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Sean Thomas-Breitfeld                                   Jarrod Haning
 Kristine AllenBeth BowskySteven Campos 
Linda M. CzipoKate Amanna DemcsakKatherine Durante
 Kim FortunatoJeffry GutierrezKelly Higgs 
Sue KirklandLorrie KlaricLenny Martinez
David MunshineMarion O’NeillSonia Pandit
Ana RamosPhilip SalernoBarbara Short
Steve ShultzCarl SorvinoJay Stack
Nina StackSheila ThorneJeff Vega
Fred WasiakShelly WimpfheimerHeather Wolf
Aviva WoogJudy Young 


Sean Thomas-BreitfeldSean Thomas-Breitfeld
Building Movement Project; Co-Author, Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Morning Keynote: Are We Ready to Confront the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap?
Breakout Session: Walking the Walk on Equity in Non-Profits  

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld co-directs the Building Movement Project, with a special focus on BMP’s work on service and social change. Prior to joining the BMP staff, Sean spent a decade working in various roles at the Center for Community Change. At CCC, he developed training programs for grassroots leaders, worked in CCC’s communications and policy departments where he coordinated online and grassroots advocacy efforts, and lobbied on a range of issues, including immigration reform, transportation equity and anti-poverty programs. Before joining the Center, Sean worked as a Policy Analyst at the National Council of La Raza, where he focused on employment and income security issues. Sean holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Read Sean’s recent Nonprofit Quarterly article, How to Think Differently about Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Get Comfortable with Discomfort.

Jarrod HaningJarrod Haning
Principal Violist, South Carolina Philharmonic; Master and Coach, Musical Secrets of Performance  
Afternoon Keynote
Breakout Session: Blind Spots and Breakthroughs

Jarrod is the principal violist for the South Carolina Philharmonic.  He has been called the “Seth Godin of music” and the “golden boy for music.”  With performing experience in 14 professional orchestras and over 20,000 hours of practice he is able to deliver some powerful secrets on performance, productivity, and persuasion.  As an expert in music, he has helped doctors, lawyers, nurses, clergy, managers, HR professionals, teachers, non-profits, CEOs, entrepreneurs, sales reps, realtors, pilots, and more impact their world with breakthrough results.

Kristine Allen headshotKristine Allen, Co-Founder and President, Act Now Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Resource Center of New Jersey; Co-Chair & Member of Board of Directors, Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Breakout Session: Improving Non-Profit Capacity Through Innovative Networking Toward Partnerships

Ms. Allen is the Co-Founder and President of Act Now Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Resource Center of New Jersey, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness, educating and supporting families living with Alzheimer’s disease.  As a public policy advocate, she has co-written two laws on Alzheimer’s disease in the State of NJ.  She is a founding member of the Hudson County Caregiver Coalition, Board Chair of the Community Networking Association of New Jersey, and Advisory Board Committee member of the Office of Disability Services for Hudson County. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner, A Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, and a key-note speaker & guest lecturer, on Alzheimer’s disease.

Beth Bowsky headshotBeth Bowsky, Policy Specialist – Government-Nonprofit Contracting, National Council of Nonprofits
Breakout Session: The Case for “Real Cost” Funding: What do Elected Officials Need to Understand 

Beth Bowsky is the Policy Specialist for Government-Nonprofit Contracting, a role in which she combines her unique blend of nonprofit and government experience to manage the National Council of Nonprofits’ multi-year and multi-faceted program to promote fairer and simpler contracting processes and procedures across the country. She is responsible for mobilizing advocacy efforts through broadening public support for needed policy changes in government-nonprofit contracting processes, publishing reports on best practices and solutions, managing the work of a panel of experts, and expanding a centralized public website for practitioners and researchers.

Beth brings to the job a passion for convening diverse groups of people from the public and private sectors to expand the capacity of charitable nonprofits to deliver better services and value. Her career in the nonprofit arena, which began while she was earning a degree in social work at the University of Cincinnati, has afforded her with a comprehensive view of the opportunities and challenges that accompany change. As one of the youngest people in Ohio to become executive director of a multi-service, nonprofit agency, Beth learned from the ground up the importance of collaboration and the power of public support, including serving as Chair of Public Policy for the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies. Beth’s work as president of her own consulting firm included helping the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund reorganize and streamline collaborative funding efforts in each of the state’s 88 counties. As a National Leadership Consultant for Arlington, Va.-based National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI), Beth assisted state organizations across the country build and implement strategic plans for growth, governance, and advocacy, while also serving as a speaker and trainer at state and national conventions. Through shared learning and advocacy, Beth believes that tremendous improvements can be made in government-nonprofit contracting that will benefit all parties

Steven Campos headshotSteven Campos, Community Resource Director, Hudson Partnership CMO; Co-Chair & Member of Board of Directors, Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Breakout Session: Improving Non-Profit Capacity Through Innovative Networking Toward Partnerships

Steven Campos is the Community Resource Director with the Hudson Partnership CMO. Steven has over 13 years of experience working in Hudson County with families with children that have behavioral and mental health needs. Steven earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in social work from William Paterson and recently earned his Master’s in Public Health from NJCU. As the a community resource director Steven has organized youth crime prevention efforts, youth empowerment activities, is the chair of the Hudson County Children’s Inter agency coordinating council, co-chair of the Hudson County Community Networking Association and he is active on multiple Jersey City and Hudson County committees.

Linda Czipo headshotLinda M. Czipo, President & CEO, Center for Non-Profits
Breakout Session: Issues 2018

Linda Czipo is President & CEO of the Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s statewide umbrella association that strengthens the state’s charitable community through advocacy, public education, management and compliance assistance, and membership services. Her non-profit sector experience spans nearly 30 years, and includes expertise in public policy, compliance and management issues. She speaks frequently to the media, non-profit, philanthropic and business leaders, and government officials regarding the size, strength, economic and social contributions of New Jersey’s non-profit sector and current and emerging trends facing the non-profit community; and has successfully mobilized broad-based coalitions of non-profits around numerous advocacy issues.

Linda was recognized in 2016 by Lead New Jersey as one of its 30 Leaders for 30 Years; as a Nonprofit Organization Advocate of the Year by the Nonprofit Development Center of Southern New Jersey; and by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) for Leadership in Nonprofit Regulatory and Legal Issues. She was recently listed by NJBIZ as one of the “state’s most powerful women, according to the state’s most powerful women,” and was named to the 2016 “Power 50” by South Jersey Biz. She was named one of the 2014 Top 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ. Linda is a current public policy committee member and former board treasurer of the National Council of Nonprofits; and also serves on the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service; the advisory board of the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and the Leadership and Policy Committee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. She holds a degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Kate Amanna Demcsak headshotKate Amanna DemcsakNew York Lead, Foundation Center
Breakout Session: Outcome Thinking and Management

Kate Amanna Demcsak is Foundation Center’s New York Lead. Kate provides strategic direction for Foundation Center’s local public services and programming, connecting nonprofit organizations and community members in the social sector to funding and knowledge resources in their communities, in-person, and online. Kate has over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector in the areas of nonprofit management, fundraising, and program evaluation. Before joining Foundation Center, Kate was Program Director at Project Sunshine, providing services to 100,000 pediatric patients and their family members worldwide. Kate received her BA from Boston University and her MPA in Nonprofit and International Management from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Kathy Durante headshotKatherine Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation
Breakout Session: Crowdfunding: Experiences & Lessons

Kathy Durante is the Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of OceanFirst Foundation based in Toms River, New Jersey.  She has held this post since 2003 and is one of the organization’s founding directors.  Founded in 1996, it is the first foundation in the nation to be established by a bank as part of an initial public offering. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested more than $32 million in community initiatives and programs with more than 6,400 grants awarded to more than 750 nonprofits and schools throughout central and southern New Jersey.

Ms. Durante manages the day-to-day operation and oversees all aspects of the proposal submission and review processes, chairing the Foundation’s Major Grant Committee which is charged with recommending grants to the Foundation’s Board for consideration.

Under Ms. Durante’s leadership, the Foundation launched new initiatives and partnerships focused on meeting the needs of the local community including the Model Classroom Grant Program, Home Runs for Heroes, the OceanFirst Scholarship Program, the OceanFirst Charity Challenge on Crowdrise and a special grant program to support Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery efforts. Ms. Durante has helped many start-up nonprofits and new and experienced grant seekers to fine tune their skills with one-on-one coaching, board development and group learning.

Prior to joining OceanFirst, Ms. Durante served as the Executive Director of United Way of Ocean County leading their community building efforts.  She has served in volunteer and leadership roles with numerous organizations including the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Big Brother Big Sisters of Ocean County, Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Catholic Charities – Ocean and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.  She currently serves on the Board of the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group leading efforts to secure philanthropic support for their Sandy disaster relief response.

Ms. Durante is the recipient of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Women of Distinction Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County’s Humanitarian Award, and was named Women’s Advocate of the Year by Ocean County’s Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. Under her leadership, OceanFirst Foundation has been the proud recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for their work in the community.  Kathy is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Kim Fremont Fortunato headshotKim Fremont Fortunato, Director, Community Affairs; President, Campbell Soup Foundation
Breakout Session: Strategic Partnerships between Corporations and Non-Profits

Kim Fremont Fortunato was named Director-Community Affairs and President-Campbell Soup Foundation in May 2016. She reports to Anthony Sanzio, Vice President-Communications and Public Affairs.

Kim is responsible for Campbell’s community affairs strategy and program, including employee volunteerism, Campbell’s Healthy Communities programming, and enterprise-wide expansion of our community affairs strategies.

She joined Campbell in 2010 as Director of Campbell’s Healthy Communities, the first position of its kind for a food company. Campbell’s Healthy Communities strives to improve the health of young people in Campbell communities by reducing childhood obesity and hunger. The Healthy Communities model, based on collective impact methodology, has been called best-in-class for the industry. Launched in Camden, N.J., home to Campbell’s World Headquarters, the program has scaled to four other locations where Campbell has U.S. operations: Norwalk, Conn; Henry County, Ohio; Everett, Wash.; and Detroit, Mich. Under Kim’s leadership, the initiative has become the company’s signature philanthropic program, and it has been replicated by industry members.

Kim has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, social change, and non-profit leadership. Previously, she served as President of Operation Warm, Inc., growing the regional non-profit to one of national stature. She also co-founded Social Venture Partners Delaware, a venture philanthropy organization focused on investments in early childhood education for at-risk children. She began her career as a lawyer.  

Kim speaks nationally on the role of the private sector in public/private partnerships employing a collective impact approach. In December 2015, the National Academy of Medicine published her report on “The Private-Sector Role in Building Healthy Communities: A Collective Impact Approach.”

Kim earned her B.A. degree in French and comparative literature from Duke University, and her J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law.

She serves as Secretary to the Rodel Foundation-Delaware, Director for the New Jersey Preventive Health Advisory Committee, and Director for the Soufull Project, and she is a member of the Google Food Lab. In 2012, she was named one of the “Best Fifty Women in Business” by NJBIZ and received the 2012 United Way of Camden County Dr. Nathan Asbell Humanitarian Award.  

Kim was a 2013 finalist in Philadelphia Magazine’s Health Hero Award and was named one of the 2013 “Women to Watch” by South Jersey BIZ. In 2015 she received the first “Culture of Health Champion” award, in the category of “Business,” from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016 she received the March of Dimes Roosevelt Award for Service to Humanity.

Jeffry Gutierrez headshotJeffry Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer, Our Team Works, Inc.; Co-Chair & Member of Board of Directors, Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Breakout Session: Improving Non-Profit Capacity Through Innovative Networking Toward Partnerships

Jeffry Gutierrez, LSW, is a Licensed Social Worker working in a group clinical practice specializing in serving clients dealing with anxiety, trauma, and depression as a foundation. Mr. Gutierrez received his Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University with a concentration in working with individuals, groups, and families. Currently he is also CEO of a community impact organization called Our Team Works Inc. with a strong belief that success is best accomplished through Teamwork. He is also co-chair of the Community Networking Association of Passaic County.

Kelly D. Higgs headshotKelly D. HiggsExecutive Director, New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Breakout Session: Strategic Partnerships between Corporations and Non-Profits 

Kelly D. Higgs is the Executive Director of NJVOAD (New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) – a statewide coalition of organizations that support disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  She is responsible for the overall operation and functioning of this private non-profit with a focus on the development and implementation of programs, trainings and systems which strengthen resiliency through collaboration, planning and preparedness.  She created and manages HELPNJNOW.ORG – a web-based tool built in partnership with NJ government agencies, which provides a single point of reference for multiple disaster preparedness resources as well as a post-disaster portal for managing disaster donations and volunteers.  Prior to her current role, Kelly had amassed more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management and consulting, specializing in areas of program development, human resources and operations.  She is a graduate of Ithaca College and has completed Master’s level coursework at Rutgers University.

 Sue Kirkland, Principal, Sue Kirkland Life Consulting, LLC
Breakout Session: Don’t Keep the Minutes and Throw Away the Hours!

A former teacher, counselor, and community organizer, Sue had a successful 30 + year career with the American Cancer Society, at local, state and national levels.br />
A gifted teacher and facilitator, Sue has provided seminar sessions throughout the US and for international conferences in Mexico, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Russia.  She has authored articles in two editions of the Organization Development Journal, published by the Organizational Development Institute.  

After “graduating” from her 30+ year ACS career, Sue continues to be active in her community and offers her learning and organizational development expertise to local non-profit organizations, while leaving time to travel with her husband, a recently retired United Airlines pilot.  She is a volunteer Trustee for the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, continues to volunteer for the ACS’s “Run for Dad,” and serves on the planning committee for Princeton’s “Community Works” program.

Sue and her husband, Captain Mitch Leibowitz, make their home in Princeton.

Lorrie Klaric headshotLorrie Klaric, Executive Director, Holiday Express
Breakout Session: Crowdfunding: Experiences & Lessons

Lorrie Klaric is the Executive Director of Holiday Express, a New Jersey non-profit based in Tinton Falls, whose mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year   Lorrie has over fifteen years of nonprofit experience with expertise in organizational management, program innovation, fund development and training.   Lorrie holds a Master of Arts (Liberal Studies) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Villanova University, and a graduate of the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute.

Lenny Martinez headshotLenny Martinez, Resource Development Specialist, New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency; Co-Chair & Member of Board of Directors, Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Breakout Session: Improving Non-Profit Capacity Through Innovative Networking Toward Partnerships

Leonardo Martinez has worked with the Division of Child Protection & Permanency for 20 years. Raised in Union City, NJ and a graduate of Kean University, Lenny is a devoted family man who strongly believes that the world would be a better place through community partnership and networking.  Leonardo is currently working as a Resource Development Specialist for DCP&P and a Co-Chair for the Community Networking Association of Hudson County.

David Munshine headshotDavid MunshinePresident & CEO, Munshine Group
Breakout Session: Special Events for Every Situation 

David Munshine, President & CEO, is a no-nonsense strategist and leader in transformational fundraising and nonprofit management. He has focused his career on consulting, combining a passion for teaching with strong problem-solving skills. He has had responsibility for dozens of planning studies, capital campaigns and other engagements, counseling CEOs and trustees in a wide variety of sectors and settings. A noted speaker and trainer, he has addressed conferences and mentored emerging fundraisers. David was quoted extensively in a feature article in a recent issue of Advancing Philanthropy magazine.

He created The Munshine Group to bring a fresh perspective to consulting as nonprofits adapt to the major challenges of today and tomorrow. They include fierce competition for major gifts and donor loyalty; shifting demographics and donor attitudes; and the increased complexities of planning, doing and measuring in a technology-rich environment.

David serves on the Board of Trustees of Camp Nejeda Foundation in Stillwater, NJ, which serves children and families with type 1 diabetes. He received his bachelor’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

Marion O'Neill headshotMarion O’Neill, Manager – Corporate Contributions, PSEG Foundation
Breakout Session: Strategic Partnerships between Corporations and Non-Profits

Marion O’Neill is the manager, corporate contributions in the corporate responsibility department for Public Service Enterprise Group, a diversified energy company with subsidiaries Public Service Electric and Gas Company, PSEG Power among others.

In corporate responsibility, O’Neill has engaged in projects such as contribution governance and compliance, policy issues, urban initiatives, safety and disaster relief funding, trade group advocacy, major event planning and fundraising, signature programs, employee involvement including the establishment of an employee crisis fund and communicating to both internal and external audiences.

She holds a BA in English from Montclair State College and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She serves on the Board Center for Nonprofit Corporations, the Turtle Back Zoo, and is the Chair of the Newark Museum Business and Community Council and is a member of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Policy Committee and the Conference Board Contributions Council.

She is the mother of two children, Michael and Ellen

Sonia Pandit headshotSonia Pandit, CEO, The Pandit Group
Breakout Session: Data: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Sonia G. Pandit, MPH, MBA, is the CEO of The Pandit Group, a consulting firm that specializes in maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofits and government.  With clients ranging from Catholic Charities of Baltimore to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to the World Health Organization, she has extensive experience with strategic planning, data management, impact assessments, process improvement, and organizational development.  Ms. Pandit is a graduate of Yale University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and MIT Sloan School of Management.

Ana Ramos headshotAna Ramos, Senior Manager, The Food Trust
Breakout Session: Strategic Partnerships between Corporations and Non-Profits

As a Senior Manager at The Food Trust, Ana works with partner organizations in New Jersey on a statewide New Jersey Healthy Corner Store Initiative, the first of its kind in the country, and manages networks of healthy corner stores in Trenton and Camden, the largest in the state. Ana coordinated the New Jersey Healthy Corner Store task force and coauthored the report “Supporting Healthy Corner Store Development in New Jersey.” Ana also works with partners in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico to examine the food access landscape and develop a strategy to increase access to healthy, affordable foods. Fall 2017 she coauthored the report “Food for Every Child, Access and Demand for Healthy Food in the Paso del Norte Region.” Ana Ramos holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

Philip Salerno, III, President and Chief Development Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital
Breakout Session: Taking the Fear Out of Employee Evaluation

Since 2001, Mr. Salerno has served as President and Chief Development Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. In this capacity, Mr. Salerno is responsible for the leadership and management of a comprehensive development program that consists of community engagement, fundraising, and marketing all designed to meet the resource development needs of the country’s pre-eminent pediatric rehabilitation hospital.

During his tenure, Mr. Salerno has successfully guided the Foundation through several major campaigns including, “The Building Begins with Children” initiative that resulted in creating PSE&G’s Children’s Specialized Hospital. Since joining the Foundation in 1987, Mr. Salerno has led the effort to meet the hospital’s current philanthropic needs and has stewarded the Foundation’s assets from roughly $8 million in 1987 to over $72 million in 2015.

Mr. Salerno is a graduate of Montclair State University, and has a Master’s degree from Springfield College.

Barbara Short, Managing Director – Corporate Leadership, CECP
Breakout Session: Strategic Partnerships between Corporations and Non-Profits 

As Managing Director, Corporate Leadership, Barb Short oversees CECP’s key functional area with responsibilities for strategy development & operational planning, relationship management, staff mentorship and development, and helping to shape and advance key strategic initiatives. Barb leads the high-impact Corporate Leadership team that serves as a trusted resource for the 200+ Fortune 500 companies that comprise the CECP corporate force for good. This team connects senior corporate societal engagement professionals with relevant best practices, partners, and peers in such areas as the business case for corporate sustainability, strategic alignment and business integration, shared value, collective impact, strategic philanthropy, employee engagement, and public reporting, among others. Barb is responsible for driving the dialogue on emerging trends and shared practical insights among CECP companies; for representing CECP’s expertise as speaker and spokesperson; and for overseeing CECP’s renowned annual Summit and key, smaller gatherings designed to curate, translate and communicate the critical information needed by senior CSR and giving executives.

Barb came to CECP from her role as Quest Diagnostics’ Director, Global Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility and President of the Quest Diagnostics Foundation, where she leveraged CECP resources to steward the company’s CSR strategy and business integration under new CEO leadership. Prior to her eight years with Quest, Barb drove reputation and communications work in fast-paced agency and corporate communications roles, led the publicity arm of discourse-shifting Duke University Press, and directed Public Affairs for corporate inclusion leader Catalyst. Barb helped form and sits on the strategic advisory team of the Chief Executive Council for Madison, and has served on the American Cancer Society National Corporate Impact Steering Committee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Million Hearts multi-stakeholder national and local pilot advisory panels. Locally, Barb is a Board Director of the Madison Area YMCA and a Commissioner on the Downtown Development Commission of Madison, New Jersey. Barb’s B.A. in English is from Skidmore College and her M.A. in Speech and Theater is from Montclair State University. Barb is founder and owner of Short Stories Community Book Hub in Madison, New Jersey, and Steering Committee leader of the Madison Storytellers Festival

Steve Shultz headshotSteve Shultz, Chief of Staff, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley
Breakout Session: The Case for “Real Cost” Funding: What do Elected Officials Need to Understand 

Steve Shultz has served as Chief of Staff for Volunteers of America Delaware Valley since 2007.  In this role, he is responsible for tracking legislative and regulatory priorities for the agency while monitoring important issues and political trends affecting service delivery on behalf the organization and its clients. In addition to policy oversight, Steve oversees all development and communications functions pertaining to the organization’s mission of service and marketing strategies throughout the tri-state area along with physical plant, construction, and maintenance oversight for the agency’s properties.  He is also Director of Government Affairs for Amplify, Inc., a Newark based consulting firm specializing in mainstream marketing, advocacy, and government affairs on behalf of their clients. Previously, Steve served as South Jersey Director to former United States Senator Frank Lautenberg, Legislative Policy Director to N.J. Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, Deputy Director of Constituent relations to former Camden County Clerk Jim Beach, and as a Councilman in his home town of Pine Hill, New Jersey.  A graduate of Rutgers University with a Master’s in Public Administration, Steve serves on several boards and committees throughout South Jersey including the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers Executive Committee,, the Pine Hill Planning and Zoning Board, the Camden County Homelessness Trust Fund Board of Trustees,, the Integrated Justice Alliance Steering Committee, the Volunteers of America National Public Policy Committee, among several others.  Born and raised in Camden County, he lives in Pine Hill with his wife and two sons.

Chris Smith headshotChris Smith, CFO, GiveGab
Breakout Session: Crowdfunding: Experiences & Lessons

Chris Smith is the CFO of GiveGab, an innovative and powerful online giving and engagement platform for nonprofits.  Prior to GiveGab, Chris spent 17 years in finance leadership roles across varied organizations: Quirky, an invention platform startup, Drew Industries (NYSE:DW), a top-tier supplier to the RV industry, Key Components, a private equity manufacturing roll-up, and Ernst & Young, one of the “big 4” public accounting firms.  Originally from Buffalo, NY, Chris moved to the Hudson Valley, NY in 2001. Chris graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, and is a non-practicing CPA.

Carl Sorvino headshotCarl Sorvino, SVP Executive Creative Director, MWWPR
Breakout Session: Ideation: Transforming your Grand Plans from a Spark to Reality

Carl Sorvino is a Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director at MWWPR. He oversees MWWPR’s Creative Practice and contributes to overall creative strategy, definition, and development across all of MWWPR’s practice areas and offices. Previously, Carl was with Edelman Digital where he served as Vice President, Creative Director, leading his team in the creation of digital campaigns that were social by design.  

Carl facilitates the ideation of on-brand, forward-thinking creative solutions across all digital, social and traditional media to meet client business objectives. Carl has been at the forefront of the integrated conceptualization, creative strategy and execution of numerous, cross-channel marketing campaigns and brand experiences for clients such as Nikon, Met-Rx, Unilever, Pfizer, Samsung, Heinz, The Home Depot, Ben & Jerry’s and many others. 

Nina Stack headshotNina StackPresident, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
Breakout Session: Trends in Philanthropy

In her role as CEO, Nina has spearheaded several leadership initiatives at CNJG including the creation of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, Post Sandy Recovery, the Newark Philanthropic Liaison, and Facing Our Future, a landmark effort looking at the systemic, long term fiscal challenges facing all levels of government in New Jersey. In 2016, Nina was named one of Lead NJ’s 30 Leaders for 30 Years and one of NJ Biz’s 50 Best Women in Business.

Prior to joining CNJG Nina spent most of her career immersed in the arts, working with two regional theatres, an opera company, a museum and a New York advertising agency that specialized in arts marketing. For ten years she was Director of External Affairs for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a post she held during three different tenures beginning in 1988. In addition to her work with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, she has held marketing, communications, and leadership positions within several nonprofit organizations, including the Block Island Tourism Council.

Nina is past Chair of the Board of the Regional Association of Grantmakers, a national organization serving over 5,000 philanthropies through a network of 35 regional associations similar to CNJG. She is was also a trustee of the Council on Foundations, ArtPride NJ, Planned Parenthood of Bucks County, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation and has served on the advisory board of The Foundation Center. She currently serves on the board of the Robert Sydney Needham Foundation and as Vice Chair of the reopened Bucks County Playhouse. She also chairs a local, municipal election campaign. Nina is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Leadership New Jersey, class of 2006 (go Red!). When not scheming a trip to Block Island, Nina and her partner Bobby enjoy biking the Delaware River Canal with grandson Jack.

Sheila L. Thorne headshotSheila L. Thorne, President & CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC
Breakout Session: Walking the Walk on Equity in Non-Profits

Recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the nation’s leading experts in multicultural marketing and cultural competency, Sheila Thorne has spent almost three decades designing marketing, media and education programs for racially diverse populations and culturally competency training of the professionals who serve them. A former senior executive in five health marketing communications and medical advertising companies, since 2002, Sheila heads up her own firm of multicultural, multilingual marketing, and media professionals.

Born in the South Bronx and a former high school teacher of foreign languages, Sheila has worked for the for-profit and not-for-profit industries throughout North America and for six years, based in London, worked on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry in Western Europe and in six countries in Latin America across a broad range of therapeutic categories and disease states disproportionate in communities of color. For the past two decades, she has collaborated with the National Medical Association (50,000 African American physicians), Association of Black Cardiologists, National Hispanic Medical Association, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Chinese Medical Association, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, American Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America, American Association of Native American Indian Physicians, National Black Nurses Association, National Hispanic Nurses Associations, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association as well as a host of local and state health departments and Federal health agencies. Sheila does volunteer work for the Puerto Rican Family Institute of New York and New Jersey.

A graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York, Sheila is past president of the Coalition of 100 Black Women/Manhattan Chapter (four terms); past chair of the Health Committee of the National Council of Negro Women/Bronx Chapter; and past president of the Black Public Relations Society of Greater New York (three terms). Sheila also served for three years as a board member of the YMCA of Bergen County. She has conducted cultural competency workshops for the New Jersey Chapters of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.  Since 2011, Sheila is a member of Region II Health Equity Council part of the HHS/OMH National Partnership to End Health Disparities and serves as co-chair of the Cultural & Linguistics Competency Committee representing New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  She is also a member of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence, an initiative of the New Jersey Department of Health and a preferred vendor and facilitator for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

For her work in relation to the outreach and implementation of cultural programs, she was named ‘Citizen of the Year’ by the New Jersey chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Community Service Award from the Civil Liberties Division of the Elks, and received the 2014 Health Advocacy Award from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.  Among her many awards, Sheila received “Unsung Heroes Award” from the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer and the Freedom Fund Award from the NAACP for her efforts to secure quality healthcare for all, especially the underserved and underrepresented. In the last five years, Thorne’s work has taken her beyond the healthcare arena and has included cultural competency training for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) comprised of chiefs of police, community policemen, representatives from CIA, FBI, NCIS, Secret Service and U.S. Border Patrol and Customs Officers along with a number of its regional groups and state chapters.

A much sought-after keynote speaker, moderator and workshop leader, she has numerous articles on cultural competency published in Pharmaceutical Executive, Medical Marketing & Media, HealthLeaders.com, PharmaVoice, Journal of the New York State Dental Foundation, PM 360, Global Forum Magazine of Drug Information Association, a columnist in the bi-monthly newsletter of the Society for Clinical Research Sites, American Journal of Multicultural Medicine, The Positive Community,. Former Health Editor of The Harlem Times, she sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Medical, Marketing & Media, prominent trade publication in the healthcare marketing industry.

Jeff Vega headshotJeff VegaPresident & CEO, Princeton Area Community Foundation
Breakout Session: Trends in Philanthropy

Jeffrey Vega has lead the Princeton Area Community Foundation since 2015. Prior to joining PACF, Jeff managed New Brunswick Tomorrow where he spearheaded several large-scale public-private initiatives to propel New Brunswick’s resurgence. Jeff’s accomplishments include building partnerships with governments, corporations, and universities to address leadership and youth development, and civic planning.

A Monroe Township resident, he is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee NJ Health Initiatives, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and has served on numerous other advisory committees in the region. Mr. Vega earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Studies, Human Ecology, and International Environmental Studies from Cook College, Rutgers, and a Masters in Political Science/Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers.

Fred Wasiak headshotFred C. Wasiak, Principal/Owner, Humanics Consulting
Breakout Session: Mindfulness: The Practical Relevance for Your Nonprofit Journey!

Fred C. Wasiak, background includes over 30 years of leadership and executive management experiences in all aspects of nonprofit operations, program development, education, training, consulting, and coaching.

Fred served as a National Trainer/Faculty for the YMCA of the USA for over 20 years. He has led numerous and frequent professional development workshops, keynotes, and trainings (ranging up to 1200 participants) for nonprofit organizations, YMCAs, NJ Department of Education, and NJSACC.

Fred has a B.S. in Physical Education from Niagara University and M.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management/Leadership from Springfield College. Fred is a Certified Professional Coach.

Shelly Wimpfheimer headshotShelly Wimpfheimer, DSW, Executive Director, The Community Chest
Breakout Session: Board Relations – Changing the Paradigm

Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer is the Executive Director of The Community Chest, a nonprofit organization that has been in existence in Bergen County since 1933.  She joined the Chest in April of 2013.

In the past she has served as the Executive Director of PASE, the Partnership for After School Education and as Vice President of Youth and Family Services of the YMCA of Greater New York. Prior to joining the YMCA Dr. Wimpfheimer served as the Executive Director of the Division of Family Guidance, in Bergen County, New Jersey, for 16 years. She is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Rutgers School of Social Work, Continuing Education Department and a Mentor for the Master’s in Nonprofit Management Program at Fordham University.

For the past 4 years she has served as an Executive Coach to middle and senior management staff of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, NJ Department of Children and Families and the NJ Department of Human Services.

Dr. Wimpfheimer has also served on several nonprofit boards where she has held various leadership positions. A leader in several national and statewide professional organizations, she is a current board member of the Network for Social Work Management and a past president of the Network.  Dr. Wimpfheimer has a DSW from Hunter College School of Social Work, an MSS from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research and a BA from Penn State University.  She holds an LCSW license in NJ and an LMSW in NY.   

Healther Wolf headshotHeather WolfSenior Consultant, Munshine Group
Breakout Session: Special Events for Every Situation 

Heather is a passionate go-getter, dedicated to assisting nonprofit organizations reach their highest potential. A social media whiz, she brings creativity and insight to digital media campaigns across all platforms. Her experience in donor relations, alumni relations, annual funds, and major gifts contributes to her knack for nonprofit consulting. Heather has planned and executed numerous special events from intimate major gifts dinners to large annual galas and auctions. Heather’s enthusiasm and personality allow her to quickly build strong connections with organizations, donors and prospects.

An experienced public speaker, Heather has led talks on leadership, self-esteem and kindness for the suicide prevention organization You Can NOT Be Replaced. In 2016, she produced and hosted a benefit concert with a cast of Broadway performers to raise funds for the organization.

Heather graduated summa cum laude from Wagner College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing and was her class valedictorian. She began her career with the Wagner College Office of Institutional Advancement. Heather also has experience working in both the Development and Marketing offices at Richmond University Medical Center.

Aviva Woog headshotAviva Woog, Manager of Advocacy, WellCare Health Plans New Jersey; Co-Chair & Member of Board of Directors, Community Networking Association of New Jersey
Breakout Session: Improving Non-Profit Capacity Through Innovative Networking Toward Partnerships

Aviva Woog is the Manager of Advocacy at WellCare Health Plans NJ focusing on positively impacting social determinants of health and health outcomes for WellCare members and the community. Her plus ten years’ experience in the healthcare field includes cultivating relationships with community-based organizations, network partners, advocates and community leaders throughout the state to create mutually beneficial programs that remove barriers to accessing healthcare for the community. Aviva’s dedication and commitment to the community has been recognized from community partners such as the Women’s Healthcare Advocate Award received from the NJ Primary Care Association. She is co-chair of the Community Networking Association of Passaic County and also a member of the Board of Directors for the Raritan Bay Area YMCA in Perth Amboy.

Judy Young headshotJudy YoungExecutive Director, Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership
Breakout Session: Ethical Leadership

About Professor Young:
 • Expertise in Leadership Development, Ethical Leadership, Organizational Development, Change Management, Learning & Development, Consulting and  Human Resources.
 • Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership – Program Director, Executive Director
 • Former Human Resources Director at Johnson & Johnson, Director of Staff Development and Principal within Management Consulting firms, experience within Hospital systems.
 • Organization development consultant, lead domestic and international projects: Leadership Development, Ethical Leadership, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Performance Improvement, Reengineering/Redesign, Team Development, Total Quality Management/Process Excellence, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational assessment, alignment, structure and design.
 • Adjunct Professor Seton Hall University and Brookdale Community College
 • Masters Corporate Communication (MBA concentration) – Seton Hall University
 • Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Montclair State University
 • Mini MBA Business Program – Rutgers University
 • Executive Organizational Effectiveness Program – Columbia University
 • Volunteer – Common Ground Grief Center