Frazer Center welcomes aboard Jeff Holland who joins the administrative leadership team as Director of Finance. Jeff brings 25 years of finance, accounting, and general management experience to the table.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jeff earned his Bachelors in Accounting from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) in Huntsville, Alabama, then began his corporate career with Ingersoll Rand as a member of its Financial Management Trainee program. After relocating with the company to Virginia, California, and New Jersey, Jeff decided to return to school.
While in graduate school at the University of Cincinnati, he had the opportunity to study International Business in France. Once he earned his MBA, he began working with Cintas Corporation. Eventually, he relocated to North Carolina to serve as the general manager of Cintas’ First Aid & Safety division operation in Charlotte.
By this point in Jeff’s career, he and his wife Dana had their first child. Wanting to be closer to family, they moved back to Ohio. Jeff worked with a handful of corporations, including Owens Corning in Toledo, before he decided he was ready for change. “I was making good money,” Jeff says, “but I wasn’t really fulfilled inside.”
That’s when Jeff transitioned into the nonprofit sector with Lott Industries in Toledo. Similar to the Frazer Center, Lott was formed decades ago when a mother decided there needed to be more opportunities for children with developmental disabilities. Lott began in its founder’s apartment and grew from there. Jeff stayed at Lott Industries for ten years, ending his time as Chief Financial Officer.
By this time, Jeff and Dana had two children, but all their extended family was in Alabama and Louisiana. So they headed south to Atlanta where Jeff’s wife had been recruited to teach first and second grade at a small private school in Marietta.
Upon arriving in Atlanta, Jeff worked briefly for a start-up technology company before landing at Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS). As CFO, Jeff oversaw eighteen programmatic budget lines, including support services for adults with developmental disabilities.
After several years at JF&CS, Jeff was ready for change. Too young to retire, he decided to search for another opportunity in the nonprofit sector.
“I get so much more fulfillment from the nonprofit sector,” says Jeff. “The intangibles you get. It’s not all about profit. Of course you have to have some profit to keep the entity going, but that’s not the sole consideration. I’m not a frontline worker, but I’m still part of the team, working behind the scenes so the frontline workers can do what they do to make life better for people that really need the assistance.”
And so Jeff found the Frazer Center. “It’s a great environment here. Frazer has sound business practices that are evident through the finances. The people are friendly, it’s open, and of course the setting is beautiful.”
Frazer CEO Paige McKay Kubik says, “We are extremely grateful to have found a leader with Jeff's financial expertise and experience in nonprofits serving people with disabilities. The pandemic has been a time of great innovation at Frazer Center. We saw in Jeff the vision and know-how to help us scale these innovations and sustain us as we grow. And it’s not just his skill that makes Jeff the right choice for Frazer Center. His professionalism, friendliness, and passion for inclusion make him a great fit for our culture as well.”
When not at work, Jeff enjoys watching football, basketball, and baseball (Go Braves!), as well as thriller and James Bond movies. He hopes to one day travel to three or four more continents. Jeff’s youngest child is a junior in college, and his oldest is a recent college graduate, so for now, he and Dana are happy to keep the homefires burning for them.
If you would like to help welcome Jeff to Frazer, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.