Board of Directors


Catherine Flaatten | | (202) 994-0762 LinkedIn
Catherine is the Associate Director, Relationship Management at The George Washington University. Previously, she served as the Manager of Prospect Research at Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States. Prior to this, she was the Development Research Associate at BrightFocus Foundation, which supports medical research, and served as an independent research contractor for the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Catherine holds a BA in International Affairs and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health, both from The George Washington University. She serves on several other boards and committees, and she sings with the Alexandria Choral Society in her spare time.
She became involved with the board to advance the chapter's service to its members through exceptional programming, to enhance and multiply engagement and professional growth opportunities for members, and to build connections across the research community.

Immediate Past President
Rachel Collins | | (301) 258-1511 | LinkedIn
Rachel is Director of Prospect Management for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization and largest provider of hands-on services for animals. She leads a team of talented prospect development professionals and brings a big shop perspective to The HSUS's major gifts program, focusing on portfolio optimization, donor data analysis, and pipeline development. Before joining The HSUS in 2017, Rachel worked in higher ed advancement, holding roles of increasing responsibility at American University and Georgetown University. She holds a BA in art history and film theory from Towson University and an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park. Rachel joined the Apra Metro DC board in 2014 to foster community with and learn from her prospect development peers. 

Lauren Turner | | (202) 663-2560 LinkedIn
Lauren Turner is a Research Analyst with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Advancement. Prior to her current position, Lauren was the Donor Strategy and Database Manager at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. Lauren graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Art History. She also has a Master’s of Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. 
As a newcomer to prospect research, Lauren joined the Apra Metro DC board looking to grow professionally, as well as connect with local leaders in the field. 

Communications Chair 

Social Media Chair
Michele Borucki |
Michele joined George Washington University in July 2016 as a senior prospect analyst. She began her career as an executive assistant at UC Davis in 2010 and in 2012 went to UC Berkeley to join the corporate and foundation relations team as a development analyst. She spent a year and a half at Cal before returning to UC Davis as a prospect analyst. She was with the prospect management and relations team at UC Davis for almost three years prior to joining the DAR team at GWU.
Michele got her undergraduate degree in creative writing from Florida State University (Go Noles!), and her graduate degree in higher education leadership from Sacramento State University. She grew up in a military family, so she moved around quite a bit but spent most of her childhood in Florida with her mom, step-dad, and two older sisters. Michele met her husband, Jason, at FSU and a year or so after graduating convinced him to move out to CA. They got married in December 2014 and in September 2015 they welcomed a beautiful baby girl.
She and her husband moved back east in 2016 to be closer to their family. They now live in VA with their toddler Aria, and two crazy dogs, Tyler and Annie.

Bob Lyon |
Bob has been with World Wildlife Fund's Development Team since 2010, first on the Foundation Relations team and on the Prospect Development team since November 2012.  Prior to joining WWF, he worked for 1Sky Education Fund, a startup nonprofit focused on climate change; the Washington Animal Rescue League; Greenpeace; the Nader 2000 Presidential Campaign; and in frontline fundraising positions at nonprofits focused on direct aid to developing countries, labor rights, international peace and security, and economic and social justice.
Bob became involved with Apra Metro DC's board because of a strong belief in volunteerism and the vital role fundraising processionals play in nonprofits and other vital institutions.

Sponsorship Chair
Anne Dean | | (202) 994-2769 | LinkedIn | Twitter
Anne has been director of Research & Relationship Management at George Washington University since January 2013, leading the team of 10 prospect development professionals. Pushing the boundaries of what it means to provide prospect research and relationship management services to our division of more than 200, the team utilizes annual project-based goals and professional development plans. Before coming to GW in 2012, Anne was with UC San Diego, starting in External Affairs in 2004 and moving to Development Research in 2006. Anne earned her BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and completed a certificate in Work Leadership from UC San Diego in 2010. When she steps off the Metro in the evenings, Anne puts on her mommy cap for daughters Katie and Libby!

Edward Wynne || (202) 994-3316 | LinkedIn
Ted is a prospect research manager at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; he supports Carnegie’s President and other leadership, and a tight-knit development team. Previously, he was a senior analyst for three years at The George Washington University, where he worked with a broader set of individual gift officers, school-based development teams, and international development. Ted completed an international history MA at Georgetown University and worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Congressional Research Service, and the U.S. Navy. He joined the board to learn and share best practices.
He joined the board to grow professionally, to learn from others, and to share what’s working for him.

Mentor Program Chair 
Thomas Turner | | (703) 465-5495
Thomas is the Director, Advancement Services at International Justice Mission, a global leader in the fight to end everyday violence against the poor. Thomas has over nine years of experience in research and data analysis in the corporate and non-profit industries.
He joined the Apra Metro DC board so that he can volunteer his time to assist other prospect researchers in the DC area and learn best practices and research innovations from others as well!

Devon Villa Gessert | | (202) 215-4879 | LinkedIn | Facebook | Website
Devon is the founder and owner of DVG Discovery, a consulting and freelance prospect research firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Prior to this, she served as Director of Research and Prospect Management at American University for 14 years. She previously worked in development at the Atlanta Women's Foundation and KCET-TV in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Communications from AU.
Devon became involved with APRA Metro DC because she saw a need for our DC-area researchers to gather, network, share ideas and learn from one another.