Our Team

"Our Team Members are key to the success of each of our projects."

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Coordinated, Dedicated Leadership

Our approach to capital campaigns is to provide a consulting team whose primary interest is in developing the long-term viability of an organization. Our team members have a solid base of experience for consulting, and an average tenure of more than 18 years. They are able to listen and relate to clients and determine their needs.

F. Whitney Jones, PhD
President

 

    Whitney Jones currently serves as principal project director, having managed successful capital campaigns and fundraising projects for nearly 200 clients.

    Whitney studied at the University of Paris, and graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, with a BA in English. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also served on the faculty. Whitney taught at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, NC before entering the field of fundraising in 1977 as the Development Director for Old Salem, Inc.

    Whitney was founding President of the NC-Triad Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Association named him Fundraising Executive of the Year in 1992 and awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Family Foundation of North America, a board member of Family Services America and Alpha North America, and as a member of the boards of the American Association of Fundraising Professionals, Associates in Christian Counseling, the ABC Center for Applied Behavioral Analysis, and the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy.  

    He serves on the board of iCan House, and most recently was Chair of the Board of the Autism Society of North Carolina.

    Whitney has served as a keynote speaker on fundraising and capital campaign issues at seminars across the country. He has been a speaker at national conferences for the American Association of Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, the Southeastern Museums Conference, the Land Trust Alliance, the AAFRC Summer Institute for Fundraising Professionals, and the Chairman’s Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also given presentations to numerous state and regional AFP conferences on fundraising.

    Whitney resides in Winston-Salem with his wife, Suzanne, and their three children. He has two grown sons and four grandchildren

Suzanne Jones
Vice President and CFO

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    Suzanne Jones has been with Whitney Jones, Inc. since 1986 as Vice President and Treasurer of the corporation.

    A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Suzanne founded Wordsworth, a direct mail and word processing service company in 1980. Her clients included small businesses, non-profit organizations and political campaign organizations. In 1986 Wordsworth merged with Whitney Jones, Inc., and for a number of years Suzanne directed data and information services for all of the company’s non-profit clients. Suzanne has served as CFO since 2008.

    Suzanne resides in Winston-Salem with her husband Whitney and their three children.

    Terri L. Dillon
    Vice President of Client Services

    Terri Dillon

    Terri Dillon joined Whitney Jones, Inc. in 1986 and has helped more than 100 nonprofits in the Southeastern United States advance their missions.  With more than 25 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, Terri’s expertise is in a wide variety of areas related to development including strategic planning, marketing, board and staff development, volunteer training, campaign surveys, major gifts, annual and capital campaigns.

    An experienced grant writer, Terri has coordinated the development of proposals to local, regional, and national sources for campaigns that resulted in grants ranging from $5,000 to $1,000,000, including major grants from the Kresge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Terri assisted in establishing the Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) where she was a charter member and served as President from 1999-2001.   She has been active in the American Association of Fundraising Counsel, publishers of Giving USA; Junior Achievement of Winston-Salem; North Carolina Center for Nonprofits; National Center for Nonprofit Boards; Leadership Winston-Salem (Class of 2000); and “Leave a Legacy.”  Terri is a member of the Downtown Winston-Salem Rotary Club.

    A native of Winston-Salem, Terri attended High Point University, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Program for Management Development.  She lives in Colfax with her husband, Victor.  Terri has four grown children and three grandchildren.

Lisa Harding
Senior Project Manager

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    Lisa Harding joined Whitney Jones, Inc. in 1992, and has worked with over 70 clients in various capacities over the years. Lisa specializes in working with our church clients and has assisted several churches in raising over $22 million toward facility expansion, renovation and outreach.  Lisa manages the campaign planning and survey phases, oversees the volunteer recruitment process, organizes volunteer training and reporting sessions and tracks and reports giving throughout the capital campaign.

    In addition to working with clients, Lisa manages the day-to-day operations of the firm and serves as Whitney Jones’ executive assistant and liaison to our consultants. Lisa has done volunteer fundraising for the King Youth Soccer League, volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, and helped organize the annual banquet for Associates in Christian Counseling. In addition, Lisa helped organize a capital campaign and chaired the annual stewardship campaign for her own church.

    A native of Northern Illinois, Lisa graduated from Robert Morris College in Carthage, IL before moving to North Carolina in 1984. Lisa has two grown sons and two grandchildren, and lives in Tobaccoville, NC with her husband, Steve.

Mary Ellen Shuntich, CFRE
Senior Consultant

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    Mary Ellen Shuntich is a Senior Consultant for Whitney Jones, Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 1995 Mary Ellen has directed numerous capital campaigns in the greater Charlotte area, Gaston County, Union County, Iredell County and Cleveland County, as well as campaigns outside of North Carolina including, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

    Mary Ellen has been a fundraising professional for over 26 years, working as a development officer for two large universities in the Southeast. In addition, her expertise includes promoting planned giving and assisting non-profit agencies and boards in strategic planning and maximizing their fundraising efforts.

     Mary Ellen worked as a technical writer for five years at the University of Kentucky before beginning her career in fundraising and development. While working as a development officer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mary Ellen assisted with a successful $32 million capital campaign.

    A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 1991, Mary Ellen is a founding member and former President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Charlotte Chapter. Mary Ellen was named Outstanding Fundraising Executive in Charlotte in 2001, and currently serves on the Steering Committee of Leave a Legacy in Charlotte.

    Mary Ellen received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1979. She has three grown sons and 5 grandchildren.

Edy Hurdle
Senior Consultant

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    Edy Hurdle joined Whitney Jones, Inc. in 1996. She has served as a Senior Consultant directing numerous capital campaigns with goals totaling almost $56 million.  Projects have been located in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Yadkinville, Pilot Mountain, Blowing Rock, Davidson County, Rockingham County, and Surry County.  She has led organizations through volunteer training, major gifts campaigns, campaign surveys, and capital campaigns.

    In addition, Edy has extensive grant writing experience having coordinated the development of proposals to local, regional, and national sources for numerous campaigns that resulted in grants ranging from $5,000 to $600,000, including grants from the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Michigan, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Duke Endowment.

    Prior to joining Whitney Jones, Inc., Edy was Development Officer for Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), and Special Events Coordinator for WFUBMC.  Prior to joining the not-for-profit sector, Edy was Director of Communications for the Charlotte office of KPMG Peat Marwick.

    Edy received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Salem College and her associate’s degree in Business from Peace College.  She resides in Winston-Salem, NC, with her husband Ed and their two children.

Amy Jones
Senior Consultant

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Amy Jones joined Whitney Jones, Inc. in 2006. Amy has directed capital campaigns with goals of $1.5 million to $3 million in Forsyth, Davidson and Randolph Counties. Her clients have included a hospice, charter school, senior service agency and Habitat for Humanity.

Prior to joining Whitney Jones, Inc., Amy worked with Senior Services, Inc. of Winston-Salem, serving as a Development Associate and as Volunteer Coordinator for Meals on Wheels. In the latter capacity Amy coordinated the activities of more than 2500 volunteers. Amy previously served as Development and Marketing Coordinator for the Enrichment Center, an arts-based center, serving members with developmental and physical disabilities. Amy has extensive experience in major gifts, special events, and grant writing.

Amy finds volunteerism the most rewarding aspect of working with non-profits. "Our current culture places high demands on a person's time and energy. When individuals are compelled to give their time and talents to an organization they greatly enhance the depth of their community's humanity."

Amy graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Modern Dance. A native of Pennsylvania, Amy resides in Winston-Salem with her husband Christopher and two daughters.