LEADERSHIP

Our leadership team is composed of successful Christ-minded leaders who are mission-centered and committed to leading and inspiring others to give generously of their time, talents and resources. 

ICGC Leadership Team at a recent working retreat.

Pictured left to right: Randy Jensen, Keith Denner, Eileen Denner, Bill Gustoff, Johnne Syverson, Matt Moeckl, Scott Brunscheen. Not present: Christy Christensen, Jerry Foster, Travis Shelton, Kathie Sommerfeld, and Heidi Vermeer-Quist.

Johnne Syverson
Chairperson & Founding Member
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Read Bio

As a founding member and current chairperson for the ICGC leadership team, Johnne Syverson provides the guidance and wisdom necessary to lead ICGC with competence and heart. He has decades of leadership experience as a Senior Financial Planner and operating his own businesses, including his current venture, Charitable Giving Resource Center, designed to aid nonprofits with implementing any type of major asset gift that comes their way. Johnne served as past president of the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council, co-founded the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy and has served in leadership roles for other industry organizations.

His devotion to growing the Kingdom of God in his community is evident in all that he does. He enjoys being part of the ICGC Leadership Team because it provides him the opportunity to help numerous Christian nonprofits at one time with their development efforts and encourage them to “keep on keeping on” as they seek to grow the Kingdom of God together.

These days, Johnne also shares his leadership skills as chairman for his church’s endowment committee. He enjoys attending several different men’s Bible study groups, traveling with his wife, Linda, and riding his Harley-Davidson!
Randy Jensen
Vice Chairperson
Jesus answered … “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength …. (and) you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31

Read Bio

Now retired from Wells Fargo & Company, Randy Jensen is proud to fulfill the role of community volunteer. Randy currently serves on the board of the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) and is involved with a number of other central Iowa non-profit organizations. He is also very active in his church, where he serves on the pastoral council and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Serra Club and Legatus.

Randy joined ICGC and its leadership team in 2019 and considers it a privilege to be a part of this unique and growing organization. He feels honored to have the opportunity that ICGC provides to get to know and support the many Christ-center nonprofits who are serving the needs of our communities.

When he’s not volunteering in the community, Randy and his wife, Cindy, cherish spending time with their growing family. He also enjoys traveling, biking, boating, hunting, home building and managing the family’s business interests.
Christy Christensen
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.
Psalm 127:3

Read Bio

When it comes to helping her community, Christy Christensen is all in! As the marketing and public relations leader for Scheels Corporation in the Des Moines area, she has the honor of working with different types of nonprofits on a regular basis. Christy also has recent experience working for Des Moines Christian School; first in the classroom and then as an administrator. Her multiple roles within the same organization provided her additional knowledge and a deeper understanding of the organization. While there, her leadership abilities were instrumental in bringing new lunchroom opportunities to the students in an effort to partner better nutrition with an excellent education.

As part of the ICGC leadership team, Christy’s leadership and charitable giving experiences are beneficial in helping ICGC members request support from community partners and organizations. She considers it a true blessing to be associated with such kind, giving, and loving people. She believes the community is fortunate to have organizations like ICGC leading the charge to unite like-minded Christian nonprofits for the betterment of society.

When she’s not focused on her work or volunteer roles, Christy enjoys watching a good movie, spending time with her son, and attending Hawkeye football games.
Eileen O'Brien Denner
Founding Member
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
Matthew 5:15

Read Bio

Transformational giving is something that is just part of who Eileen Denner is. She and her husband, Keith, both founders of ICGC, continue to follow God’s call to bring like-minded Christian leaders together to inspire, educate and support nonprofits in their community to advance the Kingdom of God through Christ-minded generosity.

Eileen holds an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame, College of Mendoza School of Business and ICGC isn’t the only place to benefit from her time and talents. She is a Journey of Generosity facilitator at Generous Giving and the current president of a nonprofit within the real estate industry. As a certified music practitioner with a Masters in Voice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Eileen has taught voice at her alma mater, coached students in various locations, and continues to share her beautiful operatic voice in concerts and churches.

This Christian leadership team continues to amaze Eileen with their tremendous collaboration and passion for transformational giving. The ripple effect of Christ-minded generosity in her life, marriage and community deepens her faith-walk on a daily basis.

Eileen and her husband, Keith,still participate in mission trips like the ones that inspired them to start ICGC. When they are home, some of the things Eileen enjoys doing in her off-time include singing opera, spending time with family, writing, and baking kolaches using her mother’s secret recipe.
Keith Denner
Founding Member
Jesus told her, I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.
John 11:25

Read Bio

Keith Denner has operated his own business, Professional Property Management, for over 44 years with a focus on extreme energy efficiency. He also shares his time and expertise about energy efficiency assisting and consulting with churches and private schools. His passion for education also encompassed some time on the faculty at Iowa State University teaching sales and business courses.

Founding ICGC with his wife, Eileen, and others has changed his life. He enjoys working with other Christian leaders and he’s thankful for the devotion to Christ-centered giving he is witnessing within the leadership team and membership. He is hopeful that others will also be motivated to become transformational givers and experience the joy that comes from giving in ways they never thought were possible.

During his down-time, Keith enjoys traveling and spending time with Eileen, family time, men’s Bible studies, and making chocolate covered strawberries and other creations.
Jerry Foster
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Philippians 2:1-2

Read Bio

Striving to be a catalyst for generosity in his community in central Iowa is a driving force for Jerry Foster. He is the founder/chairman of the board for The Foster Group and is proud to serve as a board member for Kingdom Advisors. He is also a public speaker for several national and international Christian organizations. The combination of many years as a business owner, industry leader, and speaker have allowed Jerry to gain a perspective of cultural needs and generosity that is transferable to others.

A natural teacher, Jerry appreciates the teaching and inspiration ICGC provides around the topic of generosity. When asked what he likes most about volunteering with the ICGC leadership team, he replied, “I love the spirit of collaboration amongst the many nonprofits. I love that we are all striving for the same thing - impacting God’s kingdom.”

When he’s not working or volunteering, Jerry enjoys spending time with his fifteen (!) grandchildren, cycling, painting, and traveling.
Bill Gustoff
Founding Member
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

Read Bio

Bill Gustoff’s legal expertise as a law firm partner working with values-driven charitable estate planning and non-profit organization law gives him a particularized focus on the issues impacting philanthropy from both the donor’s and charity’s perspectives. He has served and continues to serve on the board of several non-profit organizations using his work experience and training to help them.

As a member of the ICGC leadership team, Bill values the opportunity to apply his training, knowledge and experience to help God-honoring charitable causes in a way that leverages the impact among many organizations at the same time while in an environment not focused on marketing or selling services. Bill also loves meeting people from diverse backgrounds and from different organizations.

It is Bill’s hope to continue sharing his technical knowledge and practical experience from a Christ-centered perspective for organizations and people seeking to honor Christ with their giving and their work. Beyond that, Bill cherishes time with his family and enjoys the outdoors while biking or running.
Matt Moeckl
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
James 1:27

Read Bio

As executive director for Wildwood Hills Ranch, Matt Moeckl understands the everyday details and challenges that come with leading and operating a non-profit organization geared toward helping others from a Christ-centered perspective. He serves on the boards of the Christian Camping and Conference Association and the Advisory Board for Together for Good and is an active member of his church.

Being part of the leadership team has inspired Matt to recruit non-profit peers to explore ICGC membership and loves watching the membership grow. His favorite thing about this team is connecting with all the amazing people doing “unbelievable work for the Kingdom!”

When he’s not hard at work or volunteering, Matt enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching college football, golfing, and traveling.
Travis Shelton
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.
Proverbs 3:27

Read Bio

As the founder of Shelton Consulting and host of the Meaning Over Money podcast, Travis Shelton is helping families and businesses steward the resources they are blessed with. He says it’s never about having more, but rather about having “better.” Travis is on a mission to teach others to see the world through a different lens and reshape the role money plays in their lives, businesses, and ministries. Prior to the founding of his own company, Travis spent 15 years in commercial real estate portfolio management at Principal Real Estate Investors. With a heart for nonprofits, he has served on several boards including Pioneers, Coldwater Foundation, Alpha Iowa and Yoke Ministries.

Joining the ICGC leadership team allows Travis to use his talents and passion for Christian ministries to help equip and cultivate the values and practices surrounding generosity and stewardship within the member organizations. He considers it an honor to walk alongside ministries that have their own unique vision/calling and a shared heart toward the Kingdom and its people.

When Travis can set some time apart from work, he and his wife enjoy traveling internationally, trying new and unique foods. He’s a big NBA fan, loves spending time with the high school youth group he leads at church and playing with his TWIN 5-year-old sons every chance he gets!
Kathie Sommerfeld
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Read Bio

As the Kreg Cares manager, Kathie Sommerfeld has the opportunity to help the community on a regular basis through the philanthropic arm of Kreg Tool. Kathie also shares her experience and leadership skills serving as a board member of several nonprofits including Meals From the Heartland and the University of Northwestern (president’s advisory team).

With a heart for nonprofits and philanthropy, Kathie loves networking with other ICGC members and leaders while learning more about the non-profit sector in central Iowa. She hopes her connections with the non-profit community will help ICGC achieve their Kingdom-driven mission.

A variety of activities keep Kathie busy when she’s not working or volunteering. She enjoys leading Bible studies, jigsaw puzzles, reading, traveling, spending time with her grandchildren and taking a refreshing walk in her neighborhood.
Heidi Vermeer-Quist
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3

Read Bio

Leading from a faith-based approach is at the heart of how Heidi Vermeer-Quist operates in everything she does - and she’s doing a lot these days! She and her husband, Chad, own and operate Heartland Christian Counseling where she is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She also provides family business and organizational consulting through her company, VM Consult, a branch of Heartland.

Heidi is also part of a multi-generational family business, Vermeer Corporation, and has served in various family governance roles, including establishing and chairing the Ownership Counsel and serving on the board of directors. She is also a committed leader elsewhere in the community; serving as a board member for Des Moines Christian School and several other non-profit boards.

When asked why she decided to join the ICGC leadership team, Heidi shared how she loves promoting generosity in her community. She is honored to know she is helping facilitate community connections and participation in Christ-centered giving and service.

When she’s not hard at work, Heidi enjoys music and being outdoors, especially if it includes riding her horses or playing tennis.
Scott Brunscheen
Executive Director
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
Isaiah 58:10

Read Bio

Scott Brunscheen considers it a blessing to serve as executive director for ICGC and its fiduciary agent organization Faith at Work. He brings years of experience to each of these roles with over four decades serving both professionally and as a volunteer for many different non-profit agencies.

Most often engaging in leadership positions, Scott is also active with other organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Joshua Christian Academy, Spurgeon Manor and Iowa Prayer Breakfast. By serving in the best way he can, Scott hopes to have a positive impact when helping nonprofits strive to achieve their missions. He also takes the time to encourage individuals to be prayerful and ask God how they can serve others.
Scott is honored to work with a leadership team of like-minded people who believe The Great Commandment to “love God with all of our heart, minds, and soul…and love our neighbors as ourselves” (from Matthew 22:37-39). He has seen firsthand the amazing gifts each team member brings to the table and the blessings that are apparent and humbling to the entire team.

A growing family with11 grandchildren - so far, have Scott and his wife, Karen, placing faith and family at the top of the list of ways they enjoy spending their free time.
Email Scott

Virtual Zoom Lunch

Dan Herod

Wednesday, May 12 
(12:00 - 1:00 PM)
Overcoming It All
Dan Herod is a husband, father, friend, communicator and author. He and his family are no strangers to adversity. After enduring two consecutive miscarriages, they encountered an unimaginable tragedy when their 13-month-old daughter passed away from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Since that fateful day, Dan and his family have found the key to living an incredibly abundant life in the midst of overwhelmingly heartbreaking circumstances.

Dan lives to encourage everyone to live the best life possible. For over 15 years he has been speaking to groups of all ages and sizes. Dan tells humorous stories and shares compelling experiences in each and every talk he gives. It is his joy to share what he has discovered in the most difficult season of his life.

Since 2010, Dan has served as the Youth Alive Director for Wisconsin and Northern Michigan. Youth Alive is an organization committed to helping students live the best life possible. He loves to spend time with his family and finds immense joy serving as a volunteer fire department in his community. Dan and his family reside in central Wisconsin where the summers are ever so beautifully breathtaking, and the winters are so cold they take your breath away.
CLICK TO RSVP

Lake Hallie

Dallas Steward

Thursday, May 13 
(11:45 - 1:00 PM)
Assistant Coach at Michigan Tech
Dallas Steward enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech in 2020-21. During his first season, Steward and the Huskies went to the NCAA Tournament after winning the WCHA Championship Game. Tech finished 22-17-5 overall and was ranked No. 16 in the final USCHO poll. Four players have signed NHL contracts in his first two seasons at Michigan Tech.

Steward was an Associate Head Coach with the Chicago Steel of the USHL for two seasons from 2015-17. The 2016-17 team went 38-17-2 in the regular season, defeated Youngstown and Dubuque in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and won the USHL Championship with an overtime win over Sioux City in Game 5 of the Clark Cup.

Steward started his coaching career with the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) as an assistant coach and scouting director from 2011-15. He helped lead the team to three consecutive playoff berths and a Clark Cup title in 2014-15.

Steward played 138 games over four years at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 2000-04. He scored 27 goals and added 32 assists as a forward, was an assistant captain as a senior, and a three-time WCHA All-Academic selection. Steward went on to play six years of professional hockey in both the CHL and ECHL from 2004-10.

Prior to college, Steward played three seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers, winning the Clark Cup in 2000. He amassed a total of 74 points over three seasons with the Gamblers, including 18 goals and 27 assists in their championship season.
The Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin native has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communication from UAA. He and his wife Janet have two daughters, Jade and Blake.

CLICK TO RSVP
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25
ANNUAL IGNITE YOUR LEGACY EVENT
September 12, 2023 
2023 QUARTERLY LUNCHEON DATES
Tuesday, February 7
Tuesday, May 9
Tuesday, August 8
Tuesday, November 7