During the past 30 years, I have consulted with clients throughout the U.S. and taught workshops on fundraising, philanthropy, sustainable development, social entrepreneurship and systems thinking. My experience includes fundraising, communications, community development, nonprofit management and decades of service on nonprofit and community-based boards.
Before launching Leaping Minnow Consulting, I spent 10 years as Development & Communications Director at Hindman Settlement School, a nonprofit serving Appalachian Kentucky. Prior to that, I worked for Berea College, for the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), and as founder and director of Communities by Choice, a nonprofit whose goal was to spread sustainable community development practices in Appalachia and the U.S.
I have a BA in Philosophy from Berea College and earned a Certificate of Fundraising Management from The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. I was selected as one of 44 “Kentucky Leaders for the New Century” by the Shakertown Roundtable and Kentucky Press Association in 1999.
I have served as president and first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. I served for 20 years on the board of Kentucky Environmental Foundation and served on the board and executive committee of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, until the Foundation became a client.
I have had many mentors during my years of nonprofit and public sector service. I am grateful to all of them and I continue to learn daily. Here’s an essay I wrote a few years back, which describes some of the Lessons I’ve Learned.
My resume is available on LinkedIn.
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