A Heritage of Fundraising Education

Supporting fundraising professionals
for over 50 years

about us

DER’s mission is to provide exceptional fundraising education in an informal, inclusive, and supportive atmosphere. Our goal is to offer San Francisco Bay Area development professionals an informative and fun environment to learn and get to know their peers.

DER has a deep history in the field of fundraising and was originally founded by Hank Rosso, considered by many as the father of modern fundraising.

board of directors & staff

  • Christine Poremski Rodrigues
    Christine Poremski Rodrigues President, Marketing Chair

Christine is a consultant and owner of R&P Associates. With an MBA from UCLA and more than twenty-five years’ experience in management, fundraising and marketing, she works with nonprofit organizations to create strategic plans, prepare for leadership transitions, develop online training and more. She credits DER with helping her transition to the nonprofit sector in 2003.

  • Juliana Ver Steeg
    Juliana Ver Steeg Vice President

Julie is a senior consultant with Brakeley Briscoe. She helps nonprofits strengthen their major gift programs, succeed with capital campaigns and inspire boards and staff through development planning, campaign feasibility studies, board and executive coaching and counsel. Julie has more than 30 years experience as a nonprofit consultant, development director, executive director and board member and is a longtime member of DER.

  • Brooke Bruns
    Brooke Bruns CPA, Treasurer

Brooke is an audit senior manager at Armanino LLP; Brooke started with Armanino after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has thirteen years of auditing experience, particularly in the not-for-profit, financial services, and real estate development industries.  She particularly enjoys working with not-for-profit organizations and the people within who are passionate about their organization’s mission.

  • Margaret Cruz
    Margaret Cruz Secretary, Governance Chair, FAB Co-Facilitator

Meg focuses on major gifts fundraising as the Senior Development Officer for the San Francisco-based CPMC Foundation, which is part of Sutter Health, one of Northern California’s largest regional health systems. Previously, Meg worked in foundation relations at the USC Keck School of Medicine, and helped non-profit leaders and Boards strengthen their fundraising as a consultant at CCS Fundraising.

  • Stephanie Casenza
    Stephanie Casenza

Stephanie has devoted her life to advancing the mission of a broad range of organizations, both as a professional and as a volunteer. She has served in management roles for child welfare, social justice, higher education, healthcare and arts organizations throughout California. Sher earned a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University and a MS in Executive Leadership from the School of Business at the University of San Diego.

  • Aaron Rashba
    Aaron Rashba Luncheon Program Co-Chair

Aaron is Development Director for Seacoloy, an international conservation organization working to protect the world’s islands. He has 12 years of experience in fundraising, primarily working with major donors and Board of Directors. Prior to Seacology, he worked for the San Francisco Food Bank and the Northern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has been a DER Board member for two years.

  • Suzy Varadi
    Suzy Varadi GASP Program Co-Chair

Suzy has over a decade of corporate fundraising experience, primarily in museums and youth development organizations. She is currently the Associate Director, Corporate Engagement at the Exploratorium. Previously she raised funds for the Fine Arts Museums, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and others. This is her first term as a DER Board Member. 

  • Charles Roddy
    Charles Roddy Board Member

Charles E. Roddy is Principal of Charles E. Roddy Consulting. Established in 2001, it provides comprehensive services to nonprofit organizations with a focus on all aspects of advancement, based in San Francisco, California, with clients throughout the United States. Mr. Roddy has over thirty years’ experience in senior level advancement at major educational institutions, health, and cultural organizations. He is longtime member of the San Francisco Development Executives Roundtable (DER). He holds a Masters of Education degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from UCLA.

  • Cecilia Tom
    Cecilia Tom DER Administrator

Cecilia is the founder of Abuntoo, a community-based fundraising platform that brings together donors, local businesses, and non-profits.  She previously served as Director of Donor Relations at Maitri AIDS Hospice, and has held other development positions as well with VNA & Hospice Foundation and Rainforest Action Network. As DER’s Administrator, Cecilia has main responsibilities for membership, event registration, and communications.