Our Staff

Jenny Nohelty

Senior Gift Planning Counselor
Founder & CEO

CFRE, CEP, CDE, CGPP, RFC, CSFP

About Jenny

Jenny is a graduate of the Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Personal Financial Program, where she received her Certificate in Personal Financial Planning. She’s in her third decade advising nonprofits and educating donors on the best ways to maximize their legacy potential. When she’s not on the road visiting clients or hanging out with her granddaughter, you can find Jenny at the movies (with popcorn, extra butter), curled up with a suspense/crime novel, or enjoying a good glass of wine with those she loves.

Ron Smith

Senior Gift Planning Counselor

CFRE, CDE

 

About Ron

“I find great significance in my work, have a strong connection to my beliefs, and strive to be a responsible leader. I am a relationship builder, with a strong ability to manage and motivate others.”

Ron helped develop and implement the certification coursework of CDE – Certified Development Executive – through the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Foundation.

Tamara Fanjoy

Gift Planning Counselor

 

 

About Tamara

Before joining the team at Gift Planning Services, Tamara managed a restaurant, led river rafting trips, was a vocal entertainer and talent agent, and traveled as a cowgirl fashion designer. She also owned a business doing banking for the elderly/disabled and helping them maintain their independence. Today, her passion is taking the stress out of legacy planning for the organizations and donors she serves. Knowing that no single approach is the right one for everyone, Tamara strives to create unique plans that reflect donors’ lifelong values and support their legacy goals. Tamara loves baking, singing with her granddaughter, and crossing things off her extensive “bucket list.”

Christy Boysen

Director of Operations
Gift Planning Counselor 

 

 

About Christy

With a background in higher education, marketing, and event management; Christy brings oodles of business sense, leadership, and a winsome personality to the team. Christy’s professional degrees include a B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Communication, and M.A. in Higher Education. Since joining Gift Planning Services, she has helped dozens of clients establish multi-million dollar charitable estate gifts to the organizations they love. But when she’s not working, you’ll find her taking long walks, putting the finishing touches on her new home, or on her bike. Ask her about her cross-country bike trip!

Ryan Johnson

Gift Planning Counselor 

 

 

About ryan

Ryan comes to GPS from the marketing and advertising world, where he learned that effective communication leads to action. Ryan’s interest in personal finance–paired with a passion for stewardship–made gift planning an ideal transition. He looks forward to helping donors take action and maximize their impact. He has a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. In his free time, you’ll find him cheering on the Jayhawks, sneaking in another round on the golf course, or taking walks with his wife, Calli, in Minneapolis.

monique Kleinhuizen

Marketing & Brand Specialist 

 

About monique

Monique has a background in ministry and higher education, bringing years of experience to the Gift Planning Services team. She has degrees in journalism, Spanish, English literature/writing, and strategic leadership. She loves hearing people’s stories and figuring out ways to use creative storytelling to capture personalities, illustrate complex ideas, and inspire action. She and her husband live on a landscaping tree farm, so as a small business co-owner herself, she loves to dream up new ways for Gift Planning Services to think creatively and partner in new ways after 20 years in the industry. When she’s not writing or pruning trees, Monique is probably cooking, paddling a kayak, or planning her next national park trip.

jessica nafe

Gift Planning & Communications Coordinator

 

 

About Jessica

A graduate of Bethel University with a B.A. in Organizational Communication and Graphic Design, Jessica has experience in marketing, nonprofit communication, and university advancement. She is passionate about helping people find creative ways to leave lasting legacies for generations to come, and her eye for design and positive spirit have contributed in big ways to the Gift Planning Services team behind-the-scenes. In her spare time, you’ll find Jess traveling, enjoying time “Up North,” or baking beautiful sugar cookies. 

Nicole Traaseth

Donor Experience & Operations Specialist  

 

About Nicole

Nicole has her Master of Education, with a background in higher education and operations. She loves to find ways to continually make the Gift Planning Services experience better for everyone involved, and enjoys seeing how intentional gift planning can have a profound impact on organizations and communities. She’s the mastermind behind the softwares and processes that make Gift Planning Services hum, and our work wouldn’t happen nearly as well without her! In her spare time, Nicole runs a gymnastics program, loves to travel, and spends as much time as she can with friends and family.