Menu
X

Religion & Faith Team

Staff: Jeffrey L. Ashley
  Mark W. Rountree
  Colleen Thomas
  Mimi Ward
   

 

Jeff Ashley

Jeffrey L. Ashley
Founder, President & Senior Consultant

With over 20 years of leadership giving fundraising experience, Jeff has assisted numerous organizations in raising over $500 million throughout his career. Previously he served as Vice President for University Advancement for Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky (The University subsequently became a client of Ashley & Associates). During his tenure, Spalding completed its first comprehensive capital campaign, raising $15.3 million on a $10 million goal. Prior to that Ashley served as Director of Major Gifts for the University of Louisville's "Challenge for Excellence" Campaign. He played a leadership role in directing the silent and public phases of the campaign that raised over $340 million on a $200 million goal. He also served as Executive Director of the Trinity High School Foundation, Inc. setting goals for funds raised in annual fund, major gifts and endowment.

After a career in education, Jeff sought an opportunity to apply the entrepreneurial skills that made him successful at these and other institutions to start his own business. In 2002 Jeff began to offer his consulting services full-time and later that year established Ashley & Associates. Since then Jeff has worked with hundreds of organizations throughout the community and region to improve their management operations and comprehensive fund development programs. Jeff graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and earned a Master of Arts in Business from Webster University.

Back to Top


 

Mark Rountree

Mark W. Rountree
Vice President, Partner & Senior Consultant

Mark Rountree has made a career in development and institutional advancement for the past 30 years, serving as both a consultant and development officer for several educational, cultural and health organizations. Prior to joining Ashley & Associates, Mark was Vice President and Senior Consultant at RuffaloCODY and supported nonprofit clients with their annual fund campaigns, including: Indiana University, Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Butler University and University of Cincinnati, among others. He also assisted campaign planning for the Detroit Institute of Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Clinic, Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, Sigma Chi Foundation, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Special Olympics Illinois.

Prior to joining RuffaloCODY, Mark served as Director of Development for the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences where he was responsible for directing the major gifts efforts for 23 departments. Prior to this, Mark served as Senior Fundraising Counsel for Capital Consortium, Inc., where he planned and directed capital campaigns and conducted feasibility studies for organizations such as North Carolina Museum of Art, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Tanglewood Park, Special Children’s School, Blue Ridge Health Services and the North Carolina Arboretum.

Back to Top


 

Colleen Thomas

Colleen Thomas
Operations Manager

Colleen has more than 14 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. After working with Jeff Ashley on the successful $15.3 million capital campaign for Spalding University, Colleen joined Ashley & Associates in 2003. Her experience as an administrator and project manager provide the foundation of her success as a grants manager. She works with clients to ensure information flows smoothly, deadlines are met, and reports to funders are accurate and timely.

Previously Colleen worked at Luckett & Farley, an architecture firm in Louisville, organizing project managers and architects and ensuring that clients stayed informed about the relevant details surrounding their work. Tight deadlines and coordinating information from a variety of sources has been part of Colleen’s work for years, and our clients appreciate her ability to get things done.  Colleen earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Spalding University.

Back to Top


 

Mimi Ward

Mimi Ward
Senior Consultant

Mimi began her career over 30 years ago after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science degree majoring in Community Health Education. After an internship with the American Cancer Society, Kentucky Division, she was hired by ACS and for the next 18 years she was dedicated to program development, volunteer training, grassroots and event fundraising, unit leadership and planned giving. From there, Mimi became Director of Planned Giving for the American Printing House for the Blind, executing over 100 charitable gift annuities in less than 18 months. In 1999, Mimi returned to her alma mater as a Major Gift Officer, serving as an intregal part of the team that developed UK’s centralized major gift program.

In 2004, Mimi took the reigns as Senior Development Director of the College of Arts and Sciences at UK initiating a portfolio and metrics system and increasing staffing. With her leadership, A&S increased endowment and planned gifts by almost $5 million, while meeting annual fund goals of up to $2 million per year. After 11 years with UK, Mimi became Senior VP of Advancement with Hosparus, Kentucky’s largest hospice provider with operations spanning 33 counties and based out of Louisville overseeing a successful comprehensive capital campaign and all fund development operations for this $45 million organization. Mimi returned to educational fund-raising by joining Sacred Heart Schools in Louisville, KY as the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement with primary responsibility for all fund-raising and management of staff for alumnae affairs, communications/public relations, special events, annual fund, and enrollment marketing.

As a veteran development professional, Mimi teamed up with Ashley|Rountree and Associates in mid-2015 specializing in educational clients of all sizes. From large-scale universities and college campaigns to private secondary schools, and small, specialized school systems, Mimi brings extensive fund-raising expertise and experience across a broad range of areas including annual fund, major gifts, planned giving and capital campaigns

Back to Top

2525 Nelson Miller Parkway, Suite #106 | Louisville, KY 40223 | P: 502.244.5835 | F: 502.244.5837