a rancher in Burnet, Helen worked in the non profit sector for 22 years. She assisted
numerous institutions and organizations achieve their
fundraising and management objectives.
Since “retiring” in 1998 she has built a successful
on a small working ranch in central Texas which offers
riding lessons, horse boarding, recreational riding and
1998 to Present
Oak Farm, Burnet, Texas.
Built a successful equestrian business from scratch.
Owner and hands on manager of a small working ranch raising
cattle and goats.
We offer horse boarding, riding lessons, recreational riding
and horse training.
Miller’s Equine Wound
a universal healer for equines and livestock using essential
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
horse and livestock show in Galway County.
Learned html programming before WSIWYG programs were
started a web site development service for equestrian
businesses in Ireland.
This initiative was cut short when my father was diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s disease and I returned to the United
1987, UCLA, Anderson
Graduate School of Management, Los Angeles
State University, Los Angeles
Degree in Child Development
and School Psychology
B.A. 1970, Occidental College, Los
Major: Psychology, Minor: Geology
1975 – 1995 Professional History.
Based in Pasadena, California,
I worked in the non profit sector in virtually every aspect
major gifts development and campaign fundraising for
over twenty two years.
I have an understanding of the philanthropic process in both
donors and institutions.
I have a philosophical approach and developed methodologies
which produce results.
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.
I 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, international development,
children's and women's health issues in the developing
world, international relief activities,
public television, medical research, hospice services,
community services, children's arts and culture.
My personal style is
informal, dynamic, and team-oriented.
My working philosophy embraces the importance of personal
and professional accountability,
the need for organizational consensus and effective
It 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 independent study.
Organizations & Clients Served
1997 Center for Plant Conservation, St. Louis, MO.
Assessment of Fund Raising Potential
1996 Tulira School of Equitation, County Galway,
Proposal Development, Marketing Plan & Budget, WebSite
1992 – 1995 Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,
$2.5 Million Mid-Campaign Assessment, Management
Consulting, Strategic Planning,
Budget Assessment, Development Program Consulting, Executive
Search, Interim Director
1991 – 1993 California Institute of the Arts,
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,
$10 Million Campaign Consulting, Management Assessment,
Volunteer Enlistment & Training, Prospect Identification,
Case Development, Donor Management System
1990-91 Los Angeles
Assistance League, Los Angeles, CA.
$6 Million Campaign Feasibility Assessment, Campaign
Leadership Enlistment, Lead Gift Solicitation, Campaign
1990-91 Los Angeles
Children's Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
$20 Million Case Development, Pre-Campaign Assessment, Lead
Donor Identification, Campaign Strategy
1990-91 San Diego
Hospice, San Diego, CA.
$5 Million Campaign Feasibility Study, Campaign Planning,
Lead Gift Solicitation, Leadership Enlistment Plan
1990-91 Salvation Army
of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
Campaign Readiness Assessment, Leadership Identification &
1990-91 UCLA School of
Medicine and Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
$100 Million Campaign Internal Assessment
1991 University Elementary School, UCLA, Los Angeles,
Fundraising Readiness Assessment
1990-91 U. C. Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.
General Fund Raising Counsel to Vice President for
1989-90 Garces Memorial
High School, Bakersfield, CA.
Constituency Assessment, Major Gifts Fundraising Consulting
1989-90 Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation, La
$25 Million Campaign Consulting & Feasibility Study Team
1989-90 KCET Public Television,
Los Angeles, CA. Campaign Plan Revision
1989-90 The Orme School,
Campaign Feasibility Study, Campaign Strategy, Campaign
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
Fund Raising, Volunteer Recruitment, Training & Deployment,
Special Events, Public Relations
1982 Huntington Library,
Botanical Garden & Library, San Marino, CA.
Campaign Feasibility Study Assessment Team for the firm
of Gary W. Phillips & Associates
1982-83 All Saints
Episcopal Church Interfaith Center, Pasadena, CA.
Fundraising Consulting, Leadership Development
1982-83 Pasadena Art Workshops, Pasadena, CA.
Annual Giving Program Consulting
School, Pasadena, CA. Director of Development
Annual Giving, $2.5 Million Campaign, Alumni Relations,
1975 – 78 Occidental
College, Los Angeles, CA.
$2.5 Million Alumni Campaign Manager, Assistant Director,
1973 – 75 Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.
Part-time position as Teacher Placement Advisor in the
College Placement Office.
Pro Bono Clients
1990-91 Artists Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Case Development, Board Development, Foundation Research
1994 Sequoyah School, Pasadena, CA.
Major Gifts Fundraising Consulting
1993 – 95 Veteran's Park Preserve, Los Angeles, CA.
Major Gifts Fundraising Consulting, Case Development
1994 Garces Memorial High School, Bakersfield, CA.
General Development Consulting