About Ovation Fundraising Counsel

Based in Bangor and Westbrook, we work with clients throughout Maine. We offer a diverse menu of professional fundraising support for nonprofits large and small.


Meet Our Team

We understand that no two organizations are the same - each project is unique. We work directly with our clients, providing years of expertise in all areas of fund development. Let us show you the energy and enthusiasm that Ovation can bring to your fundraising program.

Lisa Jepson Wahlstrom CFRE

Lisa Jepson Wahlstrom

Lisa has 26 years of expertise in fund development. A native of Maine and a graduate of Bates College, her professional experience includes annual fund programs; capital campaigns; development assessments; fundraising feasibility studies; donor stewardship; volunteer recruitment, training and management; community relations; special events; grant writing; and corporate sponsorships.

As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Lisa subscribes to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice and to A Donor Bill of Rights. She is a frequent presenter at fundraising workshops, is a member of several professional organizations and is a community volunteer.

Lisa and her husband live in Bangor and have two adult sons. They have traveled extensively and also enjoy exploring the sites and experiences of Maine.

Memberships & Volunteerism

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
    • Past Board Member AFP-NNE
    • AFP-NNE Conference Planning Committee
  • Maine Planned Giving Council
    • Past President
    • Past Chair of Leave a Legacy
  • Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
    (formerly NCPG)
  • Maine Philanthropy Center
  • Maine Association of Nonprofits
    • Nonprofit Leadership Institute Presenter
    • MANP SkillBuilder Presenter
  • Good Samaritan Agency
    • Board of Directors
    • Chair, Fund Development Committee
  • Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary
    • Past President
    • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra
    • Past President, Board of Directors
    • Member of Development Committee
  • Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
    • Past Board Member
    • past Chair of Grants Committee
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church
    • Stewardship Team


Julie C. Poulin CFRE

Julie C. Poulin

Julie has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is an experienced fundraiser for capital campaigns, annual appeals, and special events. Her professional background includes VP of Institutional Advancement for Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, Director of Development for Opportunity Farm for Boys & Girls as well as Associate Director of Development & Public Relations for the Spurwink Institute.

Julie has taught graduate-level fundraising classes at Northeastern University and for the nonprofit certificate program at the University of Southern Maine. She is a member of several professional organizations and has deep volunteer experience.

Julie is a Maine native, a graduate of Emerson College, and earned her Masters of Education at Boston University. She is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Upsilon class. Her Interests include traveling, spending time with family and friends, golf, theatre and music. Julie and her husband John live in Westbrook.

Memberships & Volunteerism

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
    • Past Board Member, AFP-NNE
    • Past Co-Chair, Maine Conference
  • Maine Association of Nonprofits
    • MANP Skillbuilder Presenter
  • Maine Philanthropy Center
  • Portland Players Community Theatre
    • Past Board Member
  • Marine Animal Lifeline
    • Past Board Member
  • Lewiston Auburn Rotary Club
    • Former Member

Feasibility Studies

Our expertise in conducting planning studies will help your organization to glean valuable information so important to the success of a capital campaign.

Assessment & Planning

Conducting an objective assessment of your fundraising program will identify the strengths of your development operations.

Annual Fundraising

We can help you develop an annual fundraising plan or build your current annual fund program to maximize support for your organization.