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Michelle-Whiting_Michelle Whiting, Owner

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Laura HardyLaura Hardy, Senior Development Consultant
Having retained MW&A as consultants in her prior development roles, Laura Hardy was pleased to join our team in Fall 2018, consulting on foundation relations, grant development, planned giving, development assessments and executive searches.  Laura brings decades of sustained success exceeding goals for capital campaigns as well as annual goals for individual, planned giving, foundation, and corporate fundraising.  Before joining MW&A, Laura served as Senior Vice President of Development &  Marketing at Wayfinder Family Services (formerly Junior Blind of America), Vice President of Development at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and held senior major gift roles at The Carter Center and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Laura graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.


Stephanie ChristianStephanie Christian, Marketing Associate
Stephanie Christian has worked with MW&A in her role as the lead marketing and e-communications team member since 2011. Stephanie manages the e-communications efforts as well as collateral design and production, for the company and clients. Prior to joining the MW&A team, she spent six years leading the marketing and development efforts for two local history museums and three years supporting the efforts to make Orange County a better place through her work at a local community foundation. Stephanie graduated with honors from California State University Fullerton and holds a bachelor’s degree in art education.


Carol van Ahlers, Senior Editor and Executive Search Associate
Carol joined MW&A in 2015 as the editor of the e-newsletter. She manages all candidate interviews for MW&A’s Executive Searches as well as our in-depth reference reports on finalist candidates. Additionally, she provides editing for foundation proposals, potential funder reports and development assessments. Throughout her career Carol has managed public relations programs for numerous municipalities, private firms, sporting events and nonprofit organizations, at one time owning her own public relations company. She also manages the social media and website content for several local nonprofits. Carol graduated Magna Cum Laude, from Washburn University, in Kansas, receiving a bachelor’s degree in communications.