Frank Abdale has been teaching fundraising and advocacy at the Support Center since 2009. He is Principal of Abdale Consulting is the co-author of “Practical Abundance: A Comprehensive Guide to Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits.” Frank 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 he has successfully submitted numerous on-line grant applications and trained staff at several agencies to do the same.
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.
Babette Baker has over 30 years of experience supporting nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities in program design/development, process facilitation, grants administration, fiscal management, marketing, and program assessment/evaluation, as a consultant and nonprofit professional. Her background includes developing viable economic and community development projects. She has served as a Peer Reviewer for federal, state, and local government (New York, Oklahoma, and New Jersey) and several foundations in areas including education, community engagement, health care, youth programming, homeless programming, AIDS/HIV, public art, economic development, and housing. She also spent five years at Edison Schools, one of the largest charter school management companies in the country, serving in several management positions including Director of Community Engagement and Director of Operational Support. She has managed multiple profit/loss units, engaged ethnically and linguistically diverse communities around educational issues, and provided operational support for over 25 charter schools around the country.
Babette holds a BA in English with a minor in African/American Studies from Colgate University, and has completed coursework in the Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation Program at Syracuse University. She graduated from the Leadership Greater Bellevue/Redmond program, was a Fellow in the National United Way Program on Nonprofit Leadership, and has earned certificates in Community Leadership and Economic Development from NeighborWorks. Ms. Baker has written a community engagement and a parent engagement manual.
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.
Lee is an Affiliate Consultant with the Support Center and the Principal of LWB Consulting. Lee consults on organizational structure and development, HR operations and strategy, system evaluation and implementation, risk management, and coaching and mentoring. Lee’s background is in a variety of businesses including government and healthcare to risk management and multi-service organizations. In addition to HR and operations, her responsibilities have spanned corporate communications, program implementation and hospital administration in the non-profit and healthcare worlds of New York City. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and began her career in City government working in the Mayor’s office for Mayor Ed Koch on social service issues. Lee serves as an executive board member for a local community organization as well serving on the board of non-profit organization that supports international work.
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.
Tania works with mission-minded organizations to activate the full potential of their people. As a talent strategist and coach, Tania advises on culture transformation, leadership development, strategic talent planning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her decade of experience includes consulting leadership roles at Promise54, Bellwether Education Partners, and Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital practice. Earlier in her career, Tania spent time in the social services arena, providing counseling services to communities of color on issues ranging from mood disorders to substance abuse.
Tania holds a dual MBA / MSW from Columbia University and a BA in Psychology from Harvard University.
Dr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus is a social work professional whose practice has focused on organizational development, capacity building, and the provision of technical assistance services to community based organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies in the areas of public health and healthcare.
Jagadisa-devasri is a skilled facilitator and trainer, and has worked extensively with organizations in the areas of strategic planning, team building, and program development and evaluation.
As a subject matter expert, his expertise centers on organizational cultural competence, broadly, and cultural competence specifically with regard to race and ethnicity, with youth and young adults, drug users, and LGBTQ+ populations.
Jagadisa-devasri received his MS in Social Work from Columbia University and his PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.
Lisa has extensive experience in finance, strategy and planning in a range of business environments. She specializes in organizational strategy and business planning, financial management, evaluation of funding needs and resources, and market research. Following a 20+ year career in finance, Lisa transitioned her focus to the nonprofit sphere out of a desire to use her expertise to strengthen organizations in the sector. In addition to independent consulting, Lisa has worked for Wellspring Consulting (strategy consulting), FINCA International (development) and the Taproot Foundation (program management). Lisa has also served on several nonprofit boards, including Lutheran Social Services NCA, Quality Services for the Autism Community, and the Banyan School.During her finance career, Lisa was a securities analyst, on the sell-side and in institutional asset management, and a banker with firms including Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers, and JPMorgan Chase.
Lisa received her MBA with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in economics from Duke University.
Ted Geier is an affiliate consultant with Support Center and a lifelong New Yorker who since graduating from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in 1981 has been creating and building cultural and other nonprofit ventures, raising tens of millions of dollars, producing thousands of special events, and distributing films for the world’s leading producers. As Principal at Ted Geier Partners he has provided planning and development services to the CEOs and boards of social change organizations, including the Correctional Association of New York City, the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center, Legal Services NYC, the Open School Project, and the SS Columbia Project.
Geier created the nonprofit Cause Effective: Nonprofit Resource Development Center, in 1981 and led it through 1995. Cause Effective is still flourishing today, helping hundreds of social change organizations raise funds and friends. As CEO for 15 years, Geier provided consultation and training to more than 2,000 nonprofits, published three books, including Make Your Events Special (considered by many to be the most useful guide to planning nonprofit special events), and produced more than 500 special events, including seven annual New York Folk Festivals, conferences, rallies, galas and performances. His last project with Cause Effective was the 50th anniversary of CARE, a video linked event in seven cities featuring Presidents Bush, Carter and Ford that raised millions of dollars. While at Cause Effective, Geier created a unique resource development assessment system that helps nonprofits evaluate and plan fundraising, recruitment, marketing, and special events campaigns.
In 1995, Geier, founded CineMuse, a film production and distribution company providing entertaining arts, science, nature, documentary and family programs from leading producers such as BBC and Discovery Networks to museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, and universities in North America and South America.
In 2004, Ted founded LOVE, HALLIE Foundation to promote youth philanthropy helping young people improve their communities and the world. LOVE, HALLIE has reached more than 60 million people worldwide with messages encouraging young people to fight poverty and disease through media and publications, special events, youth action campaigns, and www.lovehallie.org. Geier created the Veto the ʹSquito program with LOVE, HALLIE in 2006 and engaged thousands of students nationwide in fighting malaria.
Katharine Harris brings nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector both in New York and Los Angeles and has been affiliated with the Support Center since 2004. She attended the very first Interim Executive Director (IED) training and Executive Search and Transition Management Consultants (ESTM) training in 2005. Through the Support Center, Katharine has served as the transition consultant for Helen Keller Services for the Blind and Helen Keller National Center, Columba Kavanagh House, and Alliance for the Arts. Katharine co-facilitated the Support Center’s two-day IED training in 2008 and 2012 and was the Interim Professional Development Director in 2011.
Katharine’s fields of expertise include homeless services, communities of faith, children, and the arts. Her consulting skill areas include executive search, succession planning, organizational assessment, board development and fundraising. On all client projects Katharine considers herself the “strategic partner with the objective voice”.
Gilles Mesrobian is a Senior Associate at the Support Center, and facilitates Interim Executive Leadership Training. Most recently, he completed Interim Executive assignments at Abraham House, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York and Abraham House.
With many years of experience, Gilles’ consulting background covers a broad range of organizational work in the nonprofit sector, including executive leadership transition, organizational restructuring, mission change, search, development, as well as addressing structural deficits.
Gilles formerly served as the Executive Director of Miracle House of New York and is membership Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Health. He 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 and CEO of Innovations Quantified (IQ), a consulting firm that has been helping organizations increase their impact since 1999. Through program planning, implementation, and outcome measurement services, IQ has served an international client list that includes the Actors Fund of America, Atlanta Womens Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, FDNY Counseling Unit, and the International Labor Organization.
Laurel Molloy began teaching public workshops at the Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy back in 2001. Since then, she has expanded her involvement to include a wide variety of customized on-site trainings and ongoing consulting engagements. Over the years, Laurel’s work with the Support Center has involved both nonprofits and foundations. Select clients include the Brooklyn Museum, CASES, Fortune Society, Horizon Foundation, New York City Department of Small Business Services, Open Society Foundations, PSE&G Foundation, Noel Pointer Foundation, The Partnership for a Healthier New York City, and Westchester County Youth Bureau.
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.
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 with nonprofits and foundations both large and small. She has worked with a multitude of organizations to complete organizational assessment, including the PSE&G Foundation and the Horizon Foundation. Their findings were subsequently integrated into successful grant fund requests.
Pat has a Master’s in Public Administration from Pace University and has completed advanced coursework in alcoholism studies from Rutgers University. 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.
Wendy Seligson is an Affiliate Consultant with the Support Center and founder of Wendy Seligson Consulting, a nonprofit management consulting firm specializing in business and financial planning, organizational systems development, coaching and professional development and strategic approaches to managing risk. With over twenty years as senior executive and chief operating officer in New York City nonprofits, Wendy is experienced at managing complex nonprofit organizations. As the Associate Executive Director of the 14th Street Y from 2007 through 2015 , Wendy managed the Y through a period of rapid growth in which the program size and revenue doubled over five years; she is particularly proud of her work at the Y building high functioning teams and mentoring and developing talented middle-managers to achieve these results. Wendy has JD from New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Sharmila utilizes her expertise in leadership development, program implementation, resource development and communications, advising clients on operations, strategy, board development, multigenerational engagement, grantmaking and community outreach activities. She is also an adjunct associate instructor in the nonprofit management master’s program in the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University in New York, a 21/64 certified trainer in multigenerational philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy peer coach, and mentor for philanthropy/nonprofit leadership development programs. Additionally, Sharmila is a philanthropy and nonprofit consultant at SRT Advising & Consulting in New York City.
Previously, Sharmila was appointed the first non-family executive director of the Siragusa Family Foundation in Chicago, directing operational, programmatic and administrative functions of the organization and advising on the same for their nonprofit grantees. She has held leadership roles on several boards and committees involving issues of women and children, immigrant communities, education and public health, and building philanthropic leadership and the capacity of the nonprofit sector.
A native New Yorker, Sharmila recently relocated back to Staten Island, NY after spending the past 17 years in Chicago. She holds an MPH from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, an MPA from the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
Anne specializes in the areas of strategic planning, growth strategy and planning, organizational assessment and development, and marketing and communications. She combines nonprofit consulting and program management experience with private sector business expertise. Anne is also the Chief Operating Officer for PennPAC and has built and overseen its capacity building nonprofit consulting practice since 2011. Anne has led marketing programs for American Express Corporate Services and was a manager in Price Waterhouse’s Strategic Consulting Group.
Anne holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
Robin specializes in the areas of strategic planning, strategic partnerships, program design and implementation, and organizational management. In her work as a nonprofit consultant, she enjoys bringing people together to achieve a common goal.
Previously, Robin spent 26 years at IBM, where she managed acquisitions and divestitures, negotiated outsourcing agreements, and helped launch new businesses and brands at the company.
She currently serves on the board of the Berkshire Kripalu Community, and has previously served on the boards of Denver Partners and Colorado Women’s Employment and Education. Robin received her BS from Vanderbilt University, an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado, and a Certificate in Arts Administration from NYU.
Marie Zieger has over 30 years experience working with nonprofit organizations, including eight years as Executive Director of Support Center for Nonprofit Management in New Jersey and eleven years as a Senior Consultant with Support Center in New York City. Prior to her work with Support Center, she served in several management positions with the United Way of Morris County. Marie trains and consults nationally as well as internationally for nonprofit organizations of various sizes in the areas of executive transitions, board development, and strategic planning and fund development. Her work includes Executive Director coaching; facilitation of Board retreats; and Board & Staff coaching. She has led several nonprofits in successful executive transitions. These include: The Rodale Institute, Fellowship on Reconciliation (FOR), YWCA of Union County, NJ Reads, Art Pride NJ, and St. Columba’s Neighborhood Center. Marie has conducted hundreds of management training workshops focusing on Strategic Planning, Fund Development Strategies; Asking for Funds; and Board Roles & Responsibilities. She has trained for the Open Society in the Ukraine and Croatia and annually trains for the Kansas Health Foundation. Over her career, Marie has utilized her diverse skills to support a myriad of clients including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton Area Community Foundation, Aids Resource Foundation for Children, YWCA of Bergen County, Council Of Better Business Bureaus, NJ Small Business Development Centers, Wight Foundation, and The Center for Constitutional Rights to name a few.