Philanthropy and Development Faculty

Nancy Brown
Topic: Planned Giving Basics

Nancy Brown
Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown has more than 18 years of experience working as a professional fundraiser and has spent more than 25 years working in a nonprofit setting.  She joined Thompson & Associates as vice president in 2012 as an independent consultant in charitable estate planning.

She has executive-level experience in strategic planning, board management, budget administration, quality improvement and lean principles as both a staff member and volunteer board member.  She possesses a broad range of experience in development including annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, database administration, donor relations, special events and strategic planning in higher education and health care settings. 

Brown earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive from CFRE International in 2003, and is a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning.  An active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1995, she serves as a member of the group's International Board of Directors. She is the past president of the Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter of the AFP and past chair of the LEAVE A LEGACY © Winona program.

Brown has presented frequently to professional fundraisers and volunteers. She earned her master's degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kevin M. Edwards
Topic: Annual Giving Concepts

Kevin M. Edwards
Kevin M. Edwards

Kevin Edwards assumed the role of vice president for institutional advancement at High Point University on Oct. 21, 2013.  He is an honors graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, with a bachelor's degree in nautical science.  He holds a master's degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Higher Education Administration.  In addition, he is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

Before accepting his current position at High Point, Edwards worked at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., and Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., where he served as the vice president for institutional advancement and assistant vice president for development, respectively. Previous to his work in higher education, he spent seven years in cable television advertising sales and management and 11 years in service on offshore drilling vessels in the international oil and gas exploration industry.

He is married to Dr. Maria Montoro Edwards, who is the assistant vice president for research and sponsored programs at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. 

Holly Hall
Holly Hall

Holly Hall
Topic: Marketing and Communications in Philanthropy and Development

Holly Hall joined The Chronicle of Philanthropy in its first year and has been covering fundraising and related issues for more than two decades.  As features editor, she writes about such topics as how fundraising is affected by economic cycles, efforts to raise money internationally, unethical fund-raising practices, career pressures faced by fundraisers, and how top-performing charities raise money. She also covers issues related to philanthropy by and for women, leadership tactics to weather tough times, the transfer of wealth, and other demographic issues affecting charitable organizations.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, which gave her a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.  Hall regularly hosts The Chronicle’s online discussions and webinars, and she has been a featured speaker at many fundraising events and conferences. Her journalistic experience includes working as a writer for Psychology Today magazine and writing freelance articles for other national publications such as the Washington Post. She also worked for more than three years in communications for the American Red Cross, where she created and edited The Humanitarian, an award-winning quarterly magazine for Red Cross constituents.

William A. Jones
Topics: Foundations in Philanthropy and Development, Marketing and Communications
William Jones joined LaGrange College as Vice President for Advancement in April 2010, following three years as a Vice President at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. During his time at LaGrange, he has led efforts to increase participation in giving by every constituent group, facilitated a branding and marketing campaign process that led to a record number of student applicants, set and met the highest annual giving total ever, led a campaign for restoration of the college's arts facilities, and helped establish a community relations office.  In April 2012, he was named Vice President for External Relations, adding the Admission and Financial Aid functions to his areas of responsibility. 

At Goshen, Jones' team set giving-participation records and increased the annual fund by 25 percent over three years. Prior to his Goshen experience, Jones worked in his native Appalachia at Berea College and in Washington, D.C., at Call to Renewal. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Berea College and a master's in philanthropy and development from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

Will is married to Amy Jones. He and Amy enjoy a happy and busy home with their six children. Will enjoys reading about church history and politics, rooting for his favorite sports teams, involving himself in church activities and playing basketball with faculty, staff and students.

John Lippincott
Topics: Leadership and Strategic Planning

John Lippincott
John Lippincott

John Lippincott, is president emeritus of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE is a nonprofit professional association that helps schools, colleges and universities around the world strengthen alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations.  Named president in 2004, Lippincott was the longest-serving president since CASE was founded in 1974. He has been called one of the best spokesmen and leaders in his field.

Lippincott served for 12 years as associate vice chancellor for advancement at the University System of Maryland where he provided public relations counsel to the leadership of the 13-institution system, created an award-winning public television series, played a key role in state relations and provided communications support for two systemwide fundraising campaigns.

He also has held public relations posts at Ithaca College in New York and at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. Both his bachelor's and master's degrees are from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Dr. Sharon Livingston
Topic: Focused Research Seminar

Dr. Sharon Livingston
Dr. Sharon Livingston

Dr. Sharon Livingston is an Assistant Professor and Director of Assessment in the Department of Education at LaGrange College.  She received her bachelor's degree from Drexel University, her master's from West Chester University and her Ph.D. from Georgia State University. 

Dr. Livingston joined the LaGrange College community in 2006.  She teaches in the areas of research and assessment, working with undergraduate and graduate students.  She was the senior associate editor for the Georgia Educational Research Association as well as being the founding president of the Georgia Assessment Directors' Association, a statewide professional organization for both public and independent institutions of higher education. 
Her hobbies include cooking, gardening and travel.

Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek
Topic: Leadership and Role Development

Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek
Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek

Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek has served as president and CEO of Washburn University Foundation since 2002, where she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the university's fundraising and stewardship programs and the investment and management of $150 million in assets.  The foundation makes available nearly $10 million of support annually for scholarships, faculty support and capital projects. The organization is recognized as a leader, and its practices and leadership are highlighted in publications and presentations.  It received the CASE Award for Excellence in Fundraising in 2008 and 2009.

Dr. Mazachek earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, as well as a master's degree in business administration and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Kansas.
She joined Washburn in 1992 as assistant professor of accounting. She received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. She served as dean of the Washburn University School of Business from 1998-2002.  Dedicated to the teaching mission of Washburn, she continues to teach accounting in the MBA program as often as possible. She received the Washburn University Ned Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997 and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Dr. Mazachek currently serves the Kansas Hospital Association; the Kansas District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod; Junior Achievement; the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts – Jayhawk Area Council; and on the board of directors of St. Francis Health Center, where she chairs the finance committee.  She served as a member of the board of directors of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and as treasurer, vice-chair and by-laws committee for Faith Lutheran Church.  She is a member of the Association of Governing Boards, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Tom Thomsen
Topic: Trends and Issues in Philanthropy and Development

Tom Thomsen
Tom Thomsen

Tom Thomsen joined Marts & Lundy in 2005 and brought to the firm more than 25 consecutive years of fund development and planning experience. He has a proven track record of moving institutions forward through organization-wide strategic planning and resource development, and he is driven by a desire to maximize every resource available to ensure that institutions move to a new level of achievement through the work of the President's Office and the Advancement Team.

Before joining Marts & Lundy, Thomsen held positions as president of Concordia College in Minnesota; president of Grand View College in Iowa; and vice president for institutional advancement at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont.

Thomsen has special expertise in the areas of campaign preparation and implementation, major gifts strategy, evaluation of advancement office structure and programs, strategic planning, board development and executive coaching. He served on the board of directors of Marts & Lundy from 2010-2013, serving on both the governance and budget committees. He has been engaged in professional and civic organizations, including the Minnesota Private College Council, Iowa Public Television, the United Way and the executive committee for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

During his time with Marts & Lundy, he has served a variety of institutions as principal counsel focused on campaign preparation and implementation (for campaigns ranging from $5 million to $1 billion), strategic planning and coaching for presidents and boards.