Meet the Instructors


Connie J.M. Johnson, CAI, BAS

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Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS

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Kurt Johnson, CAI, BAS

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Nelson Jay, BAS

Nelson Jay is the Puget Sound Market Manager for the Benefit Auction Institute, owner and principal auctioneer of Gavelo Auctions, LLC, a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and the University of Washington. He holds the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation from the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), has presented at its Conference and Show and has been a panelist at its Benefit Auction Summit event. He has appeared on industry podcasts, guest blog posts and in-person fundraising seminars. Nelson lives in Seattle with his wife Tiffany and three children. Away from the auction block, you can find him somewhere in the outdoors with his family – cycling, skiing, hiking, traveling or tending the backyard hens. 


Liz Weatherhead, BAS

Liz Weatherhead, BAS, has many years of experience as a national public speaker, trainer and educator. She has educated all levels of leadership for a variety of companies and organizations. She delivers energetic, interactive trainings with a style that is described as engaging and distinctive. An in-demand trainer and educator, Liz is a strong advocate for achieving organizational empowerment and growth. With her passion for fundraising and her auctioneer experience, Liz understands benefit auctions from the ground up. You are guaranteed to walk away from her workshops with tools, skills and renewed energy to achieve your fundraising goals. 

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