Chris Walker Education Fund

Chris Walker Education Fund

Providing educational programing is at the core of NEFA’s mission and remains one of the most valuable offerings of the association. In 2011, NEFA Board Member and a tireless industry advocate, Chris Walker, passed away.

NEFA’s educational programing was always important to Chris Walker and after his passing many NEFA Members and other industry professionals looked for opportunities to donate in his honor. This interest resulted in the creation of the Chris Walker Education Fund.

In the spirit of Chris Walker’s passion for education, the Chris Walker Education Fund is used to further the education and professional development of NEFA members. Throughout the year various networking events and golf outings are held to continue raising funds to support this mission. Members can apply for these funds annually. To review, fill-out and submit an online Grant Request Form, please click here.



Donations to the Education Fund can be made online or by check. To make a donation online, please contact us!




Volunteer of the Year 

2019-Volunteer of the Year:
Bob Hanna, Cohn & Dussi, LLC 


The Chris Walker Memorial Member of the Year Award is given annually, by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of NEFA, to individuals whose service to the Association exemplifies the volunteer driven spirit of Chris Walker.

In 2012, the NEFA Member of the Year Award was renamed to honor Chris Walker who passed away the year prior. Walker was a tireless advocate for all that was good in this industry and a dedicated NEFA Board member. He was a colleague, mentor, and friend to many throughout the industry and it is NEFA’s honor and privilege to continue his legacy by bestowing this honor to worth NEFA volunteers.

  • 2019: Bob Hanna
  • 2017: Kayla Perlinger, CLFP
  • 2016: Bob Cohen
  • 2015: Jim Merrilees, CLFP
  • 2014: John Rosenlund, CLFP
  • 2013: Chris Enbom, CLFP
  • 2012: Randy Haug
  • 2011: Chris Walker, CLFP
  • 2010: Tara Aasand




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