President & CEO
Sally joined BRYANT GROUP in 2007 and brings 30 years of experience in advancement management, consulting and recruiting, as well as achievements from the corporate sales arena and success in other entrepreneurial activities.
Christopher P. Bryant
Chris Bryant is the recognized leader in the recruitment of advancement, development and fundraising professionals. No one in the world has been specializing in this arena longer. In 1988, he co-founded the country’s first executive search firm to specialize exclusively in philanthropy recruitment.
John Toolan is a seasoned fundraising professional with experience in both public and private universities and has worked in development, alumni relations and consulting. John was an integral part of the Advancement team at Marymount California University when the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awarded the university with the title of Most Improved Overall Fund Raising Program in District VII, topping 100+ other institutions in the district to earn this honor.
Consulting Vice President
Barbara brings close to 30 years of non-profit organizational experience in healthcare and higher education in Southern California in fundraising, communications, board governance and operational administration.
Her enthusiasm for guiding mission-driven organizations to succeed brought increased responsibilities and progressively higher leadership positions at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Good Samaritan Hospital – Los Angeles; USC Marshall School of Business; Marymount California University; and Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation.
As a volunteer, Barbara’s service includes: Chair, Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, Cal-Pacific Conference - United Methodist Church; South West Community Center, and Habitat for Humanity. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the USC Marshall School of Business, and a Bachelor’s in English from UCLA.
Carol comes to BRYANT GROUP from The Bell Law Firm in Norman, Oklahoma where she managed the personal injury department. Her work for years as a legal assistant and database manager, along with her work ethic and professionalism, make her a great asset to the BRYANT GROUP team.
Her volunteer experience includes Metrocrest Services and Co-chairing the Toy Department at Christmas Connection in Oklahoma City.
Joe is the President and CEO at 2Evolve Coaching and Consulting and a member of the Og Mandino Leadership Institute. He serves as a collaborative partner to BRYANT GROUP for Leadership Coaching. Joe has worked with thousands of business owners, entrepreneurs and other professionals over the last 15 years—helping them get mentally and emotionally stronger through his mentoring. He has masterfully learned to utilize a system of fast-action tools that get people out of their ruts and onto greater success.
Joe has received several certifications for personal and leadership coaching, including from the Og Mandino Leadership Institute and Tony Robbins Leadership Academy.
Joseph Zanetta, J.D.
Consulting Vice President
Joe is a seasoned non-profit leader with more than 30 years of strategic fundraising and institutional advancement experience in education and medical institutions. He has served as CEO of Citrus Valley Health Foundation, a nonprofit integrated community health care system serving one million residents.
Prior to his service with Citrus Valley, he served as President of Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation. Joe has also served as a development executive at Cornell University, Whittier College, and the University of Southern California.
He enjoys volunteering in a variety of civic, professional, and community organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Log Cabin Republicans, Chair of the Board of Holy Family Services Adoption Agency, and Chair of the Pasadena Enterprise Center.
Joe is a well-known speaker and author on topics related to philanthropy and has been interviewed for articles in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, American Benefactor, Dallas Morning News and others. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a JD from Cornell Law School.
Consulting Vice President
Kirk Jewell joined BRYANT GROUP as Consulting Vice President in October of 2020, after an accomplished career in both non-profit and the corporate arena. He retired as the president of the Oklahoma State University Foundation after serving the organization for 17 years. Prior to his work at the Foundation he had a 20-year career with The Oklahoma Publishing Company in Oklahoma City. While there, Kirk, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, served in senior financial and management positions.
At the OSU Foundation, Kirk served in a leadership role during several transformational University endeavors. The $1.2 billion Branding Success campaign exceeded the goal 15 months ahead of schedule. The grand opening of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts also brought a national spotlight on the Arts at OSU. During Kirk’s 17 years at the Foundation, the staff grew from 55 to 155. The Foundation raised more than $2.6 billion for OSU with more than $1.6 billion for academics.
Kirk’s passion is organizational culture. He believes when the culture is healthy, the organization can reach extraordinary levels. The mantra he instituted at the Foundation was, “We perform like a team and care like a family.” The OSU Foundation was recognized three times as one of the best places to work, twice by the Nonprofit Times as one of the best nonprofits to work for in the U.S. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees and other donors created an endowment of more than $250,000 at OSU in his honor when he retired.
Over the years, Kirk has served on numerous boards, including Saxon Publishers, the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation, Leadership Oklahoma City, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Oklahoma City, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Kirk is also a past president of the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Kirk and his wife have philanthropically supported numerous efforts at OSU, including establishing an endowed scholarship for teachers; Pete’s Pet Posse, a pet therapy program at OSU; the arts; athletics; and student-crisis support funds.
Lee Williams Lopapa
Lee brings nearly 30 years of front-line fundraising and advancement leadership experience, serving most recently as the Vice Chancellor for Advancement for the Sarasota-Manatee campus of the University of South Florida. Having worked in both public and private universities, she has successfully closed transformational gifts, established college advisory boards, and led staff reorganizations, including recruiting some of the best professionals in the business. She also established and led a fundraising consultancy, Williams & Associates, serving a variety of institutions. In addition to working in advancement leadership at the University of South Florida (USF) at two different times in her career, she also helped lead institutions such as Georgia Institute of Technology, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she also served as CEO of the Foundation. Prior to her current position at USF, she supported Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as Interim Senior Vice President for Advancement. Williams-Lopapa believes in the power of philanthropy and has established endowments at a number of the universities mentioned above. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Mississippi State University, an M.S. in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi and also held the certified fundraising executive (CFRE) designation for more than a decade. Lee will be based in Florida.
MacKenna joined BRYANT GROUP in 2019, bringing more than 10 years of customer service experience as well as 4 years working in the non-profit and healthcare sectors. MacKenna is a young professional who excels in communication skills and making personal connections with everyone she meets. She has worked extensively with Girl Scouts of the USA to promote female empowerment and leadership. MacKenna moved from Wisconsin to the Dallas area in 2016 with her husband to advance her career and live closer to family. She takes a personal interest in childhood cancer research and the effects it leaves on family and friends of the affected child. MacKenna’s volunteer portfolio includes South Wood County Humane Society and Second Harvest Food Bank.
All Things Design, Tech and Web
Matthew is a graphic designer and WordPress developer with over 20 years of experience in marketing, brand development and web design across a variety of industries (including Fortune 500 companies). Over the past 7+ years, he has taken a more grassroots approach and believes that companies with less than 100 employees should have access to the same insightful and creative advertising as companies that employ thousands. He is also an avid supporter of local pet rescues and zoos and a lifelong musician.
Michael Duran, J.D.
Consulting Vice President
Michael Duran has committed his professional life to improving the lives of others, especially by expanding health care and educational opportunities by reaching out to underserved populations.
Michael J. Duran served 16 years as Vice President and Chief Development Officer for TMC HealthCare and the TMC Foundation. TMC HealthCare and its companion hospital is Tucson Arizona’s largest community hospital and only independent hospital system in the region. In that role, Michael led the philanthropic objectives of the TMC Foundation and served on the hospital system executive team.
Over the course of Michael’s tenure, the foundation engaged in several capital campaigns raising over $30 million to build and expand the hospital system’s capacity. In addition, millions were raised to support lifesaving equipment and enhance and expand programs and services that improved the quality of life for citizens of Tucson, Arizona and the surrounding area. The Foundation grew to $50 million in assets during Michael’s time at TMC.
Michael has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards in the Tucson and Southern Arizona community. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board of BBVA Compass Bank, Rialto Theater Foundation, Dependable Home Health and is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Tucson Values Teachers. He is active with other committees currently serving on the Tucson Airport Authority Governance and Nominating Councils.
Michael has served as an adjunct faculty member of Pima Community College’s Community Campus, teaching business law, and a past lecturer of management and policy at the UA Eller College of Business and Public Administration.
Michael received his business and law degrees from the University of Arizona.
Tonya joins BRYANT GROUP bringing 11 years of experience in the field of Education. She has worked with administrators, teachers, support staff, families and students, building relationships and identifying areas for growth and engagement and motivating individuals to reach their goals. She has played a key role in numerous hiring committees and has mentored new staff through onboarding and training to ensure a successful launch into their field.
Tonya has also pursued entrepreneurial activities, studied Counseling and Human services, and volunteered in a variety of organizations including Habitat for Humanity, local food banks, Meals on Wheels and several Christian organizations.
Tonya holds a Master’s of Educational Leadership from Washington State University and her Educational Administrators Credential from the State of Washington.