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Managing Partner

The holistic and creative approach Dick Sayther brings propels organizations to new heights. He has helped scores of charities and congregations reach their fundraising and organizational goals. Yet Dick brings so much more to the process: his vast experience – pastor, executive director, development director, plus more than 35 years as a consultant – provides perspective and balance to keep projects focused and moving forward. He has guided many charities that had little or no development programs; these clients have grown and are now generating millions of dollars in annual, capital and estate gifts. Dick’s leadership in board and staff organization, program and services enhancements, and public relations strengthens clients in developing their fundraising capacity, overall advancement and mission delivery.

Contact Information
Address: 15350 Oriole Ct. Burnsville, MN 55306
Phone: 952.892.3366 Cell: 612.817.5783
Fax: 952.435.1762
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David C. Brunkow
CFRE, Partner

Dave Brunkow brings high energy and expertise to capital campaigns, annual funds, endowment campaigns and general counsel. More than 100 client-partners have benefited from his advice and direction. One of the reasons Dave is so successful is that he has worked in the trenches: He served as program administer, development director and executive director at nonprofits for over 20 years. That experience combined with another 20 years providing fund raising counsel gives clients a powerful ally in building your annual and endowment fund drives, or successful capital campaigns. His clients identify, as a signature trait of his counsel, his tenacious efforts in leading them to and exceeding their fund raising goals.

Contact Information
Address: 16 Big Sky Place Sioux Falls, SD 57110
Phone: 605.357.8833 Cell: 612.325.7335
Fax: 605.357.8833
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Mike Ward
CFRE, M. Div., Partner

Mike brings to his clients experience as a parish pastor leading two capital appeals and serving as general co-chair of a capital appeal at the congregation where he currently worships as well as his professional experience in Marketing and Fundraising. Mike has led the most successful congregation based appeal for any Lutheran institution in the history of the North Carolina Synod.  As a consultant, Mike leads congregational stewardship appeals, marketing audits, sales training, and strategic planning.  Mike’s experience is in fundraising, marketing, quality service and loyalty.

Contact Information
Address: 191 Riverbirch Drive Fletcher NC 28732
Phone: 828.674.2307

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Dr. Dennis A. Anderson
Associate

Dennis Anderson’s experience in not-for-profit church related organizations spans 40 years. He served as president of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, bishop of the Nebraska Synod, LCA & ELCA, and pastor of several larger congregations, mission director, and mission developer. This breadth of leadership provides for a depth of experience in strategic planning, board development, financial and personnel management, fund raising, congregational and institutional mission leadership.

Contact Information
Address: 9752 175th Circle Omaha, NE 68136
Phone: 402.502.2291
Cell: 402.250.7925
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Paul T. Briggs
AIA, Architect

Paul has more than forty-three years in the practice of architecture. His experiences include taking projects from concept to completion in master planning, feasibility studies, consulting and construction. Projects include conference and retreat centers, churches, schools, municipal, commercial and industrial facilities.

Contact Information
Address: 11500 NC Hwy 8, Suite C, Lexington NC 27292
Phone: 336-248-2030
Fax: 336-248-6355
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Katherine O. Conrad
Ed.D., Associate

Kay has been a fundraising professional since 1989. Because of her interest and activity in the church, she focuses primarily on working with congregations on capital campaigns, annual stewardship appeals, and year-round stewardship education. Her particular expertise is relating stewardship to discipleship. An educator by calling and training, Kay has teaching experience on the high school and university levels, has a doctor’s degree in education, and is the author of the GSB Bible Study and other devotional materials. She is a recipient of the prestigious Virgil Anderson Award for her contributions to the church and to the fundraising profession.

Contact Information
Address: 120 Miller Pointe Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: 336.725.4773
Fax: 336.725.4773
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Jim has had a long and distinguished career as a consultant, employee and volunteer for a wide variety of non-profit organizations.  His hard work and dedication have positively impacted the philanthropic results and mission effectiveness of organizations throughout the eastern United States.  Jim’s expertise is in conducting feasibility studies and capital campaigns for congregations and non-profit organizations.  He also has extensive experience in developing and implementing annual giving programs.  Jim has helped raise millions of dollars in charitable resources for numerous organizations during his career.  He was named the 2005 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  He was also named a Distinguished Alumni of Butler County Community College in 2006.

Contact Information
Address: 406 Stoneridge Boulevard Butler, PA 16001
Phone:724-822-2744

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Paul Hill Paul G. Hill
M.Div, D.Min, Associate

For more than 35 years Paul has served in executive and educational leadership as a camp director, seminary educator, associate development director, non-profit executive, national speaker, and author. His catalytic leadership has started, renewed or sustained a wide variety of congregations, organizations and initiatives. He has a “change agent” personality and style. Paul brings his expertise in the field of effective faith formation theory and practice to his clients, thus connecting the motivation of discipleship to the practice of generosity, stewardship and organizational advancement.

Contact Information
Address: 1144 Beaver Creek Parkway, Maplewood, MN 55746
Cell: (612) 462-2487
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Paul N. Marsh, CFRE
Associate

Paul Marsh is a development professional with two decades of experience in a variety of nonprofit organizations—colleges and universities, outdoor ministry, campus ministry and social service organizations.  In 2003 he opened the Guadalupe County Children’sAdvocacy Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving sexually abused children. Paul is skilled in building annual funds, leading capital campaigns, directing planned giving programs and conducting strategic planning and board development efforts.

Contact Information
Address: 1045 Crabapple Drive, Loveland CO 80538
Phone: 830.556.2428
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Troy McQuillen
Associate

Troy and his firm, McQuillen Creative Group, create the graphic design for communication materials for GSB and GSB clients. They specialize in the design of logos, brochures, newsletters, books and posters. Troy conducts public relations/marketing audits, which result in a client improving its image and communication. While a small (but efficient) work force, they serve clients on each coast as well as a host of local and regional organizations. Troy spent seven years in Los Angeles as a graphic designer before moving back home to launch his own design studio.

Contact Information
Address: 423 S. Main Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: 605-226-3481
Fax: 605-622-7767
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Evan Moilan
Consultant

Evan Moilan brings energy and innovative thinking, based on over 18 years of Executive leadership and Board service for non-profits. His professional service includes large Social Service agencies, Foundations, Global relief agencies and Synodically based ministries. Evan brings expertise in Strategic planning, Fundraising, Governance, Marketing and Organizational growth. Holding the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential, an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, and a graduate certificate from the University of Texas in Non-Profit Management; Evan will bring passion an expertise to organizations large and small.

Contact Information
Address: 125 Fallow Way Bastrop, TX 78602 
Phone: 979.702.0406 
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Edgar J. Myers
CFRE, Associate 

Ed brings to GSB clients his widespread background in organizational leadership development and planning, and proven expertise in planned giving/endowment development. He served for 15 years as President/CEO of several Metropolitan YMCAs and Development Officer with the National Council. He served as the Founding President of The Wartburg Foundation, Inc. of New York from 1992 to 2010.  Ed specializes in assisting clients in strategic planning, board and staff development, and fund raising.

Contact Information
Address:19 Longmeadow Drive, Wolcott CT 06716
Phone: 203.910.5931
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Pete Reuss
Associate

Pete brings a creative passion for the church, serving as a mission developer, mission director, and assistant to the bishop in his years in the Southeastern Minnesota Synod. He shepherded his congregation from worship in a gym, through a capital campaign and into their first building. As an assistant to the bishop he manages the synodical annual appeal, soliciting major gifts and broadening the base of donors. His synod took part in the first synodical cohort of Stewardship for All Seasons, providing a deep experience for Pete to draw upon. He loves guiding congregations to discern their passions and unleash their God-given potential.

Contact Information

Address: 98 60th Avenue NW, Rochester MN 55901
Phone: 507.696.3309
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Jim Schade
Associate

Jim brings to clients extensive knowledge, skills and expertise to gain deferred gifts and build thriving endowment funds. His educational and motivational seminars for staff, boards, volunteers and donors produce results. Customized, on-the-job staff training and mentoring increase productivity for clients. Endowment campaigns and personal consultations with donors generate significant gifts. Jim also serves as the Director of Lutheran Planned Giving of South Dakota.

Contact Information
Address: 21095 463 Avenue, Volga SD 57071
Phone: 605.627.5545 
Cell: 605.940.2363
Fax: 605-627-5128
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Jennie Wolf Smith, CFRE
M.A., Consultant

Jennie has extensive experience in growing annual support, developing successful direct mail and marketing initiatives, facilitating an effective call center, and training volunteers in response to a changing climate of charitable giving. As a consultant, she has counseled colleges, congregations, camps and social service organizations to meet and exceed their financial and leadership goals. Jennie provides consulting services in areas of annual, capital, major and planned gift programs, Board development, strategic planning, and engaging volunteers. With more than 13 years of successful fundraising experience in institutional advancement and a CFRE certification, Jennie brings a wealth of knowledge to unique client circumstances. She holds a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, which compliments her professional experience.

Contact Information
Address: 6937 Cloister Road, Toledo, OH 43617
Phone: 712-360-0162 
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Dwight Stensgaard
Associate

A visionary and inspiring leader, for over 35 years Dwight has served in a variety of settings: Mission Developer leading the congregation through three stages of development including starting a pre-school; Senior Pastor directing relocation of a congregation and building a $12 Million campus; Appeal Director leading a $15 Million capital campaign for an Outdoor Ministry; and COO of a large urban congregation. He has led numerous congregational capital and debt retirement campaigns as well as fundraising efforts for other related ministries. Dwight is a practical theologian, visionary leader and accomplished mission and ministry developer who is committed to serving God and others. He is a highly motivated person who anticipates challenges and seizes new opportunities.

Contact Information
Address: 601 North Phillips Avenue, # 421 Sioux Falls SD 57104 
Phone: 605.863.1537 
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Amalia Vagts
Associate

Amalia brings more than twenty years of non-profit experience, including eleven years of executive leadership and development work. Having led a social ministry organization, she understands how to apply tactics from the nonprofit world to grow stewardship and leadership within congregations and organizations. Amalia has experience with major giving, annual fund, donor-focused communications, advocacy-driven fundraising, vision development, systems change, group facilitation, political strategy, anti-oppression work, leadership development, and board relations.

Contact Information
Address: 111 1/2 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563.419.7238
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Lanny Westphal
Associate

Lanny brings energy and experience to congregations and synods that want to grow in giving and to create a culture of generosity. Drawing on his extensive experience in parish ministry, on synod staff and with the ELCA outreach, stewardship, global mission and development staffs, he can provide focus to organizational development, strategic planning, communication and interpretation, and stewardship for all ages.

Contact Information
Address: E3919 Dodson Hollow Road, Chaseburg, WI 54621
Phone: 312-608-8551
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In Memorium

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Dr. Robert B. Gronlund (1929 – 2007)
Founding Partner

Bob Gronlund was a member of the age group identified by Tom Brokaw as “The Greatest Generation.” A decorated World War II veteran by age 19, he forged a life of service, faithfulness, professionalism and hope. His deep faith, commitment to family and to his work was compelling. Bob Gronlund founded what is now GSB in 1976. His original vision for ethical, effective development consultation continues to influence every project GSB undertakes. Bob’s distinguished career in the world of fund raising and public relations for charitable organizations and congregations spans five decades. The style and methodology of development consultation he espoused revolutionized the field. Bob established the first “planned giving council,” now a model common across the country and was a member of the Committee on Gift Annuities for many years. Upon graduation from Seminary, Bob became pastor of a Lutheran congregation in Newport Beach, California. He then served as Assistant to the President of California Lutheran College; the first Executive Director of the American Lutheran Church Foundation; Vice President of Development and Public Relations at Capital University and the University of Tampa; and President of Northwood University’s Florida campus in West Palm Beach, Florida.