Our Team

LEADERSHIP / ALL STAFF / CORPORATE ADVISORY BOARD / SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

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.

Kathleen Centolella, Esq., PLLC

VP & 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.

Christopher Clinton Conway

President, Gobel International

Christopher is an engaged nonprofit leader serving iconic nonprofit
institutions and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in pursuit of
meaningful impact and lasting change. Mr. Conway launched his career
assisting former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn
Carter create an innovative, global health agenda, and win the Nobel
Peace Prize in 2002, at The Carter Center of Emory University. An
attorney and global tax expert, he has built his practice as a
philanthropic advisor across healthcare, international development and
biomedical research.

Conway’s practiced agility structuring major gift transactions is paired
with incisive business acumen directing transformative change. As a
fundraising executive, Conway designed and successfully executed
record-setting capital and endowment fundraising campaigns. A
sought-after speaker and consultant, Mr. Conway is well known for his

emphasis on outcomes, efficiency and style. He is often quoted on
questions regarding donor naming opportunities and complex gifts. A
television, print and online media contributor he was most recently
featured on Bloomberg Television and in publications including: The
Wall Street Journal, W Magazine, Town & Country and International
New York Times.

Conway opened an E.U. office in 2016, and has worked extensively
across the U.K., Ireland, France, Spain and Denmark. In 2022, Mr.
Conway became President of GOBEL International.

Desirae Davis

VP & 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.

Peter W. Ghiorse, MBA, FAHP

Chairman Emeritus, Ghiorsi and Sorrenti

Peter Ghiorse has devoted his entire career to the world of philanthropy. He has held senior management positions at Providence College and St. Vincent’s Medical Center of New York and, in 1989, he became a founding partner of Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc. (GSI). While leading GSI to national prominence, Peter pioneered disruptive and innovative fundraising techniques that dramatically altered the fundraising business, especially in capital campaigning. Primary among these is GSI’s proprietary methodology for projecting fundraising potential.

GSI has scaled dramatically under Peter’s leadership, having served more than 1,000 clients across all nonprofit sectors, guiding them in raising many billions of dollars. As healthcare organizations experienced the movement to merge and consolidate, Peter was at the forefront of developing management and organizational strategies to assist clients with positioning the foundation and fundraising enterprise within this ever-changing and challenging environment.

Peter’s leadership extends to volunteer service as well. He served as Board Chairman at the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and as Chairman of the AHP Foundation, and he served on the board of the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in New York City.

Raised in Braintree, MA, Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from
Providence College, along with an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He is an AHP Fellow and served as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Management of the New School University in New York City. Peter writes and lectures frequently on a wide range of interests in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. In recognition of his leadership and contributions to the field of philanthropy, he received AHP’s prestigious Harold J. “Si” Seymour Award.

Jenny Kleintop

VP & Chief Information Officer

Jenny has over 20 years of experience providing exceptional service to others.  She brings extensive expertise in healthcare philanthropy and leading teams consisting of data scientists, engineers, analytical and development operations personnel. Since she joined Gobel, Jenny has personally worked with over 80 healthcare organizations and trained thousands of individuals to leverage large data sets, implement the best analytical solutions, and enhance their CRM utilization. She leads with a data-driven mindset and keeps innovation at the forefront of her strategy to help organizations take advantage of cutting-edge technologies. Before Gobel, Jenny oversaw advancement services at Abington – Jefferson Health and was an integral member of the development operations team at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Jenny has presented multiple times at conferences on numerous topics including developing KPIs, implementing grateful patient programs, driving user-engagement with CRMs, trainings others, database conversions, and strengthening the partnership between frontline fundraisers and development operations. She wrote a chapter in the book published by CASE, “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success.” She holds a certificate for Foundations in Project Management from Villanova University and a Blackbaud certification in the Raiser’s Edge-Professional. Jenny has a true passion for helping others and having a transformational impact on leveraging the best technology, data, and operational processes.  Serving as a mentor to countless others, Jenny thrives most by seeing others scale, grow, and develop to their fullest potential. She resides in Millsboro, DE.

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.

Kevin MacCormack

VP & Chief Financial Officer

Kevin leads the finance and accounting team at Gobel. He is an accomplished, results-oriented finance executive with significant experience guiding companies in the pursuit of growth strategies and improving operations. Prior to joining Gobel, Kevin has served as CFO for several private companies, including Oracle Elevator (facility services), MidAmerica (business services), and Intelident Solutions (dental practice management).

Kevin also has over 20 years of investment banking experience, where he served as a strategic advisor to companies on mergers & acquisitions and public and private capital raises. During his career at Raymond James, he completed over 70 transactions representing over $7 billion in value.

Kevin received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, with High Honors. He resides in Tampa, Fla.

Rosanna Matucan-Carson

Chief People Officer

Rosanna joined Gobel Group with a 25-year career in human resources spanning across the retail, television, pharmaceutical and hospitality industries. Before Gobel, she was the Head of Human Resources for Romark, L.C., a Tampa-based pharmaceutical company with a global presence. Her decades of experience have instilled in her the philosophy that when employees are cared for, they can best care for their clients. Matucan-Carson holds an MBA from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management; a master’s degree in human resources management and development from Chapman University; and certifications as SPHR, GPHR, and Senior Certified Human Resources Professional with HRCI. She resides in Tampa, Fla.

Eric Rezsnyak

VP & Chief Research Officer

Eric joined Gobel Group after years in journalism and development. Prior to Gobel, he served as the Director of Prospect Management and Research at Northwell Health, the largest health care provider in New York state with 22 hospitals and more than 830 outpatient facilities. At the Northwell Health Foundation, he managed the Prospect Research and Database teams as they worked toward the completion of a $1 billion campaign. He also served on the Foundation’s internal committees devoted to equity & diversity and technology. Previously he also served as Assistant Director of Prospect Research at Massachusetts General Hospital and came to development following a 15-year career in journalism. Eric holds a B.A. in Magazine Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and resides in Queens, NY.

Dan Sorrenti

President, Ghirosi and Sorrenti

Dan co-founded GSI in 1989 along with his longtime colleague and friend, Peter Ghiorse. He has dedicated his entire career to helping nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes achieve their fundraising goals and objectives.

Today, Dan is among the most respected philanthropy consultants in the country. Skilled, resourceful, and tenacious, Dan has close to 40 years of experience and has led numerous capital and comprehensive campaigns for a wide range of GSI clients with goals of a couple of million to a billion dollars plus. His deft management of GSI has resulted in an enormously successful firm now in its fourth decade.

Dan’s specific expertise is in campaign planning and organization, along with major gift strategy and approaches. He has worked closely with GSI’s executives and clients in developing strategies for securing substantial and transformational gifts.

Prior to starting GSI, Dan worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York, serving as Director of Marketing, Director of Public and Community Relations, and Assistant Director of Development. He was actively engaged in St. Vincent’s multi-million-dollar capital and endowment campaigns and annual fundraising programs that collectively raised over $100 million.

Before his tenure at St. Vincent’s, Dan co-founded and served as the Director of the Office of Public Information at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J., where his responsibilities encompassed communications and public relations, admissions, marketing, alumni relations and development.
Dan has been a careerlong member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), for which he has held various volunteer leadership roles. He currently serves on AHP’s Affiliate Member Advisory Council and formerly was the AHP Board National Chairman of Public Affairs. His volunteer board service also includes The Caring Community in New York City, St. Peter’s Preparatory School, and the Craig School in Mountain Lakes, N.J. Dan is Chairman of both the St. Peter’s and Craig School Board Advancement Committees. A graduate of Fordham University, Dan has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Management of the New School University in New York City. He has published articles in industry trade publications and regularly serves as a featured speaker and faculty member at professional association conferences, seminars and meetings.

Sarah Bartoo

Manager, Prospect Research Consulting

Sarah joined Gobel after working in industries including law, non-profit organization and healthcare. Her experiences in legal research have instilled in her a dedication to detail and precise organization in project management. She earned her Paralegal Certificate from Duquesne University’s School of Law in 2019 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from West Virginia University. Sarah resides in Baltimore, Md.

Kelly Bennett

Client Engagement Manager

Kelly brings over 10 years of client management experience to the Gobel team. 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. Her expertise in project management provides clarity and transparency to Gobel’s services by keeping clients informed at every step of the consultation process and strategy implementation. Before joining Gobel, 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 nonprofit agency. Kelly graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Krista Berg

Senior Director, Business Development

Krista joined Gobel Group after years within operational and fundraising roles at Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the fundraising arm for Northwestern Medicine, an 11-hospital academic health system. Her time working in philanthropy has instilled in her the belief that the greatest outcomes can be achieved through deep partnerships between the art and science of fundraising.  Krista holds a bachelor’s degree in retail management from University of Wisconsin-Stout, and is planning a move to Minnesota. 

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.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.

Rikki Bryant

Consultant, Services

Rikki Bryant joined Gobel Group following a successful career at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Foundation, where she served as the Director of Prospect Management. During her time at UNC, she oversaw the Foundation’s $1 billion prospect pipeline, including a comprehensive Grateful Patient Program, as part of the $4.25 billion “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina.” In 2018, she was honored to present data management best practices at the CASE Asia Pacific Advancement Services Conference in Brisbane, Australia. She’s the author of two best practices for the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP): “Best Practice in Maintaining Thorough and Consistent Gender Information” (2021) and “Best Practice in Preparing for General Data Protection Regulation Compliance” (2018). Rikki served as a faculty member for Academic Impressions from 2017 to 2019 and, as a part of her role, presented a national webinar, “Prospect Management: Tracking and Reporting.” She also co-led the Portfolio Management and Maintenance Strategies for Fundraising Success Conference in 2017. She holds certifications in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (2021) and Data Science Ethics (2019). She has held the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential since 2017. Rikki received her MBA from Western Carolina University and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. As the daughter of a recently-retired registered nurse and cancer survivor, Rikki has a strong passion for and wholeheartedly believes in the transformational power of healthcare philanthropy. She resides in Boone, N.C.

Kirill Chubariev

Manager, Prospect Research and Management

Kirill joined Gobel Group after years of 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. He moved to the U.S. 6 years ago and resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sarah Cronin

Specialist

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.

Alec Drexler

Information Security Officer

Alek brings to Gobel 20 years of experience in technology operations and security. His role at Gobel connects him to philanthropy, machine learning, artificial intelligence and privacy and security in a data and technology setting. He has extensive expertise with assessing and implementing HITRUST, ISO 27001, HIPAA, NIST 800-53, PCI DSS, SSAE 18 (SOC2) and other risk-centric standards and frameworks. Before Gobel, he worked for Providence St. Joseph Health to develop and implement Information, Security Risk Management and Risk Remediation processes and developed and formalized their security and compliance controls, policies and standards. Alek holds a host of professional certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), and is a member of InfraGard and MIT Technology Review’s Global Panel. He received his MBA from Isenberg School of Management, completed the executive program in machine learning from MIT Sloan School of Management, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Massachusetts. He resides in Newport Beach, Calif.

Kristen Elnicky

Senior Consultant

Kristen has more than 16 years of experience managing nonprofit operations for healthcare and research institutions, as well as consulting. Her 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.

She was an integral part of implementing grateful patient and physician engagement programs at both Barrow Neurological Foundation and Banner Health Foundation. While serving as the Director of Foundation Operations for the TGen Foundation, a nonprofit genomics research institute, she designed and implemented strategic fundraising initiatives to support a $10 million annual target while implementing tracking systems to increase productivity and processes to increase workflow efficiencies.

Kristen received her bachelor’s degree from a private college in Tempe, Arizona, and holds an MBA from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Eddye Ervin, bCRE-Pro

Director, Business Intelligence

Background: Eddye brings 16 years of experience in healthcare philanthropy operations, technology, database management and analytics. Her expertise helps clients translate and visualize data in a meaningful way to inform their business decisions. She leverages her career experience with in-depth knowledge of data software platforms to provide clients with data-driven solutions to their unique situations. Prior to Gobel, she spent 15 years at Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the fundraising arm of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. At Northwestern Memorial Foundation, she performed multiple database migrations and established the data analytics program. Most recently, Eddye worked as the Associate Director of Development Analytics at Heartland Alliance in Chicago, where she worked to mature their analytics and prospect research capabilities. She holds a Tableau Desktop Specialist certification and a Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge-Professional certification. She studied psychology at the University of Illinois and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Capella University in information technology with a specialization in health informatics.

Jeff Fried

Principal Consultant, Programs

Jeff Fried, FACHE, joins Gobel Group as a Principal 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.

Norma Gomez

Business Intelligence Analyst

As a Business Intelligence Analyst, Norma helps clients interpret data and implement Gobel’s modeling, dashboards, reporting and analytics services. Norma brings years of experience and passion for the power of data in healthcare philanthropy. Before Gobel, she served as the first Development Services Officer at Heartland Alliance, where she partnered across departments to implement robust business intelligence solutions to strategize prospect and donor information. She also trained end users to use Heartland’s CRM effectively and efficiently. In another previous role, Norma worked at Northwestern Memorial Foundation to deliver actionable insights through dashboards and analytics. She oversaw new software implementation, led database projects, managed online technologies and supported pipeline and portfolio strategy efforts. In her work, she is driven to empower healthcare organizations to reach new fundraising goals by delivering accurate, consistent and reliable data. Norma holds her bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross Worchester and resides in Chicago.

Robyn Halbert

Consultant

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.

Clint Hauger, MBA

Senior Director of Business Development

Clint joined Gobel Group with more than 15 years of experience in leadership and administration. Prior to Gobel, he served as the CEO of North Tampa Behavioral Health in Florida, where he led an operational turnaround of the facility by establishing key relationships with other hospital leaders, mental health treatment providers, and law enforcement to best meet the mental health needs of the community. Before he began his career in hospital administration, Clint had a successful 11-year career in the military. He is a decorated veteran, serving for nearly nine years on active duty for the United States Army, where he received the Bronze Star for Valor and Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and two years in Army Reserves. He assumed multiple leadership positions throughout his service. Through his experiences, Clint has become a champion for mental health, suicide prevention and substance abuse treatment. Clint is a member of the Florida Hospital Association and holds an M.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He resides in the Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Melanie Hill

Client Engagement Manager

Melanie joined Gobel with years of experience in client relationship management. Previously, she spent seven years as the IP Annuity Service Client Representative at Computer Packages, Inc., where she managed relationships between her company and approximately 350 clients, including major healthcare systems based in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Ohio. Melanie’s experience working with an array of clients has allowed her to recognize the value of uniting people for a greater purpose. Her background in client management is an asset to Gobel’s growing client engagement team, where she manages all aspects of the client and Gobel relationship to ensure timely deliverables, detailed communication, and contract timeline management. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in communications with an emphasis in public relations, and a minor in international studies, from Wingate University. She resides in Indian Trail, N.C., just outside of Charlotte.

Alesya Izoita

Administrative Coordinator

Alesya started with Gobel as a contract writer, creating web content for the firm. She will continue to write in between her new responsibilities. Before Gobel, 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.

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.”

Liz Landis

Director, HR

Since joining Gobel 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.

Julian Lissiman

Senior Director, Marketing

Julian joined Gobel Group with more than 15 years in the digital media and advertising industry. Prior to Gobel, the New Zealand native has helped national and international brands and organizations optimize digital platforms to advance their missions, increase revenue, and energize engagement, as evidenced by his work with AAMC, NBME, United Way, and government bodies including NOAA, Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. Julian’s career in the creative field has fueled his drive for innovative ideas backed by data and best practices and cutting-edge solutions that produce award-winning results. He graduated from the Media Design School (NZ) and most recently completed his Management Certification (Honolulu, Hi) and now resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Morgan Litchfield

Executive Assistant

Morgan joined Gobel Group after a career in the sports industry. Before Gobel Group, Morgan was the senior program director for a golf-related nonprofit organization, where she managed more than 30 employees at a dozen locations and increased program participation. Morgan’s years of experience in the sports industry have instilled in her the importance of community, teamwork and persistence in the pursuit of excellence. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and resides in Tampa, Fla.

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.

Michelle McKinnon

Client Engagement Manager

Michelle joined Gobel after seven years of experience in management and five in the legal field, where she oversaw more than 400 accounts monthly. She brings a strong attention to detail, accuracy, and efficiency in her work as a client engagement manager. Michelle works closely with clients and Gobel’s experts to plan and deliver strategic philanthropic initiatives with the highest degree of service. Her peers have recognized her for her high standard of ethical and professional conduct. Michelle graduated cum laude from Texas A&M – San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a Minor in History. She resides in Texas.

Nicole Melone

Specialist, Data Science and Engineering

Nicole brings more than 15 years of experience in healthcare analytics and project management to Gobel. Prior to joining the firm, she spent nearly 7 years at Northwestern Memorial Foundation as a philanthropy associate and then an analyst, where she oversaw database integrations and led special projects and new software implementations. She was selected as a performance improvement leader to build a new grateful patient program and led several innovative solutions to ensure the success of the program. She created an internal referral flagging system within Epic for clinicians to directly refer patients to the Foundation, created a live patient feed to facilitate pipeline development and portfolio strategy, and rebuilt the Foundation’s acquisition program, increasing outreach from 10,000 to 40,000 patients a month. While at Northwestern she created a physician training module called “Grateful Patient Referral Program” to increase physician engagement and awareness throughout the health system to bolster the culture of gratitude.

Before her career in data, she also worked in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant and lead medical assistant, where she managed a team of medical assistants and was responsible for training and day to day clinical operations. Her work has instilled in her a passion for demystifying data, problem solving and, above all else, helping others through the power of healthcare philanthropy. She is a HIPAA officer and holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and minor in public health from Northern Illinois University and a certification in Raiser’s Edge. Nicole resides in the greater Chicago area.

Meagan Modell

Specialist

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.

Jennifer Moody

Manager, Prospect Research

Kristen has more than 16 years of experience managing nonprofit operations for healthcare and research institutions, as well as consulting. Her 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.

Jennifer Moody joined Gobel after a career with Henry Ford Health System as the Manager of Research and Prospect Management. While in this role, she developed and implemented a prospect management program that streamlined major gift officer portfolios and increased fundraising efficiency. Before that, she served as Research and Donor Stewardship Coordinator for The Henry Ford, an arts and culture organization, where she contributed to the launch of a $150 million comprehensive campaign. Jennifer is also active with the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (Apra), serving on the Ethics & Compliance Committee, as the Finance Lead for Apra’s Michigan chapter, and as a faculty member for Apra Fundamentals – Prospect Research. She is cowriting a chapter focused on pipeline management for the Researchers in Fundraising Best Practice Guide and Handbook for Prospect Research. Through her years of experience, she has developed the belief that prospect research is integral to the most efficient and focused fundraising efforts. Jennifer is certified in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge Fundamentals and received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She resides in Wyandotte, Mich.

Kimberly Nagy, RN

Principal Consultant, Nursing

Kimberly 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.

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.

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

Kevin Pickett

Associate Vice President & Principal Consultant, Programs

Kevin 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 PLANNER TM

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.

Denise Pope

Senior Consultant

With more than 20 years in C-suite healthcare philanthropy roles, Denise has extensive 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. Before joining the Gobel team, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for Tidewell Hospice and Stratum Health System in Sarasota, Florida. Her leadership led to a 200 percent increase in charitable giving to the organization and a 210 percent growth in planned giving and legacy society membership. During her time, she fostered a working relationship between her office and the hospital C-suite leadership team to engage them in relationship-building with high-level donors. She also previously served as Chief Development Officer for the 500-bed St. John’s Hospital, 80-bed St. John’s Children’s Hospital, and the St. John’s College of Nursing and Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield, Illinois. She built out many key functions of the philanthropy office in this role, including recruitment of a 15-member foundation board and a grateful patient fundraising program with clinician support. The organization increased philanthropic giving by 75 percent during her tenure. Denise is an active member and has held volunteer leadership positions with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Denise earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2008. She holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Lawrence Prout

Executive Consultant

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.

Megan Rebar

Client Engagement Director

Megan brings to the Gobel team seven years experience in working with healthcare clients.

Prior to Gobel 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.

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.

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 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.

Jessica Salmond

Content Manager

Jessica joined Gobel Group after working for seven years in journalism and nonprofit communications. She leverages her skills in digital content creation, photography, writing and social media management to produce thoughtful and compelling organizational storytelling. Through her years in communications and journalism, Jessica has developed the belief that digital media and the written word are powerful tools with which to gain champions for a cause. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. She resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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.

Kevin Wesley

Senior Consultant, Communications

Kevin joined Gobel Group with 25 years of experience in philanthropy. Before starting at Gobel Group, he was the Executive Director of Alumni and Friends Engagement and The Clark Fund at Clark University. There, he developed new communications tools, implemented digital fundraising strategies, and expanded volunteer opportunities. He previously worked at the University of Rochester, Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University and Bowdoin College. He has served as a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 1 Cabinet, Commission on Alumni Relations and as a program chair and faculty. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and music from Bowdoin College and a certificate in leadership coaching from the University of Rochester. He lives in Stow, Mass.

Careers

We are always interested in meeting talented healthcare philanthropy professionals.

Gobel has had the privilege of working with 1,000 hospitals and health systems. Our growing team includes 65 employees who are seasoned healthcare development professionals and clinicians from the top medical centers in the nation. Collectively, our consultants bring more than 750 years of healthcare philanthropy experience to our client engagements, having led billion-dollar campaigns, and raised hundreds of millions annually.

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