Greg McRay, EA | President & CEO
Greg McRay is the President and CEO of The Foundation Group. With a professional background in tax and accounting, Greg began working extensively with nonprofit organizations in the early 1990s. This private practice continued to grow, leading to the decision to formalize into a professional services firm addressing the needs of nonprofit organizations nationwide. Teaming with a long-time friend and associate, The Foundation Group was launched in September 1995.
Nonprofits provide essential services to our country that cannot be effectively duplicated in the for-profit nor government services arenas. Unfortunately, these same nonprofits have been grossly under-served by the professional services community for decades. Since the very beginning, Greg’s vision for Foundation Group has been to change this equation by providing our nonprofit clients with the very best counsel and assistance that can be found. That vision is fulfilled in FG’s comprehensive, consulting-based approach to helping new nonprofits get up and running, as well as the ongoing compliance services that we provide to existing nonprofits.
Greg is credentialed by the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Agent (EA), licensed to practice tax cases before the federal government. A frequent writer and presenter, he specializes in the areas of nonprofit formation, compliance and leadership. Greg is a featured CPE presenter for Strafford Publishing and 501(c)(3) University and his writing is syndicated through Alltop.com, LawForChange.org, EZineArticles.com, Newstex and others.
Over his career working in the nonprofit arena, Greg has served as a board member and/or advisor to many nonprofits. He currently serves on the boards of Donelson Christian Academy, a private K-12 college preparatory school located in Nashville, Tennessee, The Bridge Fellowship Church and the Brookstone Neighborhood Association, both located in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Memberships include C12 Group, Christian CEO network. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and longs for Volunteer football to regain top 10 status (someday). A Starbucks addict, avid motorcyclist and outdoor enthusiast, he resides with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Caroline, in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Dee Hollinger | Director of Formation Services
Dee oversees our nonprofit formation department. She has been with The Foundation Group since early 2001. A native of Maine, her diverse career has spanned everything from being an Army M.P. in Germany and Alaska to working in logistics support for both international banking and Japanese international trading companies, then moving into the nonprofit world, working with both United Cerebral Palsy and as a church administrator. For the past 10 years, Dee has headed up our formation services for new nonprofits. Few nonprofit consultants anywhere understand more about the tax exemption process than Dee. She has worked with thousands of nonprofits nationwide and knows what it takes to get new organizations properly established.
Shannon Zobel, MBA | Director of Compliance Services
Shannon joined the FG family in April 2012, but has quickly become a true MVP to our clients. As Director of Compliance Services, Shannon and her term concentrate their skills toward the ongoing needs of established nonprofits, with services such as IRS Form 990 preparation and charitable solicitations registration and renewal. Shannon comes to FG after nearly 10 years with Ingersol Rand / Trane where she most recently managed their US Unclaimed Property Division. Her extensive experience with the critical detail of 50 state compliance for Ingersol gives her a unique skill-set to assist Foundation Group clients with our version of 50 state compliance. Shannon earned her B.S. in Accounting from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from Cumberland University. In the nonprofit arena, she contributes her time and talent as a board member and volunteer for a local children’s charity, Love Helps. Shannon and her family reside in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Roschelle Ridenhour | Director of Sales
Roschelle joined our team in 2004 and has literally done it all. From technical writer to sales to formation consultant, Roschelle has occupied many seats here. Not that we’re trying to find what she is good at…she’s good at it all! With over 20 years working in the nonprofit sector, Roschelle is our go-to person to help establish new initiatives. She is currently in charge of new client sales consulting and does considerable research to keep our staff fully up-to-date on regulatory changes all over the country. Roschelle is a Missouri native and a B.A. graduate of Missouri State University. Memberships include Nashville Association of Sales Professionals. She is also active in children’s ministry at her church and is a short-story writer and amateur photographer.
Linnea Hopkins Mace | Senior Consultant
Linnea hails from South Carolina and is a proud University of South Carolina Gamecock alumnus. She came on board with us in 2006. Linnea consults with new nonprofit organizations and assists them in obtaining tax exempt status. In addition to her role as one of our nonprofit formation experts, Linnea is also responsible for IRS liaison service for those 501(c)(3) applications that require more extensive representation. She has provided direct IRS representation for literally hundreds of clients. Her efforts greatly contribute to our perfect record with Uncle Sam.
Sabina Goodbread | Quality Control
Sabina is a Nashvillian via Colombia, South America and is one of our expert professional writers. She has assisted in the preparation of literally thousands of IRS applications and other compliance work since coming on board in 2008. In addition, Sabina manages our quality control efforts, including our document peer review process for formation clients. Her commitment to accuracy ensures that our clients and their programs are presented to the IRS in the best possible light.
Juliette Vincent | Professional Writer
Juliette is another 2012 addition to our professional (application) writing staff. In addition to being a talented writer and support team member, Juliette is our resident Sci-Fi and fantasy aficionado, regularly participating in various festivals and events. She is a 2008 graduate of Colorado Technical University.
Cindy Brown | Professional Writer
Cindy completes our professional writing roster, having joined her teammates at FG in late 2012 after a stint in the insurance industry. A talented writer and skilled communicator, Cindy graduated in 2009 from Tennessee Technological University with a B.A. in English writing.
Mick Heckinger | Nonprofit Sales Advisor
Mick is another member of our talented sales staff. In fact, this is his second go-around with FG, having rejoined our team in 2009 after a two-year missions stint in Venezuela. Mick is both a consummate sales professional and an experienced nonprofit leader himself. He has been the president of his missions organization for years, so he understands the issues potential clients are facing. As such, he works hard to ensure folks get what they need to succeed.
Ken Hughes | Nonprofit Sales Advisor
Ken joined Foundation Group in the spring of 2011. He is a career-long sales professional and has an extraordinary ability to connect with people and get to the heart of what the prospect really needs. Ken has been a friend to many of FG’s staff for years, so it’s nice to have him on the team.
Phil Thompson | Nonprofit Sales Advisor
Phil came on board with FG in the fall of 2012. A Nashville native, Phil graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.B.A. in Marketing. His direct, easy-to-understand approach gives potential clients a sense of direction in determining how to turn their dream into a reality. He enjoys playing golf and church league softball.
Marcie Timmerman | Nonprofit Incorporation Specialist
Marcie joined the FG team in 2010 and initially provided administrative services to our clients and staff and assistance to Jessica in the area of new nonprofit formation. Recently, she has assumed responsibility for our entire incorporation services effort, helping new nonprofits all across the country with their mission-critical formation documents. Her expertise in this area is essential to getting our clients started off the right way.
Charles Reasonover | Director of Marketing and Communications
Most clients never get the opportunity to interact with Charles directly, even though they experience his work through our communication and promotional efforts. His ability to effectively position FG in the marketplace has everything to do with his understanding of the nonprofit world, having spent a number of years in marketing and public relations at United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Charles is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and holds a B.S. in Marketing. He’s been a part of FG since 2005.
Angee Bruce | Administration
Last, but certainly not least, is one of our newest team members, Angee Bruce. Angee is FG’s primary telephone receptionist and is likely the first voice you will hear when you call. She is also responsible for client scheduling. Angee joins us after many years in telephone customer care for T-Mobile. We know you will enjoy your interaction with her.