A member of Heritage’s Membership Development Team, Jeffrey Stewart Trimbath worked closely with members who have made the decision to remember Heritage in their estate plans. He also lead a team of regional development staff who work with thousands of Heritage members across the country. In both capacities, he focused on explaining current and planned initiatives for advancing the organization’s mission: “To formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.” Before joining Heritage in 2007, Trimbath served six years in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Administration of President George W. Bush. Before that, he worked for several conservative public policy organizations in his home state of Pennsylvania. He holds the master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., and a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College in Grantham, Penn. An ordained Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church, Trimbath resides in Lititz, Penn., with his wife, Jill, and their three children, Sarah Elizabeth, Katherine Sophia and James Joseph.
Chris Kuetemeyer brings over twenty years of fundraising and leadership experience in the nonprofit world. During his tenure at FOCUS, he spearheaded the transformation of a tiny development team raising $1,000,000 into a fundraising powerhouse with over 30 full-time staff and annual commitments of $25,000,000. Additionally, Chris was responsible for training FOCUS staff in mission-based fundraising and for developing close partnerships with philanthropists across the nation who share FOCUS’s mission. Prior to joining the FOCUS development team, Chris was commissioned as an officer in the Army National Guard and later spent a year deployed to Iraq, for which he was awarded the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star Award Medal. Chris resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children. In addition to his work in fundraising and executive leadership, he serves as vice president of the governing board of a public charter school, Addenbrooke Classical Academy, where three of his children are students. Additionally, he serves on the parish council for Christ on the Mountain Catholic Church and the Provincial Council for the Capuchin Province of Mid-America. Chris enjoys reading, working-out, following the Denver Broncos and being with his wife and kids.
Justin provides full-service strategic consulting to nonprofits, with a particular emphasis on development department management. Prior to joining American Philanthropic, Justin served for several years as the director of development with the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). During his tenure there, FEE experienced average annual growth of 30%. Justin continues to direct FEE’s annual fundraising growth and strategy through his work at American Philanthropic. Prior to FEE, Justin led the fundraising program for the Goldwater Institute in Arizona. He has also directed nationwide fundraising efforts for dozens of political campaigns, PACs, and nonprofits. Earlier in his career, Justin managed Congressional campaigns and worked on public policy issues in the U.S. Senate. To-date, Justin has been involved in raising over $100 million through major gifts, capital campaigns, foundation grants, independent expenditures, planned giving, and direct response fundraising, including phone and mail programs. Justin grew up in northern New Jersey and Saint Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a B.S. in public policy. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and four children.
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