Workshops

2020 Nonprofit Conference & Expo Presenter Bios

Michele Levy
ML Brand Strategy Consulting

Michele Levy helps mission-driven organizations develop compelling, consistent messaging and integrated communications in order to achieve their strategic goals. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Michele worked in advertising and management consulting as a strategist and client service lead. She served as Chief Marketing Officer for Walnut Hill School for the Arts and The Cambridge School of Weston, and has held key roles on a number of nonprofit boards. An honors graduate of Harvard College, Michele received her MBA in healthcare management from Boston University. She is the author of Building Your Brand: A Practical Guide for Nonprofit Organizations.

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Michele Levy
Thomas S. Burack
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA

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, including through the use of scenario planning. 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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Thomas S. Burack
Chuck Mosca
Broadleaf Services, Inc

Chuck Mosca is a partner and COO at Broadleaf Services, Inc, a Managed Security Services firm in Billerica, MA. He has been working with small to medium businesses for over 25 years to enable them to leverage technology in order to make their IT environment secure and efficient. He has built three successful managed services practices. Areas of expertise includes backup, disaster recovery and advanced IT security services.

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Chuck Mosca
Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa and Scott Selig
Harvest Development Group

For more than 25 years, Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa, President of Harvest Development Group has held leadership roles in the nonprofit industry. She has worked with academic institutions, museums, national charitable health organizations, business associations, and art organizations. She specializes in capital campaigns, strategic planning, major gifts, executive recruitment, board training, and corporate partnerships. Sondra is a frequently invited conference speaker, presenting at Blackbaud’s International Conference on Philanthropy, NACHRI, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is an invited lecturer at Quinnipiac University and Bay State College.

Over the last two decades, Scott Selig, Associate Vice President for Harvest has been an Executive Director for nonprofits in the Healthcare, Higher Education and Community Development areas, as well as holding positions in Business Development in the Healthcare, Mobile App, Parking and Software industries. As a community volunteer, he has served on nonprofit boards and led political campaigns. He has the pleasure of having worked for President Jimmy Carter after his presidency, researching policy for a number of books he wrote.

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Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa and Scott Selig
Juliana Eades
New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

Juliana Eades recently retired as the Founding Executive Director (January 1984) of the NH Community Loan Fund. Since opening its doors, Eades has overseen the Community Loan Fund loan through $320 million in cumulative financing in New Hampshire. Eades is a founding Board Member of ROC USA. In 2017, the NH Community Loan Fund received the Nonprofit Impact Award from the NH Center for Nonprofits. In 2012, Eades was awarded the Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance by the CDFI national organization, Opportunity Finance Network. In 2009, the NH Community Loan Fund received the NEXT award for Innovation in Finance. Eades has an MBA from University of NH’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. 

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Juliana Eades
Janet Davis & Wyatt Davis
Clarkson Davis

Janet is a principal of Clarkson Davis and is known for approaching her work with charisma, optimism, and high expectations. She has served the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, with executive experience in resource development and management. A respected fundraising and strategic planning consultant in several nonprofit verticals, she is sought out by leaders who desire inspirational, realistic, people-focused plans for growth and change. Janet earned a BFA from the University of Michigan following her graduation from Phillips Academy Andover. She volunteers as Vice President of the Rye Historical Society, and enjoys cycling, camping, and hiking.

Wyatt is a principal of Clarkson Davis with 31 years of nonprofit experience. Drawn to imagining what is possible, he keeps his eye on what’s next in the nonprofit industry. An outstanding facilitator, he focuses on partnering with clients to envision, plan, and implement innovative strategies and services. He earned an MBA in Management from the University of Texas and a BA in English from Texas A&M University. An avid visual astronomer, Wyatt is a member of the Texas Astronomical Society and the New Hampshire Astronomical Society. He serves on the NHAS Public Observing Committee.

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Janet Davis & Wyatt Davis
Lynn Post & Claire Larrabee
Empower Success Corps, Northern New England Office

Lynn Post serves as Director of ESC Northern New England, managing a cadre of high-impact volunteer consultants who provide expertise to regional nonprofits. Lynn has decades of experience marketing products and services and is adept at evaluating a client’s audiences and developing messaging, content and programs to reach those audiences most effectively. Previously, she held leadership product marketing positions in technology companies such as EMC, HP, and Apollo Computer.

Claire Larrabee is a senior ESC consultant.  Previously, she has worked as an independent marketing communications consultant and developed content for a wide variety of local and national companies. Claire has held senior marketing positions at Chordiant Software, Kana and Wang Laboratories. Claire taught business writing and literature courses at Southern New Hampshire University and Notre Dame College in Manchester. She is a graduate of George Washington University and holds an MA from the University of New Hampshire.

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Lynn Post & Claire Larrabee
Alyssa Wright
Alyssa F Wright Consulting

Having spent time as a human right's activist in Eastern Europe and Africa, Alyssa brings a decade of experience in international philanthropy to Alyssa Wright Consulting. An accomplished facilitator, consultant and coach she builds new revenue streams, shifts cultural perspectives and inspires people to believe that change is possible no matter what. Recent work includes the design of a successful giving circle at the Massachusetts domestic violence and sexual assault coalition and the creation of a brand-new global donor movement at an international environmental organization that raised over $500,000 in a single year. She has trained over 50 boards, from Kenya to Kennebunkport, Maine to fulfill their mission. A 2017 TedX speaker, Alyssa speaks to motivate individuals and organizations alike, to become powerful agents of change. A regular contributor to Forbes, Global Giving, Feminist Wednesday and Levo League, Alyssa is a powerful Millennial voice in the social change movement.

 

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Alyssa Wright
Angela Zakon
Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA

Angela Zakon, CPA, joined Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A. in 2008. As a supervisor in the firm’s North Conway office, she specializes in providing audit, review and compilation services to nonprofit organization. In addition, Angela assists with tax planning and preparation services for individuals and organizations. She currently serves as the treasurer for the White Mountain Community Health Center. Prior to joining Leone, McDonnell and Roberts, P.A., Angela worked as a training presenter and consultant for a national audit quality improvement firm and as an audit manager at an international accounting firm.

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Angela Zakon
Beth Saunders & Duncan McGovern
Beth Saunders Associates & Pedal Lucid

After a career in business and finance, Beth decided to channel her energy to help social mission organizations achieve their goals. Her consulting focuses on helping organizations strategically engage supporters in doing the same. Successful supporter engagement begins with clear vision, concrete goals and a roadmap for the supporter journey. Last but not least, she also believes technology is key to driving the change that a clear engagement framework is built to achieve.

Pedal Lucid was born out of Duncan’s desire to work with mission-driven organizations on both a technical and strategic level. His philosophy centers around the idea that technology, like riding a bicycle, provides incredible benefits in efficiency and productivity—but only when you have a clear idea of where you’re headed. He currently lives in Portland (Maine), where he runs the Nonprofit Salesforce User Group and works with organizations around the country to improve how they interact with their database. He is particularly interested in data-driven marketing/engagement, and loves working with nonprofits in the outdoor recreation/land use space.

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Beth Saunders & Duncan McGovern
Chris Conroy
Heartwood Media, Inc

Chris has always been telling stories. He believes that a good story can educate, entertain and engage people. For more than 25 years, he's been paid to do it for his clients! He is the president of Heartwood Media, a video production company located in Manchester New Hampshire.

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Chris Conroy
Makiyah Moody
La Piana Consulting

Makiyah is a skilled facilitator and governance specialist who helps clients navigate strategy and planning, partnerships, and board/leadership development. She is an Executive Scholar with the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Makiyah has an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in Hispanic Studies, magna cum laude, from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she served as a trustee from 2014 to 2019.

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Makiyah Moody
Jayme H Simoes & Michael Conway
Louis Karno & Company & Means of Production

Jayme manages client accounts and directs strategy and marketing efforts ay Louis Karno & Co. He founded the agency in 1999 and has grown it from two clients to more than 50. Simões 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.

Michael Conway heads Means of Production and has more than 12 years as an Associate Professor at Lesley University teaching marketing and business best practices to Undergraduates seeking a Bachelors of Fine Arts. He also has an additional 12 years of website design, online marketing, and advertising experience working for New Hampshire’s top digital agencies and for the last six years at his own company, Means-of- Production. 

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Jayme H Simoes & Michael Conway
Eric Curtis
Curtis Strategy

Eric W. Curtis is the President of Curtis Strategy, an innovative consulting firm focused on breaking the status quo through strategy design, board governance, and adaptive business modeling. For more than a decade Eric has helped leaders across the country address their most complex and challenging issues, guiding them in achieving change and sustained success. He has advised colleges and universities, healthcare and human services agencies, and many professional associations, inspiring them to break the status quo and maximize their strategic impact. Eric received his MBA from Suffolk University and his BS in accounting and finance from Norwich University. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Health Council and is a guest lecturer at area Universities.

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Eric Curtis
Gina C. Genest
The Mindful Zone

Gina is at the forefront of providing organizations and individuals the opportunity to create mindful conversations in the face of conflict. Fueled by her passion to contribute to a more peaceful tomorrow, Gina’s workshops offer a unique approach to challenging conversations resulting in powerful perspective shifting, positive outcomes and partnership conversations. Grounded through her academic training in holistic health, psychology, counseling, education, coaching and mediation training, Gina easily connects with workshop participants using humor, storytelling and experiential activities. This alchemy of disciplines is evidenced through Gina’s authentic, welcoming and calm presence.

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Gina C. Genest
Jayme H. Simões & Robin Schell
Louis Karno & Company & Jackson Jackson & Wagner

Robin Schell, APR, Fellow PRSA is Senior Counsel and Partner at Jackson Jackson & Wagner and works in an of-counsel capacity with Louis Karno & Co. She has more than 30 years of public relations consulting experience and specializes in strategic planning, effective internal and external communication, behavioral research, crisis communication and opinion leader identification programs.  Robin is a regular presenter at national and regional conferences across the country and teaches a 2-day “PR Bootcamp” class for the Public Relations Society of America. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of NH and the University of South Carolina and has extensive experience working with nonprofits, healthcare organizations, government and foundations.

Jayme manages client accounts and directs strategy and marketing efforts at Louis Karno. He founded the agency in 1999 and has grown it from two clients to more than 50. Simões 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. Goals

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Jayme H. Simões & Robin Schell
Sarah Andrews
Sarah J. Andrews Coaching & Consulting

Sarah’s 15+ years of senior management & development experience includes capacity building, direct mail campaigns, donor engagement & stewardship, sponsorship & promotions, and major giving programs. Sarah earned her bachelor's degree from Assumption College and has since been an active member of many regional fundraising networks. She served on the Board for the Manchester Young Professionals Network & was on the executive team that led the organization through its merger with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Sarah oversees the George Butch Joseph Foundation in loving memory of her grandfather & personally fundraises for the March of Dimes.

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Sarah Andrews
Kevin Peterson & John Hamilton
NH Community Development Finance Authority & NH Community Loan Fund

At NH CDFA, Kevin is part of a 12-person team that annually deploys ~$16M in debt and equity capital to support place-focused community- and economic-development projects across New Hampshire. From 2001 to 2018, Kevin served as Senior Program Officer for New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, where he helped design and implement the Foundation’s $12 million Impact Investing Program; managed a $800K nonprofit loan program; deployed the Foundation’s Environment portfolio through three separate grant programs that distributed a total of ~$2M annually; and oversaw regional grantmaking and nonprofit relations in the Connecticut River valley. He is a member of the Leadership New Hampshire class of 2007 and serves as the elected Town Moderator in his home town of Lyme, NH.

John Hamilton, Acting President of the Community Loan Fund, has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of business finance, workforce development, affordable housing, and energy conservation in the for profit, nonprofit, and government sectors. John has worked for the Community Loan Fund since 2000 and currently leads the money-out programs including Business & Communities, Resident Owned Communities (ROCs) and Welcome Home Loans. At the Community Loan Fund, he started Vested for Growth, a program that provides growth capital for businesses that create better quality jobs and the Farm Food Initiative that supports local businesses throughout the food value chain. Previously he was the founder of both NH’s Workforce Opportunity Council and CATCH, an affordable housing group serving the Concord area. John enjoys playing hockey, hiking and cooking.

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Kevin Peterson & John Hamilton
Kathy DesRoches & Tina Sharby
Granite State College & Easterseals

Kathy DesRoches, EdD, is the Program Director for the MS in Leadership Program at Granite State College. Her interest is in Open Educational Resources and she is the founding member of the nonprofit NHVegFest.

Tina M Sharby is the Chief Human Resources Officer with Easter Seals New Hampshire. She is SHRM certified as an HR Professional, serving on several nonprofit boards throughout the state and is a founding member and Chair of the Diversity Workforce Coalition, a member of the Business and Industry Association Health Care & Workforce Development Committee and a member of the Economic Vitality New Hampshire Committee.

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Kathy DesRoches & Tina Sharby
Saleha Walsh & DaQuall Graham
Insource Services, Inc

As Vice President, Saleha applies her HR expertise in client communication and contextual decision-making to managing Insource’s operations and addressing client needs. Saleha is jointly responsible for the overall management of client success, as well as providing leadership to, and strategic direction for, Insource’s consulting services and business development. Prior to launching Insource’s HR Practice, Saleha worked as an HR and Operations professional in several organizations, most recently for a national law firm headquartered in Boston. Saleha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Merrimack College

As Director of Talent Development, DaQuall is responsible for driving and overseeing Insource’s internal training and employee development programs. Prior to joining Insource, DaQuall worked as a Senior Director of Education for a Massachusetts nonprofit. Previously, he held a number of education-based leadership positions and has completed numerous training certifications. DaQuall holds a Masters of Art in Teaching from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from American International College. He has completed a Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Simmons College and is pursuing a Masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

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Saleha Walsh & DaQuall Graham
Amity Ollis
Lifeboat Accounting, PLLC

Amity Ollis is a licensed NH CPA. She has worked both in public accounting firms and nonprofits and has experience as an auditor, business consultant, accountant, and tax manager. She has served on boards of nonprofits and has provided trainings and education on everything from board responsibilities, Accounting 101, tax regulations and nonprofit compliance, fundraising, and more. She spent time at one of the largest nonprofits in New England as their tax manager and ensuring nonprofit compliance. Amity is excited to utilize her experience to assist small businesses and nonprofits with their accounting needs.

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Amity Ollis
David Harris & Frank Reece
Interim Executive Solutions

David has extensive experience working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement strategies to improve operations, marketing, board governance, and leadership team effectiveness. He served as co-chair of Community Action Partners where he provided strategic planning, marketing and other services to nonprofits. Recently he served as the interim Executive Director of the Springfield Empowerment Zone in western Massachusetts and the Landing School in Maine. David spent five years as Deputy Director of Teachers21 and provided coaching and consulting services to school and district leaders on business strategy and organization.

Frank is a seasoned executive with over 40 years of management experience in both industry and nonprofit organizations. An enthusiastic entrepreneurial leader, he has established strengths in strategic planning, fundraising and financial management, product and program introduction, marketing, organizational transition management, and board development. After serving as President of USTeleCenters and ViewTech, two successful public entities, Frank transitioned to his nonprofit career with an interim experience serving as a Senior Fellow at Tufts University’s College of Citizenship and Public Service. More recently Frank co-founded the Global Habitat Project and oversaw the merger with the Urban Ecology Institute.

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David Harris & Frank Reece
Steve Varnum & Mat Solso
New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

Steve Varnum is the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund’s Director of Communications and Marketing. He is passionate about the power of stories and has told them professionally as a journalist, an advocate, a trainer, and a nonprofit fundraiser. He has won numerous state and regional newspaper writing awards, including Writer of the Year from the New Hampshire Press Association, and Columnist of the Year by the New England Newspaper & Press Association. He has worked for NH nonprofits for nearly two decades, as a lobbyist and advocate for children,  and as director of the PrioritiesNH campaign, where he drove the Pigmobile around the state to educate voters about the federal budget before joining the Community Loan Fund in 2008. He has served other nonprofits as a board member and volunteer. He lives in Concord.

Mat Solso is the Director of Philanthropy at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. He has 15 years of experience working for or with nonprofits in a variety of capacities, including selling software and services, annual fund director, website creator, database administrator and event management. Throughout his career he has seen how stories can boost appeal responses, make events more effective, and truly engage supporters. He lives in Derry, NH with his family and basset hound, Murphy.

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Steve Varnum & Mat Solso

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