With deep experience in the region.

About Us

Westby Associates, Inc. can help your organization think and act strategically. We are one of the leading non-profit consulting firms in the Northwest. Through a wide variety of strategic services, and a custom approach to every client and project, we have generated over $250 million for organizations throughout the Northwest. Our office is located on Officers Row at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Our Team

Following a six-year career out of college as an award-winning sports columnist, Mike has logged over 30 years of experience in the development field with a distinct focus on major gifts and strategic fundraising campaigns. Over the years he has represented a diverse group of organizations and missions, including hospitals and healthcare agencies, universities, secondary schools, museums, zoos, aquariums, symphonies, theaters, social service agencies, humane societies, national youth associations, and police associations. Combined, Mike has represented projects that have generated in excess of $250,000,000 (and counting).

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  • Patti Westby VP, Project Manager

    Patti received her CPA license in 1985 after completing her education at UCLA. She has practiced in both the private and public sectors for twenty years in California, Washington and Oregon. Patti spent several years developing new business and managing client relationships in the private sector as well as for accounting firms, including Deloitte Touché. She continues to gain expertise in tax codes and their implications to philanthropy.

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  • Michael Wilson Senior Associate

    Mike’s passion is evident as he advocates in the political arena. His leadership has brought millions of dollars to local non-profit capital campaign projects. He also helped shape the Westby Associates philosophy of achieving success through Mission/Vision based philanthropy. Attend one workshop with Mike and you’ll be amazed by what he can help your organization accomplish.

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  • Lisa Capeloto Associate, Special Event Management

    Lisa Capeloto is an event planning and funding development professional, specializing in the advancement of community-based charitable organizations. A Pacific Northwest native, Lisa has over a decade of experience as a volunteer and coordinator in the Southwest Washington community, assisting nonprofits that include PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, Kearney Breast Care Center, Holtzman Twins Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Share Vancouver, Children’s Center, and CDM Caregiving Services.

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  • Ingrid Dankmeyer Associate, Grants Management

    Ingrid is responsible for grant development, writing, research, and reporting at Westby Associates. In her 5 years with WAI she has written over $3 million in successful grants (see reverse). She brings two decades of nonprofit fundraising and management experience in the Northwest. She also is a professional writer and published author of the book, Renewing the Countryside: Washington, featuring profiles of sustainable farming and salmon restoration efforts in Washington state.

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  • Megan Dixon Associate

    Megan joined the Westby team in October, 2015 as an associate well suited to provide holistic support to capital and capacity building campaigns. She has a unique set of skills which allows her to read people and understand their needs on a day-to-day, human level while keeping in mind the bigger, more strategic picture.

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  • Kelsey Castrey Junior Associate

    Kelsey joined Westby Associates, Inc. as our Special Project Coordinator in 2013 with a gentle and willing spirit. Kelsey is the voice behind our coordination and preparation for each interview, meeting, and workshop. She provides special event support while maintaining current social media aspects. With Kelsey’s experience in health education and nurturing childcare, she represents the most pleasant approach when managing client relationships.

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  • Taylor Matson Grant Writer

    Taylor is a compassionate and creative professional specializing in grant writing, research, management, and administrative support. She is a high achiever who strives for excellence in every area in her life by continuously seeking to learn, grow, and become a better version of herself. Her integrity and determination are paired with a flexible and understand mentality, and an open heart.

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