David M. Coyne, CFRE, President

david Dave Coyne is responsible for the day-to-day management of The Sheridan Group, including client accounts and services, personnel and new business development. He joined The Sheridan Group as Vice President in 2003 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2006, before assuming the presidency in 2013.

Over the last decade Dave has distinguished himself through guiding clients to capital campaign, strategic planning and marketing program success. His clients have included the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Foundation, the National Housing Endowment, Wesley College, Stevenson University, Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, Ephrata Community Hospital, the YMCA of Greater Richmond, Randolph-Macon Academy, the National Association for Gifted Children, The Ocean Conservancy and St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church.

Prior to joining TSG, Dave concluded a four-year tenure as Chief Development Officer of the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund, coordinating the resource development program for the Endowment Fund and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Previously, he served as Director of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (then National Society of Fund Raising Executives) Foundation and before that was Director of Annual Giving for Marymount University (Arlington, Va.). He began his career in the non-profit world as a consultant for Kappa Sigma in 1987, and served as its first Director of Development from 1991-1994.

Dave has a demonstrated record of service to the fundraising profession and a strong commitment to professional development and the field of philanthropy. He was a founding member of the AFP Shenandoah (VA) chapter and he has maintained his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential since 1996. He is a past president of the Association Foundation Group (, a 250-member national society of association foundation fundraising professionals, a current member of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Stewardship Committee and is Vice Chair, Resource Development of the AFP Washington, DC Chapter.

He is a past president of the Franklin and Marshall College Alumni Board and a former College Trustee. In addition, he is a past president of the North-American Interfraternal Foundation, Inc. and the F&M Alumni Greek Council, and serves on the Glenwood Recreation Club’s Board of Directors. Dave received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1987 from Franklin & Marshall College and his Master’s Degree in Public Communication from Syracuse University in 1990.

Dave is married to Tanya Coyne, a 20-year veteran of independent school music and choral direction, with stops at the National Cathedral School, Norwood School, and The Maret School. She is presently the lower and middle school music teacher at Two Rivers Public Charter School and the Music Director at Rockville Christian Church. They reside in Silver Spring, Maryland and are parents of a daughter, a second year student at Cardozo College of Law, and a son, a junior in the Miles Davis Institute for Jazz Studies at UNC/Greensboro.

David M. Coyne, President, The Sheridan Group, 1100 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 1010, Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 626-9899 – or – 10116 Gates Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20902 (703) 626-9899,


Jeff Hale, Vice President

Jeff HaleJeff Hale joined The Sheridan Group in 2012 and has provided a wide variety of campaign management services to more than twenty clients including the National Housing Endowment, Brevard Zoo, The Ohio CPA Foundation, St. David’s Episcopal Church, the Young Marines, and the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI).

Jeff previously served as the Director of Development with the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, where he oversaw and coordinated all aspects of development, including individual and corporate annual giving campaigns, program and event sponsorships, foundation and government grant writing, and the development of special partnerships.

Prior to this, he spent more than four years as Associate Director of Development at Ford’s Theatre, where he created several individual membership programs, including the John T. Ford Society, and developed the Theatre’s first organized annual giving campaigns.

Previously, he served as a Development Officer at the National Gallery of Art where he directed The Circle, the Gallery’s primary individual annual giving program. Jeff began his career in development at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where he oversaw prospect research for two years and subsequently managed The Circles of The Kennedy Center.

Professionally, Jeff is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association Foundation Group (AFG), and the Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC). Closer to home, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Southeast Ministry in Washington, DC and is currently Chair of the Fundraising Committee for Boy Scout Troop 500.

Jeff received a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University in 1991 and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from American University in 1997. In 1995 he was selected as an Arts Administration Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts. Jeff and his family, including his wife, Alice, and their two sons, live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Jeff Hale, Vice President, The Sheridan Group 1532 Massachusetts Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 360-3045

Jeff Roberts, Vice President

jeffJeff Roberts joined The Sheridan Group in 2005, and has provided a wide array of case development, program assessment, campaign feasibility study, grant research, grant writing and management services to a variety of non-profit clients including: Richard Bland College, Randolph-Macon Academy, The Valentine Richmond History Center, CHIP of Virginia, and the YMCA of Greater Richmond. He brings more than 24 years experience as a fundraising professional. Apart from his service to the firm, Jeff is currently working with two Independent Schools in Richmond Virginia; he is the Director of Development at Seven Hills School and the Director of Annual Giving at Richmond Waldorf School.

Prior to joining The Sheridan Group, Jeff was Director of School Advancement at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, Virginia. For the previous decade he was Director of Advancement at Benedictine High School in Richmond, Virginia. He has also served in various development capacities at the Art Museum of Western Virginia, The Valentine Museum, James Madison University, and Old Dominion University.

Jeff is a member of the Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executives. Other memberships Jeff has held include the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Virginia Independent Schools Development Association, Virginia Association of Museums, Roanoke region Blueprint 2000 task force on funding of cultural activities, grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and member of the Board of Directors, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Richmond.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Counseling from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Jeff Roberts, Vice President, The Sheridan Group, 7506 Winning Colors Place Midlothian, VA 23112 (804) 639-0959

Annmarie Mauger Wilmeth, Vice President

annmarieAnnemarie Wilmeth joined The Sheridan Group in 2007, and has provided a wide array of campaign development audit, comparative analysis, feasibility study and campaign management services to The Church of the Redeemer, The Woods Academy, The Butler School, the Water Research Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Richmond, and the International Student House. She brings more than 18 years experience as a fundraising professional in Virginia to the firm, having worked in independent school development in metropolitan Washington from 1990 until 2005. Apart from her work with the firm, Annmarie is the Director of the Knight Fund at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA and Secretary of the Tyler Robinson Foundation.

Her development career began at Browne Academy in Alexandria where she organized and implemented a successful Development program consisting of annual fundraising, two capital campaigns, volunteer and young alumni programs, as well as the marketing and communications programs necessary to complement fundraising at the School.

At Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, D.C, her substantial experience provided the leadership to reorganize and revamp an existing development program resulting in increased Annual Giving. The inception of a major gift program encompassing cultivation and stewardship under her leadership allowed the School to embark on a successful feasibility study and subsequently to begin it’s first planned and organized capital gift effort.

Annmarie has made presentations for the National Association of Independent Schools/Council of Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and currently serves as the Alumni Parent Chair for Annual Giving at Browne Academy in Alexandria.

Annmarie’s in-depth experience in metropolitan Washington area non-profit organizations allows her to be well aware of the benefits and challenges facing non-profits today. Ever-growing expenditures necessitate the commitment of trustees and administrators to sharpen fundraising programs to be their best for our organizations and their donors.

Ms. Wilmeth attended Auburn University in Alabama where she majored in Special Education. Her son recently graduated from West Virginia University, where her daughter is a current student. She resides in Northern Virginia.

Annmarie Mauger Wilmeth, Vice President, The Sheridan Group, 6705 Catskill Road Lorton, VA 22079 (571) 201-6582

Diane LaVigna, CFRE, Associate Vice President

Diane LaVdiane-headshotigna is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with twenty-seven years of experience in non-profit management, fundraising, marketing and communications. She is adept at creatively addressing a variety of challenges and effectively bringing nonprofit organizations to a higher level of performance and recognition.

Most recently, as Vice President of Development with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, Diane was responsible for working with more than 170 national chapters to coordinate all annual fund programs and enhance chapter and donor relations. This included creating a rebranded annual appeal, BE the CAUSE Campaign ( which increased revenue from $435,000 to $487,000 (a 12% increase) in two years. She also managed the development of a new, major gifts initiative.

Prior to the AFP Foundation, Diane was a National Accounts Manager for Cathedral Corporation working with a variety of nonprofit clients from arts and culture, association foundations, religious organizations and higher education. For seven years, Diane served as Executive Director of the New York Credit Union Foundation responsible for fundraising, grant administration and project management.  Her eight-year tenure at the Albany Inst. of History and Art, encompassed all aspects of fundraising, including a $14.2 M capital campaign.

Diane is currently a board member of the Association Foundation Group. She has served on the executive committee of the national network of state credit union foundations; on the boards of the AFP Hudson-Mohawk Chapter, and Albany Center Galleries; and was a founding member of the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region. She also received a 40 Under Forty award from The Business Journal (Albany, NY).

Diane earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1989, from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She resides in Northern Virginia with her family.

Diane LaVigna, Associate Vice President, The Sheridan Group, 8161 Grady Court, Apt. 3204, Lorton, Virginia 22079 518-360-4736 

Jennifer M. Macotto, Associate Vice President

jenniferJennifer Macotto  joined The Sheridan Group team in 2006. She has provided a wide range of campaign management and client services to the American Society of Association Executives Foundation, the National Association for Gifted Children, the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, Randolph-Macon Academy, The John Carroll School, The Church of the Redeemer, and St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation. Apart from her work with the firm, Jennifer is the Director of Development at the UC/Santa Cruz Arboretum.

Prior to joining The Sheridan Group, Jennifer concluded a three-year tenure as Director of Development and Events at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) where she demonstrated success with identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors as well as event and sponsorship design and delivery.

Jennifer also has over six years of experience consulting with non-profit organizations, including the William S. Abell Foundation (who provides grants to organizations serving women and children such as the Center for Child Protection and Family Support, Diane’s House, Foster and Adoptive Parent Resource Center, Healthy Babies Project, In God’s Loving Hands, Healthy Babies Project, Mid County United Ministries, Pregnancy Aid Center, Project Echo and St. Joseph’s House, Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and Birthmother Ministries.

Previously, Jennifer served a four-year tenure as Senior Manager, Annual Fund of The ASCO Foundation which raises over $40 million annually for cancer research and education. Under her direction, Annual Fund giving increased dramatically through successful solicitation and cultivation programs, targeted direct mail campaigns such as acquisition and ad hoc appeals, as well as marketing and development of the Foundation’s website. She also had oversight for Board governance, special events, research and prospect development.

She is a Past-President of the Association Foundation Group (AFG), a national society of association fundraising professionals where she has served as a member since 2005, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Silicon Valley Chapter, a member of the American Association of Society Executives (ASAE) and on the Development Committee of Pacific Collegiate School.

Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from George Mason University. To say that education is important to Jennifer and her family is an understatement. She recently relocated to the west coast with her husband, Eduardo, an Executive Chef, to pursue educational opportunities for their son, Nicolas.

Jennifer Macotto, Associate Vice President, The Sheridan Group, 3130 Stanley Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95063  (703) 731-4386

Nelson Cover, Founder and Senior Counsel

nelson From his vantage point of more than forty years in the fund raising profession and thirty years with The Sheridan Group, Nelson Cover continues to provide its clients with overall capital campaign and top prospect strategic counsel. Nelson founded The Sheridan Group in 1983, after thirteen years of progressive, successful experience as director of annual giving at The Johns Hopkins Institutions, and as director of development at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, the Washington National Cathedral, and the American Enterprise Institute.

He has conducted or managed the company’s work with such clients as Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, The Ocean Conservancy, the Valentine Richmond History Center, the Wild Dolphin Project, Jupiter Florida, the Massey Cancer Center of Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgetown Preparatory School, St. Christopher’s School, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and Hibiscus Children’s Center in Jensen Beach, Florida.

He has been a frequent speaker on the subjects of nonprofit management, finance and fund raising to nonprofit and professional organizations, and he has published many related articles. In 1990 Mr. Cover began The Sheridan Group’s Education Series, which has been cited in numerous publications such as Contributions magazine, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Currents magazine, and the Fund Raising Institute’s newsletter.

Mr. Cover has a bachelor’s degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University and master’s degrees in creative writing from San Francisco State College and liberal arts from Johns Hopkins. He has been a member of the board of the Washington Cathedral Choral Society, the Living Classrooms Foundation, and the Interfaith Conference of Washington, D.C. and is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

Nelson Cover, Founder and President Emeritus, The Sheridan Group, 276 Riverway Dr. Vero Beach, FL 32963 (240) 463-1708