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Bryan Clontz

Bryan Clontz

Founder and President

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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.

Douglas Stockham

Douglas Stockham

Executive Vice President

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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.

Christy Le Lait

Christy Le Lait

Executive Vice President - Grants Management

Christy brings to EAF a strong background in nonprofit management and fundraising. She also has an unique understanding of crisis situations and direct services after serving as executive director of the Colorado chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Over the past 10 years, she has focused her talents primarily in the political arena, using her management skills in running campaigns and raising money.

Membership and trainings include: the Association of Fundraising Professionals; the Gill Foundation, Leadership and Fundraising Development; 2010 Political Fellow - Center for Progressive Leadership; Community Resource Center Nonprofit Leadership & Management and Wellstone Campaign College.

The Colorado Springs Business Journal recently named Christy as one of the 2015 Women of Influence in Colorado Springs.

David Clark

David Clark

Director of Finance and Technology

David brings a strong background in nonprofit management, accounting and technology to EAF. Prior to this position, he served as director of finance, operations and technology at the largest Independent elementary school in Florida as well as grants officer for a large nonprofit serving the homeless community in Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, David served as chief information officer at Allstate Workplace Division. David earned a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College of Albany, New York.

Heidi Clark

Heidi Clark

Director of Employee Experience

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Heidi Clark adds depth to EAF with her background as a hands-on senior executive with a broad breadth of experience leading companies through all phases of growth, from start-up and early stage ventures, to large public companies. Heidi’s insight spans a diverse set of industries, including retail, restaurant, high-tech and manufacturing. She is particularly skilled at creating an environment of collaboration where innovation can flourish and is known for her deep expertise in employee engagement and organizational culture building. The combination of these skills has allowed her to excel at high-risk ventures and projects which require entrepreneurial agility, resource maximization and cross-discipline leadership.

Heidi has held positions in operations, materials management, R&D, sales and human resources, giving her critical insight in to the structure and process needed to support the business vision and strategic goals. While at Panera LLC as vice president of Employee Experience, Heidi created the employee engagement model for the company and developed programs for communication, on-boarding, performance management, coaching, mentoring and leadership development; impacting more than 75,000 employees. Also while at Panera Heidi founded and served as president of Friends in Knead, Inc., a non-profit employee peer-to-peer assistance fund. During her tenure at Cayman Systems, Inc, where she served as president and CEO, Heidi led a complete restructuring of capital, operations and product, and grew the company to be a leading broadband supplier. Heidi’s unique experiences enable her to provide her clients insights and guidance into the critical success factors when establishing and sustaining employee initiatives, such as an employee assistance fund. These factors include cultural integration, employee communication, setting employee donation targets and building the multi year vision for the plan.

Heidi has a bachelor's of arts degree in anthropology, Spanish and business administration from the University of New Hampshire. She is fluent in Spanish.

Heidi holds certificates in Executive Coaching Mastering Performance, as well as conflict management, Increasing Human Effectiveness, The Human Interaction Laboratory, project management, execution, IEEE networking and APICS. She is a Landmark and Dale Carnegie Graduate.

Tina Sethi

Tina Sethi

Accounting and Grants Administrator

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.

Ryan Raffin

Ryan Raffin

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.

Melanie Watson

Melanie Watson

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.

Calin Marian

Calin Marian

Onboarding and IT Specialist

"Calin Marian has a strong background in Telecommunications Engineering and brings vast technical expertise to EAF while serving in the Operations department. He is responsible for building and maintaining client portals, onboarding clients in Fluid Review and assisting in streamlining operations. Prior to his work at EAF, he worked as a Virtual Assistant with several multi-national clients"

Joe Paras

Joe Paras

Grant Reviewer

Joe Paras brings vast customer relations experience to EAF while serving as grant reviewer. He is responsible for processing applications, maintaining social media accounts, and performing other administrative duties. Prior to his work at EAF, Joe worked as a virtual assistant for various real estate companies in the U.S. and Canada. He earned a degree in marketing management from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Meiying Li

Meiying Li

Mandarin Chinese Translator

Meiying Li is a Mandarin Chinese translator for EAF’s application and grant review process. A native of Bejing, China, Meiying has thorough grasp of both English and Mandarin languages, including technical and colloquial words and phrases. She is a volunteer with the Jacksonville, FL Chinese Association and teaches Chinese to English-speaking children. Before arriving to the U.S., MeiYing was an editor for the DHAE Daily, a newspaper in Zhengzhou, China. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Zhengzhou University in China.