New executive director appointed to head Catholic Foundation

By Dan Russo
Witness Editor

DUBUQUE — The Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation in the Archdiocese of Dubuque (CFAD) recently appointed Michele Brock the organization’s new executive director.

She took the reins of CFAD from former executive director Jeff Henderson and assistant executive director Jeff Schneider on July 1.

Michele Brock

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and clients, I would like to thank both Jeff Henderson and Jeff Schneider for their outstanding leadership over the past four years,” wrote Brock in a letter recently sent to the foundation’s supporters. “CFAD has grown to over 170 accounts with assets under management of approximately $100 million. More importantly, we are grateful that they have helped to make the CFAD brand strong and respected across all of the archdio­cese.”

Henderson and Schneider continue to work for the archdiocese in the Of­­fice of Stewardship Development. Hender­son, who now serves as director of stewardship development, explained that the large growth of CFAD in recent years prompted the changes.

“With Michele now leading CFAD, we’ll be able to focus our stewardship development efforts both locally and across the archdiocese,” said Henderson. “The stewardship development office will work on several special needs at the archdiocesan level as well as continuing to work with parishes and schools.”

CFAD assists donors to provide for the long-term needs of the archdiocese. The foundation’s mission statement is: “To sustain a vibrant Catholic faith in the Archdiocese of Dubuque through professional financial planning.”

Brock’s professional experience will aid her in this mission. Brock has served on the CFAD Board of Directors the past four years, including the last year as vice chair. She has worked in various capacities for the past nine years at Amperage Marketing and Fundraising in Cedar Rapids. She has served most recently as director of fundraising. Her accomplishments at Amperage include helping clients raise over $45 million, leading 11 capital campaigns, several market research projects and numerous marketing plan implementations.

Before Amperage, she was the ­public re­lations and foundation director for Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa. Brock was there for 10 years, which included a highly successful capital campaign for a new hospital.

Brock has been heavily involved at her parish, St. Joseph in Marion, volunteering as a leader there in many different capacities.

Henderson and Schneider will continue to work with Brock over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition.