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Staff Biographies

Doug Sauer

Chief Executive Officer

Doug Sauer is the Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON), formerly the Council of Community Services of New York State, Inc. where he has provided leadership since 1980. He is currently the Treasurer and past President of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN), representing a network of 38 state associations and 22,000 nonprofits.

NYCON is the state’s association of nonprofits and has a rapidly growing membership of almost 3,000 organizations and has offices in Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Poughkeepsie and Oneonta. Under Doug’s leadership, NYCON has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in building innovative partnership initiatives with state government, foundations and United Ways with respect to board governance, mergers and restructuring, entrepreneurial ventures, and legal, financial and risk management service initiatives.

Doug is a popular speaker and an accomplished technical assistance and training provider. He is also an experienced community organizer and health and human service planner.

Doug is founder and Chair of Council Services Plus, a for-profit insurance brokerage subsidiary of NYCON, and Innovative Charitable Initiatives, a nonprofit subsidiary providing fiscal sponsorship and employment administration services. Past board service includes Governance Matters, the National Association of Planning Councils where he also served as President and Treasurer, Center for Women in Government at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and as an elected school board member. Doug was as a gubernatorial appointee on the NYS National Commission on Community Service.

Doug holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in community organization from the University of Pittsburgh. 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. Doug has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses on nonprofit topics.

Kelly S. Mathews

Chief Operating Officer, Sr. Vice President, Financial Accountability and Compliance Services

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.


Michelle Jarvais

Chief Fiscal Officer, Sr. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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.

Susan Weinrich

Vice President of Organizational and Community Development

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.

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.