The Legacy Leaders team is led by:

Chris Heldman
President and CEO

Email Chris

About Chris Heldman:

Chris joined Legacy Leaders in 2007 to head up the U.S. business unit. In that role, he developed some of the largest proactive planned giving marketing programs in the U.S. Now, as President and CEO, he is responsible for program and services development, cultivating client relationships, operational budgets and working to set the future direction of our organization.

Meet the Legacy Leaders Management Team

Our team is a diverse group of experienced planned giving, fundraising, marketing, project management and business specialists. We work together, complementing each other’s skills and strengths, to provide some of the best gift acquisition and donor cultivation programs. Our planned gift expertise lies in our focus on relationships and – as it turns out – our relationship focused approach translates well to annual/current giving as well! Our team has grown and thrived under the Legacy Leaders name for 25 years. Let our expertise and experience work for you!

Kevin Matthes
Vice President, Business Development, U.S.

Email Kevin

About Kevin:

Since joining Legacy Leaders in 2015 as Vice President of Business Development, U.S., Kevin has used his exceptional relationship cultivation and networking skills to build strong relationships with some of the top philanthropic organizations in North America. Kevin brings 20+ years of prior sales and marketing experience, which provides him an incredible ability to grow the Legacy Leaders brand within the U.S. market.

Tim Hunter
Director, Business Development, Canada

Email Tim

About Tim:

In 2008, Tim joined Legacy Leaders to manage the relocation of our Toronto head office and the opening of our fundraising center in Las Vegas. Subsequently, he led the operations of our Las Vegas and Toronto centers. With many years of prior business management and sales experience, Tim is ideally suited to his new role as Director of Business Development, Canada. During leisure time, Tim enjoys hobbies related to his family cottage in Northwestern Quebec.

Jessica Matrundola
Director, Client Services

About Jessica:

Since joining Legacy Leaders in 2012 as Client Services Coordinator, Jessica has been an integral member of our Client Services team. Currently, as Director of Client Services, Jessica effectively manages both internal resources and 3rd party partners to ensure the successful execution of fundraising campaigns on behalf of our clients. During her tenure, she has made major contributions to 60+ programs. Jessica is an animal lover who enjoys volunteering with local animal rescue organizations.

Gail Stevens
Manager, Donor Compass and Special Projects

Email Gail

About Gail:

With Legacy Leaders since 2010, Gail started as a Client Services Manager and then transitioned to her current role as Manager of Special Projects. She is responsible for overseeing a diverse range of projects including the recent development/implementation of our proprietary database analysis software and our website redesign project. Gail brings 20+ years project management experience including 15 years in nonprofit fundraising. She has a passion for cooking, enjoys the outdoors and time with family.

Michèle LaPointe
Manager, Client Services

Email Michèle

About Michèle:

Michele joined the Legacy Leaders team in 2016 as a Client Services Coordinator. To date she has assisted with over 30 programs and is now successfully managing planned giving and stewardship programs in the role of Manager, Client Services. She really enjoys working collaboratively with our clients and helping to develop the creative elements to our programs. Michele is passionate about art and DIY projects and can be found volunteering with the Toronto International Film Festival every fall.

Silene Gomez,
Director of Philanthropic Services

Email Silene

About Silene:

Silene joined Legacy Leaders in 2019. She comes to Legacy Leaders with more than 5 years of Project Management experience in the Oil & Gas industry, Innovation, and Healthcare. Silene believes in the importance of using data to better inform daily decisions and shape a company’s strategy. As Director of Philanthropic Services, Silene manages client relationships, internal resources and Third-party partners, to achieve excellent results for our clients. Silene enjoys traveling and has lived in 3 different continents.

Marlainas Headshot

Marlaina Lanese,
Marketing Manager

Email Marlaina

About Marlaina:

Marlaina joined Legacy Leaders in 2020. She brings a creative background, with experience in SEO writing, social media management, and video creation. She manages all of Legacy Leaders’ marketing initiatives, while being the voice behind our email communications and promotional videos. As Marketing Specialist, Marlaina manages our social media channels, online articles, webinars, email communications, and brand identity. Marlaina enjoys traveling, hiking, and photography.

Learn More

It's all about building relationships...

Our Donor Relationship Specialists (DRS’s) are experts at engaging donors/supporters and building relationships! Learn more about our team, meet our DRS of the month and hear a sample call.
Learn More

Introducing our Donor Relationship Specialist Team!

Our team loves getting to know your donors and supporters!

Our team of Donor Relationship Specialists’ conversational skills, personality traits, planned giving knowledge and experience make them the best in the business.

All Donor Relationship Specialists:

  • Fit the personality profile for individuals likely to be successful at engaging donors and supporters in meaningful phone conversations about their philanthropy goals and your organization.

  • Have completed an extensive 60-hour training program that is individually tailored to ensure they have the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to be effective phone consultants


Listen to real calls on our YouTube channel:


Ready to optimize your fundraising?