OUR PARTNERS

David H. King

David H. King President & CEO


David H. King, President & CEO of Alexander Haas, has lived in Atlanta nearly 35 years and been in the field of nonprofit development for more than 30 years. In his 27 years at Alexander Haas, 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.

Prior to joining the Firm, he served as Atlanta Assistant Area Development Director for the United Negro College Fund and was responsible for the annual UNCF Atlanta Corporate Campaign. David began his career at the fundraising consulting firms Haas Coxe & Alexander and Coxe & Associates, prior to leaving to found the development office at the Atlanta Union Mission where he served as Director of Development.

David is on the Board of the Georgia Council on Economic Education and serves on their Development Committee. He is past President of the Board of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which he also served as Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chair of the Michael C. Carlos Endowment Committee. He currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Giving Institute: Leading Counsel to Nonprofits and is on the Board of the Giving USA Foundation.

A frequent presenter and lecturer, David has authored articles featured in Buckhead Living magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Forbes, as well as contributing information for two books: Black Tie Optional and the Essential Principles for Successful Fund Raising.

When he’s not working with clients, David can be found working is his woodworking shop. A member of the Georgia Association of Woodturners and American Association of Woodturners, David is an accomplished wood artist and has donated his pieces to several schools and nonprofits for auction.

He attended Florida State University and Georgia State University with a degree in psychology and graduate work in nonprofit administration. David and his wife, Holly, have two children, and on most fall Saturdays can be found passionately rooting for the Florida State Seminoles.

Arthur L. Criscillis, Ed.D.

Arthur L. Criscillis, Ed.D. Managing Partner


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 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.

At Purdue, Arthur provided the leadership for the College of Science in the University’s $1.3 billion campaign. Arthur was Dean of Planning and Development at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where his leadership during the College’s 150th Anniversary Campaign raised $152 million against its goal of $120 million and increased its unrestricted annual fund from $1.9 million to $2.9 million, with 50 percent alumni participation. He was instrumental in Rhodes’ securing a $35 million gift in April 2001 — its largest ever. At Centre College, Arthur was the chief advancement officer. He planned and directed the quiet phase of a $60 million campaign, helping to secure $42 million for a campaign that ultimately raised $72 million. He also led the effort to increase leadership annual giving to the College which saw a 150 percent increase in two years. Alumni participation exceeded 60 percent in each of his years at Centre.

Consistently garnering the highest accolades for his speaking, including the CASE Crystal Apple Award, Arthur has chaired the CASE Conference on Major Gift Solicitation six times and the CASE Conference on Successful Annual Giving Strategies two times. He has also served as faculty for the CASE Summer Institute on Educational fundraising. Arthur has spoken at the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education annual conference and the Canadian Association of Independent School Development Officers annual conference, as well as many CASE District conferences.

Arthur’s clients—current and former—range from large universities (Auburn, Florida State, Kansas State, South Carolina, University of Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas Tech) to smaller, liberal arts colleges (Berea, Harvey Mudd, Hendrix, Furman, Millsaps, Wofford). His clients also include colleges/schools within larger universities (UK College of Engineering, Broad College of Business, McCombs School of Business, Marshall School of Business, Robinson College of Business), as well as a broad variety of public and private universities (Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech, Eastern Kentucky, Emory, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Kent State, Troy, University of Tampa). His work for clients runs the full range, including assessments, feasibility studies, consulting, and training for staff, academic leaders and volunteers. He has worked on successful campaigns ranging from $20 million to more than $1 billion.

Arthur holds an undergraduate degree from the University of the Cumberlands and a doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University.

Carl G. Hamm

Carl G. Hamm Managing Partner


Carl has nearly 30 years of senior management experience in the nonprofit sector, the majority of which is in senior development roles in the museum and performing arts sectors. Carl brings extensive experience with Board planning and development, campaign planning and management, annual fund strategy and execution, and staff development. He has worked with organizations representing practically every discipline of the arts, from theater and ballet companies to the visual arts, public radio and classical music.

Prior to joining Alexander Haas, Carl served as Deputy Director for Development & External Affairs for the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) and as Senior Vice President for Development & Marketing for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, where he led a successful $80 million building campaign. During his time at SLAM, he leveraged a successful $160 capital campaign into doubling the revenue raised annually through the museum’s upper-level membership program. As Associate Director of Development for the Dallas Museum of Art, he also implemented a new upper-level program increasing giving to the museum by $3 million annually as part of its $200 million campaign.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1998, Carl is a past president of the Art Museum Development Association (AMDA), a past chair of the American Alliance of Museums’ Standing Professional Committee on Development and Membership (DAM), and a former chair of AAM’s Council of Standing Professional Committees. He is author of “Building for the Future: Converting Capital Campaign Success into Sustainable Major Gifts” in the book Fundraising and Strategic Planning: Innovative Approaches for Museums and has contributed numerous articles and presentations to AMDA, AAM and other organizations. Carl was also the keynote speaker for a day-long program on the American system of philanthropy for cultural institutions hosted by the Arts Council of England in Cambridge, England.

Carl is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He and his wife Sara are the proud parents of four children. A lifelong drummer always looking for opportunities to play, he has played countless gigs over the years covering the gamut of musical styles.

Jerry W. Henry

Jerry W. Henry Managing Partner


With over 35 years of experience covering a wide-range of nonprofit institutions, Jerry W. Henry, Managing Partner, provides counsel on a daily basis to a diverse body of clients including educational institutions, human service groups, cultural institutions and faith-based organizations.

Jerry’s expertise has brought him to work nationally with groups such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, and the Meals on Wheels Association of America for workshops, speaking and Board training events. He is known for a “gentle but direct” leadership style whether he is meeting with educational institution administrators wishing to raise millions of dollars or grassroots arts leaders planning for a new non-profit with a very limited budget. Recently, Jerry developed an annual stewardship assessment approach that is utilized by a number of churches with noted success and he has been called upon to lead capital campaigns within a number of faith groups across the country.

A former clergy member of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, he is a member currently of The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. While in the United Methodist Church, he was Executive Director of a national organization of 3,500 clergy and lay members focused on promoting religion and the arts through the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. He was Associate Vice President of Advancement at Brenau University for six years and also Vice President of The Winfield Group, a strategic planning and marketing firm focused on nonprofit organizations. Since 1998, when he was recruited by Alexander Haas, he has worked as a consultant with nearly 75 different congregations or faith-based groups as well as hundreds of other organizations with successful capital campaigns ranging from $1 million to over $50 million.

He is a past president of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has held committee assignments within the International AFP. Over the past few years, he has been invited to teach special classes in nonprofit management at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and is a frequent speaker and trainer at fundraising and nonprofit education events around the country. A graduate of Wofford College (B.A.) and Yale Divinity School (M.Div.), he just began his fifth year as an elected member of the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors where he serves as one of the 29 Yale University graduates who represent more than 165,000 Yale alumni internationally. As a member of this prestigious board, he has chaired the board’s Graduate and Professional Schools Committee, served as an executive officer, and is beginning a two-year term as Vice Chair. Additionally, Jerry has just begun a three-year term on the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors.

His hobbies involve a variety of organizations about which he is passionate and reflect his “renaissance spirit.” In New York, he is a member of the James Beard Foundation (yes, he’s a food and wine enthusiast!), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Yale Club of New York. In Atlanta, he is a member of Yale Club of Georgia, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the High Museum of Art, and the Atlanta History Center. A native of the South Carolina low-country, Jerry is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society, the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the Charleston Museum, and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Sandra K. Kidd

Sandra K. Kidd Senior Partner


Sandra K. Kidd, Senior Partner, provides a wide range of results-oriented services to clients including Board planning and development, fundraising assessment studies, campaign strategy studies, campaign direction, staff development and general consulting. 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 clients on strategic planning, internal operations and systems review and design, and financial modeling for their organizations. Her current and past consulting clients include colleges and universities, arts and cultural organizations, and health care providers on fundraising campaigns ranging from $5 million to $250 million.

Sandra brings a wealth of results to Alexander Haas. Before joining the Firm, she served as Director of Museum Advancement at the High Museum of Art, the leading visual arts institution in the Southeast. There, she coordinated the High’s $130 million expansion campaign, which topped its capital goal in fall 2004. During the campaign, the Museum received the largest individual gift, of $15 million, in its history.

Prior to joining the High, Sandra worked with the Washington, DC, office of the fundraising consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner. She is a former staff member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) in Washington, DC. She also served as VP for Advancement at Ferrum College, a United Methodist institution in Virginia, and has been a member of the capital campaign teams at two research universities, Vanderbilt and Emory.

Sandra is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned a BA in English as well as her MBA in organizational management. As a Vanderbilt undergrad, she was the first woman student to work in the sports information department, and she remains a passionate fan of the Commodores’ basketball program.

Her other passions include: trips to Italy, family history, Southern writers, and finding good barbeque wherever she can.

Sandra Kidd is actively engaged in children’s causes and in historic preservation. She has been involved in the Junior League and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Atlanta. Sandra helped to found the Atlanta Chapter of First Book, a national program that provides books to children and their families. She also served as a committee member of the High Museum of Art’s Wine Auction, which ranks every year as one of the top ten charity wine auctions nationwide.

Nancy E. Peterman

Nancy E. Peterman Partner


Nancy E. Peterman, as Partner, assists universities, schools, healthcare, arts and cultural institutions and human service organizations to achieve results and pursue their missions. In her role as Partner at Alexander Haas, Nancy’s recent clients include Clemson University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Saint Mary’s College of California, University of West Florida, Louisiana State University Foundation, Salem Academy and College, the University of Connecticut, Emory University School of Law, Kansas State University, Sewickley Academy, Notre Dame Academy, and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

Nancy served as President of the Georgia State University Foundation and Vice President for University Development for ten years prior to becoming a consultant. Before her tenure at Georgia State, she served as Executive Director of the Old Dominion University Educational and Intercollegiate Foundations, where she oversaw a record setting capital campaign and doubled the size of the endowment fund. Nancy has also served as President of the DePaul Health Foundation, as Director of Development for Marist School in Atlanta, and as Senior Executive Consultant for the Kellogg Organization. She has been in the development field for more than 25 years, with considerable experience in institutionally related foundations and sixteen years of foundation management experience.

A frequent speaker, Nancy has conducted presentations at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the country on subjects including major gifts, development officer and leadership recruitment, board governance, engagement, and giving, metrics, trends in giving, peer-to-peer solicitation, and most recently, development etiquette for staff. She is in demand as a major and principal gifts officer coach and trainer.

As a volunteer, Nancy serves on the Board of the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia and previously served on the Boards of Theatrical Outfit, the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Atlanta and the Advisory Board for the Fund for Theological Advancement. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with graduate work in business at Old Dominion University.

She is married to Michael Pratt, an otolaryngologist, and they have four children and three grandchildren. She enjoys playing the violin and cooking in her spare time.

David T. Shufflebarger

David T. Shufflebarger Senior Partner


Talk with Shuff for a few minutes and it is likely that you will learn four things:

  1. He is passionate about philanthropy.
  2. He considers himself fortunate to be married to Patti, his bride of five decades.
  3. He is more than a little proud of their sons and eight grandchildren.
  4. He is a not so humble Virginian.

Shuff has counseled more than 100 clients across all sectors of the philanthropic community since joining the Alexander Haas in 1994 after serving 25 years in advancement leadership roles at Virginia Military Institute, Old Dominion University, and Valdosta State University. The largest part of his practice has been in higher education.

He has guided more than 20 successful campaigns with goals ranging from $3 million to $1 billion, is one of the authors of the award-winning book on university-related foundations published in 1997 by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and was one of 26 senior professionals chosen for a Ford Foundation project to provide counsel to a select group of its grant recipients.

As a volunteer, Shuff has been Chairman of the Board of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, President of the Tidewater Boy Scout Council, and a board member for more than a dozen not-for-profit organizations including the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Episcopal Charities Foundation of the Atlanta Diocese, and the Georgia Planned Giving Council. He has received the YMCA’s Red Triangle Award and the Scouts’ Silver Beaver and Virginia President’s awards.

“I love this job,” he says, “because I learn something new every day and I get to work with some really great people.” Because of his earlier career, a big part of his heart is in public universities and he is proud of his role counseling successful campaigns at the University of Tennessee, the University of Central Florida, and Middle Tennessee State University. “Frankly, however, I think I may have learned more from the campaigns we did with Wesleyan College, The University of Tampa, Florida Southern College, and Mary Baldwin College. They were easy to get your arms around and I came to understand the power of the devotion their alums have for them.”

“I was fortunate to start at Alexander Haas with three challenging campaigns that really taught me the basics – Sheltering Arms in Atlanta, Hubbard House in Jacksonville, and Birmingham’s Cahaba Girl Scout Council.”

He achieved CFRE status in 1987 and holds an undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University and a master’s degree from the College of William & Mary.

John H. Taylor

John H. Taylor Partner


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 the field of advancement, campaign management, and board development and has helped nonprofit organizations around the world to enhance the operational aspects of advancement and assist them with strategic and campaign planning, preparation and execution.

Previously, John was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services & Interim Campaign Manager at North Carolina State University, where he oversaw the planning phase of a $1.6 billion capital campaign. Prior to that, he was Principal for Advancement Solutions Consulting Group, a firm he launched in December 2004 focusing on nonprofit infrastructure issues. He also has served as Vice President for Research and Data Services at CASE – a position he held from its inception in late 2002. Prior to that, John was the Director of Alumni & Development Records at Duke University for nearly 15 years. During his tenure as director, John guided Duke’s advancement services processes to an industry benchmark of efficiency and accuracy and helped the Duke advancement team achieve its goal of raising $2 billion for the University.

John’s published works include:

  • Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success – 2015
  • Advancement Services: A Foundation for Fund Raising – 2007
  • CASE Reporting Standards & Management Guidelines (3rd & 4th editions) – 2003 & 2009
  • Handbook of Institutional Advancement – 2000
  • Advancement Services: Research and Technology Support for Fund Raising – 1999

John formed one of the largest advancement-related listservs in the world, FundSvcs, now with over 3,800 subscribers, and a companion website: www.FundSvcs.org. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences across the country, receiving the CASE Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teaching. He is founder and Former President of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP). He received the AASP Jonathan Lindsey Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

John holds a BA in Mass Communications and Socio-Political Change from Vanderbilt University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He resides in Durham, NC, with his wife and children.

OUR STAFF

Channa Childs

Channa Childs Project Coordinator


Channa is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a concentration in Environmental Studies. Her undergraduate studies focused on the environmental politics of how organizations and institutions can enable success in marginalized communities. Channa’s passion for the political empowerment of individuals and organizations is evidenced in her undergraduate studies of American Democracy and Environmental World Politics. She is excited to support inspired nonprofit organizations as they make the world a better place.

Throughout college, Channa supported her college’s admissions efforts as Head Tour Guide and ensured community members were able to access the full depth of resources as a Research and Reference Intern at Kenyon’s library. She was also actively involved in campus affinity organizations that worked to better integrate students of color into the campus and local communities.

Channa previously worked as the Clean Energy Fellow at an environmental nonprofit coordinating campaign logistics, building coalition, and cultivating local leaders. As a member of the Alexander Haas team, she is excited to expand her orbit and enable more groups to accomplish their goals.

Channa is also a proud native of Little Rock, AR and graduate of the historic Little Rock Central High School, the site of desegregation in 1957.

As a newly minted Georgian, Channa enjoys exploring Atlanta’s restaurants and green spaces in her spare time. She also loves spending time with her family and friends, follows politics quite avidly, and loves podcasts.

Ed Hohlbein

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 prior to 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. His multidisciplinary approach to nonprofit development and the systems that inform those development efforts has been described as the perfect blend of art and data and has helped organizations to collectively raise millions. In addition, his work as a university professor has impacted the lives of students throughout Georgia.

An entrepreneur at heart, in 2001 Ed founded Generate, Inc. to provide grant research, writing, and management services to small and medium sized nonprofits. Generate has since grown into a boutique consulting firm offering high-touch coaching and consulting on The Raiser’s Edge and other nonprofit systems to organizations of all sizes. Whether he is training an entire team on the essentials; coaching an executive or development director one-on-one; creating a prospect tracking system for major gift officers; or assisting with system administration, data entry, or data analysis, Ed emphasizes ingenuity and simplicity in all of his projects.

His client list is as diverse as his educational and professional background and includes, among others, Catholic Charities Atlanta, Atlanta; Hospital Corporation of America Hope Fund, Nashville; CURE Childhood Cancer, Atlanta; Spring Hill College, Mobile; and Melanoma Research Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Ed has enjoyed presenting at numerous conferences and seminars across the country. Some of his past presentations include:

  • Increase ROI with the ABCs of RE, The 2011 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits
  • Be It Resolved that Raiser’s Edge Geeks Don’t Always Agree, The 2012 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits
  • RE Geeks: The Revenge, The 2013 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits
  • The Raiser’s Edge Geeks 3.0 Upgrade, The 2014 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits
  • Individual Prospecting: Estimating your Future Donor’s Wealth and Potential for Philanthropy, Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Nonprofit University
  • Data Management for Fundraising: Making Your Data Work, Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

He regularly facilitates the Creating a Development Plan, Creating a Development Infrastructure, Prospect Research and Program Evaluation sessions as part of the Certificate of Nonprofit Organization Management series for Nonprofit University at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Ed lives in Nashville, Tennessee – the best little big town anywhere around.

Holly Caswell King

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.

Her 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. After taking a brief sabbatical to raise her two children, Holly returned to the firm in 2008 to lead its Atlanta presence.

Her past involvement within the Atlanta community includes volunteering at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta where she co-chaired the church’s $4 million Annual Campaign in addition to serving on the Legacy Giving Committee. Holly also served on the capital campaign committee that raised monies for the new Middle School at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, where her children attended. She has served on the boards of the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead, Friends (a community volunteer organization of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta), The Samaritan Counseling Center of Atlanta, Association of Fundraising Professionals / Atlanta and the Environmental Fund for Georgia. Other community service includes Covenant House Georgia and The Shepherd Center. Before becoming a wife and mom, she served as Youth Advisor for her childhood church, Northwest Presbyterian Church.

Holly now regularly attends the contemporary worship at Peachtree Presbyterian Church and is active in their women’s Bible study (WCBS). She has been active in fundraising and Marist Mother’s Prayer Group (MMPG) at Marist School where her children now attend.

Holly is a graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She spent her junior year in college studying aboard in Aix-en-Provence, France with Vanderbilt University. Her passion for fundraising began while working as a student intern in Sweet Briar’s Office of Development.

Holly and her husband, David, have two children, Caswell and CJ. They continue to reside in Atlanta and enjoy spending time at Lake Keowee, St. Simons Island, playing tennis, traveling, and watching Florida State football!

Mitzi Wright

Mitzi Wright Project Coordinator


Mitzi Wright, Project Coordinator at Alexander Haas, brings with her an extensive background in public relations, human resources, project management, and leadership training. She possesses a love of language, and of studying it—from its acquisition in infancy to its evolution from cave drawings and petroglyphs to “text talk” as communication—and holds degrees in both English Literature and Spanish from North Georgia College and State University. She draws on this love, a passion for transformative organizations, and her experience to bring a results-driven approach to each of her clients.

Before joining the firm, Mitzi worked as News Director for a radio station in North Georgia and received Georgia Associated Press Awards for Best Newscast and Best Feature Reporting. She also spent three years living in southern Utah where she served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
In her spare time Mitzi enjoys reading, the outdoors, traveling, and being in the presence of good company, both two- and four-legged.

Pressley Harris Peters

Pressley Harris Peters Writer


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).

Pressley graduated from Rhodes College in 1991 with a degree in History. She went on to work in Marketing and Communications for the Pitkin County Bank and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games before coming to Alexander Haas as a Campaign Manager and Consultant in 1996. During her 6 years with the firm, she managed campaigns for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Opera, The Carter Center, Georgia Council on Economic Education, High Museum of Art, Literacy Action, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, and Trees Atlanta. Pressley formed her own independent communications company, PHP Communications, in 2002, and has remained a close Alexander Haas partner ever since.

Her work for Alexander Haas clients has included Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Clubs, Celanese, Center for Puppetry Arts, Colorado Historical Society, Columbia Museum of Art, FPL Fibernet, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Houston Ballet, Ketchum, Memorial Art Gallery, National Constitution Center, Phillips Lighting, Points of Light Foundation, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Time Warner Cable Business Class, Trinity Episcopal Church & School, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and the Witte Museum.

Pressley and her husband have four children. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, reading, and lending a hand to North Texas Food Bank, Hospice/Meals on Wheels, Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church and local schools.

Heather H. Thornton

Heather H. Thornton Project Manager


Heather’s passion for working with and for nonprofits is evidenced in her professional and personal endeavors. She has been a member of the Alexander Haas team for over eleven years, serving mainly our clients in the higher education sector with a broad array of services, ranging from campaign counsel to study management to board training. She was recently involved in the Saving Sweet Briar College campaign, working closely with alumnae to help prevent the closing of the College in 2015 and to raise the funds that enabled Sweet Briar to reopen for the 2015-2016 academic year. Heather previously worked at The Southern Center for International Studies.

Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in German and Psychology from The University of the South. While at Sewanee, Heather was the recipient of the Deutsche-Verband Americhaische Clubs stipend, which funded a year of study in Bavaria. Her experience abroad sparked her interest in nonprofits and international affairs.

In Heather’s spare time, she teaches English to non-native speakers. Heather also enjoys running, international travel, and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.