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Wheaten Sterling is committed to supporting organizations by providing strategic planning, development (fundraising), marketing, communications, financial planning, and other services.  While some organizations may have internal staff who can support business or planning functions as part of their role, every organization can benefit from an outside perspective and guidance with planning and business management. Small and mid-sized organizations may not be able to afford to hire staff to perform planning and business functions and they feel they cannot afford consulting services for strategic planning that is critical to moving their organization forward.  
Virginia Kilmer
Principal/Consultant

Virginia has over 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector as an executive, board member, manager and staff accountant. She has an MBA in Finance and Healthcare Administration and worked as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for various nonprofit healthcare organizations. She has experience in strategic planning, development planning, budgeting and financial management for organizations with annual budgets as small as $40K up to $98M.  

She has served as a board member and officer on various boards inclucing, the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, a statewide animal welfare organization, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Response Domestic Violence Shelter and Healthy Families.  

Virginia Kilmer served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and at the same time served as the Chief Development Officer (CDO) on an interim basis at Best Friends Animal Society.  Virginia's primary focus is strategic planning, development (fundraising) planning, board development, and team building. She also has experience and enjoys working on capital campaigns.  She is a member of the Association of Strategic Planners (ASP) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). 

Rob Blizard
Consultant

Rob Blizard has 30 years of experience in the areas of management, development, marketing and communications in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  

 

His non-profit leadership/fundraising positions during the last 20 years include Executive Director of the Norfolk SPCA, Development Director of the Washington (DC) Animal Rescue League, and Director of Planned Giving of the Humane Society of the United States.  He has also served in marketing positions with MCI Telecommunications, Marriott International and the Marriott Employees’ Credit Union.

 

Rob holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as well as a BA in English literature from the University of Virginia.  He earned the designations of Certified Fund Raising Executive and Certified Animal Welfare Administrator

 

Rob has published numerous articles (news stories, op-eds, letters to the editor, professional development pieces, etc.) in the last 20 years, appearing in a wide range of publications.  From 2015 to 2018, he wrote a biweekly column called Animal Matters for the Virginian-Pilot, the major daily newspaper serving southeastern Virginia.  He has presented to many audiences.

Rebecca Poling
Consultant

Rebecca has a corporate background that includes banking, finance and real estate and almost 20 years experience in the animal welfare industry. Rebecca has served on various non-profit Boards and Advisory Boards and founded Companions For Life and Dallas Companion Animal Project. Rebecca guided social media strategy for Dallas Animal services, served 8 years on the City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission, and chaired the City of Dallas No Kill Task Force. Rebecca also coordinated the Texas Unites for Animals Conference, the largest regional animal welfare conference in the country. She has written articles for The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine, Flagstaff/Sedona Dog, Sedona Red Rock News, and a variety of blogs and online publications.

 

In 2009, Rebecca received the St. Francis of Assisi Award for her work in humane education, followed by Certificate of Appreciation awards from the City of Dallas in 2013 and 2014. She has presented at the Cat Writers' Association National Conference, the Texas Animal Control Association Conference, and the Texas Unites for Animals Conference.

 

Her areas of focus include fundraising, communications, social media strategy, events, and grant writing.

Karen Laday
Consultant

Karen is a corporate development consultant with expertise in strategic social responsibility campaign leadership, solution development, partner management and significant fundraising acumen. Karen has secured over $3M in individual and corporate capital campaign donations for a school renovation project, and managed a $9M national United Way campaign for a large retail organization.

Karen worked as Development Director for the Dallas International School  and as a campaign manager for JC Penny Company.  Karen founded Collegiate Concepts, a company that held over 20 collegiate licensing contracts around the country, and developed marketing strategies.

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