Workshop Presenters & Panelists

Kevin M. Coleman
Empowerment Speaker, Executive Coach, and Trainer; KMC Empowerment, LLC

Kevin is the Founder and CEO of KMC Empowerment, LLC where he provides executive coaching, empowering speeches, and professional development training to make individuals and organizations successful. He has been leading training for executives, division chiefs, branch chiefs, mid-level managers, supervisors, team leaders, and journeymen for more than 20 years. Kevin has vast experience speaking for all levels of audiences -- from 3-3,000. Kevin served his country in the military for more than nine years and is a disabled veteran. He has been recognized as a winner of the BIG Region XI President Leadership Award and was awarded the Virginia Professional Leadership Award. KMC Empowerment has helped individuals, groups, and organization reach exponential growth through coaching, training, team building, and strategic planning. What Kevin is most proud of is his three daughters, one grandson, and wife of 31 years.

Ellen Costlow
Community Engagement Coordinator, Chesterfield County

In her current position with Chesterfield County, Ellen has the unique opportunity to focus on engaging youth, specifically, in volunteerism and local government education. Additionally, she serves as the Membership Chair for her local AVA where she relishes the opportunity to connect with her fellow volunteer professionals. Prior to her position with Chesterfield County, Ellen served as the Director of Volunteer Services for Special Olympics Virginia. In the spirit of volunteerism, she has been mentoring an elementary student through Communities in Schools of Chesterfield for the last year. Ellen also enjoys getting her eight and three year old sons out into the community to help them develop an early love of volunteerism.

Catherine Cotrupi
Assistant Director for Campus & Community Engagement, Virginia Tech - VT Engage

Catherine has worked for Virginia Tech for six years, first as LGBTQ Coordinator and now as an Assistant Director for Campus and Community Engagement with VT Engage. It is through these roles and others that her interest in university-community partnerships has grown. As a part-time PhD student, Catherine’s academic interests are coupled with her professional role and include the tensions between focusing on student learning and development and community-identified need. While she is interested in helping students to develop their own civic identities she is also interested in leveraging resources and networks both on campus and off for more equitable community environments. Catherine’s experience with training and teaching comes from her three years as an instructor for Safe Zone and other diversity/inclusion related workshops and activities, five years teaching a freshmen-level course, and one year teaching graduate students.

Alan Delbridge
Nonprofit Program Manager, Community Foundation

As Nonprofit Program Manager, Alan helps nonprofits build their volunteer capacity and further their missions in serving the Greater Richmond region. He connects organizations with HandsOn Connect, the largest volunteer hub in our region, and provides ongoing training and resources to volunteer managers and organizations – including the Volunteer Management Training Series, Corporate Bootcamp, HandsOn posting orientations, and Service Enterprise certifications. Alan is most passionate about collaborating with the great nonprofit volunteer professionals in the region who are saving the world!

Susie Fife
CEO, Red Orange Studio
Fueled by a passion for great design, genuine relationships and business excellence, Susie founded Red Orange Design, LLC in 2005 and has grown the company into a team of top-notch designers, illustrators, developers/programmers, copywriters, photographers and other creative professionals. She believes that every business deserves great design and she feels blessed to share her God-given talent to help others achieve their goals. As a design professional, Susie enjoys the challenge of creating a visual solution to communicate a client’s product, service, message or strategy. From corporate logos to websites, she puts her creative juices to work while keeping in mind her client’s goals. Susie has experience facilitating small group discussions and workshops, and speaking on topics such as entrepreneurship, careers for creatives, branding, marketing and leadership. She has presented at Capital One’s Grow @1717 Non-Profit Incubator, Red Orange Studio’s Coffee & Conversation Series, Network of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Christian Leadership Institute (RCLI) and local schools and churches.  

Lea Whitehurst-Gibson
Executive Director, Virginia Community Voice
Lea has more than a decade of community organizing experience, including with Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities, a faith-based organizing group. In this role, she presented in a variety of settings including faith groups, public meetings, and annual gatherings with 1000+ attendees. Lea has presented on panels, and conference presentations and led trainings for large and small groups. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Virginia Community Voice, and in this role she co-designs and presents Community Voice Blueprint trainings to nonprofits, governments, philanthropies, and higher ed groups seeking to make more equitable decisions and engage without doing harm in marginalized communities.

Whitney Guthrie
Director of Community Engagement (Volunteers & Youth), Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanicy
Whitney joined Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity in February 2012. In her role, she is responsible for the coordination of daily volunteer operations, the youth and AmeriCorps program, and special events. Whitney is also currently serving on the board of her local AVA (Association for Volunteer Administration) organization in Richmond as the President. Prior to joining Richmond Habitat, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years at United Way of York County in Maine, Whitney was also a member of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).

Nick Hines
President, Capital Strategy Group, LLC
For more than seven years, Nick has served as an adjunct professor of Biology at the collegiate level. He has presented and moderated more than 50 national discussions, presentations, and webinars. Nick has also written articles and white papers with application to the healthcare industry, nonprofit sector and leadership development/strategy focus. As a consultant, he has led strategic planning projects with state agencies and led change management workshops. Nick enjoys teaching and engaging professionals at all levels to pursue the development of the core capabilities and interest. Nick has a bachelor's degree in Education and Biology, a master's degree in Biomedical Science, a MBA - Management, and Leadership Certificate from Cornell University, and is Lean Six Sigma Certified.

Erin Jenkins
Heartland Hospice Care
Bio to come 

Deborah Jones
Founder, Debita Life Coach, LLC
Deborah, a native of Rochester, NY, is the owner of Debita Life Coach, LLC, a life coaching business which she launched in 2010. Debita's
Mission Statement is "Empowering Men and Women to unfold their Authentic Selves." Deborah's niche is helping individuals with results in their "calling " and transformation and relationships. She is a graduate of Virginia State University. After briefly attending SUNY Brockport with the intention of pursuing a Masters in Education, she moved back to Virginia and worked once again in human services. 

Amy Lacey
Host, Virginia Currents
Amy is currently the host of Virginia Currents, which offers current events and community insights programming through Richmond's Virginia's Home for Public Media (VPM). She is active in numerous local nonprofits and community outreach initiatives.

Linda Lenrow Lopez
Senior Consultant, Risk Alternatives
Linda has more than 25 years of cutting-edge private sector and nonprofit risk management and project management expertise. Before joining Risk Alternatives, she worked in a variety of positions for Bechtel Corporation, including Corporate Risk Manager for a global business unit, project manager with the cyber security group in corporate IS&T, and project risk manager for projects including a $15 billion proposed new nuclear project and Phase One of the $2.5 billion Dulles Metrorail extension in Northern Virginia. Linda has worked extensively in both U.S. and international project contexts. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, bringing extensive knowledge of Lean Six Sigma to her customers’ projects. She is a Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant, having completed an exclusive professional development initiative that gives independent consultants the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to work with nonprofit organizations across the country interested in learning about and implementing the Standards for Excellence code. Linda received her BA with dual majors in International Relations and Politics and a minor in Spanish from Lake Forest College.

Allison Jones Nassar
Volunteer Engagement Manager, Soar365
Alison has served as the Volunteer Engagement Manager with SOAR365 (formerly known as Greater Richmond ARC) since September 2017. Prior to SOAR365, she served in the same position for Virginia Supportive Housing (7 years) and the Children’s Museum of Richmond (6 years). She has a passion for connecting community volunteers to opportunities that serve and support vulnerable populations. Alison has served a total of seven years on the board of GRAVA (Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration), including two years as president, four years as secretary, and one year as professional development chair. She earned her CVA (Certification in Volunteer Administration) in 2011; completed the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders program in 2012; received GRAVA’s Volunteer Administrator of the Year award; and presented numerous basic and advanced volunteer management workshops locally and regionally. At Virginia Supportive Housing, where she served as the Volunteer Resources Manager for seven years, she led the entire organization through the Service Enterprise Initiative certification process, which promotes excellence in volunteer engagement through best practices, leadership, and strategic capacity-building. She will be SOAR365’s team leader for this same process starting this year.

Barbra Kavanaugh
Senior Consultant, Brighter Strategies
Barbra has served both large and small mission-driven organizations as a leader and consultant. With decades of experience in both nonprofit and public sectors, she uses an organization’s mission as a focal point in addressing board development and governance. Her transparent and engaging style as a presenter both entertains and reassures participants as they are invited to challenge the “way it’s always been” and explore the “way it can be better.” Barbra supports nonprofit boards in building sustainable structures and policies for performance evaluation, management and accountability, and risk management. Both as an interim executive and a seasoned consultant, she takes a broad inventory of an organization’s policies, practices and procedures before making recommendations to improve the organization’s performance. In addition to her work with Brighter Strategies, she is the director of with the Interim Executive Network, which provides interim leadership to non-profits in transition. Barbra has an undergraduate degree in communications from Seton Hall and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Rebekah Kendrick
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Virginia Community Voice
Bekah has 15 years' experience as a professional trainer, facilitator, and instructor in nonprofit and higher ed settings. She has designed and led dozens of trainings in a variety of settings, from conferences to classrooms. Bekah's training participants include volunteers, nonprofit, government, and corporate employees, as well as university students. She has facilitated table talks, led small group work, sat on panels, and given presentations to large audiences. Bekah holds a master's degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from The College of William & Mary. Currently, she designs and conducts trainings with a team at Virginia Community Voice, which includes Lea Whitehurst-Gibson and Elaine Williams, both of whom also have extensive training, public speaking, and presentation experience. 

Sue Kindred
President/Chief Strategist, SK Consulting LLC
Sue is a business strategist for nonprofits with more than 30 years’ real-world experience helping nonprofits and member-based professional associations reach their highest potential. She specializes in building Board engagement, teaching how to tell a compelling story, creating effective volunteer programs, collaboratively guiding strategic direction and finding the power of possibilities. She is currently the resident story expert at the online fundraising site Asking Matters where she regularly blogs, leads webinars and online discussions. In May 2016 she produced The Alchemy of Storytelling Conference in Richmond, VA. She regularly leads workshops in the Central Virginia area.

Aaron Lee
COO, Fortis Leadership
Aaron brings the experience of leading nonprofits, most recently directing a national volunteer disaster response organization to $1.1 million in annual impact. He is a gifted communicator, speaking publicly at events and presenting workshops, including the American Health Information Management Association 2019 conference, the New York Presbyterian Nursing Leadership Academy, and workshops with Make-a-Wish Virginia, Richmond Animal League, Virginia Department of Health, VCU, William & Mary, and the American Nurses Association. Aaron has a passion for taking leaders and teams to their true potential in their personal and professional lives and has a strong desire to see organizations reach their vision and do so with efficiency and clarity. He has directed volunteers, staff and teams to raise funds, launch projects and lead events. Aaron is an ECLC3 certified coach and a 5 Voices facilitator. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and holds a Master of Divinity.

Linda Lenrow Lopez
Bio to come

Mary Maupai
Development Director, Safe Harbor
Mary's passion is connecting a donor’s interest, hopes, and dreams with the mission and needs of local nonprofits. She has more than 16 years of experience leading the development efforts of both small and large local nonprofits and has seen first-hand the strong link between individuals volunteering their time and donating their money. Currently, Mary serves as the Development Director at Safe Harbor where she is responsible for securing $1.8 million in annual funding. As part of their annual development plan, she works closely with their Outreach and Education Manager, Elena Brooks-Perkins, to deepen the connection volunteers have with Safe Harbor by moving them into donors. One of their key metrics is to measure annually how many volunteers have been converted into donors and year over year retention of these donors. Mary serve as an instructor for the Institute of Philanthropy-Fund Development Institute, where she presents twice a year a class on Building the Donor Pipeline, of which volunteers are a critical piece. Mary also serves as President of River City Express Network (the local chapter of the American Business Women’s Association) and on the National Board of the American Business Women.

Derek Maxwell
Program Consultant, Virginia Dept. of Office of Newcomer Services
Since graduating from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, with a master's degree in International Refugee Law, Derek continued to work on refugee-related projects at the International, Federal, State, and Local levels. In his home state of Virginia, Derek began his professional career in refugee resettlement work, first as a case manager, then as a program manager for the Center for Multicultural Human Services working with newly arrived refugees who were suffering from PTSD and struggling with adjustment to life in the US. He later went on to become the Associate Director for Migration and Refugee Services in Arlington, overseeing multiple State and Federal Refugee Resettlement and Support Programs. In 2015 Derek took on the role of Senior Operations Administrator and Overseas Case Processing Team Lead for the Department of State Refugee Processing Center. In this role he oversaw all overseas case processing operations for the Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System. Derek was the Team Lead for analysts working on various programs including the SIV program, Visa 93 and I-130 programs, as well as the Namecheck Security program and the Sensitive Cases program. He is currently a program consultant for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of Newcomer Services at the Virginia Department of Social Services in Richmond.

Hayley Morris
Volunteer Manager, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
Hayley joined the Community Engagement team at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity in June 2017 where she serves as a Volunteer Manager. She is an active member of her local AVA, joining the Board in 2019 as Program Chair. Hayley enjoys providing quality programming and training to Community Engagement superstars across the Greater Richmond area. She has lived all over, but calls Virginia home.

Amy Petock Nisenson
Consultant, Amy Nisenson Consulting LLC
Amy is a senior philanthropy professional with more than 35 years of success across corporate, foundation and nonprofit sectors. She currently serves in a consultative role to nonprofits in the Richmond, Charlottesville, and Tidewater areas and as Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation (MMP). As Executive Director, of MMP Amy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the $120 million foundation and the due diligence and allocation of $5-7 million in grants annually. In her consultation business. Amy provides expertise in a variety of topics, including strategic planning, group facilitation, board development, and resource development and fundraising. She is a Certified Governance Trainer with Board Source and recently became a certified coach in Corporate Coach U through MSB Coaching. In addition, Amy teaches classes in nonprofit management including grant writing, navigating support from corporations and foundations, and board development at many of the non-profit management programs throughout the State. Prior to her position at The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, Amy served as Vice President and Community Affairs Manager for Wachovia Corporation from 2005 to 2008. She is a graduate of the UVA and has been honored by the Richmond YWCA as one of the 10 Outstanding Women of the Year in Volunteerism.

Laurie Rodgers
Independent Grant Writer
Laurie Rogers has been leading fund development workshops for the past 23 years at UVA, VCU, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the Community Foundation of Richmond, and the University of Richmond's Institute on Philanthropy. She brings two and half decades of professional experience in grant writing, fund development and annual fund development to each workshop she leads. Since 1995, Laurie has been an independent grant writer in the metro Richmond region. She has served on several nonprofit boards and is an active volunteer in the community.

Allison Scholl
Acorn Group, LLC
Allison formed the Acorn Group to harness the power of philanthropy to positively – even radically – benefit and transform communities. Her dedication to the nonprofit sector spans 30 years, during which she established several nonprofit organizations from the ground up --including the West Valley Child Crisis Center, which provides temporary shelter for victims of child abuse; and Family Promise, a temporary haven for homeless children and their families. Allison’s successful 20-year corporate career helping organizations like PETsMART, Merrill Lynch, and Drake International achieve strategic goals provides a solid foundation for the Acorn Group. Allison is an expert in innovative problem solving, effective change management, and has earned a reputation for building effective teams and systems that get big results. Since 2005, she has dedicated her career to mission-based organizations, accepting the Executive Director role for an Arizona nonprofit. Allison applied skills honed during her corporate career to nonprofit endeavors focusing on strategic planning and development strategy. After moving to Charlottesville in 2007, she began working at Madison House, the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia. In 2010, Allison accepted the Director of Communications and Development position at Building Goodness Foundation, where she raised millions of philanthropic dollars to build communities and improve lives. At every organization, Allison solidified her knowledge of annual fund management, donor-centric philanthropy, and capital campaigns. She became an expert in major donor cultivation and nonprofit fundraising best practices and shares her techniques and programs with nonprofits working to make a difference in their communities.

Jane Stein
President, JPS Consulting
With vast experience in the nonprofit sector, Jane has been providing consultation and training services to nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years. As the founding director of the Child Abuse Center of Hampton Roads, she forged regional relationships with seventeen Virginia municipalities and expanded the Center’s services to more than 1,000 children each year. After the Center became part of the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Jane opened JPS Consulting. Her experience also includes a tenure as a national director for major gifts for the American Cancer Society. Jane is a past national chairman for campaign training for the United Jewish Appeal, a volunteer position which she held for three years. Jane has guided nonprofits through the process of strategic planning, board/staff retreats, and all areas of fundraising. She has given keynote addresses, motivational speeches and training workshops throughout the US. Jane shares her secrets for success in these turbulent times, inspiring her clients and her audiences to solve challenges in the nonprofit sector in a humorous and heartfelt manner. Clients include the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan G. Komen, the Virginia Association of Community Healthcare Centers, Habitat for Humanity and the Foodbank. Additionally, Jane was selected to present one workshop at the New Orleans International Conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPICON) in April 2018, and then two sessions (one a full day pre-conference session) at the 2019 AFPICON. Jane has an M.B.A., is a Certified Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and became licensed to offer consulting services for the Standards for Excellence® program.

Tiffany Terry
Bio to come

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