Speaker Bios – Giving USA 2017

Peter Fissinger


Peter Fissinger has more than 25 years of professional experience in institutional advancement and has been directly involved in designing and implementing major capital fundraising, annual giving programs, planned giving programs, and marketing and publication efforts. As a member of Campbell & Company, Mr. Fissinger has served a wide range of nonprofit institutions, including independent schools, institutions of higher education, healthcare institutions and cultural organizations.

A skilled communicator and facilitator, Mr. Fissinger excels at maximizing his clients’ development efforts. He is committed to helping organizations systematize fundraising best practices, which create effective and successful campaigns and development programs. Mr. Fissinger focuses on building strong philanthropic relationships and guiding organizations as they develop compelling cases for support that staff, board members and other key constituents can embrace.

Mr. Fissinger’s previous development experience includes positions with institutions such as the Higher Giving Institute, Chair of the Giving USA Advisory Council on Methodology, a past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a member of the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and a member of the Naperville Historic Preservation Commission. He is also a frequent lecturer at a variety of institutional advancement conferences. Mr. Fissinger is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

Randell McShepard

Randell McShepard is currently employed as the Vice President of Public Affairs for RPM International Inc., a $5 billion dollar chemical coatings/paint company headquartered in Medina, Ohio.  In this post, he is responsible for managing external and governmental affairs for the company.  His duties also include leading the corporate philanthropy program, facilitating corporate purchasing initiatives and coordinating executive leadership development activities.  Prior to joining RPM, Randell worked in nonprofit management positions focused on workforce development, economic development and government/community relations.

An active community and corporate leader, Mr. McShepard is currently serving on several boards in Northeast Ohio including Baldwin-Wallace University, The George Gund Foundation and Taylor Oswald LLC.  He is Co-Founder and Chairman of PolicyBridge, a public policy think tank serving the Northeast Ohio region, and is currently serving as a Vice-Chairman for the Public Affairs Steering Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers. In May of 2015, he was elected President of The Union Club of Cleveland, a prestigious business and social club that has been home to the region’s corporate and civic leadership since 1872.  He is also the Co-Founder of the Rid-All Green Partnership, a thriving urban farm in Cleveland’s Lower Kinsman Neighborhood that raises tilapia fish, grows organic vegetables and produces compost soil.

Mr. McShepard’s previous community/civic leadership roles have included:  Chairman of the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board, Chairman of the Sisters of Charity Foundation, Vice-Chairman of the Fund for Our Economic Future and Vice-Chairman of Business Volunteers Unlimited.  He also served on the Executive Committee for the Cuyahoga County Government Reform transition in 2010.

Randell was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University (BA) and Cleveland State University (MS).

Among his many honors, Mr. McShepard was inducted into the John F. Kennedy High School Hall of Fame and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University.  He was also recognized as “Black Professional of the Year” by the Black Professionals Association in 2011.  He is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland and remains active at his home church, St. James AME in Cleveland, where he serves on the Steward Board.

Randell and his wife Gail reside in Beachwood, Ohio and have three children – Anthony, Madison and Avery.

Susan Zanetti

Susan Zanetti has been actively engaged as a donor since she graduated from Baldwin Wallace University. Right out of college, Susan worked in the Admissions Department and then for the Alumni and Development Department at the University.

Later her career path took her away from the university to the Pharmaceutical Industry where she has spent almost 20 years in sales and management.  Susan returned to the university as a volunteer serving as a distinguished member of the Board of Trustees at Baldwin Wallace.

Susan has volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations across Cleveland including the Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks and she also currently serves on the board of trustees for Cleveland Zoological Society.

Susan lives in Bay Village and loves to travel, be active outdoors and spend time with family and friends.

Paul Clark

Paul Clark is Regional President of PNC Bank, Cleveland.

Clark, a 41-year financial services veteran, joined PNC through its acquisition of National City Corporation in December 2008. He joined the National City Corporation in 1976 as a management trainee in Consumer Finance. Since that time he has served in a variety of capacities, including executive vice president of Retail Banking in Pennsylvania (where he led the integration of Integra Financial Corporation) and president/chief executive officer of Michigan/Illinois (following the merger of First of America Bank Corporation). He also held the position of executive vice president of Institutional Asset Management and chair of the Investment Management Company until his appointment as president of Northern Ohio banking in 2004.

Active in a number of civic and business organizations, Clark serves on the boards of directors of Baldwin-Wallace University, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, Greater Cleveland Partnership (to include Cleveland Development Advisors and the Commission on Economic Inclusion), Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra), Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Gordon Square Arts District, UCP of Greater Cleveland, United Way of Greater Cleveland, University Circle, Inc. and University Hospitals Health Systems, Inc.

Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University). In June 2010 he was granted a doctor of humane letters degree from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University). He is also a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking.