Volunteers of America Michigan Adds Three to Development Team

Denise A. Figurski, Melissa Hardy, Jamie Panzer // Courtesy of Volunteers of America Michigan
Denise A. Figurski, Melissa Hardy, Jamie Panzer // Courtesy of Volunteers of America Michigan

Volunteer of America Michigan (VOAMI) based in Detroit has added Denise A. Figurski, Melissa Hardy, and Jamie Panzer to its development department.

In her new role as a major gifts officer, Figurski will be responsible for securing major gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Her focus on raising funds for the social services agency will be supported by establishing long term partnerships and strengthening existing relationships to support the long-term mission of VOAMI.

Figurski has more than 27 years of experience as a nonprofit development executive. Prior to joining VOAMI, she worked as a fundraising and marketing senior administrator with the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO).

In her new role as a donor relations coordinator, Hardy will support the creation and implementation of strategic initiatives and processes to advance VOAMI’s visibility, increase brand awareness, strengthen impact, and engage the community for long-term sustainability.

Hardy joins the team with more than 12 years of nonprofit experience. Prior to her new role, she worked with the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan as its fund development coordinator. The Rochester Hills resident earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University.

Panzer joins the team as a development assistant. She will be responsible for assisting the organization’s vice president of development and development team with fundraising activities, including donor database maintenance, donation solicitation, and overall support of the department.

Panzer, a Madison Heights resident, brings more than five years of educational experience to VOAMI. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University.