The team moving you

 forward.

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Johnny Cooper MPA, CFRE  (he/him)

Founder + Principal

Johnny has spent his career as a nonprofit leader focused on fundraising and organizational leadership, serving most recently as Chief of Philanthropy for Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), the charitable arm of the International Association of Lions Clubs, the world’s largest volunteer humanitarian service organization with 1.4 million members.

 

In this role, he oversaw LCIF’s global development, operations, marketing, and communication. He spearheaded a $300M comprehensive campaign, facilitated a vast structure of nearly 48,000 volunteer fundraisers across 205 countries, and provided strategic guidance and resources to 750 districts in 250 regions. Mr. Cooper has led international teams as large as 67 across four continents and advocated for humanitarian aid at the World Health Organization and among Ministers of Health, Finance, and Technology in countries throughout East and Southern Africa, Europe, South Asia, and Latin America.

 

Johnny has represented organizations across the charitable sector, including higher education, global health, mental health, LGBTQ+ rights and services, disaster relief, and services for the Armed Forces. He served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of San Francisco and Director of Corporate Partnerships for Orbis International, an international blindness prevention organization where he led the international launch of Orbis' Flying Eye Hospital in 2016, the world's only ophthalmic teaching hospital aboard a cargo jet. 

 

As Director of Business Development for Global Health Corps, he focused on health equity and health systems strengthening in the developing world; served as Senior Development Officer of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships for the American Red Cross, raising more than $77 million with his team for response and recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy; and led national development efforts as Director of Development for The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ+ young people. He has and continues to provide development and leadership counsel to nonprofit organizations, both professionally and pro bono. His longest client relationship and favorite charitable organization is Helpusadpot.org, dating back to 2010.

 

Before joining the nonprofit sector as a professional, he served as a board member for Youth First Texas, an LGBTQ+ youth services organization in North Texas, now a program of the Resource Center of Dallas. 

 

Johnny’s career in development is dedicated to impacting the lives of others, and his experience is underscored by his commitment to academic and professional achievement. Johnny has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for more than 10 years and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2013.

 

Johnny Cooper resides in Chicago, Illinois, with his husband, John, and their German Shorthaired Pointer, Baron.

Education

Doctor of Business Administration, Human Resources - Thomas Edison State University (2024)

Master of Public Administration - Villanova University

Bachelor of Science, Organizational Leadership - Thomas Edison State University

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Bill Coleman MBA, M.Ed.  (he/him)

Co-Founder + Principal

Prior to Cooper Coleman LLC, Bill founded and led Coleman Search Consulting LLC, for more than 10 years before selling the firm and serving as a Managing Director for Dressler Search Group. He spent the five years preceding Coleman Search Consulting as Managing Director of Boyden Global Executive Search and a leader of the firm's aerospace and industrial practice groups.

 

Bill has worked with publicly and privately held corporations in the recruitment of C-level operating, finance, human resources, sales/marketing, supply chain and technology executives. He served as Senior Vice President of Lee Hecht Harrison, where he directed the company's offering of career services and leadership consulting. During his 20 years in manufacturing, he held senior level general management, sales, and marketing positions with Teledyne, Fullerton Metals, and Crucible Materials Corporation.

Bill and his wife  are proud grandparents to 15 (so far) and they live in Cincinnati, Ohio near their five children.

Education

Master of Business Administration, Marketing - Xavier University

Master of Education, Counseling - Xavier University

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Kathy Kraushar  (she/her)

Executive Search Consultant

Kathy has built an extensive career in healthcare as a business development professional strategizing with executive leadership at major health systems across the country to achieve operational alignment and financial success.

For more than 17 years, Kathy served as the Regional Director for MediSync Healthcare Solutions where she led market strategy growth for the company’s revenue optimization program. Kathy scaled the program nationally, identifying and developing the talent, program development, and network connections required to achieve optimal success.

She served as a trusted client advisor to executive teams as they developed and implemented collaborative, multi-department solutions, which yielded sustainable financial and cultural growth. Her thorough understanding of organizational challenges and opportunities enables her to provide unique, inclusive approaches that resonate with all levels of management and leadership.

Kathy brings a background in nonprofit leadership, herself. For more than 14 years, she served in leadership positions at Deaconess Hospital and the Deaconess Foundation, where she built and led their physician recruitment and development program inclusive of succession, acquisition, growth, and attrition planning. Her recruitment of physician leaders across multiple departments enabled significant program growth and community outreach.

While at the Deaconess Foundation, Kathy developed Senior Outreach Programs providing older adult mental health care and care management services. As Executive Director of the Physician Hospital Organization, she managed a capitated care model involving all specialties across the hospital system. The contracting and creation of a strong physician network was critical to providing access and quality care to the patients of the PHO.

 

Kathy has a passion for aligning strategy and talent to achieve systemic change and sustainable impact. A longtime resident of Cincinnati, OH, she has two grown sons in Cincinnati and Chicago.

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Marketing - Miami University

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Tony Paskauskas  (he/him)

Chief Operating Officer

For nearly 14 years, Tony has served in various leadership capacities in the nonprofit sector, leading teams that drive the operations, logistics, customer service, and donor stewardship behind a $305 million international philanthropic foundation.

 

During his time at Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), Tony led the transformation of the Foundation’s operations, instituted rigorous efficiency measures, and oversaw all supportive functions of a five-year, $300 million comprehensive campaign—the largest in its 54-year history. In addition, Tony’s customer service and donation processing teams facilitated nearly 500,000 donation transactions over the course of the campaign, servicing more than 100,000 individual donors across six continents and in 13 official languages each year.

 

Managing dozens of professionals in the US, India, Japan, and Korea and volunteer leaders in more than 205 countries, Tony generated more revenue annually than any other producer, managing a program that accounts for as much as 90% of the Foundation’s revenue—The Melvin Jones Fellowship.

 

Under his leadership and strategic vision, LCIF’s development operations team substantially increased its productivity while absorbing exponential volume increases from previous campaigns. By establishing various operations overseas, he enhanced the global supply chain, distribution, and fulfillment of a world-class donor recognition program. Tony’s involvement in enterprise-wide initiatives transcended his areas of responsibility, contributing meaningfully to strategies that enhanced information technology, fundraising + development, marketing + communications, accounting + finance, human resources, supply chain management, and project management.

 

The depth and breadth of Tony’s expertise in logistics, operations, client services, and cultivating a comprehensive donor experience underpin his preparedness to enter the start-up world and lead Cooper Coleman to new heights.

 

He resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Heather, their three children, and two dogs. Tony is also a youth football and soccer coach in his spare time.

Education

Bachelor of Science, History – Illinois State University

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Jennifer Snyder Brown MS  (she/her)

Director of Research

Jennifer brings more than 15 years of nonprofit management experience and expertise in strategic partnerships and planning to the team. Before joining Cooper Coleman, Jennifer’s career was principally focused on fundraising for mission-driven organizations concentrated on women’s empowerment, US-based healthcare, global health, and disaster relief. With a commitment to purposeful philanthropy, Jennifer’s areas of expertise include overall strategy development surrounding organizations' comprehensive fundraising functions, including annual giving, special events, corporate and foundation relations, digital fundraising, major and principal gifts, planned giving, and board/volunteer development. Originally from Massachusetts, Jennifer resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and toddler son.

Education

Master of Science, Nonprofit Management - Columbia University

Bachelor of Science, Communications - Suffolk University

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Paul Towne MBA  (he/him)

Executive Search Consultant

Paul has devoted his career to advancing social good, splitting his time between raising funds for some of the world’s most impactful organizations and championing technology that promotes charitable giving and organizational effectiveness.

 

Paul most recently served as Sr. Director of Institutional Partnerships for Resilia, a social impact startup that partners with foundations to support capacity building, storytelling, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. He was instrumental in establishing Resilia’s presence in the western region of the US, securing partnerships with innovative funders (including Silicon Valley Community Foundation) to strengthen grassroots and BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations.

 

He held similar sales and business development roles with United Way Worldwide, CyberGrants, and IBM. At United Way and CyberGrants, he helped promote SaaS platforms for workplace giving and volunteering. He led software, hardware, and services sales for nonprofit organizations at IBM.

 

Paul has represented organizations across the charitable sector, including higher education, volunteerism, international development, disaster relief, and youth development. He served as Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and Director of Corporate Partnerships for Points of Light, the world’s largest network of organizations committed to inspiring, equipping, and mobilizing community volunteers. At Points of Light, he launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with Google to support free/low-cost technology adoption and a global volunteerism partnership with Visa.

 

Paul has led technology sector engagement for international NGOs, including CARE and UNICEF USA, helping leverage corporate financial and technical resources to improve outcomes in financial inclusion, education, public health, disaster relief, and livelihoods. He launched first-time partnerships with Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, raising critical disaster relief funds and piloting “data for good” initiatives. At American Red Cross, he led the nation’s top-performing regional corporate fundraising team, securing more than $10M in corporate support.

 

Paul has lived in the Bay Area for more than ten years. He resides in Santa Cruz with his husband, Dan, and their two Boston Terriers, Oscar and Jackson. He serves on the alumni board of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. 

Education

Master of Business Administration - Emory University's Goizueta Business School

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology (all but thesis) - Loyola University Maryland

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - Nazareth College

Our Core Team
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Extended Team

An ever-growing cadre of incredibly talented professionals extends the capacity and capabilities of our team. They include recruiters and organizational development experts, frontline fundraisers, planned giving experts, communicators, marketers, designers—each of whom has been hand-selected from our previous work experience and meets our rigorous expectations for performance, expertise, and continued professional development.  Meet a few of them below.

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Julie Anderson Ph.D.
Los Angeles, CA

Organizational Development

Leadership Coaching

Development Consulting

Retreat Facilitation

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Reshma Dabideen MBA
Johannesburg, ZA

Community + International

   Development

Organizational Development

Program Implementation +

   Strategy

Program Management

Monitoring + Evaluation

Expert in Eye Health +

   Blindness Prevention 

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Judith Dumont 
M.Ed., SHRM-CP     
Dallas, TX

Organizational Development

Strategic Talent Management

Succession Planning

Strategic Planning

Curriculum Design

Performance Analytics

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Michelle Covington
Chicago, IL

Marketing + Communications

Development Communications

Digital + Cause Marketing

Integrated Marketing Strategy

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Cynde Horne JD, MA
Dallas, TX

Estate Planning

Planned and Major Gifts

  Cultivation + Solicitation

Donor Engagement +   

  Stewardship

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Kimberly Martin BFA
Chicago, IL

Digital Marketing

Marketing + Communication

Art Direction

Graphic Design

Brand Identity

Web Design

Ellen Winter Ph.D.
Melbourne, FL

Organizational Development

Campaign Leadership

Planned Giving

International Fundraising 

    Strategy

Leadership Development

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