Your Fundraising Team
You can rest assured…we’re in this together.
Who We Are
As a proud, minority-founded company, we are also a passionate team of do-gooders who are truly thankful to play a significant role in supporting the amazing work being done by our nonprofit clients today. Each and every day, we take our inspiration from our clients and the impact they make in their communities and around the world.
Motivated by this and a strong desire to build a better suite of cloud-based, software products than what is currently serving the market, the team at Totem formed and was off to the races.
With our years of experience working with and for nonprofits of all sizes, we remain dedicated to finding new solutions and providing top notch, human support to the “helpers” amongst us. At Totem, we help the helpers.
Our Awesome Team
Co-Founder & CEO
Alan is an entrepreneur and product development specialist. He has an uncanny ability to connect the dots between insights and software needs—then builds products in a way that empowers the user and makes their life easier. His mission is to help the helpers. He is an original founder of Team Totem and as might be expected, holds a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Virginia.
Whiz-kid CEO and creating extra SaaS-y tech.
Relationship Foundation because dads are cool and couples are important.
Co-Founder & Advisor
PJ is an entrepreneur and corporate lawyer who wears many hats for Totem. With his expertise and love for volunteering, he saw a deep need to help nonprofits optimize the process of giving at scale—to create a platform that makes the work of the nonprofit sector as efficient and effective as possible. So, he assembled the founding Team Totem in 2015 as means to do just that. As a Charlottesville native and “Double Hoo,” PJ earned his English and subsequent Law degree at the University of Virginia.
Serial volunteer for all the nonprofits.
Big Brothers Big Sisters; Tom Tom Founders Festival Youth Summit speaker; Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at UVA Law and Community Investment Collaborative instructor; pro bono contributor to Charlottesville Legal Aid Justice Center; Board Member for several nonprofits.
Customer Success Manager
Jody brings more than 10 years of working in the technology field in sales, customer success, and technical support roles. He has a unique understanding of the full lifecycle of a customer’s journey. Jody has a proven track record of increasing revenue, driving strategy, solving complex issues, and developing meaningful customer relationships. With a deep hospitality background, serving the customer is in his DNA and is something that he truly enjoys. Jody earned a bachelor’s degree in US History from San Francisco State University and genuinely loves to learn about our customer’s mission.
After being bitten by a radioactive spider at a young age, I developed the abilities to: sing the lyrics you’re thinking about, diagnose/repair a gasoline-powered engine, and be your greatest advocate.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex with 19 museums and the National Zoo. It shapes the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.
Ryan has a diverse and varied background over the course of several years that includes working with and for nonprofits in marketing and fundraising roles. Once he discovered the power of the digital space to build relationships and foster meaningful engagement, Ryan was all in on digital media, especially when it comes to increasing the capacity of nonprofits. An idealist by nature, Ryan loves helping great organizations with passionate people that do amazing work.
Tackling problems from a holistic perspective.
Media Literacy Now and the great work they do to ensure that K-12 students develop the critical thinking skills they need when it comes to consuming media today.
Technical Sales Development Representative
Ben’s professional background is in technology consulting and SaaS sales. His passion and motivation is rooted in helping clients solve business challenges and capitalize on opportunities via technology. Ben earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in professional sales from James Madison University. Ben is also a certified SCRUM Master and Project Manager (CAPM).
Turning business challenges into business opportunities.
Special Olympics and Sportable – Sports can help people see beyond their disabilities and find joy, confidence, and fulfillment on the playing field and in life.
Edi is a designer who also knows his way around code as well. Always with the end user in mind, Edi approaches his design as part artist, part behavioral psychologist. With his guiding principle being simplicity, Edi strives to create enjoyable experiences that reduces friction for the end user and allows them to accomplish their tasks in the platform without being overwhelmed by a lot of visual or functional bloat. The end result is a beautiful blend of form and function.
Having a mix of intuitive sense of design with critical thinking skills.
As an artist, it’s no surprise that Edi is a fan of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s also tremendously inspired by Ted Talks.
Technical Migration Lead
Elizabeth is a Virginia native and a Duke graduate in Statistical Science and Computer Science. She is a master communicator and an exceptional listener with technical skills to boot. An optimist at heart, she finds joy in her customers and strives for excellence every day.
Turning complexities into catchphrases.
As a former dancer and current actor, Elizabeth is consistently inspired by the work at Richmond Performing Arts Alliance and, as a double cat mom, she also admires Heritage Humane Society.
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