Our Staff

Management Team Profiles

Charles H. (Chuck) Bentz
Founder and President
Chuck established the firm in 1980 to provide marketing-oriented fundraising expertise and management consulting to not-for-profit institutions throughout the United States.  A native of Ohio who was educated at Notre Dame and Denison University, he worked for more than 10 years in marketing positions with several major companies.  These included the Battelle Memorial Institute (the world’s largest research institute) and General Electric.  Before starting his own firm, he worked for 10 years with other national fundraising firms, serving as vice president for one and as a managing partner for another.  Since its opening, Bentz Associates has successfully managed capital and endowment campaigns and provided fundraising assistance for over 200 clients.  Active in the Warren region, Chuck has served as president of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra.

John T. Bentz
Vice President
John is responsible for marketing the services of Bentz Associates throughout the country.  In addition, he coordinates the firm’s fundraising Feasibility and Leadership Planning Studies, consults with clients on campaign planning, and assists Bentz personnel who are servicing clients throughout the country.  John is a graduate of Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in finance and human resource management.  He has also done post-graduate study at the Indiana Center on Philanthropy.  In 1995, he was elected to the City Council in Warren, Ohio.  In addition, he is a commissioner of the Trumbull County Metropolitan Parks District, and is the Trumbull County campaign chair for the Taft for Governor initiative.  He also serves on the boards of the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corporation, the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway Coalition, and the Packard Music Hall.

Sara Anne T. (Cissy) Parham
Vice President – Communications
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cissy has a master’s degree in communication arts from New York Institute of Technology and completed New York University’s Summer Institute for Management of Nonprofits.  She has been public relations director for the Greensboro Symphony, publications editor at UNC-Greensboro, account manager for a major North Carolina public relations firm, and a corporate public relations specialist for Bell System companies in Atlanta and Los Angeles.  A past president of the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield, New Jersey, she is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a distinction awarded by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives*, and has served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Triad Chapter of the national organization.  Cissy works from the Bentz Southern Office.

John (Jack) Limpert, Jr.
Associate Fund Counsel
Jack is affiliated with Bentz Associates and brings a wealth of experience to the firm.  His past positions include vice president of development, Lincoln Center Incorporated; vice president for development and marketing, The New York Botanical Garden; and director of development, The Museum of Modern Art.  His expertise includes capital campaigns, annual giving programs, membership building, and exhibition and program funding.  He has an unusual combination of marketing, advertising, promotional, and fundraising skills.  Before becoming a fundraiser, he held senior positions at Ted Bates & Company/New York and McCann-Erickson, Inc.  He has also served on many not-for-profit boards including The Children’s Aid Society, Harvard Club of New York City, and the Greater New York Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives*.  He was awarded Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) status in 1985 by the National Organization.  Jack coordinates the efforts of the N.Y. Metropolitan Office of Bentz Associates.

Administrative Staff Profiles  

Christine M. McCann
Office Manager
Prior to joining the firm, Chris was the owner of Home Base Computer Systems, a word processing and desk top publishing company, which included out-sourcing for area businesses, manuscripts for local authors, political campaign materials, resumes, and work for college students.  She was also an executive secretary with the corporate law firm of Nadler, Nadler, & Burdman Co., L.P.A., for over seven years.  The mother of three children, she has served as vice president and president of her children’s elementary school PTO and has volunteered extensively with various school projects.

Marianne Brdek
Research/Administrative Assistant
Marianne, a native of Ohio, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Youngstown State University.  She joined Bentz Associates after working as an interior designer in Ohio for more than five years.  She was affiliated with Ethan Allen and Manor House and started her own business-Buy New or Make Due.  She is also an active volunteer with local charities.

Kerry Brainard
Secretary
Kerry brings many years of graphics, print, and administrative skills to the Bentz organization.  She has worked for the United States Information Agency’s Printing Division in Washington, D.C.; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation’s Sales Department in Warren, Ohio; and Johnson Rubber Company’s Lithography Department in Middlefield, Ohio.  A native of Pennsylvania, Kerry is active in local volunteer ministry work.