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Nicole Antil

Principal
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.

Ann Armater

Senior Associate
Ann Armater brings four decades of diverse development experience to her clients.

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.

Breanna Bork

Senior Consultant
Breanna Bork is a creative, collaborative, and results-driven visionary leader providing expertise in donor cultivation, major gift solicitation strategies, foundation board development, asset management, constituent stewardship, and volunteer leadership. She is a trusted business partner, effective listener, and problem- solver known for building relationships with internal and external partners at all levels and disciplines to enhance philanthropic support. Breanna excels in strategic planning, donor passion and mission alignment pairing, and building/coaching/directing cross- functional teams to enhance community impact in healthcare, higher education, and the nonprofit radio sectors.

Amy Buick

Vice President
Noted for her proven track record in major gift development, annual giving, alumni and donor relations, capital campaigns, and development operations, Amy was the driving force behind several strategic initiatives for Jefferson Health, including the creation of an Advisory Council for valued business leaders, major gift development for the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion capital campaign, and the assumption of all development operations for a major healthcare system acquisition.

Anne Carlson

Associate Consultant
A team builder, problem solver, and change agent 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.

Tom Chaves

Senior Vice President
Thomas Chaves brings over 30 years of higher education information and technology leadership experience to his role at Graham-Pelton, where he excels in driving effective Advancement and Business Intelligence solutions for nonprofits. In addition to serving as the Vice President for Advancement at Albright College, Thomas holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Mathematics from Albright College and a graduate degree in Management/Business Administration from Penn State.

Phil Choi

Director of Marketing & Content
With over two decades of experience, Phil brings a wealth of marketing knowledge and expertise to his position at Graham-Pelton. Phil has been instrumental in shaping the marketing strategies of numerous organizations across various industries, including nonprofits. His passion for storytelling and creative content development has successfully elevated companies to communicate their missions to the world.

Anthony Colgan

Senior Consultant
Anthony Colgan has over a decade of fundraising experience, with a sound knowledge of major gifts, corporations, project management, volunteers, and prospect research.

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.

Alyssa Daigle

Account Strategy Coordinator
Alyssa brings expertise in project coordination and administrative support to her role as Account Strategy Coordinator at Graham-Pelton. Prior to joining Graham-Pelton, she was a Project Coordinator in the Direct Response Marketing department at Harvard University. Previously, she held multiple positions at EBI Consulting, including Project Coordinator, where she coordinated and supported projects while being the primary point of contact for clients, vendors, and internal departments. She began her time with EBI as a Sales Support Associate. Alyssa holds a Master of Science in Marketing.

Matt DeCapua

Account Strategy Coordinator
Matt brings extensive experience in analysis and operational support to his role as Account Strategy Coordinator at Graham-Pelton. His skillset spans administrative, project, and operational support, sales data analysis and CRM maintenance, go-to-market strategy, and pricing and contract proposal creation, all of which contribute to his effectiveness in driving strategic growth initiatives. In his role prior to Graham-Pelton, Matt was a Team Lead focusing on cost reduction, client service improvement, price negotiation, and team management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

Walt Edwards

Principal & President, Health
Strategic vision creator, trusted talent developer, and philanthropic industry builder, Walt Edwards is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in fundraising coaching and training. Having served many of the top academic medical centers, colleges, and universities across the country, Walt is also the chief architect of Beyond Gratitude™, our signature grateful patient fundraising service.

David Flinchbaugh

Senior Vice President
David Flinchbaugh is an accomplished professional in the field of higher education advancement with a track record of strategic leadership and a commitment to fostering alumni relations and development.

Before joining Graham-Pelton, David most recently served as Associate Dean for Development at the University of Maryland's School of Social Work, where he elevated the school's fundraising efforts. He also worked across the University System of Maryland to expand alumni engagement leading to philanthropy. Prior to the University of Maryland, he served in development and alumni relations leadership roles at Johns Hopkins University and Bucknell University.

Tim France

Vice President
A seasoned professional who collaborates and builds relationships to accomplish fundraising goals, Tim France is a highly motivated, collaborative, and accomplished development executive with more than two decades of fundraising experience. His expertise includes building major gift programs through annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, and grateful patient programs. Tim possesses proven success in leading development teams, including strategic planning, proposal development and gift closure, recruiting, mentoring, measuring progress through metrics, and reaching and exceeding team and organizational goals.

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.

Alexis Haupert

Field Marketing & Events Coordinator
With a robust background in event management & relationship cultivation, Alexis serves as a dedicated Field Marketing & Events Coordinator at Graham Pelton. With years of experience and dedication to detail, Alexis fosters meaningful connections and creates unforgettable moments that inspire action and foster community engagement, furthering Graham Pelton's mission of driving positive change.

Anthony Heaven, Ph.D.

Vice President, Higher Education Practice Group Leader
A higher education scholar-practitioner, Dr. Anthony Heaven specializes in advancement and diversity/inclusion work. Recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as a District III Faculty Star, his dissertation focused on the experiences of African American frontline gift officers at predominately White institutions received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. As a development strategist, Dr. Heaven has served a number of flagship state universities and has built a unit development operation.

Phil Hills

Principal
Phil Hills, who works out of our West Coast/California office, has more than 35 years of advancement experience in higher education, health sciences, arts and culture, and other complex nonprofit organizations.
Phil previously served as the Executive Vice President for Development at the Livestrong Foundation, where he created a comprehensive development plan that included the first international fundraising strategy, built the first major gifts team, and helped develop new domestic and international licensing and corporate partner programs. Phil has also served in development at Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and the School of Medicine, leading Emory’s $1 billion health sciences campaign for programmatic and capital support.
Other select organizations that have benefited from Phil’s expertise include the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management, and The University of Tampa Alumni Association. You can learn more about Phil on LinkedIn.

Tamra Johnson

Associate Consultant
Tamra Johnson is an ardent and strategic philanthropic leader with more than a decade of professional experience working across public higher education institutions. Adept at utilizing research tools to promote and implement strategies to increase donor contributions, retention, and satisfaction, Tamra has demonstrated competency in donor relations, executive support, and administrative management.

Elizabeth Kennedy

Senior Consultant
Elizabeth has vast experience in fundraising and development operations. In her previous role, she served as the Assistant Director of Planned Giving at The Rockefeller University. There, she was part of the $1.17 billion Campaign for Transforming Biomedicine and was the chief content creator of the Living Legacies biannual planned giving publication. In addition, she managed longstanding relationships with various foundations and trusts through annual reports, briefing memos, program remarks, prospect plans and communications, and events.

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.

Courtney Luzzi

Senior Editor
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, Ph.D.

Principal
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.

Kevin Lynch

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

Yasaman (Yasi) Martin

Vice President
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.

Laura McGarry

Managing Principal
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.

Bridget Murphy, CFRE

Principal
A nonprofit veteran of three decades, Bridget brings extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising management, and staff development to her role at Graham-Pelton. She has led fundraising operations and campaigns at multiple healthcare organizations and has consulted for nonprofits across sectors, including education, social impact, and the cultural arts.

Doug Myers

Senior Associate
Doug Myers is a chief executive leader with 30 years of experience leading national teams to generate revenue that funds strategic operational goals and exceeds client expectations. He has deep experience in the senior living and retirement community space, is an expert at translating vision into reality by developing tactical plans and effectively motivating teams and stakeholders to succeed, and is a collaborative team player who delivers results in alignment with finance and operating teams to support strategic priorities. Doug is an inspirational public speaker with internal and external constituents and has strong interpersonal and donor relationship skills with a proven track record of establishing new relationships with key funders and obtaining multi-million dollar, multi-year commitments.

Jane Narich

Senior Associate

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

Senior 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

Controller
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.

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.

Michael Richmond

Senior Associate
Michael Richmond joins Graham-Pelton as a higher education advancement professional bringing nearly three decades of extensive, proven success to development programs, focusing on strategic donor-centered relationship building through development. His proven track record includes overseeing development operations management, ensuring efficiency and fiscal responsibility while expanding reach, personal and programmatic solicitation, and personnel management while conducting and teaching the principles of fundraising. In addition to his role with Graham-Pelton, Michael currently serves as Director of Annual Giving at LSU Health Foundation New Orleans, where he has identified growth areas within Development and expanded Annual Giving Staff, communication channels, and fundraising scope.

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.

Sean Ryefield

Manager, Systems & Operations
An expert in data management and analytics, Sean Ryefield serves as a member of Graham-Pelton’s data analytics team, focused on making data actionable for the full range of Graham-Pelton’s clientele.

Prior to joining Graham-Pelton, Sean served as Assistant Director of Development at The University of Texas at Austin where he built a database and complex automations from the ground up to manage and deliver workforce data to several critical business units.

Leah Saifi

Digital Marketing Coordinator
Leah brings a unique blend of creativity and technical expertise as Graham-Pelton’s Digital Media Coordinator. Responsible for executing digital marketing strategies, Leah creates captivating content ensuring brand consistency and social media engagement. With a background in graphic and UX/UI design, Leah drives impactful results and helps shape Graham-Pelton’s online narrative.

Lauren Shinn

Associate Consultant
Lauren Shinn is a development professional with experience in a range of healthcare-related and academic medical settings, as well as organizations that focus on child and family services.

Meredith Schneider

Principal 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.

Deepa Srikanta

Associate Consultant
Deepa Srikanta is a results-proven corporate and foundation relations officer with nearly a decade of experience in large, complex higher education organizations and a deep understanding of the value of interdisciplinary education and research.

Jackie Sullivan

Principal
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.

Tom Sullivan

Senior Vice President
A veteran of more than four decades in the institutional advancement sphere, Tom Sullivan has served in both staff and leadership positions for a range of organizations in higher education, academic medicine, and healthcare. He has led highly successful multi-faceted advancement initiatives and is recognized for his proficiency in strategy development, principal and major gift fundraising, comprehensive campaigns, and constituent engagement. Tom brings a proactive approach along with a significant background and perspective in strategic thinking and organization and a deep appreciation and understanding of the vital role and positive impact of philanthropy. He has worked with, recruited, trained, and inspired numerous CEOs, Board members, faculty, and volunteers. He is committed to developing and enhancing a culture of philanthropy for the nonprofits he serves.

Colton Tackett

Executive Campaign Director, GP Catholic
Colton fosters in-depth relationships with diverse prospects, committees, boards, and professional colleagues in his role as Executive Campaign Director. Prior to joining GP Catholic, Colton’s background in fundraising encompasses project development, major gifts, and client management, as well as negotiating and analyzing high-value orders for large healthcare systems. His talent for providing exceptional account management support and his extensive experience in strategic relationship building and campaign execution make Colton a vital asset to our team.

Gerry Wawrzynek

Senior Consultant
A problem solver known for bringing clarity and direction to ambiguous situations, Gerry Wawrzynek focuses on strategy and data analytics in his consulting role at Graham-Pelton. Prior to joining the firm, he led strategic planning, alumni engagement, annual giving, and international advancement efforts in higher education for more than a decade. His professional experience spans multiple sectors and includes on-the-ground work in 13 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Todd Weissman

Principal Consultant
Having successfully developed and implemented programs that diversify philanthropic support throughout his nearly two decades working in and with nonprofits, Todd is a passionate fundraiser, manager, and communicator adept at building relationships and gaining buy-in from diverse stakeholders. Prior to joining Graham-Pelton, he demonstrated this expertise while working closely with senior physicians, medical staff, and fundraising teams as Director, Principal and Major Gifts at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.