Board of Directors
Co-Chair: Charlotte Dion
Charlotte Dion provides institutional prospect research, literature scans and editing/proofreading for nonprofit organizations and consultants. Trained as a librarian, for more than 10 years she was director of the library at Foundation Center’s headquarters in New York. Her work included assisting library visitors in their search for foundation and corporate funding and teaching classes in grantsmanship and proposal writing.
Co-Chair: Laura Willis
Laura Willis is a Solutions Consultant with JMT Consulting Group. JMT works exclusively with nonprofits on the implementation and ongoing use of back-office systems for accounting, finance, budgeting, expense management, HR, and grant management. JMT has served over 2,300 nonprofits since 1991, offering fixed price projects and ongoing support with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Laura has extensive experience creating and executing sales and marketing strategies for consulting firms and technology companies supporting the nonprofit sector.
She has worked with local and national nonprofits, helping to develop project scopes and outsourcing partnerships to provide technical and management assistance to improve operations and build organizational capacity. Previously, she worked with Nonprofit Solutions Network, providing managed IT services and technology project support; Accounting Management Solutions (now CliftonLarsonAllen) and with Kiwi Partners, two firms that provide accounting and financial operations consulting to nonprofits. She also worked with Jacobson Consulting Applications, a strategic technology consulting firm specializing in fundraising, ticketing, and web constituent management systems.
She also runs Gotham Bike Tours with her husband and son, promoting transit accessible bicycle travel in the Northeast. She earned a BA in Literary Studies from Simon’s Rock of Bard College and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University.
Frank Abdale is a successful strategist with twenty years of experience as an executive and consultant with nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions. The former Executive Director of Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (2002-2008), some recent consulting clients include Art Students League of New York, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Johnson & Johnson, MAC AIDS Fund, NYC Department of Health, Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy, Partnership for a Healthier New York City, Prudential Foundation, Take Care New York and The United Way New York City. Frank helped design and facilitate the ANS Consultants Institute. He offers several workshops on advocacy, collaboration, fundraising and building a nonprofit. His publications include Practical Abundance: A Comprehensive Guide to Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits. Frank is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Long Island Crisis Center. You can learn more about Frank’s consulting practice at www.AbdaleConsulting.com and www.RemarkableMeetings.net.
Maria Badali is an accomplished management consultant with 15+ years’ experience across sectors, industries and geographies. As the Principal and Lead Consultant at Arkle Consulting Group, she specializes in change management, strategic planning, human capital development, and team effectiveness for corporate, non-profit, government, and academic organizations.
Maria’s multidisciplinary and multicultural skills provide her with a unique perspective when developing strategies for individual and organizational success. She is able to effectively integrate business, operational and people related dynamics in working towards desired outcomes.
As a facilitator, consultant and executive coach, Maria has consulted to a wide range of organizations, including ASPCA, Columbia University School of Public Health, Covenant House International, Credit Suisse, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Park Service, Novartis, NYC Administration for Children Services, Pfizer, Policy Committee on NYC Hunger Resources, Settlement Health, and Roche.
Maria holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Finance from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and a Master’s degree in Linguistics and Pedagogic from the University of Pertrozavodsk, Russia.
Joseph J. Barretto
Joseph J. Barretto is a management strategist with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His expertise includes organizational and fundraising strategy and leadership development.
Joseph’s focus on providing nonprofit boards and leaders with the management tools and strategies necessary to strengthen their organizations was honed by his experiences in various management roles, including Deputy Director at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, Deputy Executive Director at Hudson Guild, and Executive Director at The DOME Project, an education-focused nonprofit serving at-risk youth. In addition to consulting assignments in organizational assessments, business and strategic planning initiatives, fundraising campaigns, and board development, Joseph facilitates leadership and fundraising workshops and trainings to nonprofit managers and board members.
Joseph is an Affiliate Consultant at Community Resource Exchange and sits on the Selection Committee for The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Human Services, Inc., and Co-Chair of the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Trestle Gallery.
Joseph holds degrees from Harvard College and Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.
For additional information, visit www.barretto.nyc.
Merle Benny is a lifelong supporter of nonprofits and for the last 20 years has offered marketing and fundraising services to help organizations realize their vision. Merle is a founder and partner at Thinc., specializing in communicating an organization’s story to maximize growth. Merle and her associates create strong brands, inspirational videos, successful fundraising events and engaging online and print communications.
Merle’s earlier experience includes managing and promoting educational programs for McGraw Hill and AIG as well as numerous leadership roles with nonprofits – from Brownie patrol leader to board president!
Her publications include Your Million Dollar Story. Merle offers popular workshops on story telling for nonprofit organizations. Discover more at her company website, www.thincbig.com and follow her blog at www.nonprofitchampion.com.
Sharon Combs, Principal of Sharon M. Combs Executive Coaching, works alongside with nonprofit executives and managers who seek solutions and new ideas in order to succeed in their careers and personal lives.
Sharon has more than 30 years of senior management experience with nonprofit arts, cultural, educational, philanthropic, and community development financial institutions nationwide. She served as a Vice President at Nonprofit Finance Fund where she managed a $41M portfolio of national initiatives funded in partnership with the Ford, Doris Duke Charitable, Kresge, and Goldman Sachs foundations.
Sharon has served on numerous boards and panels, including The U.S. President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and is a member of the International Coach Federation and Nonprofit Resource Group, and an affiliate member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate.
Sharon holds coaching certificates from The Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation; additional training from The Center for Executive Coaching; Ed.M. and M.A. in Applied Human Development and Guidance from Columbia University, Teachers College; and B.A. in Psychology from Simmons College.
Learn more about her services at www.sharonmcombs.com.
Roxanne Greenstein, President of Greenstein Consulting Inc., helps nonprofit organizations define their resource development needs and create a fundraising plan with realistic strategies to achieve their financial goals. With more than 25 years of experience in fund raising and board development– from major donor cultivation and solicitation, to membership, special events, campaign implementation, and staff/board coaching, her firm advises nonprofits on how to maximize their fund raising potential. Her clients have included Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, National Coalition Against Censorship, The Jewish Museum, Gingold Theatrical Group, StorahTelling, Lighthouse International, and United Nations World Food Program. Roxanne does board and staff training and has moderated panels for the Foundation Center, National Urban League, and United Way. Prior to consulting, Roxanne held senior development positions at The Jewish Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y, the Arts & Business Council, and American Numismatic Society. www.RoxanneGreenstein.com
Jason Hutchins, President (Managing Principal) founded Nonprofit Solutions Network in 1998 to help nonprofits increase capacity, lower costs, and improve their overall operation through the use of technology. Jason prides himself on providing technology solutions customized to meet the unique needs and financial challenges of nonprofits. With his broad IT background and distinctive approach, Jason has worked with many large NYC nonprofits, including Community Service Society, New York Cares, United Way of New York City and Vera Institute of Justice. Jason writes and presents on a variety of IT related topics. Jason is a graduate of the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, funded by Goldman Sachs.
Laurel Molloy is Founder & Chief Consultant of Innovations Quantified (IQ), a consulting firm that has been helping organizations increase their impact since 1999. IQ provides training and ongoing support on program planning, logic models, outcome measurement, and outcome-based reporting.
IQ’s clients include local, national and international nonprofits and grantmakers serving a wide variety of missions, like Art Students League of New York, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Girls Scouts of the USA, Riverkeeper, Toledo Community Foundation, and United Nations International Labour Organization.
Laurel is known for her practical approach and her ability to make topics relevant and engaging to her audience. She holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management from NYU and a BA in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross, and she wrote the widely utilized instructional guidebook, Finally – Outcome Measurement Strategies Anyone Can Understand.
For more information and client testimonials, visit www.InnovationsQuantified.com.
Rosemarie Slevin Perocchia
Rosemarie Slevin Perocchia has 25+ years of experience as a health communications executive and consultant. With a strong clinical background and expertise in program development, Rosemarie advises organizations on patient/consumer information, training and performance management. Prior to her consulting role, Rosemarie served as the Director of the NCI’s Cancer Information Service at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She sits on the Boards of two non-profits, served as adjunct faculty and has been the recipient of numerous leadership awards.
Rosemarie has a B.S. in Nursing from City College of New York, and a Masters from Columbia University’s Teachers College, New York.
Ben Roman is the Creative Director at Float Communications, providing website design, social media, online marketing, and content development services. Ben works with a wide range of clients including nonprofit organizations and small businesses, identifying and developing the most effective tools to deliver their messages. He holds a BA from Emory University.
For more information, visit www.FloatCommunications.com.
Kim Rozzi has twenty-five years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. Ms. Rozzi’s strategic approach to public service has resulted in positive change for many foundations and nonprofit organizations. As Executive Director of the Maurer Foundation, Ms. Rozzi positioned the foundation as a leader in the field of breast health education and forged many valuable and lasting relationships with other foundations and corporations. As a management consultant and interim director, Ms. Rozzi has helped analyze, evaluate and build a wide range of nonprofits with missions that include community health care, early childhood education, children and family services and transitional housing.
Ms. Rozzi holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University with a specialty in Health Policy and Management and earned an undergraduate degree in multicultural approaches to Arts Education from the State University of New York. She is an advisory member of The Lymphatic Research Foundation, a member of the New York State Cancer Consortium, and a member of the American Public Health Association. Kim’s latest venture is Rozzi/Abdale Advisors, offering financial planners and high net worth individuals a guide to high impact philanthropic giving.