Your Team

Viken Mikaelian

Viken Mikaelian
CEO, FOUNDER

Viken’s passion is to motivate to excel. He thrives on personal development, marketing, branding and getting your message out. He is also the founder of PlannedGiving.Com and Planned Giving Wiki.

Joe Garecht Major Gifts

Joe Garecht
VP, OPERATIONS

Joe has over 20 years’ experience as an executive director, development director, and non-profit fundraising consultant. He’s a world recognized fundraising expert, author, and speaker.

Samantha "Sam" Ganser

Samantha (Sam) Ganser
Editor

Sam is Chief Editor of Major Gifts Today and in charge of social media efforts. She’s a graduate of Notre Dame and Indiana University (Masters in Nonprofit Management) and delivers a wealth of knowledge for us and our clients.

William Scheller, MBA

William Scheller
Strategy

Bill, a graduate of the Wharton School at Penn, has played key roles in the branding and marketing of consumer products in the billions. He brings his vast corporate expertise to the nonprofit sector.

Megan Clemens, Editor, Center for Major and Planned Gifts

Megan Clemens
Content Editor

Megan joined PlannedGiving.Com in 2007 and has served in a multitude of roles. She also gained development communications experience at the University of Valley Forge.

Gretel DeRuiter

Gretel DeRuiter
Content Editor

Gretel has been an educator, staff writer, and editor for 25 years. She worked at The University of Pennsylvania Office of Development and helps us with content development including Major Gifts Today.

Meredith Sossman, Esq.

Meredith Sossman
Legal Oversight

Meredith has raised over a billion. She is an attorney and consults on best practices, board training, capacity building, capital campaigns, major gifts, and development infrastructure.

Our team is backed by technology experts at PlannedGiving.Com and supported by experienced board members in business and philanthropy.