Board of Directors

Board Officers


Steve MacLaughlin
Director of Internet Solutions, Blackbaud
Charleston, South Carolina


Farra Trompeter
Vice President, Big Duck
New York, New York


Miriam Barnard
Organizational Development and Fundraising
Strategist, Independent
Portland, OR


Maddie Grant
Digital Strategist;
Lead Editor, SocialFish
Washington, DC

Board Members

Jereme Bivins
Digital Media Manager,
Rockefeller Foundation
New York, New York

Gayle Samuelson Carpentier
Chief Business Development Officer,
TechSoup Global
San Francisco, CA

David Geilhufe
Senior Director,
NetSuite.orgSan Francisco, CA

Ken Montenegro
Information Technology Director,
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Almin Surani
Chief Information Officer,
Canadian Red Cross
Ottawa, Ontario

Eileen Twiggs
Healthcare, Information Technology, and Legal Consultant,
New York, New York

Agnes Zach
Executive Director,
Willamette Valley Development Officers
Portland, Oregon

John Zoltner
Founder and Director,
TechLab, FHI 360
Washington, DC

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Katya Andresen, ePals

Amy Borgstrom, Corporation for National and Community Service

Rusty Burwell, American Lung Association

Patrick Collins, Hewlett Foundation

Barbara Chang, NPower NY

Gavin Clabaugh, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Ami Dar,

Lauren-Glenn Davitian, CCTV

David Eisner, Corporation for National and Community Service

Phil Ferrante-Roseberry, TechSoup Global

Reg Foster, IBM

Michael Gilbert, The Gilbert Center

Sheeraz Haji, Cleantech Group

Edward G.Happ, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Tom Krackeler, Frontleaf

Lynn Labieniec, Beaconfire Consulting

Bill Lester, EngenderHealth

Tucker MacLean, Etherios

Jody Mahoney, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

Marc Osten, Consultant

Randall Pinkett, BCT Partners

Richard K. Rappleye, Independent

Michael Schreiber, GBCHealth

Nancy Schwartz, Getting

Jillaine Smith, Grantmakers for Organizational Effectiveness

Vince Stehle, Surdna Foundation

Miriam Barnard provides organizational development, consulting, and transition support for nonprofit organizations in Oregon and across the country. She has over a decade of management , fundraising, and planning experience, and is an Associate with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s Executive Transition Services. Miriam is a longtime NTEN member and previously served as NTEN’s Interim Executive Director. She has served in executive staff and board capacities at some leading media and advocacy organizations in Oregon and across the nation, including The Bus Project, The Astraea Foundation, Democracy Now! Productions, andGLAAD. In these positions, she has focused on building the capacity of nonprofits that are building a better world for all of us. Miriam lives in Portland, OR. First term runs through Spring 2017.

Jereme Bivins
has been volunteering, organizing, strategizing, and raising money for causes, politicians, and nonprofits for over ten years.Currently the digital media manager at the Rockefeller Foundation — a grantmaking institution which supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health, and environmental challenges — Jereme helps communicate the foundation’s work through digital media and emerging technologies. He is also a co-organizer of New York City’s Nonprofit Technology Club (501 Tech), which hosts monthly educational and networking events for nonprofit professionals in the metro area, and a Huffington Post contributor.Jereme received his BA in Political Science and Biology from Elmira College, and his Master of Bioethics from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Find him on Twitter at @jcbivins. First term runs through Spring 2017.

Gayle Samuelson Carpentier
is the Chief Business Development Officer at TechSoup Global. Upon joining TechSoup Global in 2001 as the program’s founding Business Development lead, Ms. Carpentier developed the strategic structure of its product donation service. The service allows nonprofits to find a large array of donated technology in one place, while still reflecting each donating company’s unique philanthropic goals. In her expanded role, Ms Carpentier works with all sections of TechSoup Global to grow and maintain the unique focus of direct services and benefits to the nonprofit and civil society sector. Whether scoping business criteria for new international partners, negotiating multi-national donation programs, developing business strategies and structures for new initiatives, or speaking out on the essential need for corporations to support nonprofit efforts, she continues to expand and stretch the market understanding and interpretation of the role technology plays in the overall health of the sector. First term runs through Spring 2017.

David Geilhufe 
is the Senior Director of, responsible for the design and management of all NetSuite (NYSE:N) corporate citizenship efforts including product donations and pro bono volunteering. For over 20 years, David has operated at the intersection of technology and social change.

As the founding director of the Eastmont Computing Center, he lead a nonprofit providing technology access and learning to over 400 community members each week, including one of the first Cisco Networking Academies serving at risk youth. He helped found CiviCRM, open source software that runs over 4,000 global NGOs and designed and executed a grant program to give away $350M in computers to schools and community based agencies in the US. One of his favorite accomplishments was helping to coordinate over 1,000 volunteers to build a crowd-sourced web-based index every missing person on the web after hurricane Katrina.

David is always looking to create and execute a big idea that will do a little good for the world. First term runs through Spring 2017.

Maddie Grant
, CAE is an expert digital strategist who has helped hundreds of organizations engage with their customer base and build capacity for using social media and online communities to achieve business results. In addition to her work through her consulting firm Culture That Works, Maddie is Editor of SocialFish, one of the most visited and respected blogs written for nonprofit and association executives. She is an accomplished speaker and author and has written several books, including the 2012 hardcover, co-authored with Jamie Notter, titled Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World, and When Millennials Take Over: Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business, released in March 2015. First term runs through Spring 2017.

Steve MacLaughlin
is the Director of the Idea Lab at and has spent more than 15 years building successful online initiatives with for-profit and nonprofit organizations across the world. He is a frequent speaker on key trends in fundraising and supporter engagement at events throughout the nonprofit sector. Steve has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, Bloomberg, and on NPR. He is a frequent blogger, published author of a chapter in the book People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities, and is a co-editor of the book Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools & Trade Secrets. Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University. Third term runs through Spring 2016.

Ken Montenegro
is a Los Angeles native and has been a nonprofit technologist for over 17 years. He has been fortunate enough to work with the Northeast Valley Health Corporation; Maternal & Child Health Access; Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles; and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. He is currently the Information Technology Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles.

When not doing nonprofit technology, Ken can often be found working with community based groups resisting state violence on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, or bumming around book and record stores with his teenage son. Ken is the child of Guatemalan & Ecuadorian immigrants. His educational background is in history and literature; is a law school graduate; and has had poetry translations (Spanish to English) appear in 3 literary journals.

Nancy E. Schwartz
helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications as the publisher of the Getting Attention blog and e-newsletter (, and as President of New York City-based Nancy Schwartz & Company (NS&C). Nancy and her team at NS&C provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Association of Mothers’ Centers (NAMC), The New York Botanical Garden and the National Campaign for the Prevention of Teenage Pregnancy.

NS&C specialties include branding, communications planning, message development, online communications innovations (she stays way ahead of the curve to put these tools to work for clients ASAP) and developing revenue streams for nonprofit organizations. Second term runs through Spring 2015.

Almin Surani
is currently the Chief Information Officer for the Canadian Red Cross with over 17 years of experience in the technology field in both private and nonprofit companies. As the CIO, Almin has the responsibility to lead IT strategy and operations to achieve business goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems across the organization.

Almin has also served in senior roles ranging from software development to quality management to strategic planning. He not only drove the strategic planning process (2010-2015) for the Canadian Red Cross but also participated on a working group that contributed to the 10-year strategy for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Prior to the Canadian Red Cross, Almin was in both a Six Sigma Black Belt role and Director of Product Development for QuickBooks and Quicken for Intuit Canada. In 2002, he received his MBA from Queen’s University.

Almin is on the National Board for the CIO Association of Canada. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Charlene and working on his photography. First term runs through Spring 2016.

Farra Trompeter
 is Vice President at Big Duck, a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits to help organizations reach supporters, build awareness, and raise money. Farra has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and communications for nonprofit organizations. Farra’s expertise focuses on helping nonprofits create multichannel campaigns and use social media to connect with donors, activists, and other members of their community. She also loves building people’s skills and knowledge through coaching, workshops, webinars, and classes.

Farra co-organizes 501TechNYC—a monthly meetup for NTEN Members and New York City’s nonprofit tech crowd. She is also a volunteer for the New York City Anti-Violence Project, for whom she’s been volunteering since 2004. Farra is a part-time faculty member at The New School for Public Engagement and New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she teaches classes about online engagement and strategic communications for nonprofits. She holds an M.S. degree in nonprofit management from The New School.

Farra tweets about nonprofit communications and fundraising at @Farra.

Eileen Twiggs
is an independent consultant and strategist specializing in healthcare, information technology and legal issues. Eileen is passionate about the critical role that technology can play in improving and evolving all aspects of healthcare delivery and in ensuring that patients have access to tools and resources that allow them to be active participants in their own health. Prior to striking out on her own, Eileen spent more than ten years at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), most recently serving as the Vice President of Health Information Technology and Business Initiatives. In this role, Eileen was charged with setting a comprehensive national strategy for technology-enabled healthcare and business initiatives for PPFA and its national network of affiliated organizations. During her time at PPFA, Eileen also served as the National Director of Information Systems and Strategy and as Associate General Counsel. Before joining Planned Parenthood in April 2003, Eileen served as General Counsel and Vice President of Operations at Thaumaturgix, Inc., a technology consulting firm, and as an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore law firm in New York, NY.Eileen holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Hunter College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. First term runs through Spring 2016.

Agnes Zach
is the Executive Director of Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO). WVDO trains, supports, and networks with nonprofit development professionals throughout the Portland Metro Area. In the past six years, Agnes has supported WVDO as it has grown to over 900 members and now hosts conferences, workshops, and search service programs. She was the catalyst for a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising with PSU and an Executive Leadership Program for aspiring Executive Directors.

Agnes has her MBA from Willamette University and spent her career as a lobbyist, Governmental Affairs Director, Association Manager and Executive Director. First term runs through Spring 2017.

John Zoltner
has more than 20 years of professional experience designing, implementing, and evaluating initiatives that take advantage of the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to achieve social impact across the globe. John is currently the Washington, DC-based Director for FHI 360’s TechLab, a 14-person team dedicated to adapting ICTs and developing business models that improve lives in many of the world’s most challenging countries. As director of the TechLab, John draws on his extensive experience working with early stage social entrepreneurs to identify and adapt technologies to achieve FHI 360’s vision of providing individuals and communities with the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

John holds both an MBA and a BA in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from Georgetown University, where he also taught the Innovations in Information Technology and Communications class for the Georgetown Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership certificate program for nonprofit CEOs.