Major Gifts Ramp-Up Counselors

Alex Young, CNC
Phone: (941) 284-0438
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Alex began his professional career with nonprofit organizations as a resource development director with United Way in Syracuse, New York. He has over 30 years of experience in executive leadership, board development, fund raising, and consulting in the nonprofit field. His current work focuses on assisting nonprofits in major gifts development and building endowments, as well as consulting with organizations in transition. Alex’s experience includes serving as Director of Marketing and Resource Development with United Way of South Hampton Roads (Virginia), where he grew their campaign in six years from $9.7 million to $16.5 million annually, and provided staff support to a $10 million capital campaign. He has also served as a trainer in leadership giving, major gifts and planned giving for United Way Worldwide, including the development of the national United Way Planned Giving Dynamic Collaborative. While serving as President & CEO of United Way of Sarasota County (Florida), he was a member and Chair of United Way’s National Presidents Roundtable. Alex provided leadership in the creation of several community based nonprofits and initiatives, including raising $8 million dollars for homeless initiatives, creating the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, and serving as a founding Board Member and Governance Chair of the Community Housing Trust of Sarasota County. Since 2011, he has provided private consulting services to local United Way chapters as well as other community based nonprofits in Florida.

Aimee Vance, CNC
Senior Counselor
Phone: (615) 415-6726
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Aimee Vance, a Certified Nonprofit Consultant, began her non profit career in 1989. Beginning her career in the local church, she helped developed strategies to increase giving and engage a larger portion of congregations in service to the community. In 1997, Aimee joined Esther Ministries. During her tenure there, she served as the Director of Client and Donor Relations and eventually Executive Director, where she increased the donor base by 52% and donor revenue by 65%. Her duties included overseeing the direct mail campaign, major gifts development, major event planning, volunteer recruitment, staff and volunteer training, and board development. Aimee also served Prison Fellowship as the State Director for Tennessee where she worked with government agencies, nonprofits and volunteers serving the prison and ex-offender population and their families. Aimee oversaw volunteer recruitment, training and retention of over 150 volunteers, development and oversight of the state and local boards, special event planning and fund raising, and program management. Aimee also served to help develop new nonprofits, guiding them through the start up process, including strategic planning, business plans, and fund raising strategies. Aimee’s greatest joy comes in assisting others and seeing them attain their goals to become successful in serving “the least and lost”.

Kristi LaRose, CNC
Operations Manager
Phone: (803) 331-6448
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Kristi LaRose has served charitable organizations in various capacities for over twenty years. She began her nonprofit career in retail management with Goodwill Industries where she discovered she had a heart to serve the disadvantaged members of her community. This journey led her to take a position as Program Director for a residential shelter for women where she successfully performed social work services ensuring these precious individuals built a new and productive life. In 2013, upon securing her Certified Nonprofit Consultant’s Credential (CNC), Kristi became DSI’s head of accounting and after a full year of superior performance was named Operations Director for all James P. LaRose Companies. She currently oversees Development Systems International as well as National Development Institute and spends her vocational time supporting DSI Counselors in their service to nonprofit clients around the world. Kristi was recently named DSI’s Employee of the Year for increasing company revenues while simultaneously streamlining operations and reducing costs. Kristi makes her home in Lexington, SC where she lives with her husband Jimmy and their french poodle Salvatore.

Bishop Redfern II, CNC
DSI Chaplain
Phone: (803) 730-2758
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Redfern II recently named AFP’s Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year has served as the Chief Executive Officer in a diverse array of companies worldwide. He is known for his innovative leadership and management skills. He has a demonstrated track record of providing companies with the leadership, organizational and operational tools for sustained profitable growth. Redfern is the founder, president and publisher of Juju Publishing Company. The company published a national magazine and community newspapers in 7 metro areas of South Carolina. He served as president of a ground maintenance company which he grew from 5 employees to 600 with service contracts on military installations in 8 states. He has successfully managed political campaigns from the local magistrate office to statewide and congressional offices. He has served in operational capacities in several Presidential campaigns. He was a Reagan presidential appointee to the transitional team assigned to the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is a former Board member of the United Way with a 30 year service history. Redfern has held several executive volunteer United Way campaign positions.He has further served the nonprofit sector as president of two community based organizations. In each case he substantially increased funding, service delivery and organizational efficiency. Redfern is a denominational leader of the Ecumenical Church. He has served as the International director of CityLight and Cross Style International ministries. As the director of CityLight he organized a chain of worldwide prayer cells covering the 8 regions of the world. In his position at Cross Style he developed the strategic plan for 125 Bible training centers in 22 countries. Redfern is known worldwide as “The Catalyst.” He makes things happen!

Hall Powell, MBA, CFRE, CNC
Senior Vice-President
Phone: (910) 458-8433
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Hall has more than 30 years of fundraising experience, including 15 as a fundraising consultant. He has provided campaign and development counsel to a wide variety of institutions throughout the Southeast, with special emphasis in the healthcare field. Prior to joining PAX Global, Hall was a partner with the fundraising consulting firm Alexander Hass of Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Hall served as the Executive Vice President of the Memorial Health Foundation, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia, and the founding Executive Director of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, Inc., in Wilmington, North Carolina. He spent more than four years as the founding Director of the Amethyst Foundation in Charlotte where he played a significant role in the development of a nonprofit management seminar for Winthrop University. He also served as Director of Graduate Administration at Winthrop and was responsible for directing the Executive MBA Program as an Associate Professor in the Management Department. A seasoned lecturer in the nonprofit sector, Hall has also been an instructor with the Duke University Nonprofit Management Seminar. A Certified fundraising Executive, Hall has served on the national board of directors of the National Society of Fundraising Executives, now known as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He has also been instrumental in forming two AFP chapters. He holds an undergraduate degree from Guilford College and an Executive MBA from Winthrop University.

James P. LaRose, CNC
Founder & CEO
Phone: (803) 808-5084
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Jimmy LaRose and his passion for “people who give” has inspired philanthropists around the world to change the way they invest in nonprofits. His belief that donors are uniquely positioned to give charities what they truly need – leadership rather than money – is the basis for his work with governments, corporations and foundations, in the U.S., Europe, Asia & Middle East. Jimmy, in his role as author, speaker, corporate CEO & nonprofit CEO champions all of civil society’s vital causes has a rich history of facilitating acts of benevolence that bring healing to humanity and advance our common good. Now, in his twenty-fifth year of service, his message that money is more important than mission and donors are more important than people or causes has resonated with policy institute scholars, social activists, doctoral students, business leaders, think tanks, nonprofit and NGO executives who rely on him and his team of veterans to meaningfully grow their charitable enterprise. James P. LaRose, CNC has served as a specialist with the U.S. State Department’s Speakers Bureau traveling the world working with embassies, foreign governments, and leaders to promote philanthropy and civil society in developing countries. He holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification, the Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNC) credential, was the founding President of the Western Maryland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), is a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy (FTA), was named AFP’s Fundraiser of the Year, and has been titled a “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) by the AFP on the raising of money. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Executive Leadership Program, Indianapolis, IN, the National Planned Giving Institute, Memphis, TN, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN and the Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, NY. Rev. LaRose was ordained as minister of the gospel by the Ecumenical Church of Christ in further support of his service to the hurting and hopeless around the world. He and his beautiful wife Kristi make their home in Lexington, SC.

John Curtis, Ph.D., CNC
Senior Counselor
Phone: (828) 246-0459
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Dr. Curtis is a Certified Nonprofit Consultant and trainer. His experience spans nearly 40 years and involves providing a wide array of consulting services to nonprofits organizations nationwide. He began working in the charitable sector in 1973 and has developed a proven track record in bringing sound organizational principles and leadership practices to hundreds of nonprofit executives and their boards. For 24 years, John’s firm has ensured that organizations properly identify, engage, cultivate, and invite individuals of means to stand with their respective organizations. DSI has worked with over 400 nonprofit organizations around the world ensuring that their leadership accomplishes the mission and vision entrusted to their care. When a nonprofit organization sets new and challenging goals, careful planning and Implementation of strategy are required. Ultimately, DSI’s Major Gifts Ramp-Up Program will result in real dollars raised through effective gift solicitations. MGRU assists new and existing donors to accomplish their personal goals by investing financially in your cause. In addition, John also teaches for the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center in Winter Park, FL and the Duke Nonprofit Management Program throughout N. Carolina.

Anne Munson, CNC
Senior Counselor
Phone: (850) 570-7453
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Anne Munson, M.Ed., CNC has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, higher education administration, and private industry. She began her professional career in higher education administration, spanning both large public and small private schools, and currently leads a human services nonprofit in Florida. Anne’s experience includes Organizational and Board Development; Community Advocacy and Public Relations; Fundraising and Grantwriting; Volunteer Services; Program and Event Development; Database and Website Management; Systems and Personnel Management; Marketing; and Corporate Relations. She has been nationally recognized in nonprofit association management for her work in education, certification, and membership development. Over the course of her career, Anne has managed organizations from with 100+ employees, coordinating the recruitment and services of 200+ volunteers. She has served as a community college adjunct faculty member, and as a trainer in leadership, technology, marketing, and sales.

Pamela Ballard, MHR, CNC
Senior Counselor
Phone (918) 914-9039
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Although, Pamela says she began her nonprofit career at the age of eight as a preacher’s daughter, her professional career with nonprofit organizations officially began as the Executive Director of a local arts council in her hometown almost 25 years ago. During her 5-year tenure, the arts council saw a 200% growth in revenue and programming . Though recruited back to banking—her first professional career, her passion for nonprofits only grew. She has been appointed by the past three governors of Oklahoma to serve on the Oklahoma Community Service Commission (OCSC); serves on the national board of America’s Service Commissions, and has served on the board of directors for more than twenty-five nonprofit organizations. A United Way enthusiast for more than two decades, Pamela has served in every volunteer capacity, as well as being an agency Director. She has led a record-breaking campaign as a volunteer, and as the CEO, has helped guide her own organization to begin Impact Initiatives. This work has resulted in new heights in both giving and also community collaborations. Pamela is currently the chair of the OCSC, a member of the Enid Civil Service Commission, the Enid Metropolitan Human Service Commission, the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, and an adjunct instructor at Autry Technology Center. She is a proud two-time graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she was named the Outstanding Senior while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative Leadership and later earned her Master’s in Human Relations with an emphasis in Community Service. Last year she was featured in the University’s Insight magazine for her work with nonprofits. She is a zealous advocate for growing future givers and has recently co-written a children’s book with her grandchildren to encourage early philanthropic discussions between adults and children.

Joy Braunstein, CNC
Phone (724) 554-4157
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It has been Joy’s honor to serve the nonprofit sector in multiple capacities at for over 20 years. She holds dual Masters Degrees in Environmental Law and Public Administration and has completed extensive PhD level work in International Development. She has also taught higher education courses on NGOs, Public Policy, Environmental Law, and Holocaust and Human Rights. Joy’s work in and around the third sector has included serving as a Foundation Officer, multiple volunteer roles with numerous boards and committees, and mentoring work with development professionals committed to capacity building.

Joy’s commitment to academic and civic engagement have led to being named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Mecklenburg County (NC), and receiving a US Department of State-funded Boren Fellowship to study Transboundry Water Relationships in the Middle East. She is also a published author and accomplished conference presenter.

Joy’s reputation as an innovator and true capacity builder has allowed her to provide executive leadership to many different non-profit organizations, whose budgets have ranged from $250,000 to $4,500,000. Joy is a genuine believer in the Major Gifts Ramp Up model, having studied and practiced it since 2009, when she first worked with Jimmy LaRose and DSI to build a development and major gifts infrastructure at the Carolina Raptor Center. She has also used the model to dramatically grow the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh.

Joy grew up in New Mexico, has lived in almost every corner of the United States and has travelled around the world. She now lives in Pittsburgh with her family. She has a passion for non-profits, a deep love of philanthropy, and a drive to change the world.