The Fellows Program is an outreach program of the AFP St. Louis Chapter for those who want to excel in their professional fundraising skills. The Chapter awards two Fellowships each year, which includes a complimentary one-year AFP membership (with the opportunity to renew for a second year) and additional scholarship opportunities. Our chapter invites each Fellow to actively participate in all chapter activities and to join one of our many committees.

The Fellows program is available to new fundraisers (3 years of professional fundraising experience or less) OR fundraisers who work for a small non-profit organization.

Participating as an AFP Fellow, has been an incredibly rewarding endeavor. It provides premiere access to conferences, webinars, technical assistance, and special sessions which cover a wide range of development topics. These resources and activities can benefit a professional at any level of expertise. Likewise, by participating in the committees, mentorship program, and Chapter events- Fellows are connected to a warm and knowledgeable network of peers in the fundraising community.

- Annie Mayrose, Business Partner, Corporate Responsibility, Employee and Community Engagement, Millipore Sigma, 2017 AFP St. Louis Fellow

Applications for the 2020-2021 class of Fellows are now closed.  Look for an announcement next spring to be one of next year's Fellows.

Contact Wendy Schlesinger; [email protected] if you have questions or for more information about the Fellows program.

Meet Our Newest Fellows


Jill Henke is the Development Director for Gateway Pet Guardians, a local animal welfare organization with a social justice focus.  Under Jill's leadership, Gateway Pet Guardians opened the largest pet resource center in the region in East St. Louis in January 2020.  Prior to stepping into the Development Director role in January 2020, Jill served as the Program Director for nearly 3 years.  While new to Development, Jill spent over 10 years working in educational sales where she consistently exceeded sales goals. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from University of MO-St. Louis (UMSL) and also completed her Non-Profit Organization Management Certificate at UMSL.  Jill also owns and operates Aunt Jill's Dog Sitting & Walking.  


Terri Williams is the Development Manager for Unleashing Potential(UP), an organization that specializes in early childhood education, school-aged services(before/afterschool programs and summer enrichment), and youth development. Williams joined UP, and the professional non-profit arena, in 2019. Terri has been excited to share her experience in marketing/communications and media with UP to further its mission of bridging the educational and opportunity gaps for children and families in the region. In her role, she is responsible for marketing/communications, donor communications, event planning, and fundraising. 

Williams’ passion for serving the community and children is exhibited in many other roles. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s Equity Committee, and current board member for The Kory Johnson Foundation, among many other volunteer efforts.   

Williams is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (M.A. American Cultural Studies) and Maryville University (B.A. Organizational Leadership). In addition to her work as a development professional, the mother of two is an entrepreneur and licensed barber. She and her husband own and operate Total Image Barber and Beauty located in University City, MO.  

 Welcome, Terri & Jill, and congratulations!

The AFP Fellows program offers great benefits for those who are young in the development profession and can benefit from assistance in membership, taking advantage of professional development opportunities, mentoring, and more.  

Contact Wendy Schlesinger, Chair of the Scholarship and Fellows Committee with questions or for additional information.  Members of the 2020-2021 St. Louis AFP Scholarship and Fellows Committee also include Jessica Brandon, RJ Crunk, and Brittni Snidle.