Carol Flate Gerken ’67

Currently, I am a principal of Wingate Enterprises Consulting in Meredith, NH with my husband, Richard, a former corporation lawyer. My primary focus is working with nonprofit organizations.

Previously I served as Executive Director of Interlakes Community Caregivers Inc and before that as the Director of the Inter-Lakes Senior Center, Meredith. Meredith.

Before relocation to Meredith in 2001, l was employed by the Du Page Children’s Museum in Wheaton and Naperville, Illinois. My responsibilities included management of the Museum store; facilitator and trainer in customer services for staff and volunteers; and as special events planner and fundraiser.

A graduate of Plymouth State University, I have worked as an elementary school teacher in Connecticut.  In 1996, I served as an elected Trustee of the Glen Ellyn, IL Library. An active volunteer and community advocate, I have served as PTA President at both the Elementary and Jr. High School levels in addition to serving on various community boards in Illinois.

In 2001, I was named as a founding member of the President’s Council at Plymouth State University; serving on the Executive and Campaign Steering Committees, and as the President’s Council liaison to the PSU Alumni Board of Directors.

As members of the Town of Meredith, NH, Community Center Search Committee, my husband, Richard, and I were active in a private fundraising campaign a unique initiative that combined both municipal and private funding that effectively brought the Meredith Community Center to fruition in 2006.

In 2007-2009, I co-chaired the Page Pond and Forest Campaign Committee. This committee coordinated private fundraising along with securing state and municipal funding to successfully conserve more than 600+ acres of forested land in Meredith.

A graduate of Leadership Lakes Region, and I am active in the Lakes Region community as a member of ALTRUSA International of Meredith, the Meredith Pathways Committee, Community Garden Club of Meredith, Meredith’s 250th  Committee and the Greater Meredith Program Promotion Committee. Appointed to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation: Lakes Region, 2013.

I was privileged to be honored by the Rotary Club of Meredith with their first “Service Above Self” community service award in 2009.