Lynne Robie is a passionate fundraising professional with over eight years experience in managing annual fund programs, third-party and special events, database management, marketing and public relations.
Before coming to Holden Forests and Gardens, Lynne served as Development Officer at Cornerstone of Hope, Development Coordinator at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and the Executive Assistant at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Lynne spent twelve years in direct mail marketing as an account executive and mailing list broker. She took time off to raise her family, entered the world of fundraising and never looked back. Lynne initiated an outside Database Meet and Greet group with a colleague from another organization and hosted quarterly meetings designed to address tips and challenges of managing a database. She was awarded the 2019 AFP ICON Chamberlain Scholar representing the AFPNEO chapter, served on the board the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter and co-chaired their mentoring committee. Lynne is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter and serves on the Professional Development Committee. She holds a BA in Psychology from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA.
Laura Mottor is the Manager of Special Events & Annual Giving at the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.
Mottor has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2011. After graduating from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, she earned her MA from the University of New Orleans and returned to her hometown of Houston, Texas to work as the Development & Exhibitions Director of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. In 2016, Mottor made the move to Lakewood, Ohio with her husband.
Mottor currently serves on the Leadership Council of Engage! Cleveland and the Professional Development Committee of AFPGC.
Julie A. Weagraff, MNO, CFRE
Julie Weagraff is the Vice President of Fund Development for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, a position she has held since 2015. She has over 25 years of nonprofit advancement experience and holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Westminster College. Julie is passionate about community engagement and professional development, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Akron Musical Association, the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, and the Northern Ohio Charitable Gift Planners. She is also a member of Leadership Akron’s Class 37, the Leadership Council of the Cleveland Leadership Center, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Global Women’s Impact Committee. She is a proud Girl Scout alum and lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA.
Have you ever felt a little “reluctant” when it comes to networking? Greg Peters understands. A computer programmer by training, he was the original reluctant networker. Through study, practice, and lots of trial and error, he has been able to transform himself into a true networking professional, using the skills he learned to build a thriving Web development business.
Now, as the founder of The Reluctant Networker, LLC, Greg coaches individuals, trains staff, and presents to associations and other groups on how to get past their reluctance and start building better connections and stronger networks. He is a past Chapter President of the National Speakers Association and the author of Hello and a Handshake: A Reluctant Networker’s Guide to Survival and Success at Your Next Business Gathering.
Michelle R. Blackford, CFRE
As a Philanthropic Advisor, Michelle Blackford focuses primarily on fostering and
strengthening relationships with individuals, families, organizations and corporations who seek to fulfill their charitable giving goals.
Michelle joined the Advancement Team in September 2009, bringing with her more than 10 years of development experience. Prior to joining the foundation, Michelle served as the assistant director for the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at Messiah College in
Grantham, Pennsylvania, where she played a significant role in advancing the fundraising efforts of the college. Serving in this role, Michelle was responsible for overseeing homecoming and alumni reunion activities, senior class giving initiatives and the alumni student council.
Michelle has served in many volunteer leadership roles, including: co chair for the PA 50
Best Women in Leadership Award, committee member of the capital campaign for Harrisburg Church and Centennial Planning Committee for Messiah College. She has also
served as a committee member for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Dessert First Event and as a volunteer for the North Chagrin Reservation for Cleveland Metroparks . Michelle is currently on the Executive Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Michelle is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a certified trainer in Family Philanthropy through 21/64. She earned her Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. Michelle enjoys living in the Edgecliff Neighborhood in Euclid, Ohio with her husband Randy.
Bisi Mikleus is the Director of Development for Cleveland Metroparks. A lifelong Clevelander, Bisi is passionate about philanthropy and has focused her career on establishing individual giving programs that result in real, genuine relationships between philanthropists and the organizations they care about. Bisi began her professional career in 2002 as the Individual Giving Coordinator for the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2007, she made the move across Wade Oval to Cleveland Botanical Garden where she served as the Director of Annual Giving and Government Relations before transitioning to Director of Advancement Services for Holden Forests & Gardens in 2016. Bisi has spent her career supporting the missions of cultural and environmental organizations that she had a personal passion for and, in 2017, accepted a position at Cleveland Metroparks. Some of Bisi’s earliest (and favorite) memories include time spent at Squire’s Castle and Sunset Pond in North Chagrin Reservation, and she considers it a dream come true to now be able to represent Cleveland Metroparks professionally.