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AFP South Sound

Friday, March 22, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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Energizing Your Board

Expert Panelists:

Miriam Barnett, CEO, YWCA Pierce County

Tanya Durand, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Jeff Klein, Executive Director, Sound Outreach

Facilitated by:

Jan F. Brazzell, PhD, ACFRE, Principal Counsel & CEO, Advancement Consulting

Do you feel as if your board is asleep at the wheel? Do you have trouble getting a quorum for meetings? Do your board members shun their community outreach and fundraising responsibilities? Or, do you already have active, committed board members and just need some new strategies to invigorate them? Whether you are a CEO or development officer, this program is for you. Everyone wins when your board is strong and engaged in your mission!

Come learn how three amazing nonprofit leaders have successfully recruited and mobilized stellar boards that engage enthusiastically with their organizations and community. Share what works, what doesn’t work, and how to deepen your board relationships. Learn practical strategies you can use to bring out the best in your board of directors.

Miriam Barnett

Miriam Barnett has been working with boards for 32 years. From 7 members to 25, she’s mastered both the art and science of engaging boards.  Miriam started her nonprofit career in 1987 and spent the first 15 years working for organizations that focused on the arts. In 2002, she changed paths to focus on empowering women.  For the past 13.5 years, she has worked as the Chief Executive of Opportunity (CEO) of the YWCA Pierce County.  The YWCA has a board of 25 members. The agency focuses on providing comprehensive services for domestic violence victims and their families.

In addition to being CEO of the YWCA, Miriam taught in the Fundraising Certification Program at UWT for ten years. She currently offers workshops twice a year in fundraising and supervising staff which take place at the YWCA.

Miriam is a jeweler which helps her keep her sanity! Her husband Dan is a full time potter. She has two grown children that reside in CA. One is a professor and one is a development director at a nonprofit agency, imagine that! 

Miriam serves on the boards for the National Association of YWCA Executives, the State of WA Department of Commerce Building Communities Fund, and the Mary Redman Foundation.


Tanya Durand

Tanya Durand has worked in the museum field since 1992 and has led the Children’s Museum of Tacoma since 1999 as its Executive Director.   The Museum operates the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Preschool Powered by Play on two campuses, The Muse: A Children’s Center and Play to Learn, Pierce County’s largest school readiness outreach program.  The Museum also hosts the annual Symposium on our Youngest Citizens – a gathering that engages leaders in thinking aspirationally about children and their role in our community.

Under Durand’s leadership, the Museum was honored as a finalist for a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Other acknowledgments include University of Washington Tacoma Non Profit Leader of the Year 2016, Tacoma Chamber of Commerce New Tacoma Award, and the Association of Children’s Museum Promising Practice Award.

Durand serves as Vice President of Initiatives on the national Association of Children’s Museums’ Board of Directors, is on the University of Washington Tacoma’s Urban Studies Advisory Board, is Chair of the Pierce County Arts & Cultural Coalition, represents the cultural community on South Sound Together, and is Immediate Past Chair of First 5 FUNdamentals, Pierce County’s early learning coalition. Durand lives on Day Island, WA with her husband, 11 year old son, and Golden Retriever affectionately known as “Day Island Dylan”.


Jeff Klein

Jeff Klein wants to make a positive difference in people’s lives and has spent more than two decades working on just that. At camps, community centers, and schools, he mentored young people and college students to be leaders. When he moved to Tacoma in 2009, Jeff was intentional in his job search, he wanted to work with young people, homeless issues, and/or fighting hunger. For five years, he helped to raise millions annually at Emergency Food Network, providing more than 15 million pounds of food each year to area food banks.

In January of 2015, he jumped at the opportunity to lead Sound Outreach, believing that connecting people to benefits and resources that grow assets and help people manage their own lives better is what keeps folks from needing a food bank in the first place. “We’re helping people lead more dignified, sustainable lives. I’m interested in anything we can do to help create a more just and equitable community.”

Originally from Baltimore, Jeff loves the Pacific Northwest for all the outdoors have to offer. You can find him running, camping, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, swimming, and kayaking whenever he finds the time. He loves his wife Jessica and daughters Lily and Rosie.


Jan F. Brazzell, PhD, ACFRE

Jan F. Brazzell founded Advancement Consulting in 2001. As the firm’s Principal, she has helped the leaders of more than 70 nonprofits move their organizations forward. She specializes in strategic planning, board governance, effective fundraising, and capital/endowment campaigns. Jan has served on numerous local boards (e.g. AFP South Sound, Rotary Club of Tacoma #8, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Arts Commission, City Club of Tacoma, and Northwest Trek). Having previously Chaired AFP International’s Research Council, Jan recently completed two terms on the AFP International Board of Directors.

Prior to launching Advancement Consulting, Jan led the MultiCare Health Foundation as Executive Director; served as Pacific Lutheran University’s Vice President for Development and University Relations; and directed Corporate, Foundation and Group Relations for the Franciscan Foundation for Health Care. She and her husband, Wolfgang Opitz, live in Tacoma with two beautiful, rambunctious cats.


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Community Health Care
1202 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma, WA 98405

Friday, March 22, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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