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ASKALA HARRIS CALHOUN

Consultant
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ASKALA HARRIS CALHOUN

Consultant
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Askala Harris Calhoun, Consultant, has been a leader in fundraising for nearly a decade and has held leadership positions in major donor development, including for the University of Texas at Austin and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. She has a demonstrated history of excellence in fundraising, nonprofit organizational management, and nonprofit consulting including strategic planning, donor development and leadership and board development.
Having served in positions of executive leadership, on boards, and in volunteer roles with various organizations, Askala brings a unique perspective to the nonprofit sector and has used those experiences to help clients enhance their organizational infrastructure and financial sustainability. Residing in Fort Worth, TX, with her husband, Destry, she is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, and is active in lay leadership at the local, regional and national levels.

Tom Ridington

Senior Consultant
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Tom Ridington

Senior Consultant
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Tom Ridington, Senior Consultant, Excels at responding to challenges with solutions that align with the mission, are attuned to the market, and advance the organization. Recognized for his ability to see through uncertainty and garner support for strategic action, he has served four higher education and community-based Christian institutions as well as thirty consulting clients. In addition, Tom is also a coach and mentor who is genuinely concerned for people and their development.
Tom earned his BA from Eastern University, an MAR from Palmer Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He and his wife, Meridith, reside in the Philadelphia area.

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