Charles E. Shepard
Thu, March 16, 2017
Board Member, Menasha Corp.
Menasha Corp., a family-owned company, provides niche-based packaging, logistics and marketing services through two operating units: Menasha Packaging and Orbis. The company has sales in excess of $1 billion and 4,000 employees.
Menasha is also a socially responsible business, supporting various organizations and causes through the Menasha Corporation Foundation.
Charles "Charlie" Shepard spent two decades as a journalist, reporting for the Charlotte (NC) Observer and Washington Post. His investigations led to federal convictions and prison terms for three executives at the United Way of America and four executives at the PTL television ministry, including its president, televangelist Jim Bakker. Shepard’s reporting on PTL won the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service in 1988 for the Observer. A year later, Shepard published "Forgiven: The Rise and Fall of Jim Bakker and the PTL Ministry," a biography of Bakker.
Charlie, a 1976 graduate of Harvard University, earned an MBA from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 2000. For the past 10 years, he has worked in a variety of roles with Menasha Corporation, a Wisconsin-based packaging business founded by his paternal great-great-grandfather, Elisha D. Smith. Charlie, founding chairman of the Smith Family Council from 2004 to 2008, now serves on Menasha's board of directors.
Charlie is married to author Wendy Swallow, and they live in Reno, Nev., and Washington, D.C. He has two sons, Ben and Sam Shepard, and two stepsons, Joe and Geoff Williams.