Mackenzie Ryan Walters
PR & Social Media
Mackenzie Ryan Walters believes every organization has a unique story to tell – about the people, purpose, and passion that unite to make our community better. A national award-winning journalist, Mackenzie now guides nonprofits and businesses on how to market their story to drive results. Her team researches and recommends marketing and public relations strategy, builds websites, creates marketing collateral and crafts SEO-friendly strategies that tell your story for social media, email, digital, and print distribution.
FOUNDER & MARKETING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
Grant Writing & Research
Lauren Alise Schultz Consulting
Lauren Schultz is a Grant Writer and Fundraising Consultant who supports nonprofits across the country with grantmaker research, application writing, and a variety of other services. Lauren holds a Master’s Degree from American University. She has been involved with nonprofit work since 2003 and has ten years of experience as a Grant Writer. Since 2010, Lauren has secured $30.5 million in government contracts and $1.5 million in private funding, as well as $2.2 million through fundraising events and online campaigns.
& Staff Training
HR Hotline Associates
Julie Caspar, President of HR Hotline Associates, specializes in Employee Compensation, Talent Acquisition, Employee Performance, Employee Engagement, Leadership, and Training. Julie has extensive experience in Human Resources and HR Leadership, having successfully collaborated with clients around the country to design and implement HR-based programs and solutions. Prior to founding HR Hotline Associates in 2001, Julie held professional and executive positions in different industries with domestic and international scope.
Signs & Exhibits
As business development manager for Signarama-Ankeny, Mary’s experience and connections in the nonprofit sector makes her the ideal resource for creating an organization’s visual materials. Whether helping clients create event banners, vehicle graphics, exhibits or indoor/outdoor signs, Mary’s ability to visualize and problem-solve helps her clients share their mission with others. With more than 15 years in nonprofit marketing, development and leadership, Mary loves sharing the grant opportunities and nonprofit discounts available for nonprofit clients of Signarama-Ankeny.
Mia Ellis is an Executive Coach for purpose-driven organizations and leaders across the United States and internationally. She is passionate about helping leaders and organizations unlock potential and amplify impact. Mia holds a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an Advanced Coaching Certificate from the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Since 1999, she has provided support to purpose-driven leaders and organizations as a nonprofit Executive Director, board chair, public speaker, outdoor educator, and facilitator. She lives in Ankeny, Iowa with her husband and three daughters.
Business & Operations Consulting
Andy Haning-Brown has more than twenty years of proven experience as a dynamic leader in positions across multiple disciplines, including human resources, corporate communications, and technology solutions. Andy co-founded Canary Consulting Group in 2019. An entrepreneur at heart, Andy enjoys helping non-profits and small businesses resolve pain points related to their growth through strategy, process improvement, and organizational design. Andy is a passionate communicator with a strong desire to leave things better than he found them.
MARKETING COMMITTEE MEMBER
Community Choice Credit Union
Connor Hilsenbeck is a Business Development Specialist at Community Choice Credit Union. After graduating from Iowa State University in 2019, Connor joined Community Choice to grow in his professional development and spread the spirit of UNbanking with members of the community. Connor really enjoys being out in the community and meeting new people at various fundraisers, galas, and other local events. Community Choice offers many different trade opportunities such as printing services and consulting services with our connections throughout the community.
Having spent 14 years with Nike and 3 years with Men's Health Fitness, JenniferKathyrn comes from a strong background of specializing in authentic storytelling. Her company Invictus Media is a visual production agency that works by offering cinematic storytelling and content creation. Invictus Media separates themselves from other agencies by creating a visual understanding of the mission of a business or organization that they work with. No other media company is able to produce creative content in the timeframe they deliver their products.
SECRETARY & MARKETING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
Marketing & Branding
A. Love Creative
Andrea Love is a marketing consultant with more than 20 years of experience working directly with nonprofit organizations of all sizes. Andrea’s focus on truly understanding the leadership, mission, and vision of every organization allows her to provide strategic communications assistance to help establish and/or build their brands. Andrea’s areas of expertise include brand development and messaging; strategic marketing communication plans; copywriting for brochures, websites, news releases, flyers, annual reports, and video scripts; and production management of collateral.
Organizational Health, Board Training & Grant Writing
DM Strategic Solutions
Dara Madigan is a Nonprofit Consultant focused on driving local nonprofits to achieve strong organizational health. Her services include building administrative capacity through board training, increasing financial stability through grant writing/training, introducing employee wellness opportunities, and more. Dara holds a Master’s Degree, is a Licensed Scrum Master (LSM), has 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and has served on board leadership positions for the Central Iowa Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Des Moines.
Data & Research
Well Run Results
Stephanie Majeran is the owner of WellRun Results, LLC, where she empowers small businesses and non-profit organizations to overcome challenges in order to make better and more profitable decisions. She has over fifteen years of experience across a broad range of industries, including higher education and both global and local professional services firms. Her services include creating surveys/assessments, performing market research, evaluating data procedures, interpreting and analyzing datasets, and utilizing data to plan and forecast.
Kristin Phillips is a Strategic Development Consultant who has been instrumental in fostering a culture of philanthropy and building a strong donor base for a variety of organizations. With over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and sales, Kristin has helped nonprofits raise over $20 million dollars through mission-driven fundraising. Offering services such as full-scale Strategic Plan Development, Fundraising Coordination and Support, and an expansion of Development activities, Kristin helps organizations strategically build relationships and take significant steps toward achieving their mission.
Business & Operations Consulting
Jodi Rhone has more than twenty years of experience in strategy development, organizational design, service delivery, process improvement, and business architecture and analysis. She co-founded Canary Consulting Group in 2019 with a focus on helping non-profits and small businesses grow and operate more effectively. A natural problem-solver and analytic thinker, Jodi enjoys coaching executives and leadership teams, helping them define and communicate priorities to their teams, maintain focus, and accomplish more together.
Ariane Sundean is a Visual Communications and Graphic Design Specialist with extensive experience in print design and branding. Ariane works with organizations who have big ideas but limited resources, helping them to produce creative visuals that boost engagement with their cause. She guides her clients through the design process from concept to delivery, offering graphic design, art direction, project management, and various other services. Ariane’s award-winning work has appeared in dozens of niche publications from business to lifestyle.
Design Thinking + Innovation
Lisa Rossi is an innovation and design thinking consultant who supports nonprofits with training, workshops and research. Lisa completed a fellowship at Stanford University focused on innovation and journalism and received training from the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. She launched Bonfire Strategy in October of 2018. Lisa has more than a decade of experience leading teams through an innovation process.
Capital Campaigns & Feasibility Studies
EDEN+ Fundraising Consulting
Eric helps non-profits reach their most aspiration goals through capital campaigns and feasibility studies that are founded in data and a clear roadmap. He has worked across the country on studies and campaigns as large as $200 million and currently focuses his efforts in Central Iowa. He earned his MBA from the University of Iowa and a BSE from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), one of two AFP Master Trainers in the state of Iowa, and was recognized by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as part of their 40 Under 40 in 2019.