William J. Moran, J.D., M.S.Ed

Bill Moran comes from a Fundraising/Development background.

Bill Moran runs an executive search company called The Moran Company LLC, located in the Kansas City, Kansas area. The Moran Company specializes in executive searches for Executive Directors, fundraising Directors of Development and other nonprofit leadership.

Bill has worked on more than 60  nonprofit searches over the past 10 years. He brings a rare combination to the search sector of having spent another 10 years as senior fundraising staff and 11 years as a successful fundraising consultant serving more than 100 clients. He moves easily among his peers in fundraising circles.

Bill understands the challenges in finding the right fundraising staff. He’s worked with hundreds of nonprofit professionals in a variety of organizations and he knows the type of people who make successful nonprofit leaders. His contacts and nationwide network enable him to do customized recruitment for his clients.

How did Bill learn the art of fundraising?

Bill was Director of Development for the Johnson County Region of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City, Kansas. He then joined Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation in Kansas City. He was Director of Planned Giving there from 1987 to 1996. During his tenure, Saint Luke’s planned giving program received the 1996 Mid-America Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Showcase Award and Bill taught at the prestigious Madison Institute of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.

Bill has written numerous fundraising articles for publications and has made presentations around the United States on a variety of fundraising topics. See Presentations.  In 1997, Bill was named “Trainer of the Year” by the Center for Management Assistance.  He has presented at 54 fundraising conferences.  He designed and implemented a cutting edge national web-based training program for development professionals.  In addition, he has served as president of several nonprofit Boards.

Bill holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the Law Review. He also has a master’s degree in education from the University of Kansas.  He is a member of the Missouri Bar, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Partnership for Philanthrpic Planning, Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Society for Human Resource Management, American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration, Mid-America Planned Giving Council, International Rotary, Toastmasters, and Nonprofit Connect.

Paul Gemeinhardt, M.S.W.

Paul served as a CEO for 34 years for children’s agencies.

Paul’s unique vision and abilities enable him to recruit top candidates for the executive director position.  Paul began his career in 1969 as a clinical therapist at a residential treatment center in Kansas City, following his graduation from the University of Missouri.  Paul’s talent and passion for improving the lives of children and their families was recognized when he became President of the agency in 1973.

Under Paul’s leadership, Ozanam grew into a multi-service organization. His unique abilities and vision to understand the market place for children’s services and adjust strategies to address ongoing funding reductions spearheaded the creation of Cornerstones of Care in 1998. This organization was formed through a merger of Ozanam with four other well respected organizations – Gillis, Marillac, Spofford, and Healthy Families Counseling and Support.

Paul served as a CEO for 34 years and retired as President/Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstones of Care at the end of 2007. Paul has become a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of troubled children across all socio-economic levels. He has worked for the Nonprofit Business Excellence Certification Program through the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

Paul has served on numerous boards including the national Alliance for Children & Families and the national United Neighborhood Centers of America. He has been the recipient of the Council on Philanthropy’s Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award and Greater Kansas City Chapter of American Society for Public Administration Nonprofit Administrator of the Year. He has been featured in numerous national magazines with the industry.

Bruce Scott, M.S.W.

Bruce has 33 years experience as a nonprofit Executive Director.

Bruce was founder of a local trade association, served as board member and President of the state rehabilitation association, and is connected nationally through UCP. Bruce has served as President of the Board of Nonprofit Connect in Kansas City, one of many boards on which he has participated. Creating and sustaining community support services for people with disabilities requires organizational skills, the ability to connect to many people, vision, and commitment to quality of life for everyone. He brings that commitment as well as a belief in the power of community organizations and their leaders to his current executive coaching and consulting assignments.

Decades of direct experience brings an understanding of the complex and volatile turf of nonprofit executives, and his discernment, listening skills, sense of humor, and patience are assets in the executive search process.

Bruce earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Missouri, Columbia, before launching his 35 year career in services to people with developmental disabilities.

Anna Stone, M.S.W.

Anna has 32 years nonprofit experience helping families and children in need.

Anna Stone began her career as a social worker for the Missouri Division of Family Services. She served in many different capacities through her 32 year career culminating in her appointment as Missouri Child Welfare Director. As a front line supervisor, Anna was involved in extensive community outreach with school districts and day care centers in an effort to increase knowledge regarding child abuse and neglect. Later in her career, Anna was responsible for a collaboration among private agencies and the Division to offer Family Preservation Services to families throughout the state.

Following her work as Child Welfare Director, Anna served 5 years as President/Chief Executive Officer of Gillis Center, a multi-service organization which is part of the Cornerstones of Care consortium in Kansas City. During that time, she increased services through the Gillis School, instituted competency-based training for all staff and conducted a successful capital campaign. During this time Anna also served as a Senior Vice-President for Cornerstones of Care. In that capacity, she was instrumental in preparing a successful bid for a multi-million dollar contract for case management services.

Anna’s service to families and children continued on a national level after her years at Gillis when she joined two National Child Welfare Resource Centers as a consultant. For seven years, she worked with public child welfare agencies in many states and American Samoa to help strengthen their child welfare programs and their cooperative work with private organizations within their jurisdictions.

William Craig, Ph.D.

Bill has over 22 years experience as President/CEO of a nonprofit organization.

Bill retired in 2015 after 22 years as President/CEO of Lakemary Center in Paola, Kansas. This large multi-faceted, community-based organization serves more than 500 individuals — children and adults with developmental disabilities — many of whom also face serious mental health challenges. His previous work involved 20 years at the primary mental health center in Kansas City, Missouri, where he started as a staff psychologist and finished the last four years there as Superintendent/CEO before transitioning to Lakemary Center.

He capped off his Lakemary career by completing a $3.3 million capital campaign to renovate the school and treatment facilities. Under Bill’s leadership, Lakemary’s reputation expanded nationwide, particularly for the success of its intensive treatment work with children who face major disruption due to combined developmental and mental health challenges. Bill has a longstanding and deep connection to this cause as the father of a son with autism and serious developmental challenges.

In 2007, Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed Bill chair of the Kansas Autism Task Force. He has subsequently led successful efforts in Kansas to expand access to early intervention services through private insurance and Medicaid support. His major volunteer commitment is serving as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Bill continues to be passionate about helping youth and adults reach beyond their challenges.

Bill worked directly with The Moran Company last year to identify his successor as President/CEO of Lakemary Center. He was extremely impressed by the thoroughness of the process and the value it added to the outcome. Because of his extensive experience, he was selected to join The Moran Company’s team of search consultants. He now enjoys giving back to other nonprofit organizations with similar missions and feels rewarded as a search consultant to aid their recruitment for key positions like the ones he held for much of his career.

Mary Ontko, M.P.A., B.A.

Mary has both fundraising and association experience.

Prior to consulting, Mary served as Senior Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national community development intermediary. In addition to her specialty of providing training and technical assistance to community development partners, Mary’s duties at LISC included program development, building partnerships, outcomes tracking, evaluation and analysis, financial management and reporting, and raising charitable resources for the program.

Mary joined LISC after 8 years at El Centro, Inc., a large community development organization serving Wyandotte County, Kansas. As Vice President of Organizational Development, she oversaw resource development, communications, organizational development, human resources, policy, strategic planning and information technology efforts.  While at El Centro, Mary’s efforts helped more than double the organization’s budget and programmatic scope. She was instrumental in executing the organization’s expansion plans, leading a successful multi-year capital campaign, spearheading a strategic planning and subsequent reorganization process, creating a formal human resources and evaluation role, and significantly growing the agency’s donor base.

Mary has an MPA from the University of Kansas and a BA in International Relations and Urban Studies/Public Policy from Boston University.  She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive, a fundraising designation bestowed by CFRE International, since 2003. Mary completed the Development Training Institute’s Bank of America Leadership Academy, a premier non-profit community development national leadership program, in 2001.  Mary serves, or has served on, the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of Kansas City, the Civic Leadership Training Council, Kaw Valley Arts & Humanities, Baldwin City Children’s Choir and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid America Chapter.

Doug Zimmerman

Doug has 40 years of nonprofit experience serving children and families.

Doug began his career as a counselor working with children dealing with emotional and behavioral challenges at Ozanam, a residential treatment center in Kansas City, Missouri.  This powerful experience led him to understand the critical need of helping to heal the trauma they have experienced in their lives. Doug attended the University of Kansas and received his Master’s in Social Work. Immediately following graduation, he returned to Ozanam as a clinical therapist providing clinical services to children and their families. During his career at Ozanam, Doug served in a variety of administrative positions, helping to grow the residential program into a multi-service organization. Doug was appointed as President/Chief Executive Officer in 2001.

Through his leadership, Ozanam significantly expanded its independent living programs for older youth plus its educational consultation services to community schools in the Kansas City area from a local to a regional and national presence. Ozanam’s special event, the Ozanam Gala, continued to grow and was recognized as one of the top 10 fundraising events in the area. Doug also served as a Senior Vice President for Cornerstones of Care, the parent organization of four other highly respected children’s agencies in the Kansas City area. Doug served as the CEO at Ozanam until 2013 and worked as a consultant for Ozanam until 2015 to implement the organizational transition plan.

Doug’s passionate work on behalf of our most vulnerable children and families paired with his experience and knowledge as a CEO, board member, and consultant has helped solidify his understanding of the skills and personal qualities that are essential in organizational leadership. He brings this expertise to the executive search process.

Don Harkins

Don has 37 years of experience with nonprofit organizations and 15 years as President/CEO.

Don studied Psychology at Centre College in Danville, KY, and earned a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Don has more than 37 years of management experience with local and national nonprofit organizations. The last 25 of those were in senior management roles, and the most recent 15 years were spent as the President and CEO of the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC).

During Don’s time in senior management roles within RIKC, the agency added two service sites and grew the number of individuals receiving services annually by almost 40%. RIKC now works with more than 2,500 children, adults, and seniors each year. With a staff of 225, the agency operates out of six locations in western and north-western Missouri, delivering medical rehabilitation, employment, psychological and assistive technology services to those with a myriad of disabilities.

During Don’s tenure as CEO of RIKC, he was actively involved in state-wide trade and professional associations. He worked to provide legislative advocacy on behalf of RIKC’s services and clientele. In 2015, Don was recognized as one of the Kansas City area “Heroes in Healthcare” for his leadership.

As past President of both the Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (a state-wide trade association with over 80 members) and the Association of United Way Agency Executives (which formerly represented 100 United Way funded agencies), Don is skilled at working with a broad cross section of human service agencies and leaders. Additionally, Don spent four years working for a national not-for-profit that was based in New York, NY (AFB) as the Director of their Chicago Regional Office. In that role, Don was involved in national legislative advocacy, research, and fundraising. He worked closely with public and private agencies in seven Midwestern states to enhance their effectiveness.

In today’s complex environment for non-profits, Don is acutely aware that the leadership of an organization is more important than ever. Being able to maintain communications with key constituents, focus on what is most important, understand finances, and utilize data effectively in evaluating and making decisions are all critical for today’s not-for-profit leaders. These are all attributes that Don has helped identify in people throughout his career, a talent which he now brings to The Moran Company.

Steven J. Byers, MPA, CFRE

Steve has more than 30 years of fundraising experience and nonprofit executive success.

Helping nonprofits secure the financial resources they need to change the world has been the focus of Steve’s career for over 30 years. He brings an understanding of what it takes to succeed in development and the nonprofit world to The Moran Company’s executive search team.

During Steve’s 18-year tenure at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, the hospital raised over $200 million, including more than $125 million in capital campaigns. At Water.org, he built a full-spectrum development program from the ground up and tripled the organization’s revenue in just two years. In 2008, he opened a consulting practice focused on helping nonprofit leaders identify and pursue innovative strategies for transformative change.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Communication with a minor in writing from Missouri State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri—Kansas City. He serves on the faculty of Rockhurst University, teaching a course on major gifts and capital campaigns. He has been a CFRE since 1997 and was the 2013 Outstanding Fundraising Professional for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid-America Chapter.

Laurie Minx

Laurie has 14 years of fundraising and development experience.

Laurie is the Director of Communications with The Moran Company and the Senior Stewardship Manager at Cornerstones of Care, a nonprofit behavioral health organization dedicated to helping children and families. She graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism Degree with an emphasis in graphic design and public relations with a Minor in English. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and two children.

After gaining experience at the world headquarters of Veterans of Foreign Wars writing for the international VFW Magazine, Laurie joined the nonprofit team at Ozanam in 2004 and became part of the Cornerstones of Care family of agencies. She served in a variety of development positions and managed fundraising and public relations efforts. In 2008, she became the Director of Development at Ozanam and held that position successfully for six years during which the organization experienced substantial growth. At the end of 2014, she transitioned into a part-time role as Director of Communications in order to spend more time at home with her family. At the end of 2016, Laurie moved into a development leadership role with Cornerstones of Care as Senior Stewardship Manager to cultivate new and longstanding donor relationships.

With more than 14 years of experience raising funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations, Laurie brings a unique understanding of both development and communications within the nonprofit sector to her role with The Moran Company. She joined our executive search firm in 2014 and enjoys developing new marketing strategies for the business while working with prospective clients to discover solutions for their hiring needs. Laurie believes that excellent staff members are an organization’s greatest resource in its quest to achieve its mission and make a positive impact within the community.

Susan Barton, B.S.B.A.

Director of Administration

Susan came to the Moran Company in 1997 with a background in Business Administration and previous experience in the nonprofit world. She has worked with The Moran Company in various roles for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Administration.

Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

Harold J. “Hal” Schultz, Ph.D.

Of Counsel
Hal Schultz has served both as College President and Executive Director.

HalFor 10 years, Hal was the Executive Director of Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation where he directed a highly successful $59 million campaign for medical education and research — a campaign that exceeded its original goal by more than $9 million in just three years. During Hal’s time with the Foundation he also increased their endowment three-fold, from $32 million to $99 million.

Prior to that, Hal served for 20-years as President of Bethel College in Kansas. Some notable successes during his tenure include: five major buildings built debt-free, the initiation of an endowed chairs program, significant growth in endowed funds each year and 19 consecutive years with a balanced budget.

A native of Canada, Hal earned his Master of Arts from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Duke University. Post-graduate studies include a five-month sabbatical seminar with Peter Drucker on Executive Management. Hal has taught history at Oxford University in England and was a Fulbright Scholar in Africa.

Hal has written several college text books, published numerous articles, and taught fundraising seminars. Among his many honors and awards, he was the recipient of the 1999 “Excellence in Fundraising Award” from the Greater K.C. Council on Philanthropy and was recognized by the Council of Independent Colleges for outstanding entrepreneurial management of a small college.

Hal is a member of Nonprofit Connect and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, MidAmerica Chapter.