Sharpe Leadership

Sharpe is led by a group of people who truly care about the nonprofits we work with and the missions you support. Sharpe’s lead consultants each have more than 25 years of experience in planning and implementing effective gift planning programs. They also bring perspective gained from years as active volunteers in their communities. Others on the Sharpe team are specialists in the fields that drive successful gift planning programs – attorneys, writers, editors, designers, print and digital marketing experts and management consultants.

  • Robert Sharpe

    Robert Sharpe - Chairman

    As Chairman of Sharpe Group, Robert Sharpe is a nationally recognized pioneer, leader and authority in the field of philanthropy. With more than 35 years of experience serving America’s nonprofit community, he consults nationally with educational, health, social service, arts and religious organizations and institutions in the planning and implementation of their major, planned gift and endowment development efforts. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Cornell Law School, he served as a development officer for a liberal arts college prior to practicing law with a major law firm specializing in taxation and estate planning.

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  • Barlow T. Mann

    Barlow T. Mann - Chief Operating Officer

    Barlow T. Mann, J.D., has more than three decades of experience in charitable gift planning and serves as Chief Operating Officer of Sharpe Group. Before joining Sharpe, he was director of development at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he was responsible for current, deferred and capital giving for the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing and allied health. He also has served as director of planned giving for the University of Memphis. He coordinated resource development projects with the Crippled Children’s Hospital Foundation and the University of Tennessee Bowld Hospital.

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  • John Jensen

    John Jensen - Senior Consultant, SVP

    John W. Jensen, CFP®, is a Sharpe Group Senior Consultant and Senior Vice President based in Washington D.C. He has worked with more than 100 nonprofits to improve their planned giving performance. He regularly conducts Planned Giving Program Audits and Assessments, in addition to a wide range of gift planning consulting services. John works with a broad range of groups, but has a particular specialty with national, membership and direct mail based charities. He also has special expertise in estate planning, gift structuring, real estate, estate administration, insurance and special needs situations.

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  • Aviva Shiff Boedecker

    Aviva Shiff Boedecker - Senior Consultant

    Aviva Shiff Boedecker is a Sharpe Group Senior Consultant based in San Francisco. An attorney with more than 30 years of gift planning experience, Aviva has served for more than a decade each as a director of planned giving at the University of California, Berkeley and the Marin Community Foundation. She initiated San Francisco Ballet’s planned giving program after beginning her career in the private practice of law.

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  • Nancy Jeffers

    Nancy Jeffers - Vice President and Managing Consultant

    As Vice President and Managing Consultant, Nancy Jeffers has more than 30 years’ experience assisting a variety of nonprofit organizations with donor communications strategies for their planned giving programs. She advises Sharpe clients with implementing their initial gift planning efforts to assessing a client’s needs and coordinating the marketing strategies and communication tactics of well-established planned giving programs.

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  • Kathy Robbins

    Kathy Robbins - Vice President and Managing Consultant

    Kathy Robbins is a Vice President and Managing Consultant for Sharpe Group. For more than 20 years, she has assisted faith-based, health-related and educational organizations and institutions with their gift planning programs. She has extensive experience working with a number of Sharpe clients—many nationally known—guiding them in approaches and methodologies to analyze and project program gift potential and the anticipated realization timeline.

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  • Sara Latshaw

    Sara Latshaw - Vice President and Sales Coordinator

    Sara Latshaw has nearly 15 years’ experience in working with nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Sara teams with Sharpe consultants in pricing and the creative team in overseeing the timely delivery of custom communications content for Sharpe’s clients. She serves as the liaison between Sharpe clients and their production partners. In addition, she monitors client inquiries and responses.

  • Lewis von Herrmann

    Lewis von Herrmann - Senior Consultant

    Senior Consultant Lewis von Herrmann is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Certified Fund Raising Executive® who is based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has more than 40 years of experience in charitable fundraising, primarily with faith-based organizations including Cru, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, American Bible Society and The Mission Society. He specializes in major and planned giving programs and has met privately with more than 2,000 individual families to discuss their planning needs.

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  • Joe Chickey

    Joe Chickey - Managing Consultant

    Joe Chickey, Managing Consultant for Sharpe Group, has worked for 30 years in the charitable arena for nonprofits and for-profits, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Rush Presbyterian Medical Center and as a gift planner for the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Sharpe, Joe oversaw the Charitable Services Group for Regions Middle Tennessee Division, serving philanthropic individuals, family foundations and public charities.

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  • Jana McAlpin

    Jana McAlpin - Consulting Associate

    Jana McAlpin, Sharpe Group Consulting Associate, is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Business Administration in Marketing. Before joining Sharpe Group, she served on the National Direct Marketing Acquisition Team for ALSAC/St. Jude and was an advertising representative for The Reflector, Mississippi State’s newspaper.

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