Workshops

2019 Nonprofit Conference & Expo Workshops

Tyler Butler & Jerry Cahill
BerryDunn

Tyler joined BerryDunn in 2008. Throughout his career at the firm, he has provided auditing and accounting services to a variety of not-for-profit clients, including independent schools, higher education institutions, social service agencies and membership associations. In addition to serving not-for-profit organizations, Tyler manages audits of financial intuitions and benefit plans for a variety of clients, including large state retirement plans and community financial institutions. Tyler is actively involved in our internal training sessions and regularly conducts training sessions for staff associates. He is a frequent speaker at external seminars as well, including the 2016 and 2017 Independent Schools Association of Northern New England Business Officers Conference.

Jerry is a manager in BerryDunn’s Healthcare/Not-for-Profit Practice Group. He has extensive experience working with not-for-profit clients throughout New Hampshire and Maine. Jerry enjoys helping his clients through new and complex accounting situations, explaining the regulations in terms that they can understand and implement. He is committed to training both clients and staff members in compliance best practices, and remains accessible for questions beyond the classroom or boardroom. Jerry also takes an active role in recruiting new talent to the firm. Each year he introduces students to BerryDunn’s corporate culture and the benefits of beginning their careers with a firm that emphasizes staff growth and retention.

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Tyler Butler & Jerry Cahill
Kristin Mendoza
Bernstein Shur

Kristin Mendoza is a shareholder in the Manchester, New Hampshire office of Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson. With close to 20 years of experience, Kristin has advised numerous for-profit and nonprofit organizations on governance matters. She has also served on the boards of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua, United Way of Greater Nashua and the New England Women’s Leadership Institute.

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Kristin Mendoza
Linda A Fanaras & Sean Morse-Barry
Millennium Agency

Linda A. Fanaras, president/strategist, is highly experienced in branding analysis, the development of integrated marketing communications plans, and the formulation of creative concepts for nonprofits, consumer brands, and manufacturing and technology firms. Her proficiency in transforming brands into powerful strategic marketing campaigns has exceeded expectations for her clients. As a result, Linda is well known and respected in both the nonprofit sector and consumer-driven industries. She has worked with large brands including AAA, TJMaxx and 7-11 to name a few. Linda has managed multi-million dollar budgets and complex marketing plans, and knows what it takes to develop and execute successful, concept-driven marketing campaigns.   

Sean Morse-Barry is the Video Content Manager at Millennium Agency. Sean has an extensive background creating a variety of short and long-form content, including a feature film that premiered at San-Francisco comic-con. Sean uses his expertise as a filmmaker to capture clients’ stories and engage customers. He strives to get to the heart of what makes a product or service essential to the viewer and is a firm believer in the Oxford comma.

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Linda A Fanaras & Sean Morse-Barry
Anne Peyton, CPF CFRE & Jenn Hayslett
Yellow Brick Road Consulting & Jenn Hayslett Coaching & Consulting

With over 35 years consulting experience, Anne Peyton's philosophy of service is as Dorothy with her fellow travelers on the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz: recognizing and developing inherent strengths in the organization.  YBR™ works with a variety of nonprofits of different sizes in fundraising, planning, and facilitation.   

With 20 years of leadership experience, Jenn Hayslett is a development and professional coach who works small non-profits to train staff and board members in developing relationship-based fundraising programs including annual giving, capital campaigns, and stewardship. Jenn works with individuals and organizations to imagine what is possible, get clarity of purpose, establish goals, and develop strategies for achieving them.  

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Anne Peyton, CPF CFRE & Jenn Hayslett
Tom Burack
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green

A consultant and attorney, Tom Burack has played key roles leading and advising nonprofit and governmental organizations. Tom served as Commissioner of the NH Department of Environmental Services from 2006-2016, and in 2017 returned to the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, in Manchester, where his practice includes supporting organizations’ efforts to successfully plan for and operate in a rapidly changing world and complex regulatory environment. Tom is a skilled facilitator and convener, a Lean Green Belt, and a master storyteller who builds collaborative and engaging approaches that focus resources on achieving mission for the long term.

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Tom Burack
Teri Bordenave
The Thalia Group

Teri Bordenave brings over 30 years of nonprofit leadership and governance experience to her work as a consultant. Her service as a trustee on local, statewide, and national Boards plus her more than 20 years as a nonprofit CEO gives her a unique perspective and much expertise in the areas of governance and nonprofit leadership. Since the early 1990s she has partnered with Board and staff leaders to identify organizational opportunities, challenges, and effective implementation strategies. Her work focuses primarily on leadership transition, strategic planning, and helping boards become more engaged and effective at governance.

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Teri Bordenave
Christine Strong
Strong Resource Group

Chris is principal of Strong Resource Group (SRG). Her expertise is in planning, leadership development, and fundraising. She works with hospitals, schools, social service, arts, and environmental organizations. Prior to establishing SRG, Chris was a vice president of a major medical center in California and an executive with the YMCA. Chris is President of the Board of Advisors of Great Bay Community College and President of the Board of Directors of the Association for Fundraising Professionals-Northern New England. Chris has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of Colorado. She is a graduate of Leadership Seacoast.     

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Christine Strong
Mary Ellen Jackson
Mary Ellen Jackson Consulting

Mary Ellen has served as Executive Director of three nonprofits over a 25 year career in the sector. For 10 years she directed the NH Center for Nonprofits. In 2015 she became an independent consultant focused on supporting the success of nonprofit organizations that are interested in excelling in board governance, strategic positioning and fundraising.

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Mary Ellen Jackson
Chris Conroy
Heartwood Media, Inc.

Chris Conroy, President and Creative Director of Heartwood Media has over 25 years of experience creating videos with impact for nonprofits, schools, and hospitals across New England. Leadership NH class of 2010. Has served on nonprofit boards including the NH Center for Nonprofits, NH Businesses for Social Responsibility and Piscataquog Land Conservancy.

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Chris Conroy
Maryann LaCroix Lindberg, CFRE
Philanthropy Resource Group

Maryann LaCroix Lindberg has 41 years of experience as a senior fundraising professional, raising more than $100 Million over the course of her career. President of Philanthropy Resource Group, she consults on board development, strategic planning, development plans and campaigns. She has held top development positions in organizations ranging from Keene State and Penn State to healthcare and social service agencies. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), is Chair-Elect of both the Northern New England chapter of AFP and the NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners, and is a 2011 Leadership NH graduate.   

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Maryann LaCroix Lindberg, CFRE
Nancy N Jackson

Nancy Jackson, MSW, CTF. Drawing on 21 years as a certified facilitator and extensive experience as a nonprofit executive director and founder, Nancy Jackson created Gammy Bird Consulting to share her skill in helping government groups, organizations, and professionals in transition with strategic thinking, implementation planning, establishing foundational values and goals, and creating behavior and systems change. She has served in many other roles as a fundraiser, adjunct professor, and youth services professional. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Colorado College.

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Nancy N Jackson
Judy Ringer
Power & Presence Training

Judy Ringer is the author of Turn Enemies Into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace. She provides conflict, communication, and presentation skills training, coaching and facilitation based on mind/body principles from the martial art Aikido, in which she holds a third-degree black belt. Employing best practice communication models, Judy brings to life key concepts such as self-management under pressure and appreciation of other viewpoints. Her programs are interactive, experiential and energetic.    She is also the author of Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict, and the CD Managing Conflict in the Workplace: An Aiki Approach

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Judy Ringer
Katie Collins & Cassandra Mason
Capitol Center for the Arts & NH State Council on the Arts

Katie is in her 14th Season as the Director of Development for the Capitol Center for the Arts and has been an integral part of the NH nonprofit community since 1990. She has also served as the Executive Director of the NH Writers Project, and as the Director of Development for the Humanities Council. She is a graduate of Leadership NH class of 2007 and is proud to serve as an LNH Trustee as well. Katie is also a past trustee of the NH Theater Awards, and a past President of CONFR. She and her wife Kelly live in Manchester and are parents to their 19 year old daughter, a college sophomore. Katie tries very, very hard not to take herself too seriously.

Cassandra has been serving as the Grants Officer at the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts since 2008 and in that capacity has read several grant applications. Her career in public service began over 30 years ago in law enforcement at the NH Police Standard and Training Council and the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office. She has served as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, other state arts agencies and foundations. Cassandra also tries not to take Katie too seriously.

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Katie Collins & Cassandra Mason
Al Cantor
Alan Cantor Consulting LLC

Al is principal of Alan Cantor Consulting LLC, where he works with nonprofit organizations on development, strategic planning, and governance. Prior to starting his business in 2012, Al had thirty years of experience in the NH nonprofit sector as a CEO and development professional. Al is a prolific writer and presenter on issues relating to the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the Chronicle of Philanthropy and other trade journals, and he has been cited by publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Bloomberg News, Pro Publica, and Vanity Fair.  

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Al Cantor
Ryan Robinson
Mainstay Technologies

Ryan Robinson is the Chief Service Officer for Mainstay Technologies, winner of the Better Business Burau’s 2018 Torch Award, Business NH Magazine’s 2018 Best Companies to Work For, and previous recipient of Business NH Magazine’s Business of the Year.  Mainstay is an IT and Cybersecurity firm specializing in providing the services of an enterprise level IT department and Information Security department to businesses and nonprofits throughout Northern New England. 

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Ryan Robinson
Joseph DiBrigida
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green

Joe is an attorney and shareholder at Sheehan Phinney with a practice that concentrates on all stages of business representation. He serves as outside general counsel to a variety of businesses and nonprofits. Joe was the President and Managing Director of the firm for 9 years and served on the firm’s Management Committee from 2001 to 2015. As the officer responsible for running the firm, he has encountered many of the same issues faced by his clients in their businesses. His business experience, gained through fourteen years of firm management, coupled with his legal expertise, enables him to provide the practical advice clients value.

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Joseph DiBrigida
Stacey E Smith
Jackson Jackson & Wagner

Stacey Smith has over 35 years of experience with an extensive rStacey Smith has over 35 years of experience with an extensive range of clients from Fortune 100 multinationals to small not-for-profits.  She specializes in helping organizations build strategic & solid relationships with key stakeholder groups that ultimately help the organization’s bottom line.  She is co-author of The Public Relations Practices, Managerial Case Studies and Problems, (Pearson) and The Public Relations Firm (Business Expert Press).   

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Stacey E Smith
Enrico Palmerino
botkeeper

Ranked among America's top entrepreneurs, Enrico Palmerino launched his first startup, ThinkLite, from his dorm room which automated lighting design, manufacturing, and financing.  ThinkLite quickly grew to $8.5M and #46 on Inc's 500 List before he graduated.  He then invested in SmartBooks and joined as their Managing Director for 3 years, growing the company from 6 to 40 employees, before selling his stake in the company.  In 2015, Enrico founded botkeeper which built a robot bookkeeper using a combination of machine learning and skilled accountants.  Delivering the fastest, most accurate, and lowest-cost bookkeeping available, botkeeper currently serves 1000+ companies and over 100 accounting firms.  Enrico also sits on the Board of Fidelity Bank and GVNA Healthcare.

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Enrico Palmerino
Michelle Reagan
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country

Michelle joined the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country community in 2013 as the Assistant Information and Operations Manager, and now works as the Information and Finance Manager. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University and her Masters in Computer Technology and Mathematics Education from Plymouth State University.  She has volunteered for several community organizations, School Board, and Bob-o-link 4-H Club.  With the combination of voluntarism and educational background, Michelle brings knowledge of technology, finance, and nonprofits to ASPNC to help the organization grow in both the virtual world and in the surrounding community.

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Michelle Reagan
David Deziel
DavidGeorge Communications

David Deziel is principal of DavidGeorge Communications LLC. David works with nonprofits and businesses to build their brand, craft their marketing and communications strategies and messages, and implement their communications efforts. David enjoys 30 years of experience directing and supporting the marketing and communication efforts of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He has wide-ranging experience, from social media, online marketing, email, and websites to collateral, public relations, direct mail, and traditional advertising. David also teaches marketing and strategic planning courses in two masters degree programs at Antioch University.

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David Deziel
Kevin O'Leary & Kathy Peahl
Kevin O'Leary P.L.L.C. and Wadleigh Starr and Peters

Kevin O’Leary  of Kevin O'Leary P.L.L.C. conducts investigations and provides training for organizations and employers. 

Kathy Peahl, Wadleigh Starr and Peters, represents private and public sector employers, providing advice on a wide range of employment and personnel issues and she assists employers in the development of personnel policies and negotiating and drafting of employment agreements.

Kevin and Kathy have both represented organizations developing training programs to avoid misconduct, including sexual harassment, and helped their clients effectively respond to allegations of harassment.  Kathy’s experience as outside counsel and Kevin’s experience as an in-house attorney allow them to provide a broad perspective on these issues. 

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Kevin O'Leary & Kathy Peahl
Gerri King
Human Dynamics Associates Inc

Gerri King, Ph.D., social psychologist and organizational consultant, works throughout the US and abroad in both the public and private sectors. Gerri trains and presents on supervisory skills, multi-generational work relationships, team building, conflict resolution, managing change, creating blame and gossip-free organizations, why people avoid success, and the changing role of leadership.    Dr. King facilitates mergers and acquisitions, staff and executive retreats, conflict resolution efforts, strategic planning, and mission & vision development. Gerri is President of Human Dynamics Associates and the author of The Duh! Book of Management and Supervision: Dispelling Common Leadership Myths

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Gerri King
Robin Schell, APR & Jayme Simoes
Louis Karno & Co.

Robin Schell has more than 20 years of public relations consulting experience and specializes in strategic planning, effective internal and external communication, development of constituency relations programs and opinion leader identification programs. Robin is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator for clients, professional associations, civic groups and service organizations on a variety of topics. She has also completed a breadth of valuable work for corporations in the utilities, healthcare and other industries. A resident of Amesbury, MA, Robin graduated from the University of New Hampshire.   

Jayme Simões founded Louis Karno & Company in 1999 and has grown it from two clients to more than 50.  He received the Advertising and Public Relations Award from the New Hampshire Travel Council twice  is past president of the Public Relations Society of America-Yankee Chapter; and in 2003 was named one of the state’s young leaders in the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” recognition. He has served on several local and statewide nonprofit boards, including the Concord Chamber of Commerce and Arts4NH.

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Robin Schell, APR & Jayme Simoes
Ryan Barton
Mainstay Technologies

Ryan Barton is the Chief Executive Officer of Mainstay Technologies, winner of the Better Business Burau’s 2018 Torch Award, Business NH Magazine’s 2018 Best Companies to Work For, and previous recipient of Business NH Magazine’s Business of the Year. Mainstay is an IT and Cybersecurity firm specializing in providing the services of an enterprise level IT department and Information Security department to businesses and nonprofits throughout Northern New England.

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Ryan Barton

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