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.
Prior to founding Emergency Assistance Foundation and Charitable Solutions, 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; and a master’s degree in financial services 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.
Doug began his work for 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.
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, Finance & Grants
As a member of the EAF team, Tina keeps the accounting department running smoothly, from administering grants to month end financial reporting, while also executing quality checks of applications as part of the Grant Review Team. Tina has spent the preceding nine years in various financial sector roles with several Fortune 500 companies and Canada’s three largest banks. Her diverse professional experience includes working with non profits, property and real estate, global food manufacturing, multimedia and medical services industries. Tina graduated from Everest College with degrees in accounting and payroll administration.
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.