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Meet The Team

Thomas J. Conway
Conway Company, LLC
Fund-Raising Counsel

Tom Conway’s twenty-five years of fund-raising consulting experience includes successful direction of development assessments, annual fund and capital campaigns and planned giving programs. He has directed or supervised campaigns which raised over $200 million on behalf of non-profit clients. Tom has conducted over eighty feasibility studies and managed more than seventy capital/endowment campaigns.

Prior to establishing his own company in 2001, Tom Conway served for twelve years with other fund-raising firms. In those positions he held consulting, supervisory and management responsibilities. Examples of his consulting assignments include Cincinnati Art Museum, Divers Alert Network, Good Shepherd Center, Indiana State Museum, LifeSpan, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Miracle Field & Playground, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The Salvation Army, San Diego Humane Society and Texas State Aquarium. He is recognized as a specialist in designing and executing strategies for capital campaigns having significant public and private components.

Mr. Conway received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Xavier University. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as well as a frequent presenter to fundraising and educational groups on topics such as board development, capacity building and preparing for capital/endowment campaigns. His civic activities include board membership on the Cape Fear Economic Development Council and the New Hanover County Parks Conservancy. An avid nature photographer, he resides with his wife in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Robert P. Kellison
Senior Consultant

Robert Kellison has provided development and executive expertise for the education, arts and religious sectors of the non-profit community for more than thirty years. His extensive fundraising experience has produced successful annual and capital campaigns for Cincinnati Country Day School and the Contemporary Arts Center. Additional clients include Artwaves and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

Bob’s education at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and post graduate studies in development, marketing and public relations at the University of Notre Dame, provide the creative skills required to satisfy non-profit organizations.

He continues to serve as a parish Director of Music in a major Cincinnati community. His experiences as a volunteer and board member of numerous organizations add the valuable dimension of understanding how small and mid-size non-profits are challenged on a daily basis. A native Cincinnatian, Bob resides with his wife in suburban Cincinnati.

Amy Layton
Graphic Designer

Amy Layton is an innovative graphic designer with fourteen years’ experience helping to find solutions through design. She is highly creative and multi-talented, with extensive experience in multimedia, marketing and print design.

Ms. Layton is accustomed to performing in deadline-driven environments, serving both for profit and non-profit sectors. She is attentive to budgets and successfully manages and coordinates graphic design projects from conception through completion. Recent non-profit assignments include Althea Gibson Tennis Center, Emery Federal Credit Union and the Miracle Field & Playground.

Amy graduated from Ohio University with majors in Fine Art and Art Education. She has significant experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver software. A resident of Wilmington, North Carolina she enjoys boating and gardening with her husband and son.

Allen Spicer
Senior Consultant

Allen Spicer is an energetic professional with five years’ experience serving non-profit organizations. He has developed grant proposals, case statements and feasibility studies for non-profits in North Carolina, Colorado and South Africa. Allen has researched, written and submitted successful grant applications ranging from $300,000 to $500.

Mr. Spicer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a major in Economics and Entrepreneurship. He was trained in proposal writing at UNC-Chapel Hill and The Grantsmanship Center. Current and recent clients include Challenge America, Children’s Museum, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and North Carolina Methodist Camp and Retreat Center.

He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and The Grantsmanship Center. In his free time Allen enjoys sailing along the coast of North Carolina. He resides in Wilmington, North Carolina.