Renee Robertson

Feasibility Study Specialist

Larry Edmonds

Feasibility Study Specialist

Lydia McClendon

Project Manager and Feasibility Study Specialist

Sarah Knight

Director of Marketing and Assistant to CEO

Elizabeth A. Ponder, MA

Project Manager and Feasibility Study Specialist

Education: M.A., Philanthropy & Development, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA B.S., Marketing & Vocational Education, Auburn University, Auburn, AL Elizabeth is the newest member of the JF Smith Group, coming on board this year as a Feasibility Study Specialist. She is a seasoned advancement professional with a master’s degree in philanthropy and development and seventeen years…

Raven Spence

Assistant Vice President

   Education: B.A., Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL Raven Spence works in the position of assistant project manager. In this role, Raven works alongside JFSG project managers on capital campaigns, assisting in the success of campaign infrastructure. Prior to joining the J.F. Smith Group, Raven worked as an assistant for five years in the management…

Donna Nunes

Office Assistant

Donna A. Nunes joined the J.F. Smith Group in September 2017.  She is the assistant for marketing and special projects.  Donna prepares the feasibility study binders for our feasibility study interviewers prior to interviews.  Once interviews are completed, she enters the feasibility study questionnaire responses into Qualtrics allowing the information to be easily assimilated into…

Lora Vifquain

Associate Vice President Assistant Project Manager

   Education: B.S., Sullivan University, Lexington, KY Lora Vifquain is an independent contractor for the J.F. Smith Group and works in the position of assistant project manager. In this role, Lora works with JFSG project managers on their capital campaigns, assisting behind the scenes with the details necessary to ensure campaign success.  Lora has worked…

Dr. Richard Hood

Feasibility Study Specialist

Education: B.S., Louisiana Tech, Ruston, LA M.S., University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS Ed.D., University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA Dr. Richard Hood is an associate of the J. F. Smith Group and has conducted interviews in numerous feasibility studies. Over the course of his academic career, Richard taught in Arkansas and Louisiana grades five…

Dr. Ben O. Character

Feasibility Study Specialist

Education: B.S. Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama M.A. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Ed. D. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Dr. Ben Character has invested his life in education and educational leadership influencing the lives of thousands of young people and teachers.  He taught high school math for five years then served twenty-five additional years…