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judy keller

PRESIDENT

Judy Keller is a senior leader in the nonprofit sector, with more than 30 years of experience leading organizations in strategic planning, capacity-building, and special projects, program, endowment and capital campaigns.

She has worked with more than 56 nonprofits in ten states and raised more than $100 million by delivering best practices, innovative solutions, and hands-on expertise. With affiliated designers, attorneys and other experts, she is positioned to help your nonprofit organization define, fund, staff, and achieve its goals.

Judy is an experienced fundraising consultant, with past positions as Executive Director of the American Lung Association of Kansas; Development Director for KANU-FM; Assistant Director of Major Gifts, University of Miami; and Executive Director of High Plains Public Radio.

Judy has been an active volunteer in Lawrence, Kansas, where she has lived for 30 years and in Kansas City, Missouri, where the firm is based.

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MARY ELLEN CLARK

Senior VICE PRESIDENT

Mary Ellen, Sr. Vice President, has lived in the Kansas City area for 45 years and has been a volunteer and professional fundraiser for nearly 40 years.  She founded the Foundation for Providence Medical Center and Saint John Hospital, and served as its chief development officer.  With this came extensive experience with the individuals, corporations and donors within these communities as well as the healthcare needs of those served.  Multi-million dollar major gift fundraising efforts have succeeded under her leadership and counsel. 

Mary Ellen’s extensive experience as fundraising counsel has served elementary and higher education and social service.  Education has been a key value of hers both personally and professionally.  This led to a career in higher education as a fundraiser working on numerous successful capital campaigns and ultimately holding the position as Vice President for Advancement for Avila University.  

Having served on the hospital board of St. Joseph Health Center, chaired its Strategic Planning Committee and been a member of ancillary medical staff for Kansas City area hospitals as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Mary Ellen clearly understands the need for community collaboration.  Success with public and private funders and the creation of strategies to overcome the challenges of raising funds in a constantly changing environment have been an important element of this success.  Mary Ellen understands the process of planning and the positive impact proper planning and implementation have on an organization and the community it serves. 

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MARY LOFTUS

VICE PRESIDENT

Mary Loftus is a development professional with 20 years of experience as Development Director at Topeka Collegiate School.  Mary directed all fundraising efforts including annual fund, auction, major gifts, capital, and endowment campaigns for the preschool-8th grade independent school. 

Her efforts resulted in $8.9 million in donations to Topeka Collegiate during her tenure. She provided continuity of leadership while raising the school’s development efforts to a high level of professionalism and success.  She coordinated special events, developed prospects and helped solicit commitments for scholarships, and played a key role in planning and implementing two capital campaigns.

Mary brings strong writing and communication skills to Keller Consulting clients, the result of her career as television news reporter, anchor and news director.  

Extremely familiar with the Topeka philanthropic community, Mary is a past president of the Topeka chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, an alumna of Leadership Greater Topeka, and a past board member of Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

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Ken McLaughlin, JD

Vice President

Ken comes to Keller Consulting with over four decades of leadership experience in the non-profit and governmental sector. As a young man, he was Assistant Attorney General of Ohio after graduation from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He then completed a graduate degree from Park University in religion and served his faith community as an international denominational officer, and before that as its director of the Office of Estate and Financial Planning. Thereafter, Ken accepted the position of Senior Director of Development with Outreach International (based in the Crossroads District of Kansas City), a global charity serving villages in the Developing World. Ken went on to become Director of Leadership Gifts and also Director of Philanthropy for the Salvation Army, working exclusively in the greater Kansas City area. His most recent philanthropic position was as Chief Operating Officer of the PKD Foundation, which serves those impacted by polycystic kidney disease.

Ken has held various volunteer positions within the community, including on the boards of directors of Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, Child Placement Services Inc, founding board member of Hope House, a shelter for battered women and their children, and several neighborhood associations. He has been married forty-two years to Dr. Suzanne McLaughlin. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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Regan Keller

Marketing & Communications Strategist

Regan Keller is a communication and marketing consultant, with deep experience in integrated marketing, public relations, design and digital strategy. She launched her own consulting practice, rk Digital, to help mission oriented organizations navigate the communications and digital world to further their impact. She is passionate about the environment and in her free time runs a community group that brings people together to promote sustainability in her community. Her role at Keller Consulting perfectly merges her expertise in communications with her passion for helping nonprofits make a difference.

 


 

Alison Sherman

Chief Accountant

Alison Sherman joined Keller Consulting in 2019, and holds the position of Chief Accountant. She holds both a Master of Accountancy and BS in Accountancy from the University of Missouri- Columbia. She has years of experience in public accounting, auditing, budgeting, pricing, and accounting services. Her honesty, integrity and professionalism are qualities many people appreciate. Alison serves as the Parent Teacher Organization Treasurer at her children’s elementary school and is active in her church music ministry program.