Meet The Team
Sharon Kucia is a strategic thinker and leader in the field of Strategic Planning and Development, with over two decades of leadership experience at leading consulting firms. She has also served as the nonprofit practice leader in her last two companies, primarily serving the Catholic Church.
Sharon began her career by working to build capacity through effective advancement programs as well as increase constituent engagement in the mission of organizations such as Boston University, Girl Scouts United States of America, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, enabling her to bring additional experience in the non-profit sector to her client engagements.
Now with her own practice, Sharon has focused her efforts on providing leadership to develop strategic plans to encourage the long term health, growth and transformation of an organization. Sharon thrives in fast-paced consulting environments and enjoys helping organizations create customized solutions to address complex business issues.
Ms. Kucia’s distinguished 24-year career represents a wealth of knowledge and experience from previous positions with prestigious organizations. Ms. Kucia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College and has attended Indiana University School of Philanthropy and The Fund Raising School.
Additionally, Sharon is a founding member and President of the Charlotte Chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business executives. Sharon has spent most of her distinguished career at the intersection of business and faith, using her development and management skills to support the Catholic Church.
With over a decade of non-profit fundraising experience, Alex Azzarello honors her roots by serving Catholic schools and parishes. Born and raised in Atlanta, Alex is a product of Archdiocesan schools and then continued her Catholic education at Fordham University.
Alex develops strategies to appeal to a wide variety of donors. Having worked in diverse communities, and in Advancement offices ranging in size from large as 12 to small, one-person shops, Alex’s goal is connecting donors to the mission of an organization. Her approach is to help organizations effectively market themselves, and enabling communities to not only understand their mission, but to cultivate a passion for it.
Alex led a successful $4M capital campaign at St. John the Evangelist School, in Hapeville, GA that resulted in a historic campus-wide renovation and set a record for fundraising.
Alex enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with a broad array of nonprofits. Her impressive background and skillset include development, brand strategy, social media strategy, graphic design, special events, and video production.
Alex is active in the Youth Faith Formation, Master Planning, and Social Justice committees at her parish, St. Thomas More in Decatur, GA, where she also leads their Theater Ministry (The More Players). She serves on the Alumni Board at St. Pius X High School in Atlanta and directs the middle school theater program at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Atlantta. In her free time, Alex enjoys spending time with her family and participating in community theater.
Howard Craig enjoyed a 40+ year career in Christian ministry, including 13 years as a missionary in Thailand. Following his missionary service, Howard gleaned management and communication expertise as the Executive Vice President for Guaranteed Marketing Solutions (GMS) and grew the company to $12 million in annualized revenue before resigning to join RSI, a consulting firm that provided stewardship services to the Church.
He joined RSI as Senior Executive Consultant in 2001 and later was appointed Vice President of Mission Advancement Services with O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan and Conway. During his tenure, he was the Capital Campaign Project Manager for three diocesan-wide Capital Campaigns in the Archdioceses of Milwaukee, Detroit and later Chicago.
From 2014 to January 2017, he served in a more institutional capacity as the Vice President for Advancement for the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. As the Vice President of Development for the Midwest Jesuits, he led a team of 12 fundraising professionals to raise support for the mission of the Jesuits throughout twelve states of the upper Midwest USA, East Africa, and Peru. In 2017, Howard accepted a position as the Director of the Nonprofit Practice Group for Inveniam Capital Partners, a financial firm dedicated to assisting small and medium businesses and nonprofits with fundraising and with gaining access to capital in the marketplace. In 2018 he also served as the Vice President of Development for Beyond, an ecumenical mission organization.
During these past 18 years, Howard has led over 175 successful church and church stewardship campaigns in 33 states. The stewardship and capital campaign teams that Howard led during this time raised over $360 million.
Howard received a Bachelor of Arts in religion and psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and commenced graduate studies towards a Ph.D in Church History with an emphasis in World Religions and Christian Missions.
Howard and his wife, Cheryl, are parishioners at St. Joseph Parish in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rosa Montelongo has over nine years of experience serving various non-profits, including Catholic parishes and schools. Rosa specializes in building collaborative relationships with diverse audiences.
In her former role, she was a member of the consulting team that successfully raised over $1.1 million for St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Jacksonville, Arkansas. She directly assisted over parishes in Texas, North Carolina and Arkansas, all bilingual, to reach their goals for capital growth. She enjoys teaching Latino community about stewardship.
In addition, Rosa attended University of Texas at Dallas for her undergraduate degree in psychology and obtained a MA in psychology at University of Texas at Tyler. Rosa attends St. Patrick parish and enjoys volunteering her time with several non-profits.
A seasoned fund-raising professional, Jennifer Parker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Chestnut Hill College, as well as Master’s degrees in both Education and Business Administration from Franciscan University. As a fundraising leader, who adheres to the code of ethical standards outlined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Jennifer has over 20 years of advancement services, fundraising, and alumni/donor relations experience with both religious and educational non-profits, including 15 years in higher education.
As an experienced advancement professional; she has depth of experience in fund-raising leadership, personal solicitation, and the development and implementation of programs and activities designed to secure financial support. She is well versed in capital campaigns, annual giving, planned giving and advancement services operations.
Jennifer has worked with religious communities, Catholic Dioceses, Catholic colleges, universities and high schools. She has also served on many non-profit boards and volunteered to assist in improving advancement efforts. She has increased fundraising goals and consistently led clients in strategic planning to reach those goals. Jennifer’s most recent assignment was working with the Franciscan Sisters, TOR. During her time with them she increased fundraising goals by 22.1% and consistently met those goals, increased the number of monthly donors by 128% in less than 3 years, and re-engaged 37% of lapsed donors (since 2010). Additionally, she created a mission advancement office structure and developed and implemented a policies and procedure manual for the entire mission advancement department.
Jennifer served as a consultant for The Pelican Group, providing counsel on fundraising campaigns and arranging project financing for our clients. She worked on the consulting team that led the strategy for a three-phased strategic and capital campaign plan totaling $272 million at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and was instrumental in raising the funds for their silent portion of the campaign. She built a comprehensive advancement and alumni relations program for Madonna High School, a Catholic High School in the West Virginia panhandle. She increased the donor database by 38%, increased first time donors by 165% and exceeded the Annual Fund goal by over 40%. Jennifer currently serves on Strategic Planning Committee for Steubenville Catholic High School as well as a board member for the Sacred Heart Center of Hope.