Recognizing our Peers

The Patrick Mulvey Scholarship

The Patrick Mulvey Scholarship was created this year in honor of his retirement from MD Anderson and his contributions to NACCDO over the past 30 years. In addition to his amazing leadership at MD Anderson, Pat was instrumental in the founding of NACCDO and its growth from a small group getting together to talk shop over dinner to a sold-out national conference. The Patrick Mulvey Scholarship pays tribute to his legacy as a mentor to many and his service to NACCDO and the fundraising profession as a whole.

The Patrick Mulvey Scholarship will be given out for the first-time in 2020 and will cover registration to this year’s sold-out conference and up to $1,000 in travel costs for one lucky person each year. All applicants must be first-time conference attendees and must share why attending this conference would be meaningful to them and their cancer center at this point in time. An applicant may apply even if already registered for the conference.

Please click here for the application. Applications are due by January 31, 2020 and winner will be notified by March 1.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach out to Erin McKenna at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Lisa Considine Service Award and Innovator of the Year Award

Lisa Considine Service Award

The Lisa Considine Service Award is presented each year at the NACCDO annual meeting to a member of NACCDO who has demonstrated great collegiality in their work with fellow members of the organization. The award recipient has shown commitment to their profession of development through mentoring, collaborating and participating with NACCDO colleagues to advance the organization’s mission, and who has gone beyond expected service to their fellow NACCDO colleagues.


Lisa Considine, a founding member of NACCDO to whom this award pays tribute, was recognized as a leading collaborator who greatly assisted the NACCDO organization in its formative years through her collegial leadership. Lisa succumbed to cancer herself at an early age in 2013. The Hummingbird, a favorite subject of Lisa’s artistic expression, is a symbol of tireless energy, of perseverance and because of their ability to hover and take their time drinking nectar, are often thought to be reminders that life is meant to be savored. This symbolizes how Lisa lived her life and the intended spirit of this award.

2018 Award Recipients

Anthony Moye, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Cathy Spicola, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Cathy Spicola

Cathy Spicola is the Chief Development Officer, Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.

Cathy started her adventure with NACCDO in 2006, her first year at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota and early on realized the importance of connecting with others in our profession, and sharing best practices. The very first conference she attended was at Roswell Park, in Buffalo NY. Serving in her second three-year term, she has been Membership Chair for the past three years, and has worked diligently to refine and improve the membership process, creating and building the Regional Rep Program four years ago. Cathy has been an invaluable asset to the Board.  She is passionate about raising funding to propel cancer research forward, and has spent 20 years employed in fundraising; (she says “30 if you count all her volunteer roles prior.”)

Cathy is completely authentic. She is the hero that works behind the scenes to get things done, does not seek the limelight or try to “dominate the show.” She is thoughtful, caring and has incredibly good insight and judgment.

She has said that there are too many people in NACCDO who influenced her to even name (and she would be afraid to leave out someone)…but those with whom she connected early on were Rachel Hunsinger (her buddy as a newbie),  Cindy Eller, Tina Pakfar, Mary Maxwell, Mary Ellen Connellan, Debbie Dibbert. They were big influencers to hear as she attended the yearly conferences and became more involved. She absolutely loves the conference, as is it so specific to working in the world of cancer, and in her career has found this networking experience vital to her development as a MG officer.

Anthony Moye

Anthony is Senior Director of Development, Planning, Budget and Marketing at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

He served on NACCDO as Board Director for 2, three-year terms.

He developed and led the Benchmarking committee for 6 years, built the partnership with CCS and initiated the yearly focus on a particular topic of interest to the development community.

Anthony did a masterful job guiding the committee while still allowing everyone’s voice to be heard. He strove to create an inclusive group, ensuring the best work is produced, and used the committee as a pipeline for leadership.

Anthony is able to manage difficult people and situations in a calm and reasonable way while making everyone feel good about the end product. He is masterful at connecting people and is interested in advancing and networking his cancer center colleagues. Anthony’s input was crucial as the leader of the committee, recruiting individuals to serve on the committee that are representative of the many organizations served by NACCDO.  Even after stepping down from the board, he stayed involved with the committee to ensure a smooth transition.

Talking about a life of giving BACK, Anthony served his country in the United States Air Force, and did several tours of duty in the Middle East as part of the reserves DURING HIS TENURE at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Wow.

Anthony has been a mentor to many. He willingly shares his experiences and expertise and expresses genuine interest in others. Always a friendly face at the conferences, he is welcoming to all, and he is known for his sage advice and candid perspective.

It is with absolute delight that I honor you both today!

Remarks by Sally Wajahn, NACCDO Chair at presentation ceremony

Past recipients of the Lisa Considine Service Award:

2017 Recipient: Tricia Bruning, Chair Emeritus
Senior Executive Director of Development, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

2016 Recipient: Patrick Mulvey, Chair Emeritus
Vice President, Development; MD Anderson Cancer Center

2015 Recipient: Cindy Eller, Vice President for Development, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

2014 Recipient: Debbie Dibbert, Director of External Affairs, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Innovator of the Year Award

The Innovator of the Year Awards recognize development professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to innovation in the field of cancer fundraising. The nominee(s) should have shown excellence, best practice and creativity through their actions, leadership and collaborative spirit.

Submissions must describe significant achievements of nominees’ career to date that demonstrate new approaches to engage donors and supporters with innovations that go beyond current fundraising practices. These innovations must have been solely or largely responsible for the outcomes.

2017 Recipients:

Nathan Fay, Associate Vice-President of Prospect Development and Edward Lee, Senior Manager of Innovation Solutions, at City of Hope

 – For their development of interactive dashboards to link multiple databases across the system by a simple, clean interactive surface.

Their initiative has inspired the entire staff of the Office of Philanthropy to transform their skillset and mindset when it comes to the importance of data integrity and transparency. As a result database usage has grown exponentially building a solid foundation for philanthropic success. 

Carter Stone, Director of Development, Major Gifts and Planned Giving and Ethan Bush, Vice-President and chief Development Officer, at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

– For their creative execution and push of Take The Fight Forward, a newly launched major and planned gift initiative in 2015.

They introduced their innovation with these words: “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”


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