Neil has focused his career over the last 15+ years in the non profit sector in a wide variety of roles, including volunteer, staff, board member, adviser and consultant. He recently moved to the Sarasota area where he has become increasingly involved in non profit work, as a Score Mentor and now with the GCCF. Prior to that he was heavily vested in the Cincinnati community where he started a non profit and created a fund raising committee for scholarships. He also was on numerous Boards including on a community foundation, private school, and United Way advisory council.
His support for nonprofits has centered around mission-focused strategic planning, marketing and public relations, community building, board development, and broad-based training, facilitation, and coaching.
Prior to that, he was a consultant and trainer for small to very large consumer packaged companies and retailers. Neil began his career in marketing at Procter & Gamble in Mexico. He held senior marketing and general management positions with P&G in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
Nathalie Dewolf has over 20 years experience in business operations and management consultancy. Having been a consultant to both non-profit and for-profit organizations for a number of years, Nathalie now focuses her extensive skills primarily on assisting clients in the non-profit arena. As such, she is a Senior Consultant and Chief Operating Officer for Colt Capital Consulting LLC. Her areas of expertise include strategic and business planning, operations, resource optimization, strategic marketing and market research, business analysis, and financing.
Nathalie moved to Florida from Washington D.C. just over seven years ago. Locally, a notable part of her non-profit work in the Tampa Bay area has been with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, focusing on building capacity in local non-profit organizations and convening agency efforts for Gulf Coast’s Homeless families initiative.
In earlier years Nathalie has had experience as CEO of organizations in both design and technology, namely Swivel Secure Inc and Blore Hall, as well as her own design company, Nathalie deWolf Designs, where she created successful brand and market development strategies.
Prior to that, she was Senior Manager at MCI in their Strategy and Business Planning Division where she advised on existing operational divisions, and new venture opportunities. This position was a natural extension after a number of years spent with global Management Consultants, Booz Allen and Hamilton, where she worked as a Business Analyst, and an Associate, in both London and New York offices.
Nathalie attended the University of London’s London School of Economics and Westfield Colleges. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and French. She previously served on the board of Prevent Child Abuse in Washington D.C. and currently serves on the board of Beyond the Spectrum, a center for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, here in Sarasota.
Laura Harto is a Human Resources Consultant who assists organizations in all aspects of human resource design, utilization and strategy. With more than two decades of experience in industries including mental health, financial services, healthcare and – her personal favorite – The Walt Disney Company - Laura is passionate about helping companies align people with mission and business goals while making the intricacies and details of people management a little less overwhelming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHPR). She has also completed Coach University’s Professional Coaching program. When not working, you will likely find Laura traveling with her husband, spoiling her two Golden Retrievers, or training for the upcoming Boston Marathon.
Since 2001, Blue Sky Thinking has helped 70+ nonprofit arts and cultural organizations renew, re-invigorate or reinvent themselves through change processes that include serving as the part-time executive director, virtual management of a nonprofit or association, board development, strategic planning, marketing and rebranding, partnerships and mergers, program creation and fund development. Known as a no-nonsense, never-say-never, super-efficient lover of challenge, Tammy is a master at solving her client’s problems using sound strategy coupled with significant nonprofit experience and a dose of creative thinking. Prior to consulting, Tammy spent 15 years working as an arts administrator for museums, regional theater and dance companies, Broadway presenting halls, and as a grant maker for arts education programs for the MN State Arts Board and the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota. When she is not visiting her grown children, serving on the Nonprofit Consultant’s Connection and Sarasota Newcomer’s Boards of Directors, binge watching BBC dramas, or walking her sweet rescue dog, Poppy the Pomeranian Princess, she often appears in print and on television for her work as a commercial theater producer of The Ultimate Pajama Party™, a grown up girl’s slumber party extravaganza. Tammy holds a B.A. in theater and an M.B.A. in nonprofit management.
Laurie’s corporate experience includes most recently serving as Vice President of Human Resources for Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), a Fortune 500 company which was formerly a division of Cadbury Schweppes. In this role, she was responsible for providing senior HR business partner support to C-suite leaders and their functions, including finance, marketing, supply chain, sales, etc. Additionally, she managed organization capability and capacity building programs for the company. These include talent and succession planning; strategic HR planning; recruiting and on-boarding programs; mergers & acquisitions; leadership coaching; compensation & benefits; HR policy & programs; recognition programs; employee relations & engagement; change management; performance management; facilitation & team building; and, training & development with a focus on building culture and leadership capability. Prior to Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Cadbury Schweppes, she was a self employed consultant specialising in organizational capability and capacity programs, and HR policy and practice, including AAP, Diversity and Employee Relations.
Her non-profit experience includes serving as a board member of the United Way of Westchester County, NY; board director and HR Committee Chairperson of My Possibilities in Plano, Texas; consultant to the Dallas Theater Group, Dallas, TX; and, current board vice president for the Heron Creek Community Foundation in North Port, FL.
Laurie, who retired from corporate roles in 2013, can be found enjoying the west coast Florida life and everything it has to offer in terms of beach, golf, theater, gardens, and outdoor activities with her husband Allen after relocating to North Port, FL in 2014.
Stephanie Kempton, MBA, PRC has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience. Her experience in research, corporate strategy, marketing, advertising, product management and media planning uniquely qualify her to not only conduct research, but also to apply it in an actionable way to your business.
Stephanie has applied her skills in marketing and research across a wide range of industries: banking, real estate, manufacturing, utilities, retail, healthcare, arts, non-profit, sports and entertainment. In her career she has held positions as a group product manager, research analyst, corporate strategist, media planner, account supervisor, director of advertising, account planner and director of research and planning. Her research and planning expertise has directly contributed to enhanced business performance for a wide range of brands and businesses.
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida and has obtained a Professional Researcher Certification at the expert level from the Marketing Research Association.
Stephanie has a thorough understanding of marketing research —what to do, how to do it and what it means. But more importantly, as a marketing professional, she knows how to apply research insight to your business situation to improve the outcome. Stephanie provides you with the confidence to make better business decisions.
Jennifer Ahearn-Koch is founder and consultant of JAK Consults, a marketing, public relations, and design firm creating professional marketing strategies, public relations campaigns, social media planning, website design, and online community management to profit and non-profit organizations. Jennifer has a masters degree from Columbia University in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the American University in Paris, France. She speaks fluent French (having lived in Paris for 12 years), and German. You many know Jennifer as the marketing and public relations director for Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering from 2004-2016. In her free time, Jennifer loves spending time at the beach with her husband and two sons. She is an avid runner, that is, as long as her ankles continue to hold up, and trains karate in which she has earned her 2nd-degree black belt.
Joan Lowery, M.Ed., has extensive experience working as a professional communicator both domestically and internationally. Her experience spans the fields of training; instructional design; broadcast and print journalism; television producing; acting and counseling. She has consulted to numerous non-profits, as well as Fortune 500 companies, helping others to become more effective, empathic communicators. She specializes in several areas of communication skills training, including media training, listening, high-impact communications skills, emotional intelligence, building trust and executive coaching.
Joan also has extensive experience as an award-winning broadcast and print journalist for news organizations such as CNN, Associated Press, CNBC-TV and the Discovery Channel, KCSM-TV and KTVU-TV (San Francisco Area.) She was a talk show host on radio and television for several years. She regularly contributes to professional publications on a variety of communication-related subjects and currently hosts a monthly talk show on WSRQ News/Talk Radio. “My passion is for communication in all its many facets. I love working with individuals and groups to help them increase their personal effectiveness and career satisfaction.”
Kristine brings to her consulting practice a wealth of experience and ideas from her previous corporate and non-profit careers. She had the good fortune to begin and end her corporate career with two of the world’s most admired companies, Johnson & Johnson and Pepsi. While she launched her career in sales and marketing, it eventually morphed into public relations and communications. Kristine parlayed that Fortune 100 experience into helping rebrand an esteemed non-profit, Tidewell Health Care Systems, from an uninspired moniker of Hospice of Southwest Florida. When she is not practicing the art and science of PR, you will find her reporting on all thing culinary and vinous for readers in Southwest Florida. In her non-eating and drinking or working moments, she’ll most likely be relaxing in the midst of her beloved husband and three dogs, often with a granddaughter or two along for the ride.
Christie Nolan launched Mission Matters Consulting & Coaching Group to support nonprofit leaders and organizations to create greater impact. She believes strongly in sharing her talents and experience to improve the quality of life for everyone in our communities. Prior to starting Mission Matters, Christie served as director of a community based nonprofit, Vice President of the Community Foundation of Sarasota, and served on various boards of directors and committees. She has a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology and a bachelor of arts in psychology. She is a certified leadership coach and incorporates a strengths-based approach to help clients discover, clarify, and align with what matters most. Christie teaches and writes on a variety of topics including leading and managing change, coaching, leadership, governance, and culture. In her personal time, Christie enjoys making jewelry, gardening, yoga and meditation, and camping with her husband and two dogs.
Liz Wooten-Reschke currently serves as President of Connectivity Community Consulting, Inc. a company that works primarily with nonprofits in the Tampa Bay community and state of Florida. As lead consultant she works collaboratively with her clients to create strategic consulting solutions that address a variety of areas: nonprofit capacity & community building, board empowerment & engagement, organizational development, training & workshop facilitation, coaching & mentoring, and philanthropic advising. She provides trainings on topics such as best practices in board governance, the next generation of nonprofit leadership, and meaningful board service; and facilitates strategic planning and board retreats for nonprofits ready to address agency change and growth opportunities.
Over her 20 plus years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Liz has served in a variety of capacities including volunteer, staff, board member and consultant for various nonprofit agencies in the Tampa Bay and Key West communities, state of Florida, and the United States. She has served as the founding Board President of Nonprofit Consultants Connection; Board Vice-President for Are You Safe; and is currently a member of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Grant Review Committee. Liz is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and recently published her first book Board Engagement & Empowerment in the Fundraising Process as part of a five-part Fundraising Success series based on her online Udemy.com course.
Before her career in the nonprofit sector, she worked as an English teacher and dance-team coach in the Florida public school system teaching both high school and middle school in Tampa and Key West. Through her current work in the nonprofit sector she develops training courses and curriculum that integrate her love of teaching with her knowledge of nonprofit best practices. Liz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education, Masters in Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management all from the University of South Florida. She is a fourth generation Floridian with a passion for education, the arts and animal rights, and active mother of two children, two dogs and a cat. For more information on Liz and how she can help you meet your mission, please visit her company website: ConnectforMore.com or Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/lizwootenreschke.
With more than thirty years of experience in all phases of fund development, Denise Roberts specializes in grant writing to private, family, and community foundations and government entities at all levels. She also is experienced in guiding organizations through the accreditation process (Council on Accreditation, Joint Commission, Chamber of Commerce, private secondary schools). She advises clients on all phases of development: annual, capital, and endowment campaigns; planned giving for the small development office; and major gifts solicitation. Denise loves being a grandmother (“it’s the only thing in life that isn’t overrated”) and also adores dogs, pandas, reading, and the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.
James Rollo is a consultant, facilitator and author with over 30 years of organization change experience in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. He has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development and has completed a two-year Board Source Certification Program. Jim has worked with over forty non-profit organizations in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto and Charlotte counties. He specializes in working with nonprofit boards on strategic planning, board composition, board structure and staff leadership development. He is dedicated to enhancing the excellence of the non-profit organizations of Southwest Florida where he has resided for the past twenty-five years.
As an independent consultant and an effective community leader, Amy Sankes, has more than 10 years of non-profit experience in the Sarasota/Manatee area. Amy is knowledgeable in all aspects of non-profit management, strategic planning and fundraising/development planning. Starting as a development officer early in her career, and then working her way up to Senior Director of Development for the Ringling Museum of Art, where Amy was responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the Ringling Museum and FSU Foundation. She knows how to create, inspire and maintain donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm. She can help you identify, qualify and sustain a donor prospect plan that will help your organization grow. Amy also worked in the development field for American Cancer Society, Mote Marine Laboratory and Gulf Coast Community Foundation. When she isn't consulting for a non-profit, she can be found running after one of her three children, volunteering for the Junior League of Sarasota or Selby Gardens, boating with her husband or cooking and hosting friends and family.
Betsy Steiner is a business consultant, facilitator, and trainer with over twenty-five years of experience. She works with nonprofits, corporations, and small businesses designing and implementing initiatives for organizational growth and advancement. As a Certified Nonprofit Senior Consultant, Ms. Steiner counsels executives and boards on topics ranging from visioning and business planning to resource development and collaborative partnerships. She has specialized training from Board Source® and La Piana® and serves over 50 Florida nonprofits including Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The Patterson Foundation, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, The Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, and U.S. Small Business Development Centers.
Prior to her role as consultant, Betsy worked in the public sector, first with a member of Congress, then as a consultant to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a federal advisory panel that advises the United States President and Congress on issues important to business owners. While working with the NWBC, Betsy co-founded a nonprofit organization to advance their research, policy, and advocacy agenda. She also represented the NWBC at the United Nations Conference in Beijing, China. Ms. Steiner earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Michigan State University.
Carlos R. de Quesada, Managing Member & Founder, VeraCruz Advisory, LLC
Continuing his 25+ years of business, managerial and finance work, in October 2011, Carlos founded VeraCruz Advisory, LLC focused on providing financial advisory and strategic consulting services. VeraCruz is focused on serving non-profit organizations by providing financial and business (enterprise) practice consulting and implementation support. Services include mission-based strategic consulting, special projects, financial transaction structuring and execution support, Board level offsite facilitation, organizational governance assessment, budgeting, financial projection/model development, cash flow scenario analyses and asset-mapping/capital planning.
Clients (current or previous) and prospects are local and national in scope, and include social services providers, schools, human services agencies, advocacy organizations, performing arts enterprises, higher education institutions, community foundations, endowments, community development corporations/CDFIs, and faith-based entities.
Through VeraCruz Advisory, Carlos has been a Trustee level member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. In April 2015, Carlos completed the Gulf Coast Community Foundation-hosted BoardSource® NFP board governance training and is now part of the GCCF’s, Invest in Incredible, consultant cohort serving the greater Sarasota-Venice, FL area. Believing in its mission and impact, Carlos and his family are Goodwill Manasota Ambassadors. Carlos serves or has served on his neighborhood board association (Indian Beach Sapphire Shores), a Sarasota county public school youth mentoring program and on his church finance council. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Carlos graduated from FSU (B.S. Finance, 1987) then served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps (1988-1991) prior to earning an MBA (George Washington University, 1991-1993). He is a first generation American of Cuban parents and is bilingual (English-Spanish). Though traveling nationally for his business, Carlos resides in Sarasota with his wife, Cynthia, and two children ages 12 and 17.
Dan Weiss, founder and president of Counterpart CFO, is a respected practitioner, speaker, and thought leader focused on financial sustainability. As a CPA and attorney, he has devoted the past 30+ years helping nonprofits and businesses maximize their success.
Dan’s areas of expertise include structuring organizations for sustainability, developing dashboards of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), optimizing accounting systems to support organization-sustaining decision making, streamlining processes and improving internal controls, governance best practices, strategic planning, training, and other facilitation.
With fifteen years experience as an adjunct in graduate studies, Dan currently teaches at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. He is an active community volunteer and a member of the Sarasota Southside Rotary Club. In his personal time, Dan enjoys playing golf, guitar, and piano. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Osprey.