Paul D’Alessandro, J.D., CFRE.

Founder and Chairman

Paul founded D’Alessandro, Inc. in 1994 and has advised hundreds of clients on nonprofit management and capital campaigns ranging in goals from $1 million to multi-billions in his 25+ year career. Because he is directly responsible for campaign success and believes in “hands on” counsel, Paul has made more than 4,000 personal solicitation calls with resulting gifts ranging from $1,000 to $10 million.

He began his fundraising career as a Regional Director of Development for the University of Notre Dame’s Strategic Moment Campaign. Paul received his BBA from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in Florida, New York and New Jersey, and he is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

John J. Corcoran

President and CEO

John has been a highly successful executive in the strategic business development arena for the last 30 years. D’Alessandro, Inc. is a consulting firm that raises performance for their not-for-profit clients. With an expertise in strategy implementation and business consulting, John has successfully led many organizations to reach their goals. John spent 13 years with Pascack Valley Hospital,  over five of which included leading the Foundation through an organizational transition and a successful capital campaign. Before leaving the hospital when it closed in 2007, John held the positions at the hospital of Sr. Vice President of External Relations, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer, as well as President of the NJ Hospital Association Fund Raising Executives. John serves on several not-for-profit boards, and as a consultant has achieved success with many sizes and types of organizations. Having worked in healthcare, consumer products and consulting services, John has a unique understanding of the business landscape. He is a graduate of William Paterson University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of NJ. John is a frequent conference speaker in the not-for-profit, as well as the for-profit arena. In addition, as a panel moderator, John uniquely keeps the event pace on target, while inserting humor and a smooth transition between panelists and topics.

D.C. Dreger, ACFRE.

Consultant

D.C. is committed to serving nonprofit organizations because he recognizes that local organizations are best equipped to solve local problems—be it homelessness, hunger, housing or health. He has been working with nonprofits for more than 25 years to help them fulfill their missions. D.C. has served as a fundraiser and organizational developer in private schools and colleges, and counseled social service and health agencies, faith-based organizations, community development initiatives and others.

D.C. also serves in the leadership of the international Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a member of the Board of Directors of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. He acted as Campaign Counsel for Habitat for Humanity International working from the Atlanta, GA, office primarily with U.S. affiliates in the $3.9 billion global “A World of Hope: It starts at home” Campaign.

Michael Haun

Director of Storytelling

Singer, songwriter, storyteller, author, producer, director, artist. The list goes on, and so do the creative studies and styles of how Michael can help you turn your purpose, mission and vision into a message that people understand. Your project needs a message that connects, clearly, easily, and calls for action. He has traveled as a national speaker, worked in and on feature films., consulted camps, non-profits, mission organizations, ministries, schools and churches for stories, marketing ideas, commercials and video shoots. “It takes a complex, eclectic, creative group of skills to accomplish a simple shareable story that brings life to your mission. When your mission has a story, it has wings.”

Tammy LeMaster

Director of Finance and Operations

Tammy is responsible for all operating and financial aspects of the firm. Tammy has been with D’Alessandro, Inc. since its founding and provides guidance on issues within the spectrum of financial operations. Tammy currently serves as treasurer for a local nonprofit organization and is responsible for its $500,000 budget. She helped found the organization, managed the application for the 501(c) (3) status, incorporated the organization, enacted its by-laws and organized its structure. She also serves as Director of Finance for The Firorentino Group, a government relations strategies firm.

Henry R. Maly

Executive Search Practice Director

Hank Maly founded Maly Executive Search and still serves as the president of the company. A native New Yorker, Henry’s professional career in fund raising development spans over 30 years. As a teacher, university administrator, and fundraising development professional he has served at every program level. His expertise includes: annual funds, planned giving programs and capital campaigns. He also established public relations and marketing strategies in support of fund raising programs. As the executive director of an educational foundation and as vice president and chief administrator of several development departments, he has supervised, mentored, and directed professional staff in designing plans of operation, establishing budgeting guidelines and “best practice” procedures.

He is also experienced in prospect research, prospect tracking, next-step action planning, and in the cultivation and solicitation of major gift donors. During his fund development career, Henry has provided counsel to over 75 national not-for-profit institutions. He established start-up development programs, trained and counseled staff, recruited board members and other volunteers.

Len Stachitas

Consultant

Len Stachitas has over thirty year’s experience working with not-for-profit and other organizations on their management, resource development and sponsorship needs. His development career began at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, where he later returned as head of fundraising at the Wharton Business School after a stint at Duke University as director of major gifts.

Len has held leadership positions with the World Golf Foundation, where he helped start The First Tee, the National Football Foundation as vice president and executive director of Play It Smart, and Wounded Warrior Project as executive vice president of strategic giving. In addition to his staff leadership positions, Len has over a decade of consulting experience with clients ranging from major universities and national associations to local independent schools and social service organizations.

Donald L. Stahl

Consultant

Don Stahl has been a fundraising professional and non-profit leader for the last 25 years, following a successful career in financial services and receiving his MBA from the Graduate Management School of Boston University. His early fundraising years were spent as the assistant to the president of one the largest and most respected seminaries in the nation, where he earlier received a Master of Divinity, followed by several posts as a vice president of small colleges and universities. Don has served as a senior officer of a prominent, respected international consultancy to philanthropy.

Combined with his years as a staff fundraiser, he has participated in over two dozen capital campaigns with goals of $500,000 to nearly $50 million. His has served a wide array of both community and national charities, including numerous colleges, YMCA’s and hospitals, several independent schools, one of the largest seminaries in the US, a Salvation Army and the international headquarters of a prominent Christian organization. His particular expertise is to create and execute a tailored strategy for securing major gifts and develop early ownership of philanthropic ventures and capital campaigns. Don received his MBA from the Graduate Management School of Boston University.

John Carney

Consultant

John has been a professional fundraiser for more than 10 years, working primarily with health care, human services and faith-based organizations. John helps nonprofits connect with donors on an emotional level. He develops creative and focused fundraising and marketing strategies, as well as engaging communication. John has spearheaded capital campaigns and major gift initiatives, energized direct mail and stewardship programs, and launched planned giving programs.

Before he became a professional fundraiser, John had a 20-year career in corporate and nonprofit marketing. He holds an MBA in marketing from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s from St. Peter’s University. He is an active member in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Gift Planning Council of New Jersey.

Phil Rutigliano

Consultant

Phil is a results driven consultant who helps lead an organization’s efforts to grow revenue. A compassionate leader who understand business development and how to create project and brand awareness. Phil is dedicated to fostering an environment that encourages an organization’s expansion while optimizing team collaboration. He is committed to delivering exceptional experiences through implementation of strategic fundraising plans. Philip graduated from Fordham University and received his MBA from Pace University. He supports multiple board non-profits with his time, treasure and talent.

Katie Doree

Consultant

Katie Doree brings over 12 years of advancement, sales and marketing experience to the D’Alessandro team. Highly strategic and a natural leader with the ability to build strong rapport and trust among donors and colleagues, Katie earned a golf scholarship to the University of Notre Dame where she received her business degree. Following a brief pursuit of a professional golfing career, Katie began her fundraising career at Gonzaga University.

While at Gonzaga, Katie began as a major gifts development officer, rising to the Director of Major Gifts in less than three years. During her tenure at Gonzaga, she helped establish several new markets for prospecting, brought many new individuals into the major gift category, and established a more approachable way for leadership to meet and connect with up and coming individuals in newer markets. Katie possesses extensive project management, event planning, advancement operations and donor strategy experience. She has served on the Nazareth Guild Board of Directors for the last two years, an organization founded in the Diocese of Spokane to assist all Catholic schools in the Diocese by providing tuition assistance for students with financial need, grants for scholastic initiatives, capital improvements and ongoing organizational support. Her most recent position as Vice President of Business Development with start-up software company Amplo Advance enhanced Katie’s strength in deploying technology solutions in the fundraising space. Katie lives in Spokane with her husband and three children.

Wendy Schwamb

Consultant

Wendy has been a development professional for the past 20 years and has worked with numerous organizations to create, maintain and improve development plans including donor relations, grant management, special events and corporate partnerships. Her core philosophy of development continues to be relationship building, both internally and externally, in order to create a continuum of resources to assist organization in meeting their mission. She recently received the Silver Award for Comprehensive Marketing Strategy from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has presented at non-profit events on building community partnerships to support organizational mission. Wendy lives in Paramus, NJ, and is the proud mother of her three children.

Bruce Ganger

Consultant

Bruce brings over 10 years of non-profit experience to our team. Currently he is the Executive Director of Bounty & Soul, a grassroots, volunteer-run non-profit dedicated to creating a health and wellness movement in underserved communities in Buncombe County and Western North Carolina. Before joining Bounty & Soul in 2016, Bruce was the President & CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida and the Feeding America member food bank since September 1, 2011. Prior to joining Feeding Northeast Florida, Bruce served as the Managing Director of ISF Group, a business he founded with his wife in 2006 to assist non-profits with development, messaging and fundraising. He has been in the corporate world for 25 years prior where he held many different senior and executive sales and marketing positions. He is widely written on the topics of channel and product strategies and has edited two books on the subject of personalized marketing. Bruce and his wife, Peg, have three grown children, six grandchildren and live in Waynesville, North Carolina.

Ralph Wheeler

Consultant

Ralph is a consummate professional with 35 years experience with non-profits. Since completing his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri and Colorado State, he’s worked passionately improving lives of children, adults, families and communities through collaboration, ministry and philanthropy. Ralph’s first career as a YMCA Executive in Colorado and Texas spanned more than 25 years. As a YMCA retiree, Ralph co-founded two non-profit organizations and continues to build upon proven track records and strengthens relationships between donors, stakeholders, staff, volunteers and community partners. Ralph’s life’s work with schools, churches and non-profits endures beyond present day generations as evidenced by the individual donor campaigns, major gifts programs and planned giving programs that grow and strengthen the agency to endure economic downturns and produce fruit in all seasons. He’s repeatedly developed portfolios of >200 donors giving generous annual gifts of $1,000 – >$100,000. He remains active and efficacious as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, consultant and coach to non-profit Executives and Boards and an independent fundraiser for local and global ministries. Today Ralph makes his home in Nashville with his wife of 33 years, Mary, just four miles away from twin grandsons born spring of 2016.

Elia Desruisseaux, J.D.

Consultant

Elia is a highly experienced not-for-profit strategist, manager, fundraising and planned giving leader.  She has a special expertise in healthcare, having served as Vice President at Lenox Hill Hospital, Assistant Vice President for Columbia University Medical Center and as the Executive Director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation. She is well-versed in orchestrating competing interests among donors, clinicians, researchers and management to develop and secure complex and meaningful major gifts that will advance the cause of medicine and research. As a consultant for the past several years, she has broad experience with Board Development and will facilitate strategic planning to achieve results that are both realistic and renewable. She is particularly interested in developing the interface between fundraising and marketing/public relations. Elia received her B.A. from Indiana University, where she first learned about philanthropy and fundraising and her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

 

What makes us different

Passion: We firmly believe that the key to a successful fundraising initiative is our ability to vividly and passionately share your vision in such a way as to motivate individuals to become involved.

Experience: We understand the importance of reaching your key donors in a professional and respectful manner. Our consultants have been trained to understand the fundraising process and the donor-centric conversation.

Investment: At D’Alessandro, Inc, we know that in order to produce greater than satisfactory results, we must have an understanding of your organization and its people in order to move forward and have success at reaching your goal.

about d’alessandro

D’Alessandro Inc. (DAI) is a national fundraising and management consulting firm. With more than 20 years of experience, DAI brings an array of high-impact services that enable your organization to do more. All are backed by a proven ability to solve problems and achieve goals.

We work with clients across all nonprofit spaces including education, healthcare, human services and faith-based organizations. Whether you are considering a capital campaign or just seeking to position your organization for long-term success and organizational health, DAI. has the knowledge and unique approach to help you get there.