The Soapbox and Toolbox for New York State's Nonprofits

Our Staff Consultants

NYCON is recognized as one of the largest state associations in the country, with 33 staff members in five different offices across New York State.Staff expertise is diverse and nonprofits can expect to find lawyers, fund development specialists, finance experts, governance experts and risk management experts all one call away.

Our Executive Management Team

doug_pr_preferred.JPGDoug Sauer, Chief Executive Officer EMAIL

Doug Sauer is the Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON), where he has provided leadership since 1980.  NYCON is a statewide association of nonprofits comprised of a rapidly growing membership of close to 3,300 and with offices in Albany, New York City, Poughkeepsie, Oneonta, and Rochester. Under Doug’s leadership, NYCON has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in unifying and building the capacity of nonprofits through quality and accessible service provision, informed public policy advocacy, and building innovative partnerships with government, foundations and United Ways. He is an expert technical assistance provider and trainer in board governance, mergers and restructuring, strategic planning, financial management, social enterprises, risk management, and community planning. Doug served on the Board of the National Council of Nonprofits for a number of years including as President and Treasurer.  He is a founder and Board chair of Council Services Plus, a for-profit license insurance brokerage social enterprise of NYCON and founder of Innovative Charitable Initiatives, a nonprofit fiscal sponsorship and employment administration enterprise of NYCON.  Doug currently serves on the Board and was past Chair of Good Causes Development Corporation and recently served on the AG’s Nonprofit Revitalization Leadership Task Force. Other past board service includes Governance Matters; the National Association of Planning Councils where he served as President and Treasurer; the Center for Women in Government at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, where he received of the Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Albany Community Development Credit Union; the Grafton Free Library; Capital District Traveler’s Aid Society; and the Berlin Central School District. Doug also served as a gubernatorial appointee on the NYS Commission on Community Service.Doug holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in community organization from the University ofPittsburgh.  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. He has served as an adjunct professor at several universities and colleges.


KM2015.pngKelly S. Mathews, Chief Operating Officer, Sr. Vice President, Financial Accountability and Compliance Services EMAIL

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.jpgMichelle Jarvais Chief Fiscal Officer, Sr. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer EMAIL

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. 

 

vvproffav.pngValerie Venezia, Vice President of Membership & Marketing EMAIL

Valerie has been with NYCON since August of 1999. She currently oversees all membership development & membership services as well as various educational events such as the Build a Better Nonprofit Training Series and the Money for Mission component of Camp Finance. Valerie is responsible for directing all of NYCON´s strategic marketing endeavors, print marketing materials, advertisements, online presence and branding. Valerie is responsible for group purchasing, corporate relationships and sponsorships, as well as program development and customer service for NYCON’s over 3,000 members. She has worked as a “cultural librarian” at such internet companies as eGroups (now Yahoo Groups) and has a background in desktop publishing and database management. She is responsible for developing NYCON’s social media marketing projects, has written articles and blogs on the subject for the New York Nonprofit Press and others, and has also developed an introductory course to social media for nonprofits. Valerie is a member of NTEN, The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City (YNPN), and has served on the website committee for Governance Matters, on the Advisory panel for First Nonprofit Companies and currently serves on the Westchester Nonprofit Technology Council and the Membership Committee of the National Council of Nonprofits. Valerie attended New York University and San Francisco State University and has a B.A. in Psychology.  She is also an alumnus of Columbia Business School´s Institute for Nonprofit Management Executive Leadership program.
 

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Susan Weinrich, Vice President of Organizational and Community Development EMAIL 

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.


 

Additional Staff Expertise

Audrey Grifel, Capacity Building Associate EMAIL 

Audrey Grifel, Capacity Building Advisor for the Mid Hudson Valley Office of NYCON since 2007, provides training and technical assistance to regional nonprofit organizations, mostly in the areas of strategic planning and board development.  She has 25 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector in all areas of operation and administration, including: direct service delivery; fundraising; individual and systems advocacy; program development and implementation; public awareness and training; accounting/fiscal management; and human resources.  Disability rights advocacy has been a particular focus of Audrey’s, but she also has worked for organizations providing: child care; housing and support services for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS; and wilderness education.  In addition to having served as staff, she also has been affiliated with numerous nonprofits as board member, volunteer, and member.  She holds a BA from Brown University in Cognitive Science and an MA in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University.

Melissa Currado, Executive Assistant to the CEO EMAIL

Candace Ellis-Shumpis, Accountant, Group Employee Benefits EMAIL

Lholupko_Pic.jpgLauren Holupko, Associate Attorney EMAIL 

Lauren Holupko is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and Albany Law School of Union University.  Prior to joining NYCON’s team Lauren worked in general practice representing clients in areas such as Real Property, Business Law, Trusts and Estates and Civil Litigation.  Today Lauren provides a wide variety of legal services to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations and her practice is devoted exclusively to issues concerning the non-profit community.  She has conducted trainings for nonprofit Boards and Executive staff on topics such as Human Resources, the FLSA, and the Nonprofit Revitalization Act.   Lauren is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association and the Attorneys in the Public Sector Committee of the Albany County Bar Assoc. In her down time, Lauren enjoys participating in her golf and softball leagues as well as taking care of her beloved pets. 

Dina Mack, Office Manager  EMAIL

Mary Ann Rosko, Accountant EMAIL

Kristin Morgan, Senior Accountant EMAIL

Peter McCarthy, Policy Associate and Legal Service Coordinator EMAIL

Peter joined NYCON in 2015, bringing an important perspective from his lengthy experience with private foundation operations and expectations. He is a graduate of Siena College (Economics) and Albany Law School. Peter has direct experience coordinating policy analysis, lobbying, and grassroots mobilization for an environmental protection nonprofit in Washington, D.C. He currently supports both the policy and legal service initiatives for NYCON. He is motivated by the integrity and enthusiasm of the NYCON member interests he helps support. Peter enjoys rock climbing, wildlife observation, and quality time with his family.  

Kate McNally,Capacity Building Associate EMAIL 

Kate McNally, Capacity Building Advisor for the Albany Office of NYCON since 2015, provides support, training, and technical assistance consulting services to nonprofit members statewide, including: strategic planning, board development, fundraising planning, and general organizational assistance. She has 15 years of experience working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector locally and internationally in all areas of operation and administration, including: direct service delivery; program development and implementation; fundraising; grant and financial management; and human resources. She holds a BA from Siena College in English, with a minor in Criminal Justice, and an M.S. in Organizational Change Management from The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City.

Andrew Marietta, Regional Manager, Central New York Regional Office EMAIL 

Andrew manages the CNY Regional Office based in Otsego County and its activities, serving as a resource for nonprofits in the region, including Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango Counties, as well as the Syracuse, Utica and Binghamton regions. He facilitates three Capacity Building Grant Programs. He provides support and administration for three Nonprofit Executive Directors Groups and the NY Nonprofit Executive Directors Network. His expertise is in the museum sector with a focus on marketing and fund development. He possesses a master's in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He is also a licensed insurance broker, with Council Services Plus, with extensive knowledge in the areas of general liability and employee benefits.

Nicolle Otty, Membership & Events Coordinator EMAIL

Michael West, Esq., Senior Attorney EMAIL
Michael West has conducted extensive trainings for non-profit boards of directors and executive staff and provides a wide variety if legal services to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Albany Law School of Union University, where he served as an executive editor with the Albany Law Review. He has represented clients in all areas of criminal and civil litigation but his practice is now devoted exclusively to issues concerning the non-profit community.

Rochelle Williams, IT & Financial Management Group Administrative Support EMAIL

 

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.