Committees & Volunteer Opportunities

The Washington Planned Giving Council (WPGC) has several standing committees where Board members and non-Board Council members work to ensure that our educational offerings and communications are valuable, compelling, and current. Committee membership is a great way to build your planned giving network and expand your knowledge of the field. New committee members are always welcome! For questions on how to get more involved, please contact WPGC at [email protected].

Award and Scholarship Committee

Chair: Jennifer Trice
Frank Minton Award: Carol Borgmann, John Creahan, Mary Bohmke, and Lisa Schaures
Lynn Schrader Scholarship: Carol Borgmann, Jazmin Marshall, Jennifer Trice, Andrea King, and Susan Talton
The Awards Committee is in charge of selecting the honoree for the annual Professional Achievement Award at the WPGC Annual Planned Giving Day Conference.  The award is to publicly recognize a career of dedication and a remarkable accumulation of knowledge in the field of planned giving. 

Communications Committee

Co-Chairs: Jessica Breitbarth and Kelly Merry
Member: Charisse Valtinson
The Communications Committee oversees the WPGC website and email correspondence sent by the WPGC as well as cross-promotion with other organizations.

Membership/Mentorship Committee

Chair: Bryan Digel
Members: Janelle Johnson and Alexandra Comstock
The Membership Committee is in charge of recruiting new members, promoting membership benefits and discovering new ways to engage our 150 existing members. The Mentor Program Committee works with new members to identify and connect them with the best gift planning mentors for their background and gift planning goals.

Planned Giving Day Conference Committee

Co-Chairs: Ritee Sponsler and Monica Long
Members: Emily Bader, Carol Borgmann, Lauren Gersch, Jon Hommer, and Nina McGuinness
The Conference Committee plans all aspects of the premier Planned Giving Annual Conference in this region each year. This includes selecting topics to address the most relevant gift planning topics of the day, inviting and scheduling speakers for all conference sessions, securing the date and location of the conference, preparing conference materials, and marketing the event.

Program Committee

Co-Chairs: Jim Carney and Laurie Ramacci Noegel
Members: Jennifer Becker Harris, Barb Maduell, and Elizabeth McGrath
The Program Committee selects the topics for our luncheon programs, invites and schedules speakers, and compiles the follow-up surveys. The monthly luncheons are at the core of WPGC’s array of educational offerings. 

Sponsorship Committee

Chair: Renee Kurdzos
Member: Marlon Sandlin
The Sponsorship Committee secures support from corporations and foundations each year to support our Planned Giving Day Conference. The Sponsorship Committee oversees the recognition of our sponsors and promotion of our sponsorship opportunities year round.

Volunteer/Reception Committee

Chair: Greg Whitney
Members: Carol Borgmann, Alexandra Comstock, Renee Kurdzos, Emily McDaniel, Mark Rosen, Sarah Szabo, Jennifer Trice, Heather Williams and Susan Zurek

Other Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to joining the committees above, you can volunteer to assist with Council activities, from working the day of our Planned Giving Day Conference, to running the registration table at our luncheons, to hosting our Virtual Seminars. Volunteering is another way to get the most from your WPGC membership! For questions on how you can volunteer, please contact the WPGC office at [email protected].