Brenda Lesan

Vice President of Grant Writing and Research

Brenda has 15 years of foundation/grant experience, both inside a private foundation and for global nonprofit organizations. She has served as a grants officer for the Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust and provided grants expertise for numerous nonprofits including The Salvation Army and OneHope.

O.J. Rhone

Associate Consultant

O.J. is a valued Hartsook consultant. His ability to quickly assess situations and mobilize relationships for tangible benefit has served Hartsook’s clients exceedingly well. He’s overseen several successful campaigns for Youth Excited About Sports (Y.E.S.), raising more than $7 million to advance the organization’s mission.

Adrian Sargeant

Curriculum Consultant The Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy

Adrian is the Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy. He was formerly the first Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Adrian is a Visiting Professor of Fundraising at Avila University and the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Jen Shang PhD

Curriculum Consultant The Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy

Jen is the world’s first PhD in Philanthropy. She is also the world’s only philanthropic psychologist. Her research has been covered in the New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Advancing Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Times.

Dave Smith

Senior Executive Vice President

Dave served as President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City for nearly 25 years prior to joining Hartsook. Under his leadership, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City grew its revenue from $1 million to more than $8 million and its net assets from $2.5 million to $18 million.

Associate Consultant

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Methodist University and her Master of Divinity from Duke University. Before beginning her work in church ministry Lisa worked with the Boys & Girls Club of East Dallas as the Teen Center Director.

Associate Consultant

Kimera conducted multimillion dollar campaigns at Emporia State University $25 million, Michigan Technological University ($140 million), and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire $50 million – all of which exceeded their goals ahead of schedule. She served as the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation, including the second-best fundraising year in its 50-year history.

Associate Consultant

Leveraging over twenty years of professional fundraising experience, Kevin helps Hartsook clients advance their missions through major gifts and campaign fundraising. He also will provide counsel on specialized areas such as events, strategic corporate sponsorships and foundation grants. His wide range of expertise includes major gift solicitation, event planning, strategic planning and board development.

Jason Wood

Executive Vice President

Jason served as President and CEO of the Pikes Peak United Way where he managed a 35-member team and $5.5 million annual operating budget. In 2015, Jason was selected as a top-20 CEO within United Way Worldwide, earning participation in the organization’s Executive Leadership Program through the U.K.-based Center for Creative Leadership.