Jim Lyons – Senior Partner
Jim is beginning his 40th year in the fundraising field. He has taught seminars for over 400 institutions and their staff and boards. Jim has worked on an extended basis with over 150 non-profit clients. During that time, his clients have achieved over $800 million in fundraising goals. Jim has spoken at numerous professional meetings with an emphasis on board recruitment, motivation and strategic planning. He also brings to his clients many years of financial and organizational management experience. He is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jim is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.
Patti Lyons – Executive Partner
Patti was Foundation Director for the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia, for five years through two successful capital campaigns. For the last 30 years, she has consulted in non-profit fundraising, initially as Vice President of Lyons Associates in Aspen, Colorado, from 1988 until 1997, then as a founding partner of the expanded corporation, Pride Philanthropy, in 1997. Her emphases include board engagement and motivation, strategic planning, feasibility and development assessments, capital campaigns, major gift strategies for development staff and volunteers, planned gifts, and interim executive director roles. Patti has been a motivational speaker for numerous non-profit boards. Her organizational and strategic skills and an array of fundraising experiences have brought a high level of financial success to nonprofit clients for over three decades. Patti is a long time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Joni King – Senior Vice President
Joni has over 36 years experience in fundraising for both healthcare and senior care. Formerly, she served as Director of Major Gifts and Annual Giving for Asbury Foundation in Gaithersburg, MD, Director of Community Relations for Frederick Memorial Healthcare System in Frederick, Maryland, and Director of Community Resources for Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, Michigan. Joni brings knowledge and success in capital campaigns, major gifts, feasibility studies and development audits. She has shown her commitment to her own community as a board member for Shared Vision Public Art and the American Heart Association, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and a volunteer for Hospice of Frederick County.
Jake Lyons – Vice President of Client Services
As a Lyons fourth generation fundraiser, Jake has worked with Pride Philanthropy for seven years. He manages fund development assessments, audits and feasibility studies for clients as well as subject matter and agendas for the Pride Development Institute, the firm’s educational series that includes year-round seminars, workshops and academy programs. Jake helps PRIDE stay on the cutting edge of communication techniques and technology. He is the founder and Executive Director of Equinox Percussion, a nonprofit world class competitive drum corps. Previously, Jake served four years as an instructor in the music department at the University of Georgia in Athens. He has a degree in Communications from the University of Georgia and is based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Trish Williams – Director of Operations
Trish Williams has over 25 years’ experience in administrative, computer and customer support. She has trained countless users on Microsoft Office products and computer basics including community outreach training for seniors. She holds a CompTIA A+ certification as well as a strong background in computer networking and Cisco routers and products. For five years, Trish served as Director of Corporate Operations with Pride Philanthropy’s predecessor, Lyons Associates, in Aspen, Colorado, with responsibilities of computer systems, software, company website, corporate mailings, meetings and seminars. Trish provides an increased level of computer and client support for the continuing expansion of the online Pride Resource Center and Pride Development Institute of educational programming. She is a graduate of New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida.
Andrew Bates – Director of Client Relations
Andrew worked as an engineer and as a Fulbright Scholar before moving into the healthcare field. With his analytical background, Andrew ensures PRIDE stays powered by data driven results. At PRIDE, Andrew manages feasibility studies for clients and educates at the workshops and academies. In the healthcare industry, Andrew first worked as a Data Specialist at Mercy Care, a nonprofit that provides health services to thousands of Atlanta’s residents who live at or below the poverty line. Andrew was also a consultant for a major Atlanta hospital, creating and implementing a data collection and database management application. On the side, Andrew has worked for 4 years with Bridge the Gap, an NGO that facilitates study abroad programs and assists in the creation of local businesses in a remote tribal island in Fiji. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Auburn University.