Meet The Team

Our professionals bring years of experience in both consulting and in-house nonprofit roles to help your organization advance its mission.

 

Senior Leadership

Amy Schiffman, CFRE

President & CEO
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Annual campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowment and planned giving
  • Major gifts
  • Training and coaching 
  • Executive search

Client Focus:

  • Faith-based organizations
  • Education and youth
  • Federated organizations
  • Human needs

Recent Clients:

  • Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools
  • JCC Chicago
  • Reading in Motion
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
  • Spertus Institute
  • Israel Elwyn
  • Fuente Latina
  • Illinois Partners for Human Service

President & CEO

Amy Schiffman, CFRE

With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit field, Amy partners with organizations across a variety of sectors to develop effective fundraising campaigns, build strong leadership teams and empower them with the tools to visualize and achieve mission impact. She brings deep expertise in nonprofit fund development, strategic planning, coaching, training and executive search to every engagement. Amy is known for helping both professionals and volunteers maximize their leadership potential so they can position their organizations for a strong future. A seasoned volunteer board member and community activist, she understands the value of strong lay-professional partnerships and works with organizations to expand the circle of effective ambassadors for their cause.

As a co-founder of Giving Tree Associates in 2008 and President of Evolve Giving Group in 2020, Amy has helped clients raise tens of millions of dollars through individual major gifts, foundation and corporate funding. She has also served as a trusted fundraising coach to dozens of executive directors, development professionals and board presidents, enabling them to build strong ongoing relationships with their stakeholders. Prior to consulting, Amy served as director of development at Ida Crown Jewish Academy and as director of development and communications at Jewish Council for Youth Services, overseeing a diverse array of capital, annual, planned giving, government relations and marketing programs. Early in her career, Amy managed the midwest leadership development effort and regional major gifts program at United Jewish Communities, and served as director of campus campaigns for The Hillels of Illinois at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Amy is a frequent presenter at local and national gatherings, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Forefront, Jewish Federations of North America, Legacy Heritage Fund, Hillel International, JCC Association of North America, JCamp 180 and Life & Legacy. She co-designed and served as lead trainer for the Prizmah National Endowment Legacy Institutes from 2013-2019. Amy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), The Association of Consultants to Nonprofits (ACN), Women in Development North and Chicago Women in Philanthropy. She serves on summer faculty for the HUC/USC Zelikow School of Nonprofit Management in Los Angeles.

Amy received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in social work with a certificate in Jewish communal service from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and Gratz College. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois, with her husband and two children and enjoys biking, cooking and travel.

Jamie Klobuchar

Executive Vice President
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Annual campaigns
  • Major gifts
  • Development assessments
  • Strategic planning
  • Coaching and training

Client Focus:

  • Health
  • Human needs
  • Federated organizations
  • Startups

Recent Clients:

  • Malnati Brain Tumor Institute/Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • CURE (Citizens United in Research for Epilepsy)
  • Keshet
  • College Mentoring Experience
  • Chicago Commons

Executive Vice President

Jamie Klobuchar

With nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience, Jamie brings a strategic vision and collaborative approach to each project. Clients value her ability to evaluate their practices and offer creative solutions to help them strengthen their base of support. Jamie is also known for helping new nonprofits create the right structure and processes to carry out their missions successfully.  She also leads business development efforts for the firm and is part of the management team.

Jamie has been with the team since 2015, when she joined Giving Tree Associates as a senior consultant. In 2020, she began a  new chapter in her role at Evolve Giving Group. Jamie has also held leadership roles for several well-known institutions, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Rush University Medical Center, Illinois Institute of Technology and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Jamie has first-hand experience securing six- and seven-figure gifts and has raised millions of dollars for both capital and medical research campaigns.

As a graduate of St. Olaf College, Jamie has a long history of volunteerism. Currently she serves on the board of the Oak Park Education Foundation and is actively involved in her daughter’s soccer club.  Jamie lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband and teenage daughter.  In her free time, she takes long hikes with Wilma (her rescue pup), bakes, and plans her family’s next travel adventure.

Judy Gadiel

Senior Vice President
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategy development
  • Campaign management
  • Institutional giving
  • Major gifts
  • Board and leadership development

Client Focus:

  • Education
  • Camps/youth organizations
  • Human needs
  • Faith-based organizations

Recent Clients:

  • Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation
  • Jewish New Teacher Project
  • The Montessori School of Englewood
  • Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Senior Vice President

Judy Gadiel

Judy’s nonprofit career dates back more than 25 years to her early days as a camp counselor and a community based clinical social worker. For more than 10 years, she has focused on organizational development and fundraising. Judy’s strength lies in the blend of compassion and expertise she brings to her clients, and in the dedication and leadership she brings to her teams.

Judy has been consulting with nonprofit organizations since 2010, first as a Consultant with Giving Tree Associates and then becoming a Team Leader and a member of the management team. Since starting Evolve Giving Group with her several of her colleagues, Judy currently serves as its Senior Vice President overseeing client projects and the consulting team. Judy’s previous roles in the Chicago nonprofit community, including Teen Living Programs and Jewish Child and Family Services, provide the groundwork for her understanding of both the clinical and management sides of nonprofit organizations. She is an experienced consultant who offers trusted guidance to support transformational change in the organizations she serves.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Judy went on to complete a master’s degree in social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Judy’s commitment to doing meaningful work carries over to her personal life, where she sits on the board of Emanuel Congregation and is a trustee with the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. She thrives on the energy and vitality of both city life and nature, and she lives and plays in Chicago with her husband, three children and many friends. 

Lisa Tarshis

Vice President
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Feasibility studies and capital campaigns
  • Annual campaigns and campaign planning
  • Assessments
  • Board and staff development
  • Major gifts

Client Focus:

  • Education and youth
  • Federated organizations
  • Startups

Recent Clients:

  • Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
  • Merit School of Music
  • Mishkan Chicago
  • Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
  • One World Surgery

Vice President

Lisa Tarshis

With more than 10 years of nonprofit experience, Lisa brings a strategic vision and collaborative approach to each project. Clients love her ability to work quickly, big-picture thinking and ability to build successful teams. Known for her detail-oriented nature and direct approach to problem solving, Lisa is adept at navigating organizational barriers to build consensus and steer each project in the right direction.

Lisa has been with the team since 2012 when she joined Giving Tree Associates as an associate consultant before growing through the ranks into a consultant and team leader. In 2020, several members of the team began their journey as Evolve Giving Group where Lisa serves as a Vice President. Prior to Giving Tree, she spent three years working in political fundraising before joining JCC Chicago as the program director for JCC Camp Chi. In that role, she helped to develop two new weeklong summer camps, strengthened alumni support while growing the alumni database by 100 percent, and planned Camp Chi’s 90th anniversary celebration.

Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in political science, consumer science (PR and marketing), legal studies and criminal justice. Lisa is a past president of the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, a past chair of the JCC Camp Chi alumni committee and the current chair of the Ben Gurion Society of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Lisa lives in downtown Chicago with her husband, Alex, and their two young kids. She loves to try new restaurants and is always thinking about the next travel opportunity. 

Laura Knisley

Vice President, Finance & Operations
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Vice President, Finance & Operations

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Laura joined the Evolve team in 2020 as the Director of Finance & Operations, where she is dedicated to organizing and overseeing the daily operations of the firm.  She is also a member of the management team.

Prior to Evolve, Laura worked at Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) as the Chief Financial Officer. She previously served as Director of Finance & Operations at Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, where she led finance, human resources, and facilities management functions and as Chief of Staff at Braven, a startup nonprofit, where she managed strategic projects for the CEO and oversaw operations during a complex time when the organization broke off from its incubator.

Laura graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor's of Science in Management and from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with an MBA. An active community leader and volunteer, Laura is the Treasurer of GlobeMed, a nonprofit devoted to promoting equity in global health.

Laura lives in Hinsdale with her husband, two young sons, and rescue pitbull mix. In her spare time, she enjoys taking fitness classes, playing tennis, reading, and spending time outdoors with her kids. 

Our Team

Jane Best

Senior Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Annual campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Major gifts
  • Board and staff development

Client Focus:

  • Faith-based organizations
  • Education and youth

Recent Clients:

  • Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Rockwern Academy
  • JCC Chicago
  • Lubavitch Mesivta of Chicago
  • Akiba Schechter

Senior Consultant

Jane Best

Jane has been a fundraising and development professional for more than 30 years in the Chicago Jewish community, specializing in capital campaigns. With each project, she brings a breadth of fundraising knowledge and experience that helps to drive measurable results for clients.

Before joining the current team, Jane was a consultant at Giving Tree for four years. For ten years prior to that she was at Ida Crown Jewish Academy (ICJA), raising $38 million to build a new school in Skokie as well as working on major gifts. Early in her career, Jane worked in annual campaign management, including the development of lay boards and committees, major gifts and event planning for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, American Technion Society, the United Jewish Appeal and many other nonprofit organizations.

Jane earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in education and Jewish studies and her master’s degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. A dedicated community volunteer, Jane serves on the boards of her synagogue, Congregation Or Torah, and Jewish Child & Family Services of Chicago, and is a former member of the Jewish United Fund’s Women’s Board. Originally from Highland Park, Illinois and a mother of three boys, Jane currently lives in Skokie, Illinois with her husband.

Patricia Broughton, CFRE

Senior Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Major gifts
  • Planned gifts
  • Strategic planning
  • Board development & training 
  • Assessments

Client Focus:

  • Human needs
  • Education & youth
  • Health

Recent Clients:

  • CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy)
  • AWAKE
  • ELNET

Senior Consultant

Patricia Broughton, CFRE

After close to three decades in front-line fundraising leadership, Pat took her experience and passion for fundraising into the consulting world, starting with Giving Tree Associates in 2019 and now with Evolve.

In her frontline work, she built major gift programs that significantly increased annual revenues, launched planned giving programs that will ensure future funding, and directed capital campaigns that transformed a shuttered hospital into a thriving community center and revitalized two camps.

In her consulting work, she particularly values partnering with organizations with audacious visions, and transmitting the practices of mission-based fundraising that engage volunteers and cultivate lifelong donors for organizations.

Pat has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1999 and serves as Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) Chicago chapter. She is the immediate past AFP Chicago Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) and continues to be passionate about helping organizations address IDEA. She values the perspective she gains as a volunteer fundraiser for the Evanston Public Library’s annual Fund for Excellent Campaign and for Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center.

After earning her BSJ and MSJ from Northwestern University’s School of Journalism, Pat worked briefly as a newspaper reporter and much longer as a freelance writer and photographer. Evanston, Illinois serves as her home base for the outdoor adventures that feed her spirit.

Tina Herpe

Senior Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Annual campaigns
  • Resourced development assessments
  • Major gifts
  • Feasibility studies
  • Strategic planning

Client Focus:

  • Human needs
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Education
  • Camps
  • Startups

Recent Clients:

  • Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
  • Lake County Haven
  • Camp Judaea
  • The ARK
  • Carmel Catholic High School

Senior Consultant

Tina Herpe

With more than 25 years’ experience as a fundraising professional, Tina specializes in working with small to mid-size nonprofits utilizing a donor-centered approach. Tina’s attention to detail, clear communication, and strategic problem-solving capabilities help her clients achieve exceptional results.

Tina has been a consultant with the team since 2012. She started with Giving Tree Associates and has now moved to Evolve Giving Group. Prior to 2012, Tina worked at Lincoln Park Zoo as a major and planned gifts manager. She has also served as the lead development officer at Interfaith Worker JusticeNorth Suburban Synagogue Beth El, and Housing Options.

Tina holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She has a master’s degree from the University of Chicagos School of Social Service Administration. She is a former president of Women in Development North and has served on the boards of Good News Community Kitchen (now named A Just Harvest), and her synagogue, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the board of The Selfhelp Home.

Tina and her husband live in Wilmette, Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycle riding, boating, and spending time with her two grown daughters and their families.

Lisa Tylke

Senior Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Assessments
  • Board and staff development
  • Strategic planning
  • Coaching and training
  • Operations and business planning

Client Focus:

  • Arts and culture
  • Education and youth
  • Associations
  • Institutional and leadership transitions

Recent Clients:

  • Chicago Cultural Alliance
  • The Defiant Requiem Foundation
  • MAKE Literary Productions
  • Our Place
  • Pension Action Center

Senior Consultant

Lisa Tylke

Lisa has spent three decades in the nonprofit sector, working with nearly 100 organizations of all sizes and stages of institutional development. Her background in arts, education, philanthropy and associations has informed her consulting work, which focuses on organizational development, assessment, strategic planning, board development and leadership transitions.  Lisa joined Giving Tree Associates in 2018 and in 2020 moved with several of her colleagues to Evolve.

As a nonprofit executive, Lisa has served as Executive Director for the Chicago Dance Coalition, Director of Arts DuPage for the DuPage Foundation and Chief of Staff for the UFHI Foundation. As a consultant, she also conducted program evaluations for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust. In addition, Lisa serves as a SmARTscope®  consultant for the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, conducting SmARTscope organizational assessments. In 2011 and 2014, she served as a member of the Civic Knowledge Project team of instructors at the University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, supporting its Board Leadership Certificate.

Lisa holds a bachelor degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin and a masters of fine arts from the University of Utah. An active volunteer, Lisa serves on the board for the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center, a literacy organization providing educational support services for low-income, immigrant and refugee children. Lisa lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with her husband, where she loves to run, garden, keep up with her book clubs and stay in touch with her young-adult daughter living in Boston. 

Jessica Grossnickle

Adjunct Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Annual Campaigns
  • Development Assessments
  • Events
  • Donor Communications

Client Focus:

  • Advocacy
  • Human services
  • Education and youth

Recent Clients:

  • Pullman Community Center
  • CURE
  • Keshet

Adjunct Consultant

Jessica Grossnickle

Jessica moved with several of her colleagues to Evolve Giving Group in 2020, after serving for two years as a consultant and having more than 13 years of nonprofit experience. She has held leadership roles at a number of notable organizations, including PAWS Chicago and Girls on the Run, and brings significant expertise and a strategic vision to all of her projects.

Throughout her career, Jessica has been personally responsible for directing more than 40 large-scale events, securing five- and six-figure major gifts, and designing and executing one of the Chicago area’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives. Her acumen in giving trends has been a driving force behind her success and her ability to work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals.

Jessica defines success as designing and implementing renewable funding streams and places a strong emphasis with her clients on integrating a culture of philanthropy across internal and external communication channels. While she has raised millions throughout her career, she views her greatest achievements through a more deeply rooted, sustainability-focused lens.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology, Jessica spent two years as an elite athlete training to join the U.S. national rowing team while finding her niche in the nonprofit community. Jessica lives with her husband and two young daughters in Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood.

Jamie Perry

Consultant, Executive Search
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Search
  • Nonprofit management
  • Event planning
  • Fundraising
  • Board development

Client Focus:

  • Advocacy
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Human services
  • Education and youth

Recent Clients:

  • Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago 
  • Reading In Motion
  • Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Consultant, Executive Search

Jamie Perry

With almost 10 years of nonprofit experience, Jamie brings a wealth of knowledge in nonprofit management, fundraising, volunteer engagement and board development to her executive search role at Evolve. She understands the value that talented team members play to drive the work of mission-driven organizations. With a fresh perspective and deep relationships in the nonprofit sector throughout the U.S., Jamie's clients value her diverse network of contacts, her ability to build consensus, and her willingness to roll up her sleeves to get the job done.

Prior to moving with several of her Giving Tree colleagues to Evolve, Jamie managed fundraising in the Midwest for BBYO, a global youth serving organization, and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Jamie has extensive experience in program and event planning both as a professional and volunteer in the Atlanta and Chicago areas.

Jamie graduated with honors from The University of Alabama with a BS in Human Environmental Science focusing on Hospitality and Event Management.  She is an active volunteer with many human service and advocacy organizations.

Jamie lives in Lincoln Park with her goldendoodle, Layla. She enjoys playing tennis, traveling, attending exercise classes, and all of the festivals and events Chicago has to offer.

Sue Sherr-Seitz

Adjunct Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Executive Search
  • Talent Management
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning

Client Focus:

  • Faith-based organizations

Recent Clients:

  • Mosaic United

Adjunct Consultant

Sue Sherr-Seitz

Sue Sherr-Seitz brings 25 years of leadership experience in talent development, fundraising and turnaround management in the nonprofit sector to Evolve Giving Group. Prior to joining the team at Evolve, Sue recruited C-Suite leaders for Jewish Federations and foundations at DRG Talent Advisory Group. Her past searches include The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, The Jewish Federation of Dallas, The Jewish Community Foundation of Tidewater, American Friends of Magen David Adom, The Jewish Agency, Hebrew College, The Colon Cancer Alliance, The Birthright Israel Foundation and most recently, the Partnership for the Homeless.

Building on her early experience as a recruiter for the national Jewish federation system, Sue brings both passion and skill to connecting promising organizations with inspirational leaders. Her strong networks and straight-forward style enable her to make quick and accurate assessments in each search process. Her experience with traditional as well as start-up agencies in the Jewish communal sector inspires her work with clients and candidates alike.

Sue has held positions in executive management, fundraising, strategic planning and talent management at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, Jewish Federations of North America and UJA- Federation of New York. Sue brought talent identification skills, team building prowess and “fixer” experience to many national Jewish engagement and fundraising endeavors including Bikkurim, Hillel, Birthright Israel, PJ Library, and the General Assembly at the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). 

She holds graduate degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Columbia University School of Social Work and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. Sue resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband Brett.

Laura Ford

Adjunct Senior Associate Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Events
  • Database and data management
  • Annual campaigns
  • Executive search

Client Focus:

  • Faith-based organizations
  • Health
  • Human needs

Recent Clients:

  • One World Surgery
  • The Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • American Friends of Tel Aviv University
  • Gastrointestinal Research Foundation (GIRF)
  • Growing Home

Adjunct Senior Associate Consultant

Laura Ford

With 15 years of nonprofit experience, Laura brings a wealth of expertise in event production, annual campaign design and implementation, executive placement and data management to Evolve. Clients value her can-do attitude, personable nature and ability to build relationships and trust across teams with varied stakeholders. Events are Laura’s forte, as she thrives in projects with multiple priorities and deadlines.

Since transitioning into consulting in 2013, Laura has served as interim director of development and assisted clients with fundraising event management, fundraising strategy and annual campaign management. Laura also works on Evolve’s executive search portfolio, vetting candidates for executive director, fundraising, foundation and marketing positions.

Laura has worked as a freelance fundraiser with various nonprofits, including Kids In Danger, Golden Apple Foundation and Seven Generations Ahead. While in the United Kingdom, Laura worked in large-scale event production and annual campaign management at Earthwatch Institute and HEART UK.

Laura received her degree in political science from the University of Birmingham, UK, where she chaired the student-led Raising and Giving Society, which is responsible for all campus fundraising activities and events. She is passionate about the environment and social justice and loves adventure travel with her husband and adopted dog.

Lani Hart

Senior Associate Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Annual campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Assessments
  • Training
  • Strategic planning
  • Program design and analysis

Client Focus:

  • Faith-based organizations
  • Education and youth
  • Human needs

Recent Clients:

  • Chicago Foundation for Education
  • Fuente Latina
  • Institute for Therapy through the Arts
  • Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

Senior Associate Consultant

Lani Hart

Lani brings over 10 years of nonprofit experience in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and leadership development to her work. Lani’s strong project management and communication skills, fresh perspective on organizational challenges, and commitment to her clients help her build meaningful relationships with organizational leaders and guide initiatives to success.

Lani has been consulting with nonprofits since 2013, both as an independent consultant and with Giving Tree Associates. Lani previously spent eight years working for The Jewish Federation system, most recently as the assistant director of talent acquisition and talent development for The Jewish Federations of North America. She also served as assistant director of young leadership at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, where she managed the department’s annual campaign, coordinated events, and worked with both donors and solicitors. In addition, Lani has served as a consultant for Blue Engine, PresenTense, the Taproot Foundation and SketchPad.

Lani holds an M.P.A. in nonprofit management and a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from New York University, and is a recipient of the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) scholarship. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Glenview, Illinois, with her husband and two sons. Lani enjoys traveling, sports and spending time outdoors.

Pam Lookatch

Senior Associate Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Strategic planning
  • Board and staff development
  • Annual campaign development

Client Focus:

  • Education and youth
  • Special needs organizations
  • Faith-based organizations

Recent Clients:

  • Winston Knolls Education Group
  • Temple Jeremiah
  • JCC Camp Chi

Senior Associate Consultant

Pam Lookatch

Pam joined Giving Tree in 2018 after 10 years as a professional volunteer, working to manage executive searches, oversee committees and chair events. Her leadership, philanthropic and fundraising experience lends itself perfectly to her role as an associate consultant at Giving Tree. Clients appreciate Pam’s ability to think strategically and see the big picture, while staying focused on the details to ensure that each project runs successfully.

Pam previously worked as a strategy and operations consultant in New York, advising large corporations, law firms and banks on how to improve their organizational infrastructure to enhance service delivery and cost efficiency. Pam also has experience in corporate development for a startup employee management business.

Pam earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Florida. She spends much of her time volunteering in the Jewish community and for organizations serving people with disabilities, including Temple Sholom of Chicago, the Business Advisory Council of Jewish Vocational Service, Jewish United Fund, the Misericordia Women’s Auxiliary Board and March of Dimes.

Pam lives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Bryan, and their children, Emma, Samara and Jordan. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, traveling, and being outdoors as much as possible during Chicago summers.

Erika Moczulewski

Senior Associate Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Development assessments
  • Capital campaigns
  • Major Gifts
  • Strategic planning
  • Federated organizations

Client Focus:

  • Education 
  • Human needs
  • Arts & Culture
  • Health
  • Conservation

Recent Clients:

  • Malnati Brain Tumor Institute/Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE)/George Washington University
  • The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation
  • Congregation Beth Israel
  • Keshet

Senior Associate Consultant

Erika Moczulewski

Erika joined the team at the beginning of 2019, starting at Giving Tree Associates and now has moved with her colleagues to Evolve. With nearly 15 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, Erika has elevated fundraising programs, increased annual fund and major gift support, secured critical project-based funding, managed events and worked to develop or enhance volunteer engagement plans. Erika also has experience with board development, capacity building and strategic planning. Fundraising career highlights include building advisory boards, strengthening individual giving programs and closing numerous major gifts for local, national and global organizations such as Roosevelt University, Feeding America, The Nature Conservancy and Chicago Opera Theater.

Erika loves helping organizations build sustainable fundraising programs. She enjoys educating clients and empowering them within their development work and careers. She highly believes in the utilization of natural partners within each organization and the power of creating an organizational culture of philanthropy. While Erika has worked on teams responsible for raising millions of dollars, she finds her greatest achievement is when fundraising programs and best practices are in place to set the organization up to be sustainable and successful into the future.

A graduate of Beloit College, Erika has a degree in Sociology with a concentration in business entrepreneurship. She then completed one year of service as an AmeriCorps-VISTA member focused on fundraising and community revitalization. Erika also holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Roosevelt University, where she was adjunct faculty for several years creating and teaching nonprofit courses. Erika is a repeat guest lecturer and presenter on nonprofit management, career development and fundraising within the Chicago area. She is a former longtime board member of the Development Leadership Consortium and proud alumna of their annual fellows and management fellows programs. Erika is an active volunteer, former alumni board member and the 2019 young alumni award recipient for Beloit College.

A native of Santa Monica, California, Erika lives in Lakeview, Chicago with her husband, son and cat. She enjoys volunteering, yoga, jewelry making, traveling, hiking, and mentoring nonprofit development professionals.

Emily Halpern

Associate Consultant, Communications Manager
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Assessments
  • Annual campaign implementation
  • Feasibility studies
  • Communications strategy

Client Focus:

  • Faith-based organizations
  • Human needs
  • Education and youth

Recent Clients:

  • College Mentoring Experience
  • Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Gordon JCC Nashville
  • Montessori School of Englewood
  • Mishkan Chicago

Associate Consultant, Communications Manager

Emily Halpern

Emily has been consulting for nonprofit organizations since 2018. She began at Giving Tree Associates and now has moved with members of the team to Evolve Giving Group. Emily brings expertise in strategic communications, design thinking, and campaign management. She is passionate about supporting her clients in telling the story of their impact, engaging their board members, and developing sustainable giving strategies for their donors. When not working directly with nonprofits, Emily manages the firm’s marketing and communications strategy. (She will be the first to tell you to follow us!)

Prior to joining the team, Emily was part of the inaugural cohort of Hillel International Springboard Fellows, serving as the first ever Innovation Specialist at Hillel at the George Washington University. At GW Hillel, she led the team's external communication strategy and created initiatives for students to connect with religion in the age of Instagram.

Emily studied Spanish and Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. A Chicago area native, she can be found in her hometown cheering for the Cubs and spending time with friends and family.

Myah Voronov

Associate Consultant
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Event management
  • Assessments
  • Campaign implementation

Client Focus:

  • Faith-based organizations
  • Human needs
  • Arts & Culture
  • Education and youth

Recent Clients:

  • Israel Elwyn
  • Defiant Requium
  • Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville

Associate Consultant

Myah Voronov

Myah has been working with nonprofits in Chicago for more than eight years in the areas of public media, Jewish communal service, and sports-based youth development. Her focus is to connect individuals and institutions to meaningful missions through strategic and personalized engagement. She brings expertise in building relationships with corporate partners and major donors, annual fund reinvention and strategy, and event refresh and execution.

Prior to joining the team in 2020, Myah was an associate consultant at Giving Tree Associates.  Earlier in her career, Myah managed corporate partnerships at WTTW and WFMT, Chicago's public television and classical radio stations. In this role, she was responsible for leading the corporate outreach strategy in securing five- and six-figure gifts and fulfilling all aspects of partnerships, including employee engagement events and recognition. Myah is passionate about making the arts, education, and sports accessible to Chicago's diverse neighborhoods.

Upon graduating with majors in political science and religion studies from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, Myah completed a year of service with AmeriCorps at Girls in the Game in a volunteer and community coordinator role. She also holds a Certificate in Jewish Leadership from the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Philanthropy from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Born and raised in Ohio (go Bucks!), Myah now lives in Lincoln Park with her husband, Mike.

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