Board Of Directors
Senior Management Team
NYCON Board Members 2013
- Alan S. Harris, Esq. President
- Jo Ann Golden, CPA 2nd Vice-President
- Lynn Videka, Ph.D. Treasurer
- Vincent Marrone Secretary
- David Adkins
- Martin Conroy
- Joanne Florino
- Yulitza S. Franklin
- Patricia A. Johnson, CPA
- Julie H. Krieger
- Jacqueline Mahoney
- Kenneth Miller
- Marcus Q. Pryor
- David Rottkamp, CPA
- Michael L. Royce
- Joshua Sabo, Esq.
- Gary M. Schuster, Esq.
- Austin S. Wrubel
Ex-Officio * Ex-Officio, non-voting status due to serving as previous board chair.
- Thomas Clingan
- Ellen Kotlow
Committee Members Only
- Henry Cohen Strategic Planning
- Allen Fetterman, CPA Urbach
- Jesse C. Koepp, CTFA Audit & Finance
- Dianne Meckler Urbach
Senior Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Doug Sauer is the Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON), formerly the Council of Community Services of New York State, Inc. where he has provided leadership since 1980. He is currently the Treasurer and past President of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN), representing a network of 38 state associations and 22,000 nonprofits.
NYCON is the state’s association of nonprofits and has a rapidly growing membership of almost 3,000 organizations and has offices in Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Poughkeepsie and Oneonta. Under Doug’s leadership, NYCON has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in building innovative partnership initiatives with state government, foundations and United Ways with respect to board governance, mergers and restructuring, entrepreneurial ventures, and legal, financial and risk management service initiatives.
Doug is a popular speaker and an accomplished technical assistance and training provider. He is also an experienced community organizer and health and human service planner.
Doug is founder and Chair of Council Services Plus, a for-profit insurance brokerage subsidiary of NYCON, and Innovative Charitable Initiatives, a nonprofit subsidiary providing fiscal sponsorship and employment administration services. Past board service includes Governance Matters, the National Association of Planning Councils where he also served as President and Treasurer, Center for Women in Government at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and as an elected school board member. Doug was as a gubernatorial appointee on the NYS National Commission on Community Service.
Doug holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in community organization from the University of Pittsburgh. He also has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University at Albany and an AAS in Human Services from Hudson Valley Community College. Doug has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses on nonprofit topics.
Kelly S. Mathews
Chief Operating Officer,
Sr. Vice President, Financial Accountability and Compliance Services
Joining NYCON’s fiscal team in November 1997, Kelly Mathews, since 1999, has led NYCON’s Financial and Accountability and Compliance Services, an innovative program providing financial management technical assistance and training to nonprofit staff and boards of directors throughout New York State, both directly and via partnerships with New York State agencies and foundations. She also serves as NYCON’s Chief Operating Officer, providing leadership on organization-wide initiatives and acting on behalf of the CEO as delegated. A recognized expert on financial management in the nonprofit environment, Kelly’s areas of expertise include accounting information systems analysis, selection, conversion, implementation and training; fiscal procedures and internal control assessment and documentation; reporting and compliance assessment; preliminary audit preparation; IRS form 990 preparation; fiscal staff oversight, support, and coaching; fiscal infrastructure analysis; chief financial officer search assistance; and board/staff training and facilitation regarding nonprofit financial management, reporting, and governance structures. She developed and now coordinates NYCON’s financial management conference, Camp Finance, held annually in October at Mohonk Mountain House.
For four years, Kelly also served as Director of NYCON’ wholly-controlled nonprofit subsidiary, Innovative Charitable Initiatives, Inc., which provides fiscal sponsorship, and acts as an employment and administrative home for nonprofit organizations, collaboratives and consortiums. Kelly’s professional affiliations include membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the National Association of Female Executives, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, for whom she serves on its Not-for-Profit Committee and co-chaired its Nonprofit Conferences in 2006, 2007, and 2008. She was a voting delegate representing New York at the inaugural National Nonprofit Congress in 2006 and was a moderator and presenter at the 2008 Congress.
Having provided specific training and technical assistance for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, including community and rural health centers, community action agencies, humane societies, volunteer fire departments and districts, arts and cultural organizations, libraries, and a variety of health and human service organizations, Kelly speaks regularly on financial management and regulatory compliance topics effecting nonprofit organizations throughout New York and nationally. She has assisted with agenda development for the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau Charities Symposium and presented its sessions on Internal Controls for Nonprofit Organizations for five years. She presented on the same topic at the AICPA’s National Nonprofit and Governmental Training in 2007 and 2008. She develops curriculum and provides training to and on behalf of New York State agencies, including the Department of Health’s AIDS Institute and Center for Community Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Mental Health, Office of Children and Family Services, and the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.
Originally from Oklahoma and Arkansas, Kelly now calls New York home, and lives in Rensselaer, New York with one cat and three dogs, rescued from shelters in Albany, Menands and Cooperstown, NY. She is an active member and supporter of the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, the American Horticultural Society, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Not necessarily risk averse, Kelly enjoys hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing in the Adirondacks, cycling, and skiing. Also an avid gardener, she weeds in her spare time.
Chief Fiscal Officer,
Sr. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Michelle joined NYCON in 1992 shortly after graduating from Siena College. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and has passed the CPA exam. Currently, she is working on gaining the experience necessary to complete the requirements of licensure. Michelle is a member of the AICPA. As CFO for NYCON, she is responsible for all the fiscal operations of the consolidated entity, all human resource functions, and oversees NYCON´s fiscal staff. In addition Michelle provides assistance and support to the Financial and Accountability and Compliance Services program that provides financial management technical assistance and training to nonprofit staff and boards of directors throughout New York State.
Sr. VP, Legal Accountability and Compliance
David J. Watson, Esq. has been employed by the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. since the summer of 1991, just after he completed his first semester of law school. Mr. Watson has been instrumental in the development of the Legal Accountability and Compliance Service division at the Council, which was begun in January 1995. The proactive services provided by the Legal Accountability and Compliance Service division requires a sophisticated knowledge of and sensitivity to nonprofit issues as well as an ability to present complicated legal information to nonprofit managers and Boards of Directors. Mr. Watson’s nonprofit career was supplemented by experience with a small law firm. These years proved invaluable to him, because the experience gleaned from the various and sundry cases assigned meant that his nonprofit advice was strongly founded upon practice rather than theory. Thus, Mr. Watson is firmly rooted in the practical while being able to present preventative advice designed to strengthen a nonprofit corporation, rather than reacting to the legal pitfalls that they so often find themselves in. Mr. Watson founded Watson & West, PLLC a specialized corporate law firm designed to focus on the legal needs of nonprofit corporations across New York State. This law firm amplifies the progressive nature of the Legal Accountability and Compliance Service division by providing direct representation to the usually under-served nonprofit community. Mr. Watson received his law degree from Albany Law School and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Saint Rose. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 1994.
Vice President of Membership and Marketing
Valerie has been with NYCON since August of 1999. She currently oversees membership marketing, communication and development as well as membership services. She directs various educational events such as the Build A Better Nonprofit Training Series and the Money for Mission Conference. Valerie is responsible for group purchasing, corporate relationships and sponsorships, program development and customer service for NYCON’s 3,100 members. She is responsible for developing NYCON’s social media marketing projects, has written articles and blogs on the subject for the New York Nonprofit Press and others, and has also developed an introductory course to social media and web 2.0 for nonprofits. She has worked as a “cultural librarian” at such internet companies as eGroups (now Yahoo Groups) and has a background in desktop publishing and database management. Valerie is a member of NTEN, The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City (YNPN), and has served on the website committee for Governance Matters, on the Advisory panel for First Nonprofit Companies and currently serves on the Westchester Nonprofit Technology Council, the Membership Committee of the National Council of Nonprofits and is Secretary of the board of Women in Development of NENY. Valerie attended New York University and San Francisco State University and has a B.A. in Psychology. She is an alumnus of Columbia Business School´s Institute for Nonprofit Management Executive Leadership program.
Vice President of Organizational Development & Capacity Building Services
Susan has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits as an advisor, teacher and consultant and has been at NYCON since 2003. NYCON´s members rely on Susan´s expertise to provide them with a wide range of training and technical assistance in areas such as organizational assessment and development, strategic planning, board development, and performance measurement, as well as community needs assessments and program development. Susan is skilled at working with a diverse array of nonprofits and is mindful of how their size, scope and the type of service they deliver in the community impacts their organizational culture and their approach to capacity building efforts. Whether a nonprofit organization is run solely by a volunteer Board of Directors, or has a professional staff in addition, Susan tailors her specific approach to the unique needs of her client nonprofits. Susan’s knowledge of the nonprofit sector comes from her hands-on experience with organizations that provide housing, emergency shelter, and domestic violence services as well as those that offer a range of community economic development programs, including arts organizations and museums. Susan has served on several local and national Boards and currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Planning Councils. Susan has a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development from the Southern New Hampshire University.