Somers is vice-president of the McMaster University Foundation and
senior campaign director for the University. She has worked in University
Advancement since 1988, overseeing fundraising programs which include
comprehensive major gift and planned giving programs, corporate and
foundation giving programs and a full complement of programs for McMaster's
Annual Fund. She is a frequent speaker throughout Canada and the United
States, and is a faculty member at the Banff Centre for Management.
She is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP)
and in 1995-96 served as its national chair. For her contribution
to the advancement profession in Canada, she was named "Friend of
CAGP" in 1997. Somers is the co-author of Planned Giving for Canadians,
the definitive volume on charitable giving in Canada. She holds degrees
in English (1981) and art history (1985) from McMaster.