Ann marries her experience as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch and her work in the philanthropic sector with organizations like Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and US Oncology’s Life Beyond Cancer Foundation to bring a forthright business approach to the clients she serves. Her work in the nonprofit sector officially began at the Santa Fe Community Foundation in 1991 where she saw firsthand the impact a well-run organization can have on the community.
When Ann moved to Texas in 1997, her work involved many “firsts” as she was recruited to establish departments and implement programs from the ground up for several organizations where she created innovative approaches to fundraising and sustainable donor relationships. She founded Interfaith of The Woodlands’ Development and Community Relations Department; Memorial Hermann Foundation’s first Development office at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands; and she became the first Director of Business Development at Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Ann launched the US Oncology Foundation as its first Executive Director and served as Director of Charitable Giving for US Oncology (now McKesson).
In 2011, Ann founded The Wolford Group based on her vision to strengthen nonprofit organizations at their core. Her years in the industry have proven that without a foundation that includes strong Board leadership, a bold vision, a clear mission, and a strategic plan that nonprofits will not realize their full potential. She thrives on working with groups to put these things in place so that they can achieve success. As a result of her corporate and nonprofit experience, she expanded her services to work directly with businesses to help them establish a corporate vision of philanthropy to enhance community partnerships, employee engagement and heightened brand awareness.
Ann’s clients range from startup nonprofits to multi-million-dollar organizations. Among her list of nonprofit clients are: Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Montgomery Independent School District Education Foundation, Montgomery County Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, CASA and Inspire Film Festival.
Ann’s community service has included positions on many nonprofit Boards, most recently Leadership Montgomery County and The Woodlands Rotary Foundation.
Brooke Baugh joined The Wolford Group as a Development Consultant in 2017. She has an extensive background in advertising, marketing, event planning, nonprofit start-ups and grassroots advocacy. Brooke specializes in performing an overall assessment of an organization’s operating systems to analyze how the organization can operate more efficiently and grow and/or expand programs intentionally through a planned strategy. She understands that an organization must first run efficiently to achieve their goals and build a sustainable model for success.
Brooke’s passion for nonprofit work stems from her founding her own nonprofit organization, Girls Run, to honor her mother who passed away from breast cancer in 2005.
Brooke assists nonprofit organizations of all shapes, sizes and challenges with a range of services that include fiscal stewardship, event production, fundraising and communication plans, and Board development.
Her clients include: Northeast Hospital Foundation, Texas Nurses Association District 9 Foundation, and Shelter for Shelter, to name a few.
Candice joined The Wolford Group in 2018 as a Development Associate to provide administrative, marketing, operations, and fundraising support.
Candice initially pursued a career in nursing, but quickly realized her passion for serving others would be best fulfilled by a career in the nonprofit sector. While working with the Junior Volunteer program for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Candice soon decided to pursue her Master of Science degree from Texas A & M University in Community Health Education where her studies focused on strategic planning, evaluation, and community development. Once she received her Master’s degree, she served as the Health Marketing Coordinator for health and wellness institute and subsequently served as the Healthy Living Alliance Director for United Way of Greater Houston.
Candice embodies the values of compassion, education and leadership and utilizes her diverse skill set to support the Wolford Group projects and initiatives. Assisting in research, volunteer development, fundraising, and community development, elevating the mission and impact of the clients we serve.