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The Advancement Collaborative

Fund Raising, Strategic Communications and Volunteer Coaching

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William Stepp, Ph.D.

Managing Partner

With twenty-three years of experience in programs and project leadership securing resources for organizations, businesses and institutions of higher education, Bill founded the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Center to offer his expertise in organizational planning, philanthropy, finance, executive performance, and entrepreneurship, and now leads The Advancement Collaborative(TAC). As an educator and administrator, he has led teams to create marketing strategies for enrollment management and institutional fund-raising initiatives. He has served three institutions of higher education

and led capital campaigns exceeding $80 million. His additional background in corporate sales and marketing gives Bill a hands-on understanding of customer service, product development, marketing, team development and strategic communications. Bill has a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Planning from the University of Florida. His undergraduate and master’s degrees were awarded by Stetson University. Bill has served on numerous community advisory boards, professional organizations and veterans organizations. Bill is a former US Marine and distinguished combat veteran.

Kevin Hammer, MLIS

Senior Associate

Kevin brings 12 years of experience writing and editing in the market research industry. Kevin provides TAC with depth in communications and research expertise through the Business Research and Information Group. Among his specialties are competitive intelligence, demographic research, online surveys, company/organization profiles, research of major donor prospects, and grant and proposal writing. Kevin earned a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, in addition to a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University.

Lee Weber-Koch, PCC

Regional Vice President, Senior Consultant

Lee has created award-winning branding, marketing, communication, public relations and advertising programs for public and private corporations through the United States and Latin America. She was awarded 'Marketer of the Year from the Nevada Chapter of the American Marketing Association and holds a 'Silver Dollar Award of Excellence' from the International Association of Business Communicators.

Currently, Lee is the Founder/President of Weber & Associates in Lake Tahoe, which offers a wide range of integrated modern and traditional marketing, 

communications, public relations, advertising services and consultation to clients with a variety of needs and business objectives. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys volunteering for a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the region. Lee’s credentials include a BA in Journalism/Public Relations from the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, formal education and community service, Lee has excelled at and pioneered the concept of connectivity between programs and the market.

Dr. Carol Wittmeyer

Senior Consultant

Carol is a recognized leader and educator in the development profession. As president of the Raymond Family Business Institute, she was involved with awarding grants and soliciting gifts; at Alfred University she managed the New Millennium Campaign which raised $82 million. At Newman University she was VP for Advancement and managed a $14.25 million campaign for a new library. At Medaille College she served as Vice President, helping to increase Annual Giving, participation rates and trustee membership. She earned her 

doctorate from the University of Rochester, and her MBA and BBA from St. Bonaventure University. She is a graduate of the Harvard University Management Program and Wharton's Strategic Management Program. She is an assistant professor of management at St. Bonaventure where she teaches corporate and nonprofit strategy, organizational behavior and family enterprise.

Dr. Peter Hackbert

Senior Consultant

Peter, a successful entrepreneur in his own right, has traded the boardroom for the classroom. Peter is a recognized professor of entrepreneurship from coast to coast. He currently holds the William and Kay Moore Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Management at Berea College (KY). His career in the classroom spans two decades; his credentials include two endowed chairs in entrepreneurship, visiting scholar at the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and counsel to numerous foundations and businesses supporting entrepreneurship in education, not for profits, community development and other fields. He has been recognized by 

Entrepreneur Magazine, US Association of Small Business, and World Business Congress, and an invited speaker at many award ceremonies. Peter received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Peter will head up the TAC's practice on Social Entrepreneurship.

Brandon Berry


The Advancement Collaborative is pleased to welcome Brandon Berry as our Summer Research Intern. A native of Tiffin, Ohio, Brandon will be starting his sophomore year at Wright State University in Dayton, where he is majoring in Communications. Brandon is assisting TAC with research regarding evidence-based approaches to alumni services and other client-relevant topics. When not researching, Brandon can be found practicing and performing with his band, Sparrow McGee.