August Monthly Lunch Education Program – “Working Well with Highly Engaged and Influential Volunteers”


Tuesday, August 11, 2015 

“Working Well with Highly Engaged and Influential Volunteers”



 11:30-Noon Registration for Lunch Session

Noon-1:15 PM Lunch Program 



Noon – 1:15PM  Lunch Program open to Members and Guests



Working Well with Highly Engaged and Influential Volunteers


Moderator: Dani Robbins

Panel of experienced local community volunteers including:

Cindy Hilsheimer, Mary Lazarus and Roger Sugarman

(*See bios below)




Every development professional’s career involves working closely with volunteers at some level.

–          Volunteers on special event committees

–          Board or committee volunteers on a project or program

–          Engaging them to go on a donor visit

Some volunteers may be one- or short-timers.


But what about those who are long-term, highly engaged and very influential leaders?  You know, the ones who truly can make or break your success?  Often we will hear “treat a volunteer or board member as you would other donors.”  As a fundraiser, how prepared or successful are you in developing the relationship with the person who is donating…their time?


Join us as moderator Dani Robbins invites a panel of experienced local community volunteers including Cindy Hilsheimer, Mary Lazarus and Roger Sugarman to share their insights of working alongside nonprofit professional fundraisers.  They will be asked to share both their likes and successes, and their dislikes and frustrations.  Learn from their insight as they share suggestions on ways to work best with experienced and influential volunteers.

 1.5 CE credits 



Amelita Mirolo Barn in Upper Arlington

Located in Sunny 95 Park, this unique facility blends the history of one of the community’s

oldest farm structures with an airy, modern space perfect for meetings special events

4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Upper Arlington, OH 43220




$20 for AFP Members

$40 Guests

Buffet lunch provided


 RSVP Deadline is Thursday, August 6

To RSVP you must register and purchase your seats online in advance.

 Registration is closed

 AFP Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Cancellations received in writing by the RSVP deadline are eligible for a full refund.

Cancellations received after the deadline will not be eligible for refunds as we will have already made a commitment to purchase your meal.

You may, however, send a substitute guest.


 Registration questions: Email [email protected]



Moderator – Dani Robbins

Dani is the strategist, founder and principal of Non Profit Evolution, a consulting firm dedicated to building capacity, including board governance and organizational development, in small to mid size non-profit organizations. Dani is a respected thought leader, practitioner and speaker and has served over 20 years in the non-profit arena, the majority in executive leadership positions.  She works with a variety of nonprofit boards and executive leaders to implement stronger and better aligned organizations.


Dani has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, a Bachelors Degree from Kent State University, and is the co-author of the Innovative Leadership Workbook for Nonprofit Executives.




Cynthia A. Hilsheimer

Cindy currently serves the boards of the James Cancer Hospital Foundation and Ambassador Society, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and its Foundation, Pelotonia, the Columbus Symphony, and A Kid Again.  Cindy serves on the advisory boards of Copper Run Capital, Central Ohio Leadership Academy and The Ohio State’s Women & Philanthropy, and compliments a host of other community committees.  In 2011, she was appointed as a director of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center).


Cindy Hilsheimer is managing principal of BeecherHill, a retained executive search firm, serving a portfolio of clientele that represents some of the best-led organizations in our region.  After a start in the Big 4 and serving in a variety of financial leadership roles for 15 years, Cindy combined her passion for people, business, information and technology with her entrepreneurial spirit to form BeecherHill.  The firm enjoys 15 years in tenure and a team approach to serving its clients with uncompromising quality and integrity.


Cindy has been the recipient of a variety of service awards including the OSU John B. Gerlach Volunteer Award, YWCA Women of Achievement Award, and the OSU Fisher College of Business Alumni Community Service Award as well as United Way’s Robert S. Crane, Jr. Young Philanthropist Award.  In 2008, Central Ohio’s Association of Fundraising Professionals bestowed upon her the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award.


Cindy graduated from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration majoring in accounting and was recognized as a Pace Setter.  She resides in New Albany, Ohio with her husband, Larry; they have three children.


Mary Lazarus

Mary Lazarus has demonstrated a strong commitment to children and women’s issues for many years. She provided leadership and vision to the Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio (CDF). She is past president of Action for Children and was instrumental in the building of the Cecilia Cullman Center for Children. Mary’s civic affiliations include work with Thurber House, Mount Carmel Hospital and the Homeless Families Foundation. She was a founder of Columbus Metropolitan Club, and has been involved with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and many other organizations. She is a co-founding chair of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and serves on its board of trustees.  Mary has  also been active in Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, an organization that Bob’s mother, Hattie, co-founded in 1932 as The Mother’s Health Association. 


Over the years, Mary and her late husband, Bob, shared their love not just with one another and their children and grandchildren—but with the central Ohio community as a whole. Through their collective giving, they’ve shown a remarkable philanthropic spirit—championing efforts through volunteer support and gifts that have positively impacted a wide range of organizations and programs.  The Lazarus’ relationship with The Columbus Foundation began in 1970, when Bob’s parents, Robert Sr. and Hattie Lazarus, transferred their private foundation to establish the Hattie and Robert Lazarus Fund, a fund Mary still manages today. In 1985, the couple established a Donor Advised Fund, the Mary and Robert Lazarus, Jr. Fund, which for nearly three decades has supported a wide range of interests, from education and the arts to healthcare and basic needs.


Mary was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985, and received the YWCA Women of Achievement Award in 1994. Mary received the Babs Sirak Award in 2008 from Planned Parenthood, as well as the League of Women Voters Democracy in Action Award.  She and Bob received the 2013 Harrison M. Sayre Award from the Columbus Foundation.  They were also honored with AFP’s 2005 Outstanding Philanthropists award.


Roger P. Sugarman

Roger Sugarman currently serves as President of the board of trustees of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, a member of the Library’s Foundation board of trustees, and co-chairs the Library’s $120MM “Great Libraries Create” Campaign. He is a member of the executive committee and board of trustees of the YMCA of Central Ohio, as well as a past chair. His community activities have also included serving as the Chair of the boards of trustees of: The United Way of Central Ohio; The Community Shelter Board; Leadership Columbus; and, FIRSTLINK; President of The Athletic Club of Columbus; and, as a trustee of Columbus School for Girls, Temple Israel, The Columbus Jewish Federation, The Columbus Marathon, Vanderbilt Alumni Association and The Columbus Bar Foundation.


Roger is a director at the Columbus law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., LPA.   Mr. Sugarman’s trial practice focuses upon the defense of securities matters, complex business disputes, director and officer liability, and corporate governance disputes.  Mr. Sugarman has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America which selected him as the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus in the area of Securities Litigation , and in 2015 as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus in both Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) and Appellate Practice. He has also been recognized as a Top 100 Attorney in Ohio, as an Ohio Super Lawyer® by Law and Politics Magazine since its inception, and by Chambers USA, a service which ranks “America’s Leading Business Lawyers.” He is a member of the American, Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations, a Fellow of the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Foundations, and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a nationwide Honorary Society of Trial Lawyers.  Mr. Sugarman is a member of the board of directors of State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, an Ohio-domiciled mutual insurance company and the parent of publicly traded State Auto Insurance Company (STFC).


Mr. Sugarman received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Toledo College Of Law, cum laude. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Vanderbilt University. He is married to Colleen Nissl, Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel of NetJets, Inc. They have two adult children who live in Columbus.