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Recent Changes to the ACGA Board

ACGABoardThe following members of the ACGA Board retired from Board service in 2018:

  • Dan T. Garrett, AEP®, CFP®, HDP® (2005 – 2018)
  • Susan Gutchess (2000 – 2018)
  • Edith E. Matulka, J.D. (2009 – 2018)
  • Peter A. Witherell (2012 – 2018)

We thank each of them for their many years of hard work and commitment to the ACGA.

On April 24, 2018, the ACGA Board of Directors unanimously elected Bill Laskin, Jeff Hesseltine, and Phil Purcell to serve in the Class of 2021. 

 Laskin Bill Laskin helped found PG Calc, one of the premier planned giving software companies in the charitable sector.  A Harvard “Cum Laude” undergraduate in Economics, he served in the Harvard University Planned Giving Office for a year and a half before picking up his MD degree from Tufts School of Medicine.  Along the way he helped found PG Calc and has been a part of their team since 1985 overseeing design and development of Planned Giving Manager and PG Calc’s gift illustration software.  A frequent speaker for planned giving groups, Bill also has written numerous articles in various planned giving publications.
 Hesseltine An eighteen-year veteran of the Salvation Army, Territorial Director of Strategic Planning for the Western US, Jeff Hesseltine is no stranger to the gift planning industry.  Prior to his joining the Army, Jeff practiced law focusing primarily on estate planning and probate law.  His earned degrees include a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Cal State University, Northridge, a Master’s in Management from USC, and a JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  No stranger to the private sector, Jeff spent five years as a very successful marketing manager for CompuChem which provided analytical engineering services to environmental engineers, private companies, and state and federal governments.
Purcell  Phil Purcell currently serves as Senior Counsel for Philanthropy on behalf of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.  Phil’s very successful career in the fund-raising industry included VP for Planned Giving and Endowment Stewardship at Ball State University Foundation, Director of Gift Planning at the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Planned Giving and Development Counsel for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  Phil currently serves as a volunteer on the Tax Exempt Organization Advisory Council for the IRS and Vice Chair of the Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Charitable  Group. He teaches courses on Law and Philanthropy as adjunct faculty for the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy and Fundraising School.