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Meet the Team

Lynne Wester

Principal & Founder

Lynne Wester has been shaking up the fundraising world for more than 20 years. She strongly believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience — or DX — as they are to the ask itself. Known for positively disrupting the status quo, Lynne helps organizations when they need it the most – when crisis or opportunity arrive.


Lynne is deeply proud of her team and is beyond grateful for the brilliant colleagues who work alongside her. Lynne and her teammates at DRG partner with nonprofits large and small on a variety of initiatives from developing sound strategy and vision to utilizing technology and creating meaningful donor engagement — all designed to positively impact the fundraising bottom line. In addition, she is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, access, justice, and belonging — especially in the fundraising and nonprofit sector.

Lynne’s thought leadership is regularly featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and CASE Currents. She is a four-time author and has contributed to two other books. She also hosts the #1 nonprofit podcast in the world — Fundraising is Funny — alongside T. Clay Buck, CFRE.


Lynne received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, holds a Masters in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute. She volunteers at many nonprofits and serves on the University of South Carolina board.

Keynote speaker and founder of Donor Relations Group, Lynne Wester laughing with sunny background.

Meet the Team

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Angela Joens

Consultant & Strategist

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Ashley Rowe

Chief Marketing Officer

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Christine McGuire


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Jennie Drish


Mary Solomons

Project Specialist

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Matthew Helmer

Consultant & Strategist

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Shannon Russell


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Holly Kizer


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Liz Menne


Stacey Halphen

Project Specialist

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Colton Withers

Director of Operations

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Avery G. Howard


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Jan McGuire

Senior Associate

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Madelyn Jones


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Jenny Jones, PhD

Project Specialist

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Attendees leave our keynotes and sessions with tangible takeaways, renewed energy, and the ability to affect change in their organizations. Our most common evaluation feedback is attendees begging for more. We present on many topics related to the donor experience, team building, and executive leadership.

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