Sue Merrilees Joins Gobel Group as Principal Consultant
SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Gobel Group, the leading philanthropic consulting firm working exclusively in healthcare and the experts in grateful patient fundraising and clinician engagement, is pleased to announce that veteran fundraiser Sue Merrilees has joined their team as a Principal Consultant and will lead their west coast office.
“We are excited to welcome Sue to our growing team,” CEO Chad Gobel said. “Her extensive background in philanthropy across the U.S. and internationally, and experience designing and executing major gifts focused grateful patient programs, will be extremely beneficial to our clients.”
Prior to joining Gobel, Sue was the Chief Development Officer for Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, the nation’s highest-ranked medical faculty at Australia’s oldest university. In this role, Sue introduced and implemented a major gifts program that leveraged clinician engagement to identify grateful patient philanthropists, resulting in a 160% increase in philanthropy from 2012-2015. Sue introduced a patient/donor centric approach to philanthropy where she engaged physicians from all disciplines in a professional and effective method of fundraising.
Sue has also served in leadership roles at the University of California, San Francisco where she managed fundraising for cross-departmental entities and supported the university’s leadership in strategic planning. Sue was part of the team that successfully raised $1.62B in the campaign that funded UCSF’s Mission Bay campus. She also served in senior roles at Stanford University and Barnard College/Columbia University/NYC. Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Miami at Ohio and a Fundraising Management Certificate from NYU.