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AVAP President Update – Greetings from Cheryl Cobbs

Cheryl CobbsNovember 10, 2016

Dear AVAP Colleagues,

“Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.” – Chris Bradford

The executive committee met last month and formulated its goals for the coming year.

Our goals include:

  • Strengthening communications with AVAP members
  • Developing “best practices” resources on various topics such as grateful clients
  • Expanding the website to become a regularly utilized resource for its members
  • Continued collaboration with AAVMC and explore new collaborations with other veterinary organizations to raise AVAP visibility and leverage member expertise
  • Organizing a vibrant conference that incorporates 2016 survey feedback
  • Finalize the 501(c)(3) process and consolidate finances

During a recent conversation with Jeff Douglas (AAVMC) we discussed an article in the “Vet Med Educator,” a monthly electronic publication produced by AAVMC. The publication offers a succinct summary of the issues that impact veterinary medicine and can help you get onto the same page as the deans. If you are not already receiving the publication, I encourage you to subscribe at http://www.aavmc.org/Electronic-Communications/The-VetMed-Educator.aspx so you are in the know.

AVMA has moved the 2017 Alumni Receptions from Monday night to Friday night, July 21. Reason. As a result, the AVAP conference will be held BEFORE the start of AVMA. The conference planning committee are looking at dates and locations at this time. Further details will be available on the AVAP website in December.

Speaking of the conference, one final shout out to the Texas A&M team for planning this year’s conference! We also want to thank everyone who completed the 2016 San Antonio conference survey. We gleaned valuable suggestions and feedback for next year’s conference. If you have suggestions for the 2017 conference please send them to Chad Rohlfs at [email protected].

Have an idea for AVAP?
I invite you to contact any of the executive committee members to share your idea — our phone numbers and emails can be found at http://www.avaponline.org/contact/.

As Henry David Thoreau said, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

Best to you in this season of thanksgiving,

Cheryl Cobbs, MA, CFRE

2016 Post-Conference Survey and Materials

Click here for the 2016 Conference page including the post-conference survey and meeting materials, presentations and samples.

Meet the 2016/2017 Executive Committee

During the 2016 AVAP Conference Business Meeting, the following individuals were elected to lead our organization in the next year. If you might be interested in joining the leadership team, contact Cheryl Cobbs.

2016-2017 AVAP Executive Committee

Top row: Karen Johnson, Chad Rohlfs Middle row: Joe Montgomery, Cheryl Cobbs, Lynne Haley Bottom row: Gretchen Morgan, Danielle Ford, Jo Ann Winn

Top row: Karen Johnson, Chad Rohlfs
Middle row: Joe Montgomery, Cheryl Cobbs, Lynne Haley
Bottom row: Gretchen Morgan, Danielle Ford, Jo Ann Winn

Thank you to Pam Jones and the 2015-2016 Executive Committee!


L to R: Eliana Mijangos, Cheryl Cobbs, Jodi Peeler, Jo Ann Winn, Pam Jones, Lynne Haley, Gretchen Morgan, Jonathan Burton, Sherrie Whaley

Visit the Contact Page for more information about past AVAP leaders.

UF Health Job Opportunity

UF Health EDP Dev VetMed Final Leadership Profile

2016 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award to be Awarded at the Annual AVAP Conference

The AAVMC Communications Excellence Award will be Awarded at the 2016 AVAP Annual Conference this August!

The “AAVMC Communications Excellence Award” is designed to recognize the important role communications plays in advancing academic veterinary medicine and the profession. It also seeks to inspire higher levels of performance among our members. During this 50th anniversary year, the award will also recognize member engagement with the AAVMC’s 50th Anniversary program. In addition to overall program excellence, judging criteria will recognize grassroots institutional participation in anniversary communication programs.

The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque, and recognition during the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP). The recipient is expected to attend the AVAP meeting held in conjunction with the 2016 annual meeting of the AVMA in San Antonio, Texas to receive the award.

Nominations are welcome from any individual employed by an AAVMC member institution and candidates may nominate themselves. Nominators are encouraged to submit materials electronically via email. Hard copy will be accepted if postmarked by the deadline for submission.

The individual selected as the 2016 AAVMC Communication Excellence Award could be asked to present at the AVAP conference on Wednesday as part of the Communications Track Session.  





Best Wishes to Past-President Jonathan Burton

Dear AVAP Colleagues,

Our worlds are full of transitions and change, and it often seems that we do not have enough time to pause and reflect. I hope that this note will provide the impetus to take a moment to think about the many contributions of Jonathan Burton. Today he began work in a major gift role with his undergraduate alma mater, Clark University.

I want to thank Jonathon not only for his service as an AVAP member these past 8 years, but also for his numerous contributions as an Executive Committee member. These past three years, he served as Vice President, President, and this year, Past President. Jonathan’s talents, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and intelligence have contributed to AVAP’s ongoing growth and evolution, and we thank him for being a part of this great organization.

Best wishes, Jonathan! Thank you for your leadership and commitment.

Pam Jones
AVAP President 2015-2016


A Note from Jonathan – Feb 4, 2016:

Hello AVAP Friends,

I’ve been dragging my feet a bit on passing this news along, and I would rather call each of you than send my update via broadcast email.

I phoned Pam last week to reluctantly share that I’m making a professional transition, after eight rewarding years with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and another seven years prior to that with Tufts in undergraduate alumni relations.  Fifteen years is a long time with one university, but honestly, I could have stayed another fifteen more.  Things remain very good here at Tufts!

I’m returning to my undergraduate alma mater, Clark University, (nearby in Worcester, MA) in a major gifts role to hopefully help achieve some of the steady and prosperous growth that I’ve enjoyed being a part of with Tufts for so many years.  This was an exceedingly difficult choice for me, but the timing felt right to help Clark grow as the university ramps up for a comprehensive campaign.

There are many facets of my work I am surely going to miss, but the camaraderie of AVAP volunteers is right up there at the tippy top.  I feel privileged to have had the chance to contribute to this association, and it has provided much back for me.  I remember very well my first AVAP meeting in New Orleans which added such great perspective on my work.  Several on this list were involved AVAP volunteers when I began my veterinary advancement work in 2007, and every year since, I feel like I’ve gained valuable insights from peers in this profession.

I remain in my role at Tufts throughout the month of February.  Please drop a line as time allows, as I’d welcome the chance to connect personally with each of you!

Very best,