CFO and Vice President of Administration
Gary Zimmerman is the organization’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration. He also serves as Assistant Corporate Secretary. Gary came to the NBA in 1987 as the Director of Central Office Accounting. In the intervening years he also served in the positions of Director of Corporate Accounting and Associate Vice President for Financial Management. Gary has a Master’s of Accounting degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. Before coming to the organization Gary spent four years in public accounting and four years in the not-for-profit insurance industry.
Getting to know Gary
Why do you feel “called to care” about Disciples health and social service ministry?
One of the ways I feel “called to care” about this ministry is to think of all those who came before us in this organization, what they did, and the sacrifices they made to get this ministry to where it is today. Beginning with Mattie Younkin, and the other women in that small prayer circle, to the so many others over the course of NBA’s long history who gave so much of themselves and their resources to this endeavor. Can you imagine what it must have taken to get this ministry through the Great Depression, not to mention two World Wars? Many times over the years, I have come across stories about individuals who had left NBA large sums of money through end-of-life bequests, but who had lived very modest lives. Even today I often see annual gifts coming into the office from people whom I know do not have great means but give gifts to the NBA each year because they believe so much in what we do. To these people, we owe a great debt. We owe them our diligence and highest efforts to put their resources to use effectively and sustainably to address health and social service needs.
Who is a hero of yours, and why?
In philanthropy, I am a great admirer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On their website, and in their gatesnotes.com blog, they often share their personal thoughts and impressions about the work they are doing. Both seem to be very open to answering questions asked of them, including questions that can be quite critical. They seem to be genuinely concerned about suffering in our world, and how they can best put their considerable resources to work to try to help.
If I tried to find you in a supermarket, what aisle would you be in?
Fresh produce. At my age, you need to be a little more health-conscious. Burgers and ice cream may work great for Warren Buffet, but I think he may be more of an outlier.