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Cynthia Colbert Riley to Join Dini Spheris


March 13, 2017

Cynthia Colbert Riley

The Board of Directors of Dini Spheris is pleased to announce that Cynthia Colbert Riley will join the firm as a Senior Consultant on July 1, 2017.

Cynthia has served for 28 years as an institutional advancement leader in healthcare, higher education and public broadcasting with significant results in fundraising campaigns, operations and financial management, donor stewardship, board relations and communications. Cynthia served as the Vice President for Development at The Methodist Hospital System from 2007-2012, building the organization’s first strategic development program and completing its first major $200M fundraising campaign. At the conclusion of the Methodist campaign, Cynthia re-joined the University of St. Thomas where she served for 5 years in the 1990’s as the capital campaign coordinator during the University’s first capital campaign and where she received her Master in Liberal Arts degree. She is currently Vice President for Institutional Advancement leading the University’s Faith in our Future Campaign, which stands at $143M towards its $170M goal. Cynthia will remain actively engaged in this role until June 30, 2017. Cynthia has also worked for the University Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and KUHT Channel 8.

Cynthia has been a member of AFP since moving to Houston in 1990 and is a former AFP Board Member. Additionally, Cynthia was named outstanding fundraising professional in 2013.

Larry Vaclavik, Managing Principal of Dini Spheris, said, “We are thrilled that a professional with such leadership skills, integrity and commitment to fundraising as a profession will be joining our team of outstanding consultants and principals. We look forward to the impact that Cynthia will have, leading so many client institutions to new levels of fundraising and mission success.”

Dini Spheris is a nationally recognized fundraising firm that is headquartered in Houston with a second office in Dallas. For 48 years Dini Spheris consultants have guided major capital and endowment campaigns for nonprofit institutions across Texas, the Southwest and Central United States and beyond.