Our Team

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, Bob 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. Bob 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. He 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. Bob is also an avid reader, golfer and gardener.

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.

Lauren Sterling, Consulting Associate

Lauren has worked in the area of child and youth program, policy, advocacy, and fundraising for over 25 years. For the past three years, Lauren participated on the Demont Associate’s Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Awards Committee. Lauren coordinated the successful $9 million statewide Educare Maine Capital Campaign in 2009, and now serves as the Philanthropy Specialist for Educare Central Maine providing results-oriented resource development and philanthropic support in the operations and service replication of Maine and New England's first comprehensive high-quality early childhood education and teaching center.

Appointed by former Governors Angus King and John Baldacci to staff and manage the Maine Governor’s Children’s Cabinet executive branch collaboration, Lauren provided facilitation and direction to various multi-agency initiatives to include the Maine Best Practices in Bullying and Harassment Prevention, the Shared Youth Vision Council, and Educare Maine among others. Lauren managed the Maine Department of Education’s federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program and its evaluation and has consulted for the DC-based, nonpartisan Forum for Youth Investment.

Lauren served as the Executive Director of Families First, and as chair of the Maine Association of Child Abuse & Neglect Councils. As a volunteer, Lauren co-chaired YOUTH MATTER! (formerly known as Greater Waterville Communities for Children and Youth Coalition) from 1997 to 2014 during which time she helped establish the Colby Cares About Kids Mentoring program (CCAK), which recruits, trains, matches, and evaluates over 400 Colby students in one-on-one relationships with area children, and led the development of grant proposals yielding over $5 million in local youth development, afterschool, juvenile justice, and prevention funds to collaboratively fill gaps in services. The coalition was awarded America’s Promise’s 2005 “100 Best Communities to Raise a Child.” Lauren graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maine with a University Studies Bachelors in Nonprofit Administration and Child and Youth Policy.

Blair Griffin, Associate

A Maine native, Blair Griffin joined Demont Associates in 2012 as a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned her degree in Business Management and a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Blair served as Demont’s Office Administrator for over two years assisting the President in marketing and client services as well as providing daily support to associates and to not-for-profit clients around New England. In 2015 she transitioned into a new role providing on-site campaign client services including prospect research, customized donor proposal generation, campaign tracking and forecasting, and other campaign and volunteer support as needed.

Blair is an alumna of Camp Runoia and has completed outdoor learning experiences at Chewonki Foundation and Camp Kieve. She was an apprentice at a sustainable, organic Maine farm, and brings a passion for cooking and healthy living to work and recreation. Blair likes to think that there is a meal, or at least a snack, to enhance every view whether on the summit of a mountain or in the stern of her father’s lobster boat off the coast of Cape Elizabeth.

Celina Hurley, MPA, Associate

Celina Hurley has 16 years’ experience working with New England not-for-profits, leading fundraising initiatives while cultivating and sustaining donors and managing nonprofit programming and campaigns. Celina joined Demont in 2015 and has been consulting with the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, Pinkerton Academy, Camp O-AT-KA, and the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust. 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.

Celina graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island before attending Fordham University in Bronx, New York, where she received her B.A. in Urban Studies. After a year of national service as an AmeriCorps volunteer, Celina attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in education policy.

Celina enjoys spending time with her family and being active outdoors. She currently lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, with her husband and two children.

Caisil Weldon, CFRE, Associate

A graduate of St. Michael's College in Vermont, Caisil 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 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, the 2016 Wings Over Vermont Airshow benefiting the UVM Children’s Hospital, and serves on the Essex Town School Board.

John W. Lanham, MBA, Associate

John Lanham joined Demont Associates in the fall of 2016 following three years working with the international, non-profit organization Up with People. As a 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. John 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.

Joseph Cannon, Office Administrator

As Office Administrator, Joe assists both clients and Demont staff as he facilitates 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 Cape Elizabeth has to offer. Other interests of his include compelling fiction in all its forms, ornithology, and painting.

Additional Demont Partners:

Laura Simmers, Associate

Laura Simmers served as Study Director, Campaign Coordinator, and Researcher during her time with Demont Associates. Prior to joining the Demont team, she spent over 20 years in Director and research positions developing relationships with business and community leaders throughout Vermont. She has extensive experience in project management, financial analysis, database assessment and management, campaign office organization and gift acceptance policy, marketing and communications, foundation research and grant writing and prospect research. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont.

Laura has contributed her expertise to numerous organizations including Burlington City Arts, Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival, First Night Burlington, Vermont Mozart Festival, Spectrum Youth and Family Services and Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Laura is an avid gardener, enjoys classical music and currently sits on the board of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. She currently lives in Williston, VT with her husband.

Diana Coleman, Senior Associate

A nonprofit organization director, fundraising and marketing professional for national and global organizations in health care, social services, international aid, education and technology for over thirty years, Diana developed strategic plans and programs; led teams of staff and volunteers in raising over $200 million; was an emergency responder during wildfires and hurricanes; and taught fundraising management graduate courses at JFK University, Orinda, California. She has worked for: Save the Children, the California Academy of Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, Project Open Hand, The Nature Conservancy, Pen Bay Healthcare and the International Museum of Women. Her work has taken her to Ethiopia, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Indonesia and Guatemala.

A volunteer for women’s rights, health, microenterprise and girls’ education in Kenya, Diana is a board member of the nonprofit organization Mpanzi. Her story, “Glimpses of Kenya from a Mzungu Woman” is published in the 2015 Goose River Anthology. A believer in the power of inspirational stories, she is interviewing and writing about global women’s new experiences at age 50+.

Diana lectures and facilitates fundraising workshops and the developing world, recently as a community lecturer for the 2016 Camden Conference, “The New Africa.” She has an MA in Business/Education Administration from American University, Washington, DC and a BA from Russell Sage College, Troy, NY, including studies in England. From Massachusetts, Diana lived thirty years in San Francisco and, when not traveling, resides in Maine.

David W. Lawrence, Senior Associate

David Lawrence’s career in healthcare and higher education fundraising and advancement, plus more than a decade of active consulting, provides Demont’s not-for-profit clients with institutional advancement counsel; ongoing/periodic program counsel; and strategic planning, awareness, and development program marketing and operational organization counsel plus “professional coaching” of presidents, chief development officers and board members.

David has served as the senior philanthropic advisor for the Office of Resource Development at Harvard Medical School, providing strategic guidance for philanthropic support of medical research and educational programs. He served in a similar capacity for the Sick Kids Foundation of the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. He has also counseled Duke University Medical Center, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Georgetown University Medical Center, Jackson Laboratory, Bates College, National Parkinson Foundation, and several health systems nationwide.

Previously, David served 18 years as chief development officer for Mayo Foundation, leading the Mayo Clinic’s multi-site philanthropy activities. Prior to Mayo, he served 12 years as chief development officer for Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

A graduate of Miami University and a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University, David completed 30 years of service as an active and reserve naval officer retiring at the rank of Captain.

Thomas W. Smith, CFP® Senior Planned Giving Associate

With more than 40 years of planned giving experience, Tom is a private consultant in planned giving and former 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, CA, and various development roles at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vermont. Tom has been active in local and national levels of planned giving. Prior to his career in development, Tom was a language professor on the college level.

Tom has an A.B. degree from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, and an M.A. 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.

Dr. Robert J. Buckla, Senior Associate

Rob Buckla offers Demont clients more than three decades of fund-raising, public relations, and consulting experience. For the last 15 years affiliated with Demont, he has served clients with comprehensive capital and endowment campaign counsel; institutional advancement counsel; strategic planning; program assessment & analysis; and marketing program development.

Rob currently serves as Vice President, University Advancement at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. Previously, he served as Senior Director of College Programs in the Office of Institutional Advancement at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago as part of a team that spearheaded a $250 million campaign. Rob also served as Vice President of Development & External Relations at Hyde Schools where he oversaw a four-campus group of boarding and public charter schools in ME, CT, NY and Washington, DC. Prior to his appointment to Hyde’s administration, Rob engineered the boarding school’s $16.3 million capital and endowment campaign as a Demont Associates consultant and campaign director. He has served as Vice President for institutional advancement at Averett University in Virginia, as well as Associate Vice President for Development at Regis University, in Denver, CO, Director of Development at Theological College of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA, and Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Doane Stuart School in Albany, NY.

Throughout his career, Rob has specialized in fund raising at values-centered, religious-affiliated institutions and organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University in New York and a master of education degree from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt, where he studied the impact of organizational culture on fund-raising effectiveness. Rob has been actively involved in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) throughout his career and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)'s Southeast Wisconsin chapter. He gives his time and expertise as a volunteer at his undergraduate alma mater, St. Bonaventure University and at Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat--where he serves on the Board of Trustees.

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 B.S. 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 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.