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Sidney Abrams

Sidney Abrams, SPHR, is managing director of consulting services at Nonprofit HR, and has nearly 20 years’ human resources leadership experience, with more than half spent in the nonprofit sector. He is highly versed in human resource strategy and implementation, with success in the disciplines of process analysis and improvement, policy development, compliance/audit and HRIS/HR technology. Sidney specializes in HR start-ups and turn-arounds, having established human resource departments at companies with no prior HR presence. He earned his senior professional in human resources certification from HRCI and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Jeanne Allen

Jeanne Allen leads Jeanne Allen Consulting and is an instructor in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Program (NC) where she teaches sustainable strategic planning, board development and governance, and social media strategy & policy for nonprofits. Currently, she is a Newswire contributor for Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) daily online journal and on the editorial board for Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), an online magazine on technology and nonprofit leadership. Jeanne has spent 30+ years working in national and local nonprofits as a staff member, program leader, board member and consultant. Additionally, Jeanne is a Board Source Certified Governance Trainer.

Brittany Altmann

Brittany Altmann, founding partner of Ascent Collective, is a “digital media guru,” with a thorough knowledge of how analytics, SEO, research, usability testing, design, development, and marketing all play into user experience and web strategy. Her goal is to help organizations become more productive, innovative, collaborative, and most importantly, more human. Her strategies focus on creating win-win results for nonprofits of all types and sizes from animal welfare to historic preservation. Brittany shows organizations how to use data-driven decision making to successfully design better methods of communicating their mission, vision and values to produce more successful end results.

John Bradley

John Bradley is an attorney in the West Columbia, South Carolina office of Moore Taylor Law Firm. His 25 plus years of practice has involved numerous areas of law including Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts, Construction Law, Commercial Liability, and Products Liability. His present practice primarily focuses on representing physicians, hospitals and medical care providers in the defense of professional negligence claims as well as representing and advising educators in employment matters before their local school boards and the State Department of Education.

Erin Bradrick

Erin Bradrick is senior counsel at NEO Law Group and a regular contributor to the Nonprofit Law Blog, The Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Daily Journal. Erin’s practice focuses on corporate, governance, charitable trust, and tax matters for nonprofit and exempt organizations. She has experience working on a range of matters, including nonprofit formations, fiscal sponsorship, foreign and domestic grant making, earned income and the unrelated business income tax (UBIT), lobbying and advocacy activities, collective impact models, executive compensation and excess benefit transactions, donor advised funds, private benefit and private inurement matters, chapter and affiliation structures, mergers and acquisitions, and dissolutions.

James Ottavio Castagnera

Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq. holds a JD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He spent 10 years as a labor, employment and IP lawyer with the major Philadelphia law firm Saul Ewing, before entering higher education. For the past 22 years he has been legal counsel and associate provost at a central New Jersey university. He also is the principal consultant and co-owner of K&C HR Enterprises/Holland Media Services, which provides writing, educational and consulting services to its clients, primarily in business and employment law, higher education/nonprofit law and policy, and enterprise risk management.

Alyssa Conrardy

Alyssa Conrardy is the president and founder of Prosper Strategies, a marketing firm that amplifies the impact of change-making organizations. Alyssa has spent her entire career in digital marketing, and is recognized by nonprofit and social enterprise clients for her ability to craft and lead marketing campaigns that build community, drive change and measurably impact the bottom line. Alyssa writes frequently about the intersection of marketing and social impact, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and PRWeek Magazine. She is also the recipient of one of PRWeek’s prestigious industry awards.

John Curtis

John Curtis founded IOD, Inc. in 1986 and has developed a proven track record in bringing sound organizational principles and leadership practices to hundreds of public, private and nonprofit organizations nationwide. He has 30+ years’ experience providing a wide array of consulting services to organizations of all types and sizes. He also teaches strategic planning, leadership development, change management and fundraising for the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College in Florida, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Duke Nonprofit Management Program in North Carolina and Virginia.

Heather de la Riva

Heather de la Riva, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, sHRBP is the director of virtual outsourcing a member of the leadership team at Nonprofit HR. Through her leadership, virtual outsourcing has become the fastest growing division at Nonprofit HR. She has successfully led innovative and complex projects in performance management, workforce planning, process improvement across the HR lifecycle and numerous compliance audits. By developing strong partnerships with executive leaders, Heather has become a change agent in the transformation of many organization’s cultures. Heather holds professional certifications from HRCI, SHRM and HCI and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University.

Marilyn L. Donnellan

Ms. Donnellan has more than 30 years' experience as a nonprofit CEO, consultant and trainer, working with thousands of volunteers and hundreds of staff. She is an internationally known author of more than 20 books and guides on nonprofit management, as well as numerous articles in nonprofit journals. Her guide on strategic planning, ``The Six-Hour Strategic Plan,`` was winner of the SEToolbelt award for innovation. Ms. Donnellan has a B.A. degree in human resources management from George Fox University and an M.S. degree in administration from the Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary.

Diane E. Edelstein

Diane E. Edelstein, is a CPA and partner, at Maher Duessel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Edelstein has more than 25 years of auditing experience. At Maher Duessel she is the director of quality control and is responsible for assuring the firm’s compliance in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Governmental Audit Quality Center and specializes in single audits. She was issued an Advanced Single Audit Certificate by the AICPA in April, 2016. Diane serves as partner on several audit engagements with local governments and nonprofits including HUD-funded agencies, human service organizations, municipalities, religious institutions, associations, and educational agencies.

Alizah T. Epstein

Alizah Epstein is a seasoned, award-winning, creative professional. She founded the Epstein Creative Group—a strategic branding and communications firm—with the purpose of using design for the greater good. Guided by these values, Alizah supports mission-driven organizations that aim to improve our community, with a focus on helping women and children. Her philanthropic spirit is matched by her creative skills and keen ability to create systems and processes that deliver an easy experience to her clients.

Leah Eustace

Leah Eustace, ACFRE is the founder and CEO of Blue Canoe Philanthropy. She’s an idea-generator and strategic thinker with a varied background in charitable fund development. At Blue Canoe, Leah works with nonprofit clients through coaching, strategic planning, training, case development and program audits. Her volunteer work is extensive: she is immediate past chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada, a member of the AFP Canada Board, sits on the international board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is part of the ACFRE Credentialing Board, and a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners Board of Directors.

Joe Garecht

Joe Garecht is the president of Garecht Fundraising Associates and has almost 20 years' experience as a professional fundraiser. Joe is a world-recognized fundraising consultant, author and speaker… and has helped countless nonprofits escape the donor treadmill by creating scalable fundraising systems. Prior to launching Garecht Fundraising Associates, Joe was the founder of The Fundraising Authority, where he and his team provided online fundraising training for nonprofit organizations of all sizes. Through The Fundraising Authority, Joe had the opportunity to train over 50,000 nonprofit fundraisers, executives, and board members on all aspects of fundraising and development.

Robert E. Gregg

Bob chairs the employment practice group with Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Gregg has been involved in employment relations for more than 30 years. He litigates employment cases, representing employers in all areas of employment law. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity. He has designed the policies of numerous employers, creating positive work environments and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. Mr. Gregg has conducted more than 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues.

Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Darian Rodriguez Heyman is an accomplished facilitator, fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and best-selling author. His life’s work of “helping people help” started during his five-year tenure as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, after which he authored the best-selling Nonprofit Fundraising 101 and edited the best-selling Nonprofit Management 101 (Wiley & Sons). In addition to his active consulting, facilitation, and public speaking work, Heyman currently serves as the part-time Executive Director of Numi Foundation, Editor-in-Chief of the popular nonprofit online magazine Blue Avocado, and Co-Producer of the Gender-Smart Investing Summit.

John Heymann

John Heymann has more than 35 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, and nonprofit leader. John is currently CEO of both NewLevel Group and One World Play Project, and serves on the board of Social Venture Network, a group of CEOs, investors, and social entrepreneurs from around the world who have made a significant impact on global economic, environmental, and social challenges.

Lynn Ivey

Ms. Lynn Ivey is a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the U.S. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes senior executive and leadership positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Lynn is a licensed social worker and long-term care administrator with a strong passion for building stronger communities. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience, both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, she is a sought-after speaker and has been invited to present at national, state and regional events and conferences.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson is currently the executive director of the Anacortes Family Center, a homeless shelter with a unique approach to helping women, children and families in crisis, enabling them to realize self-sufficiency and success. AFC’s program has the distinction of being one of Washington State’s most successful shelters, with an over 80% success rate. Prior to running AFC, Dustin was the director of development and deputy director for Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that provides legal advocacy to abused and neglected kids in Seattle. At both organizations Dustin led the organization from near-collapse to financially flourishing.

Kristal M. Johnson

Kristal Johnson is president and CEO of FundJoy LLC. Under her direction, FundJoy LLC has helped organizations find the sustainable funding they need to establish their brand or build on service offerings. Kristal has authored many peer-reviewed publications related to nonprofit development and grant writing. She is a Women Empowering Change Professional Award winner and the author of the book Social Fundraising Strategies. Kristal is a long-standing member of the Grant Professionals Association, Nonprofit Technology Network and serves as a peer reviewer for the United Way of Greater Houston's Community Building Grants program.

Danya M. Jordan

Danya Jordan is executive director of Donor Development at Proverbs 31 Ministries, headquartered near Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, she was director of Major Gifts for Roper St. Francis Foundation, Charleston, South Carolina. She has more than 20 years of experience in the area of nonprofit fundraising. She is one of only 5,500 fundraising professionals in the world to have earned the designation as Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Ms. Jordan is also a sought-after speaker on topics relating to nonprofit fundraising.

Melanie Lambert

Melanie Lambert is founder and managing director of TurnKey Writing Solutions, a virtual grant management company based in the Atlanta, Georgia area serving clients nationwide. After a decade-long career in nonprofit fundraising in development offices ranging from two employees to two hundred, Melanie noticed a pattern. Grant writing was often everybody’s job or nobody’s job. With multiple millions of dollars in grants secured, she had the opportunity to launch TurnKey Writing Solutions in 2017 and offer nonprofits an affordable, flexible, and convenient solution to grant management. Melanie is passionate about connecting nonprofits with the funds they need to change the world.

Linda Lysakowski

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, is one of just over one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In her thirty years in the development field, she has managed capital campaigns, helped dozens of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and has trained more than 30,000 professionals in Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty United States. She serves as acquisitions editor for CharityChannel Press and For the GENIUS Press.

Chris Martinez

Chris Martinez is a current executive director and has served as a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the U.S. His nonprofit experience spans more than 15 years and includes senior executive and leadership positions with healthcare, education, military and social services programs. Chris has been a national director for a program that mobilized thousands of military and civilian veterans across the country in just three short years. He has also been the chief development officer for a $90MM social services agency and managed multi-campus educational programs across state lines.

Andie McConnell

Andie McConnell is a Board Source Certified Consultant and in addition to running her how consulting business, she is the executive director and co-founder of a nonprofit, Fairy Godmother Project. Through her leadership, the organization has grown through volunteers, partnerships and donations. She has built the organization from the ground up including developing training for all board and volunteer roles within her organization and she recently received a grant through NY Life Foundation that allowed her to develop a training program for volunteers who work with bereaved families in her community.

Brenna McGinnis

Brenna McGinnis holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Award for Distinguished Research. She has extensive experience working with underserved populations and is an expert in the Sanctuary model, which she studied while working at Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities. Brenna continues to apply this approach in her current work at Broad Street Ministry where she currently serves as the director of the Hospitality Collaborative and Evaluation. In 2017, Brenna was honored as a “Keeper” by Leadership Philadelphia

Tom Morley

Tom Morley is the founder and president of Snowflake LLC, a Certified B Corporation® consultancy dedicated to helping organizations that improve individuals’ and communities’ quality of life. He has over 20 years of experience advising and supporting non-profits, businesses, and government agencies, guiding them through development and implementation of forward-thinking strategies, cost-effective organizational designs, creative approaches to people challenges, and personalized donor relationship plans.

Rachelle Nesta-Goff

Rachelle Nesta-Goff, MBA is the director of development at New Beginnings, a nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence in Seattle. She has been fundraising for more than 10 years, holding a variety of roles including database administrator, grant writer, major gifts officer and development director. She has also served on nonprofit boards and development committees. She graduated from Seattle University with her MBA in 2016 and is excited to bring her business learning to the nonprofit sector. Rachelle is a life-long learner, deeply passionate about women’s and children’s issues, and loves to talk about her home state of Wyoming.

Dana Ostomel

Dana Ostomel is founder and chief gifting officer of, a crowdfunding website. Dana is a marketing and branding expert with over a decade of experience developing integrated marketing solutions for brands in a wide range of industries including nonprofits. She has significant experience advising schools, religious organizations, and other organizations on the best approaches to setting up and marketing their own crowdfunding programs. In addition, Ms. Ostomel has also worked with a number of for profit organizations including: Snapple, CENTURY 21, The Home Depot, DIRECTV and MasterCard. After leaving these organizations she launched the successful crowdfunding site,

Jessica Paschke

Jessica Paschke is the director of development at Broad Street Ministry (BSM), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit which serves the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. At BSM Jessica has established countless revenue-generating programs, including BSM’s Hospitality & Corporate Council, which creates partnerships with private enterprise through ambassadorship, fundraising, and volunteerism. In 2016, Jessica was named a “Keeper” by Leadership Philadelphia, describing such leaders as the “young connectors, doers, and visionaries Philadelphia can’t afford to lose.”

Sandra K. Pfau Englund

Sandra Pfau Englund, Esq. has provided legal counsel to nonprofit groups for over 20 years. Sandy is founder of RENOSI, Inc., a company that helps nonprofits manage the growing federal and state filing requirements necessary to obtain, and maintain, tax-exempt status. She also founded Parent Booster USA, a nonprofit providing help to school support organizations/booster clubs. She is the industry thought leader on issues related to tax-exempt status and compliance, and financial and fundraising transparency. Englund began her career with a Washington, D.C-based law firm where she represented tax-exempt status, grants and expenditure responsibility, and private foundation rules and regulations.

Rex L. Porter

Rex L. Porter is the principal and founder of Porter Group LLC, a premier national federal grant funding and compliance consultant service that serves nonprofits across the country. During his 25-year career in federal grants management Rex has served as a federal grants official, grant funded organization executive director and local government project manager. These experiences prepared him for his role as a sought after federal grants compliance expert. His current practice supports nonprofits and local governments stay compliant with the ever changing and complex world of federal grant rules – especially 2 CFR 200.

David Sayers

David Sayers is IOD’s director of financial services and has 20+ years’ experience beginning as a banker, then ultimately as a college CFO. Over his career he developed a proven track-record in accounting, education, real estate investing, and small business ownership. David now serves organizations by providing innovative and sustainable financial, managerial and accounting solutions to a full range of nonprofits and ministries. He specializes in projects where he can blend the latest business best practices with mission-driven nonprofit motives. David teaches an array of business and financial courses for colleges and universities and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in Atlanta.

Alicia Schoshinski

Alicia Schoshinski is a Senior HR Business Partner and brings more than 25 years of progressive HR management experience including her work with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting where she last served as senior director, Human Resources Management and Development. Alicia works with several clients to provide a talent management strategy aligned with their strategic goals and missions. She has facilitated workforce realignments, and developed performance management programs, internal communications strategies and leadership development programs. She also has expertise in affirmative action programs, EEO, and metrics, and has led training efforts in these areas.

Steve Strang

Steve Strang, MPA, is a consultant with Spectrum Nonprofit Services. Steve provides consulting and training in sustainability strategies for community-based organizations. He is an advisory board member of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University (IL) and Allowance for Good, and past co-chair of YNPN Chicago. Previously Steve worked for Donors Forum (IL) which is the state association of Nonprofits; federal grants trainer with the University of Chicago; membership and training coordination with the American Red Cross. He earned his BS from Grand Valley State University and MPA from Roosevelt University with an emphasis in nonprofit administration.

Jennifer L. Urban

Jennifer L. Urban is the founder of Legal for Good PLLC and devotes herself to representing charitable and nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota and Ohio. Jennifer routinely assists charitable organizations and individual donors with a variety of matters, including crisis management; fiscal sponsorship; nonprofit formation; 501(c) tax-exemption; merger, asset transfer, consolidation, and dissolution; nonprofit consulting, training, and best practices; grant compliance and financial management; property tax exemption; sales tax exemption; nonprofit-related litigation; charitable solicitation and professional fundraising; government compliance and regulatory issues; and document review and creation.