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PHILANOS DIRECTORS 2022-2023

Deepika Andavarapu - Impact 100 Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

“Collective Giving amplifies the voice of women and girls. Together we can make our communities more equitable and just for everyone.”

Deepika Andavarapu, is the founder and CEO of DEEP Consultants. Dr. Andavarapu, who uses she/her pronouns, is an urban planning scholar, community researcher, and evaluator working with government, nonprofits, and other philanthropic organizations. Dr. Andavarapu was the first DEI committee chair for Impact 100 Cincinnati. In that role, she led the development of Impact 100s DEI strategic plan. Under her leadership, the organization's diversity more than doubled in two years; today, the organization is working towards incorporating an equity lens into its grant-making process. In 2020, the 400+ members voted DEI as the top priority for the organization.

Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz - Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, Columbia, MD

"Women’s philanthropy shapes the future for women and girls through the power of collective giving​." 

Buffy serves as chair of the Philanos marketing and communications committee. She began her career working in international human rights in Washington, DC, was the communications director at the Maryland Philanthropy Network, and is now president of her own firm BBS Consulting, working with foundations, nonprofits and political campaigns. She has come “full circle” by serving as the first executive director of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, having been an original founder 20 years ago, and a past Advisory Board chair. Buffy is a co-author of the award-winning book Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World with Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha Taylor and has participated in the national giving circle movement for over two decades. She’s been named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2003, 2008 and 2010 by The Daily Record, an "Innovator of the Year" in 2004, and honored as one of "40 Under 40" in 2004 by the Baltimore Business Journal. She was an Impact Award Winner in 2012, and is a 2019 inductee in the Women’s Commission of Howard County’s Hall of Fame – all for her work in women’s collective giving. Buffy has served on many boards including the Community Foundation of Howard County and she’s involved in gun violence prevention efforts. She has a BA in Russian history from the University of Maryland. Originally from Newtown, CT, she has lived in Howard County - between Washington, DC and Baltimore - for over 30 years. Buffy and her husband Howard have four children and two granddaughters.

Susan Benford - The Philanthropy Connection, Boston, MA and Impact100 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

"Collective giving offers an elegantly simple model to broaden access to and community around philanthropy."

Susan was elected to the Philanos board in 2020 and served as vice chair, becoming chair in July 2021.  She was on the steering committee for PowerUP! 2020 and co-led the organization of conference breakout sessions. She was on the board of The Philanthropy Connection, MA, for seven years during which she was president and chair of development from 2016 to 2019, and held other leadership roles in grants, membership, governance, and the diversity task force.  Additionally, she is on the board of Resilient Coders, a non-profit that trains black and brown youth in Boston and Philadelphia to become software engineers through a free coding bootcamp.  Previously, she served for 7 years on the Foundation Board for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and for 4 years on the Boston Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which funds research into the causes and cure for Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes.  She received her MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Texas in Austin. Susan lives with her husband outside Boston, has two adult, married sons and one spoiled golden retriever.

Ellan Bernstein - Impact100 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

“Collective giving is a philanthropic model that is thoughtful and strategic, and has a powerful impact on local communities.”

Ellan is the board secretary and co-chairs the education committee. She also was co-chair of the 2018 WCGN Conference in Philadelphia. Ellan was the secretary of the founding board of directors of Impact100 Philadelphia and served as co-president of the organization. She was also charged with starting the Founders Fellowship program which offers Impact100 membership to younger members. Currently, Ellan is the secretary of the board of Interfaith Philadelphia, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue and understanding among people of different faith traditions.

Ellan received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University Beasley School of Law and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College. She practices real estate law in the Philadelphia PA region. Ellan and her husband live outside Philadelphia. They love spending time with their three grown children, and extended family, at their home at the Jersey shore.

Rebekah Bonde - Washington Women's Foundation, Seattle, WA

"Collective giving is atomic: individuals each leveraging their time and money come together to create seismic shifts in their community. We lean-in to a larger movement that asks each of us to contribute our time, talent, treasure, and testimony.”

Rebekah Bonde is a member of Washington Women’s Foundation (WA), where she serves as a Leader on collective grants committees using trust-based philanthropy practices, and she is the current Treasurer of the Board at Philanos and is a Committee Chair Elect for the Lyric Opera Circle of Kansas City. Rebekah is also the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Impact Austin Foundation (TX).  In her Board leadership positions, Rebekah has chaired the Audit, Finance, Personnel, and Governance Committees. Previous board service includes Street Youth Ministries, Sammamish Rotary Club, and Women’s Enterprises (all based in Seattle). Her work in women’s philanthropy has been featured in network webinars, conferences, local media, and in The Huffington Post Blog.

Born and raised in Missoula, Montana, Rebekah’s childhood was filled with “up close and personal” encounters with wildlife and nature, and that sparked a lifelong interest in environmental stewardship, global travel and volunteer work. 

Retiring from a career in corporate financial analysis, Rebekah and her husband Paul started Bonde Consulting, a boutique firm providing financial consulting services to client families and nonprofits. 

Rebekah holds a BA degree in International Business and a BBA degree in Accounting from Abilene Christian University with minors in Economics and French.

Amy Conard - Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund, St Louis, MO 

“Collective Giving means to engage in informed, collective grantmaking to invest in small nonprofits to positively affect change in my community.

Amy Conard is the Technology Chair and Board member for Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund.  She has led a technology transition over the past three years to implement new software, consolidate systems and increase access for members to manage their information and access resources.

After a successful corporate career in Information Technology, she now consults with nonprofits to help them be more efficient and effective by leveraging software. The consulting work includes assessing the needs, identifying software options, and providing recommendations on solutions and implementation.  She also mentors women technical leaders and volunteers in a food pantry and at the International Institute.   

Amy has an MBA from Washington University and an aerospace engineering degree from Princeton University.  She has two sons, Jacob and Peter, who regularly remind her how much taller they are.

Sandy Cook - Impact100 Metro Denver, Denver, CO and Women's Giving Alliance Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, FL

"Collective giving experiences can be powerful influences on each member’s personal philanthropy.” 

Sandy chairs the affiliate expansion and engagement committee.  She is founding member, past president and legacy member of the Women’s Giving Alliance (Jacksonville, FL). While living in Jacksonville for 15 years, she chaired its grant committee, led the organization’s three major research efforts and was a member of the advocacy and impact committees. She is currently serving on its 20th anniversary committee.  While living in Northeast Florida, she also served as board chair for the nonprofit Center of NE Florida, WJCT Public Television/Radio, and the World Affairs Council. Following her move to Colorado in 2018, she joined Impact100 Metro Denver.  She has served as membership chair, president for two years and is currently a member of the executive committee as governance chair and chair of the DEI granting task force. Her current community activities include the Women’s Foundation of Colorado (Board of Directors and member of the grants committee), and a board member of the International WOmen’s Forum of COlorado.

Stephanie Cook - San Diego Women's Foundation, San Diego, CA

“Collective giving organizations have the power to challenge the philanthropic norms and create authentic and trust-based relationships with nonprofit organizations in service of our community.”

Stephanie Cook has a background in critical race and gender studies, and spent her academic career studying the transformative power of women's movements around the globe. As the executive director of The San Diego Women's Foundation (SDWF), she works with a community of changemakers and oversees SDWF's strategic direction and mission to connect, educate and inspire women to come together in collective philanthropy. Before accepting her role at SDWF, Stephanie worked and volunteered with a variety of nonprofit organizations working on women’s empowerment and social justice issues where she utilized her skills in educational programming, social media management and content creation, member recruitment and engagement strategies, and developing corporate partnerships. Stephanie is a proud member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, and in addition she serves as board member and treasurer for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of San Diego and is a member of Girl Scouts San Diego’s Leadership Advisory Bureau.

Heather Jauregui - Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation, Boise, ID

Coming together to address needs and fund big ideas amplifies the impact of the individual to accelerate change and build community – that is the heart of women’s collective giving.”

Heather has been a leadership volunteer for multiple nonprofit and charitable organizations. Her career has been in the nonprofit sector leading teams and philanthropy programs. An active member of IWCF since 2005, and a director for seven years, Heather has served in many leadership roles at IWCF, including president, vice president, and symposium chair. Heather has a MS in education for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a BS in business from Santa Clara University. She’s been honored as one of the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished “40 Under 40” in 2003. An Idaho native, Heather resides in Boise with her husband and has three adult stepchildren.

Maggie Glasgow - Greenville Women Giving, Greenville, SC

"I love seeing women come together, share knowledge and resources, open up leadership opportunities, and make informed decisions to give back and grow their communities."

Maggie serves as vice chair of Philanos and a member of the resource development committee. She is a past co-chair for Greenville Women Giving (Greenville, SC). She served as a board member for 13 years, and as a co-chair for four years.  She also served as chair of the education, strategic planning, and leadership development committees. Prior to retiring and moving to Greenville, Maggie was an academic sociologist, teaching at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia for over a decade, retiring as chair of the Social Science Division.

Maggie lives with her husband, Lowrie in Greenville where they enjoy reading, traveling and gardening as well as time with their three children and six grandchildren. Maggie has a BA in journalism from the University of North Dakota, BA in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University, MA and PhD in Sociology from Duke University.  She brings her love of research, data analysis, writing, advocating for women and leadership development to this work.

Deborah Majewski - Women's Impact Fund, Charlotte, NC 

"I am energized by working to advance both women and philanthropy.  Engaging on the Philanos board has allowed me to play a part in helping Philanos affiliates and their members maximize their grant making impact and leadership."

Deborah is a co-chair of the education committee.  She served on the Women’s Impact Fund (WIF) board of directors for seven years including as board chair, nominating chair, treasurer, and grants chair and currently serves on the board of advisors.  Deborah currently serves on the board of directors of Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center and Good Friends Charlotte and on the governance board of A Way Home (a Charlotte housing endowment).  In her professional life, Deborah is a Senior Program Officer at The Leon Levine Foundation, and prior to taking that role in 2018, she served in a variety of leadership positions in the Finance Group at Bank of America Corporation.  Deborah has an MBA, finance and corporate accounting, from William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and a BS, finance degree from State University of New York, College at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY.  She lives in Charlotte with her husband Dan and enjoys spending her free time at the couple’s cabin in the NC mountains.

Ann Marie McGee - Impact 100 Redwood Circle, Santa Rosa, CA

Collective giving expands and diversifies philanthropy to strengthen and serve our communities where it is needed most.”

Ann Marie McGee is a member of Impact 100 Redwood Circle where she co-chaired the Marketing Committee for four years. Moving to Sonoma County in 2017, she joined Impact 100 Redwood Circle to learn more about nonprofits in the North Bay and quickly embraced the collective giving model and its importance for women to support their communities.

She is currently a board member for the Santa Rosa Symphony where she serves on the Donor Relations Committee.  Prior nonprofit board experience includes Brighter Beginnings and Northern Light School, both in Oakland and the Contra Costa Crisis Center in Walnut Creek. She has also served on numerous advisory/advancement committees for the University of Idaho. As a National Volunteer for Tri Delta sorority, Ann Marie currently serves on the Leadership Development Committee with the responsibility for slating the Executive, Foundation and Housing Boards for the 2022-2024 biennium.

Prior to retiring and relocating to Sonoma County, Ann Marie had her own marketing consulting firm, specializing in branding, messaging and positioning services for startup/early-stage technology companies. Her consultancy was preceded by stints at several technology startups in Silicon Valley, including GRiD Systems where she was the Marketing Manager for the industry’s first tablet computer. Before her tech career, she taught music at Arkansas State University and Interlochen National Music Camp and was a member of the Arkansas Symphony. Ann Marie holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in flute performance from the University of Idaho and the University of Illinois.

Ann Marie lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Robert where they enjoy learning about food and wine, gardening, traveling and spending time with their two children and a granddaughter. When not volunteering, she enjoys cooking, playing her flute, watercolor painting, tennis, and golf.

Clare O'Brien - Impact 100 Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

"Collective giving enables women to grow as philanthropists by providing them with a community of givers, cross-sector relationships, education and opportunities to take wise risks."

Clare O’Brien is a member of the Philanos education committee and served on the governance & nominating committee for two years.  She is a member of Impact 100 Cincinnati where she held board roles as treasurer and grant committee chair.  During her business career, Clare held senior leadership roles in marketing, strategy and sales in high technology and financial services companies. In her community, Clare serves as the board vice chair/chair-elect of May We Help, a nonprofit which makes customized assistive devices for individuals with disabilities. May We Help is also a past Philanos Spotlight Award recipient.

Clare holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and a master's degree in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is currently pursuing the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation.  Clare and her husband are the proud parents of two young adult sons.

Paula Perkins - Impact100 Wichita Falls, Wichita Falls, TX

"Collective giving allows us to be better together as we invest resources and exponentially increase impact needed to drive and sustain lasting social change"

Paula is a member of the Philanos governance committee.  She is the founder and president of Impact100 Wichita Falls, TX and is also a member of the XIX Society of the Texas Women’s Foundation.

Paula’s governance expertise assisted in founding the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts & Culture in response to a community-wide arts and culture plan.  Additionally, Paula has facilitated numerous efforts to address food insecurity through board service with the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank and co-founding its signature fundraiser, Empty Bowls.  She has served as president of the Junior League of Wichita Falls and as a board member and the governance committee chair of the Association of Junior Leagues International.  Paula has been named as one of Nexstar Media’s Remarkable Women of 2021 and received a Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2013 for forging the way for others through her community leadership. 

Paula has both BS and MA degrees in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University and is a recipient of board certification in pediatrics and specialty certification in school systems by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  Currently, Paula is an education specialist for Region 9 Education Service Center, providing training and technical assistance for educators in the areas of special education and other federal programs.

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