Lisa M. Chmiola, MS, CFRE
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Lisa has nearly 20 years of professional philanthropic development. 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 (both Global committees and the New Orleans Chapter board), the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (board member 2021-2023), and the Muff-a-Lottas dance troupe. She’s also a Junior League of New Orleans sustainer 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 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.
Ava Lynn Chmiola
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Ava is a 2014 alumna of Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston, and a 2015 graduate of PetSmart Training Academy. Texas born, she’s a New Orleanian at heart as she’ll greet anyone she meets, human, canine, or feline. She provides moral support to the Chief Fablanthropist when she’s not napping and occasionally will join a Zoom meeting.