Staff & Board

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Staff

Jenny Warner

Executive Director

Miami Valley Nonprofit Collaborative

  • Founded & grew start-up nonprofit, MVNC, through building services and collaborative community partnerships

  • Served as Interim Executive Director for 2 local nonprofits, rebuilding teams, governance structure, policies and procedures, program and financial stability plans for the next permanent executive leader

  • Launched several new successful community programs, securing both funding and community partnerships

  • Designed and facilitated leadership development series for nonprofit professionals

  • Developed value & competency-based human resource management system to guide hiring, performance management and training programs

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Vice Chair

Nina Vasiliu

MPA, CNP

Gaslight Nonprofit Solutions

  • Founded Gaslight Nonprofit Solutions in 2017 serving area nonprofits with strategic planning, facilitation, coaching, program design, and grantwriting services.  

  • Walk with at least 3 nonprofit leaders per year through the journey of The Leadership Circle Profile 360 process through certified coaching.

  • Facilitated transformation of a small nonprofit into a program of a larger mission partner organization.

  • Managed full portfolio of private foundation responsive grants and grantee relationships for over a decade.

  • Implemented, managed, and monitored success of comprehensive research-based student support program in 6 area schools in conjunction with nationally recognized Research 1 university and school staff.

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Board Member

LaVar Glover

Manager, Economic Inclusion

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Serves in the Dayton Chamber's Minority Business Partnership program.

  • Provided program management for the growing Getting Ahead Program at MVCAP, a Bridges Out of Poverty initiative which in its first two years, received national attention for exceeding participation goals, exceptional community reception and effectively assisting families.

  • Nationally Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer and Getting Ahead Facilitator 

  • Founder of Glover Youth Program, which provided residential programs of impact for some of our most vulnerable populations.

  • Recipient, Mentoring Collaborative - Mentor of the Year Award (2011)

  • Recipient, Canadian Football League - Heart of a Legend Award for leadership and service (2010)

  • Professional athlete for 10 years

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Board Member

Andrew Wonders

Assistant Professor of Sport Business Management

Cedarville University

  • Serves in the School of Business at Cedarville University, teaching sport business management and management courses and leading student groups outside the classroom in business ventures

  • Actively involved in the origin and operations of a local nonprofit, Maple Tree Cancer Alliance

  • Led the development of Leaders+, an executive-level nonprofit leadership program with the MVNC  

  • Extensive experience in sport event operations specifically through participatory and endurance events 

  • A background of launching endurance events in a small business setting

  • Knowledge of using events as tool for fundraising

  • Helped to lead a local park redevelopment for the Cedarville Community

  • Active in the local community through Xenia Rotary and Heritage Fellowship Church

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Board Member

Carissa R. Blea

Vice President, Business Banking Leader

U.S. Bank

  • 20+ years of banking experience

  • Graduate of Leadership 21 program through West Chester Chamber Alliance

  • Graduate of LEAD, internal leadership development program within US Bank

  • Board Member of U.S. Bank Development Network

  • Previously served as program committee member for DCCH- Center for Children and Families

  • Proven leadership development skills

  • Active volunteer locally for various non-profit organizations in Greater Cincinnati/Dayton market

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Board Chair

Christy Mauch

Vice President of Operations

Better Business Bureau

  • Facilitated, as a key community partner, the development & growth of an innovative, collaborative local nonprofit, MVNC 

  • Instructed college level courses in nonprofit administration and communications

  • Aided in restructuring of governance and funding sources for BBB's charitable arm, Center for Business and Consumer Ethics 

  • Served in volunteer leadership and event support positions with local nonprofit organizations  

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Secretary

Stan Adams

Retired Human Resource Executive

  • Experienced in Change Management

  • Provided Leadership advisory and coaching

  • Experienced in full-cycle talent management 

  • Demonstrated Human Resource project management skills

  • Versed in Human Resource compliance and risk management​

 

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Treasurer

Darlene Nelson

Executive Director

We Care Arts, Inc.

  • Skillful in creating community partnerships and connections through active engagement

  • Experienced developing critical agency policies and procedures, trainings and implementation with a focus on maintaining quality of service.

  • Drives agency strategies to develop quality expressive art programs and services for those with disabilities and mental health diagnoses in the Dayton region

  • Developed individuals into successful teams with leadership, managing and mentorship

  • Advocate for accessibility and opportunity for those with disabilities

  • Leads agency to maintain secured accreditations from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), OHDODD (Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities), and OHMHAS (Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

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Board Member

Lora Davenport

Director of Programming

Pink Ribbon Girls

  • Leads programming efforts at Pink Ribbon Girls to ensure cancer patients have the supports they need.  

  • Experienced in volunteer program management

  • Experienced in communications through advocacy, media engagement, online presence, and public education

  • Designed and managed multiple food relief programs to serve individuals in the Miami Valley through The Foodbank, Inc.

  • Worked closely with local, state, and national organizations during disasters and continues to help with disaster relief efforts through Ohio Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Ohio VOAD

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Board Member

Keelie Gustin, J.D., CCAP

Chief Policy Officer

Miami Valley Community Action Partnership

  • A leader in policy and advocacy efforts to support low and fixed-income households and ensure the path out of poverty is guided by direct assistance, continuing education, and empowerment.

  • Committed to equitable policymaking and influence that ensures opportunities for all Americans to succeed.

  • Experienced in utility law and regulations and the impact of energy poverty on the nation's most vulnerable.

  • A Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) with mastery of Community Action's vision and values, history, leadership, and continuing efforts to address the causes and conditions of poverty.

  • Dedicated to the accessibility of energy efficiency and energy education for households nationwide.

  • Active in the local community through participation in the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area, the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition, and the Ohio Energy Project. 

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Board Member

Dean Pulliam

Lead sherpa

The Pulliam Group, LLC

  • Expertly guides Nonprofit Organizations [NPOs] to attain peak performance in Quality Governance, Operating Accountability & Financial Transparency

  • Operates The Pulliam Group, LLC [a consulting firm serving nonprofits] that allows him to share learned lessons & insights, "paying-it-forward" so leaders now faced with, or working to avoid, similar challenges at nonprofit organizations can reach positive outcomes."

  • Has built a career that continues to focus upon achieving nonprofit organization success

  • Has served nonprofits in 5 different states and in progressively more expansive & challenging leadership duties

  • Maintains a broad range of skills & expertise in nonprofit governance, compliance, management, accounting/cash-flow, fundraising and operational insights