Vu Le is the Director of the Rainier Valley Corps, a leadership and capacity building organization which aims to bring more leaders of color in to the nonprofit sector, focused on immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test…  Continue reading →


Angela Powell, MA of Imago, LLC has been organizing effective change efforts since the 3rd grade, when she instigated a school-wide anti-smoking campaign that empowered kids to support their parents in kicking the habit. Since then, she has gained 25 years of consulting and service experience working with for-impact organizations, and …  Continue reading →


Penelope Burk is a renowned author, speaker, and fundraising futurist. Her keynote speeches and training sessions are legendary in the fundraising industry. She is known for her clarity and humor and for tailoring every address to the needs of the audience in front of her. Penelope has over forty years of experience in  …  Continue reading →


J.C. Geiger has eaten the beating heart of a snake, been deported from a full-moon party, and spent a short time locked in a Bolivian prison. He also writes fiction. And grants. While working as a grant writer, J.C Geiger helped secure millions in public and private funding for arts and education programs. As a Program Officer for …    Continue reading →


Brenda Johnson has more than 16 years of non-profit leadership experience in migrant and community health care and community development.  Brenda is known as a collaborative leader who has worked in the field of child abuse prevention, public health, and health disparities, and as CEO of La Clinica, leads in the provision …   Continue reading →


Cheryl Olson is the Clark Nuber’s Director of Not-for-Profit Consulting. She performs accounting software system functional needs assessments and provides consulting, training, and advisory services in the areas of operational capacity, finance, and governance. Cheryl is a member of the Not-for-Profit Services Team and  …. Continue reading →


Dan Thorndike, Ashland, Oregon, earned his BA at The Colorado College and his J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law. Dan was in private law practice from 1980-1992. He has been General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Medford Fabrication since 1992. He has served as President of Britt Music Festival; President of …   Continue reading →


Dee Fretwell has been directing operations of Oregon businesses since 1998. Fretwell’s business approach blends a straight-shooting communication style with a casual format that ultimately leads to a fun and efficient experience. Systematization and efficiencies are at the top of Fretwell’s list of must-haves in any business….    Continue reading →


I’m Denise Baxter and I’m a local business entrepreneur.  I currently own Creative Solutions, a business management entity designed to assist organizations to survive and thrive in the ever-changing world of today’s business environment.Most recently, I was the Founder and Executive Director of Ashland Art Center, a non profit community art…  Continue reading →


Doreen O’Skea is the Director of Legacy and Leadership Giving at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has spent the better part of the past two decades in philanthropy at universities and arts organizations across the United States. She has worked on capital campaigns, anniversary campaigns, special occasion campaigns, and events for guests…  Continue reading →


In 2006, Gabe Howe stepped foot into Southwest Oregon’s Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area for the first time. He encountered miles upon miles of trails that were impossible to hike as trees killed by the 2002 Biscuit Fire formed impenetrable stacks of logs. Howe then learned that nobody had a plan to fix them.In 2009, Gabe founded the Siskiyou …  Continue reading →


Gail Lopes is a retired lawyer with specialties in corporate and employment law.  For the past 15 years, she has focused on nonprofit law and governance.  She is the current Vice-Chair of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board, and previously served on two additional boards where she was Board Chair: the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education …     Continue reading →


Jane Kenworthy was hired as Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony in July 2014. Prior to coming to Oregon she was Executive Director/CEO of the Stockton Symphony in Stockton, CA for six years where she steered that orchestra through the difficult years of the recession  and the City’s bankruptcy.  Previous to… Continue reading →


Janet Troy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, a city that she will always love. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 and a Master of Education degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH in 1990. Janet’s began her career working with children and as a director of early childhood education programs for a   … Continue reading →


Marilyn Hawkins is president of Hawkins & Company PR in Walla Walla, Washington.  A former resident of Ashland, Oregon, and Seattle, she has 30+ years of experience in public relations, marketing communications, reputation management, employee relations and crisis response. Hawkins has worked with many nonprofit clients throughout…. Continue reading →


Polly Williams has been the Program Officer for the Carpenter Foundation for the last fourteen years.  Prior to that she worked in the nonprofit sector as administrator of a local organization where she developed the skills to successfully submit grant applications to private foundation …  Continue reading →


Roger Hassenpflug brings 35 years of executive management experience and 28 years both sitting on and working for volunteer boards of directors to this presentation.  He understands firsthand the challenges and opportunities presented by executive leadership change.  He has served on several local, state and national boards …  Continue reading →


Torrie Allen has more than 30 years wide-ranging experience in the performing arts including production, fundraising, marketing, policy, adjudication and performance. He currently serves as the Director of Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was chief officer of development and marketing at Alaska Public Media from…  Continue reading →