Meet the Team

MEET THE LSC TEAM!

Passion. Experience. Creativity.

Lindsay Simonds Consulting

PRINCIPAL AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

Lindsay Simonds

Lindsay Simonds Consulting (LSC) is a boutique firm of senior-level fundraising professionals offering strategic fundraising and management consulting. With over four decades of combined experience partnering with organizations for transformational change, LSC provides strategic onboarding, board and staff training, interim leadership management, campaign management, and more. Team members have served as consultants and frontline fundraisers, as board members and as donors, as volunteers, and as professional coaches. We have fewer clients at a time and offer hands-on management and deeply thoughtful recommendations that are tailored specifically to each unique organization. We are distinguished in this way.

Having raised over $3 billion in philanthropic dollars, LSC is an integral lead in expanding and deepening donor investments and major gifts campaigns. LSC is a solutions-based firm calling on metrics-driven analysis, conscious communication, and natural creativity. With an eye for structures of influence, donor engagement, project management, compelling storytelling, brand evangelism, and productivity, LSC brings all clients comprehensive fundraising expertise and campaign management.

Lindsay Simonds (she/her) is a senior nonprofit fundraising and management professional with over a dozen years of experience partnering with organizations across the country for transformational change. Having raised over $1 billion in philanthropic dollars cumulatively and collaboratively, she is an integral lead in expanding and deepening donor investments and major gift campaigns. Lindsay is a solutions-based thinker who calls on metrics-driven analysis, conscious communication, and instinctual creativity.

Lindsay founded LSC in 2017 after her role as Vice President at CCS, a large, global fundraising consulting and management firm. Lindsay and CCS continue to partner on projects today. She and the team at LSC offer a variety of professional services to nonprofit organizations as fundraising specialists and department generalists ranging from capital campaign management, interim leadership, recruiting and hiring, executive coaching (junior and senior level fundraisers), and staff and board training.

Lindsay is a local Coloradan who graduated from Kent Denver and received her B.A. in International Studies and Business Administration at the University of Denver. She is on the executive committee and corporate committee of the board at BUILD.org, which centers on experiential learning through entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities, locally and nationally. During her tenure at CCS, Lindsay was the head of internal continued learning and training. She also served as a faculty member and trainer for the Sanford Institute on Philanthropy at JFK University with a focus on annual strategic fundraising planning, major individual gifts, campaign readiness, moves management, making the ask, and cause-based fundraising.

You can connect with Lindsay at: [email protected] or on LinkedIn.

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Jeff Hauk

Jeff has been a senior development practitioner for over 25 years. With an eye toward marrying inspired gift opportunities with donors’ philanthropic passions, he has developed meaningful partnerships between donors and several of the nation’s most prestigious organizations, including The Trust for Public Land; National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; CARE USA, University of California San Francisco; and The Johns Hopkins University. Throughout his career, Jeff has personally solicited and secured over $50 million in philanthropic support and has been an integral member of complex teams that have raised over $2 billion.

Jeff has led small and large teams, alike, including geographically distributed teams. He has managed multi-million-dollar budgets and served on the leadership team of several capital and comprehensive campaigns throughout his career. His experience transcends the entire donor experience, from annual giving to major gifts, to planned giving, as well as corporate partnerships, donor relations and events, and foundation relations.

Jeff received his Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and his Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University (Ohio). Based in Portland, OR, Jeff and his partner enjoy hiking, bike riding, and attending as many arts performances as possible.

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Molly Pickall

Molly (she/her) is a senior nonprofit fundraising and management professional with 16 years of experience in program development, remote team management, major gift fundraising, campaign execution, volunteer board management, event planning, donor stewardship and recognition, land and ocean conservation, strategic planning, and nonprofit and change management.

Having served as Chief Development Officer for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and AVP of Field Philanthropy for The Trust for Public Land, Molly is a dynamic program builder with a passion for directing and growing fundraising programs ranging from $1.5 million to $45 million and managing and leading teams of 1 to 32 staff, as well as launching and growing volunteer boards.

Her leadership and fundraising have resulted in big impacts, whether at the local or national scale. She has personally raised more than $26.7 million and led multimillion-dollar campaigns to forever protect Wyoming’s 58,000-acre Hoback Basin from oil and gas drilling and to build a 60-acre ‘Central Park’ for Bozeman, Montana.

As a servant leader, Molly is a member of Leadership Montana (class of 2022), volunteers as a high school lacrosse coach, and serves on the boards of various community organizations. She transitioned the Bozeman Area Community Foundation (now One Valley Community Foundation) from day-to-day management to hiring its first executive director and evolving into a governance board. At the Cape Eleuthera Foundation, she supported the organization’s leadership transition and strategic planning, while the educational institution navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Molly earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Economics from Davidson College where she also played for and captained the Wildcat’s NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse team. She is based in Bozeman, Montana with her husband and two Brittany spaniels, and together they spend as much time as possible in the mountains.

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Brandy Bertram

For over two decades, Brandy has been dedicated to helping mission-centered leaders and organizations generate good in our communities by moving forward with what matters most. She specializes in strategies to attract, engage, and grow resources that fuel impact. Brandy’s work has taken her all over the globe where she has led talent, fundraising, and strategy initiatives in sectors ranging from microfinance and enterprise development to land conservation and rural infrastructure.

In addition to her professional efforts, Brandy enjoys supporting her community through volunteer service including serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Programming Committee Co-Chair for Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, the nation’s premier membership and education organization for planned giving professionals, where she has been a member since 2014. She also loves spending time with her husband and wonder dog exploring all there is to see, eat, golf, and hike in Colorado, Arizona, and Georgia – the latter two especially during the winter.

Previously, Brandy has been named to the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2007), was named a Top 25 Young Professionals by CoBiz Magazine (2013), and was honored with the Peter Bowes Award from the Downtown Denver Partnership (2016). She is a proud graduate of the University of Wyoming.

CONSULTANT: END OF YEAR AND DIGITAL PHILANTHROPY EXPERT

Mike Spear

Mike is a social entrepreneur, content creator, and social impact strategist. He’s the host and producer of the Cause & Purpose Podcast, and founder of Altruous.org, an impact discovery, funding, and management platform for the next generation of philanthropists.

A visionary leader who enjoys strategic thinking as well as in-the-weeds tactical work, Mike has planned, built, and executed dozens of fundraising campaigns and recurring gift programs. He’s implemented several CRM and marketing automation platforms as part of his consulting work.

An avid traveler, Spear has volunteered internationally on several occasions, supporting soccer and educational programs across South Africa and Lesotho, and building WASH projects in Ecuador, in addition to providing skilled volunteer support for several domestic nonprofit organizations.

Whenever he’s not working, you can find Mike traveling around the world, hiking, camping, skiing or hitting the beach, cooking or mixing cocktails, and winning the occasional poker tournament.

Before founding Altruous, Mike was part of the founding team at Classy.org, and spent several years as a journalist and filmmaker.

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Elizabeth Steele Teshara

Elizabeth is a skilled strategic relationship manager with over 20 years of experience in nonprofit board development and governance; campaign and special gift fundraising; directing complex and collaborative projects; and creating mission-centered events, conferences, and experiences that elevate awareness, engagement, and giving.

Elizabeth was most recently the Director of Conference and Special Events at The Trust for Public Land where she was the architect of the organization’s first nationwide events team and produced TPL’s first Gala in San Francisco, raising over $750,000 through this inaugural effort. She assumed this position after serving as the National Director of Volunteer Leadership where Elizabeth successfully led the Board of Directors and 20 Advisory Boards through a period of organizational growth and development and The Trust for Public Land’s first fundraising campaign – significantly increasing nationwide volunteer leadership engagement and philanthropic commitment during her tenure.

Prior to TPL, Elizabeth was an Executive Director at CCS Fundraising, a consulting firm specializing in non-profit campaign fundraising and strategic development services, and she managed the governing boards and advised on board member and leadership giving strategies for the University of California San Francisco Foundation and the Brookings Institution. At UCSF, Elizabeth was a primary partner in developing donor engagement and gift strategies for some of the University’s top donors.

Elizabeth received her B.A. in Communications and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College of California. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT AND PROJECT MANAGER

Mary Jeanette Ennis

Mary is an independent strategic communications consultant, graduate student, and resident “Does this sound okay?” expert. Previously an on-site fundraising consultant at CCS Fundraising, Mary personally led 20+ capital campaigns that cumulatively raised over $6.8 million in less than three years by focusing on strategic messaging. It was through this experience that Mary began developing streamlined communications and branding processes to help overburdened nonprofits lighten their load both internally and externally.

Mary shifted her focus to consulting on strategic communications and branding full-time in 2020. Since then, she has partnered with dozens of nonprofits around the country to collaborate on projects that range from formalizing major campaigns to identifying where prospect interests overlap with an organization through research. Mary completed her Master of Arts in Strategic Communication in Public Media from Fordham University in 2022. Her thesis project was on nonprofit brand-raising. Additionally, Mary has earned a Professional Copy-Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago.

Before consulting, Mary was the inaugural Communications Fellow at Loyola Chicago’s Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility and a certified Digital Media Specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago where she double majored in History and Political Science.

Based on the Upper West Side in New York City, Mary’s favorite thing to do is “photosynthesize” in Central Park and document her travels on 35mm film.

Dena Vongchanh Consultant, LSC

PHILANTHROPY CONSULTANT | CRM DATA QUALITY & INTEGRITY

Dena Vongchanh

Dena is a seasoned nonprofit fundraiser recognized for her expertise in data quality and process optimization. Drawing from her experiences as a cancer survivor and a child of a Laotian refugee, she channels her efforts to promote accessibility within local communities. Dena started her career in sales and successfully transitioned to the nonprofit sector, achieving commendable recognition at City of Dreams and Family Giving Tree. At City of Dreams, she substantially increased revenue by an astounding 313 percent and procured significant major gifts. She designed and executed a successful major gifts program at Family Giving Tree in preparation for their capital campaign, raising 5-6 figure gifts.

Complementing her professional commitments, Dena devotes her time to volunteering at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate. Here, she holds numerous roles: a board member, marketing and communications committee co-chair, co-lead of the Emerging Fundraisers constellation, and a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee. Her versatile professional skill set includes strategic donor communications, CRM data management, volunteer and board engagement, storytelling, content creation, and website management.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dena is committed to uplifting underrepresented communities, particularly the Southeast Asian community, reflecting her family’s roots. Her involvement covers support services, volunteerism, job development, and mental health support, underscoring her passion for effecting lasting change.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Dena enjoys a wide array of hobbies, such as digital illustration, podcasts, travel, and reading, and she takes great pride in being a full-time dog mom. Her professional achievements and personal roles highlight her unwavering commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable world.

KYSON BUNTHUWONG CONSULTING

Kyson Bunthuwong

Kyson (ze/he) is an explorer of connections, design thinker, and a gritty optimist in the face of challenges. As a dedicated philanthropy professional and social impact nerd, ze leads with optimism, pragmatism, and intention. Kyson’s diverse experiences in the social sector over the past decade—corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, board service, strategic partnerships, international development, collective giving, and philanthropy—all provide a unique perspective that converges fundraising best practices with forward-thinking, community-centered approaches. Ze has led workshops and spoken at various fundraising and philanthropy conferences on the power of igniting the “everyday philanthropist.” Most recently, he served as the Director of Development & Partnerships for Philanthropy Together, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seed-funded venture catalyzing the global collective giving movement, a model of giving based on community and democratic philanthropy. His recent interests revolve around how social sector infrastructure, field catalysts, and organizations pushing for systems change can be better supported.

Ze brings over a decade of “in the trenches experience” having managed development and marketing teams at leading international and national nonprofits including myAgro, Village Enterprise, and the Taproot Foundation. Ze has a deep understanding of the fundraising ecosystem and enjoys working on complex development challenges, especially on a national scale. Having worked across startup and established nonprofit organizations, Kyson brings a highly adaptable and savvy mindset to each effort ze leads and partners on. Previously, he was also Senior Director at CCS Fundraising, a consulting and management firm that partners with nonprofit organizations across a multitude of sectors on large-scale campaigns and transformative fundraising projects. Past clients and projects have included UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, where ze helped plan and lead the strategy for the close of a $90M capital campaign to build a new outpatient center; St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Vallejo, where ze led a successful $2 million capital campaign to eliminate the parish’s debt; and Alameda Health System Foundation where ze implemented a $50M county-wide campaign to fund the health system’s new electronic health record system and COVID-19 response. Ze’s previous client list extends across various issue areas and causes including the Central California Food Bank, Denver Zoo, YMCA of Silicon Valley, and East Bay Dance Center.

Zir personal philanthropy is channeled through Lacuna, a local queer AAPI giving circle that funds grassroots social justice organizations, and board service with his alma mater and gymnastics team at UC Berkeley. As a Bay Area local, Kyson is passionate about building community in xučyun Ohlone land (Oakland) where ze resides with zir husband and two rescue pups.

WRITING, EDITING & WEB CONTENT MANAGEMENT

Donna May Lyons

Donna is a graduate of Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mass Communication. She is the sole proprietor of The Write Choice.

She is a seasoned professional with extensive writing and editing skills, business and graphic communication, web content and social media marketing, fundraising, public speaking, and event planning experience. She has been working in a freelance capacity since 2010.

Donna has excellent interpersonal, organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills. She is a self-starter with a keen eye for details. She has been published in multiple magazines and e-zines over the years and is a twice-published co-author. She edited her first client book in 2019.

Donna is retired from the Air Force and considers her greatest accomplishment her three children, including twin daughters and a son. Donna currently resides in Colorado with her dog, Breck.

OUT OF OFFICE ADMIN - ACCOUNTING

Amanda Barretto

Out of Office Admin, Inc. was founded in 2014 by Amanda Barretto. After many years of working very closely with business owners from a variety of different industries, Amanda saw first-hand how providing administrative support to those owners was vital to the success of their businesses.

Amanda is precise, detail-oriented, and loves to multitask. With her cheerful and dedicated manner, she has a passion for learning new concepts and helping others to be successful. She enjoys the challenge of working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and feels it is her duty to keep her clients organized, focused on their business, and in compliance.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, loves portrait photography, and traveling with her husband. She is also a Day of Wedding Coordinator.

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