2023 ADRP Northeast–Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Thursday, July 20 | Seton Hall University | South Orange, New Jersey

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Keynote | Sessions | Hotel and Parking | Sponsor


Thank you for joining us for a day of networking and learning for the 11th annual ADRP Northeast–Mid-Atlantic Conference (formerly known as the NYC Regional Conference) on the beautiful, historic campus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. We look forward to seeing you at the ADRP 20th Annual International Conference in October. 

Keynote Speaker

 Inspired and Inspiring: Discovering How to Tap into Your Strengths

Catherine Koverola, Ph.D.

As a donor relations professional, you enter the field passionate about making a difference in the world. Inspired by the missions of the organizations you serve and inspiring others to engage philanthropically, you have a phenomenal positive impact on the lives of others. Yet in this post-COVID reality, the struggle is real—doing more with less, toxic work environments, health and mental health issues, grief, and loss.

So how do you stay “inspired and inspiring” in this increasingly challenging world we all navigate?

Drawing on decades of experience as a clinical psychologist, educator, executive leader, and outstanding fundraiser, our keynote speaker Catherine Koverola will guide you through a process of self-assessment that provides powerful insights and tools to tap into your strengths. You will learn that it is not about working harder and digging deeper, but rather, about understanding the complexities you face and knowing how to effectively engage your unique strengths to advance your outcomes. No matter the situation, our strengths are there for us.

Catherine Koverola is a psychologist and higher education executive leader with a lifelong commitment to supporting the health, wellbeing, and education of others on a global scale. She has over 30 years of private practice and consultation experience and progressive leadership that includes serving as dean, provost, and university president. Her expertise also includes executive coaching and leadership development; fundraising; culturally relevant program development; facilitating organizational change in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and successful start-up launches. Her experience encompasses life and work on three continents and embodies a well-honed intercultural wisdom within practice. 


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Full participation in the 2023 Northeast–Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is applicable for 4.5 points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. This 2023 CE Tracker is available to assist in tracking your CE points.



8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast 

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Welcome Remarks | Event Room

Keynote Presentation

10:30 - 10:45 AM


10:45 - 11:45 AM

Breakout Sessions 1

Every Donor Has a Story | Chancellor's Suite

Kathryn Munro, Executive Director, Recognition and Stewardship, Dartmouth College

Unlock Your Potential: Master Unstuckness | Theatre

Eileen Bastien, Senior Director of Stewardship and Donor Engagement, Seton Hall University

Acknowledgments Made Easy | Event Room

Debbie MeyersWriter/Editor, Rutgers University Foundation

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch | Atrium (Lower Level)

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions 2

Can You Feel It? Using the Experience of Physical Spaces to Celebrate Community | Theatre

Anne Manner-McLarty, President and Lead Donor Recognition Strategist, Heurista

From Newbie to Mid-level to Seasoned Veteran: Career Phases | Event Room

Roberta O’Hara, Head of Global Development, OneSky
Rachel Griffin, Associate Director, Stewardship, UConn Foundation, Inc.
Julianne Tarrant, Donor Relations Coordinator, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation
Moderator: Debbie Meyers, Writer/Editor, Rutgers University Foundation

Establish And Leverage Metrics for Growth – Yours And Your Organization’s Chancellor's Suite

Kelly Brennan, Philanthropic Perspectives and Solutions

2:00 - 2:15 PM


2:15 - 3:15 PM

Breakout Sessions 3

 UNSESSION: Donor Relations – Past, Present, and Future | Event Room

Cheryl Smith Lintner, Executive Director of Donor Relations, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation

Kelly Brennan, Philanthropic Perspectives and Solutions

Lighten Your Load: Working with Consultants and Freelancers Theatre

Anne Schmitz, Senior Director of Donor Relations, Stony Brook University

Streamlining Stewardship Reporting Chancellor's Suite

Cheryl McCloskey, Associate Director of Donor Relations, Seton Hall University

Meghan Murphy, Graduate Assistant, Donor Relations, Seton Hall University

3:15 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 4:30 PM

The Best Thing I Learned – A Plenary Session Event Room



Keynote Sponsor





Past events

2022 NYC Regional Conference

Volunteer Committee

Eileen Bastien, Co-Chair, Seton Hall University
Lauren Shoor, Co-Chair, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Mitra Keykhah, Board Liaison, Philadelphia Orchestra
Kelly Brennan, Philanthropic Perspectives and Solutions
Angela Camacho, Baruch College 
Barbara Geiger, Seton Hall University
Barbara Johnson, New York University
Esmera Kanalstein, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Debbie Meyers, Rutgers University Foundation
Barbara Camhi Mlawer, NYU Langone Health 
Susan Simonelli, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center