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Philip G. Mazzara

Philip G. Mazzara has led comprehensive advancement programs and capital campaigns for a wide range of non-profit organizations during his 35 year career. He has served as president of three hospital foundations and chief development officer for two academic medical centers, a technology university and a liberal arts college.

Additionally, he has served as chief development officer for two Atlanta-based international NGOs—CARE and The Carter Center. While at CARE he oversaw the Private Support team, which raised nearly $70 million annually through four regional field offices, and repositioned the major gifts program to support CARE's strategic "Signature Program" initiatives. He appointed CARE’s first Director of Principal Gifts, and secured a $3 million challenge gift from CARE's Board of Trustees to obtain new and increased unrestricted gifts through the Direct Mail program.  During his tenure with The Carter Center, he planned and implemented a $150 million capital campaign and traveled extensively with President and Mrs. Carter to raise funds to double the size of the Center's endowment. He also launched two new gifts clubs to enhance annual and planned giving.

He has also consulted with other NGOs, academic institutions and non-profits on board development, strategic planning and fundraising effectiveness, and he has conducted or participated in numerous development program assessments, feasibility studies and capital campaign plans.   He is the author of "Achieving Trustee Ownership," a chapter in The Trustee's Role in Capital Campaigns, published by the Association of Governing Boards.

While Chief Development Officer for the Medical Center at Emory University he was selected for membership in The Unnamed Society. His alma mater, Lynchburg (VA) College awarded him its Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his leadership of a campus Blue Ribbon Task Force charged by the college president with transforming its alumni relations programming. His innovative, hospital-based "Grand Rounds for Community Leaders" program was cited as a Best Practice by the Philanthropy Leadership Council of The Advisory Board.

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Bob Clark

With nearly 25 years of experience in project management, business operations, and creative direction, Bob Clark provides the day-to-day management of Development Vision’s operations.  An extensive background in media development and production, including interactive and traditional marketing and advertising, documentary, and narrative film and television enables him to also provide guidance and advice for client messaging and promotion efforts, assisting with the refining and streamlining of project-related communications.

In addition to his work with Development Vision, Bob is currently overseeing the build-out of an integrated, sustainable agriculture operation in Shelburne, VT.

He also periodically teaches and lectures at the collegiate level on the subject of media development and production, including at Goizueta School of Business at Emory University; Georgia State University; Middlebury College; Colgate University; Los Angeles City College; Champlain College; St. Michael’s College; and Burlington College.

What remains of his time is consumed serving as Chairman of the School Board for Christ the King School in Burlington, VT and as a coach of several youth sports.  Bob earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Florida State University, where he was awarded a Teaching Fellowship, and received a B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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Program Impact Analysis, LLC

Led by Kristen "Kris" Kuhns, Program Impact Analysis, LLC (PIA) is a consistent project management resource for Development Vision clients, demonstrating unparalleled project management skills and providing great value to our clients in the areas of IT assessment and implementation, systems thinking, research and writing.  PIA has led projects to assess information technology needs, evaluated donor databases, and developed and implemented database protocols.  Programmatically, PIA has worked with an array of clients, including Episcopal Relief and Development, icddr,b, the International Food Policy Research InstituteNetsforLife®, HarvestPlus and the U.S. Diplomacy Center.  PIA has also been invaluable in helping to write complex proposals for submission to donors such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID and developed advocacy materials and board presentations.

Beyond her leadership role at PIA, Kris Kuhns is a dedicated community volunteer.  She served as director of Philanthropy and Fundraising for her sorority, Delta Rho Epsilon raising nearly $20,000 combined for The Maine Cancer Foundation, BeadforLife, Children’s Miracle Network and American Cancer Foundation in her one year tenure. After moving to Atlanta for graduate school Kris quickly became involved as a volunteer and tutor for a number of organizations that offer services to immigrants and refuges. She plays volleyball and softball in Atlanta sports clubs and is currently preparing for her training to be a yoga instructor.

Prior to starting PIA, Kris was a Graduate Assistant at Georgia State University where she taught a course entitled The Human Race: Biology, Society and Culture.  While an undergraduate at the University of Maine, Kris interned at a biomedical lab at a Small Business Innovation Company (SBIC) Research & Development facility in Torrance, California. Kris has a MA in Anthropology from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) and a BA in Anthropology with a Minor in Premedical Studies from the University of Maine (Orono, ME) where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Kris completed two theses projects—each focused on preventative medicine, infectious diseases, immigrant health and domestic policy—one on H1N1 (UMaine) and the other on Hansen’s disease (GA State). Kris is a co-author of Ethnogensis: The Construction and Dynamic of the Honors Classroom Culture published in the peer-reviewed Journal of National Collegiate Honors Council (2011).

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James M. Brasher III

 James M. “Jim” Brasher has served for more than 35 years as an innovator, strategist and successful implementer in the fields of advocacy, communications, partnership building, philanthropy and resource mobilization.

His career has involved him in a series of significant historic developments in global health, conflict resolution, human rights, peacemaking and global philanthropy.  Particularly, his service for more than 12 years as Special Assistant to US President Jimmy Carter, cast him in an important role. In this capacity he development The Carter Center and secured resources, communicated and advocated for its' work on peace marking and disease eradication.  

Executives of global corporations, heads of government agencies, major foundations and leading philanthropists have sought his help in translating visions into realities. In 2008, Jim begun his frequent collaboration Project Resource Group (now Development Vision), reuniting him with a team of people he had previously worked with at The Carter Center. Since that time, he has worked with the officers and directors of clients such as icddr,b, the International Vaccine Institute, mother2mothers, the Touch Foundation, Religions for Peace and The Pew Charitable Trusts, among others. Previously, Jim served as the Chief Development/External Affairs Officer of global institutions including, the Touch Foundation, the Synergos Institute, Religions for Peace, The Carter Center, The Carter Menil Foundation  and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Working with members of the Rockefeller family, Jim pioneered the development of experiential learning for philanthropic families by founding the Global Philanthropists Circle at the Synergos Institute. There, he worked with more than 300 high net worth families from over 40 countries helping them become strategic in their philanthropy and leading learning journeys for philanthropists to deeply investigate and develop solutions to problems of poverty, health and inequities. Member families had the opportunity to learn and work with each other and then visit diverse stakeholders throughout the world that ranged from local farmers and Heads of State to global heroes like Nelson Mandela.

Jim also served as Director of Programs and Special Assistant to the Secretary General for Religions for Peace, as well as an Officer and Director of Marts & Lundy and President and CEO of the Troy University Foundation. Throughout his career and in these positions he variously organized and managed the fundraising operations; designed and conducted historic capital and special cause campaigns; built new donor constituencies; met challenging fundraising goals to enable dynamic institutional growth and provide for major programmatic expansion; developed high performing staff teams; built partnerships among unlikely and diverse donors and organizations; and conceived and created groundbreaking fundraising and communications strategies. He holds an M.B.A. in Management and B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Memphis and completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance at the University of Alabama. 

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Becky Castle

Becky Castle brings 20 years of fundraising and programmatic experience to Development Vision.  As a fundraising executive and consultant, she has helped organizations around the world to design programs, develop and implement fundraising plans and create strategic partnerships.

Through Becky’s experience in program work as well as fundraising for NGOs, she provides clients a deep substantive understanding of key players and issues in global health and international development, including conflict resolution, malaria prevention and education, maternal health, child survival, sustainable agriculture, and vaccines.  She has worked with the senior executives of a wide range of clients--Episcopal Relief and Development, icddr,b, International Food Policy and Research Institute, International Vaccine Institute, and mothers2mothers--managing donor relationships, developing compelling materials for use in cultivation and solicitation, and identifying creative vehicles for awareness raising and donor engagement.

Prior to Development Vision, Becky served as Executive Director of EARTH University Foundation, for which she planned a $100 million campaign and cultivated a $15 million lead gift. From 1996-2001, Becky worked at The Carter Center, first as Program Officer in the Latin American and Caribbean Program and then as Senior Associate Director of Development for the Center's Peace Programs. In these varied positions, she developed and executed fundraising strategies for all types of donors, led teams, developed boards and organized policy conferences with heads of states, CEOs and policy makers. Over the years her work has led to significant increases by major individual donors and first-time and recurring grants from USAID, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors.

In a volunteer capacity, Becky currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Middlebury College Center for Social Entrepreneurship and NetsforLife®. From 2000-2002 she was President of the National Middlebury College Alumni Association, which has 25,000 members globally.  Becky received an M.B.A. in Finance from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College in Vermont. In 1993, she studied in Costa Rica for a year through a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship.  When not working, Becky spends time with her three young daughters, plays on Lake Champlain and skis. 

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