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The Signatry Team

We’re investing in kingdom work.

We’ve spent years discovering how to best partner with families, advisors, and ministries, and we’re convinced that making the biggest impact for the Kingdom requires an intentional focus on transformational generosity. We aren’t looking at giving through the same lens that you’ll find elsewhere. We’re having a new discussion. We’re innovating new and exciting ways to reach the world with God’s generosity, and we’re so thrilled for you to join us.

Bill High

CEO

Bill High is the Chief Executive Officer of The Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in 2000, Bill was a partner with Blackwell Sanders LLP, a national and international law firm. He is also the founder of iDonate, a fundraising software company serving the non-profit community. iDonate.com provides an online marketing solution for non-profits to market and receive gifts of all kinds: including cash, text, credit card and non-cash gifts.

With the foundation, he has been a vital part in overseeing their efforts from startup, to almost $3 billion in contributions. Bill invests his time working with families, individual givers, ministries, and financial advisors. He also works strategically with business owners who are looking to sell and/or transition their business to the next generation, and teaches ministries how to work with major donors.

Bill’s personal mission is to change the way people view and practice generosity. Through innovative resources, leadership and writing – he’s helped show generous families how to grow their impact through cash and noncash giving. As part of that mission, he’s working with families to carry on a lasting legacy of true wealth.

Bill is also a published author. His recent books include a book co-authored with David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby, called Giving It All Away…And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously (Zondervan 2017), and a book co authored with Steve and Jackie Green, This Dangerous Book: How the Bible Has Shaped our World and Why it Still Matters Today (Zondervan 2017). Other books include Stories of the Generous Life. Ordinary People. Extraordinary Generosity, and its sequel, The Generosity Bet. He co-authored Sell Well, which highlights avoiding common mistakes when selling a business, and Why the Conservative Mind Matters. He also contributed to unHeritage: 11 Pitfalls to Family Legacy and How to Avoid Them, and the companion volume, unPrepared Heirs At Risk.

Apart from writing books, Bill is a highly sought-after conference speaker on topics relating to philanthropy and the transforming power of biblical generosity. He was named one of the Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers in the United States by Philanthropy Media.

Bill has been married to his wife Brooke for more than 30 years. They have four children, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.

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Bill High

CEO

Bill High is the Chief Executive Officer of The Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in 2000, Bill was a partner with Blackwell Sanders LLP, a national and international law firm. He is also the founder of iDonate, a fundraising software company serving the non-profit community. iDonate.com provides an online marketing solution for non-profits to market and receive gifts of all kinds: including cash, text, credit card and non-cash gifts.

With the foundation, he has been a vital part in overseeing their efforts from startup, to almost $3 billion in contributions. Bill invests his time working with families, individual givers, ministries, and financial advisors. He also works strategically with business owners who are looking to sell and/or transition their business to the next generation, and teaches ministries how to work with major donors.

Bill’s personal mission is to change the way people view and practice generosity. Through innovative resources, leadership and writing – he’s helped show generous families how to grow their impact through cash and noncash giving. As part of that mission, he’s working with families to carry on a lasting legacy of true wealth.

Bill is also a published author. His recent books include a book co-authored with David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby, called Giving It All Away…And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously (Zondervan 2017), and a book co authored with Steve and Jackie Green, This Dangerous Book: How the Bible Has Shaped our World and Why it Still Matters Today (Zondervan 2017). Other books include Stories of the Generous Life. Ordinary People. Extraordinary Generosity, and its sequel, The Generosity Bet. He co-authored Sell Well, which highlights avoiding common mistakes when selling a business, and Why the Conservative Mind Matters. He also contributed to unHeritage: 11 Pitfalls to Family Legacy and How to Avoid Them, and the companion volume, unPrepared Heirs At Risk.

Apart from writing books, Bill is a highly sought-after conference speaker on topics relating to philanthropy and the transforming power of biblical generosity. He was named one of the Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers in the United States by Philanthropy Media.

Bill has been married to his wife Brooke for more than 30 years. They have four children, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.

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Bill High

Steve French

President

Stephen (Steve) French is President of The Signatry. His primary role is strategic management and leadership of the office. He also devotes his time meeting with advisors, attorneys, individuals, and business owners to develop strategies and solutions to minimize tax liability, while maximizing charitable giving. This is executed with specific emphasis in the area of non-liquid assets such as: stock, real estate, mutual funds, and portions of closely held businesses.

Prior to joining The Signatry, Steve was the founder and CEO of Quovant, a Legal Spend Management company working with law firms in over 13 countries.

Steve is married to his wife Debbie and they have two daughters – Marnie and Rachel, who have blessed them with four grandsons.

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Steve French

President

Stephen (Steve) French is President of The Signatry. His primary role is strategic management and leadership of the office. He also devotes his time meeting with advisors, attorneys, individuals, and business owners to develop strategies and solutions to minimize tax liability, while maximizing charitable giving. This is executed with specific emphasis in the area of non-liquid assets such as: stock, real estate, mutual funds, and portions of closely held businesses.

Prior to joining The Signatry, Steve was the founder and CEO of Quovant, a Legal Spend Management company working with law firms in over 13 countries.

Steve is married to his wife Debbie and they have two daughters – Marnie and Rachel, who have blessed them with four grandsons.

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sfrench@thesignatry.com

Steve French

Dale Brantner

Chief Catalyst Officer

Dale Brantner serves as Chief Catalyst Officer. He works to inspire new growth for The Signatry initiatives and foster relationships. Dale brings over 30 years of global leadership experience in development and ministry, including leading with Museum of the Bible, serving as President and CEO of Cure International.

717-678-8877
dbrantner@thesignatry.com

Dale Brantner

Mark Klinger

Chief Financial Officer, MBA

Mark Klinger is the Chief Financial Officer for The Signatry.  He manages the daily finance and accounting operations for the foundation and supports the development of operating budgets and long term strategic financial planning.  Mark has an MBA in Finance with experience in large corporate and start-up businesses.

913-538-7839
mklinger@thesignatry.com

Mark Klinger

Evan Lange

President, Midwest Region / J.D.

Evan Lange serves as the President of the Midwest Region for The Signatry. He works closely with financial advisors, attorneys, and business owners to develop strategies to minimize tax liability and maximize charitable giving. Evan is a licensed attorney and practiced law at top firms in Kansas City prior to joining The Signatry.

913-310-0279
elange@thesignatry.com

Evan Lange

Joe Williams

President, OKC Region

Joe Williams is President of the Oklahoma Region of The Signatry. His role is to meet with donors to help them maximize gifting opportunities through strategic giving plans. Joe has over 20 years of experience as a community bank CEO, and 8 years as a stewardship pastor.

405-819-2063
jwilliams@thesignatry.com

Joe Williams

Alan Pratt

President, Northwest Region / CEP, CAP

Alan Pratt, a Certified Estate Planner and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, serves as the President of The Signatry’s Northwest Region. In his role, Alan works to equip others with the creative tools, strategies, and insight they need to maximize their generosity and establish a lasting legacy. Alan seeks to use his decades of experience as a financial professional, legacy advisor, and business owner to help families flourish.

425-417-9559
apratt@thesignatry.com

Alan Pratt

Len Urbas

President, Rocky Mountain Region

Len Urbas serves as the President of the Rocky Mountain Region of The Signatry. In his role, Len helps families, advisors, and ministries make a difference in the world through sound stewardship and biblical generosity. With over 25 years of business development and building strategic partnerships in high-tech, Len brings valuable experience in transformational change and operational excellence to The Signatry.

303-885-8575
lurbas@thesignatry.com

Len Urbas

Dale Armstrong

President, South Region

Dale Armstrong serves as the President of the South Region of the Signatry. In his role, Dale equips and encourages individuals to pursue a life of biblical generosity through sound principles, creative solutions and charitable strategies. Having spent his career as a business owner and consultant working in faith driven initiatives, Dale is uniquely qualified to come alongside Christian business owners and philanthropists who have a passion for growing the Kingdom of God.

615-955-0527
dalearmstrong@thesignatry.com

Dale Armstrong

Wendy Rogers

Vice President, National Relationship Management

Wendy Rogers serves as Vice President, National Relationship Management. Wendy works with donors to build their family legacy by connecting them with creative giving solutions. As a third-generation family business owner and corporate director with 25 years of experience, Wendy brings special insight to family businesses on how to facilitate stewardship.

404-290-4852
wrogers@thesignatry.com

Wendy Rogers

Lucas Cherry

Vice President, Operations / MBA, CPA

Lucas Cherry is the Vice President of Operations for The Signatry. He serves the foundation and its donors by managing day-to-day operational activities, and is a part of developing and implementing strategic and operational initiatives. Lucas is a licensed CPA with over 8 years of experience in financing.

913-538-7842
lcherry@thesignatry.com

Lucas Cherry

Larry Scott

Senior Vice President & Corporate Counsel / J.D.

Larry Scott serves as Senior Vice President & Corporate Counsel. He has extensive experience with transactional, operational, and tax matters from his legal and accounting career. His focus is on tax and corporate issues of nonliquid asset donations and addressing those issues with donors and their professional advisors. He also provides analysis, planning, and implementation of legal and tax strategies for The Signatry.

704-904-9200
lscott@thesignatry.com

Larry Scott

Erik Schartner

Executive Vice President & Tax Strategies Counsel

Erik Schartner serves as Executive Vice President & Tax Strategies Counsel for The Signatry where he provides analysis, planning, and implementation of legal and tax strategies. He also serves as a resource to generous donors who desire to integrate their giving with their overall estate plan.  Erik spent ten years in private practice as an estate planning lawyer in the Boston area before he transitioned to The Cru Foundation in 2017.

978-473-3958
eschartner@thesignatry.com

Erik Schartner

Dane Frazier

Executive Vice President & Associate General Counsel

Dane Frazier serves as Executive Vice President & Associate General Counsel for The Signatry. He structures gifts to maximize the amount that goes to charities by navigating tax issues associated with nonliquid assets. Dane is an attorney licensed in Kansas and Missouri, and has previously practiced estate planning and tax law.

913-538-7840
dfrazier@thesignatry.com

Dane Frazier

Kim Harris

Vice President, Donor Care

Kim Harris serves as Vice President of Donor Care for The Signatry. She spends her time connecting generous donors with grants to support the charities they’re most passionate about. Kim is a dedicated customer service manager, with over 25 years of experience in developing exceptional account relationships throughout her career.

703-472-5787
kharris@thesignatry.com

Kim Harris

Jason Yakelis

Vice President, Strategic Growth

Jason Yakelis serves as Vice President for Strategic Growth at The Signatry. As a Paterson Guide for StratOp & LifePlan, he leads organizational and individual development processes to guide others towards clarity and their created purpose. Having served in executive and operational roles in for-profit and nonprofit entities, Jason brings valuable perspective in walking with leaders and organizations.

717-877-9027
jyakelis@thesignatry.com

Jason Yakelis

Michelle Dightman

Director of Complex Asset Accounting

Michelle Dightman serves as the Director of Complex Asset Accounting for The Signatry. In her role, Michelle manages accounting and tax processes for complex assets under management with The Signatry. With over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting, Michelle has worked in a variety of industries including private family foundations.

913-538-7838
mdightman@thesignatry.com

Michelle Dightman

Kristin Hammett

Director of Ministry Services

Kristin Hammett is the Director of Ministry Services for The Signatry. She partners with ministries to train, consult and equip them with fundraising solutions. Her passion is to help ministries connect God’s resources to His work. Kristin is an experienced development director and consultant with over 10 years in fundraising support.

913-553-2206
khammett@thesignatry.com

Kristin Hammett

Carole Urbas

Director of Curriculum Development

Carole serves as Director of Curriculum Development at The Signatry. Carole is a proven leader and published author who uses her experience writing and teaching Bibles studies to create unique and engaging learning experiences for The Signatry community. Having worked alongside nationally recognized leaders and organizations, Carole brings 20 years of experience in launching and building ministries to The Signatry.

303-885-8574
curbas@thesignatry.com

Carole Urbas

Annika Bergen

Director of Communications

Annika Bergen serves as the Director of Communications at The Signatry. Her role is to develop and implement strategies across various communication platforms. Annika has over 7 years of experience in communication, and is a seasoned writer and editor.

913-538-7848
abergen@thesignatry.com

Annika Bergen

Shelly Arnold

Events Manager

Shelly Arnold serves as the Events Manager for The Signatry. In her role, Shelly creates warm, welcoming environments where conversations of legacy and generosity flourish. Shelly previously worked at Westside Family Church for 10 years as their Women’s Discipleship Director and Events Coordinator where she helped individuals grow in their character and their calling.

913-538-7849
sarnold@thesignatry.com

Shelly Arnold

Aril Brizendine

Project Manager, Sales & Operations

Aril Brizendine serves as a Project Manager for Sales & Operations at The Signatry. Her role consists of managing The Signatry’s CRM database and tracking processes, as well as providing operation & sales support to The Signatry team. Aril has worked in non-profit donor development for more than 10 years, including her experience as a Project Manager at Museum of the Bible, prior to joining The Signatry.

913-538-7841
abrizendine@thesignatry.com

Aril Brizendine

Gretchen Kramp

Project Manager, Ministry Services

Gretchen serves as a Project Manager for Ministry Services at The Signatry. In her role, Gretchen provides administrative support to ensure efficient operations for The Signatry team. She is responsible for a variety of tasks to maintain thorough organization and communication. Gretchen brings years of experience in event planning and nonprofit development to The Signatry.

913-310-0279
gkramp@thesignatry.com

Gretchen Kramp

Daniel Vanderhorst

Project Manager

Daniel Vanderhorst works as Project Manager for The Signatry. He handles the development of family legacy programs and works with Bill High, The Signatry CEO, on speaking engagements, curriculum, and web projects. Daniel has taught English overseas, served in ministry, and most recently worked in web and content development.

913-553-2209
dvanderhorst@thesignatry.com

Daniel Vanderhorst

Rhiannon Kreeger

Operations Manager

Rhiannon Kreeger serves as Operations Manager for The Signatry. Her role on the operations team is to handle all operational projects while assisting the VP of Operations with record keeping and scheduling. Rhiannon is an experienced operations manager with over 10 years supporting businesses.

913-538-7834
rkreeger@thesignatry.com

Rhiannon Kreeger

Colby Leseberg

Senior Accountant

Colby Leseberg serves as the Senior Accountant with The Signatry team. In his role, Colby handles the accounting processes required for complex assets under management with The Signatry. With over 8 years of experience in finance and accounting, Colby has worked on high level projects in the commercial real estate industry.

913-553-2208
cleseberg@thesignatry.com

Colby Leseberg

Tracy Manning

Senior Accountant/Financial Analyst

Tracy Manning serves as a Senior Accountant and Financial Analyst at The Signatry. Tracy is responsible for the required accounting and tax analysis of business interest gifts under management at The Signatry. Prior to joining the team, Tracy worked in corporate accounting roles within the financial industry, specializing in complex revenue models.

913-310-0279
tmanning@thesignatry.com

Tracy Manning

Megan Yeomans

Senior Financial Analyst

Megan Yeomans serves as a Senior Financial Analyst for The Signatry. Megan serves with the Finance Team to drive management reporting, cash forecasting and results analysis, and other team processes. She has over 7 years of finance experience, including her work as an international mutual funds accountant.

913-310-0279
myeomans@thesignatry.com

Megan Yeomans

Bethany Slack

Staff Accountant

Bethany serves as a Staff Accountant at The Signatry. She is responsible for the fund accounting of donor advised funds as well as Corporate Accounting functions and bank reconciliations. Bethany holds a MBA in International Business and has several years of experience in international mutual fund accounting. Bethany also has ministry staff experience and has had the opportunity to teach English overseas.

913-310-0279
bslack@thesignatry.com

Bethany Slack

Nikki Carlson

Accounting Specialist

Nikki Carlson serves as Accounting Specialist for The Signatry and is responsible for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, billing, reconciliations, and other internal accounting activities. Before joining The Signatry, Nikki gained her accounting knowledge while bookkeeping for a small product-development company, and she has over 10 years of experience in accounting.

913-538-7835
ncarlson@thesignatry.com

Nikki Carlson

Hannah Reynolds

Executive Assistant

Hannah Reynolds is the assistant to Bill High, Chief Executive Officer of The Signatry. Her role is to serve the CEO and to provide additional operational support. Hannah is a former Continuing Medical Education Coordinator with experience in event planning and a background in the mission field.

913-310-0279
hreynolds@thesignatry.com

Hannah Reynolds

Donna England

Assistant to the President

Donna England is the assistant to Steve French, President of The Signatry. Her role is to serve the president and others as needed, while devoting time to market research, event planning and coordination, and operational support. Donna is a former teacher, with over 16 years of experience teaching business classes.

615-406-9814
dengland@thesignatry.com

Donna England

Gretchen Ditsworth

Assistant to the President, Northwest Region

Gretchen Ditsworth is the assistant to Alan Pratt, President of the Northwest Region of The Signatry. Her role is to serve the President and others as needed, while devoting time to donor care, event coordination, and operational support. Gretchen has over 24 years of professional experience in accounting and not-for-profit administration.

206-310-0043
gditsworth@thesignatry.com

Gretchen Ditsworth

Rachael Durham

Administrative Assistant

Rachael serves as Administrative Assistant at The Signatry and works directly with the national relationship management team. She is responsible for a variety of tasks to maintain thorough organization, implementation, and communication. Serving in the United States military for over 13 years, Rachael brings experience of leadership, communication, and project management to The Signatry

903-278-9256
rdurham@thesignatry.com

Rachael Durham

Christine York

Office Administrator

Christine York serves as the Office Administrator for The Signatry. She assists The Signatry team through internal project support, managing office needs, and helping with questions from donors. Christine brings over 7 years of experience in administrative support with nonprofits and higher education institutions.

913-310-0279
cyork@thesignatry.com

Christine York

Drew Wright

Data Analyst

Drew serves as Data Analyst for The Signatry. In his role, Drew leads research and analysis efforts, supports The Signatry data management, and assists departments with data needs. Drew brings experience in corporate marketing and campus ministry to The Signatry.

913-310-0279
dwright@thesignatry.com

Drew Wright

Elizabeth Bickley

Investment Team Specialist, Fund Operations

Elizabeth serves as Fund Operations and Donor Care Specialist for The Signatry.  Her primary role is assisting donors and their advisors on setting up and managing their donor advised fund and separately managed accounts.  Elizabeth has served in customer service for insurance, investments and financial planning for over 20 years.

913-553-2204
ebickley@thesignatry.com

Elizabeth Bickley

Lesli Tyson

Donor Care Specialist

Lesli serves as a Donor Care Specialist for The Signatry. Her primary role is to assist donors with their funds and the causes they support. Lesli is a committed customer service manager and has served in various roles for over 26 years in donor relations, including working with major donors.

913-553-2205
ltyson@thesignatry.com

Lesli Tyson

Lauren Shoener

Donor Care Specialist

Lauren serves as a Donor Care Specialist for The Signatry. Her main role is assisting donors with their funds and the causes they support. Lauren has served in customer service and donor relations for over 14 years.

913-538-7836
lshoener@thesignatry.com

Lauren Shoener

Michelle McKelvey

Donor Care Specialist

Michelle serves as a Donor Care Specialist for The Signatry. Her main role is assisting donors with their funds and the causes they support. Michelle brings over 20 years of experience in the banking industry to The Signatry team.

913-538-7845
mmckelvey@thesignatry.com

Michelle McKelvey

Jessica Winter

Director of Marketing

Jessica Winter serves as the Director of Marketing at The Signatry. Her role is to create and execute brand strategy and marketing initiatives across various platforms. Jessica has led and developed marketing strategies for a variety of non-profit organizations across her career.

media@thesignatry.com

Jessica Winter

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