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Jennifer Blair, Director of Membership
An original staff member of the Alliance, Jennifer re-joined the Alliance team in 2015 after working in the insurance industry for four years. While enjoyable, her time in the insurance industry helped Jennifer re-discover her passion for nonprofits. As the Director of Membership, Jennifer plays a vital role in engaging members, connecting them to our benefits, managing many of our discount programs and deepening relationships with our partner member supporters. Jennifer is also a native Arizonan.
Juan Chavez, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Juan serves as the Alliance's AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, providing support to a team of VISTA members serving at 14 organizations across rural Arizona. After graduating from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology, Juan served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture, building the capacity of the Ajo CSA’s Adopt-A-Sonoran-Desert-Crop and Ajo Gardeners Network Programs. In his role as VISTA Leader, Juan enjoys the opportunity for service by contributing to the success of the Alliance VISTA program and all of its members.
Robin Hanson, Program Manager - AmeriCorps *VISTA
Prior to joining the Alliance, Robin was with Arizona Citizens for the Arts where she managed the Business Volunteers for the Arts program. She spent over 20 years with Prudential Financial managing their employee volunteer program, sponsorships, and grant funding. She has served on the board of directors for Hands On Greater Phoenix, Phoenix Women’s Sports Association, and the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Robin’s first exposure to the VISTA program was in 1965, when two VISTA volunteers were sent to Parker, AZ, and lived with Robin’s family for their year of service.
Catherine (Katie) Hogan-Holmberg, Membership Support Coordinator
Belen Konesky, Membership Services & Events Coordinator
Belen is excited to be working with Alliance members and connecting them with the resources they need to be a successful and thriving organizations. She can't wait to begin facilitating future Alliance events and meet even more of Arizona's nonprofit community.
Belen joined the Alliance after spending several years working for the nonprofit organization of TRUST (Training and Resources to Stop Trafficking)/AATN (Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network). Belen set up events, supplied resources, organized speaking events and interacted with the public in bringing light and awareness in helping to stop human trafficking in the state of Arizona. She attended Santa Barbara City College where her focus was hotel, restaurant and culinary management. When Belen is not supporting the Alliance, she freelances with major pro sporting events as an on-site Events Manager.
Kristen Merrifield, CAE, CNAP, Chief Executive Officer
Kristen is a proven leader across multiple sectors invested in the development and success of others. She has more than 16 years’ experience leading efforts to support community stakeholders, including extensive involvement working with professional associations, Chambers of Commerce and various community and business organizations, both public and private. Kristen is a fierce competitor, never satisfied with resting on her laurels and is always looking for the next big challenge to conquer. She is driven to be the best while remaining authentic and invested in the success of others. Wicked smart, calm under pressure, a seasoned leader and skilled communicator, she knows how to solve the big problems and create consensus around complex issues. Her WHY is to be the best version of herself so that she can share her knowledge and experience with others to help them reach their full potential.
Kristen is an active volunteer serving on various business and nonprofit community committees and boards. She holds a BS in Business Management from Grand Canyon University; a Certificate in Association Management from ASAE and the prestigious designations of Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP). She is also a graduate of the ASU Lodestar Center’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy and the ASBA Executive Business Mentoring Program.
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Jennifer Purcell, Director of Community Engagement
Jennifer oversees the Alliance’s community outreach efforts including nonprofit capacity building and educational workshops and webinars, annual nonprofit conference, partnerships and fundraising for the organization. She is also responsible for managing the Arizona Gives (AZGives.org) program and Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour online statewide giving campaign held in April each year.
Prior to joining the Alliance in 2015, Jennifer was the Community Affairs Manager at BMO Harris Bank where she developed the annual philanthropic strategy and corporate giving program within Arizona, assisted executives with board engagement and built relationships with Arizona's nonprofit community. Prior to her Community Affairs position, she held the position of Assistant Vice President - Marketing/Communications. During her 16 years with the bank, Jennifer also organized annual employee volunteer programs, was Chair of its local diversity council and President of the bank’s young professionals group nationwide. Jennifer is a graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute Class 36 and served as Marketing Chair for the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (ICAN) during its inaugural years. Most recently, she was an active member of the Monarch Council at the Desert Botanical Garden. Arizona has been her home for 20+ years.
The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a proud participant in the Employers of National Service program and encourages other organizations to employ National Service Alumni. For more information visit www.NationalService.gov.