I am an entrepreneur, rancher, fund raising and management
consultant, and businesswoman. I worked in the non profit sector
for 22 years. I assisted
numerous institutions and organizations achieve their fundraising and
Since “retiring” in 1998 I have built a successful equestrian business
on a small working ranch in central Texas.
1998 to Present .(Semi-Retired) Post Oak
Farm, Burnet, Texas.
Built a successful equestrian business from scratch.
Owner and hands on manager of a small working ranch raising cattle and
We offer horse boarding, riding lessons, recreational riding and horse
Developed a diversified ranching business plan which incorporates the
raising livestock and growing our own hay.
Developed Miller’s Equine Wound Salve,
a universal healer for equines using essential oils.
Developed small but profitable on-line marketing and sales program for the
1995 – 1997 – Sabbatical in western
Ireland. Lived for two years
in the Irish village of Ardrahan.
Worked in the summer of 1995 as a gopher and logistics support hand for
Willie Leahy’s Aille Cross/Connemara Trail .
Studied for and passed the British
Horse Society Stage 1 in Riding and Horse Care.
Served as secretary for the Tulira Castle County Show, a three-day county
horse and livestock show in Galway County.
Learned html programming before WSIWYG programs were available and
started a web site development service for equestrian businesses in
This initiative was cut short when my father was diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s disease and I returned to the United States.
MBA 1987, UCLA,
Anderson Graduate School of Management, Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles
Degree in Child Development and School Psychology
B.A. 1970, Occidental College, Los Angeles
Major: Psychology, Minor: Geology
1975 – 1995 Professional History. Based in
I worked in the non profit sector in virtually every aspect of management,
major gifts development and campaign fundraising for over twenty two
I have an understanding of the philanthropic process in both donors and
I have a philosophical approach and developed methodologies which produce
I focus on institutional effectiveness and accountability as the means of
achieving donor confidence.
I acquired the experience to
successfully manage individuals and teams within complex organizations.
have provided professional fundraising and management counsel
to organizations in the fields of
private higher education, graduate study, scientific research, botany,
regional and global conservation,
museums and collections, the arts and arts education,
private secondary education, college and university administration,
children's and women's health issues in the developing world, international
public television, medical research, hospice services, community services,
children's arts and culture.
personal style is informal, dynamic, and team-oriented.
My working philosophy embraces the importance of personal and professional
the need for organizational consensus and effective leadership.
was during my years in Pasadena that I returned to my childhood passion for
horses and began my
equine education in earnest through horse ownership, lessons, clincs and
& Clients Served
1997 Center for Plant Conservation, St.
Assessment of Fund Raising Potential
1996 Tulira School of Equitation,
County Galway, Ireland
Proposal Development, Marketing Plan & Budget, WebSite Design
1992 – 1995 Rancho Santa Ana Botanic
Garden, Claremont, CA.
$2.5 Million Mid-Campaign Assessment,
Management Consulting, Strategic Planning,
Budget Assessment, Development Program Consulting, Executive Search, Interim
1991 – 1993 California Institute of
the Arts, Valencia, CA.
Senior Counsel, $25 Million Phase I, Executive Search,
Senior Campaign Volunteer Enlistment & Training, Campaign Strategy,
Planning & Policy Development
1987-88, 1992-93 Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR.
$10 Million Campaign Consulting, Management Assessment, Campaign Planning,
Volunteer Enlistment & Training, Prospect Identification, Case
Development, Donor Management System
Angeles Assistance League, Los Angeles, CA.
$6 Million Campaign Feasibility Assessment, Campaign Planning,
Leadership Enlistment, Lead Gift Solicitation, Campaign Staffing
Angeles Children's Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
$20 Million Case Development, Pre-Campaign Assessment, Lead Donor
Identification, Campaign Strategy
Diego Hospice, San Diego, CA.
$5 Million Campaign Feasibility Study, Campaign Planning, Lead Gift
Solicitation, Leadership Enlistment Plan
Army of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
Campaign Readiness Assessment, Leadership Identification & Enlistment
School of Medicine and Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
$100 Million Campaign Internal Assessment
1991 University Elementary School,
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Fundraising Readiness Assessment
1990-91 U. C. Santa Barbara, Santa
General Fund Raising Counsel to Vice President for University Development
Memorial High School, Bakersfield, CA.
Constituency Assessment, Major Gifts Fundraising Consulting
1989-90 Scripps Clinic & Research
Foundation, La Jolla, CA
$25 Million Campaign Consulting & Feasibility Study Team
1989-90 KCET Public Television,
Los Angeles, CA. Campaign Plan Revision
1989-90 The Orme School, Phoenix, AZ.
Campaign Feasibility Study, Campaign Strategy, Campaign Planning Guidelines
for the firm of Development Management Associates
TheatreWorks, Los Angeles, CA.
Fundraising Readiness Assessment
1983 – 87 United
States Committee for UNICEF, Los Angeles, CA. Western Region Director,
Fund Raising, Volunteer Recruitment, Training & Deployment, Special
Events, Public Relations
Library, Botanical Garden & Library, San Marino, CA.
Campaign Feasibility Study Assessment Team for the firm of Gary W.
Phillips & Associates
Saints Episcopal Church Interfaith Center, Pasadena, CA.
Fundraising Consulting, Leadership Development
1982-83 Pasadena Art Workshops,
Annual Giving Program Consulting
School, Pasadena, CA. Director of
Annual Giving, $2.5 Million Campaign, Alumni Relations, Publications
1975 – 78 Occidental
College, Los Angeles, CA.
$2.5 Million Alumni Campaign Manager, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
1973 – 75 Occidental College, Los
Part-time position as Teacher Placement Advisor in the College Placement
Pro Bono Clients
Artists Rights Foundation, Los
Case Development, Board Development, Foundation Research
1994 Sequoyah School, Pasadena,
Major Gifts Fundraising Consulting
1993 – 95 Veteran's Park Preserve,
Los Angeles, CA.
Major Gifts Fundraising Consulting, Case Development Consulting
1994 Garces Memorial High School,
General Development Consulting