2014 Workshop Leaders

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A Andrew C. (Drew) Marshall is the principal of Primed Associates, LLC, an innovation consultancy.
He lives in central New Jersey and works with clients across the USA and around the world. Prior to founding Primed Associates, Drew spent ten years with Princeton-based management consulting firm Kepner-Tregoe where he rose to become a partner and the chief innovation officer. He is a co-host of the weekly innovation-focused Twitter chat, #innochat, the founder, host and producer of Ignite Princeton, a contributor to the Innovation Excellence and Collaborative Innovation blogs, and the presenter of the recently launched innovation podcast “Hooray for Failure!” He is also providing support for the implementation of the Design Thinking for Scholars model with the Network of Leadership Scholars, a network within the Academy of Management.
B Kent E. Hansen, senior staff attorney in Pro Bono Partnership’s New Jersey office, has many years’ experience as a corporate generalist, including negotiating and documenting a wide variety of contracts and having responsibility for corporate secretarial and governance matters.
He previously served as executive vice president of administration, general counsel and secretary of Fedders Corporation and was the corporation’s chief legal officer for more than twenty years. In addition to the Law Department, he led the company’s Human Resources Department and the real estate and insurance functions.
He was a long-time member of his local board of education, served for a dozen years as president of a local community association and as chair of the Administrative Council at a local church. He also has been a member of several boards and committees of his township. He is admitted to the bar in New Jersey and is a graduate of Rutgers University and St. John’s University School of Law.
C D. A. Graham is the founding/principal managing consultant of DNA Consulting, LLC. A Certified Organizational Ombudsman Professional (CO-OPsm), D. A. is the former university ombuds officer for Princeton University and California State University at San Diego. He has been in the ombuds field for seven years. Prior to that, he served five years as a Navy chaplain participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom and eleven years in the Naval Reserves as a hospital corpsman, participating in Operation Desert Storm. A master creative problem solver, D. A. has worked with several universities, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to improve human performance through consultation, process design and training.He has presented at conferences and conducted workshops and trainings nationally and internationally on topics such as diversity/cultural awareness, negotiation, and employee rights. He consults on a wide range of topics including conflict management, mediation skills, supportive communications vs. defensive communication, and handling difficult conversations.He received his PhD from Capella University in Minneapolis and holds other degrees and certificates from Cornell, the University of Oklahoma, the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, and the University of Alabama. He is a member of various professional organizations including the Association of Conflict Resolution and the International Ombudsman Association.
D Linda Meisel has been executive director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County for the past 15 years.
JFCS has enjoyed stable and consistent growth under Linda’s leadership and guidance, from a budget of $500,000 to over $1.8 million. She has expanded and diversified its programs and community services as well as its relationships and partnerships with the Princeton, Mercer, and Bucks community.
Key programs include: Secure@Home; The Kosher Food Pantry; a wide range of senior services including United Aging and Disabilities Partnership, and expansion of the Kosher Café to Kosher Cafes East and West to name just a few. The agency served over 4,600 individuals last year and has over 200 active volunteers.
Previously, Linda was executive director of Corner House Counseling Center for 10 years and former director of education at Family Service Agency of Princeton/Hightstown. She has served on boards at the Jewish Center of Princeton, Princeton Hadassah, and The American Jewish Committee.
Linda, a licensed clinical social worker, received her Master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. She and her husband, Arthur Meisel, have three adult children and six grandchildren. Linda and Art are active members of the Jewish Center of Princeton.
E Dennis R. Kilfeather comes to us with six years of accounting experience in working as a public accountant with Lear & Pannepacker, LLP, in Princeton. He works closely with two dozen nonprofit organizations, serving many as independent auditor and others as consultant assisting with cash flow management, strategic planning and other related financial matters.
In addition to serving nonprofits in his professional life, he has direct involvement with the board of The Historical Society of Princeton, where he is treasurer. He also volunteers as a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County’s Hispanic Initiative.
Dennis has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a masters degree in Business Administration from Holy Family University.
F Jack H. Fein, CPA, is a principal of Mercadien, P.C., Certified Public Accountants. He has been with the firm over 40 years and works with more than 85 nonprofit organizations.He was involved in proposing and drafting revisions to the Charity Registration Act that governs all nonprofit organizations in the state.
He was one of the first Certified Government Financial Managers (CGFM) in the nation and is also a licensed Public School Accountant (PSA) in New Jersey. He is publisher and editor-in-chief of the Nonprofit Examiner, distributed to more than 15,000 professionals throughout North America, and has written articles on management and accounting for numerous national publications and professional journals. A graduate of Temple University, he has taught professional-level courses at The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Community College.
He was also one of the lead curriculum designers of the highly acclaimed Nonprofit Management Program co-sponsored with The College of New Jersey.
Mr. Fein currently serves as treasurer of three nonprofit entities and also is on the advisory board of Rutgers MACCY Program in Governmental Accounting.
Jack resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he is a founding member and former officer of Shir Ami Bucks County Jewish Congregation.
Lisa Thouin is a managing director of The Mercadien Group and a principal of Mercadien, P.C., Certified Public Accountants, with more than twenty years’ experience. She works extensively with nonprofit organizations in the performance of audit services including yellow book and single audit compliance and tax services including Form 990, 990-T, and multi-state charities reporting. She regularly performs tax planning, preparation and reporting for nonprofit organizations, for-profit industries, and individuals.
She is co-chair of the firm’s Nonprofit Services Group and is a frequent speaker on such topics as Form 990, board governance and budgeting. She also writes articles for the firm’s electronic newsletter and other publications.
She currently is president of the board of trustees of Millhill Child and Family Development Corporation. She is a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the New Jersey Society of CPAs, where she has served the Mercer Chapter in many roles, including president.
She has also served on various state committees including the Financial Literacy Committee and the Chapter Operations Manual Advisory Group.
A graduate of Rider University, she is an adjunct instructor at The Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer County Community College and lives in Pennington with her son.
G Michael Baker  CFRE is a founder and partner with m3 Development. He has worked with the American Cancer Society most recently helping to launch its Major Gifts and Campaigns fundraising program, raising over $85,000,000 in two years. He was formerly the senior director for Major Gifts for the ACS’s Eastern Division, where he also oversaw the foundation relations, capital campaign, and prospect research departments. He has over 15 years’ experience, previously working for the National Hemophilia Foundation and Boy Scouts of America in executive-level development and management positions.Michael has spoken, conducted trainings, and written about a wide variety of topics relevant to nonprofits. He has produced 11 training videos and been a guest lecturer at Columbia University. The range of his work includes major gifts, campaigns, planned giving, development audits, fund development planning, strategic planning, feasibility studies, moves management, capacity assessments, staff recruitment and board development. He is also a philanthropic advisor to m3 Development clients.Michael is on the board of the Marlboro Education Foundation and the Association of Fundraising Professionals-New Jersey Chapter, and served on the editorial board of Triumph Magazine. He hold a BA from the State University of New York-Albany and is an Eagle Scout.
H John Brothers is a recognized leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic arena with over twenty years of sector experience and is a national expert in the field of capacity building, executive leadership, nonprofit effectiveness, sustainability, and assisting organizations in both organizational growth and decline.
Dr. Brothers has a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University, an MPA in Nonprofit Management from New York University, and an MBA in Public Policy from American Public University from which he started at Columbia University. He is a professor at Rutgers and NYU. He is the editor of the Journal for Nonprofit Management, published by the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and writes for the Nonprofit Quarterly, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Huffington Post. Additionally, John wrote the 2012 book Building Nonprofit Capacity and was a collaborator on the handbook Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations. He has been cited in dozens of local, national and international media outlets, including the Washington Post, ABC News, and The Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Brothers, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, is a much sought-after speaker and trainer and the principal of Quidoo Consulting, a social enterprise servicing nonprofit, philanthropic, and government efforts throughout the U.S. and internationally.
I Tara Peters. As vice president of media relations for the American Cancer Society, Tara Peters is responsible for leveraging earned news media outreach at both community and nationwide levels in support of the Society’s lifesaving mission. Tara assumed this national leadership role in 2013 after 14 years with the organization’s Eastern Division (NY & NJ), where she oversaw all aspects of the media, marketing, and internal communications efforts. Known for her quick analysis and decisive style, Tara is a results-driven staff leader responsible for designing and implementing award-winning communications and media relations programs.
Tara helped shape public opinion in New York and New Jersey about the hazards of secondhand smoke, contributing to the passage of clean indoor air laws in both states. She has employed similarly aggressive media outreach to clearly define the plight of the uninsured and underinsured, including those with a history of cancer, securing coverage related to the Affordable Care Act. She previously served in public affairs for the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, as well as in agency advertising. She is also a former journalist, having earned her reporting chops with newspapers in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Tara earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Monmouth University.
J Amy Eisenstein is an author, speaker, trainer, coach and consultant, as well as the owner of Tri Point Fundraising, a full-service consulting firm for nonprofit organizations and foundations. She has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2004 and became an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) in 2013.
Her published books include Raising More with Less: An Essential Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Professionals and Board Members, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop. Amy’s third book, called You Can Raise Major Gifts, will be published in the spring of 2014.
She currently serves as the president of the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Jersey Chapter. Amy received her master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the Wagner Graduate School at New York University and her bachelor’s degree from Douglass College at Rutgers University. Please visit her website for a free eBook and to see if you are up for the Major Gifts Challenge at www.tripointfundraising.com.
K Mark McGrath, president of McGrath Communications Group, is a dynamic and effective communicator, producing highly interactive and practical training in communication and leadership skills. Mark brings a wide breadth of experience to the communications arena. He has 25 years’ experience as a pastor, having started churches in New York, New Jersey and Great Britain. McGrath Communications Group specializes in turning good thinkers into good communicators.Mark’s first love is serving the nonprofit sector. As a founding member of LifeLine Network International, a UK-based charity supporting self-sustaining service projects in about 16 countries, Mark is provided with ample opportunity to express his passion for developing strategic leadership and communication skills.
In addition, since its founding in 1995, Mark has served as the president of The North Brunswick Housing Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to building and managing over 150 units of low-income housing.
Whether you are functioning in one-to-one or one-to-group settings, Mark’s unique and practical approach will transform your ability to communicate the best you can. You have something important to say; don’t let another opportunity pass by without giving your message the focus, confidence and passion it deserves!
L Gil Gordon was founder of Gil Gordon Associates in Monmouth Junction, NJ, a management consulting firm specializing in telecommuting-telework-virtual office and other alternative work arrangements, and in strategic employee retention. He is now officially retired but is busier than ever with various volunteer activities.He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University. Before starting his consulting business, he worked for almost ten years in Human Resources with Johnson & Johnson.He has been extensively involved as a volunteer with nonprofits in the greater Mercer County (N.J.) area for more than fifteen years as a volunteer and leader. His positions include former board member and board chair of VolunteerConnect, board member and current president at The Jewish Center in Princeton, and board member and volunteer with Jewish Family and Children’s Service. His most important volunteer position these days is as grandfather to the world’s cutest nine-month-old (as of January 2014) boy.
M  John LeMasney is a father who lives and works in and around Princeton, NJ
“He now offers consulting in technology, design, communication, branding, and nutrition. He was the Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University from March 2011 to March 2013. He had worked from 1998-2011 at Rider University as the Manager of Technology Training. He was recently awarded a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with honors from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. .  He is a designer, artist, writer, poet, technologist, consultant, open web advocate and open source evangelist. He is most interested in helping people to use technology to make their lives, work, and world better.” ~ About John | LeMasney Consulting -http://goo.gl/yDSav5
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Rallying Your Best Team – Staff, Board & Volunteers
O Marge Smith brings great expertise in working with nonprofits. Having served in multiple roles—executive director, board president, nonprofit consultant, and volunteer—she has had numerous opportunities to develop ways to motivate individuals and groups. She currently teaches Nonprofit Management and Emotional Intelligence at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), runs board retreats and/or workshops for volunteers and staff, and is the founder and chair of Community Works. She is a board member of CASA of Burlington/Mercer County, the Princeton Rotary Club, and the Princeton YWCA Friends. She is totally committed to enabling individuals and individuals and groups to gain the skills necessary to accomplish their goals and thus enhance our communities.
P Priscilla Rosenwald is one of America’s thought leaders addressing change, transition and talent in the nonprofit sector. As the principal of Leadership Recruiters, she is highly distinguished in the search industry, providing the rare combination of leadership development, organizational dynamics, and recruiting experience. Priscilla recognizes how vital it is to secure and develop leadership talent to ensure an organization’s success. She and Lesley Mallow Wendell formed TransitionWorks to address succession planning and leadership legacy. Their recently released book is entitled When Leaders Leave.
Previously, as an Executive Recruiter with Heidrick & Struggles, Inc., she placed chief executives and board members. Priscilla has been a member of the senior management teams of corporate and nonprofit service organizations, delivering project management, team leadership and training collaborations. She also serves on professional and cultural boards and holds a masters degree in Group and Organizational Development from Hunter College.
Q Elizabeth Wagner serves as vice president, Development, at the Princeton Area
Community Foundation. She oversees all development activities, including major
gifts, planned giving, and the annual fund, and enjoys working on fundraising for the
Community Foundation’s special programs, notably the Fund for Women and Girls.
Prior to her appointment here, she worked for the development consulting firm J. C.
Geever, Inc., headquartered in New York City, with a practice encompassing dozens
of nonprofit organizations in education, social and youth service, arts, healthcare
and other areas. Her experience includes substantial work in major gifts, foundation
and corporate outreach, strategic and development planning, membership, and
operational and governance issues.
R Ed Andriessen is a speaker, author, and consultant who helps businesses and nonprofits get more clients from the internet. He is the lead instructor at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) for the Small Business and Nonprofit Marketing courses, serves as a counselor to the Small Business Development Center at the College of New Jersey, and provides corporate training though the Institute for Management and Technical Training.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Ed owns two businesses: Business Training Resource, a marketing and training consulting firm, and the Princeton Tri-state Center for NLP, a self-development training center of which he is the co-director.
S Dr. Jennifer Gardella is the owner and founder of Your Social Media Hour (www.yoursocialmediahour.com), a website and service ($25 per month) dedicated to helping small business owners and nonprofits get up and running with strategic social media campaigns. Additionally, Jennifer owns NJ Divorce Mom blog and blogs for the Huffington Post. Jennifer works with a handful of select and motivated clients on an individual basis in the areas of blogging, social media positioning, and website design.
T Regina Podhorin is the founder and president of The Leadership Group.Having
worked with nonprofits for 30 years, she brings a wealth of experience and creativity to each task. Ms. Podhorin spent 11 years as the executive director of Womanspace, Inc., the Mercer County provider of services to those affected by domestic violence, and several years working for state and local government. She has a strong background working with residential, employment, disability and behavioral healthcare organizations. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Rider University and is known for her facilitation, leadership-coaching and public speaking skills. In addition, her ability to identify and address the tough issues faced by nonprofits has made her a much sought-after resource by organizations wishing to embark upon the strategic planning process.
Ms. Podhorin is a founding member of the NJ Nonprofit Consultants Collaborative, a member of the National Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the Alliance Governance Affinity Group and the American Evaluation Association.
U Leslie Burger became the director of the Princeton Public Library in 1999. Along with a dedicated board of trustees, volunteers and staff, she helped plan and design the new Princeton library that opened in 2004. During this process she built partnerships with civic and community leaders and convinced donors and taxpayers to contribute more than $23 million to support the library’s capital and endowment campaigns. The Princeton Public Library now attracts more than 850,000 visitors each year.
Leslie worked at state libraries for 14 years before founding with her husband the consulting firm Library Development Solutions. She has guided more than 150 libraries with strategic planning, community assessments, building evaluation and design, program evaluation and implementation.
Leslie is also a sought after spokesperson in the media on issues related to the the Child Internet Protection Act and protection of library patron privacy, the future of libraries, the role of libraries in revitalizing communities, and fundraising.
Leslie has served as president of the American Library Association, where she sponsored a variety of initiatives focused on how libraries can transform the communities they serve.
She holds degrees from the University of Maryland-College Park, the University of Hartford, and Southern Connecticut State College

Lynn Lemyre has been executive director of Artworks Trenton, an organization connecting community, culture and creativity through the arts, since May 2011. She oversees exhibitions, educational programming and arts events, such as Art All Night and Art All Day, for the Trenton area community. Ms. Lemyre was previously the Art Center director for Burlington County, where she oversaw the county collections and exhibition programs and coordinated the annual Burlington County Teen Arts Festival and Arts in the Park arts festival. She has a BA in Art History and Studio Art and is a practicing visual artist as well.

V Deborah Smith. Long before Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google +, there were message boards, chat rooms and email groups. In 1998, Foxtrot Media founder, Deborah Smith, used these ancestors of social media to launch her first business, which owned and operated several websites serving the nanny industry.In 2007, Deborah launched what is now Jersey Bites, a popular collaborative blog that features restaurant reviews, recipe sharing, and food-related events throughout New Jersey. She soon began using Twitter and Facebook to build a following for Jersey Bites, which now has more than 14,000 combined followers and fans. Jersey Bites welcomes over 17,000 unique viewers every month and is now a content partner with NJ.com.Today, Deborah is a sought-after social media consultant, strategist, marketer, trainer, coach and public speaker. She uses lessons learned from her own personal experience, as well as the latest social media educational training, to help businesses and organizations harness the power of social media, from the very basics to the most advanced social strategies.