Jeremiah Program Announces New Chief Advancement Officer

Jeremiah Program is pleased to announce its new hire, Debra Wilken, as the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). Wilken has spent the better part of three decades with The Salvation Army Northern Division Minnesota & North Dakota, where she previously served as the Executive Development Director.

“A hallmark of an effective development professional is an ability to inspire others, said Jeremiah Program CEO, Gloria Perez. “Deb is mission-aligned and a believer in the power of education and community to transform lives, two generations at a time. Her enthusiasm for Jeremiah Program’s strategic direction and her desire to partner with colleagues across the country will make us stronger.”

In addition to extensive expertise in fundraising, Wilken brings marketing and communications, training, and volunteer development experience to Jeremiah’s national office. Prior experience also includes Professor of Record at Olivet Nazarene University. Wilken earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Concordia University, Saint Paul, Minn.

With a proven track record for fundraising, including major and planned gifts, endowments, corporate and foundation giving, Wilken is the ideal fit for continuing Jeremiah’s mission and vision for national expansion.

“Miraculous transformations are happening for families through the Jeremiah Program,” said Wilken. “It’s an honor to help donors align their desires with the outstanding outcomes of Jeremiah.”

Wilken will officially start with Jeremiah on October 29, 2018.