Crystal Thompkins is the National Director of Gift Planning Services for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Planned Giving group. In this role, she is responsible for managing the client relationship teams in Boston, Massachusetts and Greensboro, North Carolina. She also works directly with large, complex clients on all aspects of their planned giving programs and coordinates resources throughout BNY Mellon to provide support and expertise.
Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®
Blunt-Nickel Professorship in Philanthropy, The American College of Financial Services.
Dien Yuen is Assistant Professor of Philanthropy at The American College of Financial Services, holder of the Blunt-Nickel Professorship in Philanthropy, and a designated instructor for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) program. She is an authority on family philanthropy, global philanthropy, and emerging philanthropic models for corporate and community giving.
Rise LWP, founded by Desiree Wilkins Finch, was created to bring solutions to fast-paced, constantly shifting economic and political landscapes. Rise understands the nature of change agency and its impact on individuals as well as companies and organizations. As a firm believer in the collectivism of faith and community, Desiree has spent 15 years as an organizer spreading a message of hope, action and change. This set of beliefs led Desiree to pursue a MA in Leadership with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
As the Director of Community Engagement at WorkForce Central Tamar helps to meet community needs in an effort to address the challenges that come along with our changing demographics, different points of view and workplace fairness. By meeting these needs Workforce can exceed client, service providers and stakeholders needs and expectations. Tamar strives to spur the change that the community leaders are seeking.
Victor Mitre has a 20-year career in nonprofit fundraising leadership, including positions in healthcare, faith-based, and educational organizations. He has an MBA from California State University and an MS in Organizational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University.
JR. Nobles is a passionate youth development professional who is committed to helping young people step into new futures through education, advocacy, and empowerment. Friends of the Children works with area organizations serving families impacted by foster care to enroll children ages 4 to 6 in the program and pair each child with a Friend who will spend three to four hours a week one on one through high school graduation—12+ years, no matter what.