Meet the NTEN Community

The NTEN Community is full of great folks. Here are just a few of them.

Melissa Barber

Friends of Trees

After working with a financial management firm and saving the world with the Peace Corps, Melissa began working for Friends of Trees a year ago. 2009 NTENny WinnerWith Friends of Trees she manages individual donations, small business sponsors, and their Gift Tree program. She also offers her motivational services pro-bono to NTEN to help them celebrate birthdays and minor victories by harassing them into enjoying happy hour as often as possible.

Ruby Sinreich

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Ruby Sinreich works as the Co-Director of Communications at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith organization working for peace2008 NTENny Winner and justice through nonviolence since 1915. She is also the founder and editor of, a progressive local politics blog in her hometown of Chapel Hill, NC.

Ruby has been working for 15 years to help progressive nonprofits2009 NTEN Booster2009 NTEN Booster use the Internet more effectively for communication, activism, and organization. She has impacted nonprofits of all shapes and sizes including local women's centers, statewide advocacy groups, and national and international institutions such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Greenpeace International, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ruby is especially interested in using social networking tools to empower supporters and help them lead organizations from the bottom-up.

Beth Kanter


Beth Kanter is a trainer, coach, and consultant to nonprofits and2008 NTENny Winner individuals in effective use of technology. She’s also a prolific and excellent blogger, widget expert, and 2009 NTEN Booster2009 NTEN BoosterFlickr aficionado. And in recognition of all her fabulous work, we awarded her the first annual NTEN Prize for NPTech Fantasticness at the 2007 NTC.

Adam Nicholoson

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.

Adam grew up near Nashville, TN, and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Writing. After college, electoral politics2008 NTENny Winner took him to Connecticut, Oklahoma, back to Tennessee, and then to New Hampshire. After that, he settled in Hartford, CT, to work on nonprofit legislative campaigns; focusing on marriage for same-sex couples, gender identity and expression protections, various civil justice issues, and now, universal health care. Adam has always described himself as an "accidental techie," but is happy to have just landed a job that pays him for spending hours on Facebook and Twitter. When not creating advocacy campaigns, Adam enjoys reading about the American Revolution, listening to This American Life, playing with his dog, and tallying how many times his coworkers want to put "URGENT!!!" in their member emails.

Dottie Hodges

Northridge Interactive

Dottie leads the Nonprofit services division of Northridge Interactive, where she is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for nonprofit clients in the areas of online fundraising and advocacy, marketing, and user experience. A fourteen year veteran of the nonprofit technology space -- and a prior veteran of the nonprofit environmental space -- Dottie specializes and excels in process development and management, site architecture and user interface leadership, and website audit methodology and execution, and has delivered many speaking engagements on these topics. Dottie lives with her husband and their three corgis in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, GA. She enjoys triathlon training and racing, birding, and photography. She is a master writer of haikus, the best person to ask for advice on room colors, and obsesses about the novels she could write if she had the time.