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KDD Philanthropy is proud to partner with the following individuals who are leaders in their respective fields. Their expertise and experience strategically aligns with the needs of our clients, allowing us to provide a customized approach to help each organization grow and succeed.

Strategic Talent Management and Alumni Relations
Candace Comeaux
Candace is a fundraiser turned talent development professional. With experience in the arts, higher education and retail, Candace has a passion for team building, culture, training design and facilitation, and individualized career guidance. Currently, she works alongside her team at Petco Animal Supplies to meet business needs through learning and development as Learning Program Manager. 

Previously, Candace served as the Talent Development Manager in Advancement at UC San Diego where she built a formal training program for 300 employees, rolled out an Advancement-wide on-boarding process and provided personalized professional development coaching. 

Prior to focusing her time inward on her teams, Candace built strong donor relations in fundraising positions at both UC San Diego and at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. In her various Annual Giving and Major Gifts roles, she connected passion with purpose through board development, cultivation events, and donor stewardship. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, Public Relations from Louisiana State University.

Connect with Candace on LinkedIn.


Planned Giving
Erin Kathleen Jones, CFRE, CSPG
3de84feErin Jones has a passion for helping donors create their legacy through a strategic approach to planned giving. She is currently the Director of Gift Planing for The Salvation Army. Prior to that, Erin was Principal of Shamrock Philanthropy, where she provides planned giving consulting services for a variety of nonprofit organizations and universities. She also served as Regional Director for the University of Notre Dame. In this position, Erin worked with alumni, parents, and friends of the Fighting Irish to create lasting legacies.

Her engagement with higher education philanthropy did not start with Notre Dame. She spent five years as the Senior Director of Planned Giving at San Diego State University. During her tenure at SDSU, the planned giving program raised more than $75 million. Before SDSU, Erin served as the Director of Planned Giving at San Diego Hospice where she spearheaded the acquisition of a Gift Annuities License for the agency. Under her leadership, the organization raised over $40 million in planned giving efforts.

Erin also worked for the Catholic Diocese of San Diego, Grossmont Hospital Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. She began her 25-year fundraising career with a national consulting firm where she ran 42 capital campaigns over a five-year period, which raised more than $40 million, collectively, through her efforts. Erin also expanded the firm’s West Coast presence when she relocated to San Diego.

Erin earned her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in New York. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Certified Senior Advisor, and received a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving credential from the College of Continuing & Professional Education at California State University Long Beach.

Connect with Erin on LinkedIn.

Annual Fund, Stewardship, and Alumni Communication
D. Timothy Poisson

Timothy PoissonTimothy Poisson is a talented development professional with a history of leading successful annual giving campaigns and creating marketing strategies to boost alumni participation. His specialties include working with universities to understand trends in annual giving, analyze data to determine most effective segmentation and messaging, balance activity for short- and long-term pay off, and validate non-solicitation activity as activity that produces higher giving and retention rates.

Tim is currently serving as the Interim Senior Director of Communications for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alumni Association and Director of Annual Fund Marketing and Participation for MIT. In his roles, Tim manages a team of 22 marketing, communications, and stewardship staff members. He successfully piloted an innovative program for graduate exclusive alumni in the first 10 years after graduation in FY15, and extended the pilot for FY16. He identified an area of focus in alumni 11-24 years after graduation in FY09 and built a unique program to increase results in collaboration with Class Giving launching FY13. In addition, Tim illustrated the cause and effect of an integrated stewardship plan on donor retention rates beginning in FY06 and negotiated progressive increased specialized programming.

Prior to his work at MIT, Tim served as Associate Director of the Annual Fund for the University of Connecticut Foundation. He was the Assistant Director of Annual Giving for San Diego State University and Phonathon Program Coordinator for Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a successful freelance illustrator and comic book writer/artist. Tim received his bachelor’s of sciences degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Connect with Tim on LinkedIn.

Leadership Giving and Project Management
Lucille Schindler
Lucille Schindler is a development professional with experience in higher education, health care, and cultural organizations. She specializes in leadership annual giving, building recent alumni giving programs, affinity groups, and regional engagement.

Lucille is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Development at the Mount Sinai Health System. In her role, she has the privilege of working with inspiring friends of the health system who are passionate about providing compassionate patient care and advancing medicine.

Prior to her work at Mount Sinai, Lucille served as the Associate Director for Annual Giving and Reunion Programs at NYU Law, and in various development roles at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego. In her previous roles, Lucille helped build out strong leadership annual giving programs and successfully fundraised for many key initiatives.

Lucille has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature magna cum laude from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Women, Writing and Gender from the University of St Andrews.

Connect with Lucille on LinkedIn

Marketing, Writing, and Development Communication
Leah R. Singer
Leah Singer is a freelance writer and editor. She is known for uncovering unique angles and hidden gems, and then creating clear and compelling communication that creates impact.

She was previously a speechwriter and communications manager for two college presidents at San Diego State University. Leah served as Director of Communications for the San Diego State Enrollment Services Department, and managed high-profile special events for the SDSU Office of the President. She also worked as a senior writer for UC San Diego Annual Giving, and in marketing and public relations at KPBS public broadcasting station.

She is the former managing editor of the Red Tricycle Spoke Contributor Network and San Diego city editor. Her work has appeared in USA Today; Indianapolis Star; The Huffington Post; The Good Men Project; Edible Indy and Edible San Diego magazines; Today Parenting; Babble; Scary Mommy; Red Tricycle;; Beyond Your Blog; Terre Haute Living; Haute Life magazine; and numerous other national publications.

Connect with Leah on LinkedIn.

Fundraising Essentials and Strategic Talent Management
Carol Spychalski
carolCarol Spychalski’s specialty is building: from teams to fundraising initiatives to comprehensive campaign infrastructure, Carol has a track record of helping people and programs achieve greater levels of excellence.

As a coach and manager, Carol supports professional success through a focus on:

  • Identifying and strengthening an individual’s unique strengths
  • Creating clarity around challenges and how to overcome them
  • Embracing accountability
  • Establishing professional presence

Through a career in higher education, healthcare, and community nonprofits, Carol has developed an expertise across a broad spectrum of advancement activities. As Senior Director, Philanthropy, at San Diego Humane Society, Carol raises the significant gifts that are essential to a cause she is passionate about while leading a team of planned, foundation, and major giving professionals. Additionally, Carol plays a significant role in developing the organization’s coming comprehensive campaign.

Previously, as Senior Director of Development at University of California, San Diego, Carol led the creation of, and fundraising for, several campaign initiatives while she hired, trained, and managed a large advancement team. Carol’s talent-focused approach provided her a critical role in the division’s staff development programs. She led a cohort of mid-level fundraisers for the university’s academic units; this process included setting clear goals and standards, building a cohort group for strategy and skill set development, and providing ongoing one-to-one coaching.

Connect with Carol on LinkedIn.

Praise for Carol:

“I worked as a fundraiser under Carol’s leadership for about 18 months and can say with complete sincerity that she was one of the best managers I’ve ever had. Carol cares deeply about her work and that is reflected in her management style. She is a champion for her team, a patient and thoughtful mentor, a dedicated coach, and an excellent supervisor. Under her guidance, I was able to sharpen my development skillset and to progress from being an entry-level development professional to a strategic major gift officer. Carol is an expert in brainstorming donor strategy, all facets of management (up, down, and at parallel levels), building team culture, and writing effectively as a fundraiser. She imparted many of these skills to her team at UC San Diego, and I am fully confident that I wouldn’t be where I am today without her support. It is rare to work with someone who is so committed to elevating the people around them. Carol does exactly that.” — Zachary Colombo, Associate Director of Development, Division of Social Sciences, UC San Diego

Project Management, Benchmark Assessments, and Background Research
Allyson HearstAllyson Hearst

Allyson has a stellar reputation for putting her project management expertise to work on complex projects with a variety of constituents. Her specialties include project management, benchmark assessments, and background research within the development and fundraising realm.

Most recently, Allyson provided top-level administrative support to the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Development at UC San Diego, and a team of 75 fundraising staff. She managed projects and oversaw the operations of each very diverse development unit, including Diversity Initiatives, Campus Initiatives & Campaigns, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/Marine Sciences, The Preuss School UCSD, and the Library. Among Allyson’s responsibilities were preparing materials, background information, and presentations for the AVC, researching and drafting material, and providing guidance to assist in the development of briefings, policy documents, and other materials as needed.

Allyson also served as an Administrative Specialist for California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). In this position, she provided high-level administrative support to the Directors of Development for the Institute, and managed complex donor/prospect and gift/revenue databases. She also drafted donor correspondence, interfaced directly with donors, handled event logistics, planned and hosted visits by donors or their representatives, and coordinated activities with other development officers, faculty, and administrators.

Prior to her work in development, Allyson served as the Executive Assistant to the UC San Diego Chancellor and Administrative Assistant for the Library Facilities Department at Geisel Library. Allyson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University.

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