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. 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.
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. — 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.
Arthur’s clients—current and former—range from large universities (Auburn, Florida State, Kansas State, Kent State, University of Maine, South Carolina, University of Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas Tech) to smaller, liberal arts colleges (Berea, Harvey Mudd, Hendrix, Millsaps, Texas Lutheran, Wofford). His clients also include colleges/schools within larger universities (University of Kentucky 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 Tech, Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky University, Gannon University, Kent State, Lipscomb University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Troy, University of Northern Iowa, University of Tampa). His work for clients runs the full range, including advancement assessments, feasibility studies, campaign consulting, and training for staff, academic leaders and volunteers. He has worked on successful campaigns ranging from $20 million to more than $1 billion.
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 has been named a CASE Laureate, a community of senior volunteers who have provided invaluable service to CASE and to the mission of advancing education to transform lives and society.
Arthur holds an undergraduate degree from the University of the Cumberlands and a doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University.
Carl G. Hamm — Managing Partner
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. Before moving to St. Louis, he served as Senior Vice President for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, where he created and completed an $80 million campaign to construct a new museum campus in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. He also directed annual giving programs for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art, where he played a leadership role in the museum’s $200 million campaign.
Hamm has served on numerous boards and professional committees and spoken on fundraising and marketing in a variety of settings, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference in San Diego, the Direct Marketing Association’s Non-Profit Day in New York, the Art Museum Development Association, the national conference for PBS affiliate stations, and numerous national conferences for the American Alliance of Museums.
A current member of the editorial review board for Giving USA and the Texas Association of Museums board, Hamm is a past president of the Art Museum Development Association, a past chair of the American Alliance of Museums’ Standing Professional Committee on Development and Membership (DAM), and a past chair of AAM’s Council of Standing Professional Committees.
Jerry W. Henry — Managing Partner for Faith Based and Human Services
With over 40 years of experience with a wide-range of non-profit institutions, Jerry 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.
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 following a period as 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. 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 is a past President of the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board and serves currently on the Dean’s Leadership Council. He is the chair of the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors proudly serving as one of the 30 Yale University graduates elected to represent more than 180,000 Yale alumni internationally. He also serves on the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors.
His hobbies involve participating in a variety of organizations about which he is passionate and which reflect his “renaissance spirit.” In New York, he is a patron of the James Beard Foundation (yes, he’s a food and wine enthusiast!) and the Yale Club of New York. A native of South Carolina, Jerry is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society, the International African American Museum, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the Charleston Museum, the Upcountry History Museum, the Greenville County Museum of Art, and The Peace Center.
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.
Sandra’s consulting clients have included educational institutions, museums, and cultural organizations across the country. Her clients’ fundraising campaigns have ranged from $5 million to more than $250 million.
Before joining the Firm, Sandra served as Director of Museum Advancement at the High Museum of Art, the leading visual arts institution in the Southeast. At the High, she headed the membership and development program and coordinated the High’s $130 million expansion campaign, which topped its capital goal and received a lead gift of $15 million, at that time the largest gift in its history.
Sandra is a former staff member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) in Washington, DC, started up and managed development operations for Emory University, and served as VP for Advancement at Ferrum College, a United Methodist college in Virginia. She began her career at Vanderbilt University, her alma mater, where she earned the BA in English and the MBA in organizational management from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Sandra’s interests include children’s causes, literacy, and social issues that impact rural and underserved communities across the Southeast. She also is interested in regional history and cultural folkways. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Atlanta, which focuses on programs that better the lives of women and girls.
Jane DiFolco Parker — Partner
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 prospective 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.
For the last 25 years, Parker has led high-impact fundraising and operations in the university setting. From March 2012, through June 2020, she served as vice president for development at Auburn University, and as president of the Auburn University Foundation and the Auburn University Real Estate Foundation, Inc. During her tenure, Auburn received its largest-ever philanthropic commitment from a single donor; celebrated record-setting fundraising years in 2013, 2014, and 2015; launched the university’s largest campaign with a goal of $1 billion; and achieved its campaign goal more than a year ahead of schedule.
Prior to her appointment at Auburn, Parker served as the executive vice president and managing director of development for the Arizona State University Foundation. As executive vice president, she led development, operations, and services teams of more than 80 professionals in all facets of major-gift and annual-giving fundraising. During her tenure with the ASU Foundation, she also served as acting president and senior vice president and chief operating officer.
Parker spent the majority of her higher education career at Emory University, serving 37 years in positions leading up to vice president for operations for its Office of Development and Alumni Relations, where she managed the infrastructure for the division of 220 employees. She previously served in positions in the Emory School of Law that included senior assistant dean for administration, director of admissions, and director of academic services.
Originally from Ohio, Parker received her bachelor’s degree in English from Georgia State University. She attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Development and Strategic Planning in Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. Jane and her husband, Bill, are the parents of Ashley DiFolco Parker.
Nancy E. Peterman — Partner
Nancy E. Peterman, as Partner, assists universities, schools, healthcare, animal welfare, and religious organizations to achieve results and pursue their missions. In her role as Partner at Alexander Haas, Nancy’s clients have included Louisiana State University Foundation, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Saint Mary’s College of California, University of West Florida, University of Richmond School of Law, Clemson University, Salem Academy and College, Georgia Southern University, the University of Connecticut, Atlanta Humane Society, Erlanger Health Care System, Cathedral of Christ the King, 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. 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, presidential transitions, metrics, trends in giving, and peer-to-peer solicitation. She is in demand as a coach and trainer for major and principal gift officers, presidents, chancellors, deans, and other academic and administrative leadership.
Nancy has served on the Boards of the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia, 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 four grandchildren. She enjoys playing the violin, cycling, hiking, kayaking, knitting, reading and cooking in her spare time.
David T. Shufflebarger — Senior Partner
Shuff has counseled more than 175 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.
Talk with Shuff for a few minutes, and it is likely you will learn four things:
- He is passionate about philanthropy.
- He considers himself fortunate to be married to Patti, his bride of five decades.
- He is more than a little proud of their two sons and eight grandchildren.
- He is a not-so-humble Virginian but ecstatic to live in Paradise, aka Nags Head, North Carolina.
He has guided more than 25 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 by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and was one of 26 senior professionals nationally chosen by the Association for Fundraising Professionals 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 20 organizations including the Outer Banks Community Foundation, United Way of South Hampton Roads, Episcopal Charities Foundation of the Atlanta Diocese, and Georgia Planned Giving Council. He has received the YMCA’s Red Triangle Award and the Scouts’ Silver Beaver and Virginia President of the Year 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 — 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.
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 — 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 — 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!
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.