Who You’re Hiring
People Who Care About Your Success
You, and the people you are determined to help, are the reason we are so passionate about what we do. You’re dedicated to doing good in the world and we’re dedicated to helping you succeed at it.
Here are just a few of the hardworking and creative people you could soon be working with.
Thomas Chairman & Executive Creative Director
Often described as the “Guru” of Canadian direct response fundraising, Steve continues to play an active role at ST. He will gladly lend you his accumulated wisdom and experience, and be available to you as necessary, particularly during the initial strategic-planning stages.
A fundraiser for over 40 years, Steve founded Stephen Thomas Associates
(now Stephen Thomas Ltd or ST) in 1980. It was Canada’s first direct response fundraising agency working exclusively in the non-profit sector. His contribution to the sector has been recognized through many awards including Directors’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award (Canadian Direct Marketing Association), Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award (AFP Greater Toronto Chapter) and an award from Amnesty International for 25 years of service.
In addition to his many management duties as ST’s CEO, Neil provides clients with crucial strategic input and helps them develop new product initiatives.
Prior to joining ST in 2006, he had his own database analytics and strategic marketing consultancy which advised a range of national and international clients on how to understand their donor data and develop marketing strategies based on that understanding. Other highlights of Neil’s 30-year marketing career include: national director of donor-based campaigns for the MS Society of Canada; founder of Cornerstone Fundraising Services, the leading fundraising database management and donation-processing firm in Canada; and founding chair of the CMA’s Not-For-Profit Council.
Neil also collects art and is a proud volunteer with the Art Gallery of Ontario. When he travels, he seeks out art galleries, and art gallery cafes, which he says are almost always excellent.
A professional fundraiser working with non-profit clients for over 20 years, Paula is committed to providing flawless program management and thoughtful strategic counsel. From developing fundraising and marketing strategies to offering insight and clarity around integrated multi-channel plans, Paula is, and always will be, results oriented. Over the years she has worked closely with many non-profit organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Amnesty International, and TVOntario.
Paula is also a long-time volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter and has chaired the AFP Toronto Congress. She is currently serving on the Chapter Board of Directors as Vice President Professional Development.
When not engaging with our clients, serving on the AFP Board, or singing along with the latest pop hits, Paula loves to travel. She believes the best way to experience a foreign city is to walk it. Her current favourites are Amsterdam, Barcelona, and London, UK.
Tenenhouse EVP and Chief Creative Officer
Bryan honed his creative and strategic skills at major Canadian agencies including Wunderman/Y&R, Vickers & Benson, BBDO and Ogilvy before coming to ST. As a respected writer and creative director, he wanted to use his years of experience, strategic acumen, and creative ingenuity to help make the world a better place.
Not one to sit on the sidelines, Bryan has served on the board of directors of the Canadian Marketing Association, was founding chair of the CMA's Direct Marketing Council and founding jurist for the National Advertising Awards. He is a sought-after speaker who has addressed audiences at AFP Congress Toronto, CMA National Conference and many others. His articles have appeared in the Globe & Mail as well as various national advertising and marketing trade publications.
Grace Director, Digital Strategy
That stick-to-itiveness carries over into Kathleen’s professional life; she’s led digital campaigns for a wide variety of organizations from conception to execution. With years of experience in corporate, non-profit and agency environments, she’s gained a unique perspective on how clients can leverage both traditional media and digital platforms to reach and engage their donors.
Most recently, Kathleen was Marketing & Communications Manager at CanadaHelps, assisting Canadian charities reach their goals by providing online donation and fundraising tools. Previously, she was a Digital Account & Project Manager with Community Agency in Toronto.
Meriano Director, Brand and Integrated Marketing
A strategic, multidisciplinary brand director, Jennifer specializes in working with non-profit marketers who are looking to address brand and integrated marketing challenges within their organizations.
Jennifer joined ST from the commercial marketing side of the business. Most recently she was the Creative Account Director at Toronto-based The Mint Agency, where she helped steer cross-functional teams in the development and execution of a full-spectrum of integrated marketing campaigns covering web, print, direct and social channels. Previously, she held marketing management roles at AOL Media Network and Softchoice Corporation.
Richardson Director, Fundraising Solutions
She is also a pioneer when it comes to fundraising solutions. Having worked directly for non-profit organizations as well as on the agency side, Donna has an in-depth understanding of the motivations that inspire Canadians to volunteer and donate.
Donna began her fundraising career at Stephen Thomas Ltd back in 1990 and spent much of her career here providing strategy and project management for a variety of not-for-profit clients. She went on to work in development roles with several charities including Sinai Health Foundation, Branksome Hall and Variety Village, where she worked for 10 years with committees, boards and staff to grow revenue through major and planned giving and events. She rejoined ST in 2015, where she is now putting her knowledge, expertise and pioneering spirit to work to help our clients achieve ever greater fundraising success.
Attfield Senior Account Director
Prior to joining ST in 2001, Liz spent three years in London working as an Account Manager at LION alongside some of UK’s top fundraisers. She also advanced her credentials by obtaining a diploma in direct marketing through one of the UK’s leading marketing organizations, the Institute of Direct Marketing. In addition to gaining valuable experience working with high-profile European charitable organizations, her London location was a great base from which to travel – one of Liz’s many passions. (That’s four if you’re counting!)
An important member of ST’s leadership team, Liz is our clients’ go-to person for guidance and advice on the wide spectrum of services ST offers, including fully integrated campaigns and database analytics. As a Senior Account Director, Liz’s current clients include the Canadian Cancer Society of Ontario and ALS Canada.
Gales Senior Account Director
Julie’s passion for the not-for-profit sector was sparked in university where she worked on several charitable campaigns and special events. After earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, Julie was determined to parlay her fundraising expertise into a full-time career. That decision led her to join ST in 2004. With her smarts, determination and can-do attitude, Julie quickly moved up the ranks and today she is a key member of the ST management team.
In her current role as a Senior Account Director, Julie uses her expertise to develop and guide profitable fundraising campaigns that help raise millions of dollars for clients such as Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the University of Toronto. As just one example of Julie’s commitment to going the extra mile for her clients, she implemented ST’s integrated emergency action plan for MSF mere hours after the Haiti earthquake.
Bely Account Director
Jen has more than 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit fundraising sector in the U.S. and Canada, leading several national multi-channel fundraising programs.
At Stephen Thomas Ltd, Jen wears two hats. As Account Director, Jen provides strategic planning, budgeting, modeling and analysis to clients including Canadian Cancer Society, Children’s Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. With her other hat on, Jen shares her passion for data, overseeing the ST data analytics department.