Anne is a key member of the Southern California division, leading numerous clients through vital campaign feasibility studies, planning, and management initiatives. She has also become deeply involved in CCS’s training, mentoring, and education programs serving the internal directing staff and clients and friends throughout the industry.

Anne has provided long-term campaign counsel to several clients, including the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA on its $55 million comprehensive campaign and the Ronald McDonald House Orange County on its $12 million Together capital campaign. She is most proud of her role in these partnerships and others in helping to secure cornerstone, seven-figure gifts and advance an organization’s vision through transformative philanthropy.

Anne has also conducted multiple feasibility and assessment studies for clients in the arts, healthcare, and education sectors.

Prior to her tenure with CCS, Anne spent six years working in nonprofit and political fundraising. She served as a consultant in both Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C. During that time, Anne worked on a wide variety of political campaigns, including local, state, congressional, and presidential, and has contributed to the electoral success of many current elected officials at all levels of government.  

select client partners

  • Ronald McDonald House – Orange County
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • USA Water Polo
  • MLK Community Healthcare
  • The Pegasus School
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Santa Ana College Foundation

During her nine years with CCS, Shelby has partnered with thirteen clients, spanning across nine states, raising more than $600 million in cumulative campaign funds. Her broad philanthropic experience allows her to take the best ideas and adapt them for the unique communities in which she works. She is a thoughtful, observant interviewer, keen listener, effective communicator, and adaptable leader. Shelby has conducted countless interviews, developed cases that capture needs ranging from $5 million to $125 million, constructed dozens of campaign plans, trained hundreds of volunteers, and has championed successful campaigns.

Internally at CCS, Shelby serves on the Learning Committee, helping to provide educational opportunities to fellow Chicago and St. Louis office colleagues. As a CCS mentor, she has helped to onboard more than 30 new directors, providing them with the initial tools needed for successful client relations. She continues to serve as a sector leader and liaison to other CCS teams, providing thought leadership across the firm.

Shelby earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and her Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University.

Strong beliefs in advocacy and empowerment to ensure those most in need can reach their potential.

Within my role I advise leaders such as Headmasters, University Presidents, CEOs, Chairpersons, Bishops, Religious Leaders and Hospital consultants, to plan and implement fundraising campaigns with multi-million revenue goals.

I am extremely diligent and meticulous in my approach to my job to ensure the smooth running of each project I take on. In supporting this I conduct feasibility studies, produce financial reports and draft policies and procedures which allow me to identify areas to focus on and present recommendations to Boards. I also draft marketing materials, speaking scripts for leadership and donor updates for the stewardship of their gifts.

select client partners

  • Diocese of Shrewsbury
  • The Mater Hospital Foundation
  • Children’s Health Ireland
  • Dublin City University

Ellie’s non-profit experience spans multiple sectors, including education, environmental conservation, and international development. She has worked and lived in both North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and brings the breadth of her experiences to her client work.

Ellie is skilled in project management, developing tailored training materials, creating customized leadership and major gift proposals, targeted communications, prospect research, and strategic stakeholder engagement. She has a strong consulting and research background in climate change adaptation/mitigation strategy, sustainable resource management, and community engagement.

Her experience includes serving as a United Nations representative for an international environmental NGO, consulting on a climate change adaptation/water resource development project with the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Kenya, and leading a research team to report on community-led water resource management programs in Bolivia.

select client partners

  • American Red Cross
  • SoundWaters
  • New York Hall of Science
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • Hofstra University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Portledge School
  • Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women

Janell is an Assistant Vice President with CCS Fundraising. She is a purpose driven executive with over 15 years of experience leading strategic initiatives, dynamic teams and multifaceted projects in non-profit development. She specializes in board development and leadership coaching as well as project management for major gift fundraising, capital campaigns, and planning studies. Janell has led multimillion-dollar fundraising programs for clients throughout the Northeast and Midwest in multiple sectors including, healthcare, social services, religious, and secondary education.  Janell consistently exceeds goals and client expectations serving as a key advisor to organizations in the development and implementation of transformative fundraising strategies.

Janell is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and holds a Master’s Degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University. Janell grew up in the Bronx, New York and currently resides in New Jersey with her family.

select client partners

  • The Arc of Atlantic County
  • Lawrence Woodmere Academy
  • Archdiocese of New York
  • Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Archdiocese of Hartford
  • Diocese of Camden
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center
  • St. Mary Medical Center
  • Virtua Health Foundation

Senior Vice President Scott Vachon is a seasoned fundraising and development professional with a breadth and depth of experience unique among his peers. 

For more than three decades, Scott has supported and directed nonprofits across sectors to achieve their goals and grow their impact. He brings to each client engagement an exceedingly solid grounding in best practice coupled with the capacity and desire to think strategically and out-of-the-box. He excels at analyzing circumstances, strategizing next steps and comprehensive plans, and driving action that is outcomes-based.   

Recently, Scott designed and facilitated CCS’s Unleashing Federated Member Fundraising, an annual day-long summit for development leaders of national and international organizations to discuss strategies and share models and best practices.  Participating organizations have included the American Civil Liberties Union, Easter Seals, Feeding America, Make-A-Wish America, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, Special Olympics, United Service Organizations (USO), United Way Worldwide, and others.

Scott is a certified professional coach and is regarded as a fundraiser’s fundraiser.  Within CCS, he is relied upon regularly to help mentor and train newer directors.  He takes great interest in understanding others and in helping his fellow professionals develop their capacities and grow as people.    

select client partners

  • Be The Match/The National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis/National
  • United Way of Metro Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Feeding America, Chicago, IL & National
  • UC Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA
  • Columbia Business School, New York City, NY
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA

Mark Urban, Assistant Vice President, brings a diverse perspective to every client engagement. A combined almost four decades  of experience in the nonprofit, education, and healthcare sectors has molded him into a dynamic and highly effective professional who is able to interface with internal and external stakeholders alike. Mark has extensive experience with leadership and major gift initiatives, interim development office management and assessment, development audits and philanthropic capability assessments, endowment programs, board training and development, prospect research, and campaign management. During his career, he has been involved in campaigns and annual appeals that have raised over $2 billion.

Mark is currently advising the Kean University Foundation providing management services as well as advising them prior to the launch of visionary strategic planning process in advance of a capital campaign. Prior to CCS, Mark held a number of roles in the Higher Education and Healthcare fields including at his alma mater, Columbia University for seven years.

Mark received his Bachelors Degree in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University. A strong proponent of volunteerism, he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 20 years. He also serves as a fundraising volunteer for his children’s schools and athletic clubs.

Mark, his wife, Emily and their three children, reside in West Windsor, NJ. During the summer, Mark and his family spend weekends in South Kingstown, RI. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and reading.

select client partners

  • Kean University Foundation
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • St. Killian Parish

Jessica Gorman brings more than nine years of professional fundraising and non-profit management experience to the clients we serve. A talented major gift fundraiser and strategist, she has partnered with local and global organizations to design and manage successful fundraising initiatives.

Jessica has significant experience conducting fundraising audits and feasibility studies; developing major gift strategies for individuals and corporations; conducting prospect research; coaching and mentoring organizational leaders; and managing transformational campaigns.

Jessica has worked with a diverse group of not-for-profit organizations spanning education, advocacy, international relief and development, health, arts, and other global imperatives.

Prior to joining CCS, Jessica worked with organizations including Umbrella Foundation in Nepal, Concern Worldwide, Robin Hood Foundation and the Office of the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations.

Jessica earned an MA in International Development from University College Dublin, and a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Jessica lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland for four years with CCS and now resides in her hometown of New York City with her husband and Bernadoodle, Murph.

select client partners

  • The Motley Fool Foundation
  • Asia Society
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • The Nature Conservancy China
  • Stamford Symphony
  • University College Dublin
  • Philanthropy University
  • Science Gallery International
  • Mercy International Association
  • Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

Patrick is an enterprising professional with a passion for education, community service, project management, and cross-cultural communication. He brings to his work a zeal for excellence and a commitment to help clients meet their goals and develop a solid foundation for future growth.    

Patrick’s work with CCS clients has included organizational development assessments, campaign planning, and comprehensive campaign management. As a skilled intercultural communicator and strategic planner, he is adept at building productive relationships with multiple stakeholders and helping leaders articulate their goals and develop organizational structures to meet them. Most recently, Patrick has worked with St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco to manage the parish’s $25M building restoration and ministry expansion campaign – the largest fundraising effort in the church’s 107-year history.  

Prior to joining CCS, Patrick completed a joint Master of Public Administration/M.A. International Education Management degree at the Middlebury Institute, where he consulted with a Peru-based grassroots NGO to restructure their strategic plan for partnership development. Patrick also served in Guatemala with the Peace Corps as a youth development coordinator, successfully raising local contributions and government grant funding for several education development projects. 

While not at work, Patrick loves exploring the outdoors through biking, diving, and hiking (he’s climbed four active volcanoes and hopes to add more to the list!). He also enjoys travel and brushing up on his Spanish skills by reading or practicing with friends.   

select client partners

  • St. Ignatius Parish, San Francisco
  • The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Central Washington University
  • Crystal Springs Uplands School
  • The Bay School of San Francisco

With a Master’s in Public Service Management at DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts from Niagara University, Cassie has devoted her career to working with the nonprofit sector with a focus on increasing development efforts. She recognizes that fundraising is evolving; organizations develop new needs and donors bring with them unique passions and interests as the world around us changes. She is energized about leveraging the power of philanthropy to positively impact on our society.

Cassie has supported the fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations since 2009. During this time, she has given specific focus to advancing the missions of higher education institutions, social service organizations, healthcare associations, and religious entities. Cassie’s areas of expertise include annual giving, campaign planning, donor engagement, staff and leadership training, volunteer management, and strategic planning.

With a vast knowledge and understanding of philanthropy in both annual and major gift solicitations, Cassie has been appointed as a team-wide expert in these fields. She also currently serves on the Writing Center and the Recruitment Team to further elevate the expertise of the Central US Team. Staff members across the firm can tap Cassie as a resource for advice and guidance as they navigate the needs of their respective clients.

select client partners

  • St. Mary’s Residential Training School
  • University of New Orleans
  • American Association of Endodontics Foundation
  • Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church