Board Members

The CPRA Board has one overriding interest and concern; and that is to help you advance in your career through association with others in your field and through educational and training opportunities designed to increase your knowledge, sharpen your skills and develop your leadership potential.

Sara Wuorinen
Director of Research and Prospect Management
University of Colorado
(303) 541-1343

Sara Wuorinen is the Director of Research and Prospect Management in the University of Colorado’s Office of Advancement, where she has worked since 2014. Previously, she was a Development Research Analyst for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2008-2014, when Advancement services were moved from the Foundation into the University. Sara has been a member of CPRA since 2008, and a board member since 2013. She feels passionately about the field of prospect research and the impact it can have on the future of the non-profit industry. Sara holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan.

Vice President
Colleen Reese
Director of Prospect Management and Research
University of Wyoming
(307) 766-3921

Colleen has worked for the University of Wyoming since 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Prospect Management and Research. She is excited to contribute to the advancement strategy of UW and is currently working with the prospect development team to increase the use of data analysis in decision-making processes. Her work experience in development began in 2003 as a prospect research work study for Penn State, where she earned B.A.s in anthropology and journalism. She also holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of West Florida.

Margaret (Meg) Kinney
Development Research Analyst
University of Colorado

Meg Kinney started as a Development Research Analyst at the University of Colorado in 2013, and has been a Senior Development Research Analyst since 2016. She earned her M.L.S. from Indiana University and worked at several libraries in a reference capacity before going into prospect research. She holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College.

Gillian Kennedy
Executive Assistant to the CEO/Researcher
Developmental Pathways/The SUN Foundation

Gillian Kennedy has served as the Researcher at The SUN Foundation since 2015. Previously she served as the Director of Advancement Research at Ohio Dominican University from 2007-2014. Her other positions include Research Assistant at Ohio Dominican University and Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement and Director of Corporate Relations at Villa Julie College, Stevenson, Maryland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Genetics from the University of Liverpool. Kennedy resides in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Communications Director
Michelle Deschenes
Senior Analyst, Prospect Development
Colorado State University
(970) 491-3171

Prior to joining CSU as a Senior Analyst in Prospect Development, Michelle Deschenes was a Prospect Researcher at the Indiana University Foundation in Bloomington, Indiana, where she supported a variety of university units with a focus on the arts. Also while in Bloomington, Michelle served on the board of The Writers Guild at Bloomington and was a member of Apra International and Apra-IN. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in writing and it remains one of her passions.

Programs Director
Nii Martey
Associate Director, Prospect Development
Colorado State University
(970) 491-1960

Nii Martey is Associate Director of Prospect Development at Colorado State University, In Fort Collins, Colorado. He has served as a prospect researcher with Regis University, and consulted as an Independent Researcher. Nii studied International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania for his B.A., and subsequently spent almost a decade involved in linguistic analysis and information retrieval research with the non-profit Linguistic Data Consortium. Nii has been a CPRA member for several years and has a strong interest in advancing the reach of CPRA and building the community of researchers in Colorado. Nii thoroughly enjoys the challenges and learning opportunities found by interacting with a wide variety of non-profits, and the varied communities and missions that that they serve.

Membership Director
Cynthia Haynes-Williams

Cynthia Haynes-Williams most recently served as the Manager of Research and Prospect Management of Mile High United Way. She has over 20 years in the fundraising community, serving as a Manager of Development Research and Associate Director of Prospect Research; and has held that responsibility at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, National Jewish Health, Colorado School of Mines and Tennyson Center for Children. Cynthia has been a member of CPRA since 1995 and served as a board member, CPRA Treasurer (1998-1999). Cynthia continues to provide guidance to prospect research mentees in our CPRA Mentoring Program. Prior to her entering prospect research she worked in the library industry for cumulative 12 years at the Denver Public Library and Dayton Memorial Library at Regis University. A native Coloradan, Cynthia is also a graduate of Regis University, where she received a bachelor?s degree in business management.

Professional Development Director
Andrea Holland
Prospect Management Analyst
University of Colorado

Andrea Holland is a Prospect Management Analyst in the University of Colorado’s Central Advancement Office, where she started as a Research & Development Assistant in December 2013. Andrea joined CPRA in 2013 and joined the board as Professional Development Director in August 2016. She helped create and build an advanced and innovative Prospect Management program for CU and loves to learn about and implement new ideas and programs to further CU’s cause and ability to effect change in the world. Andrea earned her M.L.I.S. degree from San Jose State University and holds a B.A. in History from Humboldt State University.

President Emeritus
Misa Lobato