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C. Ray Clements

Mr. C. Ray Clements is founder, CEO, and managing member of the Clements Group (CG), a professional institutional advancement and resource development counseling and consulting firm. He has managed or supervised literally hundreds of major giftscampaigns, planned giving programs, and other fundraising activities over a 20-year period. His clients have included community colleges, vocational-technical schools, K-12 school districts, universities, hospitals, arts organizations, community foundations, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, and other nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Clements founded the Clements Group (formerly Clements & Associates) in 1986. Since then, CG has assisted over 650 clients in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Canada, and Puerto Rico raise over half a billion dollars. Mr. Clements is the former chair of The Giving Institute: Lead Consultants to Non-Profits (formerly American Association of Fundraising Counsel), the elite organization that provides leadership in advancing philanthropy and ensuring that member firms meet the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and service.

Prior to forming CG, Mr. Clements was the director of development for Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem (now Utah Valley University) and executive director of the UTC Foundation. During that same period of time, 1983 to 1986, he was a partner in the resource development consulting firm of Tueller, Clements & Stoddard. During the 1970s, Mr. Clements served as deputy director of the development office for Brigham Young University, where he was architect of their ultra-successful planned giving program.


Over the last several years, Mr. Clements has presented in the private sector program and participated in the Executive Institute at the annual convention of the Council for Resource Development (CRD) and has been an instructor in CRD's popular Interns' Program as well as a presenter at numerous CRD regional and national conferences. In addition, Mr. Clements has led workshops and discussions at regional and national meetings of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) particularly related to implementation of the innovative CG Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness Process. He is also principal presenter at many of CG’s acclaimed major gifts campaign seminars.


A creative thinker, Mr. Clements has authored several articles in the Community College Journal, official publication of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); in Case Currents, the magazine of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); and for the American Vocational Association (AVA). During 1985, he authored the AVA manual "Effective Strategies for Resource Advancement," which has assisted numerous development officers in becoming more effective. He has taught seminars and workshops at a variety of AVA conferences and has been a presenter in the planned giving track at CASE


Mr. Clements attended Ricks College, a two-year institution in Rexburg, Idaho, prior to earning both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in accounting at Brigham Young University. He is a CPA licensed to practice in California and Colorado. Mr. Clements practiced accounting with one of the eight largest national accounting firms and has been the controller and manager of medical and construction firms in California, Colorado, and Utah.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Bowen, CFRE

Ms. Bowen has 19 years of fundraising, marketing and teaching experience in community colleges. During her 11 years at Chesapeake College, she organized the college's first development department and managed the first major gifts campaign. Before her fundraising career, she worked in publishing and marketing, was president of National Health publishing, and was publicity manager for the Johns Hopkins University Press. She has also taught literature and composition at various four-year and community colleges.

Rich Gross, Ph.D.

Prior to joining the Clements Group (CG) team, Dr. Rich Gross served as President of Western Dakota Technical Institute (WDT) from April of 2003 until May 2008. WDT is one of four accredited two-year technical colleges serving South Dakota and provides services to residents in the western half of the state. Dr. Gross initiated the college’s first-ever major gifts campaign, resulting in numerous unique and exciting new partnerships for the college.


Dr. Gross has led numerous CG clients through successful efforts including feasibility studies, workforce development initiatives, referendum campaigns, strategic planning processes and major gifts campaigns. Some of these clients include Danville Community College (VA), Mohawk Valley Community College (NY), Iowa Central Community College (IA) and Umpqua Community College (OR).


Dr. Gross is the owner and President of Rich Gross Solutions, Inc., a higher education consulting firm that specializes in educational planning and evaluation. 


Previously, Dr. Gross served as Dean of Telecommunications at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Part of his responsibilities included developing a comprehensive seven-county interactive video and audio network, providing educational programming to nearly 5,000 students per year. He was also part of the team that helped design and implement the Iowa Communications Network, a state-owned high-capacity fiber network that interconnects over 700 locations with interactive video, voice and data networking.


Additionally, Dr. Gross has served as a board member and chair of the Instructional Telecommunications Council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), as a founding member of the Community College Satellite Network Commission and as a member of AACC’s Commission on Emerging Trends and Technology.


He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs and the Fall River County Museum Board.


Geoffrey (Geoff) Little

Mr. Little has more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications and related technology fields. He has been a leader in workforce development issues and initiatives in the western Massachusetts area. He serves as a trustee of the region’s Plan for Progress, as a member of the Workforce Committee of the Regional Technology Corporation, and has served as a board member and chairman of the Regional Education Business Alliance, a K-12 initiative. Mr. Little holds a BA degree from Colby College, Waterville, ME, and currently resides in Longmeadow, MA.

Len O’Hara, Ed.D.

Dr. Len O’Hara served as the president of Paducah Community College (now West Kentucky Community and Technical College) for 11 years. In 1993, he used the Clements Group methodology to raise over $13 million. As a result, in 1994, PCC was named the #1 fundraising two-year college in the nation.


He has effectively advised, coached and assisted college development officers and their teams as they have engaged in the art and science of successful fundraising, including Wytheville Community College (VA), National Park Community College (AR) and Columbus Technical College (GA) to name a few.


As a student, faculty member, administrator and consultant, Dr. O'Hara has experienced nearly every facet of the community college. Along the way he has developed powerful national models that transform the quality and character of higher education: The 4th Paradigm, a model which produces effective leaders; and The Communiversity, which teaches two-year colleges how to lead and sustain region-wide economic development.


A lifelong learner, Dr. O’Hara holds degrees from Wake Forest University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and UCLA plus postgraduate work at Lehigh University, The University of Florida and Virginia Tech.  He has served as a two-year college leader in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Kentucky.

Joseph Sabatella, Ed.D.

Dr. Sabatella has 34 years of experience working in public education, including 12 years as a teacher, 9 years as a building level administrator, and 13 years as a superintendent of schools. He also served as the educational consultant for the Juran Institute in the areas of strategic planning, quality improvement, quality control, and quality planning for K-12 education. Dr. Sabatella started the first educational foundation in New York state in 1983 and has been conducting grant writing seminars since 1987.

Roger Slater, Ph.D.

Dr. Roger Slater has been associated with the Clements Group for over 20 years and has over 30 years experience in higher education. Dr. Slater specializes in leadership, resource and organizational development. He works with colleges in the areas of visioning, strategic planning, reengineering, continuous quality improvement, financing, resource development, and other areas important to them now and in the future.


During his years of service in education, Roger served as Assistant Commissioner for Public Libraries, Planning, Resource Development and Information Technology for the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, President of West Georgia Technical College, and Director of Strategic Information Technology Planning for the Georgia Technology Authority. 


Dr. Slater has created and operated two successful foundations, conducted several successful capital campaigns, developed and implemented training programs for resource development directors, and created a foundation trustee organization for the trustees of the two year technical colleges in Georgia. He has also been an active volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations.


Dr. Slater holds degrees from Mississippi State University, University of Georgia and Georgia State University.  He has consulted and presented at a variety of national, state, and local conferences on such topics as visioning, leadership, management, strategic planning, organizational reengineering, resource development, community development, and information technology planning.


Janet "Jan" Van Note, CFRE

Jan Van Note is a veteran fundraiser, campaign manager, educational consultant and volunteer with over 30 years of experience in the profession. Ms. Van Note has led numerous Clements Group (CG) clients through successful campaigns, resulting in most of them joining CG’s acclaimed Million Dollar Club, whose members have obtained at least one gift of $1 million or more during the course of their campaigns. Some of these clients include Mid-Plains Community College (NE), Riverside Community College (CA), Butler Community College (KS) and Bowling Green Technical College (KY).


Prior to joining CG, Ms. Van Note served as vice president of college advancement and executive director for the Hawkeye Community College Foundation in Waterloo, Iowa. Ms. Van Note guided the foundation's efforts in grants, major gifts, annual giving, endowment development and planned giving. Additionally, she  headed up a women’s philanthropic investment group, initiated the Hawkeye Village Apartments and the Hawkeye Community College Child Development Center and acted as the legal and financial conduit for the Hawkeye Center for Business and Industry.


Ms. Van Note has been actively involved with the national leadership of the Council of Resource Development (CRD) serving on the executive committee as vice president for policies and publications; director of ACCT/CRD foundation academy; vice president of the national conference; faculty for the NSFRE survey course; and as vice president of programs. She is also the recipient of CRD's Lifetime Service Award.


Ms. Van Note has served on many nonprofit boards and committees including the United Way Board of Directors, Leadership Iowa Alumnus, Alumni Board of Buena Vista College and the Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee and Appeal Review Board to name a few.



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