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Fundraising & Board Development: About the Instructors

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Paula Barbag is president and founder of Consulting for a Cause (CFC), a consulting firm that specializes in fundraising and organizational development for nonprofit organizations. She holds a BS and MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a professional certificate in philanthropy and fundraising from New York University, and is pursuing an MS in fundraising management at Columbia University. Barbag is past president for the Association of Development Officers (ADO) and serves on its board of directors.

Susan Cole, founder and partner of Cole Communications, is an award-winning public relations professional who specializes in reputation management, strategic positioning, and marketplace surveys and audits. Cole has extensive experience coaching clients in media and presentation skills. She has led executive workshops in strategic communications planning and productive agency relationships for the Professional Development Institute and at the national convention of the Public Relations Society of America.

Sharon J. Danosky, founder and president of Danosky & Associates, has worked with nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years. As both a consultant and a senior executive for numerous charitable organizations, she has transformed organizations into highly effectively charities of choice. Through strategic planning, fundraising, and tactical marketing, she has guided nonprofit organizations in achieving that “next level,” thereby fulfilling their mission and their promise to the community.

Lucille Geraci-Miranda has led development teams both regionally and locally for more than 12 years in the Hudson Valley and served as co-president of the Association of Development Officers from 2010 to 2012. She holds an MPA from Pace University and a BS in business from Concordia College. She recently implemented Geranda Projects, where she freelances with nonprofit organizations, and is an adjunct professor in the MA program in media and communication arts at Pace University.

Barbara Hammitt is the director of prospect research and management at Iona College. She worked previously at Sarah Lawrence College, where she established and managed the college’s first information resource center. Hammitt has an MAT degree from Columbia University and a BA from Smith College. She gives workshops on basic prospect research and online investigation techniques to nonprofit organizations in the tristate region and is a freelance research consultant.

William E. Jeffries, MCP, has more than 15 years of project development and grant writing experience, mainly in the performing and visual arts, as well as the informal education sectors. He has secured and administered more than $4.5 million in grants at the local, state, and national levels. Jeffries previously served as grant writer in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs at Purchase College and is currently the grants manager for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. He earned his master’s degree in community planning at University of Maryland, College Park.

Nancy Mathiasen brings more than 20 years of experience in planned and annual giving with universities, colleges, and social service organizations. She is currently principal of Mathiasen Associates, a full-service fundraising consulting firm. For three reunion cycles, she was the head-class fund agent at her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, helping her class break two reunion fundraising records, which still hold. She received her master’s in fundraising management from Columbia University.

Updated Nov. 13, 2013

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