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.
Joan Malin recently retired from her role as CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) after 17 years in the role. Ms. Malin came to PPNYC after four years as chief executive of the Bowery Resident’s Committee, Inc. (BRC)— a multi-service agency which provides over 20 social services and housing programs for adults with limited resources including the homeless, hungry, chemically dependent, psychiatrically disabled, persons with AIDS and the aged. Prior to BRC, Ms. Malin served in the New York City Department of Homeless Services for four years, first as Deputy Commissioner for Program Planning, then as Commissioner. Ms. Malin is a veteran of three New York City Mayoral administrations during which she has overseen delivery of home-care and protective services for adults, has managed the City’s senior centers and worked extensively to address the needs of the City’s homeless population.
Ms. Malin holds a BA in Urban Studies from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gilles Mesrobian is a Affiliate Consultant at Support Center. He is also on the faculty of Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability where he teaches Personal Leadership Development working with MBA students to develop leadership competencies utilizing a personal mastery approach.
His professional credentials include over 26 years senior management experience in the nonprofit arena, with nearly 20 years as an Executive Director. His consulting experience covers a broad range of organizational work in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including executive leadership transition, organizational assessment, executive search, strategic planning and leadership development.
In addition to his consulting work, Gilles facilitates several leadership training programs including the New York Power Authority’s MBA program and the New York Foundation for the Arts’ year-long leadership program, funded through the American Express Leadership Institute.
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.
Stephan Russo is an expert in the management and delivery of human services in New York City. He stepped down as the Executive Director of Goddard Riverside Community Center, a highly regarded New York City settlement house, in February 2017 after a career spanning more than four decades. He began working at Goddard Riverside as a youth outreach worker in the summer of 1976. Except for a brief stint in New York City government and as a consultant in the housing field, Russo held positions of increasing responsibility at Goddard Riverside, serving as a project supervisor, Youth Services Director, Associate Director for Homeless and Housing programs, and Deputy Director before becoming the agency’s Executive Director in 1998. A remarkable history of developing groundbreaking programs to meet community needs was the hallmark of Goddard Riverside under Russo’s leadership. During his eighteen years as Executive Director, the agency’s budget increased from $12 million to over $40 million.
Frank Schneiger was born and grew up in Milwaukee and is a devoted New Yorker. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Madison in History and Political Science and holds a Masters and Ph.D. in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Frank worked his way through life, entertaining jobs such as a liquor truck driver, construction laborer, New York City taxi driver, and longshoreman. He served as Executive Assistant to Congressman James Scheuer of New York, as Assistant Health Commissioner of the City of New York, Executive Director of the Federal Region Two Children’s Services Resource Center, and Director of Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis. Building on his years of experience across various organizations and sectors, Frank founded and is the acting president of Frank Schneiger and Associates, a 35 year old planning, organizational development and crisis management firm serving the public, non-profit and small business communities.
Doug Schoenberger joined the Center for Non-Profits in December 2018 as a Government Affairs Specialist. In this role, Doug is responsible for coordinating the development and execution of the Center’s public policy objectives and advocating these goals to all stakeholders, including state legislators and staff, executive branch officials, and business organizations.
Before joining the Center, Doug worked for AT&T and Verizon in a variety of roles. At AT&T, Doug held positions, among others, in international external affairs, business marketing, and systems engineering at Bell Laboratories. Doug joined Verizon in 2007, where he worked in public policy, corporate philanthropy and state government affairs. Doug’s favorite job by far, however, was a brief stint as a “Good Humor Man” in high school.
An active civic volunteer, Doug currently works with The First Tee of Greater Trenton. He is a past Chairman of Lead New Jersey and past Vice-Chairman of the Council of NJ Grantmakers.
Doug’s education includes a B.S. from Union College in Applied Mathematics, an M. Eng. in Operations Research from Cornell University, and a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. He and his family reside in Hopewell, New Jersey.
Dr. Marci Sternheim is a broadly experienced and deeply knowledgeable independent consultant dedicated to the success and effectiveness of foundations, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. She works closely with boards of trustees and high-level staff in customized engagements to develop their leadership in governance and management, and to build organizational capacity for greatest mission impact.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate University, she holds a doctorate in Spanish and Latin American literature from Yale University, and she taught at both Yale and Wesleyan. She is a trained mediator, having earned her Certification in Mediation from the University of Connecticut and the Quinnipiac University Law School. She is also a BoardSource-trained governance consultant and has received Interim Executive Director leadership training from the Support Center in New York. She teaches nonprofit professional practice classes in the UConn Encore! Program and was a regular guest lecturer on mentoring and on nonprofit leadership at NYU/Stern School of Business Women in Business Leadership course. She is a frequent public speaker/conference presenter on topics ranging from organizational culture to the philanthropic partnership. She currently serves as Board member and Governance Committee Chair of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, DC. She currently chairs the Consultant’s Network at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.
Sarah BJ Sung (BJ) is an expert in strategy and design of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, corporate philanthropy and nonprofit management. Ms. Sung is a seasoned executive who has experience working in banking and utility sectors. She is a diversity & inclusion champion who worked on innovative CSR programs to elevate company’s presence and increase its philanthropic reach. An expert in the nonprofit sector, she also serves on the boards of New York City leading nonprofits. Ms. Sung received her certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from the Boston College for Corporate Citizenship, Carroll School of Management.
Most recently, Ms. Sung worked in Public Affairs department of Con Edison, Inc. and built strategic relationships with nonprofit partners to strengthen support for S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) and civic engagement programs. Her contributions include concept and implementation of STEM festivals, STEM scholarship program, mentorship & training projects and employee volunteer recognition program and many more.
Dr. Michael Zisser recently retired as CEO of University Settlement and The Door after 28 years of service. During that period, the Settlement grew from a historically important Lower East Side organization to a major social services institution located in Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods. The acquisition of The Door and the creation of Broome Street Academy (a charter high school for high at-risk youth) significantly expanded the program reach of the Settlement. He has been a Board member of many civic organizations and has been appointed to City and State commissions addressing significant urban issues.
Dr. Zisser is the author of several books and numerous reports on strategic planning, management and leadership, and community building. He received his doctorate in urban planning from the U of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s Degree in political philosophy from the University of Chicago. Prior to his work as a nonprofit manager, he served as departmental chair and associate professor at Pratt Institute’s graduate program in urban planning, and has taught management courses in several graduate programs.