Chanticleer is committed to maximum expertise combined with maximum access, sharing our lifetime of experience with every client through regular personal engagement.  Naturally, we have developed a sizable network of expert collaborators we can call upon when needed, but we are proud that either John or Lisa will take the lead in every client relationship. 
                                                     John C. Olberding has served a broad spectrum of organizations                                                     during his career in public relations and development.  In his three                                                     decades in the field, he has directed successful capital, annual                                                     and planned giving programs for over 200 health, religious, educational,                                                     cultural and social service organizations. In addition to his                                                                            leadership as President and CEO of Skystone Ryan, his background                                                     includes service at Baldwin-Wallace College, as Creative Director with a                                                     Cleveland-based advertising agency, and as Publications                                                     Director/Marketing Coordinator for the Cincinnati Reds.  An Evans                                                     Scholar graduate of Miami University, he is a past chapter president of                                                     the Evans Scholars Alumni Association.  He did graduate work at the                                                     Athenaeum of Ohio, where he served also as Director of Development.  

A second-generation professional, John has served the Association of Fundraising Professionals for over twenty years on its International Committee and as long-time Board member and past President of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter. In 2022, the chapter awarded him a special Lifetime Achievement Award in
Fundraising at its National Philanthropy Day celebration. He is a frequently featured speaker
at AFP conferences and co-editor of Building Strong Nonprofits: New Strategies for Growth and 
ustainability (Wiley, 2010.)   Besides his service to the profession, John has served on Boards including the Fountain Square Fools, Saint Ursula Villa, North Avondale Montessori and Clark Montessori High School. In addition to his work with nonprofit organizations, he serves as the press box public address announcer for the Cincinnati Bengals and as official statistician for Xavier University basketball.


                                                Lisa Barnwell Williams has been helping nonprofit organizations to                                                 define  and achieve their visions for more than 35 years. Entering the field
                                                in the  pre-internet 1980’s as one of the pioneers in online prospect
                                                research, she went on to lead fundraising efforts for several organizations
                                                of national stature, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati
                                                Ballet, Whittier College and the Agnes Irwin School. As Vice President of
                                                Skystone Ryan, she served dozens of local, regional and national clients
                                                in the arts, education, social services and healthcare, taking particular
                                                pride in her hands-on, personal mentorship of both staff and volunteers. ​

                                                A graduate of Williams College, Lisa holds graduate degrees from
                                                Columbia University and New York University, and, as a Council on
                                                Library Resources Fellow, earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in
                                                Management from the University of Chicago. She is a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Arts Extension Service, sharing her management expertise with current and aspiring arts and nonprofit leaders.  From a 1986 CASE/NAIS presentation entitled "Using Computers for Research" to a COVID-influenced Massachusetts Cultural Council session on remote boards, she has spoken and written frequently about issues and strategies central to the nonprofit world.  As a volunteer, Lisa currently serves on the Board of The Literacy Project, and has held similar positions for organizations including Women in Philanthropy, AFP chapters, Business Volunteers for the Arts, and others.

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Chanticleer's principals and affiliated experts speak frequently, from small workshops and training sessions to keynotes before large audiences.  Topics appropriate for both specialized and general audiences are available, and include:

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