Experts and Consultants
Experts in all areas of executive management in a Christian school are retained by the Center and readily available all year to advise and collaborate on the myriad of management issues faced by the Fellows.
Donald G. Distelberg
Through previous leadership positions with the United Way of Kent County, Calvin College and Seminary, and his own firm, Don has gained expertise in capital campaigns and pre-campaign studies, annual fund raising, planned giving, schools' enrollment growth plans, board training, development/organizational audits, strategic planning, major donor strategies, and church campaigns. A graduate of Calvin College, Don is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a designation of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Robert W. Elliot
Robert W. (Rob) Elliott is a partner in Pondera Advisors, a leadership consulting practice based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rob's executive experience in sales and marketing, human resources, and finance in diverse business environments affords his clients access to a wealth of knowledge. A graduate of Michigan State University, Rob earned his master's degree in school business management from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Rob is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and developed with his partners a Web-based psychological assessment.
Dan Krause is the founder and President of GraceWorks Ministries, a nonprofit ministry he founded in April 2010. GraceWorks provides holistic solutions for healthy Christian schools, in order to raise up the next generation of outstanding Christian leaders. Professionally, Krause has worked for non-profits his entire life. Dan is a graduate of Fuller Seminary, School of World Missions, focusing on leadership, church growth, and cross-cultural missions. He has completed one year of a Ph. D. program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, in educational leadership, research and policy. He is a graduate of Concordia Teacher's College, Seward Nebraska.
David L. Medema
David L. (Dave) Medema serves as a consultant in a comprehensive array of management and organizational development and training areas for businesses, the public sector, and nonprofit organizations. Dave launched his own consulting firm in 1999 after working for seven years as Senior Consultant with Direction Center, a nonprofit consulting group in Western Michigan. A graduate of Calvin College, David has a master's degree in social work from Arizona State University and attended New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
Robert (Bob) Rogalski is a leading national expert on how Christian schools raise annual funds. Bob has served Christian schools his entire three-decade career, including two overseas assignments in Hong Kong and New Delhi, India. Bob has served as a principal or superintendent at Lutheran schools in Staten Island, New Orleans, and Phoenix. As a fundraising principal, Rogalski has been deeply involved with all aspects of fund development for over two decades. In 1983, he founded the Development Center for Christian Schools, a nonprofit organization to strengthen existing Christian schools and start new ones.