The Team

Jan Breiner Frazier

Jan Breiner Frazier is the managing member of Planning Plus, LLC, and has been a consulting professional since 1988. She has designed and facilitated strategic, annual, and operational planning sessions for a multitude of organizations, often bringing together diverse philosophies, opinions, and perspectives to help groups collectively meet stated objectives. Her planning projects have often resulted in assisting with organizational design, process improvement, and customer service initiatives. Her work with non-profit boards and associations has included strategic planning, board development, and committee structure.

Jan has also designed and facilitated executive team retreats and management/supervisory training and development workshops in the areas of Corporate Culture, Managing Change, Organizational and Interpersonal Communication, Performance Based Management, and Ethics in the Workplace. Other projects have included work-flow analyses and improvement plans, customer and employee satisfaction surveys, and key executive selection.

Jan received her B.A. both in Organizational Communication and Philosophy from Indiana University, Indianapolis, graduating with highest distinction and receiving departmental honors in both departments. She received her M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and has been an Associate Faculty member for the Center of Philanthropy. In addition to her consulting and teaching, Jan is frequently asked to speak at local and statewide meetings and conferences.

Christine Shepard

Christine (Christy) Shepard is a partner with Planning Plus, LLC. As a skilled professional in non-profit leadership, she works with both for profit and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of leadership development, team building, marketing and fundraising development, and strategic, annual, and operational planning. Christy demonstrates the ability to provide leadership to positively influence and negotiate with a variety of internal and external stakeholder groups working towards common goals with deep impact.

With a Bachelor’s of Science from Ball State University in Commercial Print Management and Business Administration, she worked in print design, sales and customer service for over a decade. Recognizing the opportunity to bring for-profit business models to the non-profit human service world, Christy turned her attention towards working with organizations in the social service industry and was hired as a Project Manager for Planning Plus LLC.  Developing many additional competencies and client relationships, Christy served as Interim Director for Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) and later, full-time Executive Director for CHIP.

Christy has worked with thought leaders in building systems, deepening relationships, and developing strategic plans to help foster collective impact in the areas of homelessness prevention and intervention. In 2016, Christy rejoined Planning Plus, LLC as a Partner in the firm, utilizing a holistic approach to projects and initiatives which require extensive community outreach. She has continued to partner with our clients providing interim support in such positions as Interim Director and Interim Chief Development Officer while also providing leadership development, management training, and strategic operational oversight.

Christie Gillespie

Christie Gillespie brings nearly 30 years of executive level, non-profit experience to Planning Plus. Throughout her career, Christie has been committed to community development, human services delivery and public policy in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. A long-time Indianapolis resident, she is well known throughout the Indiana philanthropic community for her visionary leadership in addressing issues impacting Indiana’s communities and most vulnerable residents.

Christie has in-depth knowledge of non-profit management, including budget and financial management, community engagement and program design and implementation, and systems and operations. She has managed annual budgets ranging from $1 million to $60 million all with complex blending of government, fees and philanthropic dollars to maximize impact for the community.

She has extensive experience engaging boards of directors and staff in creative strategic thinking and building operation plans to move organizations forwards.  She is skilled in connecting with volunteers and professional staff from a variety of backgrounds and talents with a keen ability to assess expertise and interests of people and matching them to the organization’s needs to create meaningful, long-term relationships.

Christie has a long track record in resource development that includes securing millions of dollars from the public sector, private philanthropy and the business community for operating and program support.  She has led efforts to generate new revenue, sustain and increase existing support, and cultivate strategic partnerships that further organizations’ missions.  She has earned the confidence and trust of a variety of funders including governmental, philanthropic and corporate.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Indiana University-Indianapolis. Additionally, Christie has completed Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s State & Local Senior Executive Leadership Program and The Fund Raising School at IU School of Philanthropy.  She has served on many community boards, commissions and task forces over the years.

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