Our Team

Pisgah Consulting was created to serve the nonprofit community and organizations by helping them focus on their core strengths. We want you to reach your highest potential.
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Randy Gorod

President and CEO


Deborah Shapira

Certified Facilitator

Randy spent many summers in Western North Carolina, near Pisgah National Forest. Pisgah, the Hebrew word for peak, comes from the Bible. His interest in the nonprofit world began there, but he didn't realize it at the time. He now works to help you and your organization reach your greatest potential.


Randy has years of theoretical and practical experience in program development and creation, organizational development and fundraising. He is passionate about helping the small and medium nonprofit.


Randy has learned great development work through his past with the Jewish Federation, Emory University and numerous other organizations. He is very involved in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serving as Chapter President and on the International level as a Mentor and Diversity Task Force member.


Deborah Shapira is a certified facilitator and educator living in New York City.  She consults with non-profit organizations and boards of directors, crafting processes to guide them towards better meeting their organizations’ needs. She is passionate about helping volunteer and professional leaders build constructive partnerships, both to make their work personally fulfilling and to benefit the organizations they serve.


As a facilitator, Deborah draws on her days as an elementary school teacher, when she learned not only that engaging experiences are the most effective, but also that people achieve more when they are held to high expectations. Both of these beliefs inform her work helping groups maximize their potential and reach their highest goals. 


A graduate of Stanford University, Deborah earned her certification in Facilitation through Georgetown University, and a certificate in Jewish education through the Drisha Institute.

Joel Berger

Senior Consultant

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Joel Berger has been in Jewish communal work in South and Central Florida for 30 years.  Joel recently completed his tenure as CEO of the Rosen JCC in Orlando and is currently the Executive Director of The Jewish Center of Princeton in Princeton, NJ.

He has served as Executive Director to Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Beth David Congregation of Miami and Beth Torah in Aventura.


Most recently, Berger was a founding member of The Collective, a consortium of over 300 non-profits in the Orlando Area.  Joel has also served two years as the President of the Florida Association of Synagogue and Temple Administration, which offers its professional members networking, education and training activities.   


Joel is a guest speaker on a wide variety of industry topics. Adept at managing multiple projects, leading cross-functional teams, and driving program success across functions. Strong relationship building, decision-making, communications and problem solving capabilities. Excellent knowledge in areas of human resources and employee benefits.

An alumnus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Berger holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance and a BS in Management/Management Information Decision Systems.

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Joel Berger

Senior Consultant

Ed Queen, PhD, JD
Ethics Consultant

With over 40 years of experience in the nonprofit world as a foundation program officer, researcher, consultant, teacher, and trainer, Edward brings a depth of knowledge to working with nonprofits, particularly in the areas of ethics, leadership development, and crisis response and recovery.  He has a particular passion for small and mid-sized nonprofits and faith-based organizations.


Edward has trained and advised numerous organizations on management and ethical issues both in the United States and internationally, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ethisphere, Coca Cola, USAID, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern Europe law initiative, Atlanta Public Schools, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.


Queen received his B.A from Birmingham-Southern College, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis


Queen has written, coauthored, or edited numerous books, including Serving Those In Need: A Handbook for Managing Faith-Based Human Services Organizations (2000), Philanthropy in the World's Traditions (1998).

“We're a small and growing consultancy. We look forward to meeting you and your team and helping you define your goals, develop solutions - and realize them! Here is a link to set up a time and start the conversation. 

Randy Gorod, President, Pisgah Consulting