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Kristen Merrifield, CAE, CNAP
Chief Executive Officer

Liz Garlieb
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Michael Barry
Director of Capacity Building

Jennifer Blair
Director of Membership

Tanya Burgess
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Robin Hanson
Program Director - AmeriCorps VISTA

Catherine Hogan-Holmberg
Member Services Coordinator

Belen Konesky
Member Services & Events Coordinator

Jennifer Purcell
VP, Community Engagement

Lexis Reid, BSW
Program Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA

Michael Barry, Director of Capacity Building 
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Michael Barry became the first Executive Director of the Organization for Nonprofit Professionals (ONE) in March 2018.  Until ONE became a program of the Alliance in 2019, ONE was the only organization solely dedicated to the professional development needs of the nonprofit C-suite executive, delivering on its mission through leadership assessments, customized roundtables and cohorts, and cutting-edge informational workshops.  

Prior to his joining ONE, Michael worked with Experience Matters as the Director of Business Development - where he was responsible for the identification, cultivation, and implementation of new Arizona non-profit organizations in need of experienced talent.   Prior to Experience Matters, Michael was both a consultant and an Encore Fellow with the American Lung Association in Arizona, helping to refine and develop more effective outreach efforts for the Arizona Smoke-Free Coalition.  Prior to transitioning into the non-profit sector, he spent his career in a variety of executive positions with the American Express business-to-business division, including account development, contract negotiation, and marketing, in both New York and Phoenix.  

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.


Tanya Burgess, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader 
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Tanya Burgess is serving her third VISTA year with Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits as their VISTA Leader for the 2019-2020 year. Tanya is a clinical social worker who has worked in advocacy and social justice mainly through educational institutions and nonprofits for the last three years. In her first two VISTA terms, Tanya pioneered an in-house food pantry for opportunity youth in Waukegan, IL and supported 40 AmeriCorps VISTA members throughout rural Illinois during her first VISTA Leader term.  Tanya has traveled throughout the United States but is back home in Phoenix after completing her MSW from Dominican University in Illinois and is excited to be working with her fellow VISTAs once again. Tanya hopes to connect with nonprofit organizations, encourage diversity and inclusion and provide mental health and mentoring services to impoverished communities during her year of service. While she has several dreams and aspirations, Tanya’s plans for the future are ‘to follow the path least taken to wherever that may lead.


Liz Garlieb, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Liz is excited to be part of the Alliance team, supporting nonprofits in Arizona. Previously serving as Executive Assistant at YWCA and Membership Development with Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Liz has worked for organizations in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors.  Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Liz has lived in Arizona over 28 years. Liz has a business degree from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Meditation Teacher.   


Robin Hanson

Robin 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.


Catherine (Katie) Hogan-Holmberg, Member Services Coordinator

Katie is so thrilled to be able to spend her day helping the helpers. She first joined the Alliance in January of 2017 as a part-time independent contractor to help support Arizona Gives Day. Her role expanded and she eventually joined the Alliance staff in May of 2018. While her official title is “Membership Services Coordinator,” Katie is always looking for ways to support both the wonderful members of the Alliance as well as the internal Alliance team. Her primary focus is membership outreach, but she also relishes the opportunities she gets to support many of the Alliance’s great live and events.

Katie worked in a number of call center, customer-focused, and educational roles before returning to ASU to in 2013 to pursue a BA in Educational Studies. During her studies she interned at St. Vincent De Paul, in both the Volunteer Services and Ministry to the Homeless offices. After graduating (Class of ’15) she went to work for the Association for Supportive Child Care but ultimately left to be home with her young child.

Katie enjoys spending her spare time volunteering with the Arizona Foundation for Women, and supporting local youth arts organizations like Valley Youth Theatre and Greasepaint Youth Theater.


Belen Konesky, Member Services & Events Coordinator 
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Belen is excited to be working with Alliance members and connecting them with the resources they need to be a successful and thriving organizations. She can't wait to begin facilitating future Alliance events and meet even more of Arizona's nonprofit community.

Belen joined the Alliance after spending several years working for the nonprofit organization of TRUST (Training and Resources to Stop Trafficking)/AATN (Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network). Belen set up events, supplied resources, organized speaking events and interacted with the public in bringing light and awareness in helping to stop human trafficking in the state of Arizona. She attended Santa Barbara City College where her focus was hotel, restaurant and culinary management. When Belen is not supporting the Alliance, she freelances with major pro sporting events as an on-site Events Manager.

Kristen Merrifield, CAE, CNAP, Chief Executive Officer  
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Kristen is a proven leader across multiple sectors invested in the development and success of others.  She has more than 16 years’ experience leading efforts to support community stakeholders, including extensive involvement working with professional associations, Chambers of Commerce and various community and business organizations, both public and private. Kristen is a fierce competitor, never satisfied with resting on her laurels and is always looking for the next big challenge to conquer. She is driven to be the best while remaining authentic and invested in the success of others. Wicked smart, calm under pressure, a seasoned leader and skilled communicator, she knows how to solve the big problems and create consensus around complex issues. Her WHY is to be the best version of herself so that she can share her knowledge and experience with others to help them reach their full potential.

Kristen is an active volunteer serving on various business and nonprofit community committees and boards. 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). She is also a graduate of the ASU Lodestar Center’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy and the ASBA Executive Business Mentoring Program. 

Jennifer Purcell, Director of Community Engagement 
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Jennifer oversees the Alliance’s community outreach efforts including nonprofit capacity building and educational workshops and webinars, annual nonprofit conference, partnerships 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 in 2015, 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 Arizona's nonprofit community. Prior to her Community Affairs position, she held the position of Assistant Vice President - Marketing/Communications. 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. Most recently, she was an active member of the Monarch Council at the Desert Botanical Garden. Arizona has been her home for 20+ years.

Lexis Reid, BSW, Program Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA
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