Keith is Executive Director/CEO at the Support Center, and leads efforts to develop and promote an integrated and collaborative approach to capacity building for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. Prior to joining the Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy, Keith was the Director & CEO with Build with Purpose, a nonprofit real estate development organization. Keith brings over fifteen years of experience in community development including: involvement in educational reform issues with The Center for Collaborative Education in New York City; experience in leadership development and management programs as the former President of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation); and exposure to policy and community development approaches across the country during his time with Living Cities: The National Community Development Initiative. Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian from Rutgers University and a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University.
Carolyn has spent most of her career working on behalf of the social sector. Prior to joining the Support Center, she developed and directed programs focused on education, leadership development and sustainability at the Philip Evans Scholarship Foundation, a division of The Kohlberg Foundation in Mount Kisco, NY. From 1998 – 2007 she was instrumental in launching and running the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School to educate MBA students and professionals in nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and corporate citizenship. She began her career as a research assistant and administrator at Metis Associates, Inc., a national consulting firm based in NYC, where she evaluated education programs in NYC schools and managed the firm’s operations. Carolyn has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Allegheny College and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Prior to becoming a Senior Fellow in January 2016, Don Crocker led the Support Center as its CEO from 1998 to 22015, working closely with grantmaker partners to address the needs of our nonprofit communities. He has more than 25 years experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and is nationally recognized as a leader in the areas of leadership and executive transitions, board performance, and nonprofit/foundation effectiveness. Don was formerly an associate consultant for BoardSource in Washington, D.C. and is a trained practitioner for their self-assessment process. A small sampling of the foundations and corporate foundations Don has worked with include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Princeton Area Community Foundation, The Clark Foundation, the Prudential Foundation, PSE&G, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
Don holds an M.S. in Leadership and Strategic Management from Manhattanville College, and a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Queens College of CUNY. He has served a Selection Committee member for the New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Awards and he currently serves on the Grantmakers for Effective Organization’s (GEO) Capacity Building Advisory Committee. Don is an adjunct professor in the graduate division of New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising in New York City.
Danielle joined the Support Center in 2015. In her current role as Program Manager, she oversees the Support Center’s training program and provides support for consulting engagements and cohort programming. Danielle also oversees the use of data and outcomes measures as part of the Support Center’s partnership with Cause Effective, funded by Booth Ferris Foundation. Prior to joining the Support Center, she interned with the development team at Little Kids Rock and the programs team at the NCJW Center for Women. She also interned as an Event Coordinator with Red Frog Events, where she helped plan and execute multiple Warrior Dashes and the 2013 Firefly Music Festival. Danielle holds a B.A. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University.
Crystal leads the Support Center’s operations and finance functions, managing the administration of consulting, coaching and training agreements and assisting in data management and IT coordination. She brings a range of administrative, human resources and financial expertise to the Support Center from previous experiences in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Most recently she handled administration, IT and budgeting for the NYC Build It Back program, and previously, with other nonprofit organizations.
As Communications Manager, Marleni Marte develops and manages strategies to enhance communication efforts and oversees social media outreach. Prior to joining the Support Center, Marleni served two terms with AmeriCorps as Social Media and Programmatic Support for The Conversation Tree. She previously interned with Johnson and Johnson and the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance under the Advancing Community Development program and was a Public Policy Extern for AT&T. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University, where she majored in Communication, minored in Entrepreneurship and holds a Multicultural Competence Certification.
Kim Mitchell is often recognized for her fresh perspective on innovative philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and stakeholder and community engagement. Kim has decades of experience in leadership positions in philanthropy, human resources, and consulting while at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Xerox Corporation. As the former Northeast Region Executive for JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Kim led philanthropic, civic and employee engagement activities and managed an annual social investment portfolio of over $40 million in grants and strategic sponsorships. Kim currently serves on the National Board of Directors of Jumpstart for Young Children, Board of Directors for the Center for Children’s Initiatives (CCI), and advisory committees for FirstStep NYC and The Educational Alliance College Access & Success Program. An important voice and business champion for strong early learning systems, Kim also has deep content knowledge and is a noted public speaker on educational and economic equity, comprehensive community revitalization, and strategic philanthropy. A graduate of Lake Forest College in Illinois with a B.A. in Urban Studies, Kim enjoys building and working with teams that have a thirst to learn, compulsion to share, and a bias for action (Jack Welch).
Xander Subashi is the Associate Director of Programs at the Support Center, having joined the organization in late 2015 as a Board Fellow while in graduate school. He oversees the Interim Executive Director Program and manages Support Center’s impact economy initiatives, which support social enterprises, revenue-generating nonprofits, and impact investors and funders. His graduate school studies centered on impact investing and philanthropy, social enterprise development, nonprofit management, and leadership in education. Prior to graduate school and working at the Support Center, Xander was an educator focusing on experiential and service learning, as well as a classroom teacher, counselor, and varsity coach. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA in school leadership from Teachers College, Columbia, and a BA in Latin and Greek from Haverford College.
Our experienced Associate Consultants provide our Change Consulting, Executive Search and Executive Coaching Services.
In addition to the individuals below, the Support Center has more than 30 affiliated consultants and coaches, many of whom specialize in key areas of our work. Each of our consultants has worked in the nonprofit sector for an average of 20 years and brings a unique breadth and depth of expertise to our consulting services.
Frank Abdale has a proven track record of successful grant writing as well as writing and editing numerous publications, articles, and manuals. He has helped design two on-line grant application processes for the funders Altria Group, Inc. and MAC AIDS Fund. As an Executive Director and a consultant, Frank has successfully submitted numerous on-line grant applications and trained staff at several agencies to do the same. He is also the co-author of “Practical Abundance: A Comprehensive Guide to Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits” and has taught fundraising and advocacy at the Support Center since 2009.
Janice Alderman has worked in development for more than 25 years. Through JAZ Consulting, she has provided more than 20 organizations with annual campaign, major gift, foundation and corporate fundraising consulting, managed grant writing, lead strategic planning initiatives, created communications strategy, trained board members in development, aided in board development and provided copywriting. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Development for Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus, NJ and served as the Director of Development for Women in Cable and Telecommunications.
Bruce Arbit, founder and president of Melarbit Partners, has more than 20 years of professional fundraising, marketing and organizational/business development experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors including Beth Israel Medical Center/Continuum Health Partners; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Lighthouse International; Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement House; Contact Fund; Housing And Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS); Patriot Bank; Hon Bets Companies; among others. In 2006, he established Melarbit Partners.
Helene Blieberg is a thought leader in the nonprofit management and communication fields and has been providing management, communication and grant making services to corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations across a range of program areas since 2001. Her clients have included the American Craft Council, American Express, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ballet Hispanico, Baruch College/CUNY Center for Arts Education, New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, Pfizer Inc., United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. She also served on the faculties of New York University and Baruch College, where she taught undergraduate and graduate arts administration, communications and public relations courses. Helene spent 18 years with CBS, having held management positions in philanthropy, communications, media relations, sales development and promotion. She served as Vice President and Executive Director of the CBS Foundation and as Vice President of Communications for CBS Radio nationwide. She has also been a marketing and sales executive in the hospitality industry and was an account executive at a New York public relations firm. She attended the University of London and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University at Buffalo. Helene currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and is on advisory boards of the Coro New York Leadership Center, and the Support Center | Partnership In Philanthropy.
Christine Brown has been supporting nonprofit leaders and their organizations for the past 14 years by bringing a business perspective to her passion for making a difference. As an organizational consultant, strategic planner and executive coach she has encouraged clients to look beyond what they believe is possible and imagine new possibilities for their organizations and themselves. She currently serves as a consultant in the areas of fundraising and strategic planning and facilitator of the Partnership in Philanthropy Leadership Development Roundtable for Executive Directors.
Her consulting services include strategic planning, organizational effectiveness assessments and recommendations and financial mentoring. Ms. Brown provides executive coaching to exeutive directors, board leaders, and senior staff. She also serves as an Interim Executive Director for organizations in transition to allow time to refocus and to recruit new leadership. Before becoming a consultant she was the Associate Executive Director of the Fresh Air Fund in NYC for eight years and held senior level positions in the telecommunications industry for 14 years. She is a former board members of GlassRoots in Newark, NJ. Ms. Brown hold an MBA from George Washington University, an MSW from Columbia University, and is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.
Dr. Melba Butler is the founder and principal of Butler Consulting. The firm specializes in leadership capacity building including management and board coaching; board development, team building; and strategic planning; facilitating strategic alliances and project management. Melba has extensive experience in executive level human services management, policy, program development and coalition building. She has served in leadership roles on numerous boards, task forces and coalitions. Melba received an MS in Social Work from Columbia University and a PhD in Social Welfare from the Graduate Center at City University of New York. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and an adjunct professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Laurel Eisner, an independent consultant, was previously Executive Director for Sanctuary for Families. Prior to Sanctuary for Families, Laurel served as General Counsel to former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green and as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office under Robert Abrams. A Root-¬‐Tilden-¬‐Snow Scholar at New York University Law School, Eisner also holds Masters Degrees in Social Work and Public Law & Government, both from Columbia University.
Annelle Lewis has been affiliated with the Support Center since 2015. For over thirty years, Annelle has worked with nonprofits in 36 States and the District of Columbia. Areas of mission expertise include nonprofit management, revenue diversification, fiscal management, economic impact analysis, strategic planning and marketing.
Annelle has provided consulting services for the following clients:
• Volunteers of America, Inc.-Strategic planning, research and technical assistance.
• Board governance and resource development expertise, coaching and training to community-based and national nonprofit organizations.
• National Human Services Assembly (an association of more than 70 national nonprofit organizations) Human Spirit Initiative-Marketing plan.
• Harlem RBI-Packaged sponsorship and named gift opportunities, created national expansion template for program and fundraising, conceptualized the Harlem RBI Dream Team resulting in $10M for the Harlem RBI Charter School capital campaign.
• Family Community Life Center-Economic impact analysis and packaged sponsorship gift opportunities.
• Urban League affiliates/East End Women’s Network-Packaged sponsorship gift opportunities.
• Columbia University Teachers College, M.A. (School Finance)
• Michigan State University, B.A. (Urban Affairs)
• Case Western Reserve Mandel Center for Non Profit Management Certification
• Harvard University, Asset and Corporate Management
Judy’s background includes designing and facilitating the first-ever sexual harassment prevention training for federal workers, conducting a comprehensive survey on workplace bullying, leading the management training department for a major financial organization, and creating a highly successful, global mentoring program for a Fortune 500 company which won the national Athena Award for Mentoring for two consecutive years. She is a certified career coach and master trainer. A must hear speaker at industry conferences and a published author, Judy earned a B. A. in communications and an MBA in human resource management. In her free time, Judy volunteers as a community mediator and child advocate. She is the past President, Dunham Hall, Board of Trustees, past Vice President, Hopewell Valley Regional
Gilles Mesrobian is a skilled consultant with expertise in organization restructuring, executive search and transition management, mission change and executive coaching. He formerly served as the Executive Director of Miracle House of New York and as membership Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Health. More recently, he served as Interim Executive Director at Abraham House, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York.
Gilles has worked within projects funded by such foundations as the Fairfield County Community and Lone Pine Foundations in Connecticut and the Prudential Foundation in New Jersey. Gilles holds an M.S. degree from Boston University in International Communications/ Journalism and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto. Gilles is a Tanenbaum Leadership Initiative Fellow of the Milano School for Non Profit Management, and is bilingual in French/English.
Laurel Molloy is Founder & Chief Consultant of Innovations Quantified (IQ). Since 1999, IQ has been helping organizations increase their impact through its training, program design, and outcome measurement services. Clients include local, national, and international agencies like the Actors Fund of America, Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, FDNY Counseling Unit, Riverkeeper, and the UN International Labour Organization. Laurel has been a trainer and affiliated consultant at the Support Center for over a decade, and is known for her practical and engaging approach to outcomes-related work. She holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner, and wrote the widely-utilized guidebook, Finally – Outcome Measurement Strategies Anyone Can Understand.
Lynne Molnar completed nine interim executive director positions and was the first Managing Director for Third Sector New England’s Executive Transitions Program, she was an active participant in over 60 nonprofit transitions. For the past ten years she has played an active role in the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Executive Leadership Affinity Group, serving as co-chair for three years. She has conducted workshops on executive transitions for consultants, board members and executive directors. Holding graduate degrees in both business (Boston University) and education (Harvard Graduate School), she has a 20 year history in nonprofit management serving at various times as a supervisor, controller and executive director.
John O’ Hara is a recognized event professional and has worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic field for over 10 years. Mr. O’Hara is recognized for his expertise in event coordination and fundraising of over $150,000,000 through a range of over 100 plus events nationwide. Some of his most notable events include AIDS Walk New York, Bay-to-Breakers (San Francisco), Revlon Run-Walk (New York), and the ING New York City Marathon, among many others. John recently served as the Primary Market Manager and Sponsorship Coordinator for the 2015 Cupid’s Undie Run, and was a top 5% finalist for the 2012 and 2013 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. John holds a BFA in Theater from Penn State University and a B.A. in Screenwriting from the University of California.
Tonia has been affiliated with the Support Center for over 20 years as a consultant, interim financial officer and workshop facilitator. She has over 30 of international and domestic experience in the areas of financial analysis and management, strategic and business planning, treasury management and outsourced CFO. She has served as CFO for almost two dozen nonprofit organizations throughout the NY metro area and has worked with domestic and international nonprofits to create and implement strong internal controls, install nonprofit fund accounting systems, create financial reporting systems, and develop investment policy statements. She has had successful client engagements through the Support Center including but not limited to New Jersey Community Capital, Helen Keller Services for the Blind and SCAN. She leads workshops on financial issues including budgeting, financial statements, audit preparation and investment policy statements. She has been an adjunct professor at Adelphi University, Columbia University, and New School for Social Research. She holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School, an MS in Urban Planning from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Historic Preservation and a BA from Macalester College. Tonia Papke is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, providing expertise in investment management and retirement plans to nonprofit organizations and individuals.
Regina Podhorin is the President of The Leadership Group and has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked as an executive director and interim executive director with state and local governments, and as a nonprofit board member. Regina has an MPA from Rider University.
With 35 years of NPO experience, Regina gained her knowledge on the practical applications of finance as a 13 year ED and by serving as an IED multiple times. She has delivered well over 100 financial workshops and hands-on financial technical assistance sessions and is a senior consultant for the Support Center.
Richmond is President and Founder of Rabinowitz Partners and has over 25 years of experience in senior level management for both nonprofit and government organizations. She is a skilled interim executive, consultant and trainer. Since opening her own business, she has served as Interim CEO, Interim Communications Director and Interim Development Director for some of New Jersey’s most esteemed nonprofits. In the role of interim leader, she has started, been a “turn around” specialist, merged and closed organizations. Most recently, Richmond served as Interim CEO of Lead New Jersey and Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark.
As a consultant, she specializes in working with trustees and executives to advance organizational strategies and solutions while helping keep operations productive and on goal.
Working with leaders to enhance organizational performance is central to all her consultancy.
Before beginning Rabinowitz Partners, Richmond served as Interim Director and CEO of Citizens for Better Schools an organization that advocated for high quality early education and ran several programs geared to strengthening the performance of school and district leaders. Prior to that, Richmond was Associate Director of the Partnership for New Jersey, a forum for the chief executives of major corporations, leading nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in the state.
Richmond served as policy coordinator for the Division of Juvenile Services in New Jersey’s corrections system leading the effort to move all juvenile services out of the Department of Corrections. She additionally had oversight of female programs within the Division. Richmond began her nonprofit career with the Association for Children of New Jersey (now Advocates for Children of NJ), where she was Senior Policy Analyst specializing in adolescent issues and lobbying strategies.
Pat Richter has been affiliated with the Support Center since 2002 in many capacities, including as a volunteer facilitator of workshops, affiliated consultant, C.O.O. interim, and most recently the Interim Director of Consulting. She consults (PRQuickhelp) nonprofits and foundations both large and small. Areas of expertise include proposal writing, strategic planning, program planning, research, and organization assessments. Fields of expertise include health, developmental disabilities, and domestic and substance abuse. Pat has a Master’s in Public Administration from Pace University and has completed advanced coursework in alcoholism studies from Rutgers University.
Janet Waterston is a human resources and organizational consultant experienced in both the for-profit and nonprofit sector. Formerly the Corporate Director of Personnel at Pandick, Inc., she provided counsel to managers of the corporation’s ten companies and 15 subsidiaries before becoming the Director of Employee and Volunteer Resources at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Her broad spectrum of human resources expertise includes organizational design, supervisory training, employee relations and employment law. Earlier in her career, Janet served in positions at North Shore University Hospital; Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc.; and the Fairmont School.
Janet holds an M.S.W. from the New York University Graduate School of Social Work and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. She has worked on projects coordinated with organizations and foundations that include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bridges, Child Care Council of Westchester, Common Ground, the St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation, and many more.
Dart Westphal brings over 25 years of experience to his work as an organizational development consultant. Formerly the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Mosholu Preservation Corporation in the Bronx, he coordinated multi-family acquisition and rehabilitation, cooperative conversion, condominium new construction and provided technical assistance to landlords and small businesses in the community. He has been instrumental in developing the Bronx River Alliance, developed new funding methods for supportive housing, created a Business Improvement District and started a nonprofit newspaper. He has wide experience in real estate development, community collaborations, environmental and faith based organizations.
Dart also served in positions with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the South Bronx Open Space Task Force. As part of the Support Center’s team, Dart is collaborating on the development of the Trajectory Leadership Project and is part of a multi-disciplinary team developing a new corporate structure for a national nonprofit. Mr. Westphal holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and is bilingual in English/Spanish.
Marie Zieger is a nationally and internationally recognized consultant and facilitator working in the nonprofit and philanthropic field for over 20 years. A skilled facilitator, Ms. Zieger is recognized for her expertise in Strategic Planning, Executive Search and Transition Management, and Organizational Assessment. She conducts workshops in a wide-range of nonprofit management areas (strategic planning, supervisory skills, team building), and is an executive coach. Marie has facilitated projects supported by a host of foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Prudential Foundation, and the Princeton Area Community Foundation. She has been a regular trainer at the Annual Conference of the Kansas Health Foundation.
Marie previously served as Executive Director of the Support Center of New Jersey and also held management and training positions with the Support Center and the United Way of Morris County in New Jersey. Marie holds a B.A. in Social Work and is a certified trainer through Interaction Associates of Boston and San Francisco.
Board of Directors
Keith Timko, Executive Director/CEO
Karen Brown, Fairfield County Community Foundation
Casey Castaneda, JPMorgan Private Bank, Private Foundation Services
John Emmert, Chair, International Council of Shopping Centers
William P. Falahee, Treasurer The J.M. Kaplan Fund, Inc.
Kevin P. Foley, Condon O’Meara McGinty & Donnelly LLP
Jennifer Goldstone, Birthright Israel
Douglas Gould, Douglas Gould and Company
Jane Hanson, Executive Director, Partners for Women and Justice
Amy Holmes, Vice Chair, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Diane Manning, Secretary, JPMorgan Chase
Ralph Rogers, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Westchester Community Foundation
T. Peter Sullivan, (Former PIP Board Member) Retired – Communications
The John A. Hartford Foundation
Our Leadership Council members are peers in the nonprofit sector who act as a resource for the Support Center staff and Board. They play the valuable roles of advisors, spokespeople andambassadors for our programs and services.