Gobel Group is the leading consulting firm working exclusively in healthcare philanthropy, and the experts in Grateful Patient and Family Programs.

About Us

Gobel Group is the leading consulting firm working exclusively in healthcare philanthropy. We are the experts in helping clients build stronger partnerships with physicians and nurses.

What We Believe

Giving back is much more than a financial transaction—it’s a transformational experience. For patients and families, their gratitude is inspired by the care and compassion clinicians provide for themselves or their loved ones.

Extraordinary care leads to gratitude and that gratitude leads to better health. Better health produces giving which creates happiness and that happiness in turn leads to healing behaviors. The shift from a focus on wealth to a focus on gratitude, makes a huge difference in health, wellness, and relationship building.

Over 40 clinical studies support the connection between giving and healing. Learn more about these studies in our white paper Understanding Gratitude: The Connection Between Healing and Philanthropy, co-authored by Robert A. Emmons Ph. D., the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude.

Giving is a natural extension of the clinical experience. While donors give when they are grateful for exceptional care, clinicians have a responsibility as healers to be involved in the philanthropic process. Grateful patients and families represent significant, untapped potential.

Our Team

We have the largest team of consultants working in a firm exclusively dedicated to healthcare philanthropy clients. With more than 25 seasoned professionals, our team has come from the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Duke Medicine, and other leading institutions. Our consultants collectively have more than 250 years of experience in healthcare philanthropy, has led programs that have raised hundreds of millions annually and directed billion-dollar campaigns. Meet our team.


Chad Gobel

CEO & Founder

Chad Gobel is a 25-year veteran of institutional advancement programs and one of the preeminent consultants serving healthcare philanthropy. Chad has personally worked with more than 100 healthcare organizations over the last ten years.

In 2011, Chad founded Gobel Group with one employee and one client. Today, Gobel Group has grown to over 25 healthcare professionals and actively works with more than 150 clients around the world. Gobel Group celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2021. It has worked with over 550 healthcare organizations in its history. Gobel Group has become the leading philanthropy consulting firm working exclusively in healthcare.

While Gobel is internationally recognized for its best-in-class grateful patient and family philanthropy program with active clinician engagement, it also offers counsel and assistance for every step of the development process, including proven solutions for campaign planning and management, data analytics, systems, and information services, development audits, hospital and system philanthropy office integrations, among other areas.

In 2018, Gobel launched G2G, short for “Gratitude to Give,” a breakthrough technology product that leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities to help healthcare organizations increase philanthropic support. G2G has proven to be more than four times as effective as traditional predictive models on giving.

Before starting Gobel, Chad played leading roles in billion-dollar medical center campaigns and served in leadership roles as Cleveland Clinic and University of Rochester Medical Center. Chad received his MBA from the Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree from Towson University. Chad is a frequent speaker at national conferences, served on the faculty of the AHP Madison Institute for ten years, and has published the widely circulated book “How to Become a Top Producer in Healthcare Philanthropy.” Chad is an active advocate and donor for children and animal causes in his community. He serves on the Executive Committee and the Board for the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

Desirae Davis

Vice President & Chief Consulting Officer

Desirae joined Gobel Group in 2012. She serves as Principal Consultant, Programs and has worked first hand with over 35 hospitals in that time. In her role, she has educated hundreds of physicians and clinicians, encouraging the identification of thousands of prospects capable of making major and principal level gifts. She has successfully mentored and fostered an increase in gift offer productivity to successfully close gifts of all sizes, including a $2M gift from a grateful patient.

Prior to joining the firm, Desirae served as the Director of Advancement at the University of Rochester Medical Center, overseeing all development functions within a clinical unit. She worked closely with physicians and board members to close six and seven figure gifts. She was directly responsible for growing grateful patient fundraising programs, building strong internal and external relationships, campaign planning and implementation, volunteer management, major/leadership gift strategy and solicitation, special events and donor recognition programs. Previously, she worked at Rochester General Hospital, partnering with employed and private physicians to implement process improvements and create aligned interests between physicians and the hospital.

Along with her experience in medical center fundraising, Desirae has special expertise in the areas of campaign preparation and implementation, major gifts strategy, evaluation of advancement office structure and programs, strategic planning, and executive coaching.

Jenny Kleintop

Vice President & Chief Services Officer

Jenny has a true passion for grateful patient programs and philanthropic operations. She has extensive experience in healthcare philanthropy including implementation and management of fundraising systems, information management, gift processing, donor acknowledgments, reporting, metrics and prospect management. Before joining the Gobel Group, Jenny oversaw advancement services at Abington – Jefferson Health and prior to Abington she was an integral member of the development operations team at Fox Chase Cancer Center. At both Abington and Fox Chase Jenny was instrumental in implementing grateful patient programs by putting the systems, procedures, training and support in place to manage robust programs. She led two fundraising software conversions, one at Abington from Sage Millennium to the Raiser’s Edge and another at Fox Chase from Team Approach to Blackbaud Enterprise CRM. She holds a certificate for Foundations in Project Management from Villanova University and a Blackbaud certification in the Raiser’s Edge-Professional. Jenny has presented multiple times at conferences on numerous topics including grateful patient programs, developing trainings around system conversions and strengthening the partnership between frontline fundraisers and development operations. She presented a best practice webinar for AASP titled “Prospect Screening: Your Roadmap for Measurable Results” and wrote a chapter in the book published by CASE, “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success”.

James Barbaglia

Vice President & Chief Technology Officerr

Jim leads the technology initiatives and operations for Gobel Group as the Chief Technology Officer. As a seasoned executive primarily within the healthcare information technology arena, Jim has held roles in consulting, operations, management services, and vendor implementation and management.

Although Jim has worked throughout the many facets of healthcare organizations, his special expertise is in the areas of digital transformation and predictive data analytics, data warehousing, mobile technologies, and data science.

Most recently, Jim served as executive VP and CIO of Healogics, a management services company in Jacksonville, Florida. Healogics offered wound care services at 729 centers throughout the United States and the UK. Other previous experiences include senior IT roles in major health systems and consulting firms. Jim has a passion for using technology to improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, thereby improving the overall quality of service delivery.

Kathleen Centolella, Esq, PLLC

Vice President & Chief Legal Officer

Katie is an experienced attorney who has guided businesses and business owners for more than fifteen years as an attorney, business consultant, and executive. She understands the importance of connecting legal solutions with the client’s operations, culture, and goals while avoiding the problems that can often come from disconnected or isolated legal “advice.”

Katie has experience in law and inside operations as operations management to plan for legal pitfalls proactively. Her areas of expertise include tax law, business formation, employment law, healthcare, WBE/MBEs, contract drafting and negotiation, merger & acquisitions, leasing, and intellectual property. She holds a J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.

Michael Zeliff

Chief Academic Officer

Before joining Gobel Group, Zeliff served in high-profile roles as the Chief Marketing Officer for the United States Marine Corps as well as the Dean of the Jack Welch Management Institute. He also serves as an adult volunteer and Executive Director for The Young Marines National Foundation. Mike achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retired from the Marines in 2009. He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the George Washington University, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member. In all his roles, Mike demonstrated a superior talent for attracting, training, developing, mentoring, supporting and retaining world-class talent and partnerships.

Lauren Kline

Chief of Staff

Lauren joined Gobel Group in June 2011 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in her tenure. In her current role, Lauren works to cultivate and maintain relationships with industry strategic partners to drive continued growth of our brand and business. Lauren also works closely with the CEO to champion and manage development of Gobel Group’s new innovative products and technology solutions.

Lauren has a strong background in project management, research and administrative roles. She brings a strategic, focused and detail-oriented passion to her work. Previous roles within the company have included four years as Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing, Director of Administration, and Philanthropy Analyst. Prior to meeting Chad and launching a career in healthcare philanthropy, Lauren was serving as a paralegal in upstate New York while considering a career in Law. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Public Administration from the State University of New York.



Jason Manning

Senior Consultant

Jason joins Gobel Group as a Senior Consultant in Programs, bringing with him over 13 years of experience in Development, Fundraising, and Philanthropy. His professional experience includes work with alumni relations, board relations, marketing and public relations, operations, special event planning, annual funds, major gifts, planned giving, and campaign planning.
During his career, Jason managed, and was on teams of, development staff ranging from 2 to 25 individuals with annual fundraising goals ranging from $125K to $15M. He successfully led annual fundraising programs for 10 years including implementing a leadership annual fund program which increased unrestricted giving by 30% in one fiscal year.
Just prior to joining Gobel Group, Jason was the director of Development for Clinical Engagement at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. He effectively led the integration of a grateful patient program working alongside the Dean of the Medical College and other executive leadership. During his tenure at Albany Med, he coordinated and led the efforts for 7 gift officers working with 70+ clinician champions while acting as the liaison to Development Operations. He succeeded in shifting the culture of grateful patient philanthropy from one that was episodic in nature, focused mainly on a few service lines, to one that became fully immersed throughout the institution. Grateful patient and family philanthropic gifts rose to over $7M. Working in partnership with their physician and clinician champions, he and his team regularly closed five, six, and seven figure gifts from grateful patients and families in support of the strategic priorities of the Medical Center.

Denise Pope

Senior Consultant

Denise brings more than two decades of experience advancing healthcare philanthropy in executive leadership roles. Most recently she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for Stratum Health System and Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, Florida, where she also provided leadership over the organization’s marketing and communications programs. Previously she served as Chief Development Officer for St. John’s Hospital and St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She is now transitioning from this great career into consultant work.

She has experience with elevating annual, major, capital, and endowment building programs; donor relations and stewardship programs; planned giving; prospect research; implementing grateful patient and clinical integration programs; volunteer management and special events. In addition to her advancement experience, she also brings an executive leadership team perspective to her clients.

“I’m thrilled for this transition from being a Gobel Group client to working with Gobel Group’s clients on their Grateful Patient Programs.”

Denise is an active member and has held volunteer leadership positions with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2008. She has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Western Kentucky University and her master’s degree in communication from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Tricia Mullins

Senior Consultant

Tricia has 14 years in the healthcare industry and over eight years in healthcare philanthropy with a specialized focus on grateful patient and family engagement.

Tricia Mullins most recently served as the Director of Development for Mercy Health – Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her role, Tricia lead community relations, engagement and development efforts for two community hospitals. Her day to day activities included identifying and engaging patients, family members, physicians and community partners who wish to express their gratitude for positive healthcare experiences through philanthropic support. In addition to working with external constituents, her role includes training physicians, administrators, and healthcare associates on the importance of healthcare philanthropy and to create an environment where gratitude is appreciated and can thrive.

Tricia holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from Mercy College of Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies from Northern Kentucky University, with concentrated focus in Health and Human Services, Public Administration, Sociology, and Organizational Leadership. Tricia also holds an Associate of Science degree with a major in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Giving back of time and treasures is a value Tricia holds close to her heart. Tricia serves on multiple Boards including The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Central Ohio Chapter, Inter Parish Ministries and Little Fork Advocacy Center. She is the Vice President of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club, and volunteers for a variety of local nonprofit organizations.

Tricia is a 2020 Lead Clermont Graduate, a 2014 YWCA Rising Star, 2015 Graduate of the YWCA Leadership Program and a recipient of the 2016 Ohio Diversity Council’s Multicultural Leadership Award.

Outside of work you can find Tricia raising her two children (Amerie and Peyton) alongside her husband Scott, spending time with her family and friends, or volunteering her time for an organization in need.

Julie Wolfe-Beadle

Senior Consultant

Julie has had an extensive career in fundraising as she spent 12 years at United Way in fundraising and held the position of Vice President for Resource Development. Julie is a highly creative and results driven individual with expertise in generating revenue and a proven track record of increasing support for various organizations and causes in Tucson. She also has sat on various national boards and committees including the United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association a subsidiary of the US Olympic Committee. Her extensive work with local non-profit organizations also includes work in the 1990s with United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Southern Arizona. She is a 1994 graduate of Denison University.

Kevin Pickett

Principal Consultant

Kevin Pickett has two decades of experience advancing healthcare philanthropy including 17 years in complex gift planning. In securing transformational gifts and crucial philanthropic support, he demonstrates creativity and professionalism while collaborating across all areas of the institution. His experience includes serving as Executive Vice President at a nationally recognized cancer center and Executive Director of Development at another major, national cancer center where he led a team of development professionals raising $50 million+ annually. Previously, he was VP for Institutional Advancement in higher education and Director of Estate and Asset Services for a national health charity. Programs under his leadership have won multiple awards for creativity and effectiveness. Kevin is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on gift planning, digital fundraising and development marketing. He has published several articles on gift planning and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NonProfit Times and Planned Giving Today. He formerly served on the faculty of the Rice University Center for Philanthropy and Leadership. Kevin has served as a board, conference and committee leader in a variety of professional associations and is actively involved in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. He earned a BA from Kentucky Christian University and an MBA from the University of Houston. He has achieved the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM.

Helen Poole, RN

Principal Consultant, Nursing

With over 40 years of healthcare management experience in both the clinical setting and in philanthropy, Helen is a well-known expert in developing and implementing successful grateful patient engagement programs. She works with Gobel Group clients to achieve new levels of fundraising with innovative grateful patient programs. Helen was most recently the executive director of Grateful Patient Programs at Duke Medicine and is a trained clinical nurse. Helen has experience closing major and planned gifts and has played a key role in several billion dollar campaigns. She is a well-known speaker at AHP, AAMC and CASE conferences. Helen has been awarded a number of honors, including the Triangle Business Journal 25 Women in Business Leader Award and the Innovation Award from Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs. Helen holds a BSN degree as well as the MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kimberly Nagy, RN

Principal Consultant, Nursing

Kimberly Nagy is an accomplished healthcare executive with a career spanning more than 35 years. Kimberly currently serves as principal and founder of Kimberly Nagy Consulting LLC.

Prior to becoming a healthcare consultant, Kimberly served as Executive Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Office of Northwest Community Healthcare, a 500+ bed, Magnet Designated®, Level II Trauma, Level III NICU, Acute Care Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois. During her tenure, she brought together individuals to forge high-functioning teams, established herself as an inspirational change agent, using her clinical and business acumen to identify necessary transformations in current strategies, designed and developed new processes to support continued growth of the organization. Her capability in achieving exemplary nursing and operational outcomes at all levels of operation is evident throughout her career, setting high standards of improvement and ensuring they are achieved. She also served as Chair of the Nursing Executive Council leading out on organizational imperatives to increase nurse board certification rates, reduce RN turnover, enhance organization-wide care coordination and internal and external partnerships, and advance knowledge in areas of professional development, service line standardization, workforce planning, and strategic governance.

Earlier in her career, Kimberly served as Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Executive Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, a 200 bed, Level II Trauma, Acute Care Hospital, Lake Forest, Illinois. During her time at Lake Forest Hospital, Kimberly’s hands-on transformational leadership, vision and guidance assisted the organization to earn its initial Magnet® Designation.

Kimberly earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Nursing from Purdue University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, American Organization of Nursing Leaders, Illinois Organization of Nursing Leaders, American Nurses Association, and American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Kimberly has served as an Independent Board Member for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Chicago Affiliate and a Member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders – Directors Fellowship Task Force.

Nancy Bernstein

Principal Consultant, Institutional Giving

Nancy is a philanthropy professional with over 33 years of varied and comprehensive experience in the field. Her work has included building and shepherding a foundation and corporate relations program at Duke Medicine, establishing and directing a non-profit organization, and evaluating grant programs for private foundations. She is most interested in helping organizations establish effective foundation fundraising programs that optimize knowledge and experience to connect innovative ideas with appropriate funders, creating collegial and transparent lines of communication between foundation representatives and the people and programs that can advance their priorities, and mentoring people new to the field, including both fundraisers and philanthropists.

Jeff Fried

Executive Consultant

Jeff Fried, FACHE, joins Gobel Group as an Executive Consultant, bringing with him over 35 years of demonstrated success in a variety of healthcare administration roles.
Prior to joining Gobel Group, Jeff served as the President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare, where he provided strategic leadership for all health system entities, including 2400 employees and over 100 employed physicians. During his time at Beebe, he also worked with the Foundation to develop and implement a capital campaign to raise $15-25 million for long-term growth and expansion of the healthcare system. The campaign total surpassed $40 million, making it the most successful philanthropic endeavor in the hospital’s history. Jeff has also served as assistant vice president at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and in a variety of roles at Lancaster General Health, including assistant vice president and vice president, before ultimately serving as chief operating officer.
Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Kansas and his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Washington University. He also completed the Executive Management Program from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has received numerous awards including the Delaware Regents Award for Executive Leadership from the American College of Healthcare Execs (ACHE) and been a keynote speaker at ACHE conferences. He has also served in the roles of Adjunct Faculty at Wilmington College and Assistant Professor at Lebanon Valley College. For the last 24 years, Jeff has been a member of the Young President’s Organization and the World President’s Organization, and is actively involved in his community.

Chris Hart


Chris is a story teller. Before Gobel, Chris worked for many years as the senior cinematographer for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging division. In this position, he was responsible for producing and shooting films used in launching every new motion picture stock that Kodak introduced since the late 1980’s. Chris has also worked independently on commercials and independent features. With his eye for well-designed lighting and composition, he creates stories with remarkable images. At Gobel, Chis works with clients to create a digital library of videos that are used to create products (orientation programs, training programs for physicians and volunteers, website promotional videos, and other tools) that help clients create a culture of gratitude in their hospital.

Lawrence Prout

Principal Consultant, Programs

Lawrence is a fundraising professional with two decades of diverse and extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, and will lead Gobel Group’s work in the provinces of Canada. Most recently, Lawrence served as the President & CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. As the senior executive member of the Foundation, he guided it to an almost 175% increase in revenue over a five-year period, and broadened the foundation’s scope of fundraising programs with the largest increase in revenue coming from annual gifts, major gifts, and a major emphasis on donor retention and stewardship. He has a bachelor’s degree and education certificate from the University of Manitoba and a Fundraising Management Certificate from the AHP Madison Institute. Lawrence has served as a volunteer on numerous healthcare boards and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions to society.

Julia Sarazine, DNP

GRACE Program Educator

Julia Sarazine is a doctoral prepared, board certified family nurse practitioner and published mindfulness researcher. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University where she is also an adjunct assistant professor and her Mindfulness Teacher Certification from The Mindfulness Center at Brown University. She has presented her mindfulness research at several health care conferences. In addition, she teaches mindfulness to healthcare professionals, corporations, and the community. She is passionate about adapting mindfulness training to be relevant the minute participants complete the training. She also has worked in the healthcare environment for over 20 years and in the corporate setting for over 10 years.

Dr. David Victorson

Lead Academician

David Victorson is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University where he directs the Consciousness in Health Research Lab. He is also the Director of Integrative Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Survivorship Institute, and founder and director of a young adult cancer support nonprofit called True North Treks. Dr. Victorson’s clinical and research pursuits have focused on measuring and studying the effects of contemplative awareness practices – such as mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, and yoga – and also on the quality of life and well-being of people with cancer and other chronic medical conditions. Dr. Victorson leveraged his background in mindfulness, self-compassion, and empathy to develop the curriculum for our GRACE program. He is also leading our research study to measure and analyze qualitative and quantitative outcomes of GRACE. Learn more about GRACE here.



Jocelyn Reilly

Senior Consultant

Jocelyn brings to the Gobel Group over 16 years of experience in Philanthropy Services. She thrives on taking an analytical approach to her work by assessing the overall situation and strategically developing appropriate solutions.
Jocelyn previously worked at Westchester Medical Center, the FDNY Foundation, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and as a consultant in Philanthropy Services. In each of these roles she developed strong policies and procedures for Database and Financial functions improving data accuracy, segmenting, and reporting. She oversaw multiple database conversions and merges and was also instrumental in implementing numerous software applications including wealth screening for grateful patient programs.
Her strong focus on improving processes for accuracy and efficiency, combined with her numerous years in the healthcare industry and with grateful patient programs, will prove to be excellent assets for our clients.

Kathy Phelps

Senior Consultant

Kathy enjoys working collaboratively with teams to create, capture, and use data to gain new insights. This allows groups to effectively apply data to guide learning, critical conversations, and decision making. Whether it be from her work operationalizing grateful patient programs, aligning donor preferences with actual giving experiences, or creating systems to capture child health and development outcomes, she brings years of nonprofit and healthcare philanthropy experience to the Gobel team.
Previously, Kathy served in leadership roles with The University of Kansas Health System and Children International which gave her the opportunity to learn from and work alongside teams across the United States, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Miami, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University.

Kristen Elnicky

Senior Consultant

Kristen brings to Gobel Group more than 16 years of experience managing nonprofit operations for healthcare and research institutions, as well as consulting. She was an integral part of implementing grateful patient and physician engagement programs at both Barrow Neurological Foundation and Banner Health Foundation.

Kristen’s expertise centers on operational and data management, process improvement, and developing strategic fundraising programs that create measurable and sustainable results. She has a collaborative, donor-centric mindset, and she is passionate about integrating all aspects of development in a way that builds sustainability. Kristen received her bachelor’s degree from a small private college in Tempe, Arizona, and holds an M.B.A. from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She currently lives in Phoenix.

Elizabeth Konyk

Senior Consultant

Elizabeth carries years of non-profit consulting experience, including implementing various fundraising databases. She values building strong relationships and creating the “ah ha” moments. Elizabeth is passionate about giving back to the healthcare community. She was born 3 months premature and received wonderful care and rehabilitation support from her local hospital and family. Having the opportunity to partner with healthcare professionals is one of the ways that she likes to give back. Before joining the Gobel Group, Elizabeth had the opportunity to manage a team of consultants and data analysts for a Healthcare and Faith team at Blackbaud.

When not consulting, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescue dogs in Austin, Texas. She is an advocate for the Texas Wine Industry and can be found working in the vineyard and within wine production in the Hill Country. She holds two B.A. degrees from Washington College in International Relations and Hispanic Studies.”

Daniel Kohli-Winklebleck


Dan Kohli-Winklebleck spent over nine years in healthcare philanthropy, engaging in prospect research and management, frontline fundraising, direct mail, and donor stewardship. Before starting with Gobel Group, Dan was the Senior Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dan honed his communication skills while working in a wide range of healthcare philanthropy settings and going from a rural community hospital to an internationally recognized pediatric hospital and research center. He took a master’s degree in museum studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program. He received his undergraduate degrees in history and geography from Pennsylvania State University.

Robyn Halbert


Robyn utilizes the Raiser’s Edge to help teams work more efficiently and increase philanthropic support. She brings 10 years of experience working in non-profits, with 4 years in healthcare. Prior to Gobel Group she was the Financial and Database Manager at The University of Tennessee Medical Center where she found her passion for the Raiser’s Edge and philanthropy operations. As a client of Gobel Group, she worked with the Philanthropy Services team to implement a Grateful Patient Program, focusing on wealth screening and configuring the database for tracking the success of the program.

Robyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Tennessee.

Sarah Cronin


Sarah is a non-profit administrator with more than a decade of project management and database administration experience. For many years, Sarah helped to produce classical music, jazz and dance performances in the Boston, MA and Hartford, CT areas all while managing cross-departmental data-related projects. Before joining the Gobel Group team, she was the Database Manager of the Raiser’s Edge database for the Advancement department at Dana Hall School, an all-girls independent school in Wellesley, MA that is committed to fostering excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics within a vibrant, caring and inclusive community. She looks forward to applying her project management skills and love of data to create actionable recommendations that will help healthcare organizations across North America plan and execute their important work. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Music from Syracuse University.

Meagan Modell


Meagan brings ten years of experience in non-profit database administration and development operations. Prior to joining Gobel Group, she served as the Raiser’s Edge Database Administrator for the Office of Institutional Advancement in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, the sixth largest Catholic Diocese in the United States, and most recently as the Database Manager for the United Way of Long Island. Meagan holds a Blackbaud certification in the Raiser’s Edge-Professional and received a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Francis College.


Alek Drexler

Associate Vice President for Security and Operations

Working at the crossroads of Philanthropy, Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Privacy and Security.

Susan Ulrich

Chief Product Officer

With 30 years of experience as a fundraising professional, enterprise software consultant, and operations leader, Susan is recognized as a trusted partner in business process improvement and software implementation and as an expert advisor in fundraising best practices that realize value and drive successful outcomes for social good organizations.

Having started her career in major gifts at Penn State University followed by roles at Juniata College and Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries in Central Pennsylvania, Susan became the first executive director of the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation in Huntingdon, PA, in 2003 where she managed all aspects of foundation operations including board development, policy and procedures, financial management, resource development, marketing, and public relations. Susan implemented the hospital’s first grateful patient, employee giving, and donor recognition/stewardship programs and led a comprehensive strategy that increased fundraising revenue by 678% in three years.

Prior to joining Gobel Group, Susan spent 14 years at Blackbaud in professional services and business operations leadership roles. As a former Raiser’s Edge 7 customer, Susan began consulting and implementing Raiser’s Edge Enterprise solutions for healthcare systems with multi-site hospitals. In 2010, she shifted her expertise to lead complex Blackbaud CRM projects for healthcare systems, child sponsorship organizations, and higher education institutions as a trusted advisor, project sponsor, engagement manager, and consultant. Inspired by changes to HIPAA rules in 2013, Susan proactively conceived and guided the development of a comprehensive Grateful Patient Solution as a custom Blackbaud CRM product enhancement to meet clients’ grateful patient program needs.

Susan is the author of six publications including a white paper titled “HIPAA, PHI, and You: Strategy, data, and ethics for hospital development offices and foundations when implementing a grateful patient program and accessing patient data”. Susan was recognized by her peers in the AFP Allegheny Mountains Chapter as its first Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2006 and held the CFRE designation from 2000-2018. She is a proud alumna of Gettysburg College, a committed donor to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, and a servant leader in her life’s work.

Andrew Waterman

Data Scientist

Andrew is a Silicon Valley veteran with 15 years experience using machine learning and data science to help companies innovate, including at Google, Check (acquired by Intuit), and over a dozen startups. Andrew has MS & BS degrees from Stanford in Symbolic Systems focusing on AI.


Client Engagement

Megan Rebar

Client Engagement Director

Megan brings to the Gobel Group team 7 years experience in working with healthcare clients.
Prior to Gobel Group she was a Registered Behavior Technician, providing services to clients alongside Board Certified Behavior Analysts and healthcare professionals.
Megan graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Social Work.
As a Client Engagement Manager, she brings her client-focused experience into play as she partners with Principal Consultants to implement our Grateful Patient Program.

Mindy Myers

Client Engagement Manager

With over 10 years of experience in client management, Mindy understands the importance of anticipating and exceeding client needs. Prior to Gobel Group, she worked as the Client Services Manager for En Route, a marketing agency specializing in tourism and civic arenas. She also previously worked with Holland America Cruise Lines and Flamingo Educational Tours, planning logistics and executing itineraries. With such a well-rounded background, Mindy provides her Gobel Group clients with a unique perspective which she utilizes while helping them successfully implement grateful patient programs. Mindy is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in hospitality management and A.S. in travel and tourism management.

Kelly Bennett

Client Engagement Manager

Kelly brings over ten years of client management experience to the Gobel Group team. Before joining Gobel Group, she was a client relationship manager with a data preparation and automation software company providing services to clients in the healthcare, financial, academic, and travel industries. Her prior experience also includes working at a non-profit agency, first as an advocate for victims of the 9/11 WTC attack and then for victims of violent crime.
Kelly graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Sociology. As a Client Engagement Manager, she uses her extensive client relationship experience to contribute to the successful implementation of engagements with her clients and the continued success of Gobel Group.


Marketing and Sales

Michael Ashley

Director of Communications

As a writer, my role is to shape hearts and minds through the power of narrative—through the magic telepathy of words. A former reporter, magazine columnist, and Disney screenwriting consultant, I have learned the best way to communicate and persuade is through showing, rather than telling: presenting a story that touches audiences in an emotionally compelling way.

Kirill Chubariev

Manager, Prospect Research and Management

Kirill is very excited to join Gobel Group. Since moving to the US over 6 years ago, Kyrylo has gained valuable experience in customer service and managing diverse clients as an independent contractor. Originally from Ukraine, he speaks three languages and loves to play soccer and pickleball.



Sharon Rose Hee

Director, Finance

Sharon is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years experience in providing professional services across a broad range of financial areas including compliance, internal controls, business processes, and acting in business advisory roles. She has been involved with multiple not-for-profit organizations as a board member, a volunteer, a part of the audit team, an internal business manager, and the provider of policies, procedures, and internal control reviews.
Sharon has a B.A. from Thomas Edison State University.
At Gobel Group she is responsible for the delivery of financial services including accounting, treasury, reporting, and budgeting, all in accordance with legislative requirements and organizational policies and strategies.

Liz Landis

Director, HR

Since joining Gobel Group in 2013 Liz has held several different positions within the company. She currently partners with our Principal Consultants to implement our Clinician Engagement Program with clients throughout North America. She is also a key component in the implementation of our GRACE Program and the strategic development of Gobel educational programs.

She has an eye for detail and has had the opportunity to coordinate national events for Gobel Group. Prior to joining our team Liz assisted in the production and decoration of special events throughout the Greater Rochester area.

Liz has a B.A. in International Studies with a Minor in Recreation and Leisure and holds a certificate for project management from Penn State. She is passionate about the wellbeing of animals and volunteers at the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

Alesya Izoita

Administrative Coordinator

Alesya Izoita started with Gobel Group as a contract writer, creating web content for the firm. She will continue to write in between her new responsibilities. Before Gobel Group, she was involved with The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts as a Member Coordinator, raising money for the children’s arts program. She has written for a wide variety of clients as a web content writer working for Strategic Media and freelancing. Alesya holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Florida and Studied Technical and Professional Writing at Portland State University. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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Our Clients

Our client list is 400+ and growing. Count on us, like these clients have, to help you exceed your philanthropic goals. See a list of our current and recent clients.

Academic Medical Centers

Albany Medical Center (NY)

Augusta University Health (GA)

Baylor University Medical Center (TX)

CHI Health Immanuel (NE)

City of Hope (CA)

George Washington University Medical Center (DC)

Indiana University Health (IN)

Inova Fairfax Hospital (VA)

Jefferson Health (PA)

Massachusetts General Hospital (MA)

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (DC)

MedStar Washington Hospital Center (DC)

Nebraska Medical Center (NE)

Richmond University Medical Center (NY)

SingHealth (Singapore)

St. Luke’s University Hospital (PA)

UC Irvine (CA)

UK Healthcare (KY)

UMASS Memorial Medical Center (MA)

UNC Health (NC)

University of Miami (FL)

University of Missouri (MO)

Healthcare Systems

Advent Health (FL)

Advocate Health Care (IL)

Allegheny Health Network (PA)

Atlantic Health System (NJ)

Banner Health (AZ)

Baptist Health (FL)

Baylor Healthcare System (TX)

Beebe Healthcare (DE)

Cape Cod Health (MA)

Carle Health (IL)

Centura Health (CO)

CHI Health (NE)

ChristianaCare (DE)

Commonspirit (IL)

Community Health Care System (IN)

Dignity Health (CA)

Essentia Health (MN)

Genesis Health System (IA)

Hackensack-Meridian Health (NJ)

Hamilton Health Sciences (Canada)

HealthPartners (MN)

HonorHealth (AZ)

Inova Health (VA)


Intermountain Health (UT)

Jackson Health (FL)

Jefferson Health (PA)

Kettering Health Network (OH)

LifeBridge Health (MD)

Marshfield Clinic (WI)

MedStar Health (MD & DC)

Naples Community Hospital (NCH)

New York Health + Hospitals (NY)

Northwell Health (NY)

Ochsner Health System (LA)

PinnacleHealth (PA)

Providence Alaska Foundation (AK)

Providence Health & Services Southern California (CA)

Renown Health (NV)

Riverside Health System (VA)

LDS Hospital (UT)

Healthcare Systems (cont.)

Rochester Regional Health System (NY)

Sanford Health (SD)

SCL Health (CO)

Seton Foundations (TX)

Singhealth (Singapore)

South Shore Health System (NJ)

SSM Health (MO)

St. Lukes University Health Network (PA)

Texas Health Resources (TX)

Unity Point (IA)


Valley Health System (NJ)

Vidant Health (NC)

WakeMed Health and Hospitals (NC)

WellStar Health (GA)

Westchester Medical Center (NY)

Pediatric Hospitals

LDS Hospital (UT)

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (PA)

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CA)

Foundation Primary Children’s Hospital (UT)

Inova Children’s Hospital (VA)

Samuelson Children’s Hospital (MD)

The Children’s Hospital of Manitoba (MB)

Wolfson Children’s Hospital (FL)

Hospice Organizations

LDS Hospital (UT)

Abington Hospice (PA)

Meridian Health Hospice Care (NJ)

PCRMC Hospice Care (MO)

Providence TrinityCare Hospice (CA)

Tidewell Hospice (FL)

Community Hospitals

LDS Hospital (UT)

Advent Health Shawnee Mission (KS)

Adventist (MD)

Albany Medical Center (NY)

Alta View Hospital (UT)

American Fork Hospital (UT)

Anne Arundel Medical Center (MD)

Arroyo Grande (CA)

Barrow Neurological Institute (AZ)

Bear River Valley Hospital (UT)

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital (NY)

Carroll Hospital Center (MD)

Cassia Regional Medical Center (UT)

Christ Hospital (OH)

Clifton Springs Hospital (NY)

Columbia Memorial Hospital (NY)

Community HealthCare System (KS)

Dana Farber Cancer Center

Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital

Delta Community Medical Center (UT)

Dixie Regional Medical Center (UT)

Doheny Eye Institute (CA)

East Jefferson General Hospital (LA)

Evangelical Community Hospital (PA)

Fillmore Community Medical Center (UT)

Garfield Memorial Hospital & Clinics (UT)

Glendale Memorial (CA)

Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation (OR)

Grady Health (GA)

Great Plains Regional Medical Center (NE)

Griffin Health (CT)

Heber Valley Medical Center (UT)

Community Hospitals (cont.)

LDS Hospital (UT)

Hoag (CA)

Holy Cross Healthcare (FL)

Juravinski Cancer Centre (ON, CAN)

Kelowna General Hospital (BC, CAN)

Lancaster General Hospital (PA)

LDS Hospital (UT)

Logan Regional Hospital (UT)

London Health Sciences Center (Canada)

Lourdes Hospital (KY)

Maine Medical Center (ME)

Marian Medical Center (CA)

Markham Stouffville Hospital (ONT)

McKay-Dee Hospital Center (UT)

Medic Alert Foundation (CA)

Mercy Medical Center (IA)

Michael Garron Hospital (Canada)

Nebraska Methodist Hospital (NE)

Newark-Wayne Hospital (NY)

Northwest Community Healthcare (IL)

Northwest Hospital (MD)

Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (ON, CAN)

OhioHealth (OH)

Orem Community Hospital (UT)

Orillia Soldiers Memorial Foundation (Canada)

Park City Medical Center (UT)

Peconic Bay Medical Center (NY)

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (MO)


Pluta Cancer Center (NY)

Primary Children’s Hospital (UT)

Regions Hospital (MN)

River Hospital (NY)

Riverton Hospital (UT)

Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation (Canada)

Saint Joseph’s (NY)

Sanpete Valley Hospital (UT)

Sequoia Hospital (CA)

Sevier Valley Medical Center (UT)

Sinai Hospital (MD)

Southern Alabama Medical Center (AL)

St. Francis Memorial Hospital (CA)

St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center (AZ)

St. Mary’s Medical Center (CA)

Telluride Medical Center (CO)

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (PA)

The Christ Hospital (OH)

The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (UT)

Toronto General and Western Hospital (ONT)

Tucson Medical Center (AZ)

UK Markey Cancer Center (KY)

UMMS-St Joe (MD)

United Memorial Medical Center (NY)

Unity Health (NY)

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (UT)

Valley Presbyterian (CA)

Valley View Medical Center (UT)

Virginia Mason (WA)

Winthrop-University Hospital (NY)

Senior Assisted Living Facilities

LDS Hospital (UT)

Asbury Foundation (MD)

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries (PA)

Episcopal Senior Life Communities (NY)

Levindale Hospital (MD)

What Our Clients Say About Us

“The Gobel Group is one of the most innovative healthcare philanthropy consulting firms in business today. Their work with us to train our philanthropy officers and engage our physicians in the philanthropic process has resulted in more referrals, more qualified prospects, more visits and more revenue. Without question, their work was the driving force in our growth from $22 million to $30 million in philanthropic revenue.”

Bruce Bartoo
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
MedStar Health

“The Gobel team quickly became and continues to be a part of the Abington family. They are incredibly responsive, and always can be counted on to produce high quality work. I could not have asked for a more professional, high integrity, creative or hard-working group.”

Jill Kyle
Senior Vice President, Regional Advancement
Jefferson Health

“Before we implemented Gobel’s Physician Engagement in Philanthropy Program, we were receiving gifts from patients, but we didn’t have a systematic approach to create sustainable and ever-growing results. Since we’ve put Gobel’s program in place, we’ve built strong prospect portfolios for our gift officers, engaged more physicians, and are closing more gifts and raising more money. It works!”

Ralph Alee
Associate Vice President for Major Gifts
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

“The Gobel team’s expertise has made it possible for us to move ahead with key initiatives and see real progress in fine tuning our program. With their help, our new strategic plan has the potential to double our revenue in the next 5-7 years.”

Julie Cox
Vice President, Development
LifeBridge Health


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