The Eight Principles Fellows

ROBERT COSTA, JR.
Founder and Executive Director, Dodgeballin’ For Kids

Robert also serves as a Risk Advisor for FBInsure where he helps businesses with their risk management and commercial insurance.  Robert brings his sales experience to make a direct, positive impact that leads to sustainable growth.

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ELLEN PURDUYN
AVP, University of Akron

Ellen serves as assistant vice president, Corporate Engagement at the University of Akron.  Ellen’s work to establish and strengthen relationships with large private foundations while bringing to their attention opportunities at the university that serve their mission and goals.  In addition to her role at the university, Ellen serves on numerous nonprofit and corporate boards.

SALLY BRYANT DECHENNE
Senior Vice President, Bryant Group

Sally manages marketing and leads executive searches and the Talent Enrichment services. She began her advancement career in 1989 working in both healthcare and higher education before beginning a career as a fundraising consultant in 2001.

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LOMESH SHAH
CEO, NonProfit Easy

With over 25 years of experience in financial services, relational sales and technology, Lomesh knows a successful nonprofit must have not only the right tools, but must also possess the knowledge to use those tools effectively.

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JEFF JOWDY
President, Lighthouse Counsel

Jeff knows that building strong investor relationships benefits nonprofits in increasing mission awareness, organizational effectiveness and philanthropic support.  Lighthouse Counsel is a full-service consulting firm serving the greater Southeastern United States with offices in Nashville and Atlanta.

ROGER SHEFFIELD
CAO, Mind Springs Health

Roger brings over 30 years of service as a fundraising development professional.  Roger’s passion lays in connecting with the donor on a personal level.  His experience with philanthropy leaves his donors and nonprofits in better places.

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PHILIP KEILEN
Founder, Mission Focus Training

Philip has over thirty years of nonprofit experience including ten years’ experience as a senior director of a 500-staff nonprofit. Specializing in small nonprofits, Philip provides services and products to struggling nonprofits and faith-based programs.

ERICA WAASDORP
President, A Direct Solution

Erica Waasdorp is the leading expert on monthly, renewable giving. She has helped nonprofits raise millions of dollars through monthly giving programs. Erica serves non-profit organizations with their fundraising and direct marketing needs with a focus on monthly giving, annual fund and grant writing.

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JAY LUGO
Executive Director, Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation

Jay has served as executive director of Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation and the Idaho Lions Eye Bank for over two decades.  In addition to his executive role, Jay serves on numerous nonprofit and corporate boards. Through his work promoting health sight and hearing, Jay is passionate about philanthropy which is built upon bilateral relationships between giver and receiver.  He’s committed to fundraising which builds sustainable revenue.

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DANA WIER
Partner, Imwalle and Wier Strategic Consulting

After more than two decades serving nonprofit organizations, Dana began working with individual clients in 2016. Dana’s unique counsel combines her marketing, communications, and community outreach background with her experience in nonprofit board governance, needs assessment, and organizational development.