Staff Listing

Capital Campaign Consultants

Linda Buskirk (800) 697-2858 | Linda serves as a capital campaign consultant for ECF based in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

As an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Wayne, she has served in several leadership roles including as a member of the Vestry and Chair of the Endowment Committee. Linda brings extensive experience as a consultant who has provided strategic planning and fundraising leadership to churches and organizations in the not-for- profit sector. Linda holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Congregational Development Institute of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana.

Jerry Campbell (800) 697-2858 | Jerry joined ECF after retiring as VP for Advancement at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific where he oversaw the successful completion of a $21 million Capital Campaign and helped raise an additional $20 million in annual and planned gifts.

Since graduating from the Pacific School of Religion (MDiv), his career has included work with congregations of different denominations, social service agencies and theological seminaries. While ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church, he was a parish pastor for 18 years and now specializes in Stewardship Development as well as Capital Campaign management. He holds a BA in Music from Arizona State University and attends Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Carlsbad, CA, where his wife is the vicar.

The Rev. Michael Chalk (800) 697-2858 | Michael Chalk serves as a capital campaign consultant for ECF based in San Antonio, Texas, where he retired as rector of St. Mark’s.

During his 39 year ministry he led three successful capital campaigns, one that included a relocation of a program-size congregation (St. James’, Conroe, TX) and two campaigns at St. Mark’s, a resource size, downtown parish that involved renovating the entire campus and the worship space. Mike has conducted workshops on capital campaigns at the Diocese of Texas and the Consortium of Endowed Parishes Conference in 2015. He holds a BS from the University of North Texas and an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary.

Diana Church Empsall (800) 697-2858 | Diana Church Empsall serves as a capital campaign consultant for ECF based in New Haven, CT.

With over ten years of experience in philanthropy and fundraising, she is passionate about helping people and organizations serve their missions more effectively. Prior to moving to Connecticut, she lived in Washington, DC where she managed the government grants portfolio for Church World Service, successfully raising over $1.6 million in her final year. Before holding that position, Diana was a program officer for a family foundation, where she advised applicants on organizational development, strategic planning, nonprofit management and fundraising. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was actively engaged in Christ Church Washington Parish’s recent capital campaign, and chaired the annual stewardship campaign for two years. During her first year in that role, annual pledging increased by 20%. Diana also chaired the Sustainable and Responsible Investment Committee for the Diocese of Washington, and developed educational materials about SRI for parish leadership across the diocese. In her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, she served on the search committee for the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Kentucky. She holds a BA from Sweet Briar College and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Charles W. Fisher (800) 697-2858 | Charles Fisher is an ECF capital campaign consultant based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. As a member and mission leader at Christ the King Episcopal Church he worked with ECF during a Strategic Visioning Process and was amazed at how the process shared much in common with his last 20 years of leadership in global strategic change programs at Procter & Gamble.

Charles’ last ten years in P&G FutureWorks involved creating new businesses and getting those projects funded from inside and outside the company. Charles is particularly energized when working on Discernment, articulating and communicating a Mission, and in helping teams develop their skills to achieve their objectives. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering, and has broad experience in technology, Strategy, Leadership facilitation, and Consumer Research from P&G, and Public Interest Design, Asset Based Community Development, and Appreciative Inquiry from work with Core Change Cincinnati and Grameen Bank. Charles is excited to use his gifts and experience to help Episcopal organizations achieve their financial and strategic goals through a spirit-filled process.

Gary F. Gleason (800) 697-2858 | Before joining the ECF team, Gary was Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Minnesota, the first lay person in Minnesota to hold a diocesan canon title. He served as the bishop’s executive, responsible for daily operations, staff, and parish/clergy contacts. Following retirement he worked for then Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in diocesan services for the western half of the country.

His post-college career started as an elementary school teacher. Following that, he took on the task of converting a family-based social service agency to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He was instrumental in raising multi-million dollar funds for capital replacement projects.

Gary has a passion for change, renewal, and transformation in the Church, especially with strategic planning, special events, conflict management and leadership coaching and development. He holds a master’s degree in administration and supervision in nonprofits. Gary is an active volunteer in his home parish, and divides his time between Minneapolis and Palm Springs, CA.

Kim Hanson (800) 697-2858 | Kim has been dedicated to the development of educational, historical, cultural, environmental, and health-related institutions for more than three decades.

Professionally astute in all aspects of program development, marketing, communications and fundraising, she has directed programs raising over $15 million dollars since 2000. Her expertise includes training of and collaboration with Boards, strategic planning, and donor stewardship. She has been recognized as an outstanding writer, communicator and public speaker with extensive editorial, publications and media experience. She has in-the-trenches experience with initiating or revitalizing annual and capital campaigns, many of which serve Episcopal schools and church agencies. She has created highly effective grants programs and managed numerous special events. Additionally, she has received awards for excellence in teaching and for her volunteer contributions to arts and community Boards. A native of Washington, D.C., she is a graduate of the National Cathedral School and Bryn Mawr College. She holds an MA from the University of South Dakota.

The Rev. Gerald (Jerry) Keucher (800) 697-2858 | Jerry is the author of Remember the Future: Financial Leadership and Asset Management for Congregations (2006) and Back from the Dead: The Book of Congregational Growth (2012).

Prior to joining ECF, he was Chief of Finance and Operations for the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He has held similar positions in financial leadership, including Staten Island Botanical Garden and Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences. A gifted linguist he has taught Greek and Hebrew at Princeton Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. Father Keucher is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and holds an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School, and M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Janet Lombardo (800) 697-2858 | Janet has served as an Episcopal priest in the diocese of New Hampshire for 20 years. Currently she specializes in Congregational Development and interim ministries, helping congregations in transition better define their role in their communities, and to re-envision their mission and purpose. She has facilitated innovative partnerships between congregations, and believes that strong Lay Leadership, strategic thinking and sound financial practices are critical for the future of the church and for God’s mission in the world.

Janet has an MDiv and DMin in Congregational Development, and is a trained mediator through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. She is actively involved in the re-imagining of Diocesan mission and vision in the Diocese of New Hampshire.

Jeannette McDonald
(800) 697-2858 | Jeannette McDonald serves as a consultant for ECF based in the seacoast of New Hampshire. Jeannette has a diverse career ranging from leadership roles in human service administration and for-profit organizations, to successfully managing her own consulting business for more than eight years. She felt a strong calling to bring her extensive knowledge of leadership and team development to faith based communities which is what brought her to ECF.

She earned a BS degree in Human Service Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Her pursuit to fully comprehend how to strengthen teams led her to study with Society for Organizational Learning. She is an Authorized Partner of Wiley Learning Solutions with advanced certification in the delivery of Workplace Learning and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®. Jeannette is a life-long Episcopalian. Her involvement in the church began as a young child in choir to recent years becoming a Eucharistic Lay Minister at Christ Church, Exeter, NH and St. John’s Church, Naples. Florida. Jeannette is passionate about supporting Episcopal Church leaders as they search for opportunities to grow.

Leslie Pendleton
(800) 697-2858 | Leslie is Associate Program Director and Capital Campaign Consultant for ECF. She has worked with a diversity of congregations, enthusiastically guiding them through the communal process of a capital campaign.

Previously Leslie directed the Bishops’ Fund for Children in the Diocese of Connecticut where she was responsible for all fund raising, board development, donor relations, and writing of marketing and appeal materials. With her perspective as a clergy spouse, Leslie has in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day joys and challenges parishes face today, and she is passionate about helping congregations identify and embrace their missions for future ministry.

Maurice J. Seaton (800) 697-2858 | Maurice, former Head of the Capital Campaign Program at ECF, serves as a Senior Consultant for ECF in the areas of leadership, annual stewardship, planned giving and capital campaigns.

Born in South Africa, Maurice is a lifelong Episcopalian/Anglican and a member of the Church of the Ascension in New York City and is active in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. At Ascension Maurice is currently a Warden, chairs the Planned Giving Committee and serves on select committees of the Vestry. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Nick Sollog (800) 697-2858 | Prior to joining ECF, Nick was Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the University of Richmond, and in 2009 Nick formed The Sollog Group to help charitable organizations meet their annual giving and prospect research needs.

Based in Richmond, VA, Nick is involved in the local and church community both personally and professionally serving on the Vestry of Grace and Holy Trinity. He is a graduate of Lynchburg College and has received certificates from the University of Richmond’s Institute of Philanthropy in Grant Writing and Management, Fundraising and Development, and Nonprofit Marketing.

Sarah Townsend Leach (800) 697-2858 | Sarah Townsend Leach joined ECF after serving as Director of Advancement and Communications for the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, FL. Throughout her ten years in the nonprofit sector, she has helped create and share sustainable strategies for leadership development, fund development and communications with a wide variety of organizations throughout the Southeast and Midwest. She brings to her work a friendly demeanor, a broad range of experience, and a deep understanding of the Episcopal Church.

Over her career, Sarah has held fundraising and consulting roles with Impact Strategies Group (Minneapolis, MN), Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana, Social Venture Partners Minnesota, and the Center for Nonprofit Management (Nashville, TN). Sarah is a native of Nashville, TN and life-long Episcopalian. She holds a BA in English Literature from Rhodes College in Memphis and a Masters of Public Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is also trained in the Art of Hosting methodology.