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Fund Raising Strategies is blessed to have an outstanding Board of Directors who provides guidance and direction to the management team. In addition to the outside directors shown below, Bruce Eberle serves as Chairman of the Board, Tammy Cali serves President, Bill Griffiths serves as Vice President, and Brian Anderson serves as Secretary of the corporation.

Carl T. Berquist

Carl joined Marriott International in December 2002 as Executive Vice President of financial information and enterprise risk management. In this role he is responsible for Financial Reporting, Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Taxes, and Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to joining Marriott, Carl was a managing partner of the mid-Atlantic region at Arthur Andersen LLP, and had global responsibilities for its real estate and hospitality practices. He is a board member and past treasurer of the National Capital Boy Scouts of America and Vice President of Joe Gibbs' Youth for Tomorrow Home for Boys and Girls.
Jon Bruss

Mr. Bruss is founder and CEO of Fortress Partners Capital Management, Ltd., a private investment fund that invests in publicly-traded community banks across the country.

With more than 49 years of experience in commercial banking, finance, and investment banking, Mr. Bruss also serves as Chairman of WELS Investment Funds, Inc. which manages over $125 million of assets for the congregations and affiliates of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  He is a member of the endowment investment committee of Wisconsin Lutheran College and of the finance committee of Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Mr. Bruss also is a director of Ovation Holdings, Inc., Naples, Florida, the bank holding company for Encore Bank, NA. He also serves as a director of GulfShore Bancshares, Inc. in Tampa, Florida and is a director of Gulfshore Bank.

Mr. Bruss earned his AB in Political Science and Economics from Marquette University and has completed extensive graduate studies in micro-economics and economic history at Marquette.

Katherine M. Eberle

Kathi currently serves as Corporate Treasurer of Fund Raising Strategies.  A co-founder of Fund Raising Strategies, with her husband, Bruce, Kathi has worn a number of corporate "hats," initially serving as head of the finance department.  In addition to her corporate duties, Kathi is an active volunteer in church and related activities.  For the last seven years she has co-chaired the Live Auction held at the Country Fair hosted each fall by the Youth For Tomorrow New Life Foundation.  YFT operates a home for at-risk boys and girls on a campus of more than 200 acres in suburban Washington, DC.  Through innovation and hard work, Kathi has organized, orchestrated, and managed an event that has raised more than $1 million of net income for the home founded by former Washington Redskins coach, Joe Gibbs.  Kathi is a member of the Board of Advisors of Youth For Tomorrow and is a graduate of James Madison University.
Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is the President and CEO of Rebecca Hagelin Communications and Marketing, LLC. Her company specializes in creating talk radio alliances and advertising campaigns designed to build membership, donations, activism, and grassroots support of non-profit organizations.  Hagelin served as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for The Heritage Foundation from 2002-2008.  She is the architect of Heritage's national radio campaign featuring embedded ads on the Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh programs.

Rebecca has also served as vice president of communications for, a news site that specializes in the investigative reporting of government waste, fraud and abuse.

Rebecca is the author of the acclaimed book, Home Invasion: Protecting Your Family in a Culture That's Gone Stark Raving Mad, (Thomas Nelson), and 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family which quickly became both an Amazon and Washington Post best seller (Regnery).  

In 2006, Concerned Women for America named her one of the nation's "Top Ten Evangelical Women," and in 2007 the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute named Hagelin one of the 12 "Great American Conservative Women."  She serves on the board of directors/advisors for Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk; Awakening; and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy.

Peter Hannaford

Peter is the editor of the editorial pages of the Eureka, CA, Reporter, a daily newspaper. He is also president of Hannaford Enterprises, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm and is a Senior Counselor to APCO Worldwide, a public affairs and strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C. For a number of years he was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan. From 1975-95 he was Chief Executive of The Hannaford Company, Inc. (founded as Deaver & Hannaford, Inc.), merging it with another firm in 1996. He has served on the Advisory Board of Mount Vernon, George Washington's home; Co-Chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Association; the Public Relations Advisory Committee of the United States Information Agency; the Commonwealth Fund's Commission on Elderly People Living Alone; and the Board of Trustees of the White House Preservation Fund. He is the author of numerous articles and nine books: The Reagans: a Political Portrait; Talking Back to the Media; Remembering Reagan (co-author); My Heart Goes Home: a Hudson Valley Memoir; Recollections of Reagan; The Quotable Ronald Reagan; The Essential George Washington; The Quotable Calvin Coolidge; and Ronald Reagan and His Ranch: the Western White House, 1981-89.
James M. Irving

Marty, as he is known to his friends and business acquaintances, is founder and CEO of Irving Interests, a firm specializing in real estate development. In 1985 he founded The Irving Group and from 1975 through 1985, Mr. Irving served as a founding partner of Tycon Developers, one of the largest land development organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Marty's professional affiliations include: Partner, Board of Directors, Washington Capitals Hockey Club; Board of Directors, National Association of Industrial and Office Park Developers; President, Fairfax County Public Schools Education Foundation; Board of Directors, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors, United States Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

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