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APRA Talks: The Power of Networking

APRA Talks is APRA's unique version of TED Talks, tailored specifically to APRA members and the topics that matter to you! Join several of APRA's best-loved speakers as they discuss topics related to the prospect development.

Nashville, the Music City, has launched the careers of stars such as Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. How did they do it? In one word: networking. Building their names and brands one Nashville venue at a time, while creating a strong network of fans, followers and peers, was the key to success for these music mavens. Join APRA as we explore the Power of Networking and how it translates into social capital, professional growth and success in the work place. View APRA Talks: The Power of Networking below! 


Tracey Church photo 2015.jpgTracey Church, MLIS, Researcher and Charitable Sector Consultant
Tracey Church & Associates, Research + Consulting Services

Tracey Church has been a professional researcher for more than 20 years and is the current President of APRA-Canada. She is a Researcher & Charitable Sector Consultant with her own company, Tracey Church & Associates, Research + Consulting Services. Tracey has worked with more than 300 organizations in the fields of health care, education, social services, the arts, and the environment. Her work includes customized one-on-one or group training, custom research profiles, prospect identification, database screening, pipeline management, strategic planning, time and database management, and specialized research projects. Tracey is also a part-time faculty member at Western University (London, Ontario) teaching the Prospect Research in Fundraising course in the Master of Library and Information Sciences program. Tracey has her Masters in Library & Information Science and her Professional Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management from Western University. She is a regular and requested presenter for APRA, AFP, AHP, OLA and other conferences and loves to see her students and trainees succeed in the exciting field of prospect research.

To Tweet or Not To Tweet - Using Social Capital to Amplify Your Networks

You Will Learn:

  • How to use social networks to build relationships to establish your own path
  • Tricks for leveraging social media to be innovative and professional
  • Ways to inspire to others in this crazy business and widen your circle!

Mark Egge.jpgMark Egge, Senior Manager, Prospect Management
Greater Twin Cities United Way 

Mark Egge has worked in the fundraising field for more than a decade, during the majority of which he has led and managed small, sophisticated prospect development shops. He currently is the Senior Manager of Prospect Management at the Greater Twin Cities United Way in Minneapolis, MN, where he oversees all prospect research, has been building a comprehensive prospect management program for the organization, and has emerged as a key partner for cross-departmental collaboration. Prior to this, Egge was at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. At Carleton, he was in charge of the College’s prospect development program. In addition to his primary employment, Egge also enjoys assisting other nonprofits as a freelance consultant. He currently serves on APRA’s board of directors and has been involved with APRA and APRA-MN since 2007 as a volunteer, speaker, committee member, and chapter board member and president.

Friends in Work Places

You Will Learn:

  • How to grow and leverage your internal network
  • Tips for becoming more effective in your job and expanding your career
  • To hone in on a skillset that is often overlooked in our industry 

Quevli Bio Pic.jpgMichael Quevli, Senior Consultant
Target Analytics, a Blackbaud Company 

Michael Quevli joined Blackbaud in 2008 after working for a number of years in nonprofit prospect research. Michael began his career in prospect research in 1996 at AIDS Project Los Angeles. He was also at the Keck School of Medicine of USC for seven years and was responsible for overseeing the Development Research team prior to joining Kintera in 2005. He served on the Board for the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) for nine consecutive years and was president in 2012. Michael was the membership chair for two terms with the California Advancement Researchers Association (CARA),where during his tenure membership grew from 165 to 300. Michael served three terms on the Stephens College Alumnae Board. He has been a frequent speaker for APRA, and he taught at the College of Extended Learning at Cal State Northridge in prospect research and prospect management. Michael is a recipient of the 2004 CARA Service Award and the 2007 Stephens College Alumnae Service Award.

I Want To See You Be Brave – Stand Up and Volunteer

You Will Learn:

  • How getting involved can lead to extraordinary things
  • To expand your horizons and knowledge
  • That you are not alone – how exciting is that?!


Amy Turbes.jpgAmy Turbes, Senior Director of Strategy, Research and Development
Creighton University 

Amy Turbes currently holds the position of Senior Director of Strategy, Research and Development at Creighton University. She has worked in Prospect Development at Creighton for ten years.  

Amy is proud to call Prospect Development her career and is privileged to be a volunteer with APRA. Amy has been involved with several committees including Chair of the EPD and member of the Nominations Committee and CPC. Her first introduction to the Prospect Development community was with APRA-Great Plains where she previously served as Chapter President, Conference Chair and Member-at Large.  

As a true extrovert, Amy loves connecting people dots. She believes deeply in the six degrees of separation rule and will make sure to figure out how you are connected or how she can connect you to someone. This part of her personality is genetic and adds to her love of fundraising strategy which has led to exciting conversations with strangers on airplanes.