Miller Consulting Consultants
In addition to Jack Miller and the consultants listed on this page, Miller Consulting can connect you with other qualified experienced professionals to meet your specific development needs. The consultants presented on this page have extensive experience in all areas of development and target their skills to help our clients achieve their development objectives. For more information on how to access a Miller Consulting consultant, please contact us at 412-600-6684.
Ron Cichowicz has been principal of Ron Cichowicz & Associates in Pittsburgh since 2009 where he delivers freelance writing, editing, fundraising and public relations consulting services focused on helping small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations.
In addition to offering workshops and presentations on communications, public relations, fundraising, leadership & motivation and the benefits of humor, Ron is an award-winning writer and a communications professional.
During his career, he has worked in executive-level positions for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh. Organizations for whom he has provided communications, public relations and fundraising support include Bishop Canevin High School; Monongahela Valley Hospital; Robert Morris University; the Family Medicine Education Consortium; Cross Roads Foundation of Staten Island, NY; the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park and La Roche Universities.
An award-winning writer, Ron’s work has appeared in a variety of local and national publications. His work has garnered local and national honors, including Keystone Press, Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education, IABC Golden Triangle, PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance and Hermes Creative National Awards.
David H. Dix
For the last 13 years, David has worked in the nonprofit development field. He began his professional career at BNY Mellon where he assisted individuals and addressed their philanthropic needs. He reached the level of Vice President before he left to pursue a career in the nonprofit field. His nonprofit work began as a consultant working directly with over 40 area non-profit organizations to communicate the need and power of planned gifts to their donors, prospects, staff and board members. He then worked with a local hospital foundation as Assistant Executive Director and Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving. While with the hospital foundation, David served as a key member of the management team and he was responsible for the increase in overall annual giving including employee giving and individual giving. David was also directly responsible for a new planned giving program at the foundation including a charitable gift annuity process. David then was asked to join East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) where he was the Capital Campaign Director and Director of Development. At EECM, David successfully led a team on an ambitious and strategic Capital Campaign to raise $15.7 million. In addition, he was also responsible for managing a team to cultivate and solicit major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
David is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, NY with a B. A. in Economics. He also attended the National Trust School and the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. David is a Past President of the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council where he also served on the Resource and Advisory Committees. David has successfully worked with various organizations on long-range strategic planning, board management and staff development.
William L. Roemer
Bill Roemer is president of Philanthropy Focus, Inc. and a Miller Consulting team member with nearly 50 years of leadership and business management experience. He has also recruited development officers since 2000 and has prior recruiting and training experience in the corporate sector. His consulting specialties include: executive recruiting, manufacturing management, strategic planning, organizational leadership, leadership development, and systems analysis.
In the corporate sector Bill was a corporate-level manager in a multi-location, engineering-manufacturing company, responsible for production control, manufacturing engineering, traffic, and spare parts production. He also served as a heavy manufacturing plant manager with more than 800 employees; been a corporate data center manager; and a systems analyst/programmer.
In the nonprofit sector, Bill has served on numerous boards of directors and he is a former director of Mingo Creek Park Observatory. He is also an ordained Presbyterian (USA) minister, having served as a pastor and is currently an active preacher.
James R. Sismour
Jim has worked for over 24 years in development with experience in higher education (University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and St. Vincent College; major outright and deferred gift fundraising and capital campaigns), grateful patient fundraising (Pittsburgh Medical and Health Sciences Foundation and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation; major gifts) and religious organizations (Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Foundation; capital campaigns, planned giving). He is currently a Charitable Relationship Manager for Planned Giving at the University of Pittsburgh.
A graduate of Gannon University in Erie, PA, B.A. in Communication Arts, he also attended Carnegie Mellon University. Jim is a Past President of the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council, and a current board member, chairing the Leave a Legacy committee of the council.
Mike Zito began his career in the financial industry, spending more than 24 years on the investment management side of the business where his focus was client acquisition and managing assets for retail, institutional, non-profit, and family office investors. He has served as treasurer of the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council and was a major sponsor of its annual Planned Giving Day, one of the largest non-profit development conferences in the east/Midwest.
Mike last held his practice at Raymond James Financial where he worked closely with non-profit organizations, foundations, and corporations in raising capital for awareness, gifting programs, and other socially impactful purposes. Additionally, he has the unique ability to connect business persons with like-minded non-profits assuring mutual success.
While originally from Pittsburgh, Mike now lives in Nashville, TN, and holds a BBA in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University where he was a founding member of the school’s Financial Management Association.