Elevate Philanthropy ™

Executive Leadership

Elizabeth Zeigler

President & CEO
An exalter of philanthropy and champion of the development profession, Elizabeth is the first woman to lead a global fundraising consulting firm. Known for her unparalleled executive management skills, Elizabeth enables Graham-Pelton to play a groundbreaking role in elevating the level and understanding of philanthropy worldwide. A rare strategic thinker and communicator, Elizabeth is a leading voice globally on high-impact giving and is heralded for showing nonprofits potential they may not otherwise see.

Nicole Antil

Chief Creative Officer
With boundless creativity, strong business acumen, and strategic thinking, Nicole pilots creative efforts to achieve organizational goals and develops innovative concepts that further corporate identity. Distilling large amounts of information into salient communications, Nicole translates abstract corporate visions into tangible, recognizable brand messages and actionable strategies that support business goals.

Kevin Lynch

Chief Financial Officer
Process-minded and forward-looking with an eye for continuous improvement and opportunity, Kevin leads the financial activities of Graham-Pelton.

Lindsay Morlock

Chief Operating Officer
An organizational development leader with an innate ability to navigate a variety of cultures, Lindsay designs and implements key operational and organizational improvements and guides Graham-Pelton to cultivate high-performing teams.

Jackie Sullivan

Executive Vice President, Client & Consultant Development
A sincere relationship manager and consummate bridge builder, Jackie serves a variety of independent school, higher education, and social change clients. She also leads Graham-Pelton’s talent recruitment initiatives, strategically identifying and assessing those candidates most aligned with the firm’s mission and goals. An external relations expert, Jackie counsels development teams in optimizing their roles and departments, as well as provides counsel on campaign planning, campaign management, and board and leadership engagement.

Industry Experts

Meg Bailey

Vice President
An expert and noted speaker in major gifts, planned giving, and metrics management, Meg leads high-capacity prospect strategy, grateful patient programming, clinician engagement, and alumni and parent fundraising.

Anne Carlson

Associate Consultant
A change agent, team builder, and problem solver who has served at the University of Chicago, Brown University, New Canaan Country School, St. Andrew’s School, and more, Anne has developed strategic plans, built advancement programs, and strengthened fundraising pipelines.

Brian Crockett

Senior Vice President
Profoundly influential, appreciated for his strategic mind, and a tireless advocate for a comprehensive development operation, Brian imbues the mission of advancement in all dimensions of his leadership, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Military Institute Foundation.

Aaron Dahlstrom

Manager, Digital Marketing
Creative and considerate, Aaron plans and executes Graham-Pelton’s presence across all digital mediums, ensuring that those who invest their time engaging with the firm experience the timely thought leadership and bold approach audiences have come to appreciate.

Maria DiLorenzo

Senior Manager, Learning and Organizational Development
A relationship builder, teacher, and public speaker, Maria uses her background in higher education engagement and pastoral care to elevate firmwide training and best practices, setting forth Graham-Pelton’s commitment to consistent and continued learning.

Walt Edwards

Senior Vice President
Recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in philanthropic coaching and training, Walt redefines clinician engagement among top academic medical centers and universities. He oversees and helps lead a comprehensive training program for TEXAS Development and is an architect of Graham-Pelton’s propriety Beyond Gratitude™ service line.

Kristin Fehrenbach

Senior Consultant
With her ability to collaborate across teams, forge partnerships, build trust, and match donors with philanthropic opportunities, Kristin manages client engagements with an eye toward elevated thinking and program innovation.

Christina Ferguson

Senior Manager, Executive Initiatives
Known for her background in strategy and administration, Christina operationalizes the firm’s business development, executive engagements, and client service. A collaborator and consensus builder, Christina works firmwide to ensure we remain unparalleled in approach, outreach, and service.

Travis Fraser

Senior Consultant
A strategic fundraiser and relationship manager, Travis’ passion for developing and implementing systems have led to sustainable and increased giving. With a proven record of growing engagement and dollars raised, Travis had led teams to exponentially grow individual and major giving.

Paula Frishman

Vice President
Providing senior leadership with more than two decades of institutional advancement experience, Paula is an expert in campaign management, major and principal gifts, advancement operations, and board and donor relations in higher education, healthcare, and independent school settings.

Michele Giacobbe

Office Manager / Executive Assistant
Embracing multifaceted tasks with a multitalented approach, Michele’s exceptional attention to detail and proactive outlook helps the firm and its leaders prioritize and meet the greatest needs of those they serve.

David Greig

Senior Consultant
With extensive experience in education and foundation sectors, David excels in strategy, prospect development, and stewardship. With an insightful approach, David creates and implements annual plans, manages major gifts portfolios, leads database optimization, and trains and empowers boards to achieve fundraising leadership.

Jennifer Harris

Senior Vice President
A community psychologist who specializes in research-driven solutions for nonprofit organizations, Jen has a proven record of developing and harnessing strategic plans, community partnerships, board networks, strong teams, and relationships to drive significant fundraising outcomes.

Jen Herrmann

Vice President
Throughout her fundraising service to a number of preeminent institutions, Jen ignites “the spark that comes from mission-driven work” to strategize, ask for, and steward significant gifts. With a track record of eight-figure solicitations, Jen has held a variety of frontline positions with managerial focus on program administration, process improvement, and analytics.

Rose Kennedy

Coordinator, Accounting
Managing the firm’s financial activities across all departments, Rosie channels her lifelong aptitude for organization and systemic processes to track and perform bookkeeping duties and monitor accounting demands.

Courtney Luzzi

Client Services Manager
With a sharp eye, flexible mindset, and fast pace, Courtney works with the entire spectrum of Graham-Pelton experts to deliver reports, presentations, and other materials to the clients they serve.

Jim Lyddy

Senior Vice President
Jim provides senior executive-level leadership to healthcare and higher education institutions and has served as a trusted advisor to nonprofits across the entire philanthropic spectrum. Considered to have an unparalleled knowledge of philanthropy and network, Jim served as Department of Development Chair with Mayo Clinic and led the institution’s $1.25 billion five-year campaign.

Yasaman (Yasi) Martin

Senior Consultant
With a unique ability to observe an organization holistically, Yasi is able to offer innovative solutions and ask tough questions that otherwise wouldn't be considered internally. Throughout her fundraising career in education, social change, and healthcare sectors, Yasi has developed and implemented creative engagement solutions with an emphasis on measuring performance outcomes. She enhances nonprofits' systems to achieve their goals, whether she is building board capacity, creating prospect strategies, or improving staffing structures.

Rachael Masturzo

Vice President
With a background in independent schools, higher education, and social change, Rachael’s experience spans from restructuring development offices, creating and implementing development strategies, and crafting policies and procedures, to soliciting major and principal gifts and providing solicitation training and Board development.

Laura McGarry

Vice President
Excited and driven by surprises, challenges, and the opportunity to approach each client engagement with a new perspective, Laura brings expertise in relationship building, communication, fundraising, and program management. Known for her collaborative approach to increasing engagement and giving among all constituencies, Laura is passionate about harnessing philanthropy to increase access and opportunity.

Cassandra Mesko

Senior Consultant
A strategist and closer, Cassie has raised millions of dollars of new gifts and commitments by virtue of her work in major gift solicitations, prospect management, volunteer capacity building, and comprehensive campaign management for both higher education and social change organizations.

Elizabeth Milhous

Vice President
Specializing in securing annual, capital, and major gifts in university and other nonprofit settings, Elizabeth is a driven program builder. She counsels organizations to receive the most transformational gifts in their histories and is known for cultivating and securing landmark giving through elevating the strategy and evolving the culture of those she serves.

Patrick Mulvihill

Associate Consultant
A UK-based expert in education and community fundraising, Patrick leads capital campaigns, bursary funding, major gift solicitation and stewardship, corporate fundraising and sponsorship, trust and grant applications, events management, and international funding in China, Hong Kong, Russia, and North America.

Chelsey Newmyer

Senior Consultant
An analytical problem solver, Chelsey uses a data-driven approach fostered by her engineering background to conduct multipronged annual giving campaigns, manage leadership-level prospects and volunteers, and enhance cross-departmental relationships.

Brian O'Leary

Vice President
An architect of mega-giving strategy and a reviver of stagnant annual giving programs, Brian is a leader in development and messaging within higher education and social impact sectors. Brian leads highly effective fundraising strategy and campaign communications teams while managing limited budgets and tight deadlines.

Mukesh Parikh

Manager, Accounting
A numbers aficionado with a lifelong commitment to accuracy and precision, Mukesh is enlivened through his role ensuring behind-the-scenes financial excellence.

Erica Pettis

Vice President
Noted for her authentic and comprehensive partnership with independent schools, Erica strategizes board and donor relationship management and all aspects of the solicitation cycle. A leader in campaign planning and management, Erica has coached clients to ask for and receive the largest gifts in their histories.

Charles Platt

Senior Counsel
An advocate and champion of fundraising, Charles has consequential influence as a volunteer fundraiser, board member, and supporter of independent school, higher education, and social change organizations. He has guided institutions to grow participation in giving and partnered on a record-breaking capital campaign. Charles spent his finance and legal career in both the US and Europe and now resides in the UK.

Jamie Pugh

Senior Consultant
With an exceptional ability to build relationships, exceed goals, and manage campaign-related projects for 9- and 10-figure efforts, Jamie Pugh is noted for expertly designing and implementing major gift strategies, shepherding priority projects and initiatives, collaborating with organizational partners, and developing clear and compelling fundraising communications.

Eloise Rangel

Coordinator, Strategy & Operations
With a passion for civic engagement and a solutions-oriented mindset, Eloise supports Graham-Pelton’s strategic operations, including program design and implementation. She enhances organizational processes and supports cross-functional teams, drawing upon her background in community empowerment and nonprofit strategy.

Pamela Rossi

Vice President of Business Development Services
An editorial expert and quality assurance leader, Pamela assists with document development for the entire spectrum of Graham-Pelton’s marketing, business development, sales, and operational needs.

Katie Rozycki

Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
A keeper of the Graham-Pelton brand, Katie’s commitment to industry and association partnerships, publications, and events articulates the firm’s values and places its thought leadership on a global stage. She works with firm leaders to hone presentations, webinars, and written pieces to develop the most meaningful and relevant content for our audiences.

Jim Rude

Senior Vice President, Data Analytics
With pragmatic and measured logic, coupled with emotional intelligence, Jim brings a rare and sophisticated approach to data analytics and prospect management as complex organizations plan for record-breaking campaigns. The leader of Graham-Pelton’s Data Analytics Practice, Jim is a pioneer of our unique approach to vetting and tiering prospects to generate the greatest value for clients.

Anna Schlia

Vice President
Status quo breaker, frontline fundraiser, and researcher of donor inclinations, Anna Schlia is an expert in principal and major gifts, collaborative ask strategy and management, program building, and solicitation team leadership. Relentlessly inquisitive about nonprofit institutions and the donors who support them, Anna is completing a Ph.D. on the topic of donor motivations and is a noted presenter on the topic.

Meredith Schneider

Senior Consultant
A capital campaign leader noted for her donor relationship management and persuasive communications, Meredith Schneider is devoted to helping organizations find creative solutions to address their unique challenges and ultimately advance their missions. Noted for her ability to engage a variety of both internal and external stakeholders, Meredith is also a program-builder, having launched an entrepreneurship philanthropy program while at The George Washington University.

Alex Senchak

Vice President
With an aptitude for analyzing return on investment and productivity, Alex has helped organizations of all sizes plan for the future and launch campaigns while maximizing resources. Working within the arts, academia, and human services, Alex leads major gift fundraising plans and campaigns, early-stage development plan creation, and board and executive engagement and training.

Alice Sockett

Consultant
The builder of strong and lasting relationships, Alice’s influence moves people to action. Working with a broad range of clients, she delivers assessments, campaign planning studies, and strategic counsel to leading independent schools, NHS trusts, universities, and museums. Based in the UK, Alice is passionate about professionalizing legacy fundraising and is a frequent speaker on the topic.

Katy Steele

Associate Consultant
Providing counsel to nonprofits across the entire philanthropic spectrum, Katy is an expert in donor cultivation, major and principal gift pipeline creation, corporate and foundation relations, special events, board giving and giving societies, planned giving, and more. In addition to advising nonprofits,, Katy has served the White House Historical Association, Gettysburg Foundation, the Madeira School, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Aspen Institute.

Karen Sveda

Senior Vice President
An expert in principal and major gifts and donor relations in a variety of academic medical centers and scientific settings, Karen works with multifaceted development teams to advance leadership, principal, and planned gifts. With a deep understanding of the innate donor goals often met by healthcare and scientific organizations, Karen has mobilized multiple scientific symposiums and major summits for donor cultivation.

Gina Vaughn

Vice President
With a keen focus on increasing efficiency and producing a greater return on investment for the organizations she advises, Gina develops, implements, and executes fundraising plans to their fullest potential. A leader in organizational management, fundraising, and branding for both nonprofit and government entities, Gina focuses on campaign planning, prospect management, fundraising communications strategy, and more.

Allison White

Senior Vice President
A lifelong champion of the fundraising vocation and those professionals within it, Allison is energized by client partnerships and inspired by their growth. She has been a catalyst for that growth across all sectors and is especially passionate about education. Allison is known for her optimistic approach and is an expert in campaign planning, relationship building, leadership development, and all elements of major gifts fundraising and annual giving.

Patricia House

Executive Vice President Emerita
The embodiment of Graham-Pelton’s commitment to superior professional training, thought leadership, and client support, Pat’s years of expert service to Graham-Pelton included development operational assessments, planning studies, campaign management donor relationships and stewardship, and board development.

Craig Leach

Founder
Throughout his tenure as a fundraising leader, Craig became keenly aware of the evolving demands of the fundraising industry – demands that required an evolved approach to fundraising counsel. He questioned his thinking:¬ “Does the world need another fundraising consulting firm?”

Hundreds of nonprofits across the globe would come to benefit from his well-considered answer to that question. Craig led Graham-Pelton to emerge as one of the nation’s premiere fundraising consulting firms serving the full spectrum of sector clients. Under his direction, Graham-Pelton has earned a reputation for offering clients maximum value by providing them with hands-on, accomplished professionals; diverse and innovative service models; and an extraordinary commitment to customer service.

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