Instructor Profiles

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.

Johnson 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.

Theresa Lee
Instructor, Metropolitan College, Certificate in Professional Fundraising

Theresa Lee is the Founder and CEO of TJL Partners, a consultancy that provides top-quality strategy, training, and practical solutions for your fundraising and staffing challenges. She has worked in a variety of advancement roles including major gift fundraising, management of annual and major gift fundraising teams, alumni and parent relations, human resource and budget management. As an expert in annual giving and special project fundraising, she believes passionately in an integrated marketing strategy and the impact of great stewardship. For more than 28 years, she served as a senior executive in advancement at MIT, Boston College, Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and UMass Lowell after an early career in Student Affairs at Northeastern University. As a leader and a frequent speaker Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and Women in Development (WID), she has shared knowledge and practical solutions with fundraising professionals from across the country in all types of non-profits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.

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.