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Sep 2007Nov 2009


DePaul University

November 2009 graduation, Capstone project on LBT Cancer Programming & Policy

Sep 1994Jun 1998

Bachelors Business Administration

Work experience

Nov 2009Present

Event and Fundraiser Consultant

Ticia Smith, Consultant

As an independent consultant I fundraise and coordinate events for local nonprofit organizations. I build new sponsorship relationships, while also further cultivating their existing sponsors. I solicit silent auction, raffle items, procure food and beverage sponsors. Design and copy all electronic and print marketing materials and coordinate distribution. 

Dec 2008Aug 2009

Event and Program Coordinator, Intern

Howard Brown Health Center

LGBTI National Health Summit Organizer

  • Exceeded corporate and foundation fundraising goal 56%.
  • Balanced a budget beginning with zero.
  • Registered over 400 participants and speakers. 
  • Created process for exhibitor outreach area during Summit.
  • Developed all marketing materials and strategies surrounding event promotion. 
  • Coordinated and negotiated all logistics with local hotel: conference rooms, hotel rooms, meals, AV, etc.
  • Created volunteer policy and proceedures for more than 100 volunteers and supervise volunteer coordinator.
  • Wrote and edit copy for event website dialogue at
  • Developed scholarship evaluation process and policies for Summit attendees.
  • Provided transparent documents and processes for future organizers.
Dec 2005Feb 2008

Program Manager

CFL Worker Assistance Committee
  • Assisted with proposal writing for state and federal grants, achieving $500,000 in grants.
  • Exceeded minimum participant enrollment, placement, and exit goals of 80%.
  • Created budget denoting number and demographics of participants to be served.
  • Built relationships with related agencies to coordinate our efforts to benefit the participants.
  • Created Community Based Organization resource book for non-computer saavy clients.
Jul 2002Nov 2005

Store Manager

Pier 1 Imports
  • Achieved fourth-highest sales gain nationally 2004.
  • Won Highest Sales and Highest Average Ticket gain throughout company, 2004.
  • Trained and promoted five associates to management.
  • Surpassed 2005 regional and division inventory results.
  • Developed, implemented and management stockroom plan for neighboring stores.

Volunteer Activities

Equality Illinois

  • Board of Director member 2007 - 2009
  • Member of Development, Personnel, and Outreach Committees.
  • Grew women’s friend-raiser into fundraiser, 1st annual fundraiser increased Capitol Club. memberships by goal of 10 and a gross income of $5100.
  • Continue to grow women’s fundraiser to over 200 attendees, grossing over $12,000.
  • Became familiar with Get-Active - Convio database.

Howard Brown Health Center

  • Taste for Every Palate volunteer 2003 - current.
  • Solicit silent auction items and create avenues to sell raffle tickets.
  • Recruit volunteers and serve as a ticket captain.

AVON Breast Cancer Walks 

  • Raised over $12,000 for 2006 - 2008 Walks.
  • Created fun alternative fundraising items such as a t-shirt line, 50/50, silent auction, live auction.
  • Offerred successful fundraising ideas at new-walker orientations.

Girls in the Game

  • Organizing summer Carnival grassroots fundraiser raising $6,000 donations and corporate sponsorship.
  • Organized birthday fundraiser raising $3,000 in monetary and equipment donations.
  • 2006 Gala raffle ticket sales volunteer.
  • 2006 - 2007 Advisory Board member.


Paula Basta

Cat Jefcoat

LGBTI Health Summit


To obtain a development position, which will allow me to further my experience and education in fundraising, marketing, annual campaigns, estate planning, and event campaigns.


Computer Skills/Programs
Raisers Edge Convio Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint Microsoft Vista Google Docs Doodle
OH Air National Guard
MILITARY HONORS & AWARDS:  Honorable Discharge received June 27, 1997. Desert Storm Veteran, received Honorable Award 1991. Awarded Chamber of Commerce Award from Congresswoman Kaptur. Nominated and received Airman of the year award in 1992. Achieved Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service 12/28/89 – 12/28/1992.