Mrs. Carol Ownby joined the Smith Group in 2011 and serves as an assistant project manager. With 25+ years of experience in leading diverse non-profits in successful fund-raising programs, Ownby is a great asset to JFSG. As an assistant project manager, Ownby works with the assigned JFSG project manager to ensure a client’s campaign strategy is well organized and implemented, to provide assistance with day-to-day operations, and to help implement the campaign strategy.

Ownby has served in this capacity for clients at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas, and New Braunfels Christian Academy in New Braunfels, Texas. She currently serves as the director of development for McKinney Christian Academy in McKinney, Texas. In this position, she established a development department, which also included the implementation of new strategies for a successful annual fund, capital campaign, and identification and cultivation of major gifts.

Prior to her current positions with the J.F. Smith Group and McKinney Christian Academy, Ownby served on multiple non-profit boards and was the development director of a private school in Fort Worth, Texas. She also previously served as the vice president of development at the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.