen and Max.

Debbie Miller, CFRE
Senior Advisor, Center for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement
Baldwin Wallace

Deborah S. Miller, CFRE, currently serves as Senior Philanthropy Advisor for Baldwin Wallace University.  From 2005-2012, she served as Director of Development for Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center where she was responsible for managing the development and marketing programs.  While there, she oversaw a successful comprehensive campaign for a new building for the Center.  Prior to Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, Miller served as a Major Gifts Officer for Cleveland State University.  She joined the University in 1998 as Assistant Director for the Annual Fund and also served as the Development Officer for the Fenn College of Engineering.  She started her career in fundraising at Youth Challenge.  She has been in the development field for over 25 years and has experience in all aspects of development work, board development, and communications.  Miller achieved her Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 1998, holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and BBA from the University of Toledo.  She is a past president and board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Cleveland Chapter and currently chairs the mentoring committee for the chapter.

Brenda Cummins
Donor Relations Officer
Cleveland Foundation

Brenda Cummins joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2015 and works with donors and organizations to help them plan and achieve their philanthropic objectives.

Brenda brings senior level development experience from her previous role as director of Foundation Administration and Community Engagement at Summa Health System. In her role, she advanced Summa’s priorities through philanthropy and connected the greater community to the work of the organization. Prior work includes her position as a development officer at the Akron Civic Theatre, where she was responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the 1920’s atmospheric theatre.

Through her first career path as an Audiologist and her community volunteer work in social services, healthcare and the arts, her strength is connecting people to organizations that make an impact in the lives of our greater community.

Brenda serves on the boards of several non-profits, including Greenleaf Family Center, 91.3 The Summit – WAPS, and Summit ArtSpace. She is a graduate of Leadership Akron, Class 2007. She serves on the American Heart Association Go Red for Women committee, and has volunteered with the Summa Medical Team for the Akron Marathon. She holds a master’s degree in Audiology from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Bowling Green State University.

Dave Holmes
Cleveland Lead
Foundation Center

David Holmes returned to Foundation Center Midwest last year as Cleveland Lead after serving as Senior Consultant with Cleveland fundraising firm Grants Plus. In his initial nine-year tenure with Foundation Center, Dave served in various roles including Regional Training Specialist, Interim Director of Foundation Center – Cleveland, and Director of Capacity and Leadership Development. Earlier in his career, Dave served as a Program Officer for the Stocker Foundation in Lorain, Ohio, and Director of Grants and Prospect Research at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He is a former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeast Ohio Chapter and of Joyful Noise Music School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Villanova University, and an MLIS from Kent State University.