2013 NTENnies

Each year, NTEN recognizes members who have offered their time, talents, and wisdom to help NTEN staff and community members, and generally amp up the awesome of the nonprofit technology sector. While we'd like to say thank you to every NTEN Member, we simply don't have the space in the Conference program book. Instead, we highlight those that have gone above and beyond over the last year to be true NTENnies! View a list of all NTENny award winners.

2013 NTENnies

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Bring a crowd to the party - Jim Nickerson

Jim started his communications career "running tapes" at CNN during the Gulf War, and has been "communicating" ever since. Jim is currently a Social Media consultant for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Prior to O&E, Jim spent three years as the Social Media manager for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, the largest and first chorus of its kind. Jim built SFGMC’s program from scratch to fully robust social media platform, now modeled by other choruses around the world. Jim has also worked on projects as varied as implementing communications plans for the Arthur Andersen/Accenture merger, building a math homework website for The U.S. Department of Education, and driving an SFGMC/Stephen Schwartz music video to viral status on YouTube. His recent clients include SFGMC, The National AIDS Memorial Grove, The Jean Henry School of Art, and the indie movie, "Transgender Tuesdays". Born in New York, he has lived in San Francisco for the last 12 years and sings with SFGMC.

Always answer the NTEN call - Marlina McKay

Marlina McKay is the Manager of IT of Park Pride. After earning a B.S. in psychology from Georgia State University, Marlina worked as a researcher at Emory University before joining Park Pride in 2005 as a data entry specialist. In her eight years with Park Pride, she has grown to become manager of IT, administering the Park Pride database with over 12,000 records, managing the website, and serving as technical support for the entire organization. Park Pride is an environmental and community focused non-profit that provides programs, services, funding, and leadership to engage communities in developing and improving parks and greenspaces.

Send you the idea you didn’t have yet - Cindy Leonard

Cindy Leonard is the Senior Manager, Technology Program, for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. Cindy has been helping nonprofits to leverage technology since 1999. She facilitates Bagels & Bytes meetings, organizes the Bayer Center's annual TechNow conference, and writes the monthly e-newsletter TechNotes, all while spending most of her time consulting with and teaching technology-related classes to local nonprofits.

An experienced website designer, she adds website planning, design and assessment to the portfolio of services at the Bayer Center. She previously served as the information technology coordinator for PA CleanWays (now known as Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful), an environmental organization. She holds a B.S. in computer science, an M.B.A. and an M.Ed. in Instructional Design Technology, all from Seton Hill University.

Cindy is a co-founding member and vice-president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Presently, she also serves on the technology committee at UCP/CLASS, the advisory board of Musicians with a Mission and on NTEN's editorial committee for the professional journal "Change.

Volunteer before you know you need help - Ash Shepherd

Ash Shepherd works in the areas of Strategy & Process with Minds on Design Lab. He brings with him 16+ years of experience working with and for nonprofits in the areas of online communications strategy and process management, social media engagement, youth program development and social work. Ash’s commitment to the nonprofit technology sector is apparent. He is on the editorial board for NTEN’s online publication, Change, and is a co-author of the recently published Social Media Road Map. He also co-managed the Portland, Oregon NetSquared/501 Tech Club for a number of years and continues to present at a wide range of public speaking engagements.


Have already created a script for that - Jason Samuels

Jason is the Director of Innovation and Technology at National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

As a nonprofit technology manager with experience managing projects, budgets and vendor relations, he's accomplished in software implementation, staff training, network administration, end user support, procedure and policy documentation. He takes pride in meeting business needs with the right technology, and at least one co-worker likes to joke that Jason squeezes nickels until the buffalos squeak.

Jason is currently planning activities for the new 501Tech Club Minneapolis group.

Connect with Jason on Twitter: @jasonsamuels

Herd cats, this is not his first rodeo - Ted Fickes

Ted Fickes founded Bright+3, a consulting shop focused on helping organizations build powerful relationships that increase advocacy might and financial support with creative communications and smart data. Bright+3 works with local, national, and international organizations. Previously, Ted led online communications programs at The Wilderness Society, ran fundraising programs, operated political organizing campaigns, and created one of the first nonprofit technology circuit rider programs.

Not believe he is an NTENny winner but offer to help present the awards - Jereme Bivins

Jereme is the digital strategy & emerging media manager at the Foundation Center, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge about philanthropy worldwide. Jereme focuses on the development and implementation of a national social strategy to communicate the work of the Center, its partners, and the sector. He is also a co-organizer of 501Tech NYC and a Huffington Post contributor.

Find him on Twitter: @jcbivins.

Tweet from a National Park - Missy Longshore

Missy has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1999. With experience in operations, strategic planning, leadership, and management at a variety of mission based organizations, she has enjoyed the continuous ability to contribute to social change.

Missy attended Smith College and obtained her MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University. She is a certified Salesforce Administrator and has been working with nonprofits and foundations on their Salesforce implementations since 2009.

She lives in the East Bay and enjoys hiking.

 Live in the Cloud and help you get there- Tal Frankfurt

Tal Frankfurt, Founder and CEO of Cloud for Good, was chosen in 2010 to be one of the first Salesforce MVP Program members, an exclusive club representing the top 1% of the Salesforce community, and have maintained that status to date.

Prior to his involvement with Salesforce.com, Tal was the Director of Resource Development for an Israeli nonprofit organization that worked with at-risk immigrant youth. He was looking for tools to better manage his donors, participants, and volunteers. It was through this experience that Tal learned about Salesforce. The adoption of Salesforce into his everyday work was what sparked the inception of Cloud for Good, a Salesforce implementation partner working primarily with nonprofit and educational institutions to create and implement strategic solutions based on cloud technology.

Tal has been involved with Salesforce.com and The Salesforce.com Foundation for almost 8 years. He was the founder and leader of the Salesforce Nonprofit User Group in Israel and recently founded the first Salesforce Nonprofit User Group in Tennessee. Frankfurt is a Certified Salesforce.com Administrator and a Certified Salesforce.com Consultant.

 Be introducing herself to you right now- Eva Penar

Eva Penar is the director of marketing and communications and a member of the management committee at The Chicago Community Trust, where she is involved in day-to-day practices that support the vision for all Trust marketing and communications activities. She previously served as manager of public relations, increasing the Trust's visibility and elevating the work of grant recipients and donors.

Prior to joining the Trust, Penar was part of the launch team behind Time Out Chicago. As marketing manager/events, promotions and publicity, she developed partnerships that made the introduction to the Chicago market so successful. Penar also worked at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum for five years. During her tenure there, she worked on the "Gelman Collection: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and 20th Century Mexican Art" exhibition and supported an expansion that tripled the museum's size. Her hard work was recognized at the Chicago Emmy ceremony in 2004, where a public-service announcement that she coordinated with Univision Channel 66 won an award. She has also worked as a communications associate for the Chicago Millennium Celebration, Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Chicago. Penar is fluent in Polish and Spanish. In 2009, Time Out Chicago recognized Penar as a "Super Connector" in its feature about Chicagoans who go above and beyond in networking. In 2012, Penar participated in the Young Atlanticist Summit during the NATO summit that took place in Chicago. She serves as a steering committee member for CommA, the professional association of communicators affiliated with the Council on Foundations.
Put out fires with a webinar - Kelly McIvor

Kelly is an entrepreneur and veteran of the mobile space. He's been developing and marketing products and services in the wireless industry, from the first voice-activated dialing systems to today's ad-inserted streaming video.

He is currently CEO of TapFunder, a new mobile fundraising service, and teaches mobile media and strategy at the University of Washington's Graduate School of Communications.

Kelly has a very broad exposure to the entire wireless industry and a deep understanding of the mobile ecosystem. And yes, he has gone above and beyond as a webinar presenter for NTEN.

Follow Kelly on Twitter: @kjmcivor.

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