John Mitterling

John Mitterling has over 30 years of experience in development, having served organizations with missions that served those in need in the Triangle (NC), the Southeast, and nationwide. He began his development career at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued his work in educational development at Ruffalo CODY in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving colleges and universities across the Southeast, then expanded his work with national fraternities and joined the national staff of his own fraternity, Chi Psi, in Ann Arbor Michigan.


He then began an eight-year focus in healthcare development, first at the North Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association,  the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, where his work created more opportunity for medical students to pursue Family Medicine as a specialty and to practice in underserved areas. He then changed his focus back to North Carolina as the Vice President for Development for the North Carolina Symphony for five years, managing annual, capital, and planned giving. He left the Symphony to begin an eight-year focus on youth development, first at the YMCA of the Triangle (NC), then the John Avery Boys & Girls Club in Durham and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle (NC). He brought this background in youth services, healthcare, and education to his work at MDC in Durham for the past three years to develop increased support for its work on economic mobility, opportunity, and equity in all 13 Southern states.  He joins Voices Together at a time of significant growth for the organization to increase our base of support so that more people can benefit from our evidence-based, proven model for empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to transform their own lives.


He has served in numerous roles in his professional association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Executive for the North Carolina Triangle Chapter in 2001. He served in leadership roles in his church, including as a Deacon, Elder, Stephen Minister, Stewardship Committee Chair, and Foundation Chair. He is a native North Carolinian; he was born in New Bern and has lived in the Triangle since 1986.  He has two daughters—21 and 26—both also in North Carolina.


John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication with an emphasis in public relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986.  He received his Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in 1993.

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