Heather Gunnell

Heather Gunnell is on a mission to transform workplace culture so that people can bring their best selves to work and have enough energy and time to enjoy life outside work. With nearly 20 years in leadership, having recovered from significant burnout to find a way to thrive in life and work, she understands the urgency to create a new work paradigm. Heather has extensive experience in nonprofit management, business and healthcare operations, employee well-being, program development, and strategic alignment. Key qualifications: Certified Appreciative Inquiry facilitator ICF-certified executive coach Lean Six-Sigma Greenbelt Training facilitation/Keynote speaker Employee engagement and well-being expertise

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Heather Gunnell - Inlight Leadership Group, LLC
Heather Gunnell - Inlight Leadership Group, LLC

Marty Jacobs

Dr. Marty Jacobs is a transformative change consultant focusing on multi-sector transformational change. She has over 30 years of teaching, consulting, and facilitating in the areas of strategic planning, organizational learning, systems sciences, board and leadership development, community engagement, organization development, and dialogue. Her publications include a series outlining the five disciplines of organizational learning, approaches to effective community engagement, multi-sector transformational change, meaning making at the edge of chaos, and systems sciences in relation to transformative learning. She has been a mindfulness practitioner for nine years and works to integrate mindfulness and systems thinking with leadership.

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Marty Jacobs - Social Impact Consulting
Marty Jacobs - Social Impact Consulting

Timothy Powers

In his 22nd year in education, beginning as a math teacher, Tim’s career soon extended beyond the classroom coaching sports all three seasons. With a decade-long stint as an athletic director and subsequent tenure as a dean of students, Tim gained profound insights into the multifaceted dimensions of school dynamics. In the last six years, Tim has assumed the pivotal role of Head of School, steering Pinkerton Academy with visionary leadership and a deep-rooted commitment to student and faculty success. Tim places immense value on the voices of both students and staff, championing their perspectives in shaping the educational landscape.

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Timothy Powers - Pinkerton Academy
Timothy Powers - Pinkerton Academy

Russell Grazier

Saxophonist, composer, and educator Russ Grazier is a co-founder and the CEO of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center. He has actively fundraised using online crowdfunding methods for more than a decade, including the incorporation of crowdfunding into a successful capital campaign for PMAC's building purchase and renovation in 2013. In 2016 he was named NH Arts Advocate of the Year by NH Citizens for the Arts. He currently serves on the boards of the NH Center for Nonprofits and the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth.

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Russell Grazier - Portsmouth Music and Arts Center
Russell Grazier - Portsmouth Music and Arts Center

Soudie Tahmassebipour

Soudie Tahmassebipour is an attorney and leadership and certified diversity, equity and inclusion consultant. Soudie has decades of management experience and has work with individuals and organizations throughout the country and abroad to promote and create diverse, healthy, equitable climates for everyone.

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Soudie Tahmassebipour - Re-Envision Consulting
Soudie Tahmassebipour - Re-Envision Consulting

Toni Runci & Alison Milioto

Toni has over 15 years experience in HR. She received her undergraduate from SNHU in Business and her Masters in Human Resources. She has worked in retail, construction, healthcare, automotive, and so much more. She holds a certification from both SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute). She is also a co-founder and owner of BlueLion.

Alison is the co-founder and owner of BlueLion. She has a Masters in Business from UNH and has been practicing HR for almost 8 years. Alison assists clients with implementing benefit packages, dealing with employee issues, and engagement, and assisting companies with becoming strategic with their HR initiatives. When she is not focusing on growing BlueLion she is spending time hiking with her fur baby Kona, snowmobiling or mountain biking.

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Toni Runci - BlueLion, LLC
Toni Runci - BlueLion, LLC Alison Milioto, BlueLion, LLC
Alison Milioto, BlueLion, LLC

Thomas Oppel

Thomas Oppel, founder and President of the O2 Strategies consultancy, has extensive experience in communications, management, government, politics and policy. His career includes service as Chief of Staff to the Navy Secretary in the Obama Administration, as executive vice president at the American Sustainable Business Network and as Communications Director and Senior Advisor to former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus. For nearly three decades, Oppel created political media, messaging and strategy and managed campaigns on behalf of progressive causes and candidates. Prior to his campaign involvement, Oppel covered politics as a journalist in New England and the South.

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Thomas Oppel - O2 Strategies
Thomas Oppel - O2 Strategies

Katie Collins

Katie Collins is in her 19th Season as Director of Development at the Capitol Center for the Arts where she frequently introduces headlining acts to crowds of over 1000 people. A nonprofit professional for the past 33 years, Katie trained as an actor at the College of the Holy Cross also has nearly 50 years experience as an actor in community, regional and professional theater (Yes, she started as a child!). Katie combines her theatrical skills with a deep knowledge of nonprofit events for a workshop that will make you a more confident and in-demand public speaker.

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Katie Collins - Capitol Center for the Arts
Katie Collins - Capitol Center for the Arts

Peter Anderson

Inner Citadel Consulting specializes in job-fit selection tools, emotional intelligence development, team behavioral performance dynamics, and organizational mindfulness. For organizations and teams, Peter offers human-centered learning & development programs and group coaching. He also offers leadership and executive coaching, focused on EI, mindfulness, and purpose-driven leadership. A certified executive coach through the global Center for Executive Coaching, Peter holds the ACC credential from the International Coaching Federation, is a certified Genos International EI practitioner, a U.N. Habitat certified facilitator, and certified in Wiley's PXTSelect assessments. Peter loves working with smaller organizations and non-profits and prefers kindness and reciprocity over personal gain.

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Peter Anderson - Inner Citadel Consulting
Peter Anderson - Inner Citadel Consulting

Laura King & Abby Nguyen-Burke

Laura King is the VP/Branch Manager at Eastern Bank in Bedford, NH. She has been with Eastern Bank since starting as a teller 34 years ago. She has always progressed in her career because of her passion for customer service and helping others achieve their goals. Laura is recognized as a leader and mentor in the areas of business development. She helps business owners grow their businesses, and personal customers, with everyday banking. She has been involved with local non-profit organizations such as Rotary and Chambers of Commerce for most of her career and has served in many capacities such as President, VP President, and Treasurer etc. She currently sits on the board of Families in Transition. She moved to Derry, NH in 2020 with her husband Darrin. She has 2 children, Nick and Alyssa and grandchildren, Everly & Travis. She loves to spend her free time with her family and enjoys Lake Winnipesaukee. She also enjoys any type of DIY crafts.

Abby Nguyen-Burke Senior Vice President, Team Leader Eastern Bank Abby has over 20 years of business and community development experience in the Boston Metro area. She is currently leading a new lending program focused on serving the needs of women entrepreneurs and small business owners who are people of color. Abby is first generation Vietnamese American. Growing up as a refugee, she prioritizes the importance of family and community, and she strives to make a meaningful and lasting impact in the community where she lives and works. 

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Laura King - Eastern Bank
Laura King - Eastern Bank Abby Nguyen-Burke - Eastern Bank
Abby Nguyen-Burke - Eastern Bank

Amanda Silver

Amanda Silver is a leadership development consultant, trainer, and executive coach with over 22 years of experience in developing the effectiveness of leaders and organizations. She is passionate about creating the conditions that allow individuals, teams and organizations to thrive. Amanda’s unique heart and mind approach draws on expertise in mindfulness, emotional-intelligence, inclusive culture, and strength based mindsets. Amanda’s clients include higher education institutions, socially responsible businesses, public school districts, social service agencies, advocacy organizations, philanthropic institutions, faith-based organizations and entrepreneurs. 

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Amanda Silver - Amanda Silver Consulting
Amanda Silver - Amanda Silver Consulting

Kristen Ratanatharathorn

Kristen C. Ratanatharathorn has expertise in grants administration, program management, and team leadership in the nonprofit sector. She is currently the Senior Manager of Grant Information and Administration at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York. Previously, Kristen was the Grants Manager at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University. She started her career as an information technology consultant at Accenture. Kristen holds a BA in business administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MA/MSc in international and world history from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.

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Kristen Ratanatharathorn - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Kristen Ratanatharathorn - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Paul Gilson

Dr. Paul Gilson, a finance educator at UNH, combines a 25-year academic career with recent, impactful involvement in the nonprofit sector. As a volunteer bookkeeper for WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio, he skillfully uses generative AI to enhance grant writing and underwriting. His enthusiasm for AI extends to his academic role, where he educates students, faculty, and CEOs on its transformative applications. Dr. Gilson's adept integration of AI into his work life, volunteer efforts, and personal endeavors demonstrates a deep commitment to innovation, making him an invaluable resource for organizations at the intersection of finance, technology, and nonprofit management.

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Paul Gilson - WSCA Radio
Paul Gilson - WSCA Radio

Lynne Sabean, Esq

Lynne Sabean, development and marketing manager at the Concord Community Music School, earned her BA at The College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), her JD from Franklin Pierce Law Center (Concord, NH), and her End-Of-Life Doula certification from The University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. Prior to joining CCMS, she was the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Member Outreach for the NHBA and the Marketing Manager for the Capitol Center for the Arts, both in Concord, NH.

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Lynne Sabean, Esq - Concord Community Music School
Lynne Sabean, Esq - Concord Community Music School

Diana Moore

Diana Moore is a creative with twenty years of experience in higher education and educational technology. She started Frostwood Designs as a solopreneur combining her art and design skills with her tech and academic background to create elegant websites and user experiences (UX) with a mission-driven passion to serve small businesses and non-profits. Building relationships is her priority. ? When she is not helping real people in business, she is a fine art photographer and fiction writer. She specializes in nature photography and dabbles in the abstract. She has traveled extensively and enjoys hiking around natural wonders and photographing people, landscapes, and places, in pursuit of compelling images.

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Diana Moore - Frostwood Designs
Diana Moore - Frostwood Designs

Sarah Andrews

Sarah has 20 years of nonprofit senior management and development experience in human services and higher education. In addition to extensive fundraising experience, her work focuses on strategic growth planning, organizational capacity building, campaigns, engagement and stewardship programs, sponsorship, grant writing, and major giving programs. Sarah has worked with many organizations on growing and strengthening their board and committee structures. Since opening Andrews Coaching & Consulting in 2017, Sarah has helped clients successfully grow their nonprofit organizations. As a leader in her field, Sarah has presented at several conferences to share her knowledge of the nonprofit world.

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Sarah Andrews - Andrews Consulting
Sarah Andrews - Andrews Consulting

Marissa Carlson & Maura McGowan

Marissa is the Executive Director of the NH Teen Institute, a leadership development nonprofit working with middle & high school students from around NH & New England in a variety of areas including substance misuse prevention, peer mentoring, and creating positive school & community climate. As part of her role at TI, she oversees and facilitates training for youth participants, youth & adult volunteer program staff, and outside behavioral health and education professionals. She is a trainer for multiple workshops developed through SAMHSA systems, and is a member of the advisory council of the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). In addition, she is the President of the Prevention Certification Board of NH, the NH Prevention delegate to the IC&RC, and serves as the chairperson of the Prevention Specialist credential committee. 

Maura McGowan, CPS, is the Program Director of the NH Teen Institute, a non-profit agency whose mission is to empower youth through personal leadership development and community engagement. Maura has worked in the field of prevention since 2002 and became involved with the NH Teen Institute in 2008 when she began volunteering for programs and working on a curriculum updating and development board. In 2017, Maura became Program Director in charge of youth programming and volunteer engagement in addition to being a facilitator for professional development trainings offered by the NH Teen Institute.

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Marissa Carlson - NH Teen Institute
Marissa Carlson - NH Teen Institute Maura McGowan - NH Teen Institute
Maura McGowan - NH Teen Institute

Nancy Fournier Ph.D.

Nancy Fournier Ph.D. has 30+ years of leadership experience and is passionate about supporting the work of nonprofit organizations by addressing all aspects of nonprofit leadership with a focus on Executive Coaching, and Executive Job Evaluations. Her coaching practice with women nonprofit executive directors helps them manage up, down and across their agencies for maximum effectiveness. Her performance evaluation work is done in partnership with the nonprofit Board and agency leader. She is a Vassar College graduate with a M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University

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Nancy Fournier Ph.D. - Relish Your Role
Nancy Fournier Ph.D. - Relish Your Role

Erin Allgood & Emerald Anderson Ford

Erin is a master facilitator, advocate for justice, and experienced social impact strategist. As the founder of Allgood Strategies, Erin focuses on catalyzing social change at the systems, organization, and individual levels. Erin offers facilitation, strategic planning, and coaching services to socially conscious organizations. She brings her identity as a queer woman into all that she does and uses her commitment to intersectional feminism, social justice, and sustainability to fuel her work.

Emerald melds storytelling, community activism, and non-profit experience to challenge oppressive systems and structures, and created CRED (Communities Reaching for Equity and Diversity) to further that mission. As a Black Womxn, founder and owner, she takes the work of educating folx on BIPoC liberation seriously, while honoring her own identities and using storytelling, small cohort dialogue, and traditional workshops to help guide people on their journeys.

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Erin Allgood - Allgood Strategies LLC
Erin Allgood - Allgood Strategies LLC Emerald Anderson Ford - CRED
Emerald Anderson Ford - CRED

John Visconti

John Visconti has been with YPTC since 2021, serving as a Manager in the New England market. Before joining YPTC, he dedicated 12 years to nonprofit organizations, holding the position of CFO. Additionally, John brings extensive experience from the for-profit sector, where he served as both a CFO and Corporate Controller over the years. He holds a Master’s in Business Operational Excellence from Ohio State University and earned an MBA from Western Connecticut State University. John is a Certified Management Accountant and has been awarded a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Ohio State University's Center for Operational Excellence.

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John Visconti - Your Part-Time Controller, LLC
John Visconti - Your Part-Time Controller, LLC

Elizabeth Stasiowski & Joanne Ritter

As a Senior Financial Consultant and Financial Team Lead, Elizabeth uses her experience to keep clients on track financially, up-to-date with regulatory requirements and compliance issues and looking forward to create long-term financial stability. Her background includes a strong understanding of grant management, Government Auditing Standards, OMB Circular A-133 compliance and UFR preparation; and she has developed budgeting and tracking tools and templates. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in romance language (Spanish) from Boston College and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. She has also earned certificates in accounting, public purchasing and nonprofit management and leadership.

Joanne works as part of the service delivery team to manage monthly, quarterly, and annual financial closes as well as related reporting in accordance with GAAP and client internal control policies. She also establishes schedules and processes for compiling, processing, and reporting financial data and helps clients create operational efficiencies to meet company objectives and manage their financial health. During the weekend, you can find her at the hockey rink watching her sons games in the winter or working in her garden in the summertime.

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Elizabeth Stasiowski - Insource Services, Inc.
Elizabeth Stasiowski - Insource Services, Inc. Joanne Ritter - Insource Services, Inc.
Joanne Ritter - Insource Services, Inc.

Lisa Carter

Lisa Carter is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for building brands. As the owner and chief engagement officer of Drinkwater Marketing and Productions she works with small businesses and large size enterprises to develop an inclusive brand strategy to make their product and services accessible to all. Prior to launching Drinkwater, She spent 20+ years in the corporate sector building product and brand strategies for top fortune 500 companies such as The Limited Corporation, Timberland Footwear and Staples Inc. Lisa leads the Drinkwater Marketing team to develop strategies to help non-profit organizations put fundamental knowledge and experience behind their brand’s desire to widen an inclusive reach.

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Lisa Carter - Drinkwater Productions
Lisa Carter - Drinkwater Productions

Nicole McKenzie

Nicole is a Data Dissemination Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau and provides training on how to access critical decision-making data from the Bureau's many on-line data tools and applications. Nicole provides data training for non-profits, governments, educational institutions, businesses, and others who use data to support decision making, grant applications, and funding allocation. Prior to working for the Census Bureau, Nicole co-founded Workforce Designs, Inc., a grant acquisition, and management company, and helped customers throughout New England win funding to support workforce and community development projects. Nicole is a New Hampshire native and graduate of Plymouth State College.

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Nicole McKenzie - U.S. Census Bureau
Nicole McKenzie - U.S. Census Bureau

Brian Bouchard

Working in restaurants throughout high school, college, and law school taught Brian one unforgettable lesson: client service is job one. Since joining Sheehan Phinney in 2013, that mantra has been a driving force behind Brian’s legal practice. Today, as a litigator focused on labor and employment, land use, and construction issues, Brian is driven by client service and seeks to offer practical, business focused guidance to the legal questions his clients raise. In the Labor and Employment field particularly, Brian counsels and represents companies through all manner of complexities, from claims involving discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour violations to questions involving employee management, executive contracts, employee mobility, and legal compliance.

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Brian Bouchard  -Sheehan Phinney
Brian Bouchard -Sheehan Phinney

Beth Saunders

Beth is passionate about making missions happen. Throughout her 12-year consulting career, she has helped nonprofit leaders connect people and programs to mission and goals. Her MapMoveMeasure? framework is a guide for elevating stewardship and increasing supporter engagement. Beth’s consulting practice reflects her life experience and her approach mirrors her own way of learning. Studying abroad in college, earning an MBA, taking a mid-career detour to volunteer and travel in South America, leaving her corporate job to become an AmeriCorps VISTA, and ultimately leading a consulting practice contributed to her passion for making the complex simple and the lofty tangible.

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Beth Saunders - Beth Saunders Associates
Beth Saunders - Beth Saunders Associates

Debbie Pearl

Debbie has over 30 years of Human Resources experience, specializing in talent acquisition, employee relations, leadership development, acquisitions, process improvement and development and HR/ATS integration and training. She has worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, biomedical, logistics and distribution and information technology. Debbie has an AS in Business Administration, and is SPHR and MBTI certified. An animal lover and advocate, in her free time Debbie enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and being outdoors.

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Debbie Pearl - KMA Human Resources Consulting
Debbie Pearl - KMA Human Resources Consulting

Lara Quiroga

Lara Quiroga is a Senior Consultant with Pear Associates, providing strategic planning, grant writing, board development, and assessment support to organizations in New England and beyond. With more than 25 years of experience in education, human services, project management, administration, and system-building, she has cultivated strong cross-disciplinary teams and cross-sector relationships and managed change to promote organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Lara has served on nonprofit boards, including NH Children’s Trust, Manchester Community Resource Center, Manchester’s Office of Youth Services Advisory Board, Concordia Lutheran Church, and Friends of Aine. Lara earned her bachelors from Granite State College and master’s from SNHU.

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Lara Quiroga - Pear Associates, LLC
Lara Quiroga - Pear Associates, LLC

David Wagner

David founded Clear Mission Consulting with the conviction that the right combination of strategy and leadership could help mission-driven organizations change the world for good. His belief is rooted in over 15 years of experience helping dozens of nonprofit and government agencies to amplify their mission impact through effective strategic planning and execution, including 10+ years of first-hand leadership experience. David’s specialty is combining facilitated planning with hands-on leadership coaching to help nonprofits put their strategies into action. He emphasizes people-first approaches that foster commitment and creating lasting mission impact.

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David Wagner - Clear Mission Consulting, LLC
David Wagner - Clear Mission Consulting, LLC