David W. Brown, assistant professor of instruction, Department of Strategic Communication, Temple University, has helped guide the strategic marketing direction for nonprofit and other mission-focused organizations throughout his 30+ year career.
He founded BrownPartners, which became one of the most decorated minority-owned ad agencies in the history of Philadelphia’s advertising industry.
His career also includes serving as General Manager for 900 AM WURD – Pennsylvania’s only black-owned talk radio station. Brown was also named a “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration and was invited to the Read more
Patrick J. Feeley, MBA, CFRE, has been fundraising in the nonprofit sector since 1993. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Caron Treatment Centers where he oversees a team of 18, which raises funds for Caron’s “Open the Door” $65 million campaign aimed at helping patients and families impacted by addiction and substance abuse.
Prior to Caron, Pat worked in development at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in several management positions overseeing a wide range of areas from major gifts Read more
Jean Dolan has worked as a communication professional for more than 30 years in a career that spans journalism, public relations, marketing and teaching. For more than 15 years she’s directed public relations at a nonprofit community college that serves more than 10,000 students, a position that includes media relations outreach and internal communication to more than 500 employees. She has also served on the board of directors of the Newtown Library Company, a nonprofit subscription library that is among the oldest in the state Read more
Thomas Scurto-Davis, director of finance and operations at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, has been committed to promoting nonprofits through enhanced education and management, for more than 30 years. With a special interest in arts and culture, he is passionate about advancing the role of arts and culture in the national consciousness.
Thomas got hooked on the arts through his school’s arts programs, then successfully pursued his professional artistic goal with a career as an operatic baritone. His performance career included singing in some Read more
Mark C. Lashley, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of communication at La Salle University whose expertise includes mass media, with an emphasis on social media. From his dissertation to his master’s thesis, to his roles as editor, author, lecturer, media guest and instructor, Mark’s knowledge of and interest in popular culture and social media tools distinguishes his teaching for The Nonprofit Center on harnessing the power of social media. He earned his BA in communication at the University of Scranton and his MA in Mass Read more
Michael Schweisheimer, founder and executive producer of Primitive World Productions, is an award-winning filmmaker with experience behind the camera since 1991. He has been involved in the creation of hundreds of films and videos, ranging from corporate training and promotional projects, to television commercials and feature films. Michael founded Primitive World Productions in 2000 with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations, helping them to convey their missions to the public through video communication. He enjoys consulting, speaking and teaching about the intersection between nonprofits, education and Read more
Laura Solomon, Esq. has dedicated her career to advising charitable organizations, their management, and boards of directors. She understands the challenges facing charities and is uniquely qualified to help them maximize their missions and minimize their tax liability. Her practice is concentrated in the representation of exempt organizations, to make the highest quality corporate and tax legal services accessible to any nonprofit organization. Prior to starting her practice, Laura was associated with the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll in Philadelphia. She has Read more
John Kelley, Ph.D. has extensive experience at various levels in the nonprofit world. At the social policy level, he headed the research division of the policy analysis firm Public/Private Ventures. He founded and led Villanova University’s HOS Institute, devoted to training and program evaluation in the human services. Subsequently, he was the founding leader of Villanova’s Office of Planning and Institutional Research. For three decades, he has worked collaboratively with The Nonprofit Center, serving on planning committees and as a consultant and instructor. He also teaches Read more
Nancy Knoebel is the President and CEO of Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania in Allentown, PA., where she has worked since 2001. Prior to that, she worked in the health care industry both as a consultant on large national health related efforts and in the Lehigh Valley where she led a nonprofit consortium connecting local health and social service community resources. Nancy has experience both on the Easter Seals board as well as a number of other nonprofit boards. As a student of board governance, she Read more
Laura Otten, Ph.D., has been the director of The Nonprofit Center since 2001. She began her affiliation with The Nonprofit Center shortly after it was formed in the early 1980s, working as a consultant and trainer, primarily in the areas of board development, strategic planning and program evaluation and she continues to play these roles, in addition to providing direction and leadership to The Nonprofit Center’s educational, consulting, and leadership development programs. In 2013, she helped launch and became the first director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Read more