Board of Directors
Manager of Leadership & Planned Giving, WMHT
Sandra Beer joined WMHT's development staff in 2009 as Manager of Leadership and Planned Giving with responsibilities for annual gifts at the Edison Society leadership level, and for all capital and planned gifts.
Prior to joining WMHT, Ms. Beer worked for 15 years in a variety of development positions at CARE USA in Atlanta, GA and Darrow School and Powell House in Columbia County, NY. Before working in the non-profit development sector, Ms. Beer worked at National Data Corporation for 5 years in marketing and administrative positions.
Ms. Beer earned her MBA and Master of Divinity degrees at Emory University in Atlanta, GA after earning a BA degree in Political Science and Religious Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.
Sandra has served on a number of non-profit boards including The Friends Meeting House Fund and, the Guilford College Alumni Association Board and the local chapter board for the Association for Fundraising Professionals. She resides in Columbia County, NY with her daughter.
Vice President of Membership
Ben M. Stickan, MBA, CFRE
Director of Development, UAlbany
Ben Stickan is the Director of Development at Rockefeller College, University at Albany, SUNY. Ben is a dedicated, entrepreneurially-minded Advancement professional with over ten years of experience. He has extensive experience managing a wide range of development programs and alumni outreach activities. Prior to joining the college, Ben was the Senior Director of Development at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago. Ben received his MBA from the Liautaud Graduate School of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Eileen Howe Bird
Executive Director, To Life!
Eileen Howe Bird works for To Life!, a local not of for profit organization with a mission of serving families dealing with breast cancer. As Executive Director, Eileen oversees a team of staff and volunteers who carry out a robust slate of educational programs and support services in a 10 county area surrounding the Capital Region. As an independent resource for families dealing with breast cancer, To Life! programs remain free of charge and are funded through fundraising initiatives and private donations.
Prior to joining the staff of To Life!, Eileen was a Development Officer with the Annual Fund at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Eileen spent 15 years working in sales for Grainger Industrial Supply, managing government contracts, sales teams and programs, and customer service. She also served as an adjunct faculty member of Bryant Stratton College, teaching in their business program. Eileen's formal education included undergraduate work at State University College at Oswego then she received her MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Throughout her career, Eileen has volunteered extensively at To Life! and several other organizations. Eileen and her family currently live in Delmar.
Development Officer, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Mindy Derosia has served as the Development Officer for the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region since 2012. Ms. Derosia joined the Foundation in 2007 to launch a new planned giving support initiative called the Legacy Partnership ProgramSM, which was designed to help strengthen and sustain our community's nonprofit agencies by establishing a structure to build and manage their endowed assets. The program was largely focused on guiding participating agencies in the identification of prospects and in developing strategies for meaningful engagement and stewardship of each agency's donors to increase legacy giving.
Ms. Derosia moved to the Capital Region in 1995. Prior to joining The Community Foundation, she held positions in the field of nonprofit fundraising for various organizations including: The Albany Academies, The College of Saint Rose, WMHT and TRIP/Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program.
Vice President of Programs
Annual Fund Manager, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
Jonathan has a passion for helping people and transforming communities. Prior to Planned Parenthood, Jonathan held fundraising and communications roles at several nonprofit agencies in the Capital Region including Habitat for Humanity Capital District, Pride Center of the Capital Region, Northern Rivers Family Services, and Easter Seals New York. Jonathan has also worked for nonprofit organizations in Minneapolis and Boston. Jonathan enjoys working with people who want to give their time, money and skills towards helping their local communities. He received his Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration degrees at University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy focusing on nonprofit management and social welfare policy. He also received his Bachelor’s degree in Religion, Linguistics and Gender Studies from the University of Rochester.
Vice President of Communications
Vice President for Philanthropy & External Affairs, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society