Our Team

Lisa M. Chmiola, MS, CFRE, CSPG

Founder & Chief Fablanthropist

Lisa M. Chmiola

Lisa has more than 21 years of professional philanthropic development experience. An unexpected layoff led her to make her dream of serving as a consultant to colleagues a reality. Her experience includes working with organizations in the education, healthcare, religious, and cultural sectors. She’s served as an active volunteer for a variety of nonprofit organizations for more than 35 years, starting as a Girl Scout in elementary school (and cookie seller supreme!).

Currently, Lisa is actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (as chair of AFP Global’s U.S. Government Relations Committee and a member of the Baton Rouge Chapter board), and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (board member 2021-2023, Chair of Emerging Professionals Committee). She’s also a Junior League of Lafayette sustainer, a member of Ellevate Louisiana, and a graduate of several leadership development programs.

An AFP Master Trainer since 2014, Lisa has presented at four AFP International Conferences, and a variety of AFP and other industry association regional conferences, chapter meetings, and webinars. She also serves as an adjunct instructor in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Department of Communication, and teaches for Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Additionally, she has co-authored several pieces for AFP’s Advancing Philanthropy magazine. Prior to her philanthropic career, Lisa worked in public relations, and as a reporter/copy editor for the Houston Chronicle.

Kirby Messinger

Communications Specialist

For more than 15 years, Kirby has worked to strategically deliver communication and marketing in the fields of education, construction, architecture, healthcare, and tourism. We are thrilled to have her working on behalf of Fablanthropy to lend her expertise to clients in the area of development communications strategies.

Her breadth and depth of experience has created expertise in a variety of areas, including strategic planning, direct mail and digital marketing, project and creative management, feature writing, strategic content creation, video production, media relations, social media planning, crisis management and campaign communications.

Since 2011, Kirby has utilized her experience and applied it to the world of fundraising. In her initial role, she was a one-woman advancement communications “shop” for medical school fundraisers. Over the course of 10 years, that role has expanded to include cross campus partnerships with philanthropic leadership, deans and a vast collection of fundraising professionals. Her special areas of interest are annual giving, gift planning, and major gift proposal creation. She is passionate about helping fundraising professionals use strategic communications to meet their goals more effectively.

Lorraine Bergeron

Digital Specialist

Lorraine is an experienced designer and digital creator with a specialty in customer service and experience.

With a keen eye to design and functionality, Lorraine utilizes her expertise to build and deploy email marketing campaigns that help nonprofits meet their goals. She aids in building and maintaining websites and online platforms that help clients innovate digitally.

With a background in higher ed fundraising and alumni engagement, Lorraine helps fundraising and engagement professionals utilize web technologies to leverage their full potential.

Kent C. Weimer, CAP®

Gift Planning Specialist

Kent Weimer, a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, works in gift planning at a large academic medical center in the Dallas area.

He works with donors and their advisors to make estate gifts, create endowments or make donations with assets other than cash.

His extensive expertise in fund development comes from more than 40 years of experience in community-based health care, cultural institutions, higher education, international healthcare and social service organizations.

Kent has been actively involved in the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners for more than 20 years including leadership roles at the Chicago and Dallas Councils, and is past chair of the national CGP board. Kent is on the board of governors of the Dallas Estate Planning Council and has been a volunteer facilitator for local Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® study groups.

Ava Lynn Chmiola

In loving memory of our mascot

Ava Lynn Chmiola

A 2014 alumna of Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston, and a 2015 graduate of PetSmart Training Academy, Ava will always be the heart and soul behind the intersection of fabulous and philanthropy. Texas born, she was a New Orleanian at heart, greeting anyone she met, human, canine, or feline. Though she crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February 2022, she continues to provide moral support and inspiration to the Chief Fablanthropist and you might spy her sweet face in the virtual background of a meeting.

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