Ralph Veerman, Senior Consultant, joined The FOCUS Group in 2023. He is President and CEO of Veerman & Associates (V&A), a coaching firm serving nonprofit executives, which he founded in 1988. V&A serves as a philanthropic advisor for high-net-worth families. Ralph was a Senior Advisor to Jim Seneff, Chairman of CNL and Seneff Family Foundation, and Bill Heavener of the Heavener Company. He also served as Director of Heart of the City Foundation Orlando, Demetree Family Foundation and David Segel CEO of SGL. He assisted Roberta and Howard Ahmanson at Fieldstead & Company with a variety of global charitable projects. Earlier in his career Ralph was Senior VP of Prison Fellowship and President of Ligonier Ministries.
Organizations Ralph helped launch include: Lifework Leadership Orlando, a Christian leadership development initiative; Generosity: NY, and BioLogos, a Templeton Foundation funded mission, founded by Dr. Francis Collins. He serves on the Boards of Excelsis, Orlando and the Orlando Health Foundation. Ralph has served as Trustee of the Riverside Foundation, United Arts of Central Florida, Trinity Forum Europe, Friends of Wycliffe Hall Oxford USA and the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation. At First Presbyterian Church Orlando, Ralph serves on the College of Elders.
Ralph earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, IL, and a M.S.W in Social Work and M.A in Criminal Justice from University of Illinois, Chicago. A loyal Chicago Cubs fan, Ralph and his wife, Lynne, reside in Orlando and have four children and ten grandchildren. They enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and high-alpine hiking in Crested Butte, Colorado, where they spend their summers.Return to the blog page