Keynote Speakers

Gus Schmedlen serves as President & Chief Revenue Officer at a technology startup company currently in stealth mode. He formerly served as Vice President and Head of Worldwide Education at HP where he oversaw a period of rapid expansion, leading to the creation of a multi-billion-dollar global education technology business. During his tenure at HP, Gus also led international efforts to improve access to quality education for students in marginalized contexts, contributing innovation, support, and scale to help realize UN SDG4. Earlier in his career, Gus led education and public sector industry solutions units for both IBM and Lenovo.

He currently serves on the Board of Governors of JA Worldwide, the Leadership Council of the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education, and the Board of Directors of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. He previously served in leadership and consulting positions at a range of non-profit efforts, including the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Education project, the UN Education Data Roundtable, and the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Gus was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship by former US Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell, to study human capital development systems in the European Union, focused on the democratizing force of pervasive mobile technology. He earned a BA in Classics from Colgate University, an MBA from Duke University, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.



Donna Frisby-Greenwood, CEFL, is the first President and CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, a unique foundation that aligns private foundations, corporations and businesses, community organizations and individual donors with school district leadership to achieve schools’ plans and strategies.

Before joining the Fund in 2015, Donna was the Philadelphia Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, overseeing grant making in the arts, journalism and multiple civic engagement programs that helped expand economic opportunity in the city.

Prior to her work with the Knight Foundation, Donna built an exemplary career in education. She served as Director of College and Career Awareness for the School District of Philadelphia where she secured and managed grant funding of more than $40 million. Earlier, she co-founded and served as Executive Director of Children First, Inc., a leadership development and civic education program for low income urban adolescents, and After-School All-Stars. Nationally, Donna also was Executive Director of Rock the Vote and served as a National Urban Fellow at HUD where she was responsible for coordinating the University/Community grant portfolio and co-authored the Youth Development section of the White House Urban Policy Report.  

Educated exclusively in public schools, Donna graduated with Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia and holds a Masters of Public of Administration from Baruch College/CUNY.



With a focus on equity, innovation and quality, Dr. William R. Hite serves as Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, the largest public school system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hite joined the School District in 2012 and has worked to create a system of great schools in every neighborhood. Under his leadership, the School District has opened innovative high schools, expanded successful school models, launched in-district turnarounds and redesigned schools in partnership with communities. His overall focus remains on strengthening all elementary and secondary school offerings.

Dr. Hite’s professional experience includes serving at every level – teacher, principal, central office administrator and Superintendent. He was previously Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. Dr. Hite has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond School of Continuous Learning and taught school leadership courses at Virginia State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland. A member of numerous national, state, and local boards, he has participated with national agencies and associations to reform K-12 education.

Dr. Hite holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Virginia Tech, master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in education specializing in educational leadership from Virginia Tech.


Dr. Mary Kelly is an internationally renowned author and keynote speaker on leadership, productivity, and business growth. In 21 years as a Navy intelligence and logistics officer, Mary trained more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel.

Mary holds a degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, master’s degrees in both in Economics and History, and a PhD in economics. She has more than 20 years experience teaching economics, finance, leadership, and management at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University.

Mary is also a member of MENSA and the American Economics Association. She is the recipient of the U.S. Air Force Academy Outstanding Educator and Instructor of the Year awards. She has published books on leadership, productivity, communication, and business growth.

Mary loves business strategy, succession planning, and leadership development that yields results.  She also loves helping other people succeed, which is what makes her an effective executive business coach.

Dr. Todd Rogers is a behavioral scientist, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, Director of the Student Social Support R&D Lab, and Chief Scientist at EveryDay Labs.  His research uses the science of behavior change to develop scalable interventions that help school districts help families help students succeed.  He is especially focused on the science of effective communication.  He is committed to ensuring that behavioral policy research is implemented widely and with fidelity. This has led to his co-founding two social enterprises: the Analyst Institute (focused on increasing election turnout) and EveryDay Labs (focused on increasing student attendance).

Prior to joining the faculty at HKS, he was founding Executive Director of the Analyst Institute, LLC, which uses randomized field experiments and behavioral science insights to understand and improve voter communication program (see here, and a book about that work called Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns). He received a Ph.D. jointly from Harvard's department of Psychology and Harvard Business School, and received a B.A. from Williams College, majoring in Religion and Psychology.


Workshop Session Speakers

Dr. Ericka Harney, CFRE, GPC, CAE, CVA has 19 years of experience in fundraising, grant development, board training/development, strategic planning, and nonprofit management. She is responsible for successful fundraising and grant awards of over $32 million. She has taught and trained thousands, served as a federal grant reviewer, co-founded a social enterprise, consults nonprofits around the country, and was previously an executive director. At Harney & Associates, Ericka serves a variety of clients, including the Dayton Public Schools Foundation. She also owns Brick City Books, an online used book business, is CEO of the Murphy Family Literacy Foundation, and is Assistant Professor at Future Generations University. Ericka’s PhD is in Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Nonprofit, from Eastern University.

Mary Mélon, CEFL, joined The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools as president/CEO in September 2014.  The Foundation’s mission is to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in the Oklahoma City Public Schools.  Mélon believes in the future of Oklahoma City and strives to utilize her network and skills to align the Foundation with the OKC Public School District and the business community to provide not only hope for every student, but the skills necessary to be productive members of the workforce and community. She is a member of the National Schools Foundation Association Board of Directors and is a NSFA Certified Leader.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Mélon had a nearly 20 -year career at The Journal Record Publishing Co.  She was named publisher in September 2001, and president & publisher in 2006.  Her position included oversight and leadership of a 58 member Oklahoma team, as well as corporate responsibilities as a member of the senior management corporate cabinet and group publisher of daily group operations that included five additional markets. Prior to that, she served as associate publisher and advertising director.  

Mélon is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XIX and Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI.   She is a past Chair of the Board of Leadership Oklahoma and received the 2010 Distinguished Leadership Award. She has served as co-chair of the Leadership Oklahoma City Signature Program and served on that organization’s executive board.  

She was recently appointed by Mayor David Holt to serve on the newly created Regional Transit Authority. She also serves as a commissioner on the Oklahoma City County Health Department Board. She was appointed by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and served as the first woman on the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority and Oklahoma City Urban Redevelopment Authority.  

She also serves on the board of trustees for United Way of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of CommStar and the FBI Citizen’s Academy.  She is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2003-2004.
 
She received the 2004 Association for Women in Communications “Byliner” award for Communications and the 2006 Quality Oklahoman award from the Oklahoma Quality Foundation.  She was awarded the 2008 “Embrace Award” by the YWCA, for embracing YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism.  She was honored with the “Door Opener’ Award by ASTEC in 2013, and was inducted in the OCU Meinder’s School of Business Hall of Honor and the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.  In April 2015, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, a program of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.

 


Kirk Smiley
is the Managing Director of Advocacy and Public Partnerships at DonorsChoose. For the last 13 years he's worked with foundations and school districts to help them understand crowdfunding best practices and leverage crowdfunding in their schools in a manner that is safe and maximizes donations from outside the community. He's presented on similar topics at NSFA (2016, 2019), ASBO (nationally and at more than 14 state affiliate conferences), NSBA, AASA, and NAESP and serves as the "crowdfunding expert" in the K-12 space.




Anne Gould
works with the Jordan Education Foundation and has been successfully utilizing crowdfunding for her foundation and district.



Kelly Rolf
is Vice President of Development & Marketing at PENCIL, where she is responsible for the organization’s donor development and communications strategy in order to recruit new investors and program partners to PENCIL’s mission. Kelly has worked in education- and youth-focused nonprofits since 2006 in New York City, Chicago, and Nashville. She holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University and enjoys exploring the many parks and greenways of Middle Tennessee with her husband and two young sons.



Sandra Harris
is the Senior Partnership Manager at PENCIL where she manages PENCIL Partners, Reading Partners and other PENCIL-related volunteer programs within the southwest quadrant of Metro Nashville Public Schools. Sandra is committed to being of service to her community and serves in a leadership role in her local Chamber of Commerce. Sandra has a BA in Communications from the University of West Florida. She is also a professional actor and voice-over talent as well as, person to Guinevere, the very curious Calico Cat.


Esther Bailey-Bass
is a Partnership Manager for PENCIL within the southeast quadrant of Metro Nashville Public Schools. Before joining PENCIL, she worked in sales and marketing for over 20 years, including at The Tennessean and WPLN Nashville Public Radio. Esther is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach who engages with women and girls to lead in all areas of their lives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Organizational Communication from the University of Akron. 



Jim Burgraff
is the Managing Partner of Alumni Nations, a company focused on helping K-12 schools, foundations, and districts connect and engage with their alumni. Jim has more than 25 years of experience working within the education, consumer, and business-to-business markets. Through his career, Jim has helped to raise over $2 billion dollars for K12 schools and education foundations. Jim believes schools are the foundation of strong communities and alumni are one of the keys to helping achieve a margin of excellence


Michele Roberts is the Executive Director of the Central High School Foundation. She joined the Foundation in August 2010 as Development Director, and was named Executive Director in July 2011. During her tenure with CHSF thus far, Roberts has launched and completed a two-year $1.4 million capital campaign to bring 21st century learning classrooms to Central, which included the installation of a campus-wide wireless infrastructure; she created the Generation donor membership program, which provides unrestricted dollars to the school for classroom and teacher grants; and she developed the Central High School corporate partner program, which provides unrestricted dollars for Central athletic and activity programs. Under Roberts' direction, current CHSF projects include raising $6 million for a Legacy Endowment Fund and completing a $19.3 million Central High School Arts and Library Addition which added 51,000 square feet of classroom and activity space to the high school's campus.


Tyren Frazier is the Executive Director of the Chesterfield Education Foundation (CEF). Joining the CEF team in February 2018, he is responsible for raising financial and community support for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Before joining CEF, Tyren had an extensive career with Higher Achievement Richmond and the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Virginia.

Faced with many challenges in life, especially during his middle school years, Tyren always found himself willing to volunteer within his community. Growing up in a single-parent household, Tyren credits his fortunate turnout of life from his mother's ability to always make ends meet, relationships with mentors that kept him busy, and other after-school activities.

Tyren graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  He furthered his studies at the University of Richmond, Texas A&M University, and Capella University, where he earned a graduate degree in Liberal Arts, a graduate Certificate of Nonprofit Management, and a doctorate of education.

In his spare time, Tyren enjoys spending time with his wife and children, his two puppies, and volunteering within his community. He currently services as the chair on the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice, a member of the Chesterfield chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Metro Richmond. 


Mike Taylor, CEFL, is the CEO of the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) in Richmond, Virginia. HEF serves Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS), the sixth largest school district in Virginia, with more than 51,000 students in 72 education centers. Mike joined HEF in 2014 and led the foundation through a strategic planning period to reestablish the organization's vision and programs. As a result, the foundation has increased fundraising and revenues by 640%. He has 30 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience, including 12 years of leadership in the education foundation industry, and has raised more than $15 million to support public schools.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He earned his CFRE designation in February 2020 and completed the CEFL program with the National School Foundation Association (NSFA) and National University in 2018.

Prior to joining HEF, Mike was the Executive Director of the Mountain Education Foundation in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, a suburb of Chattanooga. He led the organization through a transition from a donor advised fund managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to an independent standalone 501(c)3 public charity, increasing fundraising and annual revenue by 400%.


Eric Wilson has over 20 years of experience managing and automating data processes to support front-end analytical tools in Tableau, Microsoft Access, Excel and PowerPoint.  He's a data enthusiast, a deep thinker, analytical and passionate about arming decision makers with information they need to better run their organizations.
He has over ten years experience serving as a volunteer board member on K-12 Education Foundations supporting both private and public school districts.

For the past two years, he's worked closely with Information Technology professionals prioritizing work as Product Owner to rewrite an extensive database out of Oracle and into Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment.  He has been fully trained to use the Agile software development methodology during this process.  This has been an invaluable experience that will no doubt help him in serving the nonprofit community.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Missouri State University and a Master of Arts in Marketing from Webster University.  Outside of work, he is actively involved with youth ministry at his church and enjoys being involved in sports, music and speech & debate with his children.  He currently lives in America's Heartland outside of Kansas City, Missouri with his high school sweetheart and his growing family of seven children.




Wayne Padover
, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Leadership at National University in La Jolla, CA. He is an instructor in the NSFA Certified Education Foundation Leader Program. He served as a school district superintendent for twenty-years in CA with three school districts and helped to initiate and develop education foundations in each school district. Wayne serves on the NSFA Board of Directors.



Sarah French
, CEFL, Executive Director for Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation since 2015 and CEFL, discovered a love of fundraising in college (University of Wisconsin Eau Claire) while working at the university telefund, building relationships and raising monies from alumni. Prior to ECPSF, Sarah served as Director of Annual Giving for University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She serves on the NSFA board of directors. 


Debbie Sontupe
, CEFL, is the President of Match Nonprofit Consulting.  During her 26-year career in fundraising and nonprofit management, Debbie served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Mercy College in New York and worked for Rutgers University where she was responsible for a $1 billion comprehensive campaign initiative.  Debbie is a Certified Education Foundation Leader through the National School Foundation Association's Education Foundation Leadership program.



Chrissie Wetherbee
, CEFL, is the Executive Director for the Morris Educational Foundation and a Co-Chair of the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership.  She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Maryland and a M.A. in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University.  Chrissie is a Certified Education Foundation Leader through the National School Foundation Association's Education Foundation Leadership program.  



Liv Gifford
, CEFL, has served as the Executive Director of the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation since 2015. She completed the Certified Education Foundation Leadership program with NSFA in 2020, and holds a Master's in Public Health from Oregon State University. In her role with CPSF, Liv works closely with her board of trustees and the Corvallis School District to improve educational access, enhance excellence, and increase graduation rates for the district's 6,700 students.


Marcianne Koetje
has worked for the Corvallis School District since 2003. She is the Coordinator of Equity as well as the program that supports English language learners. She earned her Master's in Teaching at Oregon State University and is currently working on her PhD in OSUs LEEP (Language, Equity and Educational Policy) program. Marcianne is passionate about advocacy in the Latinx community as well as the empowerment of Latinx students, educators, and families.


Stephanie Cunningham
is the Director of Public Relations for the Fort Osage R-1 School District.  She has been with Fort Osage for 18 years.  Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and carries an APR (Accredited in Public Relations). Stephanie is very active in the community including being past president of the Eastern Independence Rotary, past Buckner Chamber of Commerce President, and serves on various non-profit committees.  She is the past president of the Missouri School Public Relations Association and was recently named the MOSPRA Professional of the Year.  She and her husband, Stacey live in Odessa, Missouri with their twin 14-year-old daughters.



Laurie Cromwell
, CFRE was the first woman elected to an at large position on the local school board, the first woman school board president, the first president of the local education foundation, the first woman president of the local Economic Development Commission, and a founding Board member of the local Chamber of Commerce. She started her mission in the nonprofit field in 1984 and in 2003 founded Foundation Innovation, a consulting firm that has guided over 350 education foundations throughout 12 states. 


Suzi Pagel
, CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive), has served as Midway ISD's Director of Development since 2002.  During this time, the Foundation has provided over $1.75 million for more than 650 classroom grants for the students and staff of Midway ISD and has an endowment of $2 million dollars. The Education Foundation has funded other programs beyond the scope of the typical school budget such as academic letter jackets and funds for first year teachers to supply their classrooms.

Suzi holds a B.S.Ed. from Baylor University. In addition to teaching in Texas and California, she served as the volunteer coordinator for the City of Woodway and the program coordinator of Keep Knoxville Beautiful. She volunteers for the Junior League, Hewitt Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 


Abigayle Tobia
is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Prior to Regis, Abigayle attended the University of Iowa where she received a bachelor's in Social Work with an emphasis in Juvenile Studies. Abigayle serves as both a consultant and Executive Director of North Allegheny Foundation. As Executive Director she has quadrupled the funds raised and mission impact in the first three years. 


Sara D. Bender,
CEFL, CFRM, has built a career on integrating for-profit marketing and sales applications to non-profit fundraising, recently transitioning from an Education Foundation Executive Director to a Consultant, Advisor and Professor for the NSFA CEFL program. She holds a B.S. degrees in Business Management and Marketing and a M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies to research the relationship between public school districts and private fundraising streams. Her career path has helped shape her contagious passion for strategic development, fundraising and community service. She is thrilled to focus this passion toward empowering education foundation leaders as they garner support for public educational programs.

Mary Chance is president and CEO of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, a statewide nonprofit that connects individuals, organizations and financial resources to build the capacity and effectiveness of the local education foundations aligned with nearly all of Florida's 67 countywide school districts.  She has 22 years of leadership experience in the field and believes that high functioning local education foundations are key for school districts and communities to close opportunity gaps and ensure educational success for all students. Consortium members now raise more than $82 million annually to support initiatives that innovate learning, power student and teacher potential and celebrate success in local public schools.

As the ultimate champion for these locally driven nonprofits, Mary strives to elevate the impact of individual member education foundations through providing a collegial community for ongoing learning, shared resources and support.   Since assuming the leadership role in 2008, she has successfully advocated for and facilitated more than $40 million in the nations only 1:1 incentive for private-sector investment in classroom innovation through the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program. She also serves as the intermediary in several strategic partnerships with corporations and philanthropic organizations, matching the interests of national and statewide funders to facilitate high impact, locally driven programs in school districts throughout Florida.

Before assuming the CEO role for the Consortium, Mary was active as a volunteer leader in the organization while serving as executive director of the Education Foundation of Alachua County for ten years

David Moore is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in the education sector who leads project teams and organizations to consistently produce results. David has been both an effective leader within nonprofit organizations as well as a trusted advisor and consultant providing strategic leadership, facilitation and project oversight. David's work focuses on nonprofit leadership, planning, organization effectiveness and impact. He guides teams, partnerships and community efforts to produce results through facilitation, research, training and strategic support and is recognized as a national expert in community engagement and the involvement of community in education and other issues. Within education, David works with local school districts, local education organizations and national nonprofits to strengthen their core efforts to provide quality education for all children, from leading performance management systems development for national networks to starting up new local education funds in Hartford and Newark. David is a recognized national expert on the start up and development of local education foundations.


Blair Ellis, CEFL, - Like many nonprofit leaders, I did not come into this role with a background in fundraising or nonprofit management.  I grew up in Virginia, received a liberal arts education at Washington and Lee University, then went to law school in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I worked as an attorney, both in an office and from home for 7 years, while we moved from Pennsylvania to New York, settling in Oklahoma.  We have 4 kids and great public schools in Bartlesville, OK, so I was drawn to supporting public education.  I served on the PTO and as homeroom mom, but wanted to make a bigger impact.  I joined the board of our local school foundation - where our primary program is awarding grants to teachers.  When the board was ready to hire an executive director as their first and only full-time staff member, I applied and was given the job.

My board expected me to hit the ground running and show them that an executive director was worth the investment, but unlike practicing law in a private firm, there are no mandatory continuing education courses and no partner telling you where you need to focus your training efforts.  There are also no clear cut benchmarks to justify annual merit-based pay increases or bonuses. It's up to us to educate ourselves with limited financial resources and limited time.  

I took advantage of several structured training opportunities that were worth the investment: the NSFA Education Foundation Leader Certification  and our Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Standards for Excellence.  

I identified my strengths and how to apply them in my new role (drafting policies and procedures proved helpful when drafting and updating foundation documents: bylaws, employment manual, gift acknowledgement policy, etc; writing persuasive legal arguments translated well to writing successful grant applications)

I capitalized on my networks to fill the gaps in my knowledge and skill sets - regular visits with board members, built relationships with administrators and teachers in the district, brainstorm with a strong cohort of other school foundation leaders (within Oklahoma and also classmates from my NSFA course).  


Robin Jones, CEFL, has served as the Executive Director of The Lion Foundation for the past 13 years.  Before that she served as a member of her school board for 7 years, serving in leadership positions the entire time. She received her NSFA CEFL certification.  Served as the Executive Director of the NSFA state affiliate Association of Pennsylvania Education Foundations (APEF) for 2 years encouraging the many PA education foundations to learn from one another and NSFA as they help support the true needs of the schools. Also completed the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Education Foundation training program.


Wendy Van DeLaCastro
, CEFL, CFRE is the President of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln Nebraska. Wendy has over twenty years experience in non-profit leadership, working in human service, public television and public education fields. Wendy is the co-chair of the National Best Practices Task Force who published the NSFA Guiding Principles for Public School Foundations in 2019.  She was the founding Chairwoman of the Nebraska Association of Public School Foundations, where she still serves as a board member. Additionally, Wendy has been a TEDx speech coach for the last 7 years. 

Robin Callahan, CEFL, has worked to strengthen communities and ensure students in K-12 public education have access to equitable educational opportunities since 1998 – first as the Executive Director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation from 2002-2016 then as the Executive Director of the National School Foundation Association from 2016-2019. She was a founding member and co-convener of the Washington Public Schools Foundation Network. Prior to leading NSFA, she served on the National Advisory Board of the American School Foundation Alliance (ASFA).  She is passionate about the power of networks and collaborative learning – becoming part of the first CEFL cohort in 2014, spearheading the development of NSFA’s Industry Leadership Council, NSFA’s Large Urban Foundation Focus Group and working with Wendy Van DeLaCastro and a dedicated task force to develop NSFA Guiding Principles and Proven Practices.

Focusing on sustainable growth and programmatic impact, she has worked with countless boards and non-profit leaders across the county to build their capacity - leading strategic planning sessions, facilitating board retreats, mentoring new executive directors and providing training on governance and fundraising.  

As VP of Philanthropic Services for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, she serve as a connector and a builder – leading a team to connect families and individuals to organizations and causes they care about, helping to build the long-term sustainability of non-profits through endowments, and assisting individuals and families in creating their philanthropic legacy. She sees evidence every day that together we can do so much more than any one of us can do alone.


My name is Aaron Monroe and I have worked with government grant funded 21st CCLC grants as a teacher, Site Coordinator and District Coordinator for the past 7 years.  I'm a certified math teacher and taught for 8 years and I saw how beneficial and academic focused after school program can be!  

Scott Blackwell is the Chief Community Engagement Officer of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, an organization that exists to serve its donors and their community. Since 1968, the Foundation has partnered to provide solutions of pressing community needs by way of leadership and cumulative grants of more than $1 billion to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Focus on economic opportunity solutions in the areas of early childhood development, affordable housing, and job creation.

He previously served as Vice President of Communications and Education, Owens & Minor, Inc., an international, Fortune 300 company that distributes healthcare products and services to medical providers. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc., a startup company that provided diagnostic testing and health coaching. He is a University of Virginia Graduate.



Ian Swedish, Corporate Vice President, joined CCS in 2010 and brings 20 years of experience spanning the nonprofit, private and political sectors as a consultant and nonprofit manager.  Ian provides consultation and leadership to organizations across each nonprofit sector, bringing a charismatic and collaborative approach to identifying the intersection of fundraising, data and strategy. He has developed deep experience in statistics and data analysis along with fundraising, strategic assessments and planning, turnaround and interim management, staff capacity building, and capital and comprehensive campaigns. 

Ian has partnered with over 100 organizations to provide strategic counsel.  He has worked with organizations that generate annual levels of philanthropic revenue of more than $200 million and fundraising campaigns with goals of at least $2 billion.

Ian holds an MBA and MPP from the Ross School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Vermont. Ian currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife are foster parents, actively involved in their local community, and serve in a volunteer leadership capacity with several organizations.

Portia Fullard, Executive Director, brings a diverse perspective to every client engagement. A combined decade of experience in the nonprofit, education, and government sectors has molded her into a dynamic and highly effective professional who is able to interface with internal and external stakeholders alike. She credits her professional background to her passion for ensuring access to equal opportunities for individuals from underprivileged communities. Portia has extensive experience in project management, front-line fundraising, community engagement, special events, organizational development, and strategic planning.
 
During her time at CCS, Portia has conducted development assessments and planning studies. Portia is currently advising The Fund as they seek to develop and activate a comprehensive campaign. Prior to CCS, Portia served as the Executive Director of Sky Community Partners where she significantly increased the number of scholarships awarded to K-12 students in need, health and wellness services, and partnership engagement. Under her leadership the organization experienced enhanced programming, exponential participation growth, and increased funding.
 
As a strong proponent of volunteerism, she has served in advisory roles for Philadelphia’s Youth Action Team, Special Olympics PA, Forbes 30 Under 30, AmeriCorps, and Ivy Hill Christian Academy. Portia currently serves as a board member for Influencing Action Network, and Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association.



Scott Williams received his BS in Elementary Education from George Mason University and worked for first worked as Virginia Childcare Licensing Specialist. He spent 17 years with the YMCA beginning as a Program Director rising to the Executive Director at the YMCA of Greater Richmond and then Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of Virginia's Blue Ridge in Roanoke and the Piedmont Family YMCA in Charlottesville. He is now the Chief Operating Officer for the Henrico Education Foundation.




Jennifer Shelby has been an active member of the Sherman Education Foundation for over a decade, serving in many capacities including President, Trustee Development Chairman, Programs and Operations Chairman, Grant Selection Chairman, and the Chair of numerous events and galas. Having taught for many years at both the Secondary and College levels, she is a passionate advocate of education and lifelong learning. Prior to teaching, Jennifer worked as a Program Development Consultant, starting numerous educational programs for non-profit organizations including T-Mobile Huddle Up Dallas and the Texas Methodist Foundation.
 
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and master’s degrees in both Business Administration and Higher Education. She and her husband reside in Sherman, Texas where they own and operate a thriving law practice and remain busy volunteering in the community and spending lots of time at the sporting events of their three sons.

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