Alliance Consultants: Short Biographies

JOY ANDERSON

A native of Carmel, Joy has been working with non-profits and volunteer organizations for over 25 years in fund development, volunteer engagement, training, strategic planning and marketing. In her first year with the Alzheimer’s Association she increased revenue on one annual event by 66%. Joy is Past Board Chair of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Rotary Club of Monterey Cannery Row, Board Member of the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Past Board Member of the YWCA, Past Event Chair for the American Cancer Society and Past Board Member of Leadership Monterey Peninsula (Graduate of Class of 1986). In the Corporate Sector she has held positions as a Regional Vice President, General Manager and Director of Human Resources.

JIM BENNETT

Jim has over 25 years in the non-profit Development field: Managing director, California Repertory Theatre; development director, The SPCA for Monterey County; development director, Hospice of the Central Coast and Hospice Foundation; development director, The Frohman Academy; development director, American Theater Arts, Hollywood, CA. Currently director, Capital Initiative, Pacific Repertory Theatre. A member of The Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific and past president of DEN, Monterey (Development Executives Network) and AFP, Monterey Chapter (Association of Fund Raising Professionals).

M SUSAN BREEN

Susan enjoys providing public relations, marketing and business development expertise to a variety of clients. She served as director of visitor bureaus in three Pennsylvania counties, coordinating legislative affairs, providing hospitality services and producing material for broadcast and printed media. She has directed chambers of commerce as an executive and board member, and has expertise in written and verbal communications with extensive radio/television exposure. Susan has a proven facility for working with public officials at all echelons of government and is capable of serving as a team member, facilitator or leader.

KAREN CSEJTEY *

Karen ('chaytay') has over 30 years’ experience in the non-profit sector and small business enterprises and is executive director of Leadership Monterey Peninsula, a non-profit leadership training organization. She has facilitated many nonprofit boards in their strategic planning efforts including Dorothy's Kitchen, The Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services, Monterey County Free Libraries Foundation and the Nonprofit Alliance for Monterey County. A past board president and program chair of DEN (Development Executives Network), Karen serves on the Impact Committee for the Women's Fund.

TINA T. DEL PIERO, CFRE

Tina is a professional fundraiser with more than 17 years of executive leadership in non-profit organizations, raising over $17 million dollars for emergency relief or health organizations. Her expertise is in planned giving/ endowments, direct mail, grant writing, special events/logistics specialist, and public relations/media. Tina is a native of Monterey and is active in the community, serving on many local non-profit boards. Employers: American Red Cross, VNA & Hospice and McCurry Consultants. Tina has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive for 9 years.

KEN GOLDSTEIN MPPA

Ken has been working in nonprofits and local government agencies since 1989. He has served the nonprofit community as a staff member, executive director, board member, volunteer, and, since 2003, as an independent consultant. He has served many nonprofits as an Interim Executive Director, leading through transitions, mergers, and turn-arounds. He has also facilitated planning retreats, taught workshops in fundraising, management, and social media, written several million dollars in funded grant proposals, and performed other contract consulting work for local nonprofit agencies. Ken holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from CSU Sacramento and a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz.

MARY JACOBI

Mary’s development experience of over 30 years spans the public and private sectors. She has held executive management and advisory positions in biotech, retail, service companies and nonprofit organizations. Mary has shown consistent success as a fundraiser and motivator for community organizations, writing grant proposals, producing golf and tennis tournaments and creating unique and customized activities for a variety of organizations such as The Community Health Awareness Council, The Red Cross, MDA, Spreckels Union Education Foundation, 4-H, The MCAET Foundation, The Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation, Salinas Valley Junior Golf Association, Los Gatos Music and Arts and many others. She has professional capabilities in accounting, cost analysis, budget and resource development.

LAURA KERSHNER

Laura is a public relations and communications professional skilled in media and government relations, non-profit communications, cable franchise coordination and live television news production. Most recently, Laura has put her communications and public relations skills to use at the First Mayor's House in Salinas. "Laura knows the value of relationships and takes the time to cultivate them and connect with people. Laura works extremely well under pressure and she presents a professional relationship at all times; her communication skills, both verbal and written, are superb. Laura also has excellent computer skills and excels in creative design. I would have no reservations recommending Laura for any position she might consider." - Paula Herrera, who was Laura’s boss at the Monterey-San Benito Chapter, American Red Cross.

 

DONNA KNEELAND*

Over 25 years as development director in the non-profit sector, primarily in the field of arts and education. Associate director of Patrons, Principia College; development director for the Monterey County Symphony and the Monterey Museum of Art. Consultant to non-profits. Experience in all aspects of fundraising, with an emphasis on organizational development, grant writing, capital campaigns, planned giving and special events. Past and current board member of DEN, Monterey, and past president of AFP, Monterey Chapter (Association of Fundraising Professionals). Donna served as consultant on two historic preservation capital campaigns for the Carmel Valley Historical Society and the Carmel Mission Foundation where she assisted the foundation in reaching their goal of over $5 million for Phase I of their historic preservation campaign.

JOHN LIGHT*

A classically trained stage actor and director, John has worked backstage in positions of stage and executive management, public relations, marketing and development with regional theatres including ACT San Francisco and San Diego's Old Globe. He has also worked on Broadway and Hollywood stages, and in film and television as an actor and producer. John produced for several years for the City of Carmel at Sunset Center with the Festival of Firsts and three different children’s educational theatre programs as well as benefits at Sunset including the Monterey County Aids Project. He has completed the Grantsmanship Center's Long Range Strategic Planning Intensive. He worked with The Western Stage for 20 years, advancing first to the position of marketing and development director in 1992 and finally to managing director in 2002.

MICHAEL MAHAN

With more than 20 years as a development professional, Mike has worked in all sizes of development shops with staffs ranging from 4 to over 40 individuals. Mike began his fund raising career at the US Military Academy at West Point where he worked for 16 years, the last 12 as the Senior Vice President, Development. While at West Point, Mike designed and ran two campaigns at the: one for $10M and a second for $218M. Mike did not just sit behind a desk at West Point; he solicited gifts of all sizes including seven multi-million dollar gifts and the largest ever for the Academy of $15M. Mike moved to the Monterey Peninsula and worked at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) as Executive Director of Development and the Vice President for Advancement (VPA). At CSUMB, Mike created the Foundation for CSUMB as a legal entity and served as its first Executive Director. Mike worked at the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare system serving as the Executive Director of the SVMH Foundation. Mike also spent 25 years as an intercollegiate coach and continues to coach charities in the aspects of fund raising.

MARLI MELTON
Marli has more than 28 years’ nonprofit experience on the Central Coast. She worked at the Community Foundation for Monterey County for 15 years, retiring as VP of Programs. She also assisted the Harden Foundation in its grant making and was Director of Institutional Advancement at Chartwell School, leading their successful $14 million new, green-campus campaign. Marli has consulted on capital campaigns with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and has taught Nonprofit Financial Management at California State University Monterey Bay. Her competencies include budgeting/financial management, planning/policies, endowments, financial and donor software, grant proposal writing, evaluation and reporting, special events, publications and communications, and working with volunteers.

DOUG PINKHAM

Doug has been involved in non-profit work in Carmel since 1998 as a consultant, creative development advisor and board member. He served on the Carmel Community and Cultural Commission, Friends of Sunset Foundation Board, is past president of the Board of JazzAge Monterey and led their restructuring program. He has consulted with the Forest Theater Guild, Sunset Center, Carmel Bach Festival, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra and Orchestras in the Schools, produced fundraising concerts for the Friends of Sunset, and provided business management counsel to KRML Jazz Radio. Doug completed 26 years in management at Kaiser Engineers International, and then founded a television production/marketing company which provided programming for National Public Television through its KQED affiliate.

BETSY SHEA

Early in Betsy Shea's career she was the development director at All Saints' Day School. She founded Shea-Campbell & Associates in 1991 to provide marketing communications, strategic planning, advertising and public relations services to a primarily agribusiness, fresh produce, culinary and horticulture clientele. Along the way she acquired a music festival and jazz client base. She always focused on providing business solutions to marketing issues. Now, with the digital age, the strategies have broadened and there are new tactics but she still relies on smart thinking, research, planning and creativity to build concepts to help clients reach their goals. These days she focuses on utilizing her marketing and PR experience to help small non-profits reach their financial goals.

Complete résumés for Alliance consultants & associates available upon request.

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