About Our Team
Anne Marie Toccket holds a master’s degree in international development and nonprofit management from the University of Pittsburgh as well as three bachelor’s degrees in Spanish, journalism and international affairs from Penn State University. Anne Marie is a founding member of Awamaki, a social enterprise organization based in Peru that partners with women-owned businesses. She is an innovative thinker on social business, B Corporations, capturing social outcomes and the Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology. She offers training across Pennsylvania on grantwriting, fundraising strategy, social enterprise and monitoring and evaluation. When she's not daydreaming about how to measure social impact, Anne Marie loves bicycling, vegetarian cooking and international travel–she has been to 40 countries and counting.
A Dubliner who grew up in Pittsburgh, Colin de Paor brings more than a decade of experience working for nonprofit organizations to Procopia. Colin’s diverse background includes fundraising and communications for organizations focused on the arts, media, and economic development in New York City. Most recently, he was a development officer for the Kelly Strayhorn Theater after moving back to Pittsburgh in 2012. Colin has a BA in Classical Studies from University College, Dublin. Colin leads Procopia's efforts to foster collaborations between organizations, especially in Pittsburgh. He is a creative, out-of-the-box thinker that brings fresh, dynamic ideas to every client engagement.
Rebecca Susman is a progressive communications, policy, organizing, and fundraising strategist. She has led major national and local projects and campaigns with nonprofits, businesses, and museums for more than a decade, leading significant membership growth initiatives and creating nationally recognized programs on women's issues and public safety. Her innovative work has been highlighted in national media outlets. Rebecca holds an MSW with a focus on community organizing and social administration from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also earned her BA in Spanish. She has extensive experience designing and implementing nonprofit outreach and communications strategy. Rebecca is also an advocate for reproductive rights. In addition to writing grants, she especially enjoys working with organizations to strengthen their messaging and programs to affect change.
Sydney Perlotto holds a bachelor's degree in Global Social Change and Development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She concentrated her studies on nonprofit leadership and international development and has since worked domestically and abroad conducting research and coordinating communications for NGOs. Most recently, she was the marketing and communications manager for Awamaki, a nonprofit and social enterprise in Ollantaytambo, Peru. Sydney aims to connect local communities with quality and compelling information so that they have the resources, capabilities, and opportunities for creating lasting change. She's a passionate advocate for issues impacting women and girls and an alumna of the alternative breaks movement.
Barbara Wirth holds a B.S. Degree in Home Economics with a concentration in Child and Family Services from Mansfield University. She brings over 30 years of work experience in various human services environments and over fifteen years of grant writing experience. Before joining our predecessor firm, Procopio Fundraising, Barbara worked for an agency that had contracted our firm's services. Since joining the team, Barbara has maintained long-term client engagements with several Central Pennsylvania human services agencies, and has helped them raise hundreds of thousands of grant dollars to support their missions.
Ashlee Carter holds a master's degree in professional leadership with a concentration in management for nonprofits from Carlow University, as well as a bachelor's degree in health service administration from Slippery Rock University. Before joining the team, Ashlee worked as a program officer in corporate and private philanthropy, honing her program evaluation and grant administration skills as well as managing innovative projects. She also spent time in human services, empowering youth and families with mental and behavioral health barriers. Ashlee's passion for servant leadership aligns well with her interest in the effective management of nonprofit organizations. Ashlee believes that "it is a blessing to be a blessing" - and paying it forward through sharing talents and resources is a must for her. A fun fact to know about Ashlee is that she was a Doula, providing labor support for teens and young adults.
Eric Davis is the Managing Partner of Elliott & Davis, PC, a Pittsburgh-based law firm with a significant non-profit and social enterprise law practice. Eric holds a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University. Eric does not work directly on client engagements, but acts as our in-house legal guru and often helps clients think through questions of entity formations, how to operate for-profit subsidiaries, issues of fiscal sponsorship, and fundraising legalities and norms. When he's not solving tough legal problems, Eric loves to hike, hunt, and fish.