CNM instructors comprise a diverse group of accomplished professionals with deep experience in managing nonprofits and a passionate commitment to teaching online.
Ms. Alpern, President of Open Door Advisors, is a seasoned social venture business adviser. She started ODA to follow her passion—working with the new breed of entrepreneurs seeking both income and social impact. ODA helps entrepreneurial nonprofits, social purpose and green businesses achieve financial sustainability through strategy development, business planning and investments.
As a technical advisor for Illinois ResourceNet at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ms. Alpern advises nonprofits on capacity building strategies with an emphasis on successfully securing federal grants. She has extensive experience in the federal grants arena where she has led teams submitting complex, multi-year grants and served as a lead writer. She has been selected as an expert reviewer by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Corporation for National Service and Social Innovation Fund competition.
Additionally, Ms. Alpern has held leadership positions in community relations and community development. She helped found the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she served as associate director, creating new resources and partnerships between faculty, students, community and corporate partners all seeking to improve the quality of life in Chicago and other cities. Ms. Alpern serves on the board of Growing Home, Inc., a nonprofit social enterprise, which provides job training through an urban organic agriculture business, the Capital Campaign Committee of Inspiration Corporation and the Business Advisory Board of Sweet Miss Giving’s.
Dr. Beck brings over 30 years of experience serving on, and consulting with, nonprofits and their boards. She has worked with governing bodies at the local, state, regional and national levels.
Dr. Beck specializes in building boards' capacity to govern: understanding the special roles of governance and thinking more expansively about their critical leadership responsibilities for defining, protecting and advancing the organization's vision and mission.
Dr. Beck is the co-founder and coordinator of the Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute. She is a founding member of the international Study Group on Governance Relationships and Dynamics. She is an experienced distance educator, teaching courses on a range of nonprofit topics since 2001. She received a Wyoming Distance Education Consortium Master Distance Educator Award in 2011.
Dr. Beck earned a doctorate in adult and post-secondary education from the University of Wyoming in 2009. A chapter based on her dissertation research is included in the book, Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches.
Mr. Berg, Director of Marketing and Communications for Community Investment Corporation, specializes in marketing, fundraising management and operations management. CIC is a nonprofit multifamily rehab lender creating affordable housing for the six-county Chicago area.
Mr. Berg has over 30 years of nonprofit public relations/marketing experience, beginning with his service from 1979 as director of community programs for the former St. Anne's Hospital on Chicago's West Side and continuing with his tenure as executive director of the North-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce in the mid-1980s. From 1988 to 2000 he was director of communications, member services and retail development for the Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations where he worked with that nonprofit citywide coalition to revitalize Chicago neighborhood retail and industrial areas.
Mr. Berg received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Louis University and earned a Master of Social Work degree at the Jane Addams Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a lifetime member of the Publicity Club of Chicago, Public Relations Society of America, American Marketing Association, Independent Writers of Chicago and the Chicago Newspaper Guild.
Mr. Brehm has worked in community development for over 30 years, including 17 years as Director of Bickerdike Redevelopment in Chicago, and more recently in the Washington DC area. He has provided direct technical assistance to over 20 community organizations, focusing on organizational development, strategic planning and management, program evaluation and community organizing and development strategies.
Mr. Brehm has also taught in several venues, including the Urban Developers Program at UIC, the Master of Arts in Community Development at North Park College and various workshops in Chicago. His interests lie in community empowerment—looking beyond the numbers and tangible results in community organizing and development to such things as individual growth, leadership development, changes in the power structure and the ongoing struggle for economic and social justice. He has always strived to manage in a way that is both inclusive and democratic and that prioritizes recruiting people from the local community for staff and leadership positions.
Ms. De Ley, Partnership Coordinator in the Office of Academic Enhancement at Chicago Public Schools, serves the district’s magnet and gifted schools and programs. She is responsible for developing relationships with external constituencies, a task that involves marketing, fundraising and strategic planning.
Previously, at the Chicago-based Millennia Consulting and independently, she was a consultant to foundations, nonprofits and other public service institutions. Ms. De Ley served for more than 11 years as a program officer at The Chicago Community Trust where she oversaw grants in two communities under the Trusts Children, Youth and Families Initiative, served as senior program officer for the Community Development program and directed the Chicago Area Foundation for Legal Services. While at the Trust, she worked with organizations in the fields of youth development, legal services, affordable housing, economic development, regional planning, workforce development, adult literacy, community organizing, leadership development, civic participation, civil rights, criminal justice reform and strengthening the nonprofit sector. In addition, she reviewed and evaluated programs of the Trust and worked with colleagues, trustees, and business leaders in the creation of Nuestro Futuro, a Latino fund at the Trust.
Ms. De Ley has published articles on French immigration policy and undocumented Mexican immigrant workers in Los Angeles, a study of community foundations in Mexico and a capacity-building manual for organizations of Spanish-speaking immigrants. She currently serves on two nonprofit boards.
Ms. Finglas, Communications Officer with Misean Cara, specializes in communications, marketing and media relations. Misean Cara is an Irish membership-based charity that supports international development organizations to work in some of the poorest countries around the world.
Previously, Ms. Finglas was a Senior Coordinator with Rotary International in the Membership Development Division. Her work with Rotary inspired her to create the “Take Rotary With You” mobile app that connected Rotarians with resources to support them in their efforts to do good in the world.
With more than five years of experience in media, Ms. Finglas also has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Ireland, Malawi and the United States in international development, volunteerism, global health, communications and membership development. Her work focuses on adapting media and communications to create positive social change in societies around the world to increase understanding and peace. She has more than 10 years of volunteering experience, having volunteered in her native Ireland, Greece, Romania, the United Kingdom, Belarus, Madagascar, South Africa, Malawi and Chicago.
Ms. Finglas earned a master’s degree in international peace studies, a degree in communications and journalism, a diploma in digital marketing and advertising and a certificate in green business.
Mr. Heard serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Planning at the University of North Carolina. His primary subjects are environmental planning, transportation planning, community economic development and urban planning (practice and theory).
He has operated as an economic development and planning consultant for community-based organizations and local governments since the late 1980s. From 1999 until 2003, he was the Charlotte Office Director for the Enterprise Foundation, a national organization that works with partners to provide low-income people with affordable housing, safer streets and access to jobs and childcare. The Charlotte office provides technical assistance and $1 million in annual funding (core operating grants and project loans) to six Charlotte-area CDCs.
From 1991 until 1999, Mr. Heard was employed as the Executive Director of the Northwest Corridor Community Development Corporation. In support of CDC projects, he raised more than $2 million in grant funds to support its core operations and more than $24 million in loans, investments and grants to finance the various projects.
Mr. Heard earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College, his master’s degree in city planning at Harvard University, and his master’s in public administration at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Heidkamp, President of Dynamic Insights International, specializes in strategic, operations, marketing management and nonprofit governance. Dynamic Insights International strives to inspire organizations and their leaders to become the best that they can be while discovering the best of who they are.
Dr. Heidkamp has 25 years of experience in leading organizations, including 10 years as the Director for the Campaign for Human Development in Chicago. In her current role, she has consulted with organizations as diverse as the Chicago Mayor's Office for Workforce Development, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Mercy Hospital's Comprehensive Breast Center, the Sargent Shriver National Center for Poverty Law and Catholic Relief Services. Drawing on the experiences of eight years spent living in South Africa, Japan and India, she brings a cross-cultural and international perspective to the work of organizational problem solving.
Dr. Heidkamp has received numerous awards including the Harry A. Fagan Roundtable Award (1996), the Cardinal Bernardin Common Ground Award (1996) and the Clarke College Distinguished Alumnae Award for Humanitarian Service (1995. Dr. Heidkamp is also the author of numerous popular articles on topics including goal setting, time management and women's unique challenge in the workplace. She is the co-author, with Jim Lund, of Moving Faith into Action (1990, Paulist Press), “a guide for organizing congregational groups for social action.” She holds a doctoral degree from McCormick Theological Seminary (1993) with a specialization in organizational change and executive leadership.
Ms. Jenkins is a freelance research, planning, writing, evaluation and management consultant for nonprofits that are engaged in community and workforce development, social justice, poverty alleviation and higher education. She has written and edited documents for clients such as the Illinois Community College Board, Chicago Jobs Council, New York Academy of Medicine and the North Lawndale Employment Network.
Since May 2002, Ms. Jenkins has helped clients, through her grant writing, to raise more than $4 million for workforce development programs, technology upgrades, ex-offender re-entry programs, community-based research, advocacy activities, strategic planning and other related activities. Previously, Ms. Jenkins worked in the Affordable Housing Division of LR Development Company and as project manager for a foundation-funded national evaluation of the federal Empowerment Zone program.
Ms. Jenkins holds a master’s degree in urban planning and policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She has served as president of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Alumni Association, currently serves as president of Friends of Downtown and is also on the board of Southwest Youth Collaborative.
Ms. Kaminski is currently a consultant and e-learning specialist for Training Development Associates, Inc., where she provides training and technical assistance to federal affordable housing and community development grantees.
Ms. Kaminski’s experience in program design and evaluation began while working as a program coordinator at Seattle Neighborhood Group, a community-based nonprofit. Managing two federally funded programs focused on community safety, she coordinated the design and evaluation of both initiatives. Both programs were community-driven and she facilitated the involvement of various neighborhood stakeholders in the process. Working with a coalition of community members, Ms. Kaminski learned first-hand that program design and evaluation is not a one-time event, but rather an ongoing process. As evaluation of programs showed successes (and challenges) in achieving outcomes, new priorities in the communities emerged. During her experience with these initiatives, she utilized program evaluation as a powerful tool to continuously help shape an organization’s priorities and program implementation efforts.
Ms. Kaminski holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While earning her graduate degree she held an assistantship with the UIC Great Cities Institute, where she served on the staff of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management online program. She contributed significantly to the development of the Program Design and Evaluation course.
Ms. Leonard, a Community Development Consultant, has a mission to strengthen the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. Her clients include the Illinois ResourceNet, After School Matters, Quad Communities Development Corporation, Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.
Ms. Leonard’s projects span a wide range of community and organizational development, including comprehensive organizational assessment, developing organizational budgets, financial management systems, policies and procedures, strategic planning, proposal writing and resource development, preparing cash flow projections, performing regulatory compliance reviews, development of specialized workshops and providing technical assistance for organizations seeking federal funds.
Ms. Leonard has considerable experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to starting her consulting practice, she spearheaded the spin-off of a community-based grant making organization from a family foundation and became its founding executive director; managed site planning and development activities for Jewel- Osco stores in Chicago and the six collar counties; coordinated financing in excess of $100 million for construction, renovation and major capital equipment purchases for a healthcare system on Chicago's west side; and developed marketing strategies for New York City's $6 billion general obligation bond program.
Ms. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Spelman College and a Master of Management with concentrations in finance and marketing from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Ms. McCoy is the Director of Lumity’s Financial Consulting Services practice. Lumity is a nonprofit capacity builder serving nonprofits in the wider Chicagoland area that offers finance, technology and HR support and training to other nonprofits. She leads a team of accounting professionals to support and assist nonprofits.
In Ms. McCoy’s previous career, she spent more than 25 years focused in the financial services sector. She spent significant time with CNA and Kemper Insurance companies in finance and operations roles. Her roles included financial oversight, planning and budgeting, operations management, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. McCoy’s nonprofit service includes boards of director positions, as well as active participation with several area groups. She has been president, program coordinator, treasurer and fundraising committee chair for different groups over the past 15 years. A hallmark event she chaired several times was the UCWBG’s “Linking Professionals to Nonprofits.” This biennial event focused on introducing and pairing talented young professionals to nonprofits who were interested in attracting junior board members or adding to their talent pool. It helped to introduce a new wave of professionals to what is hoped to be a lifetime of nonprofit board service.
Ms. McCoy earned an MBA in finance and economics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, a graduate degree in music from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.
Ms. Munro is President of SBM Solutions for Nonprofits, which consults to foundations and nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area on strategic planning, communications, marketing, fundraising and program implementation. She works primarily with organizations that share her goal of positively affecting the lives of children and families. In working with nonprofits, Ms. Munro follows a philosophy that is asset-based, solution-focused, outcome-oriented and collaborative.
From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Munro worked at the Steans Family Foundation, leaving as the associate executive director. At Steans, Ms. Munro was responsible for communications, administration and three program areas: housing, health and human services and family asset-building. In 2005-2006, she was director of communications and development for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at UIC. Before joining the nonprofit world, Ms. Munro had a successful career in publishing. For fifteen years she was director of the professional books division of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Ms. Munro holds a master’s degree in child development from the Erikson Institute and is a graduate of Smith College. She has been a volunteer fundraiser for Smith and has served on the Alumnae Fund Committee. Ms. Munro has also been a housing commissioner for the City of Evanston. She is co-chair of the board of directors of Literature for All of Us.
Dr. Pravera is an accomplished nonprofit executive, educator and consultant with more than 30 years of experience building partnerships across public, private and nonprofit sectors and working across disciplines. In 2000, she established the Certificate in Nonprofit Management online program, the first online, instructor-led professional development credential for nonprofit practitioners in the U.S. Her extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sector and management of nonprofit organizations has shaped the CNM program for more than 10 years.
Dr. Pravera specializes in program and curriculum design for professional development initiatives that promote social change. Utilizing a highly participatory and results-oriented approach, she has shaped the successful design and facilitation of numerous professional development workshops, conferences, graduate-level courses and online classes. She has served as founding executive director of the Chicago Community Loan Fund as well as the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation.
As a senior consultant at Millennia Consulting LLC, she established a practice centering on planning, design and evaluation services, including business planning, curriculum design for adult learning, program design and organizational development. Kate holds a PhD in social ethics from Northwestern University.
Ms. Ramos is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of Institute communication, including the development of marketing material and content for print and Web-based media.
Ms. Ramos is also responsible for the management of internal and external partnerships with media and community partners and contributes to the program development and administration functions of the IPCE, especially where those functions have implications for the communication-related aspects of programs and activities. She has more than 10 years of marketing, media and communications experience working in the education units at USA TODAY, Chicago Sun-Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Ms. Ramos graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a BA in Journalism and an MS in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Rich is Professor of Cultural Management and Chairman Emeritus of the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department at Columbia College.
In addition to working as a professor, Dr. Rich has fundraised for new programs and positions at Columbia College Chicago and as a working arts manager. He was responsible for annually raising millions of dollars for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet, the Atlanta Ballet and Studio Arena Theater.
Dr. Rich has also worked as a development consultant for many years, assisting nonprofits to develop boards of directors and to create and execute fundraising programs. His international work includes colloquia, workshops, scholarly presentations and lectures on fundraising in more than twenty countries. He is a contributor and co-author of several books including a chapter on fundraising in Marketing Culture and the Arts, which is published in twelve languages.
Ms. Strauss is President of Deborah Strauss and Associates, Inc. She is a consultant working on projects involving fundraising, capacity building and board development. Clients include organizations in the fields of the environment, food safety, human services, journalism and technology access for underserved communities.
She was the Executive Director of Lumity from 1985 until 2007. Lumity’s mission encompasses technology consulting and training for nonprofits, creation of internet tools such as NPO.net, as well as work to bridge the digital divide. Ms. Strauss was responsible for program development and management, and she was exclusively responsible for fundraising for most of the organization’s history.
Previously she was Director of Development and Public Relations for the Chicago Child Care Society. Ms. Strauss was a founding member of the board of the national Alliance for Nonprofit Management and served on the boards of the Donors Forum of Chicago and the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is currently a member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and the National Technology Enterprise Network. She was named by the Nonprofit Times as one of the Power and Influence Top 50 in 2002, 2003 and 2005. She received the Capacity Builder of the Year Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management in 2007 and previously received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Ms. Strauss has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Chicago. She is a past member of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and a current board member of the Friends of the Parks.
Mr. Tresser is an educator, organizer, creativity champion, public defender and fighter of privatization. He has been involved in civic engagement and grassroots democracy efforts for over 40 years. His first voter registration campaign was in 1972. Mr. Tresser has also founded or led 13 nonprofit enterprises. He was a co-founder of Protect Our Parks, a neighborhood effort to stop the privatization of public space in Chicago.
Mr. Tresser was a lead organizer for No Games Chicago, an all-volunteer grassroots effort that opposed Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid. He has taught workshops on “The Politics of Creativity – A Call To Service” for arts service organizations in six states. He has published a web-based project, "America Needs You!" about the need for artists to get involved in politics.
Mr. Tresser is proud to announce the launch of a new civic project, The CivicLab, a space where activists, educators, coders and designers meet to collaborate, teach, and build tools for civic engagement. The space is located in Chicago’s West Loop. Mr. Tresser is the lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project that is investigating and explaining the impacts of Tax Increment Financing districts on a ward-by-ward basis. He and the TIF Illumination Project are profiled in the cover story of the July 22, 2013, issue of The Nation entitled “Chicago Rising!”