Our Team

As thought leaders with more than 250 years of combined fundraising experience, the Winkler Group's team of consultants have been part of capital campaigns raising over $1 billion.

No matter your challenge, we have a specialist who can help.  As a client, you have access to our entire team of experts with specialties ranging from strategic planning and capital campaign management to planned giving and database mining.

With degrees from Duke, Emory, Harvard, Penn, Wheaton, and William & Mary, our team is filled with thought leaders in the field of philanthropy.  Our consultants are carefully recruited for their fundraising experience as well as their ability to deliver results. 

As seasoned development professionals with law degrees and M.B.A.s, we are creative problem solvers.  We implement customized solutions based on the cutting-edge best practices we've learned first-hand as nonprofit CEOs, vice presidents, and directors of development.

We understand the distractions that compete for your time.  We will work as your partner to design and execute a plan that raises more money and broadens your impact. 


Meet our team; click on any team member for a full biography.

Courtney Brady, Senior Consultant

  • 25 years of fundraising experience
  • Specialist in strategic planning
  • Former Duke University major gift officer
  • B.A. Dartmouth College; Lawrenceville School 

Jessica Browning, MBA, Principal and EVP

  • Twenty-five years of marketing and nonprofit experience
  • Award-winning case statement writer
  • Former federal grant reviewer
  • M.B.A. and M.A., College of William & Mary; B.A., Duke University

Meghan Burgess, Senior Consultant

  • Former nonprofit vice president of development
  • Led a successful $43 million campaign; increased annual giving 275%
  • Skilled at board engagement and corporate giving
  • B.A., College of Charleston

Jim Bush, Principal and President

  • Former nonprofit CEO and development director
  • Former Blackbaud executive
  • B.A., Elon University; Nonprofit Management Certificate, Duke University

Rachel Canady, Operations Manager

  • Former manager with a comprehensive background in leading all aspects of office operations 
  • Trilingual: English, Portuguese, Spanish 
  • B.A., College of Charleston 

Raymond E. Carnley, Ed.D., Senior Consultant

  • Over 20+ years fundraising experience
  • Former VP insitutional advancement
  • Raised over $125 million during course of career
  • Ed.D. Higher Education, University of Georgia

Sarah Evans Sprinkle, Senior Consultant

  • Former director of philanthropy and donor relations 
  • Expertise in major gift fundraising and capital campaigns
  • B.S., Wofford College

Courtenay Fain, CFRE, Senior Consultant

  • Twenty five years of development and strategic communications experience
  • Generated revenue of over $15 million annually 
  • Former director of philanthropy 
  • B.S., Georgetown University 

Richard Guarino, MBA, Senior Consultant

  • 18 years of nonprofit experience
  • Former foundation executive director
  • Former campaign officer ($3 billion campaign)
  • M.B.A., Dowling College and B.A. Hofstra University 

Lee Mikell, CFRE, Senior Consultant

  • 32 years of fundraising experience
  • Raised over $500 million in more than 50 capital campaigns and philanthropy initiatives
  • Former vice president for development, director of development, director of the annual fund and major gifts officer for universities and hospitals
  • M.P.A. and B.A., Louisiana State University

Rex Otey, MA, Senior Consultant

  • Nearly 30 years of nonprofit fundraising experience.
  • Former vice president of development and chief development officer
  • Raised more than $70 million and led successful campaigns for universities, independent schools, churches, and nonprofits
  • M.A., West Virginia University; B.A., Alderson-Broaddus University

Nikki Rach, CFRE, Senior Managing Consultant

  • Twenty-five years of fundraising experience
  • Expertise in campaign management and strategic implementation 
  • Extensive communications expertise
  • Invited to serve as an adjunct professor at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University
  • B.A., Concordia University

Timothy M. Winkler Sr., MA, CFRE, Principal and CEO

  • Twenty-five years of fundraising experience
  • CEO and founding partner of the Winkler Group
  • Director of The Giving Institute Board
  • Chief Development Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina’s largest college
  • Major gifts officer at Furman University
  • Capital campaign leadership that includes more than $500 million in realized gifts
  • M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary; B.A., Wheaton College