Our Team

The Suddes Group is based at Eagle Creek, in Ostrander, Ohio. We also have an office in Colorado Springs, CO, as well as coaches located in California, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Ireland. Our entire team shares a passion for family (with a combined 32 children and 8 grandchildren), health, and personal development.

Some fun details from our team’s story:

  • We have a boxing champion, a national chess champion, and a competitive runner.
  • Former professions (outside of nonprofit leadership positions) include: professional country music singer, attorney for death row inmates, and dot-com entrepreneur.
  • Active (second) professions include a CrossFit coach, a hot-air balloon pilot, and a licensed kinesiologist.
Nick Fellers
President | Email Nick

Nick is co-founder of For Impact and president of The Suddes Group. In the last 10 years he’s raised over $75 Million for causes in 30 countries and trained leaders from over 1000 organizations in how to use a sales process to maximize funding opportunities.

An entrepreneur, Nick started his first business while a student at the University of Notre Dame. Studying biology and philosophy, Nick would leave the labs early to make sales calls for his business – the first of its kind student social network – a precursor to facebook.com. After graduating, Nick and his business partners sold their business to focus on ‘scaled impact in the social sector’.

Nick is passionate about family, social entrepreneurship, running, and all things web. He and his wife, Anna, live in Columbus, OH with their son, Will, and daughters, Molly and Rosie.

Nick’s helped to fund several social ventures and currently sits on the board of Road of Life Cancer Prevention for Kids – an organization that develops and sells health prevention curriculum to schools. As an avid runner, Nick is currently working on running marathons in all 50 states.

Steve Elder
Senior Partner | Email Steve

Steve Elder joined The Suddes Group in 2012, when he opened ForImpact@ThePeak, our office in Colorado Springs. As a Senior Partner, Steve helps lead and manage our work as a team, but he spends most of his time helping our clients’ Income more closely align with their amazing Impact!

Both a For Impact client and coach since 2004, Steve brings 35 years of organizational leadership experience, with emphasis in higher education and health care.

Before joining The Suddes Group, Steve was the Vice President for Advancement at Colorado College, where he and his team transformed the development effort using the For Impact model and frameworks. As a result, CC brought in more than $300 million in commitments during his tenure, with $200 million coming in while he served as a vice-president.

Steve is both a natural and practiced coach, having coached his own teams at the University of Redlands and the University of Southern California, in addition to CC. His For Impact coaching clients have included:

  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Catholic Health Initiatives
  • Colorado Community College System Foundation
  • Catholic Education Foundation
  • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
  • Butterfly Pavilion

Steve’s “formal education” includes a bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Utah and a master’s in Communication Management from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.

Steve lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Jane, and daughters, Emily and Kit. When not at the For Impact offices or with a client, he can often be found riding his mountain bike, skiing, or standing in a stream with his Tenkara fly rod.

Steve’s WHY: “Since I was young, I have been passionate about ‘helping others’ dreams come true.’ One client labeled me a ‘Dream Champion!’”

Kerry Suddes
Senior Partner/Director of Training | Email Kerry

Kerry Suddes started her career 17 years ago in the ‘for profit’ training world where she built and facilitated ‘World Class Teams’ programs for Fortune 500 companies including J.P. Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, Merck and Sherwin-Williams. Kerry has a degree in Speech Communications and Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

In 2005, Kerry joined the For Impact Team as Director of Live Experiences and For Impact Coach. She has since coached and trained thousands of organizations – including The American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, several YM and YWCA organizations and many private schools, social service agencies and social ventures – through successful funding efforts ranging from $100K to $30M.

In addition to working in the field on funding initiatives, Kerry leads the team in designing and delivering all Live Experiences.

She is an avid (but amateur) cyclist, two time Half Ironman finisher, and known as ‘Aunt Kiki’ to seven nieces and nephews. She is YPO Forum Member and a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute. Kerry lives in Jackson, WY with her husband, Chris.

Jeff Strine
Senior Partner | Email Jeff

Jeff has over 15 years of major gift experience, leading more than 50 campaigns and raising over $250 million dollars in various non-profit sectors. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Finance at The Ohio State University with a minor in international business, and then continued his business studies at Capital University and the College for Financial Planning, Jeff spent sixteen years in the banking industry where he managed front-line business units. He left KeyCorp in 1997 as a Senior Vice President of Trust and Private Banking for the Midwest region to begin his development consulting career with Tom at The Suddes Group.

Jeff brings to his clients a keen focus “on the numbers” from his experience in finance and banking. He has led and coached many successful sales teams throughout his corporate and consulting careers. With a background in corporate planning, he “thinks” strategy, process, and systems. He has a wealth of experience working with secondary schools and universities, as well as health care organizations.

Jeff lives in Dublin, Ohio with his wife Lisa. He has five children and a menagerie of animals. A commercial hot air balloonist and amateur cyclist, he enjoys the outdoors and can often be found ballooning, cycling, or relaxing at the beach with his family.

Georgina Neal
Partner | Email Georgina

Originally from the United Kingdom, Georgina forged an early successful career in Sales and Marketing within the Hospitality Industry. By the age of 29 she had launched an airline and had established her own Event Management Company.

A move to Ireland in 1999 enabled her to redirect her skills and energy into the social sector, and she became a fundraiser and coach. Not satisfied with the development of fundraising there, in 2007 she jointly spearheaded the introduction of the For Impact methodology to Ireland, and has since trained and coached numerous leading non-profit organizations, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion.

In the last 5 years, Georgina’s coaching and visits have raised more than $50 million. She is deeply engaged in the non-profit community, increasing the professionalism, structure and visibility of those organizations she works with. She is also a Mentor for Fundraising Ireland, the Association of Professional Fundraisers in Ireland.

Georgina has many qualifications, but feels that real education comes from building great relationships and using life experiences as the basis for her work. She is also a qualified Kinesiologist and Touch for Health Coach. She lives with husband John, along with their three dogs, cat and chickens in Co Tipperary, Ireland. Her down time is usually spent restoring the kitchen garden or on some outdoor building project.

Traci Bruckner
Coach | Email Traci

Traci has extensive fundraising expertise in the academic, research and health care settings. Traci was the Chief Development Officer for San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine where she led the fundraising-efforts for patient care, education, and research, helping raise over $40 Million dollars in 5 years. Prior to San Diego Hospice, Traci served as Director of Development for University of California, San Diego Health Sciences Division.

Growing up in rural Kentucky, Traci learned the importance of building strong relationships. Beginning in high school, Traci helped her father campaign and run for political office (she is proud to say that he has been re-elected for over 20 years now). This is where she discovered her talent and love for people by going door-to-door to “just visit” and “just ask” for their vote. She didn’t realize it at the time, but these relationship-building experiences would prepare her for a life-long love of and career in fundraising.

Since joining For Impact, Traci has continued to develop her expertise across the spectrum of health care, coaching organizations such as ARTS (A Reason to Survive), The Elizabeth Hospice, and Centegra Health Systems Foundation. She leads teams to take that Quantum Leap to completely transform their fundraising culture from one of constant stewardship to proactive impact.

Traci, her husband Shane, and son Van, reside in Orange County, CA where they enjoy the sun, sand, and surf (but try to make it to the mountains for snowboarding every chance they get). An avid football fan, Traci admits to being a little bit fanatical when it comes to her son’s football team. She is on the sideline every Saturday embarrassing her son by cheering loudly on every play.

Mike Gemm
Coach | Email Mike

Mike is a veteran coach with For Impact, tracing his roots back to 2003. Mike has a background in business, including several years in finance/accounting and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, Mike decided to transition from the world of business to the social sector as an AmeriCorps volunteer, where he truly had an epiphany that “he could really have an impact on the world in a meaningful way in this sector.” From that experience, Mike came to For Impact originally back in 2003 before rejoining in 2010, following several years in education at College Summit, an award-winning national organization increasing the college enrollment rate in low-income communities.

At College Summit, Mike utilized the For Impact frameworks and thinking as Director of New Sites, where his team successfully fundraised, set up school partnerships, and launched multiple sites, eventually enabling thousands of young people to enroll in college. Having rejoined For Impact several years ago, he’s now trained and coached hundreds of staff, board, and organizations across the globe. Throughout his career, Mike has been recognized as a catalyst, sharing his contagious enthusiasm for life and constant improvement.

He and his wife, Jessica, live in Colorado Springs, CO with their sons Nathaniel and (newborn) Alexander. He’s passionate about training, personal development, and seeing people reach their potential (and Notre Dame…Go Irish).

Robb Pike
Coach | Email Robb

A community leader, coach, speaker and trainer, Robb has over 18 years of experience, and has raised over $100M. Robb first engaged with the For Impact movement as a Director of Development at Colorado College. As part of a team committed to the For Impact Framework, Colorado College generated $200M to support the VISION.

In addition to Colorado College, Robb took the craft of fundraising to the University of Colorado, where he brought his unique energy and focus on execution to the University of Colorado Foundation as Vice President of Development. Considered a positive force for education, Robb was elected to his local school board and trains boards on Leadership, Community Engagement, Governance and Development.

A believer in life’s little moments, Robb plans on being there when his son hits his first home run and when his daughter sees the Eiffel tower for the first time. Robb and his family live in Monument, CO enjoying family adventures, friends and the mountains.

Tim Card
Senior Coach | Email Tim

Tim has 30+ years of experience in business ownership, management and consulting, organizational and ministry -leadership, as well as 8 years of non-profit coaching. His experiences have helped him build a strong skillset in helping organizations succeed and grow their impact (and their funding success). Before his current role as a coach, Tim experienced first-hand the high value and results which can be achieved by integrating the For Impact approach while working on a $14M capital campaign for a Christian school (a former client of The Suddes Group).

As a visionary leader, Tim has owned and operated three different businesses, as well as served/led on many different non-profit boards during his career. Tim also worked with the Dale Carnegie Training organization as a Leadership, Sales, and Personal Skill Development Trainer.

He is viewed by many as a positive change agent because of his passion for helping others succeed, heart for God, and internal drive to help organizations that desire to increase their impact and make the ‘Quantum Leap.’

Tim lives in Spokane, WA with his wife Stacy, and has two adult children. He leads a principled life of Christian character and strong faith in Jesus Christ. During his leisure time, Tim enjoys camping, hiking and boating with his family, and playing the drums.

Jessica Robinson Gemm
Director of Talent | Email Jessica

Jessica’s passion for making an impact has guided her through a non-traditional career path, enabling her to develop a breadth of skills in the nonprofit and policy arenas. Along the way she learned some fast lessons about how fundraising should work, as well as a broader perspective on what it takes to build a great organization.

A few years into her career, Jessica was asked to launch and lead the human resources department at College Summit, an award-winning, fast-growing national organization, where she was able to combine her love of strategy and systems with her ability to understand and develop people. During this time, she created or revamped critical processes and used her recruiting skills to grow the staff from 35 to 110 over four years.

Jessica jumped further into talent and human resource work through her own nonprofit consulting company, with a particular focus on helping organizations find the best people, and providing coaching to help them succeed. Her total recruiting numbers: nearly 200 hires, 1,000 interviews, and many thousands of resumes reviewed – while still finding time to run a few half-marathons (even at a very slow pace) and eat a lot of good food.

Now as the Director of Talent at For Impact, she is bringing her experience in organizational development and recruiting to clients in need of advice, coaching, and hands-on help to make sure their teams can change the world.

Jessica is a Boston native, and after 15 years living in Chicago, Washington, DC, and Boston, she and her husband Mike (also a For Impact coach!) now live in Colorado Springs with their sons, Nathaniel and Alexander. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program.

Nicole Winfield
Coach | Email Nicole

Nicole Winfield joined the For Impact team with an extensive background in sales support, executive support, recruiting, and human resources. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to use her skills to make an impact on the world.

Before joining the For Impact Team, most of Nicole’s experience was in the Healthcare sector. She had been a long-time follower of For Impact, and applied the frameworks and principles to her work in sales support. She now uses that experience to coach and train For Impact clients on the role of sales support staff, including how to get a visit.

Nicole strives to live by the words of Steve Martinson: “I believe in making your own breaks. You work hard and you have to make your own bounces, just like life. There’s a difference between wanting things and making things happen. It doesn’t do any good to want it, you have to make it happen.”

Nicole resides in San Diego with her husband Chris and son Jaden. When she is not working with a client, you can most often find her outside enjoying the wonderful San Diego weather.

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