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Renee Durnin Recertified As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Gabriel Group is proud to announce that Renee Durnin, Director of Agency Services, has been recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” states Jim Caldarola, CFRE, Past Chair of CFRE International. “As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Renee Durnin to herself, the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.”

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFRE’s know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.

Lynn Connors Joins Gabriel Group as Director of Business Development

Gabriel Group is pleased to announce the addition of Lynn Connors as Director of Business Development.

Lynn joins the company’s gaming team after a successful career in casino management. Before coming to Gabriel Group, Lynn served as the Executive Casino Host at Casino Queen in East St. Louis for five years, where she developed customer relationships through new promotions to enhance engagement as well as coordinated player loyalty events. Prior to Casino Queen, Lynn worked at both River City Casino and Lumiere Place Casino as the Casino Host at each casino through their parent company, Pinnacle Entertainment. In addition, she also held the position of Senior Account Manager at SCA Promotions, where she partnered with casino executives to bring promotions to their player’s clubs.

CEO Dave Hawkins states, “Lynn’s experience and knowledge of the gaming industry will bring such a boost to Gabriel Group and our clients.

“Anytime we can add someone to our team who comes with direct insight into the organizations we aim to partner with is only going to benefit us as a company. Lynn brings with her years of expertise within the casino market and we couldn’t be more thrilled to now have her onboard. Her knack for building strong relationships and implementing successful player engagement strategies is going to help so many of our client partners, and we can’t wait to see what she can do.”

Lynn attended both Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and the University of Missouri, where she competed on the diving team at each. When she isn’t in the office, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Carli, and twin sons, John and James. Lynn also enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, golf and boating.

Gabriel Group Announces Janet Leigh as Director of Business Development

Gabriel Group is proud to name Janet Leigh as its Director of Business Development.

Janet comes from the St. Louis Region Missouri Chamber of Commerce where she focused on building relationships with local corporate business leaders and CEOs to increase and retain membership. She has also worked as the Director of Development & Special Events for Nurses for Newborns. There, Janet specialized in increasing donors, executing direct mail and digital fundraising campaigns and overseeing all charity events. In addition, Janet also held multiple sales management and business development positions at Carson-Dellosa Publishing early in her career.

“We are very excited for Janet to hit the ground running with us at Gabriel Group,” CEO Dave Hawkins says.

“Janet is not only personable and ambitious, but she has the combined knowledge and experience of both the corporate and nonprofit sides of our business which I’m not sure we’ve had before. She is a truly great fit for us at GG and I have no doubt that she will be able to make a difference for both us and our clients as we continue to build relationships in the future.”

Janet graduated from St. Louis University where she played volleyball as a collegiate athlete. In 2011, she was inducted into the St. Louis University Athletic Hall of Fame for her accomplishments. When she isn’t in the office, Janet enjoys playing golf and tennis as well as spending time with her husband and two daughters.