Meet the AOPA Foundation Staff
Vice President, Philanthropy
Mike Tompos joined the AOPA Foundation as Vice President of Philanthropy in August 2015 after looking for an opportunity to combine his deep personal interest in aviation with his 30-year career as a fundraising professional. Prior to coming to AOPA, Mike served as the Director of Advancement at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis where he oversaw and directed major gift, annual fund, and alumni relations strategies as well as the school’s successful $70 million comprehensive campaign. In previous positions he directed planned giving programs, developed prospect management systems and led donor recognition efforts. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Carleton College of Northfield, Minnesota. He is a semi-retired skydiver with more than 1,200 jumps and an 800-hour private pilot. Mike owns a 1962 Cessna 172D aircraft. Contact Mike at 301-695-2269, or by email Mike.Tompos@aopa.org.
Senior Director, Foundation Communications
Since joining AOPA in 1999, Kathleen has worked in the Pilot Information Center, Media Relations, Foundation, and most recently in the Air Safety Institute. She re-joined the Foundation in 2017 and is responsible for developing and executing the donor communications program, conducting corporate and foundation fundraising, and ensuring consistent Foundation messaging throughout the organization. Kathleen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland University College. She is a commercial pilot with instrument and multiengine ratings and an instrument-rated certificated flight instructor. Contact Kathleen at 301-695-2084 or by email Kathleen.Vasconcelos@aopa.org.
Director, Prospect Development & Research
Agnes joined the AOPA Foundation in 2009 after working in AOPA’s marketing department for seven years. During her tenure, she has worked on many projects to help the organization achieve its goals. She works closely with the Vice President of Philanthropy to help drive the strategic direction by assisting with creation and execution of daily tasks and budgets, ongoing systems management, research and process improvements. Prior to AOPA, she worked for a direct marketing firm and managed a printing company, where she was highly involved with other nonprofit organizations. Agnes holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in management with a nonprofit specialization. She began her private pilot license training and hopes to get back into flying soon. Contact Agnes at 301-695-2112, or by email Agnes.Macdonald-Hutchins@aopa.org.
Annual Giving Manager
Becky Johnston is the AOPA Foundation Manager of Annual Giving and the liaison to Presidents Council and Hat in the Ring Society members. Becky has significant fundraising experience in the areas of donor cultivation, stewardship and planned giving. Becky is a graduate of Salisbury University. She lives in Frederick with her husband Chris, son Spencer and daughter Maggie. Contact Becky at 301-695-2274, or by email Becky.Johnston@aopa.org.
Prospect Research Specialist
Karen joined AOPA in March of 2015 as a part-time Administrative Assistant to ASI, where she assisted in pre-processing of Certified Flight Instructors and responding to questions regarding AOPA’s eFIRC Program as well as other various duties. She now works as a full-time Research Specialist to provide the Foundation with information management and data support. Prior to AOPA, she worked for an architectural engineering firm as a construction administration assistant. With a background as an avionics technician in the U.S. Navy, she has had many experiences in aviation and safety. She is a student pilot. Contact Karen at 301-695-2128, or by email Karen.Hemenway@aopa.org.
Sarah Lynn is the AOPA Foundation Development Specialist. Her main focus is on donor acknowledgements, stewardship, and communication. Sarah joined AOPA in 2015 as a Member Services Representative where she gained knowledge on our many programs. She moved to the AOPA Foundation in December of 2015 as the Administrative Assistant, and was promoted in 2016 to her current position. A graduate of Towson University, Sarah is a Baltimore native, but currently resides in Hagerstown, MD. Contact Sarah at 301-695-2173, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim joined AOPA over 30 years ago and since October 2016 she has been working with the AOPA Foundation as an Administrative Assistant where she will provide administrative support to the staff. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kim served as a Member Services Representative, where she used her experience communicating with the members and knowledge of the AOPA database to provide excellent service to members. Prior to that, Kim was the Program Specialist for the Airport Support Network Program(ASN). Contact Kim at 301-695-2208 or by email email@example.com.