Meredith Betz, MSOD, MS.Ed (click to read more)
Meredith Betz is a former senior executive with experience in leading education, arts and culture, and healthcare organizations. As a healthcare administrator for many years, she has created board development programs, guiding board members in creating their own compelling stories and that of the organizations they lead.
Along with senior team members, she has participated in the leadership of comprehensive strategic planning, an experience that she brought to her work at LaSalle’s Nonprofit Center. While there, she served on the Executive Corps and was a consultant to nonprofit organizations. In that role, she also had the privilege of coaching executive directors of small nonprofits that were on the cusp of “taking off.”
She holds a certificate in Board Development from Board Source, a company that provides the gold standard for board development education. As such, Board Source has enhanced her work as a nonprofit consultant and member of several boards. Meredith has been a contributing author for the Nonprofit Quarterly, a national organization whose publication has a mission to enlighten people on contemporary issues facing nonprofits.
She holds a Masters in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in organizational consultation and executive coaching. In addition, she has a Master’s in Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education where she served on the field faculty as a consultant to the school district of Yonkers, NY. She is certified by Korn Ferry in the Emotional intelligence 360-degree assessment and Feedback, Future Search, International Coach Federation, Newfield Institute/coaching, LIFO (Life Orientations), Board Source—Board Development.
Debrah Cummins Stellato, President, Think Good Leadership (click to read more)
Deb Cummins Stellato is an insightful and experienced adviser specializing in future focused solutions for nonprofits. Nonprofit organizations and their leaders face unique challenges. Deb brings robust experience to organizations as a consultant, coach, trainer and presenter.
In her tenure as CEO of Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley, Deb provided the vision to launch the Habitat Lehigh Valley Re-Store and Neighborhood Revitalization program. As interim Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Lehigh County, Deb's experience as a change management agent has helped move the agency forward in forging strategic partnerships.
With an undergraduate degree in Social Work and Master's degree in Organizational Development, Deb has the perfect educational background to understand people and systems. Selected as a participant in the inaugural class of the Rider-Pool Fellowship, she has continued to learn new ways of working through collaboration and collective impact initiatives. A self proclaimed "leadership geek", Deb prides herself in understanding the best practices and newest trends in nonprofit management.
Stephanie Cory, Philanthropy & Governance Trainer (click to read more)
Stephanie has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector since 2003. She has served as an executive director for a health advocacy organization as well as held development and program management roles for nonprofit organizations serving seniors and people with disabilities. She has also consulted for a variety of educational and arts organizations. Stephanie is an adjunct faculty member for Villanova University’s College of Professional Studies where she teaches a variety of fundraising topics.
Stephanie has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2008 and received her designation as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) from the American College in 2007. A graduate of the Association of Fundraising Professional's (AFP) Faculty Training Academy, she has been an AFP Master Trainer since 2010. Stephanie is a Certified Governance Trainer through BoardSource and a licensed consultant through the Standards for Excellence® Institute. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California.
Susan Detwiler, President, The Detwiler Group (click to read more)
"When you begin with a shared vision, people work together to make it happen." A seasoned consultant, Susan Detwiler specializes in working with nonprofit boards and staff as a catalyst for boards in transition, developing vision, and aligning planning, leadership and governance with values and mission.
Ms. Detwiler has twenty-five years of experience in the for-profit sector, serving a variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, followed by fifteen years in the nonprofit sector. Her consulting is informed by five years experience as an Executive Director and service on multiple nonprofit boards through the years. Ms. Detwiler has facilitated the strategic planning process for client as varied as the Gershman Y and Music School of Delaware; taught future leaders of horticultural institutions for Longwood Gardens; and facilitated numerous board and staff retreats.
As a Creating the Future™ Fellow, she facilitates organizations coming together around a vision for the future, and assists their identifying the path to that future through strategic planning. Ms. Detwiler is also a licensed Standards for Excellence™ Consultant, and has a BS in Business Administration from State University of New York at Albany and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Amy Fazio, M.A., Founder & President, Fazio & Associates (click to read more)
Amy Fazio has been advancing the missions of nonprofit organizations for 20 years. She is passionate about helping nonprofit and business leaders achieve focus, accountability and results!
Working with individual leaders, organizations and communities, Amy has an outstanding track record of achieving growth goals. In addition to consulting, She presents and facilitates workshops on strategic planning, leadership development and fundraising. Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and Master’s degree in Political Science from Colorado State University.
She currently serves on the board of directors for the New Brighton Area School District, Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, and Beaver Valley Montessori School. She coaches Girls on the Run to encourage and inspire young girls to find their confidence and pursue their dreams. She has been named one of Pennsylvania Business Central 2013 Foremost under Forty Leaders; interviewed as part of the National DzSee Women Leaddz Project. When not consulting, Amy enjoys time with her husband and daughter. The Fazio family spans five generations in New Brighton, PA fueling Amy’s commitment to building our community.
Kate Gallagher, Founder & CEO, coLAB (click to read more)
For 15 years Lancaster, PA native Kate Gallagher has worked for community benefit organizations focused on health and wellness initiatives, advocacy and empowerment of under-served populations. Her nonprofit career took her first to Washington DC and then to Colorado, where she worked on a national level with clients around the country. Work on that scale was rewarding, but what Kate really wanted was to see and feel the impact of her work a little closer to home, where she was raising her kids. So she and her family moved back to Lancaster, where she launched coLAB, a collaborative consulting firm that helps organizations succeed through sustainability planning, strategic planning, project management, and more.
Kate’s passions include travel; she’s trekked to 5 continents, 16 countries, and 45 states. Hertravels often take her off the beaten path, and the people she’s met and places she’s experienced inform how she helps those in her own community. Kate has earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.
Sharlene Goldfischer, M.Ed., ACC, CPC, ELI-MP, Owner and Principal, Quintessence Coaching (click to read more)
Sharlene Goldfischer, M.Ed., ACC, CPC, ELI-MP, owner and principal of Quintessence Coaching, is an ICF certified professional executive, leadership development and life coach, educator and facilitator. Sharlene works in organizations with both new and tenured leaders to help them clarify and hone their leadership skills and build organizational engagement, with boards, groups and teams to understand their strengths, define their purpose and support high performance and with individuals outside of organizations to help them gain greater self-awareness and shift thought habits to achieve goal attainment, greater fulfillment and lasting change.
Sharlene has earned a B.A. in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, professional certification in nonprofit leadership and is a candidate for a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development and Leadership. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Coach Federation, the St. Joseph’s University Master of Organizational Development and Leadership Advisory Board, the Steering Committee for Intergen, a Philadelphia-based professional work group focused on strengthening intergenerational nonprofit leadership, and as President-Elect of the board of directors of the National Center for Homeopathy.
Sharlene is passionate about human and organizational well-being and flourishing.
Tony Hernandez. M.Ed., Founder, Reflective Wisdom (click to read more)
As a facilitator and educator for the last 23 years, Antonio Hernandez, Jr. has created and developed practices that hold groups to a standard where every person feels a sense of purpose, engagement and belonging. He continues to use these practices among adult learners and diversity practitioners to have mindful conversations in which they can claim their distinct stories and embrace the value they bring to a community.
Looking at community engagement through the lenses of equity and social justice is another area Tony passionate about. More specifically how equity and social justice are addressed at the governance level on boards in Lancaster County. He serves as a grant reviewer for the Lancaster County Community Foundation. He’s a Leadership Facilitator for the Latino Empowerment Project. He serves as board member for the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and Leadership Lancaster.
Avrum D. Lapin, President, The Lapin Group (click to read more)
Avrum D. Lapin, President, of The Lapin Group has provided fundraising and strategic counsel to hundreds of nonprofit clients in the United States and overseas for
over thirty years. Mr. Lapin brings decades of extensive experience and an international reputation, driven by an in-depth knowledge of the ever-evolving environment for nonprofits. He is a recognized expert in evaluating the changing priorities and giving patterns of major individual and institutional donors. He has guided a variety of educational, health care, social service, cultural, and faith-based organizations to achieve their fund and leadership development objectives.
Often praised by clients for his high energy and attention to detail, Mr. Lapin thoroughly enjoys immersing himself in client organizations for the duration of their campaign, enabling them to meet their goals. His fundraising expertise and years of experience in campaign and leadership development are invaluable assets to successful initiatives. Mr. Lapin has written numerous articles, op-eds, and blog posts for
eJewishPhilanthropy.com and the JTA blog, as well as the Jerusalem Post, Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia Business Journal, Fund Raising Management, American Benefactor, and other local and national publications.
He provides professional development and training seminars to volunteer and professional nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and in Israel, and speaks to international nonprofit organizations, associations, and organizational leadership teams in cities throughout the US and around the world. Mr. Lapin holds an M.S.W. in Community
Organization and a B.A. in Political Science.
Janet McNally, D.ED. SPHR, Owner & Consultant, Team Development Services (click to read more)
Janet McNally, D.Ed. SPHR is the owner and principal educational consultant for Team Development Services. She is an experienced management professional with over 25 years in human resources and organizational development. Dr. McNally has served as an instructor in the Business Administration department at Penn State York for the past 13 years.
Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director, PANO (click to read more)
Tish serves as the Standards for Excellence Director at the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). Tish brings tremendous amount of experience in the fields of education, nonprofit administration and business. Her education experience spans secondary through graduate level with previous experience as an adjunct faculty at Eastern University’s MS in Nonprofit Management program, Tish enjoys keeping current with the needs of nonprofit organizations. As the initial Executive Director at The MBF Center, a nonprofit organization located in Norristown, PA, Tish directed the program’s growth in becoming an accredited post-secondary school and employment service for adults with disabilities. Tish brings professional administration experience in creating and leading integrated strategies to align organizational objectives with key constituencies (investors, students, staff, and communities). Areas of expertise include program development, fundraising, fiscal and legal accountability, policy development, board management and strengthening ethical cultures in organizations.
Tish earned an MBA with concentration in Non-profit Management from Eastern University. This follows a MA in Theology from St. Bonaventure University and a BA in Mathematics with a minor in education from Gwynedd Mercy College.
Currently Tish serves on the Board of PathStone, Corp., an organization serving migrant workers and low income individuals and families in an eight state area. Tish serves in an advisory role for Mercy Spiritual Ministries, a mobile ministry providing services in the Delaware Valley region and beyond. Former areas of service include Board member and Chair of the Vocational Division for the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Board Member for Freedom Valley Disability Center, Advisor and Committee member of The Craig D. Buckler Learn to Ski Program, a fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, Development Committee for Daylesford Abbey as well as numerous volunteer consulting projects in the areas of education, disability services and nonprofit administration.
Jordan Pallitto, Vice President, The Hill Group (click to read more)
Jordan Pallitto, Vice President with The Hill Group, specializes in strategy development and business planning across sectors. He is a Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of The Consortium for Public Education, on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (now part of the Pittsburgh Foundation), Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Hempfield Area Education Foundation, and on the advisory board for the Robert Morris University Health Services Administration program.
He is a graduate of Leadership Development Initiative XV, a program of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc, and a recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award for 2015. He also serves as adjunct staff and lecturer at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College and a Master of Science degree from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sonia Pandit, MPH, MBA, CEO, The Pandit Group (click to read more)
Sonia Gupta Pandit, MPH MBA is the CEO of The Pandit Group, a consulting firm that specializes at the intersection of social impact and business. She approaches her work with the philosophy that both a rigorous, data-driven, lean experimentation approach and human-centered design thinking are necessary for making strategic business decisions that maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization's impact and ultimate return on investment. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational development, data management, process improvement, and impact evaluation.
Sonia’s extensive experience includes consulting for the World Health Organization (designed and executed an international research study; created a tool that empowers public health officials in low-income countries to make more evidence-informed health policy decisions), the Maryland Department of Health (created and executed strategy for the state’s Zika virus awareness campaign; delivered numerous presentations across the state and formed key public-private partnerships; designed and analyzed a state-wide survey to assess the impact of the campaign; recommended strategies for optimal resource allocation to maximize return on investment), Catholic Charities (assessed process improvement opportunities and executed recommendations; created and executed a data management strategy for a new software system; conducted an impact evaluation for a program that reduces hospital readmissions among the aging population), Inner Harbor Project (conducted a comprehensive organizational assessment), Cecil County Health Department (assessed the viability of a syringe services program), and Open Society Institute (conducted a cost-benefit analysis regarding prisoners aging in the criminal justice system).
Sonia is a graduate of Yale University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Justin Pollock, Founder, Orgforward (click to read more)
Justin is founder of Orgforward, a consultancy that partners with community benefit agents and capacity builders to develop leadership and strategies that create communities where equity, dignity, engagement, and a healthy environment exist for everyone. His focus is on supporting leadership with what is needed to effectively govern and operate their organizations with an eye towards making the world a better place.
Justin is an active educator, coach, writer, and strategist with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of leadership development, organizational management, group process facilitation, curriculum development, team-building, and facilitator/trainer development. He works with board members, staff, and volunteers from agencies ranging from small start-ups to large well-established agencies on topics of community outcomes, governance, financial management, planning, supervision, leadership development, and organizational sustainability. Core to the values of Justin’s work is considering every engagement an opportunity to partner with others to learn, engage, and feel confident about how we can create benefit for the people and environment around us.
Justin holds a dual B.A. in Organizational Theory and Environmental Studies from Pitzer College and a M.Ed.in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University.
Justin is a Creating the Future Fellow and a Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant® through the national Standards for Excellence Institute and also serves as a master trainer for the Licensed Consultant Training program.
Janet Unger, President, Unger Consulting Services (click to read more)
Nonprofits hire Janet Unger to increase the effectiveness of their board and to position their organization for the future. Unger Consulting integrates Janet's governance and organization development expertise. This skilled facilitator will guide you in analyzing current conditions, evaluating options and finding creative solutions to complex challenges.
Janet taught the course "Board Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations" at the University of Pennsylvania. Through the years, Janet has chaired governing boards, advisory boards and numerous committees. She also cultivated her business acumen developing a small family business and as a landlord.
The depth of her experience in coaching local, regional, national and international nonprofit clients and membership associations over the past 25 years coupled with her diverse business achievements helps Janet provide clear and pragmatic professional guidance.