NTEN Board of Directors

Board Officers


Steve MacLaughlin

Director of Internet Solutions, Blackbaud
Charleston, South Carolina


Rusty Burwell

Vice President, Data and Technology,
American Lung Association
New York, New York


Miriam Barnard

Organizational Development and Fundraising
Strategist, Independent

Portland, OR


Amy Borgstrom

Associate Director of Policy, Corporation for National
and Community Service
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.org
San Francisco, CA

Maddie Grant

Digital Strategist; Lead Editor, SocialFish
Washington, DC

Edward G.Happ

Global CIO, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Geneva, Switzerland

Jody Mahoney

Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Palo Alto, CA

Nancy Schwartz

President, Nancy Schwartz & Co.
New York, New York

Almin Surani

Chief Information Officer, Canadian Red Cross
Ottawa, Ontario

Farra Trompeter

Vice President, Big Duck
New York, New York

Eileen Twiggs

Healthcare, Information Technology, and Legal Consultant, Independent
New York, New York

Agnes Zach

Executive Director, Willamette Valley Development Officers
Portland, Oregon



Board Members Emeritus

Katya Andresen, ePals

Patrick Collins, Hewlett Foundation

Barbara Chang, NPower NY

Gavin Clabaugh, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Ami Dar, Idealist.org

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

Tom Krackeler, Frontleaf

Lynn Labieniec, Beaconfire Consulting

Bill Lester, EngenderHealth

Tucker MacLean, Etherios

Marc Osten, Consultant

Randall Pinkett, BCT Partners

Richard K. Rappleye, Independent

Michael Schreiber, GBCHealth

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, and GLAAD. 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.

Amy Borgstrom has been Associate Director of Policy at the Corporation for National and Community Service since 2005. Prior to that she worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Opportunities Program. For almost twenty years before that, she worked to revitalize the economy of rural Appalachian Ohio through a market-based strategy and use of the Internet with the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks. She also consulted on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Managing Information with Rural America program, served on the Board of CTCnet, and helped found the Association for Community Networks in the last millennium. A librarian who has yet to work in a library, she has an MLS degree from Kent State University, and MA in English from Ohio University, and attended undergraduate school at Colorado College. First term runs through Spring 2015.

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 NetSuite.org, 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 the co-author of Open Community: a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web and Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. Maddie is also the lead editor for SocialFish, one of the most visited and respected blogs written for association executives, where she manages a team of 30 guest bloggers. As digital strategist working with ICF International and idea incubator Next Step Labs, Maddie draws from more than 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, and international business operations to help organizations build capacity for using social media to achieve business results. Maddie also runs the social media activities of the all-volunteer-led Artomatic, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit arts festival which draws 75,000 visitors and over 2,500 artists to its events. First term runs through Spring 2017.

Rusty Burwell currently serves as Vice President, Data and Technology at the national headquarters of the American Lung Association in New York. His ALA career started with the Mississippi Lung Association as a Field Representative in 1983. He worked in a number of fundraising capacities at the national level starting in 1987 and moved to New York in 1992. In September 2006, he took his current position responsible for internal IT and phone operations at the ALA headquarters, the nationwide database operations center in Henderson, NV, online/web operations and other nationwide technology projects such as the centralized Sage MIP accounting system, and the Convio online platform. Second term runs through Spring 2015.

Edward G. Happ is the Global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Chairman of NetHope, a U.S. based consortium of 31 leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration.

He is the former Chief Information Officer at Save the Children, in Westport, CT, where he worked for the past decade. During his first year at Save the Children, in March 2001, he presented a paper to Cisco on "Wiring the Virtual Village," which became the basis for NetHope

His thirty plus years of professional experience include all facets of managing information services and high technology businesses, including general management with P&L responsibility, operations, product management, sales, marketing, customer service, human resources management, technical consulting, manufacturing, and both software and hardware development.

In 2007, the editors of eWEEK, CIO Insight and Baseline selected Mr. Happ as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT and one of the Top 100 CIOs. In 2008, the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth appointed Mr. Happ as Executive Fellow and first CIO in residence for the spring term. In 2010, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) honored Mr. Happ with a Lifetime Achievement Award for technology leadership in the nonprofit community. This year he was also selected to be a Practitioner in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center for fall, 2011. Second term runs through Spring 2016.

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. Second term runs through Spring 2015.

Jody Mahoney, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, is responsible for the sustainability of ABI. Her expertise includes the emergence of social capital markets on behalf of nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, fund development for social enterprises, and developing nonprofit, NGO and corporate global partnerships. Prior to joining the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Jody was Senior Director of International Development at TechSoup Global, a social enterprise based in San Francisco where she was instrumental in developing the corporate, nonprofit and NGO partnerships needed for international expansion. Prior to TechSoup Global, she held varied business development, partnership recruitment and sales management positions for technology companies. Jody holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Antioch College and Master in Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College, and is currently evaluating a Master's Program in International Development. Second term runs through Spring 2016.

Nancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications as the publisher of the Getting Attention blog and e-newsletter (www.gettingattention.org), 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.


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