Charity KuehnPresident of Emanate Consulting
Charity Kuehn has over 20 years in banking, including commercial financing, marketing, and management. Working in many different capacities throughout her work life, she has spent the last eight years working exclusively with Churches on their lending needs. Through this experience, the idea to offer true financial consulting services to churches around the country developed.
Denis GreenePresident of Church Development
Denis Greene began working in the nonprofit development field in 1981. He founded Church Development in 1992 after a near-death experience motivated him to integrate his faith, education and skills in work that served the church and the virtue of stewardship. His undergraduate and graduate studies are in organizational development and he has helped over 300 churches across the USA raise more than $300,000,000. Greene is a member of the National Association of Church Business Administrators. He is the author of The Stewardship System, Stewardship-Based Capital Campaigns, and How To Ask For Donations as well as numerous articles on stewardship.
Jennifer GutierrezPresident of JAG Consulting
President of JAG Consulting, Jennifer and her team are partners to churches, Catholic dioceses, apostolates, educational institutions, and faith-based organizations seeking to re-imagine their futures and increase their impacts through informed research, planning, and strategy.
Jennifer is also co-founder of Luminary,® a Catholic Executive Leadership and Management Certificate Program for professionals in leadership positions serving the Catholic Church and her related ministries.
Developed by JAG Consulting and Sovereign Global Solutions, and offered through Benedictine College, Luminary® provides corporate level training, skills, and leadership proficiencies to priests and director-level lay leaders.
Early in her career, Jennifer was a lead advocate for the nation of Guatemala, attracting greater investment and tourism to a country recovering from civil war. As the head of public relations efforts for the Guatemalan Development Foundation (FUNDESA) in Guatemala City, she worked directly with the U.S. Embassy and the Associated Press to change the conversation, resulting in delegation visits from U.S. congressmen still active in international policy today.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jennifer holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish, and a master’s in political science with a specialization in international relations and human rights. She was a governor appointee to the Nebraska Commission on the Status of Women, and a mayoral appointee to the Lincoln Lancaster County Women’s Commission. She has served on numerous non-profit boards. Jennifer was named by the Lincoln Journal Star three years in a row as one of 30 of the Most Influential Women in her city.
Randy MilbrathArchitect and Worship Design Consultant at RDG Planning & Design
Randy Milbrath is the architect and market leader in church design at RDG Planning & Design, which has earned international acclaim for its work on church facilities. A native of Iowa, Mr. Milbrath earned his architectural degree from Iowa State University in 1987. He joined RDG in 2005 where he is now a senior partner with over 30 years of professional experience in programming, master planning, building and ecclesiastical furnishings design. Since 1990 he has worked primarily with faith communities both locally and nationally including recent projects for St. Paul University Catholic Center in Madison, WI and the Relevant Center in Omaha, NE.
Mr. Milbrath serves as a board member of Cathedral Arts Project and various church-related boards locally. He has presented at church and liturgical conferences on topics ranging from art and environment to overcoming physical challenges in our facilities.
His desire is to increasingly help clients implement collaborative approaches to design, stewardship and financial health in undertaking a construction project. This approach removes uncertainties that hinder faith communities and will energize their ministry and purpose.
Church Build Projects – Part I: Building through a Collaborative Framework
Are you considering a building, renovation or expansion? In this presentation, learn the importance of how your building needs, your financial situation and a potential capital campaign need to work in collaboration with each other. You will hear from four experts about how having the right team in place provides a comprehensive view of your project. This can make a world of difference in the success of your project.
Questions we’ll discuss:
1. How does a building fit into the future strategic plan of our church?
2. How much can I afford to borrow?
3. How do I balance my facility needs with my financial capabilities?
4. How do I build a team that will help me navigate the building process?