The board of directors sets policy and keeps the Impact Foundry focused on its mission to increase the funding and improve the management of nonprofit organizations in the Sacramento region and beyond.
Meet our board >
Meet our board >
Ms. Helen Yee, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach with YDN Strengths Development Network with over 25 years of nonprofit board and organizational experience brings expertise on team building, event coordination, training, facilitation and fund and board development to her tenure of service. Ms. Yee’s focus is to bring the strengths-based approach to the workplace, including boards to optimize team engagement and promote lasting changes in their workplace culture. She is also in a select group certified to lead the CliftonStrengths Discovery Course.
Ms. Yee brings Strengths to life through her extensive professional experience . She has been actively involved in several major fundraising campaigns and her biggest leadership achievement occurred when she chaired “Libraries for Our Future” which was responsible for the passage of a library ballot measure resulting in millions of dollars of funding for Sacramento City Libraries. Currently she serves on several boards including Sutter Medical Center Foundation, California Museum, and Impact Foundry. Ms. Yee has also been a speaker at major conferences including District Dental Society’s Mid-Winter Convention and the What If Conference for California non-profits. Currently she facilitates workshops regularly for Impact Foundry and the California Capital Business Center on various Strengths topics.
Prior to work with nonprofits, Ms. Yee was a serial entrepreneur opening stores in a major Sacramento mall and a pharmaceutical sales representative, receiving a top national award for professional sales success.
Ms. Yee’s broad array of experience and commitment to bringing out the best in people has fueled her Strengths development and provides many real experiences her clients can relate to and use to enhance their personal and professional journey.
Lynne Cannady, MS, has conducted evaluation research since 1978. Her experience includes both survey and evaluation research, needs assessment, and strategic planning for government agencies, community based organizations, and private foundations.
Her work has focused on evaluations of prevention and innovative program initiatives that address: child abuse and neglect; domestic violence; tobacco use; foster care and adoptions; teen pregnancy; high risk youth; juvenile delinquency; alcohol and drug abuse; HIV/AIDS service needs; community based collaborations; and systems change. Ms. Cannady is an advocate for capacity building among client organizations and for her own staff and associates. She also conducts training and technical assistance in evaluation and strategic planning. Balancing work with other activities, Ms. Cannady spends her spare time participating in Pilates, yoga and spin classes, hiking, and painting (see lynnecannady.com).
Chris Delfino has developed a successful practice serving as general and corporate counsel to numerous businesses and nonprofit/tax-exempt organizations.
He advises these organization’s boards of directors and officers on corporate governance, fiduciary duties and conflict of interest matters. He also is lead counsel on a wide variety of transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance and complex commercial agreements. Chris brings business-oriented approaches and solutions to the legal and transactional matters facing his clients. He works hard to understand his clients’ business, goals, strategy and vision. In doing so, Chris has become a trusted advisor and a critical resource for his clients’ management teams.
Chris started his legal career in Washington, D.C. in the General Counsel’s office of the U.S. Department of Commerce working with and assisting the former communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe in their transition from a centrally planned to a market-based economy. This experience taught Chris the value and significance of long-term planning and strategy coupled with the importance of executing the immediate elements of the plan in order to achieve the long-term strategy. In addition, after the experiences negotiating with both the communist country governments and the US Government, there is very little that surprises Chris when it comes to negotiating deals for clients.
After 15 years of national, success-filled marketing and advertising experience in high-level positions in the private and public sector, Gordon Fowler launched 3fold Communications in 2004. 3fold Communications has become an award winning, multi-million dollar agency and a leader in socially conscious marketing. In addition to providing for-profit companies strategic and integrated marketing and social media services, 3fold Communications specializes in working with nonprofits to increase their capacity, strategically position them to attract new funding, build their influence, and strengthen their overall impact.
Amanda Garcia Merz-A committed community leader; developed a civic minded mentality in 1996 in Geneva, Switzerland. Under the guidance of several global mentors she was asked to lead the volunteer sector for the American Women’s Club. She found her passion when she organized the first ever graffiti clean-up volunteer project in Geneva, Switzerland. The campaign to clean Geneva safely and responsibly led to media coverage and an award by the then US Ambassador Madeline Kunin, ‘Women Making a Difference.”
Upon returning to the US, she sought specific organizations where she could develop skills in philanthropy work and give back directly to the community. The Junior League of Sacramento provided a place for both needs to be met. After seven years of service to the League and various leadership roles, Amanda was honored to be named the 2013-2014 President of the Junior League of Sacramento.
Fueled by a belief in servant leadership Amanda currently serves on the Alumni Board for CSUS, the National Youth Involvement Board, and is the President-Elect for the Loyola Guild at Jesuit High School. She also assists several organizations on their fundraising events such as, KVIE’s Downtown Abby, the City Year Gala, the Estrella Award with the Hispanic Chamber, and the 75th Anniversary for the Junior League of Sacramento. Amanda strongly believes the Impact Foundry is a vital component to keeping our community strong and civic minded. The reorganization and revamping of the center will provide our region the necessary tools to create a culture for everyone which thrives.
From farm to food service, and finally to career fulfillment, Jenni Murphy’s path to success did not follow a straight line. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree, and used her education and restaurant experience to climb the corporate ladder. Her talents in hospitality led her to become a corporate trainer, opening restaurants and entertainment centers across the nation and overseas.
During a career transition, she applied for a program manager position at CCE and fell in love with it. Over 13 years later, with several leadership positions and a doctorate from Sac State under her belt, Murphy is now associate dean and serves as a living, breathing CCE success story. She is passionate about the role of continuing education for our regional workforce, as well as across the nation.
Murphy graduated from Arizona State University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She received her Master of Business Administration summa cum laude from University of Phoenix, and then earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Sacramento State. Her research focuses on the intersection of education, workforce and economic development.
As Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business & Community Engagement for Bank of America in Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto, Lori Rianda is responsible for the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and team that drives brand favorability and revenue growth in the Sacramento region.
Lori joined Bank of America in 2010. In her role, she works with market leadership teams – including executives from Consumer, Small Business Banking, Home Loans, Commercial Banking, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and US Trust and her national business partners to deliver the bank’s brand across the capital region. She is responsible for strategic local delivery of the bank’s corporate social responsibility commitment, community relations, charitable giving, sponsorship activities, media relations, local government relations and employment engagement.
Before joining Bank of America, Lori was the Director of Institutional Advancement at Folsom Lake College and Executive Director of the college’s foundation. Lori also previously served as the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council and Vice President of Community Development at the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. She began her career in corporate marketing and has served in leadership roles in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Lori serves on the board of directors for WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) and The Impact Foundry, and has served on the Governance Council of Give Local Now and the Advisory Board of Koinonia Family Services. She also is an executive sponsor for Sacramento LEAD for Women. Lori received her BA from DePaul University in Marketing Communications.
William Simi has spent the last 25 years assisting businesses and other organizations develop greater success and profitability. In providing business advisory services, Bill believes that great service begins with good listening – “At CPA Corporation we begin every engagement with a conversation and our first priority is to listen to our client’s concerns and issues”. This discovery process through which we identify the problems and challenges that are unique to the client’s situation is what enables us to craft a solution that truly meets the client’s needs and accomplishes what is most important to them.”
As a Certified Public Accountant he has provided a wide range of accounting, tax, audit and consulting services to a diverse client base including businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. His extensive experience includes expertise in all areas of accounting, audit, financial reporting , taxation of business entities and exempt organizations, the design and evaluation of internal controls and business processes and strategic performance management for both commercial and nonprofit organizations. Bill has served on the boards of various charitable and professional associations and is currently the treasurer of the Impact Foundry (formerly the Nonprofit Resource Center) an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations and businesses work together to become successful social entrepreneurs.
McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers, Inc. has been providing comprehensive insurance services to its clients since 1920, and is among the larger locally owned insurance brokerages in Northern California. John is from Sacramento: graduated from Christian Brothers High School, got his finance degree at CSU Sacramento, and has been at McGee & Thielen for 28 years. He just ended his term as president of the McClatchy Music Boosters, and has been active in the Rotary Club of Sacramento since 2003.
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