NBA Welcomes New Staff to Development and Operations Teams

This summer, the National Benevolent Association added three new staff members to its Operations and Development & Marketing teams to help with event planning and donor stewardship.

Rev. Rae Karim, Interim Director of NBA's Young Adult Programming and Reginald Warren hold up 'I Love NBA" shirts.
Rev. Rae Karim, Interim Director of NBA’s Young Adult Programming and Reginald Warren at July’s Obra Hispana Asamblea event in Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, the Operations team welcomed Reginald Warren as a part-time Administrative Associate. Warren comes to the organization with more than five years of training and event planning experience. In his previous role at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), he had the opportunity to spearhead the coordination of more than 200 trainings and events. Warren’s new role will focus on event support both internally and externally. In fact, within his first month at the organization, he joined NBA staff at Obra Hispana’s Asamblea in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Reginald understands the dynamics of an excellent event in his bones. He knows how to make a plan, a timeline, and then execute,” says Vice President of Operations Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright. “He is just what our team needed! He brings energy, enthusiasm, attention to detail, and a love of people to extend the possibilities for more hospitality and excellence in our events.”

At the beginning of August, the Development & Marketing team added two new members. Rev. Tamara Chestnut joined the team as the new Associate Vice President of Development and Rebecca Rea joined the team as the new Development Associate.

Rev. Chestnut is an ordained minister within the Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of Christ. She has more than a decade of experience in fundraising and relationship building, most recently serving as Senior Philanthropy Advisor at Reconciliation Services. At NBA, Chestnut will focus on stewardship and securing major gifts for the organization.

“Fundraising is vital to the success of NBA’s work. For us to develop quality programming, follow our mission, and make improvements that will benefit the future work of our partners, we must raise awareness, funding, and support,” says Rev. Chestnut. “I believe this position was created for me. The mission of the NBA and its commitment to create communities of compassion and care spoke to my heart.”

Rea joins the NBA staff with a work history from prominent museums in the St. Louis, Missouri area where she specialized in fundraising database management. Rea’s responsibilities at NBA include updating donor data and doing important research on our donor communities and NBA’s program partners.

“I wanted to work for an organization that truly makes a difference in my community and other communities across the country,” says Rea. “I’m excited to help enhance and manage our databases so we can better serve our donors and partners.”

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