We believe in the transformational power of philanthropy. Our seasoned consultants are practitioners who facilitate strategic, goal-oriented, donor-centered campaigns and programs that enable our client partners to realize their visions. We’re passionate about guiding our nonprofit partners to success, because when they thrive, they make our community a better place to live.
Dan Reynolds, President
Dan has been with the firm for nearly 20 years. Dan has conducted numerous planning and feasibility studies, created many fund development plans, directed annual fund programs and capacity building initiatives, and led highly successful capital campaigns raising millions of dollars with his clients in St. Louis.
Dan earned bachelor’s degrees in Latin American Studies and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Public Policy Administration with a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he graduated with honors. He worked for six years in the nonprofit field before consulting with a low-income housing organization in Chicago. Prior to joining HRR in 1999 he was a director an interfaith residence in St. Louis serving people with HIV/AIDS.
Dan has served on the board of the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is an adjunct instructor at Washington University for Nonprofits and Philanthropy. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Sarah and four children.
Zach Radford, Marketing & Communications Director / Researcher
Zach has been with HRR for more than seven years as a consultant, writer and researcher. He has designed numerous cases for support and written private and public proposals for our nonprofit partners. He also supports work on planning and feasibility studies and assists on strategic planning initiatives and fund development plans.
Zach specializes in conducting research on companies and foundations, as well as working with analytical tools, interpreting wealth screening results for individuals and assisting organizations with predictive modeling and planning.
In addition to a master’s degree in English Literature, Zach holds bachelor’s degrees in Literature, Anthropology, and Liberal Studies. His evenings and weekends are spent reading, trail-running, canoeing, and fly fishing.
Jim Radford, Founder
Jim has steadily honed his fundraising and management skills for nonprofit organizations in a career that began in the early 1970s. Following an extended tour of combat duty in Vietnam as a member of the 5th Special Forces Group, the Green Berets (Airborne), Jim created an Outward Bound-style program wherein returning Vietnam veterans worked with juvenile delinquents. He successfully led the Providence Program that ultimately became a National Exemplary Program.
While teaching anthropology and sociology on the university level, Jim consulted frequently on issues regarding fundraising, organizational development and strategic planning. Working as Executive Vice President for a national firm in New Jersey, Jim provided counsel for a number of Catholic organizations on various fundraising initiatives.
Jim formerly served as Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International as well as the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Foundation. For more than 15 years he has provided fundraising direction for educational institutions, religious organizations, theaters, hospitals, social service organizations and many other nonprofit groups. In addition to fundraising, he consults frequently on issues regarding organizational development and strategic planning.
Jim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology and sociology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He and his wife Sharon, who have been married for 40 years, have five children and eight grandchildren. In his free time, Jim coached youth soccer for many years and is an ardent sailing enthusiast.
Ric Reynolds, Writer-Communications
Ric Reynolds, writer/communications, is an award-winning journalist who has crafted content for a wide range of media outlets, including magazines, newspapers, websites, electronic newsletters, and social media.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he launched his career in newspapers as a sports editor, then migrated to corporate communications where he led numerous successful initiatives regarding culture change, new products and services, staff achievements, and corporate development efforts. He later served as news/web editor for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
He and his wife, Deb, live on the Wolf River in Northeastern Wisconsin.
Colleen Himmelberg, Consultant
Colleen brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the sophisticated non-profit sectors of higher education and health care. She has led boards of directors in government advocacy, foundation development, public relations and communications. Her career experience also includes strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, capital campaign leadership, media and crisis communications, and executive-level leadership.
Prior to beginning her consulting career, Colleen served as Director of Public Relations and Development and Executive Director of the St. John’s Mercy Hospital Foundation. Currently, she serves as a professional consultant for non-profit agencies with an emphasis on visioning, board development, strategic planning, grant administration, executive coaching, network development, collaboration/affiliations, fundraising and communication strategy development. Clients include:
- Sheltered Industries of the Meremac Valley
- Developmental Services of Franklin County
- Children's Advocacy Center of Eastern Missouri
- Gateway Center for Autism
- Developmental Disabilities Resource Board
- Sheltered Workshop Industries
- Willow's Way
- Ferrell Hospital
- Foundations for Franklin County
- Grace's Place
- East Central College
- Colleen also has facilitated training for the Non-Profit Services Center in St. Louis.
Colleen has given much of her time and talent as a volunteer leader serving on community boards including the Washington Rotary Club and Washington Area Chamber of Commerce. She also volunteers for the Exceptional Equestrians, Harvest Table and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. In addition, Colleen has gained invaluable volunteer knowledge working with a variety of other non-profits including the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Humane Society.
Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, Mo. She lives in Washington, Mo., with her husband, Rob, and two children.
Sue Frost, Consultant, Trainer
For the past 20 years, Sue has developed and cultivated her expertise in professional development, training and coaching with collaborative professional partnerships and great client work. When engaged with clients, she is responsible for all aspects of the client relationship as well as the development and delivery of programs, workshops and executive coaching. Sue brings a down-to-earth sensibility, combined with enthusiasm and authenticity to all her interactions. Whether working with groups or one-on-one, she delivers dynamic solutions that produce results.
The primary focus of her work is with small groups and individuals to develop their executive presence and interpersonal communication skills. With a combination of interactive coaching and assessments such as the MBTI, Social Styles, Realise2 Strengths Profiler, TKI, FIRO-B, Voices 360 and others, Sue works with clients to address common challenges facing business professionals, such as: executive presence, building trust, managing conflict, delivering feedback, team effectiveness, new manager training, emotional intelligence, and others.
Sue spent ten years at Spencer Stuart, one of the world's largest executive recruiting firms. In her role as Director of Training, Sue helped to create the firm’s first-ever Professional Development function. She worked with partners and consultants to develop and deliver global programs and solutions to advance internal and external communication skills, self-awareness, and competency based assessment.
Sue earned a BA in Communication with an emphasis on Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She resides in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband Angus, and their three children.
Sarah Reynolds, Research Associate / Assistant to Special Projects
Sarah Reynolds has been with Holmes, Radford & Reynolds since 2000, serving as our leading research consultant and director of special projects.
Sarah spent nearly five years as an elementary teacher before joining HRR. Her background as an educator has helped HRR refine its training programs and has contributed to product quality overall. Her experience has also contributed to donor prospect research and analysis on many fundraising initiatives.
Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and earned her master’s degree in Education from DePaul University. She lives in St. Louis with her husband Dan and four children.