Melissa Cather

Vice President

Melissa joins TME with more than 15 years of development experience and a demonstrated track record of implementing comprehensive fundraising programs and large scale events.  Prior to joining the team, she served as the Director of Advancement for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to increase staff and resources for a stronger individual giving program that ultimately broaden the reputation of the FNIH among the general public. In doing so, she launched a campaign honoring the Chairman of the FNIH Board of Directors and oversaw fundraising and event logistics for the annual FNIH Award Ceremony.  Melissa was also a Vice President at Graham-Pelton Consulting, Inc. for four years providing counsel to a diverse portfolio of non-profit clients in healthcare, academic and social service sectors across the country.

A native of Massachusetts, Melissa started her fundraising career at UMass Memorial Hospital managing logistics for the 25th Anniversary Gala celebration of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and spent seven years at Faulkner Hospital directing the annual fund and providing event management, extensive volunteer committee engagement and donor relations.  Before moving to Maryland, she was the Special Gifts Officer at Lahey Clinic managing a significant portfolio with primary focus on new prospect identification.

Melissa is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and past board member of the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.  She is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Melissa lives with her husband in Linthicum Heights, MD.



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