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Sheryl Aikman


Sheryl Aikman joined Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates in 2020. Previously, Sheryl spent over 21 years leading asset development, planned giving, advisor, affiliate and nonprofit fundholder services at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. She has held volunteer roles nationally with AdNet and the Council on Foundations and served as a peer reviewer for the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, conducting policy, program, and operational accreditation assessments. A graduate of Davidson College, Sheryl spent a post-graduate fellowship year at the University of Bristol (England) and holds a master’s degree in Management of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University.


Pam Alexanderson


Pam Alexander has practiced public accounting since 2008. She serves as a tax advisor for not-for-profit entities, businesses, and individuals and has worked with educational institutions, charitable organizations, foundations, and donors. Pam helps clients maintain their tax-exempt status by informing them of changes in the law that may affect their organizations and helping them manage unique situations. Pam is the leader of tax services for exempt organizations in the Central Region and is a highly rated, frequent speaker on tax-exempt issues. Prior to joining Moss Adams, Pam served as a senior individual contributor at a large Fortune 500 company.


Steve Alley


Steve Alley is the Managing Partner of Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates and has extensive experience in the community foundation field. He has been with the firm since 2010, becoming Managing Partner in 2015. As a consultant, Steve has worked with more than 90 community foundations. From 2001-2010, he was President/CEO of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. Prior to that he served as Director of the Community Foundations Institute of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Steve has also served as Vice President for Development at the Central Indiana Community Foundation and began in the field as the founding President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County, Indiana. A 1985 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in communications, Steve began a career in radio as a reporter, anchor, and news director and then worked in public relations for a central Indiana school district.


Diana Anderson


As Southwest Initiative Foundation President and CEO, Diana Anderson considers it an honor to be part of the incredible network of people working daily to keep southwest Minnesota strong and vibrant. Originally from western South Dakota, her rural roots run deep, and she champions the spirit of innovation and collaboration that defines small towns across the Upper Midwest. Since joining Southwest Initiative Foundation in 2001, Diana has brought her expertise to every aspect of the foundation’s work. She believes our communities are strongest when all people can fully participate in our region’s abundant opportunities and has focused on ensuring all southwest Minnesotans experience real inclusion and access to opportunities. Her vision launched a new movement in 2016 called Grow Our Own, a cradle-to-career approach focused on ensuring that all kids and families who call southwest Minnesota home can access the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential. In addition to her role at the foundation, Diana is a devoted grandma, savvy traveler, and curious gardener. She makes her home in Hutchinson, MN, with her husband, John. 


Len Bartel


Len Bartel joined CFLeads as Senior Director of Strategy and Learning in January 2018. In this role, he develops approaches and frameworks that advance community foundation learning, assess, and refine current learning opportunities, and promote a culture of reflection, learning, and continuous improvement. Len believes that community foundations are critical to reimagining the commonweal and advancing equity. He is also committed to the notion that, as in politics, all change is local and community foundations play a vital leadership role in building and supporting communities of solution.

Len comes to CFLeads with over 20 years of experience in the social sector – 13 years spent working within community-based organizations whose services ranged from community and economic development to rural health care, and the last 9 years working in philanthropy. Len served nearly 8 years as a program officer at the Maine Health Access Foundation where he designed their healthy communities’ strategy, lead evaluation of their place-based work, managed the foundation’s first program-related investment, and served a multi-funder effort to support nonprofit organizational assessment, development, and sustainability.


Vanessa Bechtel


Vanessa Bechtel serves as President and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), an organization committed to safeguarding the long-term legacies of thousands of generous donors through the careful management of the charitable capital entrusted to them. By promoting philanthropy to improve our community, Bechtel strives to inspire charitable giving that connects philanthropic resources with community needs for the benefit of all. Prior to her work with VCCF, Bechtel served as executive director of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation.  She co-founded Monarch Wealth Strategies in 2008 and was honored as Businesswoman of the Year by the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce in 2010.  Bechtel was recognized as Nonprofit Leader of the Year by the Ventura County Leadership Academy in 2019 and Humanitarian of the Year by the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation with her spouse, Jim. Bechtel graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Law and Society. In 2016, she received her master’s degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She also received her master’s certificate from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain.


Courtney Bengtson


As Chief Strategy Officer at the Wichita Community Foundation, Courtney articulates and implements the vision and framework for the Foundation while focusing on effective growth of the organization. She joined the Foundation in September 2013 as its first communications manager. She was promoted to director of communications in 2015, followed by Director of Strategic Initiatives in 2016, and CSO in 2021. Her experience includes Bothner and Bradley and the Wichita State University Foundation. Courtney graduated in December 2013 with her master’s degree in communication and in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors, both from Wichita State University. She was chosen for CFLead’s Executive Leadership Institute for VPs in 2021, the Wichita Business Journal’s 20 to Watch in the 2020s, the 2018 Leadership Wichita class, and the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.


Conny Bogaard


Conny Bogaard has been the executive director of Western Kansas Community Foundation (WKCF) in Garden City, Kansas since 2015. Prior to transitioning to the community foundation field, Conny worked as a museum professional in the Netherlands and the United States which gave her a solid understanding of the nonprofit field. She also taught art history, museum studies and arts and cultural management at the college level. Conny has served on the board of KACF since 2018 and currently assumes the role of board chair. She also serves on the board of Humanities Kansas. Conny holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and a Doctorate in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.  


Kari McCann Boutell


Kari McCann Boutell joined the Iowa Council of Foundations as President in 2015. Kari works directly with the Board of Directors and oversees organizational activities including program development and management, membership recruitment and retention, as well as education and outreach for the purpose of strengthening and growing philanthropy in Iowa. An Iowa native, Kari brings her lived, rural experience, passion for place-based leadership, and collaborative spirit to the network each day. Kari has a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Northern Iowa and a graduate degree in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Prior to joining the ICoF, Kari was the Director of Nonprofit Partnerships & Grantmaking at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Kari serves on the United Philanthropy Forum Board of Directors, Creative Adventure Lab Board of Directors, University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Advisory Board, University of Northern Iowa Leisure, Youth and Human Services Advisory Council, and is a Co-Chair of a United Philanthropy Forum Peer Community. Kari is a Jr. Achievement classroom volunteer and participates in a local Women’s Giving Circle, where she participates on the Grantmaking Committee. Kari also provides consulting services for nonprofits and supports youth philanthropy across the state and nationally.   


Lori Bower


As President of BowerComm, Lori Bower helps community foundations, nonprofits, and businesses stop random acts of marketing through focused plans and magical ideas. She and her team coach clients across the U.S. in their Journey to Yes™ strategic marketing jumpstart program, as well as give them extra hands to execute their plans. Prior to launching BowerComm in 2010, Lori worked in Chicago for three global advertising agencies. Lori holds degrees from Kansas State University and Wichita State University, and she started her career as 4-H agent in Butler County, Kansas. She coaxed her husband away from Chicago suburbia to live as the 6th generation on her family’s farm in central Kansas, where he’s now in partnership with her dad and brother. They are kept humble by their two elementary-age children.


Dawn Brown


Dawn is an educator by trade and has continued teaching even after completing her Master’s Degree in Management. She began her professional development career as the National Implementation Manager for Vivendi-Universal where she instructed educators across the country. Dawn joined the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana in 2005 as a Development Officer and became the President/CEO in 2012. She’s been recognized for her community-building work as an ATHENA Award recipient, the OCRA Award winner for Indiana Main Street Volunteer of the Year, and as beneficiary of the Indiana Wesleyan University’s 2020 Tony Maidenberg Community Service Award. When she’s not changing her little corner of the world, Dawn reads nonfiction to continue her quest of lifelong learning, writes a blog about nonprofit marketing, communication, and stewardship at www.dawnbrown.com, and develops marketing content at dawn brown creative llc.—all while figuring out how to become the philanthropic Leslie Knope!


Nancy Brown


Nancy M. Brown, CFRE, has been working in the nonprofit sector for twenty-six years with experience in higher education and healthcare fundraising and charitable estate planning prior to assuming her current role as president/CEO of the Winona Community Foundation in Winona, Minnesota. She was adjunct faculty in both the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and LaGrange College’s Master’s in Philanthropy and Development as well as a frequent presenter to nonprofit organizations and boards. 

She is a fierce advocate for building strong communities by growing philanthropy. Her mission is to demonstrate that everyone has the capacity to make the world a better place through giving in all its forms.  She has master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Courtenay Burns


Dr. Courtenay Burns is an experienced educational research and legislation specialist with the nationally recognized Waterford Upstart school readiness program. Courtenay monitors current state and national education policy and legislation in support of expanding Waterford Upstart's ability to reach as many young learners as possible. In addition to her legislative work, she performs academic research focused on parent and family engagement, early childhood education, and pre-kindergarten initiatives. Courtenay received her B.A. from Berea College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno.


Anita Busch


Anita Busch has experienced two mass shootings in her family. When Micayla was murdered in the Aurora Theater Mass shooting, she began helping victims and communities behind the scenes. She has personally helped victims/survivors and/or communities behind the scenes in over 30 mass casualty crimes. She is an award-winning, nationally known journalist, having worked at The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and served in management capacities at the Hollywood trades, including Editor of The Hollywood Reporter. Over 7 ½ years, she interviewed mass shooting families of the deceased, those survivors injured both physically and mentally to develop Best Practices for Mass Casualty Crime, a trauma-informed document which helps communities organize after these tragic events without re-victimizing victims. Best Practices has been shared by politicians, mass shooting victims and communities around the country and worldwide.


Teryn Carmichael


Teryn Carmichael is an Executive Director with five years of experience working alongside the board of directors and staff at the Bird City Century II Development Foundation. Teryn is driven by a need to understand how things work, so she has developed diverse skillsets that range from strategic development to full-circle implementation. She has a strong background in marketing, non-profit organizations, and community engagement and loves strategizing ways to make any process more efficient. She has received degrees in Advertising and Public Relations and a focus in Marketing from Kansas State University. Since joining BCCII, Teryn has managed tasks and projects of all types and sizes and this experience has given her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for one’s town.


Benjamin Case


Benjamin Case is Chief Executive Officer and Fundraising “Guru” for Focused on Fundraising, Inc. He helps nonprofits raise more money by advising on strategic planning, fundraising, and communications. Mr. Case has served in the nonprofit sector as an advancement professional and leader for over four decades. He has worked for and been engaged by organizations that have raised more than $6 billion in gifts. His experience includes work with world-class institutions such as Susan B. Anthony List, Duke University, the Metropolitan Opera, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and North Carolina State University, as well as involvement in the start-up of many successful nonprofits. His book, “21 Tips for Highly Successful Fundraisers” is an Amazon International best seller in six countries and nine categories. He has served on the boards of Catawba College, Medical Ministry International, and the Charitable Trust Leadership Forum. He appears extensively as a featured speaker for many associations including Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Association for Fundraising Professionals, and State Policy Network. In addition, he is on the faculty of the Institute for Charitable Giving.


Renee Catacalos


Renee Brooks Catacalos provides strategic leadership, management, and guidance for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders’ (SAFSF) external-facing work with members, prospective members, the philanthropic community and the sustainable food and agriculture sector. As part of the executive leadership team, she ensures SAFSF’s work aligns with and supports the achievement of our strategic goals and ensures that strategy and impact are in sync with the organization’s operational and financial functions. Renee joined SAFSF in 2019 with decades of experience in local and regional food systems and sustainable agriculture work in the Chesapeake Bay region.


Tamara Copeland


Tamara Lucas Copeland is the former president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the organization that led the groundbreaking work, “Putting Racism on the Table.” Copeland is also the author of Daughters of the Dream: Eight Girls from Richmond who Grew Up in the Civil Rights Era. She writes a monthly blog, by the same name as her work -- www.daughtersofthedream.org -- on racial justice and the invisibility of racism. She maintains her connection to philanthropy as a member of the board of the Weissberg Foundation.


Jeff Davis


As an Advisor with FEG, Jeff Davis partners with community foundations, religious organizations, and other nonprofits on issues such as spending policy, asset allocation, and manager selection. Jeff co-leads FEG’s annual Community Foundation Survey, which is in its sixth year of collecting data on financial and enterprise topics as a bench marking tool to help inform community foundations nationwide. He earned a BA in Finance and Economics from the University of Kentucky, and an MBA in Business Administration from Xavier University. Jeff has been a FEG team member and investment professional since 2002. He is a member of the CFA Institute and CAIA Institute.


Julia DeNatale


Julia DeNatale is the Vice President of Community Impact for Napa Valley Community Foundation and has been on staff since 2010. In her role, Julia oversees the Community Foundation’s grantmaking, including donor-recommended, legacy, scholarship portfolios and community impact grantmaking in the areas of: Invest in Youth; Fight Poverty; and Champion Community. Julia also leads the Foundation’s initiatives, which currently include Housing, and the NapaSonoma ADU Center, which aims to create more affordable housing inventory by helping homeowners build and rent Accessory Dwelling Units; Disaster Relief, which currently includes relief, response and recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 wildfires and prevention and preparedness investments; and, One Napa Valley, which incubated immigrant legal services in Napa County. Julia’s work in the private sector includes marketing and promotions management at Bay Area radio and television stations. Julia has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of San Francisco.


Tatiana Fraga Diez


Tatiana Fraga Diez is the Executive director of Comunalia.  She received her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership by the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on cross-sector collaboration for social transformation through tools such as Social Policy and Public-Private Partnerships. Tatiana has more than 10 years of experience designing and implementing institutional processes for private and nonprofit organizations; as well managing and evaluating projects. In the last few years, she has managed efforts to facilitate cross-sector collaboration as well as workshops and consultancy for people and organizations on topics such as group dynamics, organization and mobilization of people and resources, community organizing, conflict resolution, and theory of change.


Herbert Drayton


Herbert Drayton is the Chair of the Coastal Community Foundation of North Carolina Board of Directors. He has served on the board since 2016 and has served as a member of the Investment Committee and Chair of the Grantmaking & Community Leadership Committee. Professionally, Herbert is the managing partner of HI Mark Capital. Based in North Charleston, HI Mark Capital invests in Black-owned, women-owned, and other minority-owned businesses in the Southeast, seeking both a financial return as well as a social impact. He has enjoyed 20 years of experience establishing, buying, and managing businesses in a variety of industries including healthcare, IT, SaaS, and corporate training. Herbert served honorably in the US Air Force and the US Marine Corps Reserves. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the University of Phoenix and an Associate of Applied Sciences degree from the Community College of the Air Force.   


Mandy Sharp Eizinger


Mandy Sharp Eizinger is a program manager at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy in Grand Rapids, MI. In this role, she supports sector-wide learning and professional development programs. Mandy brings training in Gallup Strengths Coaching and a people-centered approach to developing individuals and programs to make meaningful and measurable impact. Her research on wellbeing is featured in Nonprofit Quarterly, Nonprofit Hub, the WGVU Morning Show with Shelly Irwin, Giving Compass and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Previously, Mandy served twelve years in nonprofit program management in Chicago, and led regional community engagement strategy with UNICEF USA, helping to amplify the organization’s U.S.-based education, advocacy, and fundraising programs. Mandy holds a Bachelor of Science in family community services from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public service management from DePaul University. She currently serves on the board of directors at Treetops Collective.


Carla Farmer


Carla Farmer is the founder and principal of Farmer Philanthropy. She is an accomplished executive and business leader with more than 30 years’ experience in fund development and marketing. Carla possesses an established record of leading successful fundraising efforts, public relations, branding, and product launches. She has extensive experience in capital campaigns in challenging markets leading to long-term relations with six and seven figure donors. Carla focused on using skills honed over her professional career, to broaden the possibilities of community foundations to impact the future of the rural communities they serve.


Robin Ferriby


Robin D. Ferriby is Senior Counsel at the law firm of Clark Hill PLC.  Robin works extensively with foundations, nonprofits, individuals, and businesses on a variety of governance, grant-making, charitable gift and estate planning strategies and techniques.   For nearly 19 years, Robin was a vice president and general counsel at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan where he was responsible for regional affiliates, fundraising, donor stewardship, donor advised fund management, scholarships, agency endowments, charitable gift annuities, planned gifts, regional affiliates, professional advisor relationships, and complex gift and grant transactions.  Robin is also the founding corporate president of AdNet, the national education organization for development and donor stewardship officers at community foundations.   Robin is also a director and secretary of the Margaret Dunning Foundation, a private foundation, and a director of the DMC Foundation.  Robin has been extensively involved in the passage of legislation and regulations affecting estate planning, nonprofits and charitable giving including federal and state statutes and regulations of donor advised funds.      


Karly Frederick


Karly Frederick is Executive Director of the Rice County Community Foundation in Rice County, Kansas. She has a passion for Rural Kansas and helping it thrive. Frederick previously worked as Marketing Manager for Bucklin Tractor & Implement, a John Deere dealership in central and western Kansas. Happy to be back in her home county, she is excited to be working at her local community foundation to make a difference!


Travis Green


Travis Green is a Vice President with LOCUS’ Local Investment Strategy team. He helps foundations and other place-based institutions build local impact investing programs in support of their communities. Before LOCUS, Travis served as a program manager for The Aspen Institute’s Community Strategies Group and a program associate with the American Friends Service Committee and Friends General Conference. His wealth of experience with community-based nonprofits allows him to assist teams as they tackle complex governance and policy challenges as organizations work to align resources with their values. Travis holds a master’s degree from University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. He lives in Washington, DC with his husband and enjoys staying on top of politics, cooking, and travel.  


Amy Haacker


Amy Haacker is Vice President of Community Foundation Programs at Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, directing the GIFT Program, which provides technical assistance, resources, and programming for community foundations in Indiana.  Prior to joining IPA, Amy was the CEO of the Blue River Community Foundation in Shelby County, just southeast of Indianapolis. During her eight years there, the foundation transited to a catalytic impact model and implemented many operational efficiencies, while growing assets from $20 million to over $40 million. Prior to joining the community foundation field, Amy was in a community development position for the City of Shelbyville.  Amy holds degrees from Purdue University and Duke University.


Colette Hadley


Colette Hadley helps foundations, nonprofit organizations, communities, and schools to deploy best practices in postsecondary access and attainment, strategic scholarship management, fundraising, strategic planning, and related organizational and board development, by conducting customized assessments and developing recommendations for action. Hadley also brings an executive-level understanding of the issues facing funders and community foundations as they strive to meet educational equity goals. Prior to joining National College Attainment Network (NCAN) in 2015, Hadley was the CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (SFSB), where she had a track record of strong college access and scholarship program management, asset development, strategic planning, and outstanding board-staff governance. Hadley joined SFSB as a program officer and was the Associate Executive Director before becoming CEO. Prior, Hadley was a student affairs officer for UC-Irvine. Hadley studied for her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at UC-Irvine and has completed certificate programs in non-profit management and executive leadership.


Stacie Hahn


Stacie Hahn was born and raised in Southwest Kansas. Her career with the Western Kansas Community Foundation in Garden City, Kansas, began in 2015, when she was hired into the position of Operations Director. Since that time, Stacie has also filled the role of Program Officer, and is currently the Program and Marketing Director. Stacie has worked with various aspects of the nonprofit field, including grant and donor management, accounting, and various special projects. She is known around the office for her "magic spreadsheets," particularly for the Foundation's MatchDay campaign. In her spare time, Stacie serves as Vice President on the board of Community Daycare Center, sings on the worship team at her church, taxies her children between various activities, and makes homemade animal treats for the family dogs and livestock.


Liz Hamburg


Liz Hamburg was born and raised in Western South Dakota. After graduating from Wall High School, Liz attended the University of South Dakota and graduated as one of four University Scholars with degrees in English and Mass Communications and a minor in Business Administration. She spent the first 10 years of her working career in the San Francisco Bay Area, employed by Security Pacific Bank, now Bank of America. By 1989, Liz was the Vice President and Northern California District Manager for the bank’s merchant credit card business, managing staff and operations from Fresno to the Oregon border representing $1.2 billion in bank card assets. In 1990, Liz and her husband Randy returned to South Dakota to start their family. After their two sons started school, Liz re-entered the workforce, this time in education. She was employed as the Black Hills District Manager for Junior Achievement and then joined the Rapid City Area School district to develop resources and community focused programs for the Rapid City Area Schools. Liz became the Executive Director of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation in July 2015. She is committed to taking care of the Black Hills Region- the people and the place. Bringing her varied life and work experiences to the table with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, she applies her skills in communications, managing and developing resources, program and talent development, and grant writing. With years in volunteer leadership with the United States Tennis Association, she is the current President of the Northern Section Board of Directors representing North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and part of Wisconsin at the National level of the governing body. Liz chairs the City of Rapid City's Community Investment Committee, the Black Hills Energy Citizen Advisory Council, and the Region Health Rapid City Advisory Council.


Meaghan Higgins


Meaghan Higgins serves the Kansas State College Advising Corps as Executive Director. In addition to supporting advisers, she provides leadership, overall operation, and long-term sustainability.   Prior to her work with KSCAC, Meaghan served as a postsecondary advisor with Kauffman Scholars, Inc., a college access and scholarship program, helping high school juniors and seniors in their efforts to prepare for and attend best fit colleges and universities. Meaghan’s professional background also includes two years with the Missouri College Advising Corps, where she was placed at Van Horn High School in Independence, MO as a college adviser. During her time with MCAC, she fostered a college-going culture for underrepresented and first-generation students. Additionally, she assisted in the navigation of complex admissions, financial aid, and matriculation processes by providing intrusive advising and exposure to postsecondary pathways.   Meaghan holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Betsy Hope


Betsy Hope is the Executive Director of the Greater Oxford Community Foundation in Ohio. She has been working in marketing, public relations, and fund development for 30 years. A Journalism graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Betsy holds a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University and is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE). 


Eric Hozempa


Eric Hozempa has more than 30 years of nonprofit experience. In his current position as the CEO of the Longmont Community Foundation, Eric works to improve the community for all through philanthropy and charitable leadership.  Eric grew up in Boulder County and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in philosophy. Aside from pondering life’s meaning, Eric enjoys hiking, fly fishing, roasting his own coffee, riding his scooter, and gardening.


Chris Huber


After more than a decade in the journalism industry, Chris Huber switched to a career in philanthropy to help make a diverse impact on the region he loves. While at the Monument Health Foundation, he led the capital campaign to expand the Cancer Care Institute and was a graduate of Leadership South Dakota. In 2021, he took a position at the Black Hills Area Community Foundation. As Donor Relations Manager, Chris works closely with donors and nonprofits to help connect their passions to needs throughout our region and ensure their impact will last for generations. He strives to help secure a vibrant, equitable and prosperous future for the entire Black Hills area.


Nancy Jackson


Nancy Jackson is a founding partner of Generous Change, which works with community foundations, universities, and nonprofits around the country to raise more money to support social change. A nonprofit founder and former university foundation executive, Nancy and her business partner have raised well over $70 million and supported thousands of others in raising much more through mission-driven, donor-centered stewardship and requests.


Deanna James


Deanna James was named President of the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development in February of 2015. She has held several executive level positions at the Foundation during her over 15-year tenure, overseeing general operations, grantmaking, and program development. Deanna works intimately with almost every local public sector agency, a cadre of private sector partners, and a host of civic organizations throughout the Territory. She also serves on several Governmental councils and advisory boards. Today, Deanna is leading the Foundation in fulfilling its core philanthropic mission, with an ambitious programmatic agenda focusing on the Territory’s social transformation through strategic initiatives surrounding whole-system education reform, workforce development and civic capacity building. A native of the Virgin Islands, Deanna is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Lehigh University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Public Communications from American University in Washington D.C.


David Johnson


David Johnson is the Chief Executive Office for Fletcher Group. With a career spanning over 40 years, Dave has served in multiple capacities in the mental health and human services fields. He brings a broad perspective on addressing children, families, communities, and system needs. Throughout his tenure, he has led efforts to improve human services practices and policies to boost positive results and give voice to those in need. Before joining the Fletcher Group in 2017, Dave held positions including: psychiatric social worker and head of Group Homes for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges; Professor and Chair of Social Work at Boise State University; Senior Administrator in Managed Care; and Chief Administrative Officer and Professor for Department of Psychiatry Clinical Services at Wayne State University. Dave has provided leadership in program development and evaluation with a specific focus on holistic service models that address physical health, mental health, substance use, and social drivers of health.


Sarah Jolley


Sarah Jolley serves as the Evaluation Coordinator for the Center for Applied Research and Education at the Community Engagement Institute at Wichita State University. Sarah manages research and evaluation projects from start to finish, including proposal development, project design/conceptualization, implementation, data collection, analysis, report creation, and presentation. She also supervises other contributing staff and maintains relationships with funders and partners.


Eric Kientz


Eric Kientz has over 15 years of accounting experience, with 11 of those years in public accounting.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional. He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Kansas State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA), and Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Eric serves as a member of the Finance and Investments Committee for the Kansas Association of Community Foundations. He specializes in working with non-profit and local government organizations on audit, tax return, compliance, and consulting services. 


Winter Kinne


Winter Kinne is the Vice President of Development overseeing the Community Foundation’s development and donor and agency engagement activities which includes charitable estate planning, relationships with professional advisors, and teaching individuals, families, and the community what a community foundation can do. She joined the CFO in June 2005 upon graduation from Drury University where she earned degrees in English and Writing. In August 2010, Kinne completed her Masters in Business Administration also from Drury University. Originally from Mt. Vernon, Mo, Winter is currently a board member for Philanthropy Missouri and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. She is also a member of the Greene County Estate Planning Council.


Katherine Kreuchauf


An award-winning professional in philanthropy, Katherine Kreuchauf focuses on supporting non-profit and foundation leaders and continues her commitment to strengthening non-profit boards, fundraising, and effective programming.  Before forming OnPoint Philanthropic Consulting, she led the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation for 12 years. Prior to that she headed a local United Way for 11 years.


Chris Lehecka


Chris Lehecka joined Greater Salina Community Foundation (GSCF) in February 2020. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University and earning his B.S. in Sociology, he earned his M.S. in Professional Leadership through Fort Hays State. In 2010, Chris got involved with coaching college women’s basketball. He worked at Colby Community College, Kansas Wesleyan, Portland State, and finished up at Brown Mackie College in 2016.  Chris has most recently worked in sales with Alert360, a security system company in Wichita, and enjoyed working as a certified KSHSAA basketball official. He is excited to help make an impact through working with the team at GSCF and the people in the community.


Vanessa Lohf


As a social work graduate from Wichita State University, Vanessa Lohf’s current work focuses on the many facets of organizational development, including collaborative processes for strategic thinking, outcome development, nonprofit board skill building, and peer-to-peer learning. She has a particular passion for helping to create stronger organizations, systems, and communities through increased understanding of the impacts of positive and adverse experiences (PACEs) on physical and mental well-being.


Sara Lomelin


Sara Lomelin is a connector of people and ideas, a relationship builder, and a firm believer that everyone can be a philanthropist. As founding CEO of Philanthropy Together, she is working to diversify and democratize philanthropy by creating the infrastructure needed for the giving circle model to flourish in ALL communities. Sara’s work provides a platform for different perspectives in the collective giving field—a unique giving model that has given away nearly 1.3 billion dollars in the past two decades and exploded in popularity among diverse audiences in the past five years. Prior to Philanthropy Together, Sara served as Senior Director of Leadership Philanthropy at Opportunity Fund, now Accion Opportunity Fund, the largest nonprofit small business lender in the US. Previously at the Latino Community Foundation, Sara served as VP of Philanthropy for eight years and created the Latino Giving Circle Network™—the largest network of Latinx philanthropists in the US with 22 circles and 500 members. Sara has traveled the world speaking about the power of collective giving, the correlation between civic engagement and Latino philanthropy, and collaborated with advocacy organizations globally. She currently serves on the National Council of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Board of Directors of GivingTuesday and Battery Powered.


Hrishue Mahalaha


Hrishue Mahalaha is the Chief Economic Advisor at Innovation Economy Partners. Hrishue supports an array of domestic clients and helps define, assess, and deliver solutions that help improve and develop economies for communities across the country. Hrishue has more than 14 years of experience working with the management consulting firm Accenture. During this time, Hrishue worked closely with a variety of domestic and international, public, private and governmental organizations. Hrishue also has launched a variety of entrepreneurial ventures that spanned from medical devices to a restaurant. Hrishue holds an MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. Chris Lehecka Hrishue lives in Cleveland with his wife and three children.


Ben McDearmon


In his role as Staff Counsel for Council on Foundations, Ben McDearmon responds to Council members' requests for legal analysis and information on a wide range of subjects and regularly leads legal workshops and educational sessions for foundation staff and board members. He also serves as a legal reviewer for the National Standards for Community Foundations accreditation program and is a contributing editor to Mastering Foundation Law: The Council on Foundations Compendium of Legal Resources. Ben is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He holds a J.D. from Washington & Lee University and a B.A. in English from the University of Richmond.


Kol Medina


Kol Medina is the President and CEO of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. Prior to his current position, he served as the President and CEO of the Kitsap Community Foundation. During his time in Kitsap, he also served as an elected Bainbridge Island City Council Member and Mayor of Bainbridge Island. He has served on the Boards of Directors of twenty different nonprofit organizations and, working as an attorney, has assisted scores of nonprofit organizations. Before leading nonprofit organizations, he worked for three years at a prestigious law firm in Seattle, Washington. Prior to law school, he served for two years in the Peace Corps with his wife, Elsa, in Guinea-Bissau, Africa.  He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2001 and a B.A. from Carleton College in environmental studies in 1996.


Becky Nickel


As Director of Peabody Community Foundation, Becky Nickel finds her work most rewarding when there are opportunities for Peabody (pop. 1,100) like the Sustainable Development Goals learning collaborative. In her role at the Foundation, Becky delights in partnering with local charities ranging from the food bank to the theatre restoration project, from the historical society to City Pool renovation. Her background includes international development work, business entrepreneurship, and teaching. Becky is passionate about living sustainably in rural Kansas and enjoys gardening and cycling in her free time.


Isaiah Oliver


Isaiah Oliver is the fifth leader, first black leader and first CEO for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. He serves as a respected and accessible representative for the foundation, building awareness and goodwill while forging successful funding partnerships with government and regional philanthropies. Isaiah serves as Vice Chair of Community Philanthropy on the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) board and Chair of CMF’s Michigan Community Foundation Committee. He serves as an advisor to the Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy Affinity Group, chair of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) 50th anniversary campaign and a newly appointed member of the ABFE board of directors. He is on the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Leadership Council, on the Community Foundations Public Awareness Initiative steering committee, and is chair-elect of the CF Leads national board of directors. Isaiah serves as a trustee at his alma mater, Central Michigan University and is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Civil Society Fellowship, A Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Locally Isaiah serves on the Huntington Bank Regional Advisory committee, Uptown Redevelopment Corporation board of directors, Flint Promise Authority board of directors, Flint and Genesee Literacy Network steering committee, The Flint and Genesee Group Regional Leadership Council and chair of the Covid-19 Taskforce on Racial Inequities.   


Lisa O'Mara


Lisa O’Mara is Vice President, Local investment Strategy, at LOCUS.  In that role, she helps place-rooted foundations to leverage more assets for community impact using the tool of local impact investing. Before LOCUS, Lisa served as philanthropic advisor to individuals and families at the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond. In this role, she opened communication between generations of donors and facilitated values-based grantmaking and gift-planning with the goal of increasing philanthropic impact. Through her long-time Board service with the Advancement Network (AdNet), Lisa collaborated on thought-leadership and educational programming to support community foundation colleagues nationally. Lisa established her career in the sector through fundraising positions in higher education and with political organizations and campaigns. Lisa is passionate about the role of philanthropy in helping communities to be prosperous and equitable places for all. 


Sarah Aguirre Origer


Sarah Aguirre Origer is the Director of GIFT Programming at Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. Sarah directs learning and professional growth opportunities and provides technical assistance to community foundation staff and boards across Indiana.  Before joining IPA, Sarah served as the Starke County Community Foundation, part of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). In that role, Sarah had the opportunity to work with a number of coalitions and partnerships, including ones focusing on community health and early childhood education.   Sarah has a real passion for community philanthropy with a particular interest in community development, civic engagement, and impact investing. Prior to her work with NICF, Sarah held positions at a Washington DC-based think tank and the Colorado State House of Representatives.  Sarah graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Political Science and is working toward a Masters of Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). 


Richard Overmoyer


Rich Overmoyer founded Fourth Economy in 2010 and since then has been leading the charge to help clients translate complex ideas and data into solutions for their communities. He is creative, thoughtful, and entrepreneurial, and leverages his own experiences as a guide in his work to connect people who share similar ideas and values. He strongly believes in honesty, respect, and in creating true partnerships with clients.


Amy Owen


Amy Owen has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and intermittent stints as an adjunct professor. For more than 10 years, she managed and directed fundraising programs for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy based in Harpers Ferry, WV. Since 2001, she has served as executive director of a community foundation, working now in that position for Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.


Eric Pearson


Eric Pearson is the president and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation. He is a native El Pasoan who came up through public schools and the University of Texas at El Paso and worked for about 20 years in broadcast journalism and media prior to joining the El Paso Community Foundation in 2003. Eric has been CEO since 2011; he has worked to engage the El Paso Community Foundation in solid leadership projects.     Grants, community convening, and leadership projects define the El Paso Community Foundation. The Foundation has grown since 1977 to approximately $201 million in assets, and in the process has given more than $230 million in charitable gifts and projects to West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico. 


JR Robl


J.R. has over 20 years of combined career experience in community development and design-build services. He is actively engaged in housing development, marketing processes, and the identification of project funding sources. His success in these fundamental areas has been the result of consensus building and a systematic approach of communicating. Solid partnerships with governing bodies, developers, real estate professionals, and general contractors have been essentials for providing home-building solutions and investment properties.


Jacqueline Erickson Russell


Jacqueline Erickson Russell is Founder and CEO of Social Impact Advising Group, which provides custom-designed solutions and consulting services that help businesses, philanthropic organizations, and nonprofits align their purpose, community investments, stakeholders, and strategy. Previously, Jacqueline led a strategy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which has over $2.6 billion in assets and $36 million of annual giving from the education department. Her expertise is in strategy design, program launches, and complex organizational change initiatives. While at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Jacqueline designed, launched, and funded over 10 unique non-profits and programs that impacted over 540 education leaders annually. She designed grant management strategies, grant application programs, and metrics for organization strategy and diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Before joining the Kauffman Foundation, Jacqueline founded the talent department for a charter network. Jacqueline holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a graduate degree from University of Missouri- St. Louis.


Charla Schafer


Charla Schafer serves as President of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. The Foundation focuses on affecting community change through leadership and strategic capital deployment. She previously served as the Executive Director of Muscatine Center for Social Action, a non-profit that houses the homeless, offers homeless prevention services, domestic violence sheltering, and related health and educational services; and prior to that spent her career in banking.


Lisa Schalla


Lisa Schalla, Ed.D. is a former international educator and Mexican community foundation CEO who now directs the Connecting Communities in the Americas initiative at CFLeads. Having lived in Mexico for many years, Lisa brings a bilingual and multicultural lens to promoting peer learning and partnerships between community foundations and across borders. She is especially passionate about family and community assets and the role of participatory evaluation in moving programs forward. 


Darci Schields


Darci Schields is the Executive Director at Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation. In 2015, she had the opportunity to transition into the Director’s position.  Darci enjoys being back in her hometown and loves having her kids grow up in the small-community atmosphere. She is actively involved in the community and school. Through the years she has served on the local Cougar Cub Daycare non-profit board, Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Association board, Bird City Public Library board, the Tri-County Leadership board, and Cheylin Alumni committee. Darci knows that it takes people to step up and volunteer their time, be hands-on and pro-active to keep progress moving forward in any community but feels it’s especially vital for rural communities.


Ian Shelledy


Ian Shelledy serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Community Foundation of Utah. Before joining the team, Ian served as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Startups, a nonprofit organization developing diverse human capital and fostering projects that improve the economic, social, and environmental conditions within communities. Under Ian's leadership, Sustainable Startups was a four-time finalist and two-time winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Competition and expanded its programming to cities across the United States. He is a James A. Covert Leadership Award recipient and a participant in the White House Business Council Forum on Accelerating Entrepreneurship. Ian uses his background to help the organization develop innovative and collaborative initiatives that redefine what is possible in philanthropy.


Nadine Sigle


Nadine Sigle does community consulting work for the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.  Utilizing programs such as asset mapping and ripple effects mapping, she assists communities in planning for their future. A special project she conducted this past fall was the NW Kansas Youth Survey. Prior to her position as a community consultant, Nadine worked for K-State Research and Extension as a Community Development Specialist for NW Kansas.


Allen Smart


Allen Smart is a national spokesperson and advocate for improving philanthropic practice under his group –PhilanthropywoRx. Allen is the former Interim President, Vice President of Programs and Director of the Health Care Division at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust- a $700 million statewide North Carolina funder. Prior to coming to the Trust in 2006, Allen was the Vice President of Programs at the Rapides Foundation, a healthcare conversion funder, in Alexandria, Louisiana. He has also served as Director of Community Development for a midwestern Catholic Hospital System and as Grants Administrator for the City of Santa Monica, California. As part of his personal and professional interest in philanthropy, Allen regularly writes for sites such as The Daily Yonder, Inside Philanthropy, Grantcraft and GivingCompass, as well as presenting to national and regional organizations like Grantmakers in Health, Southeastern Council of Foundations, National Rural Assembly, and the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.


Joe Sorenson


Joe Sorenson serves as the Vice President of Affiliate Relations at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. He provides a strategic vision and leadership for a statewide network of 46 county and community foundations affiliated with the Community Foundation. Joe partners with community leaders to promote philanthropy through connecting donors with causes they care about and implementing effective grantmaking programs. During his tenure the affiliate network has received more than $130 million in charitable gifts and granted $50 million to communities across Iowa.  He currently serves on the board of trustees at Simpson College, Plymouth Church Foundation and Plymouth Place. Joe is also a member of the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council.  Joe received his certification as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy from the American College in 2015. He graduated from Simpson College and has a degree in Economics/Finance and Philosophy. 


Tamela Spicer


Tamela is a senior program manager at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, where she guides sector leaders and organizations on a path to discover how they can work within their own ecosystems to create community change grounded in justice and belonging. Recognizing her own privilege as a white, cis-gender woman, she intentionally works to call out and help dismantle white supremacy culture and its power in the philanthropic sector and in her own personal life. Her work has been largely shaped by her many years as a volunteer, service that has included leadership roles with the Grand Rapids and Michigan Jaycees, Rotary International, and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.  In addition to her role at the Johnson Center, Tamela teaches at Grand Valley State University.


Rosie Sprangers


Rosie works with Foundant Technologies to help community foundations gain efficiencies through software. As a former Controller, she enjoys talking about finance and developing relationships in the philanthropic sector. In her spare time, Rosie likes to travel as much as possible.


Amy Streator


Amy is the Executive Director of The Ripley County Community Foundation, a charitable foundation with a mission to improve the quality of life in Ripley County, Indiana by inspiring generosity.  Amy holds a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul College of Law – Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University-Bloomington.  She practiced law for 14 years with Kellerman Law Office. Passionate about giving back to the community, while in the private practice of law, Amy worked as pauper counsel in three counties ensuring that every individual regardless of their station in life had access to qualified legal counsel. Putting into practice her personal motto of “give back to the community in the way best suited for you”, she represented the Eagle Fire Co., the Town of Sunman, and the Town of Oldenburg on a “pro bono” basis. Amy’s move to the Ripley County Community Foundation in 2015 has allowed her to expand her passion for philanthropy and the Hoosier State. Amy’s work centers on, assisting donors and charitable organizations in fulfilling their charitable dreams and, providing leadership to address critical needs through effective grant-making, with a focus on maintaining vibrant communities and a high quality of life in rural America. 


Lori Sellers Trenholm


Lori Sellers Trenholm has worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and currently is the Director of Community Investment at Douglas County Community Foundation in Lawrence, KS. Lori is an expert in building community philanthropy with 18 years of experience dedicated to effective charitable giving, grantmaking, and positive social change. Her first experience working in the nonprofit sector was in 2004 at one of the largest US community foundations. Since then, Lori has worked either at or with community foundations across the country and in various organizational areas.


Daniel Valdez


Daniel is a Network Director with Welcoming America, a national organization that works with nonprofit partners and local governments to help create more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming communities. In his role, Daniel leads overall strategy and support for the Welcoming Network. He provides technical assistance to community partners and network members, and his portfolio of oversight includes the southern and western regions of the United States. Throughout his career, Daniel has worked in areas of public health, income inequality, immigrant inclusion, and racial justice. He is passionate about using his talents and experience to advance the mission of organizations working on systemic changes to make the world a better place for all. He holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Daniel was born in Mexico and has called the Charlotte area home for the past 20 years. In his free time, Daniel volunteers with several organizations. He serves on the Board of the Latin American Coalition, and as President of the Board of Directors for Charlotte Pride.


Devinne Verst


In her current role, Devinne focuses on providing education and support to community foundations, charitable nonprofits, and endowments. She is a contributor to FEG’s Community Foundation Survey, which has collected and shared financial and enterprise peer insights from more than 400 community foundation participants since its inception in 2016. She has been an FEG team member since 2015 and investment professional since 2012. Prior to FEG, she was a Development Research Associate at United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and an Investor Relations and Market Research Analyst for Absolute Return Strategies. Devinne earned a BBA in Marketing and Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky. 


Jason Wade


Jason Wade, CPA, is a shareholder with CHBW & Co., P.C., in Hillsdale, Michigan, where he focuses in the areas of accounting, auditing, and taxation in a variety of industries with emphasis in the not-for-profit and community foundation sectors. During the past nineteen years he has assisted the firm in developing a niche in serving community foundations. This involves both servicing many community foundation clients as well as consulting and advising on the development of specialty foundation software.  He routinely provides controllership, consulting, software conversions, auditing, 990 and many other services to community foundations across seven states. He served on the Hillsdale Community Foundation board for nine years including two years as Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Wade is the Principal-in-charge of business consulting for the Firm.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Hillsdale College and Masters in Business Administration from Spring Arbor University. 


Brad Ward


Brad joined the Foundant team after years at the Council on Foundations as the Lead Strategist for Community Philanthropy, with a keen focus on Community Foundations. Brad is also a former community foundation CEO who led the merger of two community foundations in Indiana and has firsthand experienced with the complexity of big change at a community foundation. With over 2,500 volunteer service hours across Europe, United States, and South America, Brad cares deeply about place, the connections and commitment of the people within their communities, and how important place and belonging matters.


Stephen Warren


Stephen Warren is the President of the Community Foundation of West Texas. His desire and passion to serve has guided his choice of occupations over the last two decades. He has raised over $120 million for charities, and he continues to seek to increase awareness of philanthropy. He has served in the United States Air Force, and with the South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Lubbock Christian Schools, and Texas Boys Ranch in director roles prior to joining the Community Foundation of West Texas in 2016.


Dale White


For the past three decades, Dale has served full-time in the leadership of nonprofit organizations. These positions have included program director of a community center serving residents of several public housing sites, the vice president of resource development for a private university, the director of public relations & development for a multi-service child welfare organization and the executive director of a non-profit that served children in a group and residential care setting. Currently, he is the CEO of the Western Indiana Community Foundation in Covington, Indiana. The Foundation manages $32M in assets and serves Fountain & Vermillion County. Dale has presided over and served on numerous boards, including Rotary, Covington High School Alumni Association, Covington Business Association, Purdue Extension-Fountain County, Covington City Council, and others during my career. He is a proud charter board member of Cornerstone Christian Academy in Bloomington, Illinois, and a member of the prestigious Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame - Silver Anniversary Team.  


Lindsay Wilke


Lindsay Wilke serves on the Board of Directors for Legacy Regional Community Foundation and the federally qualified Community Health Center in Cowley County. Lindsay is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Community Development program in Nashville, TN and of Southwestern College in Winfield, KS.  Her interests lie in nonprofit leadership, capacity building and grant writing.  She currently works as the backbone coordinator for two collective impact efforts in Cowley County, the Early Literacy Initiative, and the RISE Cowley healthy community’s coalition.


Terra Winter


Terra Winter joined the Community Foundation team in June 2017, as the President and CEO. Since 2017, her team has grown funds under management from 200 to more than 300, which added more than $10 million to assets under management, and completed a $1.6 million dollar campaign to purchase, renovate and move the foundation into a permanent home. As a lifelong New Mexico resident, Terra is passionate about nonprofit work throughout the state.  Her professional background includes twenty years in hospice, higher education, and nonprofit work, where she served the organization in many facets of community outreach, education, fundraising and board development. She has volunteered for multiple organizations including Chambers of Commerce, Junior League, and statewide initiatives. Terra obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Health Sciences, a Masters of Public Health from NMSU, and an Interdisciplinary Doctorate with an emphasis in philanthropy, nonprofit management and leadership.


Yazmin Wood


Yazmin Wood is the Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Foundation. Wood joined the Legacy Foundation team in 2016. She has been actively involved in business, organization, and community development throughout her life. Her personal experiences are eclectic having worked in leadership of non-profit organizations, in sales and marketing for a large corporation, as a clerk for city government and a teacher in the arts. Each of these jobs informed the person she is today with broad experience including strategic planning, leadership and facilitation, non-profit management, and fundraising. Wood graduated from Southwestern College with her M.B.A. and was a part of Leadership Kansas in 2006.


Carol Bradford Worley


Carol Bradford Worley is Senior Counsel for the California Community Foundation (CCF), a 501(c)3 public grantmaking foundation in Los Angeles. She serves as CCF's chief legal officer in addition to focusing on business development for the organization. Bradford Worley is the past chair of the State Bar of California's Non-Profit Organizations Standing Committee, Business Law Section and the Tax-Exempt Organizations section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Bradford Worley was a civil litigator in Los Angeles until she "retired" to the nonprofit sector in 2001. Bradford Worley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from CSU Fullerton, and a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is a frequent speaker on legal and tax issues surrounding complex charitable gifting as well as on the business of community foundations. 


Diego Zegarra


Diego Zegarra migrated from Peru in 2005 to attend the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. His journey in the philanthropy sector began in 2009 when he managed education programs and directly worked with immigrant families and their children. With a focus on collaboration and community organizing, he works towards improving equitable outcomes for communities of color as well as other marginalized groups. Diego believes that through empowering folks and creating more inclusive environments, philanthropy can do more than just address the symptoms, but rather, examine the root causes and systems in place creating these disparate outcomes.


Nidale Zouhir


Nidale Zouhir is the Council's Government Affairs Manager. Prior to joining the Council, Nidale worked on geographic inequality and international relations in nonprofit and academic settings. A proud Bostonian, Nidale earned her Bachelors in Political Science from Columbia University and her Masters in American Foreign Policy and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University.