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William AndersonWilliam Anderson ConsultingBusiness Development;Evaluation;Financial Management;Fund Development;HR PlanningAccounting, Corporate Structure
Bill Anderson has spent most of his career serving as the senior financial and advancement officer at Hope College. In 2005, he retired as senior vice president for business, finance and advancement after leading its "Legacies" capital campaign to a successful conclusion raising in excess of $145 million.
Bill's expertise is in business and financial management, staff development, capital campaigns and accounting. While working for Hope, Bill was active in his community serving as founding president of Hospice of Holland and as a board member of Child Development Services and United Way. He was a member of Holland's downtown strategic planning committee, the Riverview Development Corporation and has served on several for-profit boards. He was the founding board chair of Creative Dining Services – a for-profit food service company joint venture between Hope and Calvin Colleges. The company now has clients in eleven states and over $85 million in annual sales.
Since moving to the Beulah area in 2005, he has consulted with educational, social services and arts organizations in the areas of campaign management, financial management and organizational audit. He is a member and past president of the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club, serves on the board of the Benzie Historical Society and is treasurer of his church.
If you are interested in working with Bill, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Sally BancroftBancroft GraphicsWebsite DevelopmentGraphic Design, Desktop Publishing
Connie BellowsConversation MattersBoard Development, Executive Leadership Development, Human Resources Planning, Meeting Facilitation, Strategic Planning
As the principal of Conversation Matters, Connie provides facilitation, strategic planning and coaching to business, nonprofits and education in West Michigan and beyond. Since 2007 she has worked with the Great Start Collaborative in Ottawa County providing strategic planning expertise to the development of the first and second three-year strategic plans and action agendas. She also facilitated the strategic planning process for the Great Start Western Regional Child Care Resource Center (based at Pathways MI in Holland serving a 10 county region). A year later, Pathways, MI engaged Connie to facilitate the development and implementation of a vision for a one-stop shop for early childhood resources for Mason, Lake and Oceana counties. Connie’s role was to coordinate and facilitate the process from seed to solution! The end result was the creation by the local stakeholders of a Kids Hub in the Meijer in Ludington.
If you are interested in working with Connie, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Jennifer BooherTrue North Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLCFund Development;Strategic Planning
Jennifer has over 12 years of experience in fund development and marketing. Throughout her career she has been recognized for her skills in creating and presenting both formal and informal presentations as well as her ability to initiate, strengthen and steward relationships. As a professional consultant, Jennifer has served organizations in areas such as fund development (focusing on donor relations), strategic planning, leadership coaching (staff and board level), board development, and grant writing (public and private foundations).
Jennifer is a graduate of Michigan State University with a dual major in Marketing and Advertising.
She began her career representing national and international clients such as Saab Cars USA, Saturn Corporation and Ford Motor Company through various marketing efforts. During this time she managed cause-related marketing programs for clients resulting in her interest and desire to work with non-profit organizations directly to advance their missions.
In 2001 Jennifer accepted the position as Sponsorship Manager for the Detroit Zoological Society where she developed a formal sponsorship process which led to great success in securing major sponsorships and forging long-term relationships with individual and corporate donors. Prior to starting her consulting business, Jennifer held the first Fund Development Director position for Camp Daggett, a traditional summer camp and year-round adventure education center established in 1925 and located in Petoskey, Michigan. As Development Director, Jennifer worked to strengthen the organization’s infrastructure to effectively support fund development efforts. Her involvement while serving Camp Daggett included, developing and implementing a fund development plan and managing annual campaign, major gifts and grant programs centered on relationship based fundraising efforts. Other areas of focus included board development, event planning and management and volunteer management.
Jennifer has enthusiasm and affinity for relationship based fundraising. In her experience as a consultant, she has been extremely successful in working with non-profits to establish strong fund development management within their organizations. Her approach to advancing these organizations toward achieving long-term sustainability focuses on strengthening relationships with current donors, building relationships with new, potential donors and stewardship of these valuable relationships. Jennifer has worked with individuals with many diverse backgrounds and personalities ranging from Executive Directors of sophisticated, national organizations to first-time board members of grassroots, start-up organizations in areas such as strategic planning and organizational management. In doing so, her approach is to provide guidance in assisting them in achieving their full potential by focusing on their strengths and helping them identify opportunities for growth.
If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Freya BradfordManitou Consulting GroupEvaluation;Program DevelopmentGrant Writing, Federal Funding, Logic Models
Freya Bradford, MSW, is the Recover Michigan and Evaluation Coordinator for NorthSky Nonprofit Network. Freya provides project management for capacity building projects in this region, coordinates NorthSky’s evaluation work, researches tools and resources for NorthSky’s Resource Center, and coordinates a network of consultants with expertise in nonprofit capacity building. Freya coordinates Recover Michigan projects for NorthSky, endeavors funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase the capacity of small community and faith-based nonprofit organizations. NorthSky partners with five other Management Support Organizations in Michigan and the Michigan Nonprofit Association to facilitate the projects in a 21-county area in northern Michigan.
Freya comes to NorthSky with expertise in grant management, grant writing, and program evaluation. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University with a concentration in Administration, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation. For four years she worked for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians as the Director of Program Development and Evaluation for their twelve governmental departments. She also worked for six years at the Michigan Public Health Institute in the Lansing area leading state-wide and national training and technical assistance projects.
If you are interested in working with Freya, please contact her at NorthSky.
Lucille ChrismanCoach-WorksBoard Development, Evaluation, Executive Leadership Development, Executive Transition, Fund Development, Marketing and Communications, Meeting Facilitation, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning
Lucille M. Chrisman, CPCC, is a Certified Executive Coach, with over 25 years experience as a business leader. She works one-on-one with executives and high-potential leaders in non-profit and for-profit organizations, helping them gain clarity, focus and action for personal and professional success. As a result of her coaching, clients are better able to:
• Lead from a place of strength
• Balance work and personal time
• Communicate with a positive impact
• Navigate roadblocks with confidence
• Make critical decisions
• Take risks and set a new course
• Engage and connect with key people
Lucille’s past experiences as Vice President of Public Affairs and Executive Director of Development at Saginaw Valley State University and Associate Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, have given her broad and deep understanding of the complexities and challenges of being a nonprofit leader. In addition to this, Lucille was a trustee of the Saginaw Community Foundation for 8 years, leading the marketing and public relations efforts along with serving as an advisory to the Youth Advisory Council for the state.
Her desire to build human capacity in organizations began when she was a corporate trainer and facilitator for Delta College and the American Management Association. From this experience, Lucille started her own business in 1986, CommunicationWorks, developing and facilitating customized communication programs for organizations, city government and educational institutions.
As a University professor at CMU and SVSU, Lucille taught several undergraduate courses in the Communication Department including Effective Communications, Business Communications, Small Group Communication and Organizational Leadership.
Lucille is a certified Executive Coach from The Coaches Training Institute and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Michigan University. She has been recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” from the Girls Scouts of Mitten Bay and “Outstanding Leader” award from the Tri-County Women in Leadership Group.
Areas of expertise include leadership development, interpersonal communication, team building, management skills, listening, conflict resolution, fundraising, board development, strategic planning and succession planning.
If you are interested in working with Lucille, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Cynthia DeLadurantayeFund FindersBoard Development;Business Development;Executive Leadership Development;Fund Development;Marketing and Communications;Program Development;Strategic Planning;Volunteer Recruitment & ManagementGrant Writing, Public Relations, Team BuildingFund Finders, celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2009, was founded by Cynthia A. DeLadurantaye, B.A., in 1999 and is located in Grayling, Michigan.
Ms. DeLadurantaye has 30 years of experience working within the nonprofit sector; primarily in family and children's services. Her career began following an internship while working on her bachelor’s degree at Oakland University. That internship led to a 20-year career of social work, primarily focused on child welfare issues.
In 1997, her family relocated to beautiful Northern Michigan and while some jobs were readily available, most required a lengthy daily commute. In searching for a way to merge her social work experience with her ever-growing informal consultations as a grant writer for nonprofit organizations, Ms. DeLadurantaye took a chance and started a home-based business to be known as Fund Finders.
In addition to being a licensed professional fundraiser with the State of Michigan, Ms. DeLadurantaye is in her third term as the Governor’s appointee to the Crawford County Department of Human Services Board. She has been a consultant for the NorthSky Nonprofit Network for several years.
Ms. DeLadurantaye was recently accepted into the Kellogg Action Laboratory’s College of Consultants. This is a partnership between Fieldstone Alliance (FA) in St. Paul, Minnesota and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) in New York City, New York, made possible by a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in Battle Creek, Michigan. The partnership is designed to improve the overall performance, effectiveness, and financial sustainability of U.S.-based WKKF grantees and use the knowledge created in that work to leverage learning about effectiveness and make improvements in performance throughout the nonprofit sector. Ms. DeLadurantaye was honored to be selected as 1 of only 31 Michigan-based consultants and 237 throughout the nation.
She is a Consultant Reviewer to The Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Child Welfare Review Project. The goal of the project is to assist states in improving child welfare services and achieving positive outcomes for families and children receiving these services.
In 2002, Ms. DeLadurantaye began working with HHS within the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) as a Grant Reviewer/Chairperson. She has reviewed grants for programs seeking federal funds through the following grant competitions: Mentoring Children of Prisoners, Street Outreach and Basic Center Shelter grants for Homeless & Runaway Youth, Community-Based Abstinence Education, Compassion Capital Fund grants in Demonstration Projects and Targeted Capacity Building, U.S. Department of Justice National Field-Generated Training, Technical Assistance, and Demonstration Project Discretionary grant, U.S. Department of Justice 2009 Recovery Act Local Youth Mentoring Initiative grants, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Services in Supportive Housing grants, SAMHSA Grants for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration, and the State of Michigan Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.If you are interested in working with Cynthia, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Pamela Evans, CFRMDuality Performance Builders, LLCBoard Development;Business Development;Fund Development;Marketing and Communications;Organizational Capacity Assessment;Strategic PlanningPamela W. Evans, CFRM, NorthSky Principal Consultant, has over 25 years of experience working with nonprofit and public sector organizations in the areas of organizational development, collaborations, joint ventures, revenue diversification, governance, fundraising, and strategic planning. She has also served as an organizational trainer, consultant and facilitator in the areas of total quality/process improvement, customer service, marketing, strategic planning, fundraising, and board governance.
Pam served in a variety of executive roles for Trinity Health, a large national, multi hospital, healthcare system, for over 17 years, largely focused on business development, strategic business planning, and organizational development. She spent ten years as Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning for GNA, a national physical rehabilitation company headquartered in Grand Haven, Michigan and subsequently for Brooks Health System, Jacksonville, Florida, after GNA’s sale by Trinity Health. She also served as the Fundraising and Volunteer Director at West Shore Medical Center for five years. She currently chairs the West Shore Healthcare Foundation.
Pam currently serves as the Project Manager for Professional Development and Communications for NorthSky Nonprofit Network. In this role, she oversees professional development including creating training curriculums and the NorthSky professional development series. She also provides leadership for the Board Governance program which prepares individuals for board service and trains nonprofit boards as to their roles and responsibilities and how to strengthen their effectiveness. She manages all NorthSky external marketing and communication including its website and social media.
Pam is a senior consultant at NorthSky and serves as the lead consultant on projects related to collaborations, network development, social enterprises, organizational development, organizational capacity assessments, board development, strategic planning, marketing and fundraising.
Pam has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. She has a certification in fund raising management from Indiana University’s School of Fundraising and is a certified business counselor with the Michigan Small Business Association.If you are interested in working with Pam, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Mary GillettMary Gillett Marketing CommunicationsBoard Development;Business Development;Fund Development;Marketing and Communications;Strategic Planning;Volunteer Recruitment & ManagementGrant Writing, Public RelationsMary Bevans Gillett has worked in the professional communications field for 32 years, and has been responsible for planning and implementing public relations, marketing and communication programs for public, private and nonprofit entities including schools, universities, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and project based initiatives. Mary serves as Business Development Director at Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth while also providing marketing and communications client services. She is a member of the CPAmerica Marketing Committee, the Association for Accounting Marketing, the VSA arts Michigan Board and numerous civic and volunteer organizations. Mary holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and certifications from the American Management Association, the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies/Artserve Arts Fellows, and NMC’s Nonprofit Management.
If you are interested in working with Mary, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Jack GoodnowCOB Consulting LLCBusiness Development;Financial Management;Strategic PlanningCorporate StructureJack Goodnow specializes in financial consulting for non profits and for profit organizations as well. His background includes six years as a college administrator, twenty five years as a commercial banker and most recently ten years as a consultant specializing in crisis management and turnarounds for companies and organizations facing financial based difficulties. His expertise is in human resource and financial management.
Jack spent most of his professional career working in Wisconsin before relocating permanently to Empire, Michigan in 2006. Since his arrival here, he has specialized in consulting with non-profits. He has assisted NorthSky in several engagements by analyzing business practices and operational and financial performance for several organizations. As a part of his engagements, he has helped the organizations develop pro forma financial statements and cash flow forecasts to better predict future performance. Goal setting and performance monitoring are key to any organization’s success.If you are interested in working with Jack, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Joan HanpeterThe Leadership Group LLCBoard Development;Business Development;Executive Leadership Development;HR Planning;Strategic Planning;Volunteer Recruitment & ManagementDiversity Training, Team BuildingJoan is Managing Principal of The Leadership Group, the management consulting firm that she founded in 1997. She has over 25 years experience in general management, human resources and consulting. Her areas of special expertise are: leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, board governance, teambuilding and executive integration into organizations. Joan has consulted with many major organizations and has coached numerous senior leaders in key roles.
Joan was previously the Managing Director of the southeast Michigan office of Right Management Consultants. Prior to that, she was Managing Director of the Michigan offices of Jannotta, Bray & Associates and a member of the company's Board of Directors. After graduating from Cornell University, Joan began her career in personnel at Michigan Bell Telephone Company (now AT&T).
Joan has a long history of community service in a leadership capacity and has served on two foundation boards and the national board of Camp Fire Girls. Her interest in public education spans multi-terms on the Grosse Point Board of Education, the Wayne County Intermediate School District Board and the Governor's Committee on Educational Funding. Joan is presently co-chairing the Planning & Visioning Committee of the Detroit Presbytery and is a member of the Capital Campaign Committee of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, where she was previously board chair.
Joan's nonprofit consulting work encompasses a variety of organizations including Boys Hope Girls Hope, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, Catholic Charities of West Michigan, Christ Enrichment Center (Flint), Midwest Eye Bank, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.If you are interested in working with Joan, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Zareena KochBoard Development, Evaluation, Fund Development, Marketing & Communications, Meeting Facilitation, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Resource Diversification, Volunteer Recruitment & Management
Zareena Koch began her 15 year career as a fundraiser while working with high-risk, inner city parents and more importantly, their infants. Quickly realizing there simply wasn’t enough funding to go around, she began to write and receive private and public grants. By combining several different services, more than $2,000,000 was distributed to area parents, schools and children.
“I began to see that funding helped - a lot. I could serve a community more completely by doing something not everyone knew how to do”. Armed with a Bachelor’s of Social Work/Chemistry from University of Missouri, she has continued to raise funds for non profits. Her clients include the Girl Scout Council, public school districts, international relief agencies, arts and religious organizations. Whether focusing on major gift prospects, event management or direct mail, she believes passionately in the fiscal responsibility of an agency.
“In today’s market, it’s not acceptable to post an enormous loss year after year without taking active steps to remedy the situation. Fundraising is everyone’s job in an agency. The agencies that take on this challenge are the ones that last.”
Whether it be active fund solicitation, construction of development plans, volunteer management/policies, strategic recommendations or Board help, Zareena Koch is focused on making non profits run better. She is currently serving a 7-year term on Boyne City School Board and volunteers her time with various non profits locally and nationally. She also teaches high school and college students the importance of funding their non profit dream. She lives in Northern Michigan with her husband, three children and many pets.
If you are interested in working with Zareena, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Judith LindenauJWL - Focus ConsultingBoard Development;Business Development;Executive Leadership Development;Financial Management;Marketing and Communications;Program Development;Strategic Planning;Volunteer Recruitment & ManagementCorporate Structure
Judith Lindenau is a consultant with over 35 years of association management experience. Ms. Lindenau holds the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives and the Realtor Association Certified Executive designation. She has a Certification in Non-Profit Organization Management from the University of Chicago, and was awarded the Magel Award for Association Executive Management Excellence from the National Association of Realtors, as well as the Almon Smith Leadership Award. She managed the Traverse Area Association of Realtors for 29 years, prior to her retirement. She also served as township supervisor for Green Lake Township and has served on numerous local boards and government service committees.
In addition to serving as a consultant in the NorthSky Consultant Netowrk, Ms. Lindenau is active as an association management consultant. Her current clients include:
The National Association of Realtors. During the last three years she has written online courses in association management and in leadership development. She has written five international business development plans, served as consultant to the Chicago Association of Realtors “Heroes Welcome Home” project, and conducted eight onsite strategic planning sessions for Realtor local associations.
The International Real Property Foundation. Ms. Lindenau has served as a consultant for IRPF for over 15 years, conducting capacity building activities for real estate trade associations throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. Currently her assignments are in East Africa in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda where she is working with IRPF to build a regional real estate training center and engage the professional associations in those countries in capacity building activities.
If you are interested in working with Judith, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Rita McPhailRMK Management SupportBusiness Development;Evaluation;Fund Development;Program Development;Strategic Planning;Volunteer Recruitment & ManagementGrant WritingRita McPhail, doing business as RMK Management Support for nonprofit organizations, is uniquely qualified and dedicated to helping individuals and organizations grow and succeed. Over the past 18 years, RMK has contracted with organizations, large to small, related to many different services and target groups.
Over half of her work (63%), is as an evaluation consultant. She also works as a grant writer or grant consultant (13%) and the rest is miscellaneous services (24%) such as leadership for and management of projects, task forces or collaborative efforts; organizational, policy or program planning, development, analysis or evaluation; research and writing for grants, needs assessments, newsletters, educational materials or reports; and interviewing, group interviews and surveys.
RMK's specializes in organizations that target services to families and children. Past clients include programs that serve early childhood (15%), children of all ages (35%), and families (25%). The remainder of her practice (25%) targets a variety of other constituents.
Ms. McPhail is always ready for new challenges and tailors her services to meet the needs of each organization with which she works.
If you are interested in working with Rita, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Ric MorencyTruNorth Compass Group, LLCAll facets of recruiting, organizational design, professional development / coaching and other related human resources services.
Ric held multiple human resources and operations positions in five states while with AT&T. His assignments included managing corporate divestiture activities for seven Bell Operating Companies, consolidating and managing the delivery of benefit services for AT&T retirees globally and developing and managing AT&T's internal contract services organization,Resource Link®.
Subsequent to AT&T, he has been a director of business development with a national staffing firm in New York, vice president and partner with an international executive search firm in Atlanta and director of recruiting and training for an identity apparel company in Florida. He is currently with STC Search in Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, a past participant in AT&T's executive development graduate program at Purdue University and has served as guest faculty for the American Management Association. He is a past member of the Michigan Jaycees and currently a member of the Benzie Sunrise Rotary.
If you are interested in working with Ric, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Marjorie RichRich ConsultingBoard Development, Evaluation, Meeting Facilitation, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Strategic Planning, Volunteer Recruitment & Management
Marjorie Rich has over 25 years of experience working in the field of Public Health, both in the public and non-profit sectors. She brings an expertise in data-based strategic planning, program evaluation, grant writing, community health assessment, program development, and group facilitation. Her collaborative approach to working with diverse populations and organizations has been an integral component of her work. Marjie began her career working in international public health while living in New York City. She subsequently became involved on a more local level, working at state and county health departments. Bringing her diverse skill set to the Traverse City area, she began consulting in 1995, leading a multi-county community health assessment. Multiple programs were created as a result of this work, many of which she consulted on as grant writer, program development coordinator, and program evaluator.
Most recently, Marjie has been active in the education community, serving two terms on the school board of the Traverse City Area Public Schools. This is the largest school district in Northern Michigan, with a budget of over $80 million, approximately 10,000 students and 1700 employees. As president for two years, she oversaw the hiring of a new superintendent and the state government-imposed budget reduction of 10%.
Marjie has Bachelors of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University, New York. Her master’s work was on maternal and child health care in developing countries, evaluating national family planning programs in over 100 developing countries.
If you are interested in working with Marjie, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Leslie StarsoneckStarsoneck ConsultingEvaluation;Fund Development;Program DevelopmentGrant Writing, Public PolicyLeslie began her non-profit career in the early 1990's and has worked in management, research, program evaluation, and public policy. Much of her experience is related to issues facing children and families, especially in the areas of domestic violence and child maltreatment and often from the perspectives of the community, the criminal justice system, and government.
After working in non-profit agencies as a manager and as a public policy specialist, Leslie was appointed as the first director of the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission. She has been responsible for administering state funds ($8M), developing and lobbying for public policy changes, implementing data-driven practices, and fundraising. As a consultant for the past 6 years, her clients have included large human service foundations, small and medium sized service organizations located in both urban and rural areas, the state court system, advocacy organizations, and a statewide community foundation.
Leslie is a seasonal resident of the Old Mission Peninsula and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.If you are interested in working with Leslie, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Julie TarrTarr Planning and EvaluationBusiness Development; Evaluation; Program Development; Strategic PlanningGrant WritingJulie has worked successfully to expand programs and achieve policy reforms in services for children and families. Julie has special expertise in working with foundations and nonprofits to develop strategic plans and evaluations for early childhood and youth programming. She has over 20 years experience in philanthropy, applied research and evaluation, and nonprofit management. Currently, she is principal of Tarr Planning and Evaluation. Her most recent position was program and evaluation director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she managed an annual grant portfolio of $5.5 million and designed evaluation plans to measure the impact of community and national investments. Prior to joining Knight Foundation, she was Associate Director of the Center for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, where she evaluated Pre-K programs in New Jersey’s 30 lowest income school districts. She was also involved in evaluating the state’s early intervention services. Dr. Tarr earned a doctorate in education from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois. Julie and her husband plan to relocate to the Traverse City, Michigan area in the next few years.If you are interested in working with Julie, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Andy WolberWolberWorksTechnology, Technology Plans, Social Media, Web 2.0 and Database Design
Andy Wolber is an independent technology consultant who has led technology strategy and planning workshops for hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout the Midwest. Most recently, he led Highway T, a program of Michigan Nonprofit Association, providing technology consulting to nonprofit organizations since 2002. He wrote the Information Technology section of the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual published in 2010. Prior to his return to Michigan, he worked in Dallas, Texas developing Internet strategies with Fortune 500 clients for USWeb/CKS. He previously served as Executive Director of the Dallas Historical Society for four years, and board chairman of the Dallas Arts District Friends. Andy spent three years in fundraising staff roles for nonprofit cultural organizations, including Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Andy holds an MBA/MA in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University, and a BA in Music Theory and Composition from Spring Arbor University. He resides in Ann Arbor, MI with his wife, Liz, and daughter, Katie.
If you are interested in working with Andy, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.
Kevin WoodsWoods Consulting GroupBoard Development; Business Development; Executive Leadership Development; Fund Development; Marketing and Communications; Program Development; Strategic PlanningGrant Writing
Kevin Woods is the President of Woods Consulting Group. Woods Consulting is based in Normal, IL with a satellite office in Muskegon, MI. Kevin has been a consultant to governments, non-profit agencies and private corporations for over fifteen years specializing in the areas of strategic and business planning, organization development, leadership development, needs assessments, market research, and project feasibility studies. Woods Consulting currently is serving clients in Michigan, Minnesota, and Indiana as well as in central Illinois.
Kevin also serves as Adjunct Instructor at Lincoln College in Normal and as Adjunct Professor of Management at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kevin facilitates the Sales Professionals Workshop for the McLean County (IL) Chamber of Commerce which meets on a bi-monthly basis to discuss topics related to the ongoing professional development of individuals in the sales. He also facilitates a Circle of 7 entrepreneurs group for the Center for Emerging Entrepreneurs at Illinois State University.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Detroit and a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation based in Bloomington, IL.
He is married to Cindy who is a special education teacher at Prairieland Elementary in Normal, IL and they have 4 adult children – all girls - who live in Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Bloomington.
Kevin enjoys running, cycling, and cross-country skiing. He is trying his best to adjust to the flat corn and bean fields of central IL, but still returns to the lakes and forests of West Michigan for both work and renewal. Kevin and Cindy have homes in Normal, IL and Muskegon, MI (also serves as the MI office for Woods Consulting Group).
If you are interested in working with Kevin, please contact Freya Bradford at NorthSky. She will work on making an introduction and explaining our process.