Schools of Plenty: Finance and Philanthropy
January 21, 2020
Ginger Saariaho is Chief Advancement Officer at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In this role, Ginger works in partnership with the Academy's President and governance boards to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy to sustain and fuel the work of the Academy. Ginger has eighteen years of experience in fundraising, engagement, and leadership centered on strengthening the intellectual and mission-oriented dimensions of higher education. She has extensive experience partnering across academic disciplines and administrative units, with an emphasis on collaboration, strategic program development, and the development of a strong team environment.
Ginger joined the Academy from Boston College, where she worked for fourteen years in several leadership roles in advancement. She served as Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations; Executive Director of School Development and Organization Giving; and most recently as Associate Vice President for Development of Schools and Programs. Prior to her roles at Boston College, she held major gift and institutional giving positions at Brown University. Ginger holds a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Brown and a MBA in Leadership and Management from Boston College.
Ray is a Managing Director at Changing Our World. He is responsible for educational client development, with a special focus on audience engagement, internal and external communications, enrollment and fundraising opportunities, and other tailored strategic solutions for our secondary and higher education clients.
Ray brings over 30 years of senior-level experience dedicated to education and nonprofit brand development and communications, having led engagements for over 125 schools and colleges nationwide, including Carlow University, Cathedral High School, Fontbonne University, Hilbert College, Le Moyne College, Saint Michael’s College, Siena College, St. John Fisher College, and University of Scranton, among many others. He has also been a senior team member on engagements with such clients as the Knights of Columbus, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Prior to joining Changing Our World, Ray served as Vice President for Client Services at Stamats Communications, an education marketing agency, where he focused on senior business-development and consulting. Prior to Stamats, he served as Vice President at Zone 5, where he led the agency’s education sector. Additionally, Ray was Executive Vice President at Creative Communication Associates, where he focused exclusively on education client development, senior project management and overall agency operations. He also served three terms on the Board of Trustees at Newbury College in Brookline, MA, as well as on the Diocesan School Board in Albany, NY.
James S. Friend, Jr., M.A.
Over the past 25-years, Jim has focused his career on service to Catholic organizations through philanthropy and ministry. He began his career in parish ministry as a Youth Minister, Director of Religious Education and a Parish Administrator at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. After running his first successful parish capital campaign, Jim consulted for the Diocese of Camden where he oversaw a 2-year Diocesan Stewardship Initiative that was recognized by the International Catholic Stewardship Conference when the diocese received first-place for “Total Diocesan Effort.” Over the next couple of years, Jim onducted capital campaigns for numerous parishes around the Mid-Atlantic Region.
In 2006 Jim joined the Diocese of Allentown where he served as Secretary for Stewardship and Development. During his time Jim redesigned the Diocesan Appeal which resulted in nearly doubling the results from $2.6 Million to $4.9 Million. This effort was again recognized by the ICSC when the diocese received the award for “Total Annual Appeal Effort.” Jim also directed the diocese’s Catholic school marketing and development program, and as a result, the Diocese of Allentown was the only diocese in
the Mid-Atlantic to experience an increase in enrollment for two consecutive years. Jim led many other initiatives in the diocese including diocesan strategic planning, increasing tax credits raised for Catholic school scholarships and the formation of diocese’s first Catholic Foundation.
In 2014, Jim was recruited by the Faith in the Future Foundation as the first Chief Development Officer where he provided oversight and direction for all fundraising for the 17 Archdiocesan High Schools and four schools of Special Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. By creating new resources, training programs and setting new standards, Jim led the high school system to nearly double the fundraising results
over four years from $13.1 Million to $25.1 Million. Jim led the Foundation’s first development program, increasing giving from $1.2 Million to $5 Million in his last year.
Jim has been a presenter for parishes, schools, dioceses, NCEA and ICSC on development, enrollment, stewardship, social media, board/committee training and much more. Jim graduated with a B.A. from West Chester University and earned a master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College.
Jim is currently an Aspirant in the Diaconate formation program in the Diocese of Allentown, and he remains active in his parish as a Eucharistic Minister, the men’s prayer group and Youth Ministry. Jim serves on the Development Committee for the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. Jim, his wife Kristin and their three children live in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.
Adam Krueckeberg is the Interim Executive Director of Student Services at Boston College. He has been working with BC’s Roche Center for Catholic Education for the past five years. He holds Master’s degrees in Business and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, did his undergraduate work in Religion at Princeton University, and is currently pursing a Doctorate in Higher Education. Prior to transitioning into education, Adam worked in the technology and finance sectors for fourteen years, most recently as a Vice President with Fidelity Investments in Boston.
Kristin B. Melley
Kristin Barstow Melley is the Director of Professional Development for the Roche Center for Catholic Education. She develops professional learning opportunities for Catholic educational leaders working in PK-12 schools.
Her current projects include the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) and the Emmaus Series: A Leadership Advancement Program for Catholic School Leaders. Kristin presents nationally on Faculty and Student Faith Formation, Catholic Identity, Managing School Change, School Board Development, Marketing Catholic Schools and Whole-school Teacher Collaboration. She is a contributor to the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools implementation resources. She serves as liaison for the Catholic School Office of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Formerly, Kristin served as Associate Superintendent of Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Worcester and as the Director of the National Catholic Center for Student Aspirations at Assumption College. She was a high school teacher of history, art history, literature, and writing, and a soccer and basketball coach. She taught world religions, ethics, and writing at Endicott College. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA and a Masters in Theology from Harvard University.