Michelle manages the operational and internal initiatives for the Boston office and New England region. With a background in operations and project management at both nonprofits and corporations, Michelle is dedicated to helping organizations grow and reach their goals.

Prior to CCS Michelle brings a background in social work with a focus on children and families providing behavioral and mental health services, as well as adoptive parent coordination and support.

Michelle received her Master of Social Work from Simmons University and Bachelor of Social Work from Providence College.

Megan has supported the nonprofit sector for nearly ten years. Her areas of expertise include fundraising planning, partnership-building, development management, optimizing development strategies, major gift strategy, campaign and moves management, operational support, and network and capacity-building. Megan leads operations for Team 12 and supports local clients, including guiding complex client engagements.

Megan has extensive experience working with St. Louis area organizations to lead significant fundraising initiatives, coach nonprofit leadership, implement fundraising best practices, and develop strategies to enhance and elevate development initiatives. Megan calls St. Louis home and has enjoyed becoming engrained in the community since relocating in 2014.

Before joining CCS, Megan served in the Peace Corps and earned her Master’s in Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • Whitfield School, St. Louis, MO
  • Congregation B’nai Amoona, St. Louis, MO
  • Jewish Family Services, St. Louis, MO

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Maureen Keefe is a development, marketing, and communications professional with over 30 years of experience. Maureen has a strong track record of leading campaigns that have built and increased awareness, driven attendance, and resulted in significant revenue growth for art and culture organizations and higher education institutions. Prior to joining CCS, Maureen was the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at the San Francisco Art Institute where she oversaw the Making History Campaign in support of a new Graduate Center. Prior to SFAI, she has overseen advancement and marketing efforts at art museums such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and higher education institutions including University of Oregon and Dominican University of California.

Maureen lives by the Dalai Lama’s saying, “It is not enough to be compassionate-you must act.” Advancing critically needed organizations that better the lives of individuals and the world in which we live is a worthy way to spend one’s career. Maureen is grateful to be part of CCS – an organization that is dedicated to both feeling compassion and acting.

Maureen enjoys spending time with her two nearly grown children, frequenting cultural events from art exhibitions to dance performances, swimming in the San Francisco Bay, bike riding in West Marin, attempting New York Times crossword puzzles, and volunteering for an organization that engages youth in the political process and inspires them to be informed citizens.

Maureen received a B.A. in Art History from University of Delaware and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University.

Mark has a CCS tenure of more than 26 years with CCS assisting nonprofits raise many millions of dollars. He has worked with hundreds of volunteers and numerous boards consisting of leaders from diverse sectors including religion, academia, human services, service organizations, associations, and healthcare. In addition with his work with CCS, Mark served eight years as the Director of Development for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville and six years in development at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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  • Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Shrine of Blessed Stanley Rother
  • Rotary International Foundation, PolioPlus
  • NPH USA, “Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos”

Mari is Assistant Vice President of Business Systems based in the firm’s Chicago office. A self-described “data junkie,” Mari leads the business systems for the Central US division and provides thought partnership to systems firm-wide. Through this role, Mari creates streamlined processes for storing, managing, and maintaining internal data. Mari continues to advance her knowledge and expertise in CRM systems by pursuing training in both Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce CRM systems. Along with overseeing the CRM and developing internal systems, she also serves as a member of the Data Insights Lab, a resource for interpreting data and Excel analysis that provides coaching, tools, and tips. She is co-founder of the Pet Community employee resource group which provides resources, support, and advice to the firm’s pet owners and those who smile at animals.

Mari received her BS in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University. She in lives in Hoffman Estates with her husband, Bob, and their demanding cats. They are passionate motorcyclists and aspiring golfers. Their philanthropic interests center on animal rescue and veterans’ causes, and they  have been known to stop traffic to thank a veteran in a nearby car.

Margaret joined CCS in 2001.  She spent the years immediately preceding her venture into prospect research raising her children.  Prior to that, she was the Marketing Communications Manager for a Medical Capital Equipment company and before that, taught high school history and French.   Margaret subscribes to and uses the most comprehensive databases of public information available as well as actively participating in research listservs and forums.  She also authors a weekly internal blog on the latest and greatest research tips.  Additionally, Margaret serves as the lead research trainer for CCS’ Internal Learning Program and has developed classes including Comprehensive Prospect Research, Insiders and the SEC, Real Estate Analysis, and the Foundation Universe.  She is also a member in good standing of APRA and has conducted prospect research classes for the organization in the past.   Margaret has been passionate about philanthropy and volunteering her entire life. The prospect of assisting the many wonderful clients that CCS has served in their endeavors to make the world a better place is impossible for her to resist.

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  • Americares
  • Sean Parker Foundation
  • Bideawee
  • CDC Foundation
  • Oxford University
  • Archdiocese of Boston
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • American Red Cross
  • United Way
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Lions Club International

Maddie’s passion for philanthropy is rooted in her love for people and drive for impact. She has seen the power of philanthropy firsthand and the positive change it creates. Maddie thoroughly enjoys working alongside nonprofits to advance their missions and enhance communities.

Maddie is a goal-driven professional who brings focus, attention to detail, positive energy, and expertise to every project. She loves witnessing organization leaders, staff, and volunteers empower one another to achieve a common goal for the betterment of their organization.

Maddie possesses a wide range of experience working with community development groups, conservation organizations, independent schools, and faith communities. Maddie has worked alongside campaign leaders to develop campaign projects into detailed plans with a clear timetable, benchmarks, and deliverables. Maddie has significant experience in feasibility studies, Case for Support development, capital campaigns, assessments, volunteer management, and prospect research.

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  • David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX
  • Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Charleston, SC
  • Ruffed Grouse Society, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Notre Dame Preparatory School, Baltimore, MD

Leigh Page, Vice President, has over fourteen years of experience in campaign fundraising within higher education, healthcare, cultural, public policy, religious and international organizations. She has worked closely with CEOs, boards, leadership donors, corporate partners, and volunteer committees. Her areas of expertise include organizational structure and strategy, campaign development and support, board management, volunteer committees, prospect management and donor cultivation.

Currently, Leigh is on-site Campaign Counsel for the University of New South Wales Campaign to raise $650 million for university strategic priorities. Her role focuses on advancing the campaign strategy, principal gift pipeline, goals of the campaign cabinet and campaign plan. In 2022, Leigh will be a lead driver of launching and executing the university’s new five-year fundraising strategy. In mid-2020, Leigh served as interim Chief Development Officer, leading the university’s fundraising team to surpass the 50% raised campaign threshold on schedule.

In 2019, Leigh worked with Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation to design and launch a campaign plan to raise $60M in private philanthropic support to build new hospitals in Westmead and Randwick.

Previously, Leigh was the on-site Director of National Audubon Society’s $650 million campaign to build capacity and launch new initiatives. Leigh’s past CCS client organizations also include University of Maryland Children’s Hospital; Washington Animal Rescue League; Bon Secours Health; St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Church; and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

Prior to CCS, Leigh worked at Brookings Institution on its Second Century Campaign. Early in her career, Leigh also served as a development professional for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and was part of the team that helped MUSC exceed its $300 million campaign goal.

Leigh earned a Master’s degree in arts administration from Winthrop University and a Bachelors in communications and fine arts from College of Charleston, SC. She is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in Sydney, Australia. She enjoys painting, gardening, yoga and live music.

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  • National Audubon Society
  • University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
  • Washington Animal Rescue League
  • Bon Secours Health

Lily Ayala Berlyn is a successful fundraising professional with more than 30 years of experience. During her eleven-year tenure at CCS, she has worked with clients on development audits, comprehensive campaign planning studies and fundraising campaigns, raising more than $500 million. Lily worked at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as Senior Director of Development for Colleges & Units where she was responsible for fundraising efforts for the various colleges and constituencies across campus during the University’s first campaign, a $150 million effort. She previously served as Vice President of Advancement at The Dominican Campus in Nashville, overseeing fundraising, alumni relations and marketing efforts for St. Cecilia Academy, Overbrook School and Aquinas College. She headed alumni relations for UMass Lowell and Loyola University New Orleans and worked with the American Red Cross.

Lily serves on the development committee of the Andrew Jackson Foundation and Aquinas College. In addition, Lily has been a member of the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals, served on the board of the Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee and served as mentor to a group of colleagues within CCS.

Lily is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Spanish. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Lily grew up in Miami and has called Nashville home since 2002. She lives with her husband, Mark, and two rescue Beagles.

Lauren is an Assistant Vice President with CCS Fundraising, where she leverages her expertise in building strong partnerships in nonprofit and policy environments to better serve her clients. Lauren is trained in mixed-methods research and offers years of experience in strategic planning, research, and data analysis to support clients and drive high-impact fundraising efforts. Lauren specializes in campaign management, feasibility and planning studies, and development assessments.

Prior to joining CCS, Lauren worked for the Boston Planning and Development Agency in Boston, Massachusetts. Her focus in previous roles centered around topics like environmental advocacy, workforce development, energy policy, and urban planning. Lauren is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northeastern University, where she received her BA in Economics and a MS in Urban and Regional Policy.

Lauren currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her partner and her dog, Pip.

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  • Catholic Diocese of Cleveland – Catholic Community Foundation
  • University of Vermont Children’s Hospital
  • University of Vermont Health Network
  • Austin Preparatory School
  • Future Chefs
  • New England Forestry Foundation
  • Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Network