Janet L. Alford
Retired Executive Director
McKee Botanical Garden
Vero Beach, FL
Janet’s expertise is in building and growing new and emerging cultural institutions.
Her early career began as an Education & Information Specialist for the State of Alabama’s Office of Consumer Protection and Education Advisor the Eastern Division of Florida Power Corporation, now Progress Energy. Janet spent the majority of her career in non-profit management for a botanical garden, a science museum in Florida, and a hospital.
Now serving the non-profit sector as a consultant, she holds a Masters of Science in Business Management from the Crummer School of Business, Rollins College and her undergraduate degree from Auburn University.
Hamilton G. Arden
Arden & Felten Insurance Company
Vero Beach, FL
Herb B. Berkowitz
Proactive Solutions, Inc.
Herb was a fixture in Washington media circles for 25 years — not as a journalist, but as a “PR man.” Described by Public Relations Quarterly as one of “the most eagerly sought — and brilliantly skilled — PR executives who ever lived,” Berkowitz served as the top communications executive at The Heritage Foundation from 1977 until 2002. Berkowitz now serves as Managing Director of Proactive Solutions Public Relations, a firm founded by his daughter in 1999. The firm has offices in northern Virginia and Wilmington, N.C.
Berkowitz has won numerous awards, including the Public Relations Society of America’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil Award, and PR News’ Gold Key Award. Public Relations Quarterly has named him one of the top 100 public relations “superstars” in America. Herb is a graduate of George Washington University.
Dr. William J. Brodbeck
Bill is the retired President and CEO of Brodbeck Enterprises, Inc, of Platteville, WI, where he was associated with the company for 28 years. Brodbeck Enterprises operated eight Dick’s Supermarkets and manufacturing facilities in southern Wisconsin and northwest Illinois. He has served as Director of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and as a member of the food industry’s Efficient Consumer Response Executive Committee, FMI’s Member Services Committee, and Andersen Consulting’s Project 2000 Group.
He is now President of Relationship Marketing, a consulting company that provides marketing and human resources assistance. Bill is a graduate of Hillsdale College, where he now serves as Chairman of their Board of Trustees.
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Michael J. Budde
President and CEO
Advanced Data Communications
Michael’s first professional years were spent as a sociology professor at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, specializing in market research and statistics.
He then founded Advanced Data-Comm in 1988, an award winning teleservices bureau which provides inbound and outbound services to over 100 clients nationwide. The company operates four locations, including Oelwein and Dubuque, Iowa, and Superior and Ashland, Wisconsin. Budde has been the driving force behind his team’s uncompromising commitment to integrity, service excellence and state-of-the-art technology, resulting in Advanced Data-Comm receiving widespread industry recognition and a 2005 MVP Gold Award, one of the industry’s highest honors for performance and customer satisfaction.
He earned his B.A. from Loras College and Master’s degrees from Marquette University and South Dakota State University,
Richard F. Chay
Former Senior Vice President
Deer Park, IL
Dick is a marketing executive with significant business experience in grocery products, consumer services and the marketing information industry. His career includes positions at Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson and The NutraSweet Company. Later, Dick led sales and marketing activities for two of the larger marketing services organizations in the US: AC Nielsen and NFO Research.
Dick is active with marketing organizations and associations. His comments and ideas have been published in the Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, and Advertising Age. Twice a year, he is an instructor for the AMA’s Applied Research Methods Seminar, training marketers on effective presentation methods and techniques.
Dick has a BA from Loyola University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
Joe E. Clark
Former Vice President and Human Resources
Glen Ellyn, IL
Joe’s business career spanned three decades with the Monsanto Company, headquartered in St. Louis. At Monsanto, Joe had responsibility for the well being of over 13,000 employees as Director of Human Resources and later advanced to Vice President of Human Resources and Administration of The NutraSweet Company, Deerfield, IL, a Monsanto Division. Upon retirement, Joe led the Illinois Family Institute and a four state region for Marketplace Chaplains, USA.
Joe's involvement in school boards, charities, churches, public policy organizations, and coalitions focuses on bettering our society and helping those least able to help themselves. Joe holds a B.S. in Economics and M.B.A in Finance from Texas Tech University, and also has Certificates in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University and Northwestern's Kellogg School. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces.
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Ann C. Fitzgerald
AC Fitzgerald and Associates
Ann has twenty years of experience in sales, management, fundraising, publishing, and marketing. She started her career at BNA Software, a division of the publishing company the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Later she joined the parent company and worked in both sales and marketing roles. She was a key catalyst in launching the original Townhall.com site for The Heritage Foundation in the mid-1990's and subsequently went on to become their Director of Development.
Ms. Fitzgerald is currently president of A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, a national consulting firm providing business solutions for charities and other non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Indiana University.
Kevin L. Gentry
Vice President, Strategic Development
Charles G. Koch Foundation
Kevin is well known for his fundraising expertise, especially in the area of high-dollar direct mail, having served as a fundraising consultant to U.S. Senator George Allen, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, and numerous other elected officials, candidates, party committees and free-market organizations.
Kevin served as executive vice president of the Leadership Institute from 1991-1997.
From 1997-2003, Kevin was vice president for both the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Over that period, combined revenue for these two organizations more than tripled. He continues to serve as a fundraising counselor to both organizations.
He is currently Vice President for Strategic Development attheCharles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in Washington, DC. Kevin holds a BA from the College of William and Mary.
William G. Grombala, Jr., CFM
Vice President & Financial Advisor
Traverse City, MI
Bill launched his career as Director of Development at his alma mater, Hillsdale College. During his time there he headed a successful and widely recognized multi-million dollar fundraising campaign. For twenty years, he has become one of Merrill Lynch’s most successful representatives and brokers, as a Vice President and Financial Advisor in Traverse City, MI.
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
The Heritage Foundation
Rebecca has more than 20 years of experience in developing and executing comprehensive public affairs and marketing strategies. She began her career in 1983 as public relations director for the Center for Judicial Studies and Benchmark magazine. In the 1990s, she began a consulting business where her clients included numerous non-profits, elected officials and businesses.
Hagelin joined The Heritage Foundation in 2002, and immediately began expanding Heritage's communications, public relations and marketing practices into a 21st century media world where blogs and Web sites compete internationally with traditional newspapers, magazines, radio and television in a constant 24-hour news cycle. She is the author of numerous articles published nationally, including her book, Home Invasion, in 2004. She is also a veteran of hundreds of radio, television, newspaper, and magazine interviews. Hagelin received B.S. degrees in Broadcast/Journalism and Social Sciences from Troy University.
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Captain William V. Hayes
Retired General Manager
Lockheed Martin Corporation
315 Edwards Lane
Palm Beach Shores, FL
Susan Jackson Keig
An internationally recognized designer, Susan was art director for a major publisher and vice president for a leading design and film studio before undertaking her independent practice. Her one-woman exhibits have been shown at the J.B. Speed Museum in Louisville, and in New York at the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In addition, she has taught at the University of Kentucky, and the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Mrs. Keig was a Contributing Editor at Communication Arts; and has participated in exhibits in England and Germany on a facet of American history, the Shakers, as a leading authority. Susan is a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Kentucky.
Steven L. Kiel
Partner, Vista Strategies
San Antonio, TX
Steve worked for The Heritage Foundation as its Manager of Donor Relations for the Midwest and, before that, as a grant writer. Mr. Kiel is a Staff Sergeant in the Army Reserves and was deployed to Iraq in 2005. His experiences have been published in National Review Online, and he has been interviewed by a variety of news sources including USA Today. He has also been quoted in editorials by Ed Feulner, Chuck Colson and others.
Steve is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and holds a J.D. degree from George Mason School of Law and a Political Science degree from Illinois State University. He is currently pursuing certification for the Judge Advocate’s General Corps of the U.S. Army.
Michael L. Keiser
Co - Founder
Recycled Paper Greetings
Mike founded Recycled Paper Greetings in Chicago in 1971, and recently retired as its CEO. Currently, he serves as President of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, OR, which he founded in 1992. Mike serves on several boards including Providence-St. Mel, Academy for Urban School Leadership, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is also a founder and President of the Chicago Committee for the Heritage Foundation.
Mike is a graduate of Amherst College.
Carolyn Kley Fanning
Planned Giving Solutions, Inc.
Carolyn started her career as a senior staff CPA with Ernst & Whinney in their Boston and Chicago offices. From 1991-1999, Ms. Fanning was Director of Gift and Estate Planning at Hillsdale College and established one of the College’s first regional offices in San Diego, CA.
Fanning is currently the president and founder of Planned Giving Solutions, Inc. which builds and maintains planned giving programs for ten conservative organizations in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. Her articles related to estate planning have appeared in publications such as The Michigan CPA, Planned Giving Today, Successful Estate Planning Ideas and Methods, and The Tax Saving Reporter.
Ms. Fanning received her BBA and BMA degrees from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Jo Kwong
Vice President of Institute Relations
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Before joining Atlas in 1990, Jo worked at the Political Economy Research Center, Institute for Humane Studies, and Capital Research Center.
In her work at Atlas, Dr. Kwong has helped establish and develop public policy institutes around the world that are committed to free markets and individual rights. She has also lectured and written on a broad range of environmental issues. The basic premise of her approach is that private property rights and market processes provide powerful incentives for people to become protective stewards of the environment.
She is also a published author of books, and magazine and newspaper journals.
Jo received her doctorate in Natural Resource Economics and Management and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Her undergraduate degree in biology and urban studies is from Brown University.
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Kristen K. Larson
Director of Administration
Robert Russell & Associates
Kristen represents RR&A in communications, marketing, and special events in addition to her management and administrative responsibilities. It is not unusual to find Kristen on temporary assignments with clients, extending their marketing, communications, development, and special events staffs on special projects. A Ball State University alumna, Kristen served on the administration of the University of Illinois-Chicago and with Comcast, Inc. prior to joining the RR&A team.
Dr. Bernard T. Lomas
Retired President, Albion College
Grand Rapids, MI
Educated in Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology, Bernard served as a Methodist Minister in Ohio for many years before becoming President of Albion College in 1970. He retired from Albion in 1988 as President Emeritus.
Dr. Lomas has served on numerous boards, as well as being a consultant to U.S. and Foreign Business in the areas of personnel and human relations, and to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. He is the author of five books and numerous articles in the field of education.
Bernard holds earned degrees from Albion College, Oberlin College, and Vanderbilt University, and is the recipient of five honorary degrees.
H. Spencer Masloff
Senior Vice President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Spencer was Vice President of marketing and development at Free Congress Foundation, where he had also earlier served as director of development. He is currently Senior Vice President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Spencer has managed ISI’s Office of Development and Fundraising since 1989. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University.
Patricia J. Maxwell
Fundraising and Philanthropy Consultant
Seal Beach, CA
Patricia’s expertise is with successful capital campaigns and not-for-profit marketing. She has headed the development department at several higher educational institutions such as Westlake Community College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and served as a philanthropic consultant for several health care facilities, including the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and, most recently, the University of Miami School of Medicine.
She retired as Director of Development from California State University. Patricia holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University.
Charles “Josh” McQueen
Former Executive Vice President & Director, Research Services
Leo Burnett Company, Inc
Josh McQueen joined Leo Burnett in 1974. During his 31 years with Leo Burnett, Josh was Research Director in London; Regional Research Director of Australia-Asia out of Sydney; became Worldwide Head of Research and Planning in Chicago and then Worldwide Head of the Research Services Group (RSG) until Dec. 31, 2002. Under his direction, Leo Burnett’s RSG was responsible for developing and applying new quantitative tools behind Leo Burnett’s Brand Believer System, fielded studies in 16 different countries, 150 categories, and for over 300 brands during the period 1987 – 2002.
Josh received his B.S. magna cum laude and an M.S. in Communication from the University of Illinois.
Paul K. Rhoads
Grover Hermann Foundation
Western Springs, IL
Paul K. Rhoads is an attorney concentrating in estate planning, estate and trust administration, and exempt organizations with an emphasis on private foundations. He is past partner in charge of the Estate Planning and Administration Group of Schiff Hardin & Waite, Chicago. Mr. Rhoads is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and has authored several monographs on private foundations.
Mr. Rhoads received his bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University and his J.D. degree from Loyola University.
Robert E. Richardson
President and Founder
Richardson Homes Corporation
Bob spent his career as a mobile home manufacturer. He co-founded Richardson Homes Corporation in 1946, and retired as its Chairman, President, and CEO in 1971. In 1969, Richardson and an associate built Timberbrook Mobile Home Community. He remained active in its development and management until it was sold in 1977.
Long active in industry, business and civic affairs in the Elkhart area, he has also been a trustee of Hillsdale College since 1984.
Robert E. Russell, Jr.
Founder and President
Robert Russell & Associates
Mr. Russell founded Robert Russell & Associates in 1976, a marketing and financial services and consulting firm devoted to strengthening non-profit organizations and small businesses, particularly those devoted to Free Market principles. The firm has worked with over three hundred organizations around the world, and received awards and recognition particularly for specialized market research, marketing, strategy development, and fundraising programs and campaigns. He was named Counselor to the President at The Heritage Foundation in 1983 and since that time has provided strategic marketing and financial direction and services to the organization. He is a popular speaker and seminar leader in marketing, financing, and institutional and small business growth strategies. A graduate of Wabash College, he pursued graduate studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Following service in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps, Russell began his marketing career with Armstrong Cork Company. He later gained institutional experience as a member of the corporate team which built the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, prior to launching RR&A. He has served on the Boards of The Heartland Institute, Philadelphia Society, Friends of Marva Collins Foundation, National Association of Wabash Men, Mayors Commission of Geneva (IL), National Results Council, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and Associates of Hillsdale College. Russell resides in Geneva, IL. He and his wife, Ruth Ellen, have two children and three grandchildren.
John B. Sieg
Retired Senior Marketing Executive
Ford Motor Company
John is a general management professional with broad leadership, consulting and teaching experience, proven results in marketing and business strategy, and a successful manager of change, with effective and innovative skills in communications, team building, and systematic problem solving. John spent 30 years with Ford Motor Company. After retiring from Ford, he served as Vice President, Marketing and Communication for Cambridge Industries, Inc. Since 2000, John has also served Brook Furniture Rental, Inc. as its Interim Chief Marketing Officer, and taught as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing for Lawrence Technological University and Oakland University.
John holds several degrees including an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
John A. Von Kannon
Vice President and Treasurer
The Heritage Foundation
Prior to joining Heritage, Von Kannon was publisher of The American Spectator, a conservative opinion journal then published in Bloomington, Ind. It was at the Spectator that Von Kannon got his start in fundraising.
John Von Kannon has been an integral part of The Heritage Foundation for more than 25 years, heading its Development Department. He joined Heritage in 1980 as an assistant to the think tank's President, Ed Feulner, with Heritage's fundraising activities. He was named Treasurer a year later and became Vice President and Treasurer several years after that. In 1988, Von Kannon left Heritage to become Vice President of the Pacific Legal Foundation, a public-interest law foundation in Sacramento, Calif. A year later he became president of Russell & Von Kannon, a marketing and consulting firm in suburban Chicago. Because of their friendship, Von Kannon and Russell re-named RR&A for the years John helped steer the company. He rejoined Heritage in 1991.
John is a graduate of Indiana University.
Stephen H. Winchell
Stephen Winchell & Associates
Falls Church, VA
Steve Winchell is a recognized expert who is frequently called upon to speak and write about Direct Marketing. In 1996 he was named direct marketing "Professional of the Year" by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington, and chaired the DMAW’s Educational Foundation for many years. Several SW&A staff members have taught direct marketing courses and seminars, been featured speakers at direct marketing conferences and received numerous awards.
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