OUR PEOPLE

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Bob Westfall  |  CEO
Inspired by the Parable of the Talents, Bob Westfall has built one of the best known major donor fundraising consultancies in the country. More important, he has helped raise more than $530 million for ministries and charities as diverse as Food for the Hungry, Opportunity International, Westmont College, Convoy of Hope, BMW Car Club of America Foundation and many others. However, his company is hardly resting on its laurels—his ultimate goal is to pass the $1 billion dollar mark in the next five years.

Bob is also the author of the motivational book The Fulfillment Principle and speaks at leadership and development conferences around the world. But he admits that his greatest achievement is his family. His wife, Kim, keeps him anchored and on track. And with four grown children and two grandchildren, they both have their hands full. In his spare time, Bob is divided between the tennis courts and the golf course.

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Alan Gold  |  President, Creative Chief
As a writer, producer, and creative director, Alan has won more than 100 creative awards during his tenure at advertising agencies in Atlanta and St. Louis. But for him, nothing is as rewarding as moving a donor to tears—seeing them form a bond with your organization for years to come. That’s work that makes a difference, and that’s why Westfall Gold exists. Amazingly, Alan has done this without violating his eccentric creative persona or even once donned a (shudder) suit. The parents of three grown boys, Alan and his wife Carolyn can point to a proud legacy of loud noises and broken furniture.

Robert Yi  |  President, COO
Robert leads strategic transformation initiatives as well as day-to-day operations through the talented members of Westfall Gold.  Previously, Robert was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU), a $3.5 billion financial institution serving churches and non-profit organizations. Robert’s career started in law, as a corporate real estate attorney with O’Melveny & Myers and partner with Landmark Law Group.  He also taught operations and strategy courses as an adjunct professor at Biola’s Crowell School of Business.  Robert earned his BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, JD from Loyola Law School, and MBA in Strategic Management from the Wharton School.  Currently, Robert serves on the boards/advisory boards of International Sanctuary, Town and Country Manor, Biola’s Startup Competition, and FUSION Leaders.


Event Consulting

 

Bruce Scott | Senior Consultant
As the recent Executive Director US Development for Bible League International, Bruce Scott engineered a turnaround in revenue and sustained four years of consistent growth in revenue, new donors and ROI. He instituted a moves management system for the major/mega donor team, achieved the organizations first seven-figure gift in five years, and grew the average gift among major donors by 38%.

Before moving into Development, Bruce had a successful sales and marketing career. He has been published in professional journals and has been a popular speaker and conference leader in the area of marketing and development.

Lisa Wolf | VP of Consulting
Lisa is passionate about working with non-profits that work hard every day to improve the lives of others. From 2005 - 2013, Lisa held senior leadership positions at CURE International, a medical ministry with hospitals and programs in 29 countries throughout the developing world, serving as Vice President of Donor Relations and as Senior Vice President of Communications. In her role at CURE, she was responsible for creating the communications strategy for general, mid-range and major donors as well as growing the organization’s general donor base through development of an online, radio and direct mail strategy. Lisa was also responsible for planning CURE’s major donor communications strategy and fundraising weekends that have raised more than $12 million over the last four years

Barry Durman | Senior Consultant
Barry’s career in fund raising and public relations began more than 40 years ago and includes leadership positions at organizations such as the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, East-West Ministries, and Insight for Living. Before returning to Westfall Gold as a Senior Consultant, Barry served as VP of Stewardship at SIM USA, where he worked with their major donor base to help deepen the impact of the 123-year-old ministry. Raised in Zimbabwe, he moved to the United States where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in education at Northeastern Bible College, now The King’s College. Barry and his wife, Joanne, are the proud parents of two grown children and five grandchildren.


Event Services

Sarah Richards | VP of Client Service
Sarah is an alumna of University of Georgia (Goooooooo Dawgs!) and Westfall Gold’s Director of Client Service. Before joining our team, she worked in the fast-paced world of the glitterati as Vice President at Anne Barge, a purveyor of fine bridal gowns. There she headed all production, working directly with factories, suppliers, and vendors and traveled often between China and New York. She transitioned to handling the ins and outs of Westfall Gold major donor events in March 2011 and never looked back. Now, she enjoys working side-by-side with our clients to make every event perfect.

Sarah is married to Ryan and together they have a dog-son named Sam Calgione Westchester Richards III. Sam is their only pooch, but Sarah has been known to say, “if it wasn’t weird, I’d have 15 dogs.”

Tiffany Vazquez | Director of Event Service
As our Director of Event Service, Tiffany is basking in the glow of her job and feels blessed to be a part of an organization that is raising money for organizations that enrich people’s lives every day. Handling the odds and ends in all it takes to prepare for a major donor event she is a natural goal seeker and thrives swimming in the details that it takes to execute a Westfall donor event from start to finish.

Stephanie Naglich | Client Service Manager
Stephanie attended the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance, and then moved to Atlanta to build a career as an insurance underwriter. In the midst of building her career, Stephanie spent time fueling her passion for Africa after joining a Young Life Africa expedition to Tanzania in 2007. In 2013, the trajectory of her 10-year underwriting career changed when she answered the call to serve Young Life Africa full time as the Africa Expeditions Operations Manager. There, she coordinated, managed, and executed all the details of 15 to 20 trips to Africa each year. She now has the privilege of working alongside Westfall clients to manage all the details that go into executing an excellent major donor event—in turn changing lives and transforming communities around the world.

Julia Flannery | Client Service Manager
Julia is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a degree in hospitality management. Her work experience includes Wolfgang Puck Catering at the Georgia Aquarium and Catering Sales Manager at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia, managing special events for more than 1,800 members. Her client services and event management role began with the 2009 Masters Golf Tournament, 2011 PGA Championship and Marriott Vacation Properties in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Julia loves getting to know her clients and seeing every detail come together at the donor weekend. When not working, Julia loves tennis, being outdoors, and spending time with her goldendoodle, Griffin, family and friends.


Administration

Beth Rummel | Office Manager, Executive Assistant
Beth serves as the office coordinator, keeping track of state registrations and assisting in several aspects of the event planning and marketing projects. Beth has been an administrative assistant, preschool teacher, occupational therapist, and docent at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. She mostly volunteers for Young Life, serves the three year olds at her church, and rescues baby kittens. Beth has a husband and three adult kids, and they are her greatest joy.

Thy Heng | Accounting Manager
Thy, pronounced “Tee,” is known for his excellence in Finance and Technology. He brings to the team over 10 years of accounting experience working in Accounts Payable and Receivable, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, with a concentration in Computer Forensics. Give him a task and he will surely figure out a solution.

He is a young and outgoing gentleman who seeks to drive business toward productivity and efficiency, and whose hobbies include but are not limited to motorcycles, sports, technology. and break dancing at inappropriate moments.

Melissa Butler | Executive Assistant to the CEO, HR Specialist
Melissa joins Westfall Gold as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Human Resources Specialist. After graduating cum laude from Georgia State University as a business major, Melissa spent 12 years at a commercial law firm in various roles.  Melissa enjoys traveling, planning parties and volunteering with various non-profits. She is also the proud aunt of “the cutest nephew in the world!”


Creative Services

Carissa Craven  |  VP of Creative Service
A gifted graphic designer, Carissa’s professional life has allowed her to help shape the visual personality of dozens of clients, from Kimberly-Clark to CARE. As Westfall Gold’s VP of Creative Service, she is responsible for keeping clients informed, and creative projects on strategy and on track. With more than 30 major donor events a year, Carissa carries great responsibility with grace and professionalism. 

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Lauren Gaither  |  Associate Creative Director
A truly literate soul, Lauren was searching diligently for a copyediting job in the publishing world when Alan Gold tricked her into becoming a copywriter instead. But after spending several years laboring over headlines and body copy at Westfall Gold, she has emerged as a creative director able to work directly with our clients to ensure that their communications are well conceived and well written. When she’s not writing copy or creative-directing, Lauren is bringing comic relief to staff meetings, and calling “shenanigans” when appropriate. 

Glen Slattery  |  Senior Copywriter
Glen’s writing career began at age 7 when his grandmother, desperate to keep him occupied, plunked him in front of an old typewriter and said: “Have fun.” Today, his work spans print, online and radio, the written and spoken word. His byline has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today; his local newspaper column, “Lost in Suburbia,” received “Best Columnist” honors from Atlanta magazine.

At Westfall Gold, Glen writes everything from fundraising letters to annual reports. But his specialty is speechwriting—and as Associate Creative Director he oversees a large team of contractors to create script packages that capture the voice of the speaker perfectly while remaining on strategy and yes, on time. A history enthusiast, Glen admits to knowing the names of all U.S. Presidents, in order, although he has trouble remembering Millard Fillmore. 

Rob Herrema  |  Senior Art Director
Rob, who humbly refers to himself as “that other guy,” is Westfall Gold’s resident graphic designer. He prefers to work in the background, talking about himself as little as possible, and shuddering at the very idea of a bio. When he does talk, however, the office shakes—thanks to a basso profondo that would make James Earl Jones tremble. In serving clients, Rob has a simple desire: to provide good design for good people.

 

Lesa Osborn  |  Account Manager
A consummate client service professional, Lesa assists Carissa in coordinating and communicating with our clients on their creative projects.  During the past 10 years she has worked in advertising, marketing and print management. She also brings a diverse background of knowledge with personal interests in digital photography, graphics and real estate as prior owner of a photography business and previous holder of a Georgia Real Estate license. Lesa attended the University of Georgia and has one daughter, and two grandchildren.

 

Natalie David  |  Production Manager
A former music journalist and project manager, Natalie joined Westfall Gold initially as a copywriter. She brought with her a fondness for meeting deadlines, which soon led her to a new role as Production Manager. In addition to penning the occasional copy, Natalie cracks the whip to make sure deadlines are met, and works with printers to ensure that client creative materials arrive on-time and looking fabulous. Her loves include meticulous spreadsheets, coffee (cream, no sugar), and the sweet, sweet satisfaction of completing a To Do list.