The Soapbox and Toolbox for New York State's Nonprofits

 

Our Staff Consultants

NYCON is recognized as one of the largest state associations in the country, with one od the largest staff counts in four different offices across New York State.Staff expertise is diverse and nonprofits can expect to find lawyers, fund development specialists, finance experts, governance experts and risk management experts all one call away.

Our Executive Management Team

doug_pr_preferred.JPGDoug Sauer, Chief Executive Officer EMAIL

Doug Sauer is the Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON), where he has provided leadership since 1980.  NYCON is a statewide association of nonprofits comprised of a rapidly growing membership of close to 3,300 and with offices in Albany, New York City, Poughkeepsie, Oneonta, and Rochester. Under Doug’s leadership, NYCON has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in unifying and building the capacity of nonprofits through quality and accessible service provision, informed public policy advocacy, and building innovative partnerships with government, foundations and United Ways. He is an expert technical assistance provider and trainer in board governance, mergers and restructuring, strategic planning, financial management, social enterprises, risk management, and community planning. Doug served on the Board of the National Council of Nonprofits for a number of years including as President and Treasurer.  He is a founder and Board chair of Council Services Plus, a for-profit license insurance brokerage social enterprise of NYCON and founder of Innovative Charitable Initiatives, a nonprofit fiscal sponsorship and employment administration enterprise of NYCON.  Doug currently serves on the Board and was past Chair of Good Causes Development Corporation and recently served on the AG’s Nonprofit Revitalization Leadership Task Force. Other past board service includes Governance Matters; the National Association of Planning Councils where he served as President and Treasurer; the Center for Women in Government at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, where he received of the Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Albany Community Development Credit Union; the Grafton Free Library; Capital District Traveler’s Aid Society; and the Berlin Central School District. Doug also served as a gubernatorial appointee on the NYS Commission on Community Service.Doug holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in community organization from the University ofPittsburgh.  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. He has served as an adjunct professor at several universities and colleges.

Kelly_2016.jpgKelly S. Mathews,Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, Financial Management Group EMAIL

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, public policy and infrastructure 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 regulatory 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 leads NYCON’s financial management conference, Camp Finance, held annually in October at Mohonk Mountain House.

Kelly also serves as Executive Director of NYCON’s 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 Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the National Association of Female Executives, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, for whom she has served on its Not-for-Profit Committee since 2001 and co-chaired its Nonprofit Conferences in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2015. 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, volunteer ambulance corps, arts and cultural organizations, libraries, professional athlete’s charitable endeavors and a variety of health and human service organizations, Kelly speaks regularly on financial management, regulatory compliance and board governance topics effecting nonprofit organizations throughout New York and nationally. She 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 East Greenbush, New York with three dogs rescued from shelters in Albany and Cooperstown, NY. She is an active member and supporter of the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, the American Horticultural Society, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the American Alpine Club, the Audubon Society, Trout Unlimited and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Kelly enjoys backpacking, climbing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack and White mountains and cycling, skiing and fly fishing anywhere. Also an avid gardener, she weeds in her spare time.
 

MichelleMichelle Jarvais Chief Fiscal Officer, Sr. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer EMAIL

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. 

emilyEmily Cote, VP, Strategic Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, EMAIL

Emily joined NYCON in 2017. She brings with her a breadth of professional experience having previously served as Director of Communications for the Civil Service Employees Association (the largest labor union in New York State) and as Marketing and Communications Director for the Commission on Economic Opportunity. Her skillset spans digital and traditional media, brand development, messaging, policy and public relations. Emily’s passion for nonprofits was sparked during her undergraduate studies at Westfield State University, where she completed an independent study in fund development while working toward her Bachelors in Business Administration. Today, she aims to help NYCON members find their voice and refine their brand, and offers consulting services in the areas of social media marketing, search engine optimization, web design, brand development and messaging. Emily has served on a number of nonprofit boards and committees, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Capital Roots in Troy, NY.

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Susan Weinrich, Vice President of Organizational and Community Development EMAIL 

Susan has over 25 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 Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. Susan has a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development from the Southern New Hampshire University.

 

melissaMelissa Currado, Director, Corporate Affairs & Internal Communications EMAIL

Melissa joined NYCON in 2005 as the Membership & Events Coordinator; moved up to the Executive Assistant to the CEO in 2007; and was recently promoted to Director of Corporate Affairs and Internal Communications. At NYCON, she is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with experience in administration, event management, board relations, project management, marketing and graphic design.  Melissa also provides support and administration to affiliation/merger technical assistance projects throughout NYS, as well as assists with preparing reports and presentations.  She provides administrative and communication support to NYCON’s Board of Directors and Governance Matters, Inc., as well as to NYCON’s Executive Management Team. Melissa has utilized her creative expertise in developing many employee gatherings and is the “cheerleader” for raising morale within NYCON.

In addition to her role at NYCON, Melissa is involved in the community. For 5 years, she served on the St. Paul’s Center, Inc. Board of Directors, including as past Vice President and Resource Development Chair. She aided in the development of a 3-year Resource Development Plan, coordination of special events and marketing guidance. She continues to serve as a volunteer for their annual fundraiser, For the Love of Bags & Bling. In 2015, Melissa was selected to receive The John Beaudoin Compassion Award from the Center. Melissa also serves as the Board Secretary for Innovative Charitable Initiatives, Inc., a subsidiary of NYCON. As an entrepreneur, Melissa is a sole proprietor of a party and event planning business. She graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Public Communications.  

 

Andrew Marietta, VP, Regional Development, NYCON, Inc. and Licensed Associate, Council Services Plus EMAIL Andrew manages the CNY Regional Office based in Otsego County and its activities, serving as a resource for nonprofits in the region, including Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango Counties, as well as the Syracuse, Utica and Binghamton regions. He facilitates three Capacity Building Grant Programs. He provides support and administration for three Nonprofit Executive Directors Groups and the NY Nonprofit Executive Directors Network. His expertise is in the museum sector with a focus on marketing and fund development. He possesses a master's in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He is also a licensed insurance broker, with Council Services Plus, with extensive knowledge in the areas of general liability and employee benefits.


Additional Staff Experts

Briana_Bio_Pic.jpgBriana J. Brinson, JD, Legal Services Coordinator EMAIL

Briana is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, FL. Prior to joining NYCON’s legal team, she has been admitted to practice law in the state of Florida. Briana worked in Immigration Law in Orlando, and Administrative Law at the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. She was a recipient of the 2015 Women Lawyer’s Association Compelling Leadership and Outstanding Balance of Serving Justice in the Community Award. Today, Briana is a part of NYCON’s legal services group which provides legal services dedicated to the nonprofit community. She is currently a member of the Junior League of Albany, a long-standing nonprofit organization which promotes voluntarism, education of women, and issue-based community impact. Briana is also a member of the American Bar Association, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, and is a Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Inductee. Briana is a passionate advocate for charitable practices and enjoys frequent involvement in her community.

 

Kate Cox, Capacity Building Associate EMAIL

Kate Cox, Capacity Building Advisor for the Poughkeepsie Office of NYCON since 2017, provides support, training, and technical assistance consulting services to nonprofit members statewide, including: strategic planning, board development, fundraising planning, and general organizational assistance. She has spent the last decade working in the nonprofit sector, producing events, building membership base, creating community outreach plans, and as a frontline fundraiser with experience in Major Gifts, Fund Development, Strategic Planning, and Capitol Campaigns. Kate has worked with a broad range of nonprofits, including media organizations, visual and performing arts venues, volunteer-based community organizations and schools. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and received her MSW from Tulane University in 2016.

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Arianna Gaddy-Collington, Financial Management Group Program Coordinator EMAIL 

Arianna joined NYCON in March 2017.  Arianna’s primary role is the coordination of the AIDS Institute Fiscal Capacity Building Program.  Coordination includes developing and monitoring workplans for services to AIDS Institute funded nonprofits, working closely with AIDS Institute staff, NYCON technical assistance and training providers and fiscal department, and AIDS Institute-funded service recipients. A double alumna of The College of Saint Rose, Arianna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Masters of Business Administration with Advanced Certificates in Financial Planning and Not-For-Profit Management.  Arianna enjoys spending time with family, cooking, dancing, reading, working with young people in her church community, and party planning for Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry.

 

Candace Ellis-Shumpis, Accountant, Group Employee Benefits EMAIL Candace joined NYCON’s fiscal department in March 2008. She has worked as an accountant for various non-profits as well as for profit agencies with over 20 years of accounting experience. She Administers NYCON’s Member Benefit – Medical, Dependent Care and Transit Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s) & Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA’s). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 sons and 2 dogs.

 

KeriKeri Kramer, Accountant, Client Coordinator EMAILKeri, Accountant & Client Coordinator since April 2017, provides fiscal support within the accounting department for both NYCON & ICI. Additionally, Keri works directly with ICI’s Fiscal Sponsorship clients, offering customer service, client coordination, administrative support & any fiscal support needed by each client. Keri has four years of nonprofit experience prior to arriving at NYCON, and she is excited to continue to learn and hone her skills within the nonprofit accounting world. Originally from the Hudson-Highlands region of New York, Keri enjoys hiking, kayaking and spends as much time outdoors as possible. When not outside, she can often be found making jewelry or refurbishing garage sale furniture.  


Dina Mack, Office Manager  EMAIL

MaryAnn Rosko, Accountant EMAILMaryAnn joined the Albany fiscal department in 2016 as the Accountant.  Previously, MaryAnn worked 12+ years for Soft-tex International in Waterford, NY (Pillow Manufacturing Company) in their Accounting Department.   In MaryAnn’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and baking, doing crafts, as well as hiking and being outdoors. She is an Aspiring Adirondack 46er, is proud to be Ukrainian and is a proud Aunt of a US Army soldier. 


kateKate McNally, Capacity Building Associate EMAIL  Kate McNally, Capacity Building Advisor for the Albany Office of NYCON since 2015, provides support, training, and technical assistance consulting services to nonprofit members statewide, including: strategic planning, board development, fundraising planning, and general organizational assistance. She has 15 years of experience working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector locally and internationally in all areas of operation and administration, including: direct service delivery; program development and implementation; fundraising; grant and financial management; and human resources. She holds a BA from Siena College in English, with a minor in Criminal Justice, and an M.S. in Organizational Change Management from The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City.

 

 

Danielle Rollins, Senior Accountant, EMAIL 

Danielle has 10 years’ experience in the accounting field.  In addition Danielle previously worked as a bookkeeper for a nonprofit for over 6 years. 

 

LisaLisa Weinstein, Associate Attorney EMAIL

Lisa Weinstein joined NYCON as the Associate Attorney in July 2017. She works in the Legal Services Group to provide counsel to the non-profit community.  Prior to joining NYCON, Lisa worked as the Pro Bono Coordinator at Prisoners' Legal Services of New York (PLS), where she recruited and partnered with private attorneys throughout the State of New York to offer pro bono representation to incarcerated individuals in civil legal cases arising out of conditions of confinement. She is a cum laude graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law (formerly Pace Law School) at Pace University, where she served as the Development and Acquisitions Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review.  Lisa is admitted to practice law in both New York and New Jersey. 



mikeMichael West, Esq., Senior Attorney EMAIL

Michael West is the Senior Attorney at the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.  He has served as a staff attorney with NYCON since 2002 and presently oversees NYCON’s Legal Services Group.  Although he has represented clients in all areas of criminal and civil litigation, Mr. West’s practice has long been devoted exclusively to addressing issues concerning tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations, particularly those matters implicating corporate, tax, contract, real property and employment law.  He is a recognized and respected advocate, not only for his own clients, but for the nonprofit community as a whole.Mr. West provides a wide variety of legal services to charitable organizations, educational institutions and religious orders.  Long-term, diversified professional engagements facilitated by NYCON have enabled him to develop expertise in numerous specialized areas of law unique to nonprofits—from corporate restructuring to property tax-exemption, and worker classification to restricted fund expenditures. Mike is, perhaps, most highly regarded for the innovation, dedication, effort and empathy that he exhibits in defense of nonprofits struggling to address seemingly insurmountable financial, regulatory or public relations predicaments among other forms of organizational crisis.  He also regularly conducts training sessions for nonprofit boards of directors and executive staff, Continuing Legal Education classes for attorneys and discussions and seminars for the general public concerning charitable organizations, in addition, to offering testimony before legislative and regulatory authorities. Michael West is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and is a graduate of Rutgers University and Albany Law School where he was recognized as a New York Chief Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo scholar and served as an Executive Editor with the Albany Law Review.  


Rochelle Williams, IT & Financial Management Group Administrative Support EMAIL

 

NYCON develops and promotes an effective and vibrant charitable nonprofit community throughout New York State.  We strengthen organizational capacity, act as an advocate and unifying voice, help to inform philanthropic giving, and conduct research and planning to demonstrate relevance and impact.