About Dan.shasserre

Dan has spent the past five years as Vice President Development for The Nine Network of Public Media. During his tenor Nine Network achieved record breaking fundraising results. The Nine Network just completed a $25 million dollar capacity building campaign. FY2014 achieved the best fundraising year in their 60 year history. Dan has spent the past eight years as the Vice President of Development & Communications for Catholic Charities of Saint Louis. Under Mr. Shasserre’s direction, Catholic Charities exceeded annual fundraising goals each year. Dan’s reputation for creating innovative strategies led to record-breaking revenues in major gifts and planned gifts. Dan is an experienced marketing professional. He designed and implemented brand awareness benchmark studies and directed tactics, leading to a 40% increase in brand awareness of Catholic Charities in the five year period measured. The Catholic Charities of Saint Louis Federation of agencies fundraising revenue exceeds $25 million annually. They are considered to be the most successful fundraising organization of all Catholic Charities social service agencies nationally. In addition to local fundraising, Catholic Charities of Saint Louis raised more than $5 million to aid victims of 9/11, survivors of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, and people who faced the devastating destruction of hurricane Katrina. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Dan spent ten years in the professional sports marketing field. He served as the Director of Marketing for the National Hockey League St. Louis Blues franchise. In that capacity, he had the opportunity to put together hundreds of corporately sponsored special events. Later, he spent seven years as Vice President for a St. Louis-based advertising agency working on branding strategies and media plans for clients like Anheuser-Busch, John Deere, Ralston Purina and Lennox Industries. Mr. Shasserre has previously served as a consultant for international organizations. He has been a strategic planning and marketing training facilitator and a frequent guest speaker at regional and national conferences. He has spoken recently at Catholic Charities USA national meetings on topics like "How to Build Your Brand" ; "How to Create a Planned Giving Program on a Small Budget" ; "Branding , Marketing, and Fundraising-Why it All Matters." Dan and his wife Sandy have been happily married for forty-seven years. They have six children and ten grandchildren.

ALASKA or BUST- Postscript

We arrived at our hotel at SeaTec a little after mid-night. Then, we left Seattle for Anacortes via the airport shuttle at 10:00am. For the last few days have been showing mild cold-like symptoms. By the time we arrived in Anacortes we thought it was time to get tested for Covid. As the picture above is a giveaway we tested positive.

Most of the past several days we are quarantined on Guemes Island. So, I’m not feeling sorry for us. This is a good place for R&R. On Saturday we drove over to Anacortes for Teo’s soccer game and then stayed for Amya’s game. We had nice visit with Kelly and Brian Saturday. Emily stayed on after her ferry shift to visit with us from 10 feet away in a masked conversation. That was nice of her Then, Sunday we visited with Kerry and Kris. We have seen the grandkids from a distance. Although this is not an ideal situation it could be far worse. The good news is that Sandy and I both had mild cases of Covid with cold-like symptoms. We are both kind of over it.

By this weekend we should back to normal. We will be here for eight more days before boarding an airplane so, we will be contagious free by then.

ALASKA or BUST – DAY NINE

As we began packing up our luggage for our last day in Alaska I am thinking of things that I forgot to tell you about like paying $5,20 per gallon for fill-up in Glenallen, Alaska. Also, I forgot to tell you that everyday one of us, or both, have ordered salmon chowder, clam chowder, or seafood chowder. When we didn’t order chowder I was having an Alaskan caught fish of some kind. So, today for lunch I decided it was time for pizza and a beer. We found the perfect place, a very popular and famous, Moose Tooth Pizza and Pub. It was pretty good. Not as good as Joe Baccardi’s, but, pretty good.

Another random thought crossed my mind,. I was thinking about a 1946 pick-up truck. Most of them have gone to the grave-yard long before. The few that remain on the road have had many replacement parts over the years. So here I am traveling around Alaska with no body part replacements, so far. This morning I had to put on my leg brace and special support sox so that I could walk the coastal hiking trails. A lot of people born in 1946 would not be able to make the two mile walk. But, with my spry young wife at my side we made it.

Our Alaskan journey is coming to an end. We arrived early at the airport so I can watch Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina break the Major League record for most games played together by a pitcher and catcher, Hope the Cardinals win this game being played in St. Louis. Good by Alaska, hello Seattle.

ALASKA or BUST- DAY EIGHT

Alaska or Bust – Day Eight

It was raining when we arrived in Valdez Saturday night, it continued to rain all day Sunday (except for five minutes), and when we departed early Monday morning it was still raining. The woman at the desk said it had been raining non-stop for two months. I don’t think she was exaggerating. After about an hour the heavy rain changed to a drizzle and eventually it stopped. We actually saw a bit of blue sky and sunshine.

Richardson Highway, the one we drove from Fairbanks to Valdez, is rated as one of the most scenic highways in America. Sandy and I think the sixty miles of Glen Highway that we drove today is just as good. In fact, parts of what we saw today we rate as the most beautiful views we have ever seen. As far as you can see for mile after mile we viewed snow capped mountains, low hanging clouds, magnificently colored trees, raging rivers, gushing waterfalls, large and small lakes everywhere.

Sixteen miles after we passed Eureka Summit at 3222ft. we stopped at the Sheep Mountain Lodge for lunch. In this area deep in the Chugach and Takeetna Mountains is a little town of Glacier View, population 234. This where we saw the greatest beauty on our 300 mile road trip. Many young hikers were getting ready for the trails. One couple had scheduled a private small airplane to view from the sky.

As is our custom we skipped the Musk Ox Farm, the Reindeer Farm, the Eklutna Indian Village, the Alaskan Native Heritage Center and every museum located in Alaska. What we did see cost no entrance fee. God provided the spectacular landscape. That is all we needed. To rap up this exceptionally beautiful day we had dinner at the Pub House Alaskan Igloo. See picture below.