Who we are
Molly Darling, President
As the Founder and President of Cephas Consulting, Molly Darling has provided strategic marketing and communications services combined with traditional consulting tools such as process re-engineering, strategic analysis and economic modeling to clients such as BellSouth, United Healthcare, Archstone-Smith, Louisiana Pacific, the Food and Drug Administration, and the University of California, San Francisco. In particular, Molly’s clients prize her clear and creative thinking, excellent communication skills, and nearly manic focus on generating measurable results.
Prior to founding Cephas Consulting in 1996, Molly worked for Symmetrix, a Boston-based consulting firm specializing in reengineering. In addition to serving as lead consultant on numerous client engagements, Molly also designed Symmetrix’s first web site and served as the company’s chief writer, creating and implementing proposals, marketing programs, speeches, and media materials. She came to Symmetrix fresh from Washington, DC, where she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff,speechwriter and press secretary for U.S. Rep.Amo Houghton, the first Fortune 500 CEO to ever serve in the US House of Representatives.
Molly holds a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Haverford College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. In 2000, Molly was selected as a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Laura Toepfer, Director of Marketing/Social Media
A writer/communicator by training and an administrator by temperament, Laura Toepfer, Director of Marketing and Social Media, has built successful social media campaigns for health organizations, non-profits, businesses, musicians, and religious organizations, among others.
Laura is able to turn the initial “what-ifs” and “maybes” into the nuts and bolts of making a program work. As the Managing Director of Come and C, Inc., she designed and implemented the national roll-out for three new programs in three years, including public relations, trade shows, promotional webinars, and web and social media marketing.
In 2008, Laura worked as a Kiva Fellow in Kampala, Uganda. She analyzed microlending processes through interview and data analysis, provided recommendations for strengthening lending practices, trained the staff of local microfinance institutions how to use Kiva’s online platform, and helped entrepreneurs to receive microcredit loans through presenting their businesses and life stories on the Kiva website and Fellows blog.
A talented preacher and public speaker, Laura was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 2002. Shortly after receiving her MDiv, she established the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Kenyon College. She continues to be invited to preach regularly throughout Northern California.
Laura received a B.A. in English with Creative Writing emphasis from Oberlin College, a degree in Educational Interpreting from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and a Master of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.