Instructor Profiles

Lauren Easton
Instructor, Metropolitan College, Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Lauren Easton began her fundraising career in the Harvard Business School Development Office, where she spent over a decade in both annual/reunion giving and major giving. As a Senior Development Officer, she focused on top prospects in the Boston region and created the Boston Women's Leadership Accelerator to foster stronger relational and philanthropic connections with alumnae.

In 2017, Lauren became the Vice President of Development for The Veritas Forum, a faith-based organization that facilitates intellectual discourse on university campuses around life's big questions. As part of the senior leadership team, she oversees all aspects of strategy and execution for engaging philanthropic partners in supporting The Veritas Forum's core priorities, expansion, and innovation.

A veteran of fundraising courses such as CASE Summer Institute and John Brown Planned Giving Essentials, Lauren has been a frequent speaker at the annual CASE District 1 Conference. She received her BA in Classics from Harvard College and a Masters in Latin Language and Literature from Oxford University.

Kylie Johnson
Instructor, Metropolitan College, Certificate in Professional Fundraising

For two decades, Kylie Johnson has helped donors make charitable gifts that meet their unique needs and goals while allowing them to enjoy the tax-savings and other financial and personal benefits that a gift can provide. A program builder with major and planned gift expertise, Kylie was named “Top 40 under 40” for her work as a director in Virginia Tech’s successful one billion dollar comprehensive campaign. Always fascinated by healthcare, she currently serves as Senior Philanthropy Officer & Planned Giving Manager for Baystate Health Foundation in western Massachusetts, launching a comprehensive planned giving program and growing the major gifts program.

Committed to giving back, Kylie currently serves as Co-Chair for the President’s Council of the Planned Giving Group of New England, on the advisory board of the Planned Giving Group of Hampshire County and Family Outreach of Amherst, and on a grants committee for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.  She holds degrees from Virginia Tech and Washington University in St. Louis, as well as the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College of Financial Planning. She also has earned graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management and Change Leadership from Virginia Tech and Cornell University, respectively.

Kelli Rafferty
Instructor, Metropolitan College, Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Kelli is the Director of Development for the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation, part of the Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH. She has over two decades of nonprofit management and philanthropy experience. Most recently, Kelli served as the Executive Director of The Genesis Foundation for Children in Boston. She also has worked as Philanthropy Officer at Baystate Health Foundation/Baystate Health, where she was on the leadership team for Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. Prior to Baystate Health, Kelli was Vice President for Development at Easter Seals Massachusetts and held various roles during her 14‐year tenure at American Cancer Society, including Massachusetts State Vice President for Development and National Director of Mission Integration for the Relay For Life program. Kelli received her B.A. from Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) and her M.A. in Public Administration from American International College (Springfield, MA).

Jon Schaffrath
Program Director, Metropolitan College, Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Jon’s career in nonprofit fundraising began in the Harvard Business School Development Office in 2006 as a staff assistant in the annual fund; he has been fundraising for HBS since then in a number of different positions across development. In 2009, Jon began as a Teaching Assistant, and at times Instructor, at the Harvard Extension School as part of a team teaching Principles and Practices of Fundraising and Development Communications. Jon is currently a Senior Development Officer working with a portfolio of 250 alumni capable of making seven figure gifts and managing the HBS West Coast Regional Strategy.

In 2011, Jon began as an Instructor at the Boston University Center for Professional Education teaching both the online and face‐to‐face fundraising courses; in 2017, he took on the role of Program Director.

Jon is a graduate of Boston College (BS with majors in General Management and English) and has an MBA from Babson College with a Marketing concentration in addition to a number of fundraising credentials including: CASE Summer Institute, Boston University Certificate in Professional Fundraising, Ellen Estes Planned Giving, and Penelope Burke's Donor Centered Fundraising and is a regular speaker at the annual CASE Conference.

Frank White
Instructor, Metropolitan College, Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Frank is an alumnus of Harvard College and Oxford University. He has been involved with technology and communications since the 1970s, with experience ranging from television production to cable television consulting, to high technology public relations. He has been working in the field of development since 1994. Most recently, he worked in alumni relations and resource development at Harvard Kennedy School. Currently, he is an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on development communications.