Our instructors are professionals in their areas of expertise and can help you to grow and improve your nonprofit organization’s policies and board functionality. They include:
Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice
Susan is an Assistant Attorney General in the Charitable Activities Section of the Oregon Department of Justice, which oversees charitable entities and fiduciaries in the state. She is an active member of the Oregon State Bar’s Nonprofit Organization Law Section and is serving as the Chair of its Executive Committee in 2015. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and obtained her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Audit Manager, Internal Revenue Service – Tax Exempt Division
Joe is a popular national speaker for the Internal Revenue Service. As exempt organization audit manager in San Francisco, he manages employees who conduct examinations of organizations with religious, charitable, scientific, literary, educational, civic, labor, agricultural, social, and fraternal purposes. He began his IRS career in 1987 as a revenue agent in Dallas, and has worked in numerous functions within the exempt organizations area, including technical review, audit selection, classification, and team examinations.
Grady Goodall, J.D.
Director of Development, OSU College of Liberal Arts
Grady is dedicated to using his legal training and experience to serve the nonprofit sector. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked in higher education administration, fundraising, lobbying, public relations and administered a tax exempt university foundation. His law practice was focused on charitable giving, estate planning, governance and intellectual property issues for small organizations. He is currently the Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. Grady also served as the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship’s Board President from 2013-2014.
Executive Director, Center for Nonprofit Stewardship
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.
Nonprofit Consultant, Jean Block Consulting, Inc. and Social Enterprise Ventures LLC
Jean is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, board development and governance, FUNdraising, and social enterprise. She has more than 45 years of nonprofit experience in leadership positions as both board and staff for local, regional and national nonprofits. Jean presents workshops and consults on nonprofit management and social enterprise across the US. She is based in Albuquerque and is the author of several nonprofit books and training manuals. Learn more about Jean at www.jblockinc.com.
Attorney, Smith, Davison & Brasier, PC
Jeanne’s law practice focuses on business and estate planning, including advising nonprofit organizations on entity formation, managing donations, and obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt & corporate status. She is also a co-author of Financial Risk Assessment Workbooks for nonprofits and the author of Policies Your Board Can’t Live Without. She is a frequent national speaker on nonprofit and business issues for continuing legal education and has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations. Jeanne received her law degree from Temple University School of Law and earned her B.A. in political science from Purdue University. Read more about Jeanne.
Consultant, Organizational Dynamics
Arty is a lively and insightful consultant and trainer whose work focuses on helping people and organizations develop their capacity and expand their options. She is known for her high level of energy, enthusiasm and curiosity that she brings to her work. In the past 28 years, Arty has provided consultation, training and keynote presentations to thousands of people in hundreds of organizations throughout the United States and overseas. Her training programs blend practice and principle using a highly interactive, skill-building approach which is geared for immediate application. You can learn more about Arty at www.LessonsFromTheEdge.com.
Program Manager, Institute for Nonprofit Management, Portland State University
As a Portland State University faculty member, Linda stays on her toes through teaching, consulting, and working with nonprofits. Her interests are board governance, leadership transitions and emerging organizations. She received her M.A. from the University of Illinois – Springfield and her B.S. from Loyola University.
Attorney at Law
Cindy recently retired from a private law practice in Portland and worked exclusively with nonprofit organizations around the state. She has represented well over a thousand nonprofit groups as an attorney since 1978. Her clients represent a wide range of nonprofit organizations and she provides services for all phases of nonprofit life. She recently drew on her extensive experience to develop a new approach to board trainings that her clients are finding very useful and she is finding very fun. Cindy is the co-author of The Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook. She developed and taught Nonprofit Law at Lewis & Clark Law School and currently teaches classes on nonprofit law for a clinic there. She has presented hundreds of workshops to nonprofit board members, executive directors, staff, volunteers, lawyers and accountants on nonprofit issues, including many for FSR. She is the author of numerous chapters on nonprofit topics for lawyers and accountants. Cindy also has a PhD in history from UCLA and is interested in exploring why our nonprofit heritage matters to us today. Learn more about Cindy at www.cumfer.net.
Nonprofit Consultant, Kay Sohl Consulting
Kay Sohl has provided training and consultation for Executive Directors, CFOs, and Boards of Directors of over 5,000 not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States. She founded and led Technical Assistance for Community Services (now known as the Nonprofit Association of Oregon), the Northwest’s largest resource for nonprofit capacity building assistance. Kay formed Kay Sohl Consulting in 2008, focusing her national training and consulting efforts on rethinking nonprofit strategies for financial sustainability and the multiple challenges of managing federal funds, and accounting for and reporting on restricted gifts and grants. She remains actively involved in national and state networks of community action agencies, land trusts and affordable housing organizations. Kay is co-author of the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook, a comprehensive guide to legal, financial, governance, and management issues for community-based nonprofits, recently released in its fifth edition, with over 10,000 copies of earlier editions sold. Kay has authored multiple financial management toolkits for community action agencies, land trusts, and other nonprofit organizations. Visit Kay’s website at www.kaysohlconsulting.net.
Attorney & Director, Atkin & Associates Center for Nonprofit Law
David is a nationally recognized expert on nonprofit law and is the Founding Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s “Nonprofit Organizations Law” section. He has specialized in representing nonprofit organizations for over 25 years, and is an instructor at the University of Oregon Law School’s nonprofit clinic. He has helped thousands of nonprofit organizations all over the country and around the world.
Nonprofit Consultant, New Perspectives Coaching, Training and Facilitation
Tasha Harmon is a professional facilitator, trainer, consultant and coach with over 25 years experience in the nonprofit world. She was the executive director of the Center for Popular Economics and the Community Development Network (CDN), for a combined 14 years. At CDN, she built strong coalitions and worked on public policy issues, helped develop industry standards, and supported peer-to-peer TA and training and strategic planning for the community development world in Portland OR. She helped found four successful nonprofits, including the Coalition for a Livable Future and ProudGround (formerly PCLT). As a consultant, trainer and coach, her areas of focus include board development, team building, leadership development, facilitation, creating healthy organizational systems, and building commitment and capacity for intentional change. She does a lot of work with young nonprofits and nonprofits in transition, and teaches workshops in-house and at conferences and training events. You can find more information at www.tasha-harmon.com.
Vanessa A. Becker
Consultant, V Consulting & Associates Inc.
Vanessa is a charismatic and engaging speaker, infusing humor, practical experience and current business literature into all of her presentations. She offers nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including over a decade as a successful Executive Director. Her consulting firm, V Consulting, provides services specific to nonprofit organizations across the United States but her heart and focus remains in her home state of Oregon. You can learn more about Vanessa and V Consulting & Associates at www.vconsults.com.
C. Davis Parchment
The Foundation Center
C. Davis Parchment has been working with the Foundation Center in various capacities since 2006. Originally hired as part of the nonprofit services team, she was responsible for designing and delivering training programs in support of the capacity building needs of nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently, she moved to Portland and has shifted roles to focus on the Glasspockets.org initiative and several special research projects. Prior to joining the Foundation Center, she spent over 11 years in various nonprofit organizations working in fundraising, nonprofit management, education, and international development. She designed a program in India for women recovering from sex-trafficking, and service-oriented leadership training programs for youth in Egypt, Puerto Rico and California. Davis holds a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College and a MEd from Harvard University.
Amy Sample Ward
Amy’s dedication to educating and supporting nonprofit and community organizations in using technology to make lasting change brought her to NTEN as the Membership Director in 2011, then as the CEO in June 2013. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change. She is also a blogger, facilitator and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events in the US, UK and around the world.
Cheryl R. Olson, CPA, CGMA
Director of NFP Consulting, Clark Nuber PS
Cheryl provides consulting, training and advisory services in the areas of operational capacity, finance and governance for nonprofit organizations across the country. She is a member of her firm’s not-for-profit services team and the information systems team with a focus on accounting software. Cheryl is based in Portland, OR and is an active volunteer for the American Institute of CPAs, Oregon Society of CPAs, Portland Public Schools and Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Prior to joining Clark Nuber in 2014, she led the Council Financial Consulting department for the Girl Scouts of the USA in New York. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Public Administration from University of the Pacific with an Accounting Concentration. Read more about Cheryl at Clark Nuber.
Lindsay N Briggs
Attorney at Law, Smith, Davison & Brasier, PC
Lindsay is a Corvallis-based attorney at Smith, Davison & Brasier, PC whose practice focuses on business and estate planning, including advising businesses and nonprofit organizations on employment law matters. Lindsay is familiar with the unique challenges facing many nonprofit organizations, having worked in the nonprofit sector prior to attending law school. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Old Mill Center for Children and Families in Corvallis.
Assistant Vice President for Public Relations and Business Development, Oregon State Credit Union
Mike Corwin joined Oregon State Credit Union as Assistant Vice President for Public Relations and Business Development in 2004. His responsibilities include marketing, business development, public and media relations. Prior to his arrival at Oregon State Credit Union, Mike was Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Oregon State University. He earned extensive experience in a variety of areas, including sports information, radio and television network coordination and production, administration, sport supervision, strategic planning, marketing, public relations and event management through his 24 years with OSU. Corwin is a 32-year Corvallis resident, eight-year chair of the Corvallis-Benton County Economic Vitality Partnership, current President of the Board of the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, President-Elect for the Center for Non-Profit Stewardship, Vice President of the Mid-Valley Umpires Association and member of the Benton County Fair Board. Mike’s degree is from San Francisco State University in Radio and Television.
Judy Corwin’s crisis communication management experience comes from 25+ years working with CEOs, University presidents, and athletic figures in working with the news media. Judy currently works with Administrators and Boards of Directors, advising on public relations issues. Prior, she was the Director of Public Relations at Western Oregon University and Sports Information Director at Oregon State University. Career Highlights include president of Healthcare Communicators of Oregon, numerous CASE Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) awards for media and public relations efforts, and various leadership roles with the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis, Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Council, and Leadership Corvallis. Judy holds a master’s degree in marketing communications from Oregon State and Western Oregon universities, and a journalism degree from West Virginia University.
Corporate Communications Executive, Broadcast News Veteran, & OSU Instructor,
John Marler has a deep background in the art of effective communications. He is currently Director of Marketing and Communications for a San Francisco based financial services company. Over the years he has helped numerous companies and nonprofit organizations with communications issues. Prior to joining the corporate world, John was a television news correspondent and anchorman in such cities as New York, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle and Portland. His reporting assignments included covering Presidential campaigns, the White House, the Congress and international stories. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the New Media Communications department at Oregon State University.