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DRI Announces Dumb Friends League Placement

DRi is pleased to announce to completion of our search for a Vice President of Development at Dumb Friends League, a Denver-based organization working to end pet homelessness.

DRi’s Managing Director for the Mountain West, Chuck Crowe, partnered with DFL President Dr. Apryl Steele to identify a VP who could step into an ongoing $40M capital campaign while leading a $20M annual fundraising program. We are delighted that Laurie Peterson accepted this role

Laurie is thrilled to be joining the Dumb Friends League Team. She is transitioning from her most recent position as Vice President of Development with the Morris Animal Foundation and brings with her both a passion for animals and over two decades of for-profit and non-profit sales and fundraising experience. Laurie has a diverse skillset, including strategic planning and fiscal management, donor relations, team building, development of new revenue streams, and event planning.

Laurie received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Mary Washington, and her master’s in nonprofit management from Regis University. She volunteers for several organizations, including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Denver and Opera Colorado Young Artists, and enjoys all that Colorado has to offer from hiking (with her rescue pup, Daisy Mae) and kayaking to ice climbing and scuba diving.

We congratulate Laurie and Dumb Friends League—we look forward to seeing their success together.

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DRis excited to announce the completion of our search for a Vice President of Development at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, an organization turning former rail lines into a national network of trails that create healthier places for healthier people.


Jennifer Dunlap, DRi’s President & CEO, worked with the incoming President of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Ryan Chao, to lead the search for a Vice President of Development to align fundraising with the organization’s 4-year strategic plan. We identified a national pool of candidates who could help RTC accomplish five key goals: create highly visible models of success, advance innovative trail and active transportation policy, encourage trail use, expand reach and encourage replication, and strengthen RTC’s internal operations.


Today we announce that Alisa Borland will serve as the Vice President of Development at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Alisa brings nearly two decades of development experience, with a record of promoting public policy, building successful relationships, and expanding donor pipelines. Most recently, Alisa served as Vice President of Development for the Conservation Fund, where she established a comprehensive major donor pipeline that generated 6- and 7- figure gifts. Alisa was previously Director of Fundraising at the Conservation Fund.


Congratulations to Alisa and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy—we look forward to seeing their success together.

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