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, LLC, a consulting social enterprise that provides strategic counsel and high-impact programming to foundations, companies and social good organizations with a specialized focus on building both board and executive leadership. Cause Strategy Partners has extensive experience partnering with local, regional and national foundations; Fortune 500 corporate foundations and CSR; and nonprofit boards of directors, chief executives and staff leaders. Cause Strategy Partners is a Certified B Corporation, a global community of more than 1,700 companies across 60 industries doing business in the social good.  Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of performance, accountability, and transparency.  In 2015, Cause Strategy Partners was named an Inaugural Honoree of the Best For NYC Award for demonstrated business commitment to serving our community.

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 and leading philanthropic foundations. 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. Rob led the organization’s strategic effort to build a multi-million dollar pro bono marketplace in New York City. During his four-year tenure, revenue more than doubled and the number of nonprofit organizations served grew 220%.

Prior to Taproot, Rob led Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) in Chicago. During his seven year tenure as executive director, CGLA grew substantially in size, reputation and community impact, expanding ten-fold the number of indigent clients served, adding policy work as a key aspect of its programs, tripling the agency’s annual revenue, scaling pro bono legal service, and doubling the organization’s staff. Under Rob’s leadership, CGLA received Chicago’s prestigious Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence.

Training others to lead effectively is one of Rob’s passions. 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 New Nonprofit CEO Boot Camp. Since its inception, Rob has led a highly regarded session to help new nonprofit CEOs overcome the early challenges of nonprofit leadership. He presents regularly at conferences around the country.

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 Michigan public schools, Spring Arbor University & Brooklyn Law School. Rob’s causes: second chances for ex-offenders, nonprofit capacity building, and access to the arts.

Michelle Aronson, MBA
Adjunct Professor
North Park University School for Business and Nonprofit Management


Michelle Aronson, MBA, is a leader with expertise in driving innovative human resources solutions in employer branding, employee relations, facilitation, organizational development, coaching, conflict mediation and training. Beginning her human resources (HR) career in talent acquisition, Michelle has held roles of increasingly progressive scope and responsibility during her 20 years of HR experience.

Michelle’s focus is on defining and executing effective people strategies, particularly in the areas of employee engagement, high-performance leadership, and organizational culture change. Her combination of practical business experience and evidence-based knowledge allows her to help leaders meet the most pressing business challenges without losing their people-orientation. Michelle has been a coach and strategic advisor to executives in healthcare and academia, related to leadership development and people strategy.

In addition to being a dedicated coach, counselor and mentor, Michelle teaches human resources courses for graduate level students to help prepare them to meet the demands of today’s business and nonprofit sectors, as an Adjunct Professor for North Park University’s Graduate School of Business and Nonprofit Management.

Michelle earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from George Washington University and an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois. In addition to a graduate certificate in organizational development from North Park University, Michelle holds certifications as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), a Society of Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), a Certified Mediator trained by the Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution, an International Coach Federation Certified Professional Coach (CPP), and Second City Improv class alumni.

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.”

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.

Frank Baiocchi, MA
Senior Program Officer
Polk Bros. Foundation

Frank Baiocchi is a Senior Program Officer at the Polk Bros. Foundation, where he develops and leads grant-making programs in capacity-building, arts and culture, and youth and family services.  Prior to his time with the Foundation, Frank worked in the performing arts, including acting on Broadway (playing the lead role of Chris in Miss Saigon), off-Broadway and at numerous theaters around the country, and serving as an arts educator and administrator.  He has also worked with Crown Family Philanthropies and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Frank is a founding board member of Ingenuity, Inc. (currently the board secretary) and the Stephen M. Hoenig Memorial Actors Fund and also serves on the board and executive committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.  He is co-chair of the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, Chicago Arts Education Collaborative, and the Point the Way capacity-building project, and is a member of Chicago Area Donors to End Domestic Violence.   He currently teaches a leadership course at DePaul University, taught “Philanthropy, Public Policy and Community Change” at Loyola University’s Graduate School of Social Work, and has been a guest speaker on philanthropy at numerous conferences and universities.  He earned his bachelor's from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and received a master's in social service administration from the University of Chicago.

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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Andreason joined Forefront in 2010 and served as Vice President, Finance & Administration and then CFO prior to being named Executive Vice President and CFO in 2016.  Andreason supports the execution of strategic organizational decision making and realization of programmatic and financial priorities while also managing special projects and initiatives.  He also oversees the administrative functions of governance, finance, accounting, human resources, and information technology.

Previously, 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.  His extensive work in the nonprofit sector encompasses a broad spectrum of organizations including associations, social service, architecture/design, and performing arts. 

He currently serves on boards and committees with the African American Legacy Fund, Chicago Dance Crash, Forum Regional Association of Grantmakers, and Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities.  Andreason earned a bachelor's om economics at Central Michigan University and a master's in nonprofit management at DePaul University.

Mark Dennis
Mark Dennis
President and Chief Executive Officer

(Reverend) Mark A. Dennis, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the McGaw YMCA. Recently, Mark completed a dozen years as the senior pastor of the historic Second Baptist Church of Evanston, where he was called by the congregation to provide leadership in spiritual formation, strategic visioning, community development, and pastoral care. Under his leadership, a 10 year strategic plan was accomplished; diverse revenue streams were formed; renovations and repairs were completed; plans for expansion were realized; lay-leadership was strengthened; strategic partnerships were formed throughout the community; and parishioners and non-parishioners alike were heralded as “beacons of light.”
Vocationally, Mark has served as President of the Alford Group Inc., a highly acclaimed national consulting firm best suited to strengthen the not-for-profit sector; Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement, Assistant Professor, Church Music and Worship; Director of Continuing Education for Clergy and Laity, Howard University School of Divinity; Associate Pastor, Third Street Church of God; Instructor of Music Theory & Composition and Coordinator of The Upward Bound Program, Bowling Green State University; Minister of Music at Asbury United Methodist Church (District of Columbia), First Church of God, (Toledo, Ohio), Martin Street Church of God (Atlanta), and the Third Street Church of God (District of Columbia); Interim pastor, Progressive Baptist Church (Chicago) and Second Baptist Church (Evanston); Facilitator and Consultant to numerous houses of worship, seminaries, universities, colleges, hospitals, foundations, and other not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States.

Mark holds a master of divinity, Cum Laude, from the Howard University School of Divinity, a master of music from Bowling Green State University, a bachelors from Morehouse College and doctoral coursework in professional/staff development from the University of Maryland.

His honors include: the Benjamin Franklin Award “The Best Professional Leader in Philanthropy, 2000” (Chicago area);
the Benjamin E. Mays Fellow, the Fund for Theological Education; the Preacher’s Hall of Fame, Morehouse College;
the D.B. Barton Award in Pastoral Theology; Outstanding Young Americans; Who’s Who Among Black Americans; International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians; Pianoforte Competition, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Sidney Freitag-Fey, M.A., CFRE
Director of Development
Food Animal Concerns Trust

Sidney Freitag-Fey, has more than 11 years of resource development experience with expertise in individual giving—including annual fund, major gifts, and planned giving; as well as board relations, grant writing, corporate sponsorship, volunteerism, and fundraising strategy. Currently serving as the Director of Development for Food Animal Concerns Trust, a food safety and humane farming nonprofit, Sidney previously was a Gifts Officer for Heartland Alliance for Human Rights & Human Needs. He has worked for multiple Chicago-based social service agencies in steadily increasing development roles.  He has served as adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago since 2009 and previously presented Well Planned Appeals: Connecting to Annual Fund Donors at the Axelson Center in 2014. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association.

Mark Gavoor
Mark Gavoor, M.A., M.S.
Associate Professor of Operations Management
North Park University

Mark Gavoor wants to increase interest in operations and supply chain management, which are critical to the success of any business that makes or distributes goods or services. His classes incorporate lectures, small group work, and guest speakers from Chicago manufacturing companies. He also plans to arrange tours of local factories and distribution centers that he will talk about in class. 

While undergraduates become well prepared to pursue a corporate, entrepreneurial, or nonprofit career, most graduate students are ready to advance their careers higher in the management ranks. At the graduate level, Mark teaches 8-week courses at night or online. Mark has appeared in numerous webinars about supply chain and presented at several conferences about operations planning. He serves on the standing review board of Quality Progress magazine and is a member of American Society for Quality, Institute of Management Accountants, and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Steven Hartley
Steven Hartley
Executive Director
Foundations of Music

Steven Hartley is the Executive Director of Foundations of Music. Steve was born in Hammond, Indiana and moved to Chicago in 1997. The grandson of a Chicago Vocational School cafeteria worker, Steve has dedicated much of his life to improving the quality of urban education. Steve taught middle school in Chicago from 2002-2007 when he transferred to the Winnetka Public School system. In 2010, Steve left the Winnetka Public School system to become the Executive Director of The Peace Corner Youth Center in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Before becoming the Executive Director of Foundations of Music, Steve was the Development Manager for Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Steve has a bachelors in professional writing from Purdue University, a masters of education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a masters of nonprofit administration from North Park University.

Cheryl Heads
Senior Program Officer
Field Foundation

Cheryl Heads is Senior Program Officer at Field Foundation of Illinois.  Cheryl is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and making recommendations regarding grant requests received by the Foundation from Chicago area nonprofit organizations operating in the general fields of health, education, urban and community affairs, welfare, culture, and environment. Prior to that, she served as grants manager/associate program officer at The Brinson Foundation. Her responsibilities included the initial review and evaluation of preliminary grantseeker inquiries, oversight of the Foundation’s grants management processes and software, and monitoring grantmaking deadlines and requirements to ensure consistent grant processing. She served three years on the Interim Executive Committee of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy and three years on the Board of Directors of Chicago Women in Philanthropy.  She is currently part of the 2016 cohort of the Shannon Leadership Institute, a national yearlong leadership program that offers community-serving nonprofit leaders from all sectors the opportunity for renewal and reflection. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University.

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

Richard L. Jones, Ph.D. 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 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 had a building named in his honor.

Andrew Means, M.P.P.
The Impact Lab

Andrew is co-founder of The Impact Lab, a data science consulting and product development shop. Andrew is dedicated to creating a more effective and efficient social sector by helping organizations think critically about their work. At The Impact Lab, Andrew works with a wide-range of nonprofit, foundation, and government agency clients on issues of strategy and data. With all of his clients, he works with them to make better decisions based on data.

Additionally, The Impact Lab runs Data Analysts for Social Good, a professional organization for individuals interested in how data, research, and analytics are changing the social sector. Through this work Andrew hosts webinars, classes, and an annual two-day conference attracting hundreds of leaders from around the country.

Prior to founding The Impact Lab, Andrew worked as associate director at the Center for Data Science & Public Policy at The University of Chicago; manager, director of impact measurement and data storytelling at Groupon; and director of research and analytics at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. In all these roles Andrew has helped develop teams dedicated to using data to further the impact of the social sector.

Andrew holds a master’s in public policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago and was trained in Six Sigma at Motorola. He is a member of the board of directors at Ingenuity, Inc. and MHA Labs.

Sherida Morrison
Sherida V. Morrison, MA
Founder and CEO
Demoiselle 2 Femme

Sherida V. Morrison is a native of Chicago’s south side, where she serves as founder and CEO of Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP (D2F).  D2F is a nonprofit organization with a rich history of providing community-informed health, education, prevention and college access programs for girls. D2F has provided prevention and education programs to more than 5,000 girls ages 13-19 in the Chicagoland community for almost 22 years, and has assisted more than 500 girls become first-generation college graduates. Sherida obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a master’s degree in sociology from DePaul University. As adjunct faculty at Kennedy King College, Sherida served as a professor of sociology. She has presented research on adolescent sexual health, youth violence and community-based participatory research at many national conferences. Sherida is the author of the 3-D P.R.I.D.E. (Power Respect Intelligence Desirable Endurance) curriculum, which is under national evaluation as an evidence-based approach to teach avoidance of at-risk behaviors and empowerment for teen girls. She serves on several community boards and has received numerous awards and commendations. Sherida is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Mary Morton
Mary Morten
President and Principal Consultant
Morten Group

Mary Morten is the President of Morten Group, a consulting firm specializing in social change through skills development, public policy and advocacy. Morten Group focuses on organizational and resource development, including: executive coaching and workshops on succession planning and board recruitment, retention, and fundraising. Morten Group works with national organizations, foundations and for-profit entities. Mary has over 20 years of executive leadership at nonprofits and a past mayoral appointment in city government that provides clients with a unique skill set and access to decision makers. 

This fall, Morten Group will also be launching its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Institute, which will offer presentations, trainings, workshops and retreats for small- or large-group, professional or community-based gatherings. 

Previous positions include Associate Director, Interim Executive Director and Board President of Chicago Foundation for Women, the region’s largest women’s fund; as well as Interim Executive Director of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM); and Interim Vice President of Development at Howard Brown Health Center. Mary also served as Executive Vice President for the Women’s Self-Employment Project, and Director of Programs for the Midwest Women’s Center and was an appointee for Mayor Richard M. Daley and served as a Director in the Commission on Human Relations.

Mary holds a bachelor's in communications with an emphasis in radio and television from Loyola University Chicago and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits.

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, MPH
Director, Strategic Planning and Michigan Consulting 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.

Brenda Swartz
Brenda Swartz
Concordia Place

After working in the technology industry for 17 years with leadership roles in companies such as Accenture, Unisys, and TenFold Corporation, Brenda felt called to live her faith in a more direct way. In 2003, she became President/CEO of Concordia Place, a social service nonprofit. Under her leadership, Concordia has grown from a single child care center serving 80 children, to a multi-site social service organization serving more than 800 children, teens, adults, and seniors each year. This year Concordia Place is launching its social enterprise, Concordia Day Early Learning.

Brenda currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management and on the Board of Directors for DePaul College Prep, has been active in mentor programs with organizations such as Chicago Women in Philanthropy and the Chicago Executives Club, and serves as a guest lecturer and speaker to area organizations.

Mary Trujillo
Mary Adams Trujillo, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Arts
North Park University

Mary Adams Trujillo’s courses build on her belief that a combination of service, experiential learning, and cultural immersion helps students engage with the world, starting with the city of Chicago. Intercultural Communication creates opportunities for students to visit, interact with, and gain knowledge from various communities by drawing on the city’s diverse populations, cultural institutions, events, and neighborhoods.

Through a partnership with three Chicago communities, her Conflict Transformation class invites 24 high school students to a retreat at which they can network and learn ways to transform violent environments. The course prepares students to examine community in the context of urban, religious, and international conflict, and to identify their own approaches to conflict and apply strategies to bring peace to Chicago.

Kristin Carlson Vogen
Kristin Carlson Vogen, J.D.
President & CEO
Oak Park-Fiver Forest Community Foundation
Kristin Carlson Vogen is the President & CEO of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.  Prior to joining the foundation in August, 2014, Kristin worked at Bank of America/U.S. Trust as a philanthropic specialist.  In her current and prior roles, Kristin provides subject matter expertise on private foundations, donor advised funds, and endowment management for public charities.  As leader of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, she engages with families and community members, as well as local social impact organizations, to ensure the vitality of the local community remains robust and diverse.   

Presently, Kristin is a board member of The Cara Program and a Trustee of Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WTTW 11/WFMT 98.7). She chairs the Kids Advisory Committee and is a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for WTTW/WFMT as well.  Kristin has served as adjunct professor at Concordia University Chicago, teaching in its NFP Program.  Kristin was named 2015 River Forest Villager of the Year by the Wednesday Journal for her work with the Community Foundation.  In 2015 Kristin was the inaugural recipient of the ALDE (Association of Lutheran Development Executives) Chicago Chapter Outstanding Leader Award.

Kristin earned her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, and bachelor's in human resource management from Abilene Christian University.

Ann Williams
Ann F. Williams
Assistant Vice President, Community Development
Fifth Third Bank

As a Community Development Relationship Manager, Ann assists in managing the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act efforts, which includes charitable giving, economic development and lending for underserved communities in the market.  Her focus lies in the charitable giving operations for Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Ann is also responsible for the bank’s financial empowerment signature programs and community awareness campaigns. Ann was instrumental in the formation of the bank’s first nonprofit board management and networking training academy for employees.

Ann currently serves as Co-President of the Illinois Jump$tart Coalition and is a committee member for Mary’s Closet, providing clients of Catholic Charities professional business attire and personalized consultation as they re-enter the workforce.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Ann enjoys giving voice recitals and teaching private voice instruction through College of DuPage.

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.