Meet the PMA Consulting Team

July 2023

Meet the PMA Consulting Team!

PMA Nonprofit Leadership's recent team retreat (thanks Cain Center for the Arts for hosting!) brought together a new and expanded organizational consulting team. This group represents one of three areas of focus for the firm as it seeks to support nonprofit leaders at all levels of their career journey:

  • Content Creation & Resource Development
  • Individual Coaching & Training for Staff and Board Members
  • Organizational Counsel & Capacity Building 

Get to know each of them below, and let us know if we can help with your strategic planning, capacity-building or fundraising project needs.  

As one of PMA's Senior Consultants, Adam Cline brings the direct experience of a current fundraising executive to the firm's consulting and leadership development of nonprofit executives, fundraisers and board members. He serves as Chief Advancement Officer at Crisis Assistance Ministry, and understands all phases of a successful philanthropic program and is able to apply that experience to each of PMA's clients with which he is working.

Adam's extensive background encompasses a range of roles. Before assuming his current role at Crisis Assistance Ministry, Adam served as the Executive Director of Carolina Cross Connection, where he fostered a strong board of directors and led recruitment and training efforts for hundreds of seasonal employees and thousands of volunteers. Notably, his strategic leadership was instrumental in establishing the agency's first major gifts program, resulting in a remarkable 110% growth in the number of major donors. 

Patrick Lynch is a dynamic leader currently serving as the Director of Development and Public Relations for I Know I Can, a renowned college access non-profit in Columbus, OH. With an unwavering commitment to empowering students, Patrick oversees and spearheads all fundraising and communication efforts for the organization. Notably, he leads the fundraising initiatives for the Columbus Promise, a groundbreaking collaborative initiative providing tuition-free education at Columbus State Community College for graduates of Columbus City Schools, in partnership with the City of Columbus and Columbus State Community College.

With over 15 years of experience in education-based fundraising, Patrick's expertise lies in driving philanthropic success in the educational sector. During his tenure in Charlotte, he actively contributed to the advancement of the fundraising profession, serving on the board of AFP Charlotte and mentoring aspiring fundraisers through the mentorship program. Additionally, Patrick played a pivotal role in the planning committee for the North Carolina Philanthropy Conference, further showcasing his dedication to professional development.

As one of PMA's Senior Consultants, Donte' Shannon brings a wealth of experience especially in the association space to the firm's consulting, presentation and facilitation services. With an impressive 16-year tenure in nonprofit association management, including seven years in the C-suite, Donté brings a wealth of expertise to the realm of nonprofit consulting. 

His vast experience spans professional and trade nonprofit associations across diverse industries. Having held numerous CEO positions, ranging from state associations to globally impactful national associations, Donté is a recognized influencer in the nonprofit association community and his impact extends beyond his executive roles, as he has led over 20 association management presentations on topics such as strategic leadership, organization rebranding, and career development. He served as the Chair of the CAE Commission, the governing body responsible for the prestigious global CAE credential, and played a pivotal role in launching the credential in Australasia.

Robin Taylor brings over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector in a variety of roles to her work at PMA. She's worked in leadership development, front-line fundraising, donor stewardship and data management. This background, alongside her academic training in History and International Relations, gives her a deep understanding of how all the pieces of fundraising fit together. Having worked with community-based groups as well as national non-profits, Robin focuses on data management, annual fundraising, and donor stewardship. 

She has led the successful implementation of annual fundraising plans and developed and executed robust stewardship programs. Her expertise extends to donor databases, leveraging technology to drive increases in revenue and donor retention. Robin has played a key role in the implementation of databases at numerous organizations and delivers training for front-line fundraisers as well as gift processors and data managers.

As one of PMA's Senior Consultants, James Waddey brings extensive experience especially in all phases of the fundraising process to the firm's work with nonprofit organizations in all sectors. With over 15 years in the nonprofit sector leadership, James brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the team. His notable achievements include serving as the Vice President of Advancement for Murphy-Harpst Children's Centers and as the Assistant Director of Development for Youth Villages in Atlanta, Georgia.

In his leadership roles, James successfully led teams responsible for various crucial functions, including donor and volunteer cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. He excelled in driving corporate, foundation, and community engagement, while also overseeing marketing and communications efforts. Prior to his roles in advancement and development, James coordinated programs and fundraising initiatives for the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and AmeriCorps.  He also completed PMA's Mastermind Leadership Development program (Spring 2023 Diamond Group).  

As Managing Director, Lea Williams leads PMA's efforts to conduct high-quality consulting partnerships and develop transformative coaching & training programs and, in particular, the firm's signature Mastermind Leadership Development program. She brings a wealth of expertise to the firm in driving impactful change within nonprofit organizations. With a Ph.D. in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lea's academic foundation fuels her ability to deliver innovative solutions to nonprofit leaders.

Prior to joining PMA, served over 15 nonprofits through pro-bono consulting engagements. During her doctoral studies, Lea held key positions in Talent Management & Organizational Development at renowned organizations such as Ingersoll Rand, Duke Energy, TIAA, and Jacobsen, where she honed her skills in meeting effectiveness, leadership development, board and staff training, data analysis, strategic planning, survey design, stakeholder research, and volunteer retention/engagement. With a profound understanding of research methodologies, Lea excels in gathering input and synthesizing it to facilitate the development of innovative strategies for nonprofit leaders. 

We Can Help You Succeed at Nonprofit Leadership

Have you thought about leading a nonprofit organization?  Are you currently working in a nonprofit and hope to make it your long-term career goal? At PMA Nonprofit Leadership, we want to help you find the perfect nonprofit job and guide you along the road to career success in the philanthropic sector. Explore this website to learn more about the ways we can serve as a resource on your journey to success in nonprofit leadership.  As a firm, we are constantly developing content and programs to help you in three distinct ways.  The first way is to help you be a thought leader in the nonprofit sector by producing weekly content through our podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. The second way is through individual coaching, training and our unique Mastermind Nonprofit Leadership program. 

The third way is to help your nonprofit organization through support of its strategic planning, board & staff development, and fundraising. Through our exclusive partnership with the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership, we also  guide aspiring nonprofit leaders through the virtual Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy cohort training program, as well as the annual Leadership Gift School, now entering its 12th cohort season.  Let us know how we can help you! Join our community by signing up for our free resources here, and schedule a call if you'd like to learn more about ways we can help you on your journey to nonprofit leadership.