The Apra Rocky Mountains Board has one overriding interest and concern: 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. If you are interested in serving on the board, please take a look at our board job descriptions and contact our Vice President, Michelle Deschenes.
Robby Tabuchi (He/Him/His)
Donor Development Research Director
Colorado Mesa University Foundation
Robby Tabuchi joined his alma mater, Colorado Mesa University in January 2023 with the objective of implementing improved Advancement Service processes including Prospect Development, Information Services, Data Analytics, and Data Processing. He spent nearly 8 years with the University of Wyoming Foundation providing major support for a data driven culture at the organization. He earned a BS with majors in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics from Colorado Mesa University. In his spare time, Robby enjoys fishing, kayaking, and enjoying Rocky Mountain outdoor recreation.
Michelle Schmidt (She/Her/Hers)
Prior to joining the Prospect Management & Research team at LUC in 2023, Michelle Schmidt was the Associate Director of Pipeline & Prospect Development at Colorado State University where she worked closely with 25+ major gift officers and campus partners to help them meet their fundraising goals. She began her career in higher education fundraising as 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. In addition to serving on the board for Apra-RM, Michelle serves on the board for KRFC 88.9 FM Radio Fort Collins. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in writing and it remains one of her passions.
Garan Weilnau recently joined the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as the Prospect Research Specialist for the Central and Southern Division Teams. The breadth of Garan’s work will serve nine Regions within the two Divisions, and she will work closely with our Development teams, Southern Division Development staff, as well as Meg Hilletework at CSC. She is based out of the Mountain States region.
Garan was the Prospect and Portfolio Analyst at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science frim November 2013 until January 2022 where she helped provide critical support to the Development team using advanced research and analytics to advance the Museum’s strategic plan. Prior to joining The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Garan held the role of Prospect Researcher at the University of Northern Colorado as well as working for the Annual Fund. Garan holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Writing from The University of Northern Colorado. In her, she free time enjoys crocheting, video games, and epic memes. Garan has 4 kids, 3 cats, 2 grandkids, and 1 husband.
Megan Tice (she/hers)
Megan Tice is a Senior Prospect Development Liaison with St. Jude's fundraising arm, American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). She works remotely from Denver, CO and her role focuses on High Wealth and Corporate Giving. Previously, Megan worked as a Senior Prospect Development Specialist at the University of Colorado where she supported the high level initiatives on the Boulder campus. She got her Bachelor's degree in Economics with a concentration in research and statistical analytics at the University of Oregon. After graduation she began her career as a Prospect Management Analyst for UO’s Advancement office.
International Development Enterprises
Carrie currently is a development database manager (Salesforce) and prospect researcher at International Development Enterprises, an international development NGO based in Denver. She previously worked as a development manager at the Morgan Adams Foundation, a Denver-based children's cancer nonprofit, where she was responsible for the foundation's community and corporate partnerships as well as leading improvements to and management of the foundation's Salesforce database.
Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Carrie spent many years in the for-profit sector in marketing roles with companies including Western Union and KPMG. She moved to Denver from Chicago in 2010 and joined the board of the Business Marketing Association, which provided great board member experience and networking opportunities. Her strong passion for service and mission-driven work led her to several volunteer roles for Morgan Adams and other organizations before she made the jump working for Morgan Adams in 2016.
Carrie holds a BS in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University and was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. In her free time, Carrie enjoys skiing, camping, fly fishing, golfing and playing tennis. She is a passionate traveler and loves the adventure of traveling across the country and around the world (hopefully will get to do again soon!).
Cayden Hawk Ferrin (He/Him/His)
Prospect Development Analyst Sr.
University of Wyoming Foundation
Cayden Ferrin is a Prospect Development Analyst Sr. at the University of Wyoming Foundation, in Laramie, Wyoming. In this role, he works in a variety of prospect research, management, and analytics projects. Cayden earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Montana (UM) in 2016, and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Political Science from UM, focusing on Political Theory and Public Administration, in 2018. In his free time, he enjoys hosting his book club, cooking, and kayaking.
Richard Bierman (He/Him/His)
Richard is a Former Senior Prospect Development Analyst for the University of Wyoming Foundation. He has worked in the Nonprofits since 2013, and specifically in the research side of the house since 2018. Prior to his role there Richard earned his Bachelors of Arts in International Studies with an emphasis on Governance and Conflict resolution and a regional focus on Asia and Pacific Rim with in a Minor in Mandarin Chinese. After Richard’s study abroad trip to China he really got bit by the travel bug and so in his spare time he is plotting trips around the world. (Ask him about the Mongol Rally sometime.)
Development Research Analyst
University of Colorado
Josh currently serves as a Development Research Analyst at the University of Colorado in the Office of System Advancement and has worked in higher ed fundraising at CU for over half a decade. In his role, Josh supports the campuses across the CU school system with prospect research, data analysis, and other various projects. Josh is a Southern Colorado native and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts in Sociology, with a concentration in research methodologies, from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, staying active, and traveling.
Immediate Past Presidents
Nii Martey (He/Him/His)
Nii Martey is Sr. Associate Director of Prospect Research 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 spent almost a decade involved in linguistic analysis and information retrieval research projects. Nii 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.
Andrea Holland (They/Them)
Andrea Holland was the Assistant Director of Prospect Development in the University of Colorado’s Central Advancement Office, starting as a Research & Development Assistant in December 2013. Andrea joined Apra RM in 2013, joined the board as Professional Development Director in August 2016, served as Treasurer from 2017-2019, and was elected to Vice President in January 2020.
Andrea 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 a M.L.I.S. degree from San Jose State University and holds a B.A. in History from Humboldt State University.