David H. King — President & CEO
David H. King, President & CEO of Alexander Haas, has lived in Atlanta for nearly 35 years and has been in the field of nonprofit development for more than 30 years. Since joining Alexander Haas in 1990, David has provided counsel to hundreds of organizations in the areas of higher education, independent schools, hospitals, conservation, human services, churches, and faith-based organizations.
Arthur L. Criscillis, Ed.D. — Managing Partner, Higher Education
As Managing Partner at Alexander Haas, Arthur L. Criscillis, Ed.D., leads the firm’s higher education practice. Arthur has almost 30 years of experience in higher education and consulting. In the area of higher education, Arthur led the advancement programs for Purdue University College of Science, Rhodes College and Centre College. Arthur moved from advancement work for colleges and universities into consulting for the opportunity to work with and for a wide variety of colleges and universities.
Carl Hamm joined Alexander Haas in 2019 after serving for 8 years as the Deputy Director for Development and External Affairs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, where he completed the museum’s $145 million campaign at $160 million. He has 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector in development, marketing and executive positions. Carl has worked with organizations representing practically every discipline of the arts, from public radio and chamber music to theater, ballet and the visual arts.
Laura M. Hardy – Associate Partner
Laura Hardy brings her clients more than 35 years of experience leading development programs in the arts, human services, health, and cultural sectors. She began her career at Alexander Haas as a Campaign Manager before progressing to Senior Campaign Manager and Consultant.
Jerry W. Henry — Managing Partner, Faith Based and Human Services
With over 40 years of experience with a wide range of non-profit institutions, Jerry provides daily counsel to a diverse body of clients including educational institutions, human service groups, cultural institutions and faith-based organizations.
Tara Jones, Ph.D., CFRE — Associate Partner
Tara Jones serves Alexander Haas as an Associate Partner, bringing with her nearly 20 years of experience in higher education advancement. In addition to her work at Alexander Haas, she serves as a connector for university fundable initiatives at Auburn University, where she works with various programs to develop and execute plans to raise capital for new initiatives.
Sandra K. Kidd — Senior Partner
Sandra joined the Alexander Haas team in 2005. She provides a wide range of services to clients, including campaign strategy studies, development assessments, campaign and fundraising counsel, and board and staff development. Her areas of expertise cover campaign planning and management, working with Boards and campaign leadership committees, and major and planned giving consultation. She also has worked with organizations on strategic planning, internal operations and systems review and design, and financial modeling for their organizations.
Jim Lewis has served in institutional advancement leadership roles for more than 30 years across a wide range of institutions. He currently serves as the President of the Texas United Methodist College Association which raises funds in support of scholarships for Methodist students enrolled in any one of six Texas Methodist colleges and universities.
Shelly Manuel – Associate Partner
In her work as a front-line fundraiser and chief development officer, she has worked in all stages of the fundraising cycle and in area areas of giving including annual, capital and major gifts campaigns. With a degree in Organizational Communication from Miami University (OH), she thrives on building relationships and connecting with people.
Jane DiFolco Parker serves as a Partner to Alexander Haas. In this role, Jane brings the experience and expertise acquired from a 48-year career in higher education to organizations large and small. Jane’s diverse background in both public and private institutions, alumni relations, academic administration and as the leader of large development organizations gives her a broad perspective on the opportunities and challenges that face development teams, leaders, and the organizations they serve. This background allows Jane to view each challenge through a variety of lenses and help craft customized strategies and solutions for her clients.
Nancy E. Peterman, as Partner, assists universities, schools, healthcare, animal welfare, and religious organizations in achieving results and pursuing their missions. In her role as Partner at Alexander Haas, Nancy provides a variety of fundraising services from campaign strategy studies, development assessments, and campaign fundraising counsel to board and staff development. She has been in the development field for more than 25 years, with 16 years of institutionally related foundation experience.
David T. Shufflebarger — Senior Partner
Shuff has counseled more than 175 clients across all sectors of the philanthropic community since joining Alexander Haas in 1994. Before this, he served 25 years in advancement leadership roles at Virginia Military Institute, Old Dominion University, and Valdosta State University. The majority of his practice has been in higher education.
Kevin Smyrl – Associate Partner
Kevin Smyrl brings nearly 25 years of fundraising experience at various organizations, including local grassroots non-profit organizations, professional athlete-based foundations, and higher education institutions. Kevin has experience in principal and major gift fundraising, board development, volunteer management, campaign management and execution, alumni relations, annual fund, and constituent engagement. He has served in roles ranging from the executive director of grassroots organizations and athlete-based foundations to vice president of development in higher education.
Jeffrey M. Smythe – Associate Partner
Jeffrey M. Smythe serves Alexander Haas as an Associate Partner. Jeff’s expertise includes growing various-sized nonprofit organizations into mature best-in-class organizations. He has also led capital, annual and capacity-building campaigns and has extensive experience in strategic planning and board development. During his nearly thirty years of experience in nonprofit leadership, he served in chief executive and chief development roles, catalyzing double- or triple-digit growth throughout his career.
As a Partner at Alexander Haas, Inc., John applies his extensive background in development to serve a wide variety of clients. For over 30 years, he has served as a leader in nonprofit advancement, campaign management, and board development. John has helped nonprofit organizations worldwide by enhancing the operational aspects of advancement and assisting them with strategic and campaign planning, preparation and execution.
Jaci A. Thiede brings 29 years of experience in higher education advancement and administration to her clients. She has a deep passion for higher education because she has seen it change lives and opportunities. Areas of expertise for Jaci include campaign planning and strategy, major and principal gift strategies, team assessment and restructuring, strategic planning and goal setting, board development, leadership transitions and building a culture of philanthropy.
Jarrad Howard — Project Director
Jarrad Howard, Project Director, brings his passion for non-profits and the arts to Alexander-Haas. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Brenau University, and as a member of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Jarrad’s background in music and theatre led him to development and fundraising. As a capstone to his degree, he worked side by side with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to coordinate and execute a highly successful benefit for the organization. After graduating, Jarrad worked with Atlanta’s Academy Theatre and charter schools in the metro Atlanta area as a development liaison.
Ed Hohlbein — Systems/Reports Specialist
Ed Hohlbein brings a BFA from Central Michigan University, an MFA from the University of Georgia, a background in teaching, and 17 years of experience with nonprofit organizations before his work with Alexander Haas. In addition to working as a Database Administrator, Grant Researcher and Writer, Major Gifts Officer, and Executive Director, Ed has provided consulting and coaching on The Raiser’s Edge and other nonprofit systems to development teams nationwide.
Holly Caswell King — Business Manager
Atlanta native Holly Caswell King has been a team member of Alexander Hass since 1992. She currently serves as Business Manager for the firm. Prior to this role, she served as Managing Partner of Alexander Haas–Team Atlanta. Holly's first position with the company was in campaign management and direction. Later, she broadened her experience in fundraising through philanthropic sectors while serving as Director of Individual Giving for the High Museum of Art and then Director of Development at The Nature Conservancy of Georgia.
Pressley’s love of writing shows in her work as Alexander Haas’ independent writing consultant. She uses language to inspire people to give, purchase or act, and she meets client expectations in substance, deadline and budget. Pressley’s writing fortes include marketing collateral (brochures, direct mail), digital content (case studies, product profiles, press materials) and specialty fundraising collateral (case for support).
Ginger Barton (Chakalall) has been with Alexander Hass for 26 years and has written, designed, and edited our weekly sector newsletters has her hands in all our marketing endeavors, including our recently revamped website.