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Kristen Merrifield, CAE, CNAP
Chief Executive Officer

Jacki Presnal
Office Manager & Executive Coordinator

Jennifer Blair
Director of Membership

Jennifer Purcell
Director of Community Engagement

Robin Hanson
Program Manager - AmeriCorps VISTA

Kathleen Thomas
Program Coordinator

Molly Wagge
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Jennifer Blair, Director of Membership 
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An original staff member of the Alliance, Jennifer re-joined the Alliance team in 2015 after working in the insurance industry for four years. While enjoyable, her time in the insurance industry helped Jennifer re-discover her passion for nonprofits. As the Director of Membership, Jennifer plays a vital role in engaging members, connecting them to our benefits, managing many of our discount programs and deepening relationships with our partner member supporters. Jennifer is also a native Arizonan.

Robin HansonRobin Hanson, Program Manager - AmeriCorps *VISTA 
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Prior to joining the Alliance, Robin was with Arizona Citizens for the Arts where she managed the Business Volunteers for the Arts program. She spent over 20 years with Prudential Financial managing their employee volunteer program, sponsorships, and grant funding. She has served on the board of directors for Hands On Greater Phoenix, Phoenix Women’s Sports Association, and the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Robin’s first exposure to the VISTA program was in 1965, when two VISTA volunteers were sent to Parker, AZ, and lived with Robin’s family for their year of service.

Kristen Merrifield, CAE, CNAP, Chief Executive Officer  
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Kristen brings extensive leadership to the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits through her previous roles at the Arizona Small Business Association, the Arizona State University Foundation and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. She brings over 15 years of association and nonprofit knowledge and expertise to her role as Alliance CEO.

Kristen is an active participant in the business and nonprofit community serving as a productive member and Past President of the Arizona Society of Association Executives and a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She holds a BS in Business Management from Grand Canyon University; a Certificate in Association Management from ASAE and the prestigious designations of Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP). Kristen is also a graduate of the ASU Lodestar Center’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy and the ASBA Executive Business Mentoring Program. She has dedicated her career to serving others and is a respected and well-rounded leader.

Jacki Presnal, Office Manager & Executive Coordinator 
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As Office Manager, Jacki wears several hats, including day-to-day management of the Alliance Member database of over 1,000 organizations. She also processes all incoming payments, manages donor data, and more, while providing outstanding customer service to all of our Member organizations. Before joining the Alliance, Jacki spent six years serving Arizona's homeless community by providing training, help desk support, and database management at HMIS, Homeless Management Information Systems. Before working in the nonprofit world full time, Jacki honed her special skill set in a variety of roles at Shurgard Storage where she was instrumental to the success of several large scale projects, including opening a national sales center for this multi-billion dollar company. The Alliance and its members are definitely lucky to have this "Jacki of all Trades" as part of the team.

Jennifer Purcell, Director of Community Engagement 
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Jennifer oversees the Alliance’s community outreach efforts including capacity building workshops, educational webinars, annual conference, partnership agreements and fundraising for the organization. She is also responsible for managing the Arizona Gives ( program and Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour online statewide giving campaign held in April each year.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Jennifer was the Community Affairs Manager at BMO Harris Bank where she developed the annual philanthropic strategy and corporate giving program within Arizona, assisted executives with board engagement and built relationships with the nonprofit community. During her 16 years with the bank, Jennifer also organized annual employee volunteer programs, was Chair of its local diversity council and President of the bank’s young professionals group nationwide. Jennifer is a graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute Class 36 and served as Marketing Chair for the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (ICAN) during its inaugural years. Currently, she is an active member of the Monarch Council at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Kathleen Thomas, Program Coordinator 
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Kathleen moved to Phoenix from upstate New York for a year of service through the AmeriCorps VISTA Program. She assists in building capacity for the Alliance. Kathleen recently graduated from SUNY Binghamton where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on marketing and management information systems. She is most excited to learn more about the nonprofit sector as well as further developing her skills.

Molly WaggeMolly Wagge, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader 
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Molly serves as the Alliance's AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, providing support to 17 VISTA members serving at 14 organizations across the state of Arizona. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Justice Studies and a minor in Women and Gender Studies, Molly served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Arizona Department of Education, building the capacity of the Education and Career Action Plan. In her role as VISTA Leader, Molly enjoys indulging her passion for service by contributing to the success of the Alliance VISTA program and its members.



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