Society Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Laurie Ballard   (Chairperson)
President/Founder, LMB Development Consulting, LLC

Laurie Ballard is the Founder and President of LMB Development Consulting, LLC, a consulting company that supports nonprofit organizations and businesses in identifying, developing and implementing short- and long-term strategies that promote growth and build long-term sustainability. Having worked for more than 25 years in the nonprofit industry, Laurieís work includes board training and development, strategic planning, fundraising and communications, and leadership training and coaching. Laurie is a member of the Capital Region Chamber, Rensselaer County Chamber, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. She serves as a board member for the Living Resources Foundation, is a committee member of AFPís Womenís Impact Global Committee, and is a mentor with the national AFPís Alford Leadership & Mentoring Group. She has presented at the Capital Region Chamberís Nonprofit Training Track, the Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Accelerator, AFPís National Philanthropy Day, and Women in Development of Northeastern NY. She received the 2019 Outstanding Small Business Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, NY-Hudson Mohawk Chapter, an Outstanding Achievement Award presented at To Life!s Pink Ball Gala in 2018, and a National Membership Award during her tenure at Girl Scouts Mohawk Pathways Council.

Bill Carnegie
Chief Operating Officer, Feeding Northeast Florida

Bill Carnegie is a nonprofit professional who has spent the past 30 years in leadership roles across the country. Bill received a BS in Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University in 1986 and a MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. In 2012, Bill received the national CEO of the Year award from the Feeding America National Food Bank Network. Bill taught Nonprofit Management and Board Development Courses at Arizona State University and has served on numerous local, regional and national Boards of Directors. Following the 2011 mass shootings in Tucson, Bill was sought after to Chair the Victim Compensation Fund Board. He received a State Bar Association Award for his leadership role and was subsequently asked to serve on the Victim Fund Board following the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015. Bill has focused his leadership roles on building communities and assisting low-income families. Bill is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Feeding Northeast Florida.

Danyelle Dosunmu   (Secretary)
Grant Writer, Beyond Housing

Danyelle has a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.S. in Museum and Field Studies. She has worked in a variety of nonprofits for over 14 years from museums to health and human service agencies. She loves working in nonprofits as she knows the value of the services and programs they offer and the positive impact they have on the community. She is excited to be a part of the Society for Nonprofits and to help provide support and valuable resources for nonprofit professionals.

Diane Hults   (Treasurer)
Finance Accounting Consultant, D Hults Consulting, LLC

    Over twenty years of experience in public accounting, specializing in not-for-profit auditing and tax
  • Three years working with not-for-profit organizations, on a project basis, as well as serving on an ongoing basis as CFO or Finance Director for smaller organizations
  • Analysis of NFP financial statements
  • Assisting with preparation for audit
  • Interacting with management and board
  • Preparation and review of Form 990
  • Member of AICPA and MICPA

Annisa Wanat   (Vice Chairperson)
Principal/Consultant, AMW Solutions, LLC

Annisa Wanat is a strategist and storyteller. Annisa develops solutions to strategic planning and project management challenges, boosts program effectiveness, and tells powerful stories. She focuses on nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations, specializing in start-ups, civic groups, and small to mid-sized associations that rely on volunteer support. Before consulting, Annisa spent 20+ years working around the globe on diverse issues with multicultural teams, in challenging environments. She is a travel-junkie and democracy geek, soccer and politics are her favorite sports. More at AMW Solutions.

Director Emeritus

Katie Burnham Laverty
Society Founder & Learning Institute Evaluator

Katie Burnham Laverty is the retired co-founder of the Society for Nonprofits, and served as President and Executive Director until early 2017. On March 18, 1999, Burnham was honored by the United States Distance Learning Association with the "Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in Lifelong Learning" award. Burnham graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Education.

Staff & Consultants

Jason Chmura
Executive Director

Jason Chmura is the Executive Director of the Society for Nonprofits. Jason served as the Membership Director from 2002 until 2017, and was responsible for membership services, web development, database management, and other related functions.   Jason is a self-taught web developer, with experience in a number of open source technologies.  He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1999 with a B.A. in Organizational Studies.

Jill Muehrcke
Nonprofit World Editor

Juliana (Jill) Muehrcke is the founding editor of Nonprofit World and has served as its editor since its founding in 1983. A writer and editor of international reputation, she has written over 100 books, including Are You Sitting on a Gold Mine?, Map Use (with Jon Kimerling and Phillip Muehrcke), and Walk in My Shoes. A graduate of the University of Washington, she has won numerous awards, including the Nonprofit Advocacy Award. She is also the founder and owner of the publishing firm JP Publications.

Mary Lou Santovec
Funding Alert Editor

Mary Lou Santovec is the editor of the Funding Alert database. She has a B.S. in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has done graduate work in nonprofit administration at the University of Notre Dame. Sheís the co-author of two books and has written articles on many topics for various national and regional newsletters, magazines and newspapers. Sheís currently working on a book on Wisconsin gardens for Big Earth Publishing Company.

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