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Kim Coull Named Development Director, Patrick Heryford is Institutional Giving Officer and Patti Johns Eisenberg is Major Gifts Officer

San Francisco, Calif., October 11, 2012 – Yosemite Conservancy, the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and preservation of Yosemite National Park and enhancement of the visitor experience, today announced three major appointments that will expand its fundraising capability and expertise.

Kim Coull was named Development Director, Patrick Heryford the new Institutional Giving Officer and Patti Johns Eisenberg the Major Gifts Officer for the Southern California region.

“This group adds proven experience in fundraising and strategic planning that will further enhance our ability to support projects and programs of lasting benefit to Yosemite National Park and that improve the visitor experience,” said Yosemite Conservancy President Mike Tollefson.

As Development Director Coull will lead a team of nine fundraising professionals to reach the organization’s ambitious fundraising goals through annual giving, major gifts, institutional giving and planned giving. She joins the Conservancy after four years in Oakland, Calif. as The College Preparatory School’s Director of Development, where she led the most successful campaign in school history raising $13.7 million for capital projects and the school’s endowment. Prior to that, she was Senior Development Director for the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law managing major gift prospects for the law school’s $125 million Campaign for Boalt Hall. Coull spent 15 years in marketing and strategic planning with multinational corporate clients, including management positions at leading advertising firms J. Walter Thompson and Foote, Cone & Belding.

Heryford’s position as Institutional Giving Officer focuses on building relationships with corporate and foundation giving officers. This includes stewarding grant requests and overseeing a variety of corporate engagement activities such as employee work weekends, volunteer projects, and workplace giving. Since 2004, he has served in award-winning management roles with the YMCA of San Francisco, including Director of Major Gifts, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Development Manager. In 2011, he was the recipient of a Special Achievement Award for his leadership role in securing the largest private grant recently received by the YMCA of San Francisco of $1.4 million. The California native served as the University of San Francisco’s Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Corporate & Foundation and as a capital campaign coordinator with the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Johns Eisenberg joins the Conservancy as Major Gifts Officer for Southern California. From the Los Angeles area, she will play an important role as the first Conservancy representative located outside of San Francisco or Yosemite National Park. She will reach out to Conservancy supporters in Southern California, encouraging their increased involvement in the work of the organization. Most recently, she served in managerial positions for The Pasadena Playhouse, including Director of Individual Giving and Major Gifts, Interim Director of Development and Leadership Gifts Manager, where she dramatically improved funding levels and raised tens of millions of dollars for the organization.

About Yosemite Conservancy Yosemite Conservancy is the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the preservation and protection of Yosemite National Park, and enhancement of the visitor experience. The Conservancy works to restore trails, protect wildlife through scientific research and habitat restoration, and offers outdoor programs that provide visitors with unique ways to connect with the park. It has funded projects in areas including trail and habitat restoration, wildlife protection, education, volunteering, and the production of award-winning books and DVDs. Learn more at or call 1-800-469-7275.

Peter Bartelme, Yosemite Conservancy, 415-664-1503,
Jennifer Miller, Yosemite Conservancy, 415-434-1782,