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Heidi Henry

Heidi E Henry is a senior governance consultant that specializes in business leadership development, strategic planning, project planning, and group facilitation and team building. She started on the CNS Board in 2004 and was board president in 2007. Since then, she has delivered a number of CNS workshops around the state, as well as the President and President Elect training at the large January conference.

Heidi brings to CNS her work as a certified National Main Street Manager, a program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She consults with organizations and cities that want to focus their resources on downtown development through the Main Street model of a nonprofit Board, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Design Committees.

Prior to CNS, Heidi spent 33 years in the nonprofit world as a chamber manager, a Main Street Manager, the Director of Volunteer Services and Health Education at Silverton Hospital, a state -wide trainer and project planner and community organizer for Oregon Downtown Development Association. She then delivered the roll-out of the first Ford Family Foundation Leadership programs in 2004 as field staff for Rural Development Initiatives. She helped develop and deliver leadership training for communities around the State, was the point person for community assessments and teams of architects and landscape architects and business mix specialists, and worked to create community collaborations and strategic plans for development projects. She has worked in over 85 cities and towns around the Northwest.

Heidi has a Masters degree in Organizational Communications and Ethics, certified with National Main Street, and has a BS in Fine Arts and an Associate's degree in Marketing.


Director of Strategic Initiatives

Joanna Engle

Joanna Has spent the past 22 years working with a variety of nonprofit organizations helping them achieve their missions through increased efficiency and effectiveness. Most recently she has served as Interim Director for Gilbert House Chilcren's Museum and McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity.


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Office Manager

Mary Mellard

Mary is a highly organized event planner and office manager. After retiring from HP as a surface analysis engineer, she has served as a nonprofit board member. Mary coordinated educational training events for the public, as well as re-certification training for Extension Service volunteers from around the state. She first attended CNS training as a new president for a nonprofit board and is a strong believer in the benefits nonprofit organizations gain when their board members receive the training that CNS provides.



Founder (Retired)

Katherine DeYoung, CPA

Kathy is a Certified Public Accountant who worked with nonprofit organizations through her accounting practice for more than 30 years. She founded the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship in 2001 when she became aware that board members lacked training opportunities for their role and led the organization as its Executive Director for 14 years.

Kathy is the author of a Toolkit for Writing Nonprofit Financial Policies, a Nonprofit Internal Audit Workbook and co-author of a Directors and Officers Workbook - a financial risk assessment workbook and important documents organizer for governing board members (see our publications section). She has been a consultant to nonprofit boards and a frequent national presenter on the topics of understanding financial information, financial policies and risk management.