The Impact Foundry has pulled together some of the region’s top experts to provide interesting and educational workshops through our Impact U programs. Starting in Q4 2023, we are excited to relaunch these regularly scheduled opportunities for networking and learning. Grow your impact with Impact Foundry!
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Mr. Whitfield is a seasoned Human Resources Executive with over 20 years of experience in human resources management and diversity, equity and inclusion. Whitfield recently completed a six year tenure as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for the Yuba Community College District. Whitfield was responsible for the management and oversight of the human resources operations for the district and is credited with revitalizing and streamlining the Human Resource Operations for the Yuba Community College District. Whitfield is a subject matter expert in performance management, employee engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion and state and federal EEO compliance matters. Whitfield is also a subject matter expert in leadership development. He is highly accomplished in successfully working with others to develop professional skills and improve employee effectiveness through training and development. Whitfield is a frequent speaker, trainer and presenter.
Lorcan brings more than 24 years as a successful nonprofit President & CEO to his role as President of Lester Consulting Group. He has extensive experience in fundraising, board development, volunteer motivation, strategic planning, organizational leadership, fiscal responsibility, human resources, and facilities management.
Prior to purchasing LCG in July 2020, Lorcan served as President & CEO of Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento for 16 years. Throughout his career in education, Lorcan worked tirelessly to provide outstanding values-based education while keeping tuition affordable. He raised more than $50 million to provide educational access to low-income students, improve facilities, grow endowments, and provide competitive employee compensation.
He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University and an M.B.A. from Woodbury University in Los Angeles.
Holly Wong is passionate about equipping nonprofits to host successful events and projects without burning out staff and volunteers. Holly has more than 14 years’ experience managing details and logistics. She keeps track of timelines, budgets, and to-do lists so her clients can focus on relationships and programs. And she has assisted multiple organizations in the unexpected transition to virtual events and programming during the COVID pandemic.
Holly has managed auctions, crab feeds, conferences, luncheons, cycling events, trainings, and many more, widely varied events. She spent a decade working at various nonprofit organizations – learning to lead in event management, communications, and project management. When she moved from Houston, Texas, to Davis, California, in 2015, her employer asked her to continue on as a consultant, and Holly Wong Consulting was born.
Holly is detail-oriented and passionate about family, spelling and grammar, and serving the community. She loves traveling and exploring Northern California with her husband and two young daughters. She volunteers with Yolo County CASA and on the Board of Directors at the Junior League of Sacramento, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Nonprofit Consultants Network of Sacramento.
Steve Raymond is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with more than 9 years of experience assisting investors in the pursuit of financial well-being. Steve earned a master’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis on investments, from the University of Miami, and now specializes in providing professional guidance for retirement and estate planning. Steve is dedicated to delivering an exceptional experience.
Through open dialogue and a clear understanding of financial goals, he builds lasting client relationships by helping clients develop and maintain a sound financial plan to pursue long-term goals. SAFE FINANCIAL SERVICES Steve also assists nonprofit organizations with their endowments, foundations and investment portfolios, paying particular attention to making sure that fiduciary best practices are being followed. He is a faculty member of the Impact Foundry, teaching Executive Directors, Development Officers and Board Members about advanced strategies in planned giving.
Jeffrey Wilcox is an experienced grant-maker, nonprofit executive and fundraiser turned entrepreneur. As President and CEO of The Third Sector Company, he leads one of the largest teams of professionals in the United States dedicated to the study, teaching, and practice of succession planning, interim executive leadership and chief executive performance advancement for the nonprofit sector. Third Sector Company has bases of operations in Long Beach, Orange County, and Sacramento, California; Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Since its founding in 2002, Third Sector Company has provided services to over 600 nonprofits in the United States and Canada and has provided interim leadership to organizations, congregations and associations whose combined assets total more than $1 billion. He is the former Senior Vice President of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix, Arizona, and executive director of CHOC Children’s Hospital Foundation in Orange County, CA.
Wilcox is the former nonprofit columnist for the Long Beach Business Journal; founder of “The Board Chairs Academy;” and author of “The Nonprofit Leader of the New Decade.” He co-developed and is the former lead trainer for the Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute of Greater Los Angeles and the Developing Development Program/Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy in partnership with Executive Service Corps of Southern California. He is on the board of AFP Advancement Northwest in Seattle and is the immediate past chairman of the Executive Advisory Board of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He is also the former chapter President of AFP Orange County (CA), a trainer for the CFRE review course, and is a former national chairman of the Executive Transitions and Succession Planning Affinity Group for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
Scott E. Galbreath leads the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Team at Murphy Austin but also practices in the tax exempt organization area. He has more than 30 years of experience in the tax-exempt organization area, including establishing nonprofit corporations and obtaining recognition of exempt status; advising on unrelated business income tax, private foundation status, commercial co-ventures, and private inurement.
Ken Henderson is a seasoned entrepreneur and digital marketing professional, presently serving as the CEO of Sublime Digital Marketing Group, a respected marketing agency located in Rancho Cordova, California.
Boasting over two decades of industry experience, Ken has cultivated expertise in numerous facets of digital marketing, such as website design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), copywriting, communication, CRM systems, and advertising on platforms like Facebook and Google. As a certified Google Partner and Zoho Partner, Ken’s knowledge is both extensive and cutting-edge.
Alongside his marketing abilities, Ken has delved into automation and artificial intelligence applications, integrating them into his collaborations with businesses and non-profits. His work with a wide array of clients, including non-profits, law firms, property managers, political campaigns, private schools, and small to medium businesses, has aided them in achieving their marketing goals.
Beyond his business accomplishments, Ken is an active community leader. He sits on the board of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, contributing to the shaping of the region’s economic outlook, and is also a special advisor to MLK365, a group dedicated to making positive impact in communities. Moreover, he is a graduate of the prestigious Rancho Cordova Leadership Program and also a Certified GENEIUS, attesting to his remarkable leadership qualities.
Nick has over has over 12 years of experience in communications and marketing, which has led him to his current role as Marketing and Communications Manager for the Sacramento Children’s Home and VP of Communities for the American Marketing Association’s Sacramento Valley Chapter.
Nick began his writing career as an intern for the Sacramento Press and through an internship with Bleacher Report. Afterward, he moved into a Featured Columnist role with B/R, took over the B/R internship program’s Feedback Editor role, and obtained full-time work as a copywriter. From there, he moved back into news, joining a national Hearst Television team as a Digital Managing Editor, producing online news content.
Today, he works for the Sacramento Children’s Home, leading all of the organization’s marketing and communications efforts, including on social media and through email marketing. “I love the storytelling aspect of writing and marketing the most, so by working in the nonprofit industry, I not only get to tell real and heartwarming stories, but the work I do inspires fundraising that directly supports local children. There is no better feeling than that.”
Bob Reich is currently Executive Consultant with Brainstorm Bob Consulting. He brings a diverse background to his work and teaching, including all aspects of nonprofit organizational management, strategic planning, 501© (3) applications, events, marketing, fund raising/grants and community outreach. He has worked for small to large non-profit, academic, community, and municipal organizations, consulted with diverse nonprofit organizations and taught multiple university and professional courses and seminars on a variety of nonprofit management topics.
Born and raised in Mumbai and having moved to the US in 2004, my experiences of surviving sexual assault and sexual harassment motivated me to be an outspoken advocate of against social injustice & gender violence (especially against children & women).
I received my PhD in Criminology, Law, & Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a specialization in Gender and Women Studies.
I am fortunate to have gained 17 years of extensive work experiences both in campus and community settings, ranging from interdisciplinary gender violence research, program administration, teaching and training (including web conferences), volunteering, & community organizing.
As an award-winning gender scholar, expert, educator, and storyteller, I am committed to using and exploring media, Pop culture, film/ cinema and storytelling as innovative and interactive culturally responsive tools to engage communities and create social impact and change. I have completed trainings in digital storytelling facilitation and oral storytelling techniques.
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.
A leader in nonprofit and academic organizations for over two decades, Paul David Terry (he/they) connects volunteer management, healthcare, higher education and international and multicultural education to aid organizations in deconstructing bias and advancing equity in systems, communications, and leadership.
As the assistant director of affinity programs at UC Davis and alumni diversity representative for the University of California Office of the President, Paul directs alumni affinity groups and leads the CAAA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and programs DEI trainings for volunteer alumni leaders across the globe.
He has served as the past chair of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Committee on LGBTQIA+ Communities, a member of the Lived Name and Gender Identity Task Force, the co-chair of the Website and Data subcommittee for the Chancellor’s Next Generation Campus Safety Task Force and the vice-chair for the UC Davis Health Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQ+ Health Advisory Council.
His contributions have advanced the first needs assessment for advancing critical issues for LGBTQ+ patients, employees, clinicians and students and the first LGBTQ+ 101 training at UC Davis Health.
As a doctoral student in International and Multicultural Education with emphasis in human rights education, racial justice in education and organizational leadership, Paul examines intersectional disciplines to bolster nonprofit industries, including healthcare, higher education and volunteer driven organizations.
His work garners multiple scholarships, fellowships and grants to support podcasts and workshops with UCSF, UC Davis Health, USF and nonprofit organizations like Drag Queen Story Hour and Rise For Racial Justice. As an IME Fellow at University of San Francisco, he teaches Critical Race Theory and How To Talk About Race, and designs virtual educational resources for educators across the country.
As a community member, Paul draws on the energy with volunteering with the people he loves while doing the activities that create social change to make a difference. He’s passionate about giving back to communities. Paul is a racial healing circle facilitator with the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center at UC Davis Health and volunteers with Crisis Text Line during holiday breaks. His passion form music can find hm performing and conducting marching bands to singing opera with local choruses.
While he cherishes the many facets that make up family, he honors his Cherokee and Chickasaw ancestry by (re)membering and teaching lessons from Indigenous education, holding space for life-long learning on unsettling the settler-colonial mindset and advancing story-telling practices that center self-efficacy, transformation, and healing.
Marisa DeSalles is a Sacramento native who started a consultancy mentoring and training small nonprofits during the pandemic after 12 years of experience in the sector. She has been studying emerging trends in the fundraising landscape, including Community Centric Fundraising, and ways to apply societal shifts and technological advances to fundraising efforts. Her presentations are thought-provoking, fast-paced and engaging, with contagious enthusiasm seasoned with hard data and a good bit of dry humor.
Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Management at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Prior to working at CSUS, he was an Assistant Professor in the Applied Communication Department at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock where he taught courses in Conflict Management, Crisis Management, Negotiation, Public Speaking, and Leadership. His research interests focus on conflict management and crisis management, and he has published on these topics in peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
Tyra Jarvis is the founder and president of Kefi Coaching LLC. She is a life reinvention mentor and works with leaders from all sectors facing career and life transitions longing to experience passion, drive purpose and discover their place in the world. Whatever their challenge, Tyra helps her clients get inspired and empowered, unstuck and moving forward so they can live life with more freedom, fulfillment, and fun every day. She specializes in reinvention and transformation, by listening for possibility and being a stand for you living an extraordinary life. Join this amazing, powerful community to jumpstart your extraordinary life.
Scott Schaffer, Principal of Public Interest Management Group, is an experienced nonprofit leader and consultant with a background in economics, finance, and behavioral science. He is a four-time past CEO of regional, statewide and national nonprofits. He’s directed growth, designed financial turnarounds and built high-performance organizations in the public health, environmental and housing fields.
At Philabundance, he led tenfold growth and pioneered a groundbreaking fresh food distribution system, later replicated nationally. At NatureBridge, he oversaw new campus development in Washington and Southern California, keys to a long-term growth strategy. At Common Ground, he guided a recession-era turnaround and led a successful merger. He’s also worked in planning and policy roles with United Way and the Massachusetts Medicaid program, and as a senior associate with La Piana Consulting.
Scott’s consulting practice links expertise in financial analysis and organizational development and radiates from a core principle that social change requires passion and great ideas along with smart strategy and skillful execution. His work with a range of clients is an extension of this philosophy. He’s played a key role in over twenty nonprofit mergers and restructuring projects and launched social enterprises promoting affordable housing, technology adoption, and environmental conservation. Scott has also developed a range of innovative business strategy methods, and delivers training workshops on nonprofit management and strategy development.
Scott’s education includes the Harvard Kennedy School, Carnegie Mellon University, and Columbia Business School. He writes on issues ranging from strategic management to public policy to baseball. Read his blog here. Off the clock, he’s a guitarist, runner, and frequent hiker in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Kelsey improves workplace climate and culture with an intentional focus in two areas – systems and people. By identifying barriers to success on an individual and organizational level she works to improve policies, procedures and professional relationships amongst colleagues. She practices the tenets of servant leadership and believes that excellence happens when you focus on both a big picture vision as well as the day-to-day operations that make it a reality. Kelsey is an experienced trainer and has presented at local, state, national and international education conferences. Her 10 year career in nonprofit management has created a foundation in strategic planning, assessment and evaluation, grant writing and management, professional development and community organizing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Nancy is a teacher and instructional designer who has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She led the teams creating Washington Nonprofits’ finance and board learning tools and regularly teaches on nonprofits topics in communities across Washington. She currently leads Nancy Bacon Consulting, a practice focused on learning and leadership in the nonprofit sector and is co-host of the Nonprofit Radio Show.
ImprovEQ founder and facilitator Betsaida LeBron built her practice on a 14-year career that has combined psychology, diversity education, management and improv performance. She has served as a Director for multiple statewide nonprofit programs including the California Youth Crisis Line and a workforce training program with Mental Health America.
Betsaida is also a veteran improviser with over a decade of experience in performing, directing, and teaching improv. She has taught workshops across the nation and held corporate improv training workshops for such clients as Pacific Gas & Electric, Mead & Hunt, Blue Shield, Sam’s Club, Sysco Foods, and the California Coalition for Youth.
Sally has over 30 years of both professional and volunteer nonprofit experience. Her three Executive Director positions have been with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program in San Francisco, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of California and the San Francisco Bay Area affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Sally currently serves on the boards of the Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation and Friends of Child Advocates of Placer County. Highlights of her volunteer experience include President of the Junior League of San Francisco (1995-96), as Chair of the Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind (2002-04) and as Chair of Episcopal Community Services of America (2006-2009).
Professionally she is on the faculty of the Impact Foundry teaching courses in non-profit organizational development and finance. She also is an operating partner in a family-owned company, Crystal Bay Solutions that consults on and develops integrated software solutions for a wide range of non-profit workflow management challenges.
She has used her professional and volunteer experiences to start her own non-profit consulting company mentoring and coaching non-profit executives and boards as well as consulting on strategic planning, organizational development and team alignment and productivity improvement.
Sally and her husband Cullen live in Lincoln, CA and have two grown children, Elizabeth Coates James, and Alexander Cullen Coates.
Miriam Houghton is President of EXPRESSIONS (Grant Writing, Consulting, and Training), based in Sacramento, California. Miriam has written and edited more than 1,400 proposals and supporting document packages and reviewed over 900 more. Her work over the last 34 years has resulted in revenue for her clients and employers now totaling $110 million. She works all over California and in other states with non-profit organizations, public agencies, and businesses.
In 2014, California’s Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals selected Miriam as their Outstanding Fundraising Professional for 2015.
Miriam has worked in a wide variety of program areas, including healthcare (physical and mental health); education; criminal justice; programs for the disabled and the aging; programs of all types for the economically disadvantaged; domestic violence; the arts; humanities; environmental issues; and microenterprise programs.
She has provided training workshops for the Impact Foundry in Sacramento for the past 27 years, and she regularly makes training presentations at national conventions and for her clients. Miriam has been an active member of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals member for 27 years. She has served as a member of the Board of the AFP’s Sacramento Chapter and she Co-Chaired the Professional Development/Program Committee.
Miriam is a popular presenter. Her grant writing work and her extensive experience with focused and well-received grant writing workshops provide the ideal experience for this training today. As a Grants Consultant, she works with clients to ensure they meet funders’ specific, mandatory requirements for proposal submissions. With these workshops she will walk you through how to get started and how to be more competitive, while still retaining your sanity!What prior workshop participants had to say about Miriam:
“Miriam was incredibly resourceful and supportive. It was evident that she enjoys teaching these workshops, which made it all the more enjoyable for those attending.”
“Everything the speaker had to say was gold nugget. I recommended her to my coworkers. She knows her biz and I am grateful to have had this opportunity.”
“Miriam’s experience, understanding and insight make her an outstanding presenter. I love coming to her classes.”
Laura Hallberg, Ed.D. has almost 30 years of experience in education having
served as a high school teacher, a schoolsite administrator, at the district level, as well as at an education nonprofit organization.
She is currently an assistant dean of Benerd College at University of the Pacific,
overseeing several graduate programs focused on leadership, equity, and
Since coming to Benerd, she’s developed two of those programs, the
Transformative Action in Education Ed.D. and the Leading for Social Impact
Master’s in Leadership.
Her research and publications have focused on equity-centered leadership, imposter syndrome, and the importance of self-care in leadership.
Sonia supports Lester Consulting Group’s staff to advance the standards and practice of effective management and philanthropy among the clients they serve. She joined LCG with over 15 years of experience in client management and support. Throughout her career, Sonia has worked with organizations across a wide range of industries –from network storage technology and manufactured homes, to key account sales. No matter which hat she’s wearing, her goal has been simple –to empower clients and organizations to drive measurable results while improving operational processes.
Sonia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication Studies from California State University, Chico. She also holds a certification in Project Management from the University of California, Sacramento.
Experience & Skills: Mike is an independent contractor focusing on prospect development and grant writing. Mike combines 20 years of executive management experience with 14 years of fundraising to help clients develop strategies for increased grant funding. Mike has worked with organizations of all sizes, with a proven record of success. He has authored over 400 grants, resulting in more than $8 million in funding from both public and private sources. Mike is skilled at program analysis, budget development, outcomes establishment, and database research.
Clients: Mike has written successful grants for organizations with missions in education, disability, youth, visual and performing arts, workforce development, cultural heritage, seniors and health. Sacramento area clients include: Elica Health Centers, Society for the Blind; St. John’s Program for Real Change, Meristem, United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California; Touch of Understanding; and California Homebuilders Foundation. Bay Area clients include Lighthouse for the Blind and Jewish Community Foundation of San Francisco.
Services: Mike’s aim is to help organizations re-align their existing fundraising strategies, identify new sources of grant funding, and improve success with current funders. He specializes in helping non-profits express their mission, position their organizations for funding success, and demonstrate their value, impact and sustainability to prospective funders. Likely projects include: funder searches, organizational positioning to maximize grant funding, prospective grant assessment, and grant writing to private foundations, as well as corporate and government sources. Mike can also assist newer organizations to determine their readiness to pursue grants.
Fees: Mike is conscious of the limited resources of non-profit organizations to seek grant funding and works to help clients balance grant seeking expenses with potential funding success. His services are provided on an hourly or project basis. Mike welcomes interested organizations to contact him for an introductory telephone consultation at no charge.
Louise J Santiago, PhD. is the Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences and Director of the Graduate School of Education. A former middle school and high school principal, Dr. Santiago built the last fully funded high tech high school in California, earned a California Distinguished School honor, exemplary status as a Career Tech Education school, was a subject of a nationwide research study as one of the top 10 achieving principals from California and was the focus of a CDE policy brief prepared by Stanford University regarding the importance of coaching for school leaders.
Currently, her research focuses on Communities of Practice as vehicles for equity-focused teams, Social Learning Spaces, and Systems Convening. Louise is also a certified leadership coach holding an ACC certification through the InternationalCoach Federation, the global standard bearers in coach certification.
Jessica Rhodes believes in marketing and storytelling as essential for impact – and her MBA in nonprofit management and marketing reflects that.
She worked to engage donors when she served for six years as executive director of the Yoga Seed Collective, Sacramento’s only nonprofit yoga studio. After her nonprofit work, she jumped into the marketing world and ran sales and strategy for 3fold Communications.
Now, she is CEO and founder of JSR Strategies, a powerhouse group of creative communications consultants. She relies on her business acumen to win national and international awards with clients like Electrify America, Pioneer Community Energy, the University of Massachusets, the City of Tempe, and the American Red Cross.
Debbie is the founder and Executive Director of Health Education Council. Her two primary areas of expertise are cross-sector coalition building and reducing health disparities in diverse low-income communities.
Michelle Odell is the Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento, where she oversees all aspects of Public Affairs including community relations, government relations; community health and community benefit planning; and internal and external communications, including media relations.
Kristi Rolak is Sales Director in Sacramento for One Workplace, a full service commercial interior furnishings company headquartered in Santa Clara and serving greater Sacramento.