Having served hundreds of organizations throughout the United States, the Demont team combines international experience with local knowledge, service, and commitment. The team brings valuable experience and perspective as past managers, directors, board members, and volunteers of not-for-profit organizations throughout the country. Our associates are dedicated to the profession; they are self-motivated with an entrepreneurial spirit and committed to creating a partnership between client personnel, volunteers, and counsel that promotes fund-raising success to make a difference in the communities we serve.
Robert D. Demont, CFRE, President
Bob Demont has been a proponent of the highest standards in direction and counsel to philanthropic institutions, their staff, and volunteers since 1979. In addition to managing, directing, and counseling hundreds of clients and helping them raise over $1,000,000,000, he has been a teacher, coach, camp counselor, board member, political campaign manager, international performer, and marketing representative. He formed Demont Associates in 1993 after serving as regional manager and president of the New England Division of Ketchum, Inc., when it was the largest fund-raising counseling firm in the world.
Bob has personally chaired six capital campaigns for not-for-profit organizations. He is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Northern New England Chapter, was a faculty member of AFP’s First Course and Survey Course, and a guest lecturer at Lesley College. He also has completed the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by AFP in conjunction with the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.
Bob is the former Chair of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine at Machias, President of Yarmouth High School Alumni Association, and President of the Board of Directors of Agawam Council, a private character-based camp serving American youth since 1919. He remains a development committee member and summer camp counselor at Camp Agawam, serves on the Yarmouth High School Alumni Association, and is former chair of his church’s finance committee, choir member, and chair of its endowment campaign for music ministry. Bob has been an active volunteer and class capital campaign chair at his alma mater, Bowdoin College, and also chaired Up with People’s International Alumni Association Founders Campaign. He is also an avid reader, golfer and gardener.
Lauren Geiger, CFRE, Senior Counselor
Lauren Geiger’s association with Demont Associates spans 14 years and includes assignments with the Keewaydin Foundation (Salisbury, VT), The Mayhew Program (Bristol, NH), The League of NH Craftsmen (Concord, NH), Stowe Community Church (Stowe, VT), The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Burlington, VT), Keene Family YMCA (Keene, NH), Franklin Medical Center (Greenfield, MA), Thomas Memorial Library (Cape Elizabeth, ME), Vermont Commons School (Burlington, VT), Green Mountain Club (Waterbury, VT), St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church (Stowe, VT), Boys & Girls Club of Burlington (Burlington, Vermont), Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (Burlington, VT), the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (Brunswick, ME), and Hale Reservation (Westwood, MA). She also worked with Demont Associates while serving as a volunteer for a capital campaign for the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (St. Johnsbury, VT). During her tenure with the firm and in her previous positions, she has raised over $45 million in campaign, annual, and endowment funds.
Lauren served as Director of Development at Keewaydin Foundation in Salisbury, Vermont from 2014 to 2019. Prior to this, she served as Chief Advancement Officer at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (2012 to 2014), and as Vice President of Demont Associates’ New England West division (2004-2012). Before joining Demont, she served as Executive Director of Kingdom County Productions in Barnet, Vermont, and as Director of External Relations for the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
While raising her daughter, Lauren served as a freelance writer and public relations consultant to organizations including Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Chelsea Green Publishing, Readers’ Digest Books, Scribner’s, Athenaeum Publishing, and The New York Public Library. Before moving to Vermont in 1991, she held public relations roles at organizations such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The New York Public Library, Macmillan Publishing Company, and St. Martin’s Press.
Cathy Coffman, Consulting Associate
Cathy Coffman has 28 years of institutional advancement and not-for-profit counsel experience. Although she has worked for many large institutions, such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her particular interest is in assisting small to medium not-for-profit entities to improve their fundraising capacity, strengthen organizational leadership, and tell their story more effectively.
Cathy has held positions across the spectrum of not-for-profit advancement and management. She has led annual, capital and planned giving efforts, and her communications positions from lead public relations officer to publications editor. For 19 years, she served as both Director of Advancement and Chief Financial Officer at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, and knows firsthand how staff at small institutions must wear and balance multiple hats. At Thornton Academy, positions held included Campaign Director, Annual Fund Director, Director of Public Affairs, and Alumni Director. In addition, she has experience in the roles of Managing Editor, Publications Editor, Science Writer and Editor, and Evaluation and Data Management Assistant. She has directed the Campaign for Justice in Maine for the past four years.
Her work and consulting experience includes planning studies, capital campaigns, annual fund reviews, image assessment studies, data analysis, and board retreats. She has had a broad range of clients and institutional service, including social service agencies, environmental and scientific organizations, universities, and independent schools.
A graduate of both Ohio State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her doctoral coursework, Cathy now lives in Saco. There she has served on local community boards and efforts and enjoys volunteering in the summer at the Fifth Maine Museum.
Celina Hurley, MPA, Associate
Celina Hurley has 16 years’ experience working with New England not-for-profits. She has lead fundraising initiatives, cultivated and sustained donors, and managed nonprofit programming and campaigns. Celina joined Demont in 2015 and has been consulting with Pinkerton Academy, Camp O-AT-KA, and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, among others. Previous positions include directing New Hampshire’s Campaign for Legal Services, leading external relations and fund development for the New Hampshire Political Library, and implementing public policy and fundraising activities for the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire.
Celina has extensive experience coordinating and supporting volunteer leadership groups, including boards of directors and development committees, to help their organizations successfully reach fundraising goals. She has excelled at creating a vision, raising funds, and implementing logistics for some of New Hampshire’s largest public and fundraising events. Celina also served on the Youth in Philanthropy Committee for AFP-NNE’s annual program to recognize outstanding young leaders in Northern New England philanthropy, and currently serves on AFP-NNE’s Board of Directors.
Celina graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island before attending Fordham University in Bronx, New York, where she received her BA in urban studies. After a year of national service as an AmeriCorps volunteer, she attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in education policy. Celina lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and being active outdoors.
Caisil Weldon, CFRE, Associate
A graduate of St. Michael's College in Vermont, Caisil Weldon has 16 years’ experience in marketing and fundraising for national and local nonprofits and Vermont businesses. She brings to the Demont team extensive experience in project and donor prospect management, marketing and communications, event planning and implementation, corporate sponsorship management, and campaign and volunteer management.
Caisil has contributed her professional expertise to organizations such as the American Heart Association, UVM Medical Center Foundation/Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Saxon Hill School, and WGDR-Goddard College. She joined Demont in 2015 and has been managing a $6,500,000 campaign for the Mad River Glen Cooperative-Stark Mountain Foundation.
Living in Essex, Vermont with her husband and two sons, Caisil enjoys all that Vermont has to offer: skiing, maple sugaring, gardening, and the occasional obstacle course race and 5K. Caisil also volunteers for the Nordic Soccer Club as a team manager, Essex Town Schools in the classroom, and recently completed a three-year term on the Essex Town School Board.
John W. Lanham, MBA, Associate
After three years working with the international nonprofit organization, Up with People, John Lanham joined Demont Associates in the fall of 2016. As Up with People's Marketing Coordinator, he oversaw operations, logistics, and media outreach in many different countries. While traveling, he interviewed and recruited participants to the program from over 15 nations. John managed partner relations with community sponsors including the International Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity, The University of Arizona, public schools in Eskilstuna, Sweden, and government organizations throughout Mexico. He also expanded upon his passion for the performing arts as the group’s lead male vocalist and vocal instructor.
Following undergraduate work at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, John completed his MBA at the University of Denver focusing on marketing and management. While studying at the University of Denver, John worked directly with the Dean of the Daniels College of Business and the ethics department as the Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion in order to bridge cultural gaps between foreign and domestic students. He was awarded Business Graduate Student of the Year in the spring of 2016 as a result of his progressive work.
As a result of John’s extensive travel, he has developed outstanding interpersonal skills and an appreciation for human connection and shared experiences. A native of Bangor, Maine, John is thrilled to return to his home state to work with the communities he cares about most deeply and apply his passion for doing good work with good people of every cultural, ethnic, and philosophical background.
Brian Grzymski, Associate
Brian Grzymski joined Demont Associates in the spring of 2018 following a 15-year career working in client relationship management and sales for financial services organizations in Portland and New York City. His most recent position was with MSCI, Inc., the leading global provider of equity and fixed income indexes, research, and analytical tools for institutional asset managers and asset owners. While at MSCI, Brian served on the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) Team, and was responsible for developing new business and managing relationships with institutional asset managers in New York City and Northern New England. Prior to MSCI, Brian worked at The Corporate Library, a Portland-based corporate governance research firm founded by shareholder activism and corporate governance pioneers Robert A.G. Monks and Nell Minow.
Brian attended Delbarton High School in Morristown, New Jersey, and Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he received a BA in history. A proud native of New Jersey, Brian moved to Portland, Maine in September of 2003 to be closer to the lakes, mountains, and natural beauty of Maine that captivated him as a young camper at Camp Agawam in Raymond, Maine. Brian currently serves as Term Director for the Agawam Council Board of Directors, Chair of the development committee, and is a member of the capital campaign cabinet. Brian returns to Agawam whenever he can to volunteer and spend time with the campers and staff.
A resident of Portland, Brian has served as a “Big Brother” in his community since 2012 and a youth soccer coach in Yarmouth since 2013. Brian’s passion for youth development and serving his community motivated his professional transition into philanthropic fundraising, where he hopes to leverage his experience helping not-for-profit organizations in his community. In his free time, Brian is an avid reader, passionate cook, and enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing.
Aleena Blankenship, Associate
Aleena Blankenship has lived in Maine for most of her life, growing up in Bridgton and Brunswick and graduating from Brunswick High School in 2014. She first joined the Demont team in 2018 as an intern, and she worked remotely part-time during the following school year while she completed her senior year at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated from Clark in May of 2019 with a major in business management and a minor in music, and now works full-time as an Associate with Demont.
Canoeing has been a longstanding passion of Aleena’s, and she has been going on canoe trips in the Maine and Canadian wilderness since 2009. She was a camper at Darrow Wilderness Trip Camp in Grand Lake Stream, Maine (now closed) and a canoe guide at Camp Wabun in Lake Temagami, Ontario. In 2017, she raised money on her own under the project name “Operation Canoe” to send two deserving New York students up to Camp Wabun, fully funding their canoe camp tuition and gear. The students had a great experience—one even went back for a second summer!—and the success of the project keeps encouraging Aleena to find innovative ways to connect kids with impactful wilderness experiences.
After high school, Aleena took a gap year to participate in the City Year New York AmeriCorps program, where she served on a team in a K-8 school in East Harlem by being a teacher’s aide, a tutor/mentor, and an afterschool program planner and facilitator. During her junior year of college, Aleena decided to live and work in different places around the US instead of spending a year abroad. She lived in Burlington, Vermont and Memphis, Tennessee; and she worked as a substitute teacher, a receptionist, and a seasonal UPS driver helper for the holiday season. But Aleena’s favorite place was Pecos, New Mexico, where she lived and worked at Pecos National Historical Park as an assistant groundskeeper. Aleena likes to play the cello, read, and is trying to learn to play tennis.
Joseph Cannon, Operations Manager
As Operations Manager, Joe coordinates with both clients and Demont staff as he manages the firm’s day-to-day operations. With a broad range of experience in fast-paced, detail-oriented positions, he brings a combination of technical know-how and can-do attitude to the office. Prior to joining the Demont team in 2016, Joe was a Network Associate at Professional Disability Associates, a local business where he worked closely with doctors and accreditation staff to assist injured Mainers.
Joe graduated magna cum laude from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned his BA in psychology. Both his course of study and his time at Cheverus, Portland’s Jesuit preparatory high school, have instilled in him the value of being a “person for others”—a sentiment exemplified by the nonprofits he now serves. Joe is a lover of the outdoors, and makes frequent excursions to the many wooded trails and scenic beaches that his current hometown of Cape Elizabeth has to offer. Other interests of his include compelling fiction in all its forms, ornithology, and painting.
Additional Demont Partners
Thomas W. Smith, CFP ®, Planned Giving Consultant
Tom Smith is a private consultant in planned giving with more than 40 years of development experience, both as a manager, front-line fundraiser, and consultant specializing in major and planned gifts. His private and independent sector work, together with his extensive knowledge of financial planning and tax issues, have resulted in more than $125 million in planned and major gifts at numerous nonprofits throughout the United States.
Mr. Smith was formerly Senior Philanthropic Advisor at The Vermont Community Foundation. His additional experience includes Director of Gift and Estate Planning at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, and various development roles at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. Tom has been a presenter for various groups including NSFRE (AFP), NACUBO, NCPG (CGP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Some of his presentations have appeared in print in CASE Currents, The Journal of Gift Planning, and Planned Giving Today. Prior to his career in development, Tom was a language professor on the college level.
Tom has an AB degree from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, and an MA degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. In 1986, he received his certified financial planner designation from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He currently resides in Ripton, Vermont.
Joel Osgood, Videographer
Joel Osgood is a freelance videographer living in North New Portland, Maine. He graduated from Syracuse University’s New House School of Communications with a BS in television, radio, and film in 2001.
Joel produces web videos, commercials, corporate videos, and live events. He works as a grip and gaffer for multiple local and national production companies such as The History Channel and the National Geographic Channel. Other grip credits include the films See Girl Run, and 48-Hour Film Festival best film winners A Brief Case of Love and Flippy Day. In addition to grip work, he is hired as a camera operator, teleprompter operator, and production coordinator.
Joel is a skier, golfer, and outdoorsman. In the winter he speeds down the slopes and produces ski videos for Sugarloaf Mountain.