Meet the Fundraising Day 2020 Management Team

Aaron Sanderson, MA, ACFRE, FAHP - Chair 

Aaron Sanderson leads the national fundraising strategy for Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only national, 24/7 mental health support service for children and youth, as Senior Vice-President and Chief Development Officer.

He is an international award-winning fundraiser with over thirteen years of experience at leading non-profit organizations, including War Child, SickKids Foundation, Plan International and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, he has over a decade of senior volunteer experience with non-profit boards and committees, including the Arthritis Society, Habitat for Humanity, Heritage Toronto, Athletics Ontario, Vantage Point and the University of British Columbia. He also teaches in the Fundraising Management program at Humber College.

Aaron holds an MA in Philanthropy and Development, an Associates Certificate in Non-Profit Management and a BA in Political Science and International Relations. He is the eleventh Canadian to earn the international Advanced Certified Fund-Raising Executive (ACFRE) designation, and is a Fellow of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP). He was named Top 40 Under 40 in North America by AHP, and a “Difference Maker” by the Rick Hansen Foundation during its 25th anniversary relay.    

Leonard Nolasco - Vice Chair & Education Lead

As Manager, Major Gifts & Strategic Projects at SickKids Foundation, Leonard oversees fundraising activities for the Foundation’s international philanthropic initiatives. Prior to joining SickKids Foundation in 2017, Leonard was a Project Manager with SickKids International supporting the commissioning and operationalization of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Leonard graduated with a degree in Political Science at the University of Toronto (U of T) in 2008. He completed a certificate in Project Management through U of T’s School of Continuing Studies and obtained a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation through PMI in 2011.

Carol Strauss - Marketing & Communications Lead

Carol Strauss is a Senior Account Manager at Stephen Thomas Ltd. As a non-profit marketing communications professional, Carol is passionate about providing multi-channel fundraising and marketing strategies for our partners.


Prior to joining Stephen Thomas Ltd in 2017, Carol managed marketing and communications at The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada for more than 7 years, overseeing national brand and collateral development for core fundraising programs and driving marketing strategies at the regional level.

Lindsey Hodgson - Digital Lead 

Lindsey Hodgson is committed to building world-class brands that save and change lives. She has 20+ years experience in marketing non-profit organizations including Sinai Health Foundation and SickKids Foundation where she helped shape their brand strategy and create multi-channel, award-winning campaigns. With a focus on storytelling, she is a creative and results-driven leader. She is on a relentless pursuit for the “big ideas,” but nimble enough to take advantage of the small wins as well. This year, her focus on the Fundraising Day 2020 Management Team is to bring a digital lens that is shaping the future of the industry. 

Klim Khomenko - Education

Klim Khomenko is the Senior Development Manager at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, where he works to increase donor engagement and philanthropic giving at the major gift level.


A values-driven fundraising professional who approaches challenges with positivity and creativity, Klim enjoys connecting philanthropic individuals with opportunities to unlock human potential.


Klim holds an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management with Honours from Humber College, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He is currently working towards his accreditation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), serving as Vice Chair for AFP Congress 2020, and thrilled to be a member of the Fundraising Day 2020 management team.

Liz Chornenki - Delegate Experience  

Liz Chornenki is the Annual Giving Officer for YWCA Toronto. She has a love of donor stewardship, direct mail, and writing for digital. Liz is also passionate about changing the face of fundraising to include more marginalized fundraisers!

Lindsay Preston - Sponsorship Lead

Lindsay Preston joined Preston Human Capital Group in January 2017, though some may argue she has been part of the business her entire life. Prior to joining PHC, Lindsay spent nearly 6 years in marketing, most recently leading the consumer engagement segment for PayPal Canada.


Lindsay's love and genuine interest in people and curiosity toward how organizations function led her to follow in her mother's and PHC's founder, Cathy Preston’s footsteps. 

Kirstin Ling - Education

As a Principal Gift Manager at TGWHF, Kirstin is the campaign lead for Emergency, Nephrology, Hematology, Otolaryngology, Nursing and Health Professions portfolios. She is currently overseeing the Emergency Department’s campaign to raise $25M at the Toronto General Hospital to transform emergency care by providing a space focused on patient experience to provide exceptional and compassionate care. Kirstin recieved the 2019 New Fundraising Professional Award at Fundraising Day last year and excited to serve on the committee for 2020!

Katherine Verhagen Rodis - Networking Lead

Katherine Verhagen Rodis is the Senior Coordinator, Philanthropy and Prospect Research at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. She is a proud member of CAGP and APRA Canada. As well, she’s a member of the CSP Book Blog Review Panel, a 2nd-time committee member for AFP Fundraising Day and an AFP Speaker Discovery Series alumna. She’s also an alumna of the Fundraising Management program at Humber College (class of 2018), with a M.A. in English at the University of Toronto.


She pursued grant writing and management as a graduate student at the University of Toronto, a volunteer grant writer for small and mid-sized charities and also as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Bonn, in Bonn, Germany. She taught undergraduate writing composition and rhetoric at the University of Toronto and OCAD University for 11 years. #neurodiverse, #bivisible, preferred pronouns (she/her).

Carol Larusson Froom - Senior Leaders Track Lead

Carol made the rather unique jump from an art buying career at Harlequin Enterprises (yes, the romance books) to the world of fundraising in 1988. During the 80’s and 90's Carol held senior leadership roles at World Vision Canada. She later started her own marketing and communications company serving non-profits and the banking industry.

Returning to fundraising in 2000, Carol held senior leadership roles in World Animal Protection and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. Since 2010, Carol has led the Resource Development team of Emergency Relief & Development Overseas (ERDO).

Besides being passionate about causes she believes in, Carol’s keys to longevity in fundraising include strategic focus, creativity, a sense of humour and building teams of excellent people. 

Carol’s loves include her husband of 35 years, three adult children (a fundraiser, music producer and graphic designer) and a one-year old granddaughter.

Laura Leach - Delegate Experience  

Laura Leach is the Development Coordinator at The University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto, where she is currently involved with the Living Trinity capital campaign. A dedicated volunteer, Laura has been involved with nearly a dozen organization in the GTA and is incredibly excited to be a part of the Fundraising Day 2020 team, helping with Delegate Experience. 


Laura is a recent graduate of the Humber College Fundraising Management program, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, University of Trinity College. 

Ochelle Baller - Education

Ochelle Baller grew up living on a mountain as a little girl in the Philippines, where every day she would walk for miles to fetch water and do her laundry by the river. Thirty-one years later, her humble beginnings led her to make a shift in her career from corporate real estate to non-profit. Her passion for making a difference in the community, coupled with her experience in administration, education, management and marketing, has equipped her in undertaking the creation of the Partner Development Lead position at Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID). As a mission-oriented individual, Ochelle enjoys working at GRID, whose mission is to enable poor communities in Northern Ghana meet their needs in a sustainable manner.


After joining the 2019 Fundraising Day conference and getting valuable learning, she is thrilled to give back and serve on the 2020 Fundraising Day Education Committee for the first time.

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