About Me

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I launched my consulting practice in 2005 after spending my early career in higher education. It was my experience as chief program officer and later as executive director of a community foundation that introduced me to the world of nonprofit strategy and evaluation. In addition to serving over 150 clients, I have written and taught numerous undergraduate courses in nonprofit management. My formal education consists of bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in higher, adult and lifelong education from Michigan State University. My areas of expertise include strategy development, board governance, and developmental evaluation.

What Matters to Me

My work is founded on a set of core values and principles.

Responsiveness: I use an individualized approach based on a deep understanding of your organization and the context within which it operates.

Authenticity: I tell clients that when they hire me, they get all of me — my perspective, my expertise, my questions, and my inspirations.

Servant-Leadership: My purpose is tied to yours. We succeed only if you get what you need to make your organization get where it wants to go.

Balance: I seek to balance the “insider” and “outsider” perspectives. While I want to see you succeed, I know the importance of maintaining the voice of objectivity through difficult discussions.

Learning: I strive to leave something behind in the form of new structures, behaviors, and attitudes. Ultimately, it is about creating a culture of inquiry and discipline within your organization.