MSM Faculty

Travis Hellstrom Chair and Academic Advisor: MSM-MDO • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Managing Partner, Advance Humanity
  • Education: MA, SIT Graduate Institute; BS, Campbell University
  • Certifications: RBA Training, January 2014
  • Focus Areas: Nonprofit Management, Benefit Corporations, Triple Strength Leadership

Travis is an author, entrepreneur, executive advisor, and founder of Advance Humanity, a humanitarian consulting group dedicated to helping social entrepreneurs, social businessesm and nonprofits expand their influence and make a difference in the world. Advance Humanity is also one of the first dozen certified B Corporations in Vermont, alongside Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, and King Arthur Flour. Travis was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia (2008-11), author of the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook and was a Peace Corps Fellow at SIT Graduate Institute where he received his MA in management. His focus was on social business and nonprofit management, and he wrote his thesis on "Leading Happiness: Shared Leadership and Happiness at Work in Certified Benefit Corporations." He has helped lead the certification of three Certified Benefit Corporations, including the first in Asia. 

Karen White Chair and Academic Advisor: MSM-PRM; Chair and Academic Advisor: MSM-HCA • MS Project Management, Health Care Administration, MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Degree Chair, MS in Management, focus in Project Management, Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies
  • Education: MS, Information Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Northeastern University; BS, with High Honors, University College, Northeastern University
  • Certificates/Awards: Project Management Professional (PMP®); Project Management Institute Fellow; US Army Commendation Medal

Over the past 15 years, Karen has provided training and consulting support to corporate and nonprofit organizations around the globe, helping them achieve organizational goals by improving their project management capabilities. Certified as a project management professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a global leader in the development of standards for the practice of project management, Karen received the PMI Fellow Award in 2009 in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession and society.

Karen authored Agile Project Management: A Mandate for the 21st Century and the award-winning Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits, published in 2013. A former member of PMI’s International Board of Directors, Karen was the chairperson of the PMI Educational Foundation Board during the foundation’s initial capital campaign. Karen is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an advocate for the American Cancer Society in addition to being an active volunteer at the Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care. She continues to support PMI by chairing the Ethics Appeals Committee as well as adjudicating and/or arbitrating special ethics allegations upon request of the board.
A resident of New Hampshire, Karen loves learning and developing new skills. Her latest adventure is starting her doctoral studies with a focus on the application of project management in entrepreneurial endeavors and micro-organizations. 

Debra Askanase • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Core CNL Consultant

Debra Askanase is the founder and Digital Engagement Strategist at Community Organizer 2.0, a digital and social media consulting firm to nonprofit organizations, specializing in online strategy and engagement. She is also a partner in Matterness Consulting with author and social media strategist Allison Fine. In both ventures, Debra translates her passion for digital engagement, and making stakeholders known, heard, and valued into creating a better world through digital engagement. Her award-winning Alltop blog offers advice and strategies for using digital media in the nonprofit sector.

Prior to opening Community Organizer 2.0, Debra worked for over 15 yeas at nonprofit organizations in the Boston area, originally as a community organizer and later as a program director, and executive director. She has been consulting to the mission-driven sector since 2009, helping organizations understand how to actively engage online stakeholders and move them to action. Debra tweets as @askdebra.

Debra has served in the leadership of the Boston 501Tech Club, where she remains active, and is a current member of NTEN’s Research Committee, where she indulges her inner data nerdiness. She lives in Waltham with one overactive puppy, two daughters, and her husband. In her free time, she throws pottery, enjoys walks in the conservation land near her neighborhood, and dreams of more time to read books.

Ingrid Bredenberg • Health Care Administration, MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Bredenberg Associates, Strategic Coaches for High Performing Teams & Organizations. LinkedIn
  • Education: M.A. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven, CT; International Business Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo; B.A. Asian Studies at Eckerd College
  • Classes: Strategic Management and Policy, Practicum in Nonprofit Management

A skillful facilitator and strategic coach, Ingrid Bredenberg has been working with leadership teams in health care, government, and business for over 23 years in her consulting practice, Bredenberg Associates. She and her colleagues guide and equip leadership teams and boards of directors in designing, preparing, and leading their organizations to fulfill their missions in the most agile and sustainable ways. She coaches leaders using innovative approaches and leading-edge resources for visioning, strategic thinking, governance and collaboration. Her skills have been honed through years of  working with international thought-leaders, organizational designers and teachers in many fields of practice.

After completing her tenure as interim executive director and chief strategy officer of CT League for Nursing, Ingrid moved on to serving as the interim talent development officer of Ecovative Design, a bio-tech firm which designs and manufactures biodegradable packaging materials “grown” from fungi.  She mentors leaders who are preparing to move to the next levels in their careers.  She also serves on the faculty of the Leadership Institute for Public and Political Impact.

Ingrid received her B.A. Asian Studies at Eckerd College; M.A. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven, CT; International Business Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo.

Mike Burns • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: BWB Solutions, Nonprofit Board Crisis
  • Education: MS in Nonprofit Management with Nonprofit Governance focus, Lesley College; Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Marketing, University of Hartford; BA in Business Administration, Marquette University
  • Course: Introduction to Nonprofit Governance

Since 1994, Mike has been a partner at BWB Solutions, a firm that strengthens organizations commited to social change. At BWB, Mike’s practice focuses on strategic planning, nonprofit governance, organizational development, and helping nonprofits assess their readiness for mergers and partnerships.  Mike’s mission is “to change the world one nonprofit at a time.” His skills include crisis management, conflict resolution, market research and analysis, and meeting facilitation. Mike has a special interest in governance, and frequently posts to his blog, Nonprofit Board Crisis, where he highlights nonprofit internal issues. He authored two chapters inYou and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs published in 2013, and writes a column called “From the Nonprofit Board Chair Seat” for the quarterly magazine Nonprofit Advantage. Mike also serves as Board Secretary for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, a national association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits.

Mike began his career as an executive director of a community health center, followed by 15 years as an executive director and primary consultant for a nonprofit capacity building organization.  During that time he also taught management on the faculty of the Antioch-New England Graduate Schools of Organization and Management and Environmental Studies. In addition to his professional work, Mike operates a small farm where he produces naturally certified asparagus, raspberries, garlic, strawberries and tomatoes. Mike has also been a professional foster parent for nearly 20 years.

Jodi Clark • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Special Projects Manager at Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), Team Member at Global Round Table Leadership
  • Education: MS in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Marlboro College; MA in Theater Education, Emerson College; B.A., Marlboro College
  • Certifications: RBA Training, January 2014


Jodi is a passionate, community-minded teacher, inspired by the magic groups can co-create. She began her journey co-creating what she has come to call "collective awesome" via co-founding a Renaissance Faire in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her professional journey has taken her from advising the LGBT student group and working extensively in student affairs at Marlboro College to teaching/directing for ActingOut, an issue-oriented improv theater training and performance program for youth in the southwestern New Hampshire. She has served in many community-based coalitions working to achieve community transformation in a number of areas including: after-school programs, community strategies for healthy food and physical activity, and substance abuse prevention.

Jodi has frequently served as a facilitator for and designer of community processes and meetings for United Way of Windham County, Healthy Monadnock 2020, Monadnock United Way, The Center for Nature and Leadership, and Monadnock Alcohol & Drug Abuse Coalition. She is a founding board member for Wolfgard Northeast, a wolf and wilderness education center in southeastern Vermont. Her current work interests are focused on peer-to-peer team and organizational leadership development for practitioners in the field of collective impact or other community-engaged collaboration structures, nature-based leadership and practices, and exploring embodied leadership via sword training and martial practice. Her personal practice of co-creation includes teaching and performing improv theater and stage combat and singing in choirs. She resides in Brattleboro with her wife and cat.

Stuart Comstock-Gay • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Since 2009, Stuart Comstock-Gay has served as the President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, which with $154 million in assets is Vermont’s largest foundation and is in the top ten percent of community foundations nationally for total assets and gifts received.

Stuart has extensive experience in building the capacity, reach, and impact of nonprofit institutions. He started his career at the American Civil Liberties Union, including ten years as executive director of the Maryland ACLU. He has also served as vice president and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. While at the latter organization, he facilitated its merger with Dēmos, a national non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in New York City.

More recently, as director of the Democracy Program at Dēmos, Stu sought to strengthen inclusiveness and democracy in the U.S. by reducing barriers to voter participation and encouraging civic engagement. In that role he worked with election officials, legislators, and advocates across the country to pursue policies that would encourage greater political participation.

Pat Daniel • MS Project Management, Managing for Sustainability, MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Dr. Pat Daniel works as a consultant and trainer, supporting corporations and non-profits on organization development, executive coaching, human resource development, strategic planning, communications, and sustainability. She also provides career and life coaching services for individuals.

Prior to her independent practice, Pat served as the associate director of Ceres, a national network of investors and environmental groups working with corporations to address sustainability challenges. She interfaced with Ceres companies, investors and stakeholder groups, and directed the annual Ceres Conference. She played a key role in the development and launch of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and represented Ceres at the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. As the chief operating officer, Dr. Daniel managed operations, human resources, board relations, and strategic planning during a period when the organization more than doubled in size.

Before joining Ceres, Pat spent 11 years at Polaroid Corporation, where she served as worldwide training manager for Total Quality Management and corporate ethics and compliance. She led a re-engineering effort to enhance and streamline design for the environment and product stewardship, and managed the company’s environmental training. As an internal consultant and coach, she advised executives and employees on organizational and team development.

As a certified professional level Kripalu yoga teacher, Pat has taught yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She has a particular interest in yoga and the natural world, and has written about outdoor meditation for Yoga Journal.  She was the founding editor of the Green Yoga Association newsletter. 

She is the co-founder and managing editor of Engaging Peace, and blogs at

Alisa Del Tufo • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Alisa brings extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as well as an innovative approach to community engagement. In 1983 she established Sanctuary for Families in New York City to provide residential and non-residential services to battered women and their children. In 1993, Alisa founded CONNECT, which employs grassroots education, community organizing and capacity building to work for the prevention and elimination of family and gender violence, and has served as a model for other cities as well as federal policy changes. Alisa served as Executive Director of this 25-person organization from 1993 to 2006. As chair of the NYC Domestic Violence Housing Committee during this time, she led a two-year advocacy effort resulting in the dedication of 3 million dollars to develop permanent housing and support services for domestic violence survivors and their children in the city. 

Four years ago Alisa founded the Threshold Collaborative, a national initiative based in North Bennington. The Collaborative partners with communities to develop a vision and strategies that will support local strength and well-being. In recognition for her work as a leading social entrepreneur with the potential to change patterns across society, Alisa was appointed an Ashoka Fellow. The Ashoka Foundation points to her role in enabling communities to succeed where institutional intervention has failed.

Alisa served as a Rockefeller Fellow at Columbia University where she pursued a project entitled "Choosing Non-Violence" and was also awarded the Charles H Revson Fellowship on the Future of New York for her research the overlap of maternal and child abuse. She serves on the Mayor's Commission to Combat Family Violence in New York and the ACS Commissioner's Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and is the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization for Women- NYC, the Distinguished Service Award from the NYC Police Department, and a Humanitarian Award from Colgate University.

Cheryl Eaton • Managing for Sustainability, MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Cheryl's new business, Wild Genius, offers the same services she has provided through her prior work with Kelliher Samets Volk, such as brand, business, and marketing strategy and consulting, and market research. She said, "It will also allow me to utilize other competencies I’ve developed and delivered for clients, such as: helping organizations, teams and individuals to innovate around the future, and guiding them toward their bold visions."

"Here’s what I’m particularly excited about: providing the quality of thinking and guidance available from a national-caliber firm in a way that is accessible to those individuals and organizations that are doing good for people, communities, and the planet—broadly speaking, those working in the 'sustainability' space.

Sandra Everitt • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Appreciative Inquiry Consultant
  • Education: BA, Biology, University of Massachusetts; Vermont Supreme Court Reader Program, Admitted to Vermont Supreme and Vermont Federal District Court; Snelling Center for Government, Vermont Leadership Institute
  • Course: Appreciative Inquiry

In 2005, Sandi Everitt starting using Appreciative Inquiry in her professional and personal life to achieve strength based growth and change. Since 2009 she has taught Appreciative Inquiry at the Vermont Leadership Institute for the Snelling Center for Government and consulted with organizations on Appreciative Inquiry.

As a licensed attorney, Sandi’s legal work focused on resolving conflict through inclusiveness and bringing about growth and change in family, employment and consumer matters.  She initially worked with non-profits as a partner in the private law firm of Sessions, Keiner, Dumont, Barnes and Everitt. She then became the De

puty States Attorney for Addison County and an Assistant Attorney General for Office of the Vermont Attorney General.  In the Attorney General’s Office she worked with community and the business sector as the Director of the Civil Rights Unit, and most recently with consumers, businesses and advocates as Director of the Consumer Assistance Program.

Sandi is a member of the Vermont Bar Association Board of Managers and is the Association’s representative on the Vermont Bar Foundation.  She is a member of the Vermont Bar Foundation’s Grants Committee and chair of the Personnel and Governance Committee.

Christine Graham • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Principal, CPG Enterprises; co-founder, Governors’ Institutes of Vermont
  • Education: MEd in Organization and Management, Antioch Graduate School; BA, Bennington
  • Courses: Fundraising and Philanthropy; Planned Giving; Donor Fundraising workshop

Christine Graham is a specialist in Nonprofit Management and Fundraising.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1969 as staff and consultant to hundreds of organizations of all sizes and in all fields, primarily in Northern New England. . She specializes in fundraising planning and advisement, with a special focus on capital campaigns and building new and advancing annual fund programs.  Recent clients include the King Street Center, the Vermont Symphony, Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, St Michael’s Episcopal Church, Burlington Community Health Center, Buxton School, and the Northern Forest Center.

Christine co-founded the Governor's Institutes of Vermont and served as its first director. She established several academic and revenue-generating programs at Bennington College as Director of Special Projects prior to serving there as Director of Development.  She has served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces. The Business and Professional Women of Benningon County named Christine “Woman of the Year,” and she was selected as a Fellow of the Vermont Leadership Institute.

Christine is the author of numerous publications on fundraising and philanthropy, including "Keep the Money Coming: a Strategic Guide to Annual Fundraising,"  "Blueprint for a Capital Campaign” and “Asking.”  She recently released a new publication, “Raising Money for Local Land Protection Projects,” in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust.  She is editor and publisher of Nonprofit Vermont Newsletter, and the founder of both the New Hampshire and Vermont Directories of Foundations.

Cecile Green • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Co-founder, Round Sky Solutions
  • Education: B.S. in Community Supported Agricultural Systems
  • Course: Strategic Planning for Organizational Effectiveness

Cecile Green is a visionary, entrepreneur, experiential philosopher, and farmer with a passion for assisting mission driven organizations achieve their visions. As the innovator of a cutting edge, rapid culture change tool kit, CollabTM, which effectively converts all kinds of organizational challenges into fuel for the organization, she has been researching and experimenting with questions of power, systems of decision-making, and efficient operations for over 20 years in both academic and experiential arenas. She provides training and facilitation in CollabTM to mission driven organizations from hospitals to colleges, and small business to nonprofits.

Cecile is the author of the book “Collaboration that Works: A Ruthlessly Practical Handbook for a Generative World,” a training manual which summarizes her research and introduces these tools for practical application in organizations.

Cecile was raised in Istanbul Turkey for 10 years as a child where she learned French in an embassy school and spent hours exploring ancient ruins and the waters of the Aegean. She is married to the talented and dedicated integral coach Daniel Little and is mother of an aspiring 24 year-old change maker. In her spare time, she enjoys the wilds of Vermont, ecstatic dancing, and building beautiful homes and gardens.

Kate Jellema Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Kate directs the Center for New Leadership and also leads the Benchmarks for a Better Vermont project, a collaborative performance measurement initiative involving Marlboro College, the United Ways of Vermont, Common Good Vermont, SerVermont and the Vermont Community Foundation, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is a 2010 graduate of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, serves as president of an independent school board, and is a 2012 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute. She is trained as a cultural anthropologist, and her academic work focuses on religious expression; the role of the past in the present; and war, displacement, and the experience of home. Kate has been awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to support her research.

Anne Lezak • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont

  • Work: Director of Education and Transition Programs, Mercy Connections; Former Coordinator, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont
  • Education: MPA, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR; BA, University of Oregon; Graduate, Vermont Leadership Academy
  • Certifications: RBA Training with Mark Friedman, 2013
  • RBA Quote: "My work with RBA is a natural outgrowth of my years of work helping nonprofit and public organiztions understand and embrace the importance of setting measurable outcomes that tell them the extent to which they are improving the lives of their clients/customers."

Anne Lezak is a seasoned writer/editor, grant writer, and organizational consultant. Her content expertise is in policy, planning, and service issues in behavioral health, child and family services, and homelessness. Anne researches and writes monographs, articles, and technical assistance materials and has edited four books and many reports. She has prepared or been a major contributor to numerous winning grant proposals, including multi-million dollar federal applications. Anne also facilitates organizational retreats, leadership development workshops, and board training for non-profits, communities, and federal agencies. She regularly teaches grant-writing workshops and classes in Vermont and nationally, including a recent week-long workshop for Navajo Nation professionals.

Anne is deeply involved in her community and in local politics, and has chaired and served in substantive roles on a number of boards. She was executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County, and was previously coordinator, Program for Homeless Mentally Ill Persons, for the National Institute of Mental Health (now Center for Mental Health Services).

Julie McNeal • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Nonprofit Management Certificate

  • Work: Director of Finance and Operations, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Eastern Connecticut State University

Julie McNeal, CPA, serves as the director of finance and operations for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the organization’s finances and human resources including budgeting, monthly financial results and forecasts, 990 tax reporting, payroll, and benefits. Julie is the primary liaison with the IRS and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Julie manages a staff of five, doing her best to give them tools to do their best work.

Julie is a 2012 graduate of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In 2009, Julie was appointed by Connecticut Governor Rell to a task force tackling the state’s other post-employment benefits shortfall. In 2012, she was a member of the Connecticut Governor Molloy’s Business Tax Policy Review Task Force, appointed to broadly review the state’s business tax environment. In her spare time, Julie is working on her master’s degree in managing mission-driven organizations.

Andy Robinson • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Board Leadership Institute, Core CNL Consultant, Nonprofit Management Certificate

Andy provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, grant-seeking, board development, marketing earned income, planning, leadership development, and facilitation. Andy has worked with organizations in 47 US states and Canada. He specializes in the needs of groups working for human rights, social justice, environmental conservation, historic preservation, and community development.

Andy is the author of several books. His most recent, Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money, contains easy-to-use fundraising exercises. He is also the author of How to Raise $500 to $5000 From Almost Anyone, Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out)The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances, Grassroots Grants, and Great Boards for Small Groups, all helpful guides for nonprofit organizations. Andy is also a frequent contributor to Grassroots Fundraising Journal, a publication focused on the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building.

When he’s not on the road, Andy lives in Plainfield, Vermont with his spouse, a woodlot filled with wildlife, and a garden that is completely out of control.

Kerry Secrest • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Watershed Coaching, LLC
  • Education: M.A. SIT Graduate Institute; B.A.- Villanova University
  • Course: Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont 

Kerry Secrest is a leadership coach for individuals and organizations, focusing on executive coaching, women’s leadership, team coaching, and leadership training. She has helped such organizations as ECCO USA, Kraft Foods, Inc., KPMG, American Red Cross, World Learning and SIT Graduate Institute, and AmeriCorps, along with a number of healthcare organizations and smaller organizations, and works with leaders to significantly increase their performance, goal-attainment, and personal fulfillment.

Kerry is committed to supporting women leaders. She founded the innovative Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont program, a six-month, intensive leadership program for key women leaders in each county in Vermont now operated in partnership with Marlboro College. In 2013, she was invited to speak at the International Women’s Leadership Conference in California on the success of the program. Additionally, she facilitates national corporate courses for women in leadership, provides individual coaching for professional women, leads an annual women's retreat, and personally experiences the power of being more than 12 years in her own women's circle.
With a strong commitment to community, Kerry has recently been appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women, and is president of the board of the New England Center for Circus Arts. With international experience in Africa, Europe, and Asia, she finds that her international work provides her with a broader perspective for her coaching and organizational work. A dual citizen, she has been appointed by the foreign minister of Lithuania as the honorary consul to Vermont.

She is an integral coach with New Ventures West, credentialed with the International Coach Federation. She holds certificates in team coaching and the skilled facilitator approach, and in mediation through the Center for Dispute Settlement in Washington, D.C

Julie van der Horst Jansen • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Grants and Financial Management Assistant, Nonprofit Management Programs, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies; Treasurer and Development Committee Chair, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont; President of the Board, HeartSong Health In Community.                                     
  • Course: Financial Management: Budgets

Julie van der Horst Jansen is the grants and financial management assistant for the nonprofit management programs at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies. Previously, she was a project developer and financial manager in the Center for Teacher Education, Training, and Research at the School for International Training (SIT). She worked at SIT for over 18 years and spent the last seven of those years as a project manager and project developer for the center. 

Julie also has considerable teaching and training experience. She teaches the Financial Management module of the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDTLM), a diploma course credited by SIT, Cambridge University, and the University of Queensland. She has also facilitated pre-convention institutes (PCIs) at several Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conferences on the topic of financial management for new managers of language institutions. Julie is one of the co-authors of the financial management chapters of an educational management resource/textbook entitled From Teacher To Manager: Managing Language Teaching Organizations. Currently, in addition to her work at the graduate school, Julie is a freelance tutor and consultant. She also serves on two non-profit boards. She is the treasurer and development committee chair for the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont and president of the board for HeartSong Health In Community.  

Diana Wahle • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Collaboration and Organizational Development Consultant and Developmental Assets Coordinator, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
  • Education: B.A. Sociology, Northwestern University, M.I.A. and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation, SIT Graduate Institute
  • Classes: Outcomes and Evaluation

Diana is a collaboration and planning consultant who promotes cross-community initiatives, bringing together different sectors of the community to tackle a particular concern. Her hope is to convene exciting, positive, and meaningful conversations that cultivate an impact on what matters the most. As administrator of the Alliance for Building Community regional partnership, she became a trainer in the application of Results Based Accountability (RBA) from 1995-2008. To promote positive youth development, she helped develop a Social Competency Development curriculum in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union (WSESU) as well as a Windham County Youth Council. Diana uses RBA to coordinate the WSESU School Attendance Council.

Diana facilitates the Community Equity Collaborative, a group of community leaders who monitor a vision where the greater Brattleboro area is recognized as an open and welcoming community celebrating diversity free of prejudice and discrimination of all kinds. She is the mother of two adult daughters and lives with her husband in East Dummerston, Vermont.

Elaine Young • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Professor of Marketing, Champlain College
  • Education: PhD Organizational Management, Capella University; MS Internet Strategy Management, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Course: Nonprofit marketing workshop
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As a professor for marketing, Elaine uses her industry experience in the nonprofit and advocacy sector to bring the working world to the classrooms. She brings experience in marketing, public relations, media relations, event management, internet strategy as well as an in-depth knowledge of interactive and social media techniques, strategies and tools. In January 2012, Elaine was named a "Top Marketing Professor on Twitter" by Social Media Marketing Magazine.

Drawing on her own experience with organizations such as the World Resources Institute, the American Cancer Society, President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Elaine appreciates the importance of teaching students how to engage with the communities they are in, and how to apply successful business techniques to support causes and engage various publics.

Elaine recently completed a special project to develop an integrated social media marketing presence to help promote Champlain's master's degree programs. Currently Elaine is on sabbatical, working on writing a series of social media guidebooks for parents and families.