Gonser GerberLLP is pleased to announce that Charlie R. Shepard has been elected a partner in our firm. Charlie joined Gonser Gerber in 2017. He previously served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Asbury University (KY) and has over two decades of nonprofit and higher education leadership experience.
“We look with great promise to the future of our firm with Charlie’s addition to the partnership. Since 1950 our firm has been committed to providing innovative advancement and leadership consulting services in support of North America’s educational, healthcare, human service and other nonprofit organizations. Charlie’s election to partnership will continue and enhance that strong tradition of productive work with and for all of our clients,” stated Douglas D. Mason, partner.
During the last three years as a Gonser Gerber Senior Consultant, Charlie has provided counsel to a wide range of clients across the country, including colleges, universities, schools, religious organizations, other charitable organizations. He has distinguished himself as a resourceful, effective, and highly sought-after consultant.
“Charlie Shepard has been a transformative partner for me and Amarillo College. He helped us discover, structure, and implement a complete fund raising apparatus that has already proven successful. Charlie’s expertise along with his impressive analytical and relationship skills, has ensured Amarillo College is prepared for fund raising success at historical levels for our region.”
Russell Lowery-Hart, President, Amarillo College
“Gonser Gerber conducted a campaign assessment that was well received by the donors, the staff, the President and the Board of Trustees. Their insights and recommendations were right on the mark. Charlie has helped us identify goals and new processes that are working! He has also become a trusted confidant of the President, plus helped shape a new campaign plan for the future. His strategies for engaging volunteers, which is a long-term weakness of our college, were spot on as well. We are in a much better position to execute a successful campaign because of Charlie’s wise and thoughtful counsel.”
Chris Mueller, Vice President for College Advancement, The College of St. Scholastica
“Charlie is a consummate professional. His experience speaks for itself, but even one hour with him confirms what his success implies, you can learn so much from him. He is a perfect partner who offers his expertise, resources, experiences, and ideas, but also invites you into the process. He does not attempt to deliver a cookie-cutter solution, rather he helps you work through your unique challenges, identifies your greatest needs, and guides you through the process of finding solutions that fit your situation. He is fantastic with the nuts and bolts, but he is also excels at inspiring your team to reach new heights and overcome the barriers that are holding them back from whatever is next. The friendship, training, ideating, and accountability with Charlie kept me and my team focused on continuous improvement and helped us make consistent progress towards our goals.”
Rev. James Smith, Vice President for University Relations, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
In addition, through his work with the Gonser Gerber Institute, Charlie has received outstanding evaluations as a presenter and educator. We are delighted to have Charlie as a partner at Gonser GerberLLP.