2016 BootCamp Speakers and Panelists

A team of highly experienced leaders leads BootCamp sessions in the focus areas of mission, board governance, leadership style and capabilities, strategic management, financial management and planning, resource development, and legal and ethical issues. Additional professionals contribute to a Resource Development Panel and Executive Director Panel.

Rob Acton
Robert B. Acton, JD
Principal & Founder
Cause Strategy Partners

Rob Acton is principal and founder of Cause Strategy Partners, a consulting firm headquartered in New York City with consultants based in Chicago and New York.  Cause Strategy Partners provides strategic counsel to corporations, philanthropic foundations, and social good organizations.

Rob has more than two decades of experience founding, leading and scaling social good organizations as both a nonprofit chief executive and board leader. He has provided strategic counsel and consulting to numerous Fortune 500 companies. For the last ten years, Rob has frequently written, taught and presented on the topics of board service, nonprofit leadership, and social impact. 

In 2011, Rob was appointed executive director of Taproot Foundation in New York City and served as interim leader of the foundation’s work in Chicago in 2014, as well. Prior to Taproot, Rob led Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) in Chicago. He has served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law and North Park University in Chicago. He is a frequent presenter with the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management and was on the design team of the Center’s BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs.

Rob currently serves as vice chair of the board of directors and chair of the Development Committee of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, an organization representing and serving 1,500 member nonprofit organizations in the New York City region. He also serves on the Board Governance Committee of the NYC Anti-Violence Project. Previously, he was a founding board member of Illinois Legal Aid Online, served on the Advisory Board of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, and served on the Board of Trustees of Spring Arbor University. He was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and confirmed by the Senate to serve on a state commission investigating police abuse.

Rob is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. He attended Spring Arbor University & Brooklyn Law School. He tweets @RobertActon.

Jacqueline Babb, M.S., CNP
Lecturer at North Park University and Nonprofit Marketing Consultant

Jacqueline is on the nonprofit and business faculty of North Park University and Oakton Community College. She teaches classes in marketing and communications to students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Jacqueline is the faculty advisor for the North Park University Nonprofit Leadership Club and the campus executive director for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She is a Certified Nonprofit Professional.  

When she is not in the classroom, Jacqueline provides marketing consulting services to nonprofit organizations and serves as a speaker on marketing topics. Jacqueline is an active volunteer and board member for nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area.  She is published and quoted in industry publications and serves as a professional textbook reviewer. Jacqueline co-authored the textbook, “Crafting Your Message: Practical Lessons in Management Communications,” which will be published in December 2015.

Jacqueline earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.

David Bea
David Bea, JD
Bea & VandenBerk Attorneys at Law

David Bea is an attorney with the firm of Bea & VandenBerk in Chicago. The attorneys at Bea & VandenBerk concentrate on serving nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. They have successfully taken a wide variety of organizations through the start-up process, advised both large and small organizations on issues of governance, leadership, management, corporate re-structuring, taxation, international operations, operation of foreign subsidiaries, protection of intellectual property, real estate, and employment administration. Their clients are nationwide. David’s clients include start-ups, nonprofits, religious organizations, private foundations, entrepreneurs, publishers, authors, artists, and other creatives. David has presented seminars for the Chicago Bar Association, the IRS TE/GE Advisory Council, and numerous other organizations about matters of nonprofit law, social enterprise law, or intellectual property. He is a member of the Exempt Organizations Division of the Federal Tax Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and formerly served as the committee chair. He has served on boards or volunteered for several nonprofits.

Andreason Brown, M.N.M.
Chief Financial Officer

Andreason oversees the finance and administration functions at Forefront, including accounting, human resources, IT infrastructure, and facilities. He provides strategic direction for the ongoing financial and operational sustainability of Forefront and ensures best practices in finance, management and governance.  

Andreason’s extensive work in the nonprofit sector includes work at membership, social service, architecture/design, and performing arts organizations. Most recently, he served as vice president and assistant treasurer for the Executive Service Corps of Chicago and operations director at the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, a council of municipal governments. 

Andreason is deeply committed to the nonprofit sector and currently serves on the boards and committees of several organizations including Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), the African American Legacy Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Dance Crash, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and LINKS. He earned a bachelor of economics at Central Michigan University and a master’s in nonprofit management at DePaul University.

Richard Jones
Richard L. Jones, PhD
Administrator of the Division of Senior and Adult Services
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Richard L. Jones, was appointed to serve as the administrator of the Division of Senior and Adult Services for Cuyahoga County in April 2015. In 2013, he served as the senior vice president of Community Investment of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.  He was responsible for leadership, planning and measurement and execution of United Way’s strategic investments in the areas of income, education and health.  Richard also served as the administrator of Employment and Family Services and the Cuyahoga Support Enforcement Agency for Cuyahoga County in Ohio.

Prior to this position, for 13 years, he served as president and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago delivering more than $290M in programs and services to more than 600,000 people during this tenure. Richard’s leadership is recognized nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Metropolitan Family Services in 1998, he served as executive director of Boston Children’s Services in Boston, Massachusetts and also president and CEO of the Center for Families and Children in Cleveland from 1991 until 1998.

Richard has received many awards and served in major leadership roles throughout his career. He was presented the Leadership in Nonprofit Award by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in 1997; a fellowship to the Harvard Business School in 2005; and the Lifetime Achievement Award for the State of Illinois by the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 2011. In the spring of 2010, Richard was one of a select group of delegates to participate in the Congress on Social Work and in 2010 and 2011 he served as a co-leader of a delegation of social workers studying the social service system in Russia and Brazil. Richard completed his MSSA and Ph.D. at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western University.  He has served as the chairman of the board of directors for The Alliance for Children and Families, The Chicago Alliance for Collaborative Effort, and Assurance Services which is the for profit arm of the National Association of Social Workers. Previous leadership responsibilities have included serving on the Board of Directors of Leadership Cleveland and the Cleveland United Way; serving as the co-chair of the International Year of the Family and co-chair of the Commission on Chemical Dependency and Child Welfare for the Child Welfare League of America. Recently, Richard was honored with the title of President Emeritus of Metropolitan Family Services and a building named in his honor. A graduate of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 1993, Richard is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University and the Program Strategy Committee of the Saint Luke’s Foundation.

Andrew Means, M.P.P.
The Impact Lab

Andrew Means is Co-Founder of The Impact Lab, a data science shop that works with nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies solving social problems. He has previously held leadership positions at The University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science & Public Policy, Groupon, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago and is trained in Six Sigma from Motorola. Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors at Ingenuity Inc..

Mary Morten
President and Principal Consultant
Morten Group

Mary Morten is the President and Principal Consultant for Morten Group. For the last 15 years, Morten Group has worked with nonprofits, foundations and for profit companies to improve performance and thoughtfully plan for strategic growth. Morten Group provides a broad range of services including, succession and strategic planning, board and resource development and recruitment for qualitative research studies.

Cori Moschberger
Cori Moschberger, LCSW, MSW
Counselor and Organizational Development Consultant

Cori Moschberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in the field since 1998 serving in various capacities in the nonprofit sector providing supervisory, educational and clinical services to under-resourced populations. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. 

Cori is a co-owner of Integrated Advising Services an organizational development business and specializes in the nonprofit sector. Her experience includes administration, management, team building and training, leadership mentoring, and counseling. Having successfully led her own staff as an executive director of an organization in Chicago, Cori brings to her clients the real-world “know-how” needed to effectively mentor and manage employees and teams.

Clinically, Cori works with a variety of ages and issues. She specializes in couples, individuals, and seniors. Some of the issues Cori works most with are depression, anxiety, grief and loss, codependency, identity issues, and self-worth. Cori utilizes unique tools to help clients identify their strengths and develop their full potential in all areas of their life. 

Cori is a highly regarded trainer in the areas of attracting and retaining quality personnel, workplace communication, and coaching and motivating employees. She is a certified PDP Administrator and TrakStar Professional. 

Shannon Sullivan
Shannon Sullivan
Director, Strategic Planning and Michigan Services
Mission+Strategy Consulting

Shannon Sullivan is a seasoned nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience as an executive director, regional director and consultant specializing in strategic planning, board development and conflict resolution. Shannon directs the portfolio of Mission+Strategy’s strategic planning and conflict resolution work alongside leading the growth of work in Michigan.  Her extensive experience in engaging diverse stakeholders, facilitating board and staff retreats, and creating and implementing strategic plans significantly informs her work at Mission+Strategy.  Shannon was the founding executive director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) overseeing the Alliance’s merger with another organization and growing the Alliance to an over one million dollar annual budget. As a regional director, Shannon managed a 2.5 million dollar budget and over 30 staff across thirteen states.  Shannon’s current consulting portfolio includes partnering with client organizations through deep transition, healing and resolving internal and external conflict, and posing and answering the ‘big questions” through strategic and annual planning.  Shannon is a dedicated activist for LGBTQ and racial justice alongside criminal legal system reform.

Amy Wishnick
Amy Wishnick
Wishnick & Associates, LLC

Amy Wishnick is passionate about organizations. With skill, sensitivity, and good humor, Amy works with diverse organizations to enhance their management, leadership, and adaptive capacities to be more effective. Since founding Wishnick & Associates in 2004, Amy has worked with an array of nonprofit clients on strategic planning, organizational assessments, executive transition and succession planning, board development, and more. Wishnick & Associates works successfully with nonprofit organizations of all sizes and budgets. Clients include human services agencies, arts, cultural, education, workforce, and community development organizations, religious organizations, and foundations.

Amy began her career in Washington, D.C. at the National Endowment for the Humanities where she managed a portfolio of research grants to libraries and archives. Upon returning to Chicago, she was the recruiting coordinator at Mayer Brown & Platt, an international law firm. There she managed all recruiting from law schools and lateral hiring. She consulted with the branch offices to set up their recruiting programs as the firm expanded. Immediately prior to starting Wishnick & Associates, Amy spent seven years at CMC Consultants, a boutique executive search firm. 

Amy has served on and chaired numerous nonprofit boards. She currently is on the KAM Isaiah Israel Foundation Board, which oversees the synagogue’s endowment, and she chaired the rabbinic transition committee in 2013 – 2014. From 1993 – 1995, Amy had the unique opportunity to serve on the United States Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), a committee of civilian volunteers appointed to advise the Secretary of Defense. As a member of the executive committee, Amy designed and implemented a training program for new committee members on how to conduct domestic military installation site visits to gain deeper understanding of career opportunities, forces utilization, and quality of life issues for women. She also served as the primary author of two reports for the Secretary of Defense highlighting findings and making recommendations from the executive committee’s overseas trips to military installations in Europe (1994) and Asia (1995). Amy was president of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits from July 2009 to June 2011. She joined the organization in 2004 and was a member of the board from 2006 – 2012. She co-authored the association’s 2013 publication, Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Hiring and Engaging Consultants. She is also an advisor member of the Donors Forum. Amy is a member of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Advisory Committee. She teaches strategic planning at Axelson’s annual BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs.

The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Managment at North Park University.