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Career Development Panel Discussion

August 25, 2017

Career Development Panel Discussion

What's next for you? And how do you get there?

Learn more about how you can be making strategic career decisions now! 

11:30am - 1:30pm
Boys and Girls Club, Tacoma

$20 members and $30 non members (includes lunch)


Seeking 1.25 CFRE credits

  • 11:30 – 12:10 PM       Registration, Networking, Lunch and Business Meeting
  • 12:10 – 1:25 PM         Program and Q+A
  • 1:25 – 1:30 PM           Program Concludes


Presenter: Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion to talk about career growth and development. The topics we’ll cover include why should you change jobs, what are the career ladder steps to success, how to master methods to institutional leadership, becoming a methods expert vs being an overall development program director, and recruiting staff as a nonprofit leader.

CFRE Competencies Addressed

  • Leadership and Management


  • Tim Close, Tacoma Community House
  • Dermont Smith, Collins Group
  • Dori Young, MultiCare
  • Jim Greenfield (moderator)

More about our panelists:

Panelist: Tim Close

Tim Close has extensive executive-level experience in the non-profit sector—cultural, social service, private and municipal—having served as CEO of numerous art museums, including the Museum of Glass, Boise Art Museum, independent fundraising consultant and currently as Development and Communications Director of Tacoma Community House, where he is co-managing an $11 million capital campaign. Mr. Close has led the transformation of organizations in acute periods of change and with staffs as large as 75 FTEs. He has broad experience building diverse teams, recruiting, training, mentoring and evaluating staff. Tim enjoys using his experience and talents to mentor and create pathways for others to be successful.


Mr. Close holds a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, a BFA from Arizona State University and is an alum of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute.


Panelist: Dermont Smith

Dermont is a Senior Consultant with the Collin’s Group who works with nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their goals of improving communities.  He brings 20-plus years of senior development and sales experience to his role.. 

Prior to joining the Collins Group last year, Dermont served as the National Director of the Middle Donor Team at World Vision US for ten years. In this role, he was responsible for directing and managing a team focused on donors giving $2,000 to $25,000, which nearly tripled in annual revenue over that decade. Dermont is credited with creating World Vision’s first-ever moves management system used by middle and major gift officers through which he witnessed firsthand the power of data and analytics in fundraising. The program’s success led Dermont to train and share best practices with World Vision fundraising teams in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

Dermont currently serves on the board of the Tacoma Urban League, where he has created a fundraising and development plan for the organization. He is also a regular volunteer with New Horizons Organization, partnering with Seattle’s homeless youth as they work towards sustainability.


Panelist: Dori Young

Dori Young is the Vice President for the Foundations of MultiCare and oversees the fundraising efforts of Good Samaritan Foundation, Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, MultiCare Health Foundation and South King Health Foundation. 

Dori has been with MultiCare Health System since 2012, serving as the Director of Development and the Executive Director of Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.  Prior to joining MultiCare, Dori worked at Charles Wright Academy for 12 years and World Vision for 16 years. 

She has lived in Tacoma for 22 years, where she and her husband, Stuart, have raised their three children. 



Moderator: James M. Greenfield, ACFRE, FAHP

Jim Greenfield’s 40-year fundraising career included three Universities and five hospitals on the East and West Coasts of America.  He retired from Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital in Newport Beach, California in February 2001 after 14 years as Senior Vice President, Resource Development and Executive Director, Hoag Hospital Foundation.  The author and editor of ten books and more than 40 articles and chapters on fundraising management, he is among the first to tackle measuring fundraising performance for effectiveness and efficiency.  

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