Donna Nunes

Assistant for Marketing and Special Projects

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…

John C. Lohmeyer

Feasibility Study Specialist

Education: B.S.,  Emporia State University, Emporia, KS M.S., Emporia State University, Emporia KS Prior to joining the J.F. Smith Group in 2017 as a feasibility study specialist, John served as director of development for Emporia State University’s Foundation for over five years. He retired at the end of 2016 after the successful conclusion of the university’s…

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…

Chip Townsend

Feasibility Study Specialist

Education: B.S., Auburn University, Auburn, AL Mr. Chip Townsend is new to the J.F. Smith Group in 2019. From 1981 to 2013, Chip spent his career in the banking industry, most notably having served as President and CEO of First Coast Community Bank in Fernandina Beach from 1987 to 2013.  After his retirement he continued…

Susan Crowe

Assistant Director of Marketing and Administration

Donna Lassiter

Vice President of Feasibility Studies

Education: B.S., Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA Donna Lassiter joined the J.F. Smith Group in 2014 as the director of feasibility studies. In this role, she works with all aspects of the feasibility study process. Her duties include training the client prior to the study, monitoring each step to ensure a smooth course of action during…

Robert Edmonds

Feasibility Study Specialist

Education: B.S. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL Robert Edmonds joined the J.F. Smith Group in 2019 as a feasibility study interviewer. Prior to joining the J.F. Smith Group, Robert had a 42-year career in pharmaceuticals beginning in 1971 as a sales representative for CIBA Pharmaceuticals. Robert held positions in General Sales, Specialty Sales (Neuro, CNS,…

Nancy C. Smith

Vice President of Marketing and Special Projects

Education: B.S., University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, AL Mrs. Nancy Smith joined the J.F. Smith Group in 2006 as an advertising consultant.  Since that time she has produced commercials and placed J.F. Smith Group advertisements across 12 states while also serving as the general manager for Comcast Corporation.  After 17+ years in the communications…