Committees & Volunteer Opportunities

The Washington Planned Giving Council (WPGC) has several standing committees where Board members and non-Board Council members work to ensure that our educational offerings and communications are valuable, compelling, and current. Committee membership is a great way to build your planned giving network and expand your knowledge of the field. New committee members are always welcome! For questions on how to get more involved, please contact Board President Christina Lui.

Communications Committee

Co-Chairs: Charisse Valtinson and Kelly Merry
The Communications Committee oversees the WPGC website and email correspondence sent by the WPGC as well as cross promotion with other organizations.

Membership/Mentorship Committee

Chair: Alexandra Comstock
Members: Christina Lui, Paula Rimmer, Albert Thurmond
The Membership Committee is in charge of recruiting new members, promoting membership benefits and discovering new ways to engage our 150 existing members.The Mentor Program Committee works with new members to identify and connect them with the best gift planning mentors for their background and gift planning goals.

Planned Giving Day Conference Committee

Co-Chairs: Renee Kurdzos and Elizabeth Gray
Members: Emily Bader, Carol Borgmann, Jessica Breitbarth, Lauren Gersch, Jon Hommer, Christina Lui, Nina McGuinness, Ritee Sponsler
The Conference Committee plans all aspects of the premier Planned Giving Annual Conference in this region each year. This includes selecting topics to address the most relevant gift planning topics of the day, inviting and scheduling speakers for all conference sessions, securing the date and location of the conference, preparing conference materials, and marketing the event. 

Award and Scholarship Committee

Chair: Carol Borgmann
Members: Jazmin Marshall, Lisa Schaures, Jennifer Trice
The Awards Committee is in charge of selecting the honoree for the annual Professional Achievement Award at the WPGC Annual Planned Giving Day Conference.  The award is to publicly recognize a career of dedication and a remarkable accumulation of knowledge in the field of planned giving.

Program Committee

Co-Chair: Jim Carney
Members: Jennifer Becker Harris, Barb Maduell, and Elizabeth McGrath
The Program Committee selects the topics for our luncheon programs, invites and schedules speakers, and compiles the follow up surveys.  The monthly luncheons are core of WPGC’s array of educational offerings. 

Sponsorship Committee

Co-Chairs: Marlon Sandlin and George Twiss
The Sponsorship Committee secures support from corporations and foundations each year to support our Planned Giving Day Conference. The Sponsorship Committee oversees the recognition of our sponsors and promotion of our sponsorship opportunities year round.

Volunteer/Reception Committee

Chair: TBD
Members: Babette Beckham, Angie Fidler, Jennifer Trice

Lynn Schrader Scholarship Committee

Chair: Carol Borgmann
Members: Jazmin Marshall, Jennifer Trice

Other Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to joining the committees above, you can volunteer to assist with Council activities, from working the day of our Planned Giving Day Conference, to running the registration table at our luncheons, to hosting our Virtual Seminars. Volunteering is another way to get the most from your WPGC membership! For questions on how to you can volunteer, please contact Board President Christina Lui.