Doug started assisting the Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. by conducting a comprehensive audit of more than 100 organizations (both corporations and universities), that have implemented employee relief programs.
From his exhaustive research, EAF created set of best practices of employee-hardship and disaster-relief funds and published an online article entitled "Emergency Assistance Funds (EAFs) for Employee Hardship and Disaster Relief: Legal, Tax and Design Considerations," which describes the 16 critical decisions that must be made when establishing a program.
Doug serves as vice chairman of the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin counties where he approves all grant requests for this $140 million foundation comprised of more than 280 separate funds. He also serves as chairman of the development committee and is a member of the investment committee.
Additionally, Doug serves as a permanent grant making donor advisor to the Stockham Foundation, created by Stockham Valves, an international valve manufacturer founded in 1903. This foundation, which grants a substantial portion of funds for employee hardship is now a $2 million donor advised fund with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.
In 2004, Doug was instrumental in establishing the Charitable Real Estate Fund (CREF) as a support organization of the CFGB a 501(c)(3). He served as the CREF board chairman for one term and was on the board from its founding until 2008. He is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) a private non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, GA, which comprises approximately 450 businesses, professional and academic leaders from around the world.
Doug earned a bachelor's of arts degree from Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN and a master's of business administration degree in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Founder, Secretary & Advisor to the President
Prior to his founding Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc., Bryan created Charitable Solutions, LLC, specializing in non-cash asset receipt and liquidation, gift annuity reinsurance brokerage, gift annuity risk management audits, emergency assistance funds and life insurance appraisals/audits.
Currently, he serves as a partner to Ekstrom, Alley & Clontz – a community foundation consulting firm in New Haven, CT. Bryan is the founder of the Dechomai Foundation, Inc. and the Dechomai Asset Trust - two national donor advised funds focusing on non-cash assets generally and S-corp. transactions respectively.
Previously, he served as the director of planned giving for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, national director of planned giving for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and vice president of advancement at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC; a master’s degree in risk management and insurance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA; master’s degree in financial services and Ph.D. in financial and retirement planning from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
From 2000 to 2005, he served as a graduate adjunct professor for both personal financial planning and life insurance in the Department of Risk Management and Insurance at Georgia State University. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Planned Giving Design Center (2000-present), the advisory board for the American College’s Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation (2001-present), the American Council on Gift Annuities’ Rate Recommendation and Research Committee (2003-2010) and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly NCPG) Board (2007-2009). Most recently, Bryan served as the Leon L. Levy Fellow in Philanthropy at the American College of Financial Services.
He has delivered more than 2,000 presentations on charitable gift planning; been published in an international insurance textbook; and written more than two dozen articles for financial services and planned giving journals, including a planned giving manual entitled Just Add Water, which has sold more than 2,500 copies. Bryan chaired the inaugural statewide "Leave a Legacy Georgia!" campaign. He is the co-inventor of a proprietary CGA risk management process (LIRMAS- Life Income Risk Management Analytic Suite) based on an actuarial study he co-authored for the Society of Actuaries on CGA Mortality.
Vice President Grant Management & Partner Relations
Christy started assisting the organization in 2015 to oversee the grant department. She brings to EAF a background in non-profit management and fundraising - working with smaller local nonprofits and national organizations. She has been a member of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals and has extensive experience in one-on-one donor development and event planning. Prior to joining EAF, Christy focused her talents on political organizing and campaign management.
Helping EAF has given Christy the opportunity to combine her organizational skills with a deep commitment to helping those in need facing hardships and disasters.
Executive Vice President - Internal Operations
Melanie brings extensive knowledge in process improvement and lean operations to EAF. She has a comprehensive understanding of the implementation of lean six sigma tools and methodologies, having previously worked as an operational excellence consultant in North America, Europe, and Asia. During her career, Melanie, has been responsible for implementing lean transformational projects in the pharmaceutical industry resulting in quantitative productivity improvements and cost reductions. Prior to this, she completed a PhD in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland as well as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She continued her academic career with a postdoctoral research position at the UCLA Department of Neurology, managing laboratory research and pre-clinical drug trials. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.
Director of Corporate Operations
Lori is passionate for helping others and humbled to be working with the team at the Emergency Assistance Foundation to make a difference for your company and employees. With a tireless work ethic, Lori began working at the age of 9 years old, creating public service radio shows, and has never stopped serving her community. During the last few years of her career, she has worked alongside many C-level executives and coordinated donor relations activities for a national non-profit company. With a diverse background in communications, event coordinating, radio, affiliate marketing, PR, franchising, and more, she approaches all conversations in a positive, organized approach. Lori graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Special Education.
Director of Partner Relations
Cara brings to EAF a wealth of experience and a true passion for helping others. Prior to assisting EAF, Cara spent over twenty years supporting non-profit and mission driven organizations by leading client relations, marketing and communication, fund development and community outreach efforts. Cara graduated from Wesleyan College with a BA in Communications and a minor in Business Administration.
Zach Kolthoff Cano
Director of Partner Relations
Zach started assisting EAF in 2018 to build strong relationships with EAF’s Fund Partners. He brings with him a wealth of experience in communications, marketing, and management from fortune 500 companies to assist in building those relationships. His passion and drive for helping others can be seen through his volunteer experience within emergency management and youth in the community. Zach graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors in Business Administration.
Director of Partner Relations
Emily started assisting the EAF team in late 2018. She developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector after graduating with a degree in Public Policy and Advocacy from College of Charleston. She is excited to share her experience and deep appreciation for how EAF seeks to improve the quality of life for Fund Partners; one grant at a time.
Director of Growth and Development
Racquel Vespucci is a marketing professional with extensive experience in corporate business development, licensing, digital copywriting and public relations.
Mirjana Brzakovic brings vast customer relations experience to EAF while assisting as grant reviewer. Mira has extensive experience in management of non-profit and government financed sector in the Balkans and Serbia within intergovernmental, regional and local levels. She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a masters degree in cultural policy and management at
the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia and Université Lumière Lyon 2, France, where she specialised in non-profit management and fundraising in the field of cultural heritage protection.
Compliance, Tax and Legal Researcher
Ryan Raffin serves EAF as compliance, tax and legal researcher on issues relating to charitable giving.
Prior to his work for EAF, Ryan graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.