Before moving into ministry, I worked for several newspaper after college. I then moved into the advertising business and was fortunate to work with clients like McDonald’s, Diamond Shamrock and a variety of financial, industrial and agricultural clients. I moved with my family to Colorado Springs in 1998 and worked for Focus on the Family. I’ve been on staff at First Presbyterian as Communications Director, and then joined Compassion. My wife, Julie, and I have been married for over 44 years. Our three children are grown, married and are busy with family, work and church. My favorite activity in Colorado is whitewater rafting. It’s the ultimate break from my norm!
From 2006 until 2015, I worked with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Random House. Prior to that, I was President of the Westfield (NJ) Area Chamber of Commerce for several years and a full-time mom.
My husband, Paul, and I are raising two (IMHO) amazing kids. Mary is 17 and a senior. Sam is 15 and a freshman. They are both good students and active with sports and clubs. Paul is a CFP with a locally owned wealth management firm.
The easiest way to understand my job as a segment manager is to think of me as a manager of donor communications. My “clients” are 3 relationship directors on the Constituent Development team who work with major donors. Most days, I’m working with freelancers to develop reports describing the amazing work being done at our centers that get funded through non-sponsorship donations.
I grew up in East Tennessee and graduated from Belmont University with a marketing degree. During my time there, I worked with several local nonprofits, including Sweet Sleep, Abolition International (now Hope for Justice) and Salama Urban Ministries. I also had internships with two local marketing agencies that helped me qualify for Compassion’s internship program. A week after graduating I moved out to Colorado Springs to intern with Compassion for the Marketing Communications and Resources (now SCT) team. After the internship I accepted a position on the team as a Segment Specialist, helping out with the team’s needs and providing proposals and stewardship reports for the growing Mid Level Donor Relations team. Since then my role has grown to support the Mid Level reporting needs full-time. I’ve traveled to Guatemala, Uganda and Peru while at Compassion.
I married Steven in 2016. He also works at Compassion, but contrary to popular belief we did not meet here. We have 2 fur babies – Frank and Chief, and they’re the cutest dogs in all the lands.
I work with three major donor relationship managers to create proposals for investment opportunities and execute stewardship reporting for those donors’ funded projects. Among other things…I last worked as a senior marketing manager at a local Christian publisher, so I may or may not own more books than articles of clothing. 🙂 I’m the oldest of three sisters and “Aunt M” to three adorable girls. My youngest sister and parents live in Texas and my middle sister, brother-in-law, and nieces are in Oklahoma. My campaign to get them all to move to Colorado has not yet worked, but I’m a marketer so I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.
I love to bake (and share) and I always have a jar of chocolate at my desk for anyone that needs some extra oomph to get through the day.
I am an SCT Segment Manager which is basically a fancy way of saying I manage various projects, timelines, and contractors to prepare proposals and reports for major donors and foundations to support various programs and activities. Often times these requests are very custom to the donor or foundation and require me to ask a lot of questions around Compassion and searching for historical stats or information that is not readily provided or available. After eleven years here, I still learn something new every week.
I worked at The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for seven years prior to coming to Compassion. Prior to that I managed the front desk operations and employees of a busy full service hair salon for several years in Fort Collins, CO. I came to Compassion in 2006 as a Foundation Specialist with the Constituent Development Team. After several years, that role morphed into more of a junior foundation relationship manager and proposal writing role and eventually, I joined the MCR Team to use my skills to serve not only foundations but major donors as well.
I have been married to Jim, an El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy for almost 20 years. We have one son, Evan, who is eight years old and very energetic. Mays (named after hall of fame baseball player, Willie Mays), our ten-year-old yellow lab completes our little family.
I am a HUGE fan of the boy band (er, now man band) New Kids on the Block. I am also a Colorado native.
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Robert and his wife Candace are the parents of four children, all boys, and have lived in Colorado for nearly 20 years.
As Editorial Content Manager for Marketing Communications and Resources, Robert’s tasks include editing and writing content for donor reports, proposals, grants and foundation proposals, and providing research support as needed.
Prior to Compassion, Robert served with a number of Christian organizations including Focus on the Family, Sonlight Curriculum, Every Home for Christ and Christian Research Institute.
Robert has authored several books including A Visual Defense, Conversations with C. S. Lewis and The Wisdom of Pixar, and on occasion serves as an adjunct faculty member at Denver Seminary. Robert is also a classically trained pianist and composer.
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I have worked at Compassion since September 9, 2002 – two days before the first anniversary of 9/11 and the same month Compassion Celebrated 50 years! The first two weeks of working here, I came home reporting all the amazing people I met and the meetings I was able to be a part of. I will always remember sitting right behind Michael W. Smith at the anniversary celebration. Before coming to Compassion, I worked at the now defunct CompUSA training computer courses and then serving as the local HR department. My husband and I quit our stable but lackluster jobs and moved to Colorado Springs in the fall of 1999 – something you only did before kids – after visiting my sister here the year before. We have been married about 25 years and have two incredible children that we adopted from China. Lily and Aaron were adopted 5 years apart, but hate and love each other like most other siblings. I currently served on the Stewardship Communications Team (SCT) as a Segment Manager for the Church Relations team.
During our move to Colorado, I didn’t realize that tumbleweeds were still a thing. Also, I learned what a snow fence is (not just a broken piece of fencing).