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Jessica Lunken

Senior Associate

With close to three decades of experience in non-profit leadership, Jessica Lunken has earned a reputation as an engaged and thoughtful program builder serving mission-driven organizations. She has a successful track record in raising major and principal gifts, building development and grateful-patient programs, and helping lead multi-billion-dollar campaigns. Jessica’s work at Johns Hopkins University spanned two plus decades where she served as the Associate Dean for External Relations at the Peabody Institute, was a founding Director of Development for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Director of Development for the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Jessica has also served in various fundraising capacities for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, Johns Hopkins University Press, the American Dance Festival, the Jewish Center for Aging in Greater Washington and Beth Am Synagogue.  Jessica received her Bachelor’s in Arts in Psychology from Indiana University, her Master’s in Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and certificates from the Creative Education Foundation for problem-solving, facilitation, and creativity.

Area of Expertise:
Jessica’s core expertise is in Fundraising Campaigns and Strategic Planning. She also excels in Board Training, Management and Governance; Development Program Review and Expansion Strategies; Interim Program Management; and Major and Principal Gifts

Experience:
Education, Healthcare, Arts & Culture

Fundraising Must Have:
Focused Mission, Demonstrated Philanthropic ROI, Integrity, and a Culture of Transparency, Respect, and Collegiality.

Contact Jessica at: [email protected]

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Cory Sinclair

Associate

With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Cory Sinclair specializes in Donor and Constituent Engagement. Previous experience includes work with UCLA Performing Arts, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Habitat for Humanity, the Hollywood Food Coalition, and several Los Angeles based social service nonprofits. In the for-profit arena Cory spent several years in the film industry as a writer and in production.

Cory holds an interfield Ph.D. in music and nonprofit management from Claremont Graduate University. His research interests include cultural policy and the relationship between philanthropy and public-private partnerships.

Fundraising Area of Expertise: Cory’s core expertise is in Donor and Constituent Engagement. He also has experience in Advancement Services and Project Management.

Sector Experience: Education, Arts & Culture, Community Based Membership and Advocacy.

Fundraising Must Have: Innovative use of public funding, when possible, to stimulate community interest and lay the foundation for private financial support.

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Carley Houseman

Junior Associate

Currently serving as the Associate Director of Medical Annual Giving and Digital Strategy for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Carley brings seven+ years of experience including stints with the University of Northern Iowa Foundation and Gettysburg College. In addition to a BA in Youth and Human Services: Nonprofit Management, with a minor in Economics, an MA in Youth and Human Services: Nonprofit Management, Carley has achieved certification in Principles and Practices of Nonprofit Excellence, is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) and has completed Fundraising Management courses through the AHP Virtual Institute.

Area of Expertise:
Carley’s predominant area of expertise is in Direct Marketing and Annual Giving. She has additional experience with Alumni Relations & Giving, Development Program Review & Expansion Strategies, Board Training, Management and Governance, and Project Management

Experience:
Education, Healthcare, Community Based Membership and Advocacy

Fundraising Must Have:
A clear understanding of where you want your program to go with data and history to help us see the best way to get there and where gaps can be filled to find the most success.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carleyhouseman/

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Rob Donelson

Executive Associate

With more than 40 years of advancement experience in the higher education and healthcare sectors in three countries, Rob specializes in: Development Program Review and Expansion Strategies. Some of his previous experience has included: VP, Development & Alumni Relations, Wilfrid Laurier University; Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations, University College Cork, Ireland; and Executive Director of Advancement, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. 

Rob graduated from the University of Waterloo (St. Jerome’s College) with a BA in English and History. Acknowledged for his leadership in the area of charitable accountability, Rob led the first registered charity in Canada to earn the Ethical Fundraising License and the first university to earn the Standards Accreditation Trustmark from Imagine Canada. He has served on the board of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education. Rob was named the Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Horseshoe Chapter, and received the Mission Legacy Award of the St. Joseph’s Health System.


Area of Expertise: Rob’s predominant expertise is in Development Program Review and Expansion Strategies. He also excels at Interim Program Management; Alumni Relations and Giving; Major and Principal Gifts; Donor and Constituent Engagement, particularly case for support drafting.


Experience: Education, Healthcare

Fundraising Must Have: A compelling case for support must describe impact, not needs.

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/rob-donelson-9573ab14

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Katherine Scott

Associate

Katherine is a seasoned prospect research and development professional with more than 15 years of experience working in international development and information science including work with Médecins Sans Frontieres – Doctors Without Borders (MSF Canada), Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, and Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University – TMU). She is the immediate past President of Apra Canada, an association dedicated to the advancement of the prospect research and development profession. 

Katherine is tri-lingual, speaking French and Spanish in addition to English, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts – Political Science, a Master of Arts – Political Science and International Development, and a Master of Information Science – Knowledge Management and Information Management from the University of Toronto. 

Fundraising Areas of Expertise: Prospect Research and Development, Major and Principal Gifts 

Sector Experience: Education, Healthcare, Arts & Culture, International Development, Community Based Membership and Advocacy 

Fundraising Must Have: A library card

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Russell Bishop

Executive Associate

Russell Bishop is an internationally recognized expert in personal and organization transformation with over 50 years consulting, operating, and coaching experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

His first experience in the not-for-profit sector began in 1978 when he created Insight Seminars, a personal growth seminar company, which grew from a spare bedroom to 43 countries around the world. Russell subsequently founded two not-for-profit consulting firms and was later recruited by Andersen Consulting (Accenture) to join as an Associate Partner to help create a change strategy practice.

He has served on several not-for-profit boards including The Points of Light Foundation, University of Santa Monica, and Insight Seminars. Russell has helped numerous national not-for-profit organizations clarify their business purpose and strategy, focusing on the following areas:

• Not-for-profit business planning• Project management and execution• Membership growth and development• Philanthropy and fundraising• Marketing and awareness building

An internationally regarded speaker, educator and consultant, Russell has worked with individuals, organizations and leadership teams across Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.

Russell holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Davis, a Master’s in Spiritual Science, and an honorary Doctorate of Spiritual Science from Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy.

Fundraising Area of Expertise:  Russell’s core expertise is in Board Training, Management and Governance (Strategic Planning, Program Development, Project Execution and the related disciplines of marketing and membership development).

Sector Experience: Education, Community Based Membership & Advocacy (Spiritual and Faith Based Organizations), Healthcare

Fundraising Must Have: Clarity of purpose: who we serve and why, more than just what we do.

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