Professionals

With deep experience in the region.

About Us

Westby Associates, Inc. can help your organization think and act strategically. We are one of the leading non-profit consulting firms in the Northwest. Through a wide variety of strategic services, and a custom approach to every client and project, we have generated over $250 million for organizations throughout the Northwest. Our office is located on Officers Row at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Our Team

Following a six-year career out of college as an award-winning sports columnist, Mike has logged over 30 years of experience in the development field with a distinct focus on major gifts and strategic fundraising campaigns. Over the years he has represented a diverse group of organizations and missions, including hospitals and healthcare agencies, universities, secondary schools, museums, zoos, aquariums, symphonies, theaters, social service agencies, humane societies, national youth associations, and police associations. Combined, Mike has represented projects that have generated in excess of $250,000,000 (and counting).

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  • Patti Westby VP, Project Manager

    Patti received her CPA license in 1985 after completing her education at UCLA. She has practiced in both the private and public sectors for twenty years in California, Washington and Oregon. Patti spent several years developing new business and managing client relationships in the private sector as well as for accounting firms, including Deloitte Touché. She continues to gain expertise in tax codes and their implications to philanthropy.

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  • Michael Wilson Senior Associate

    Mike’s passion is evident as he advocates in the political arena. His leadership has brought millions of dollars to local non-profit capital campaign projects. He also helped shape the Westby Associates philosophy of achieving success through Mission/Vision based philanthropy. Attend one workshop with Mike and you’ll be amazed by what he can help your organization accomplish.

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  • Lisa Capeloto Associate, Special Event Management

    Lisa Capeloto is an event planning and funding development professional, specializing in the advancement of community-based charitable organizations. A Pacific Northwest native, Lisa has over a decade of experience as a volunteer and coordinator in the Southwest Washington community, assisting nonprofits that include PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, Kearney Breast Care Center, Holtzman Twins Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Share Vancouver, Children’s Center, and CDM Caregiving Services.

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  • Ingrid Dankmeyer Associate, Grants Management

    Ingrid has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She helped found Portland-based Sustainable Northwest, a regional leader that helps rural communities build collaborations that create living wage jobs and restore ecosystems. She spearheaded the creation of Sprouting Seeds, a cooperative K-5 school in Battle Ground that serves homeschooled and public school students. She is the author of the book “Renewing the Countryside: Washington” that features profiles of sustainable farming and salmon restoration efforts in the state. Most recently she served as Assistant Director of Food Alliance, a non-profit certifier of sustainable agriculture.

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  • Megan Dixon Associate

    Megan joined the Westby team in October, 2015 as an associate well suited to provide holistic support to capital and capacity building campaigns. She has a unique set of skills which allows her to read people and understand their needs on a day-to-day, human level while keeping in mind the bigger, more strategic picture.

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  • Melanie Shelton Associate

    Melanie Shelton is a Communications Specialist that focuses on marketing and brand strategy. Melanie has knack for developing the story of a brand or company and how to create a marketing and PR campaign that best tells that story to the community. Melanie believes that the heart and soul of a community lies within the wonderful work of nonprofit organizations Her goal is to help promote their reach into the community by creating an effective plan that fits their budget, and with measurable results. Melanie approaches every challenge with enthusiasm, dedication, and an open mind for unique solutions.

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  • Kelsey Castrey Junior Associate

    Kelsey joined Westby Associates, Inc. as our Special Project Coordinator in 2013 with a gentle and willing spirit. Kelsey is the voice behind our coordination and preparation for each interview, meeting, and workshop. She provides special event support while maintaining current social media aspects. With Kelsey’s experience in health education and nurturing childcare, she represents the most pleasant approach when managing client relationships.

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  • Laura Virgin Executive Assistant

    Laura’s dedication to supporting the Westby Associates team is evident with how she manages office coordination, and supports fundraising, event and grant efforts. She operates with a high degree of integrity and a strong aptitude for office management. She understands that the client is the priority, and supports her team across all manner of projects to ensure the clients are well taken care of.  In her free time, she creates and sells pencil drawings and oil paintings.

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