Meet the NTEN Community

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

Sasha Hnatkovich

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

The Media and Publications Manager at Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Sasha is responsible for the majority of the orchestra's marketing, PR, communications, publications, web management, etc. etc.

After spending his first year in California working as a line cook at the Bread Workshop Café in Berkeley, he has been working for PBO since September 2008. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he previously worked as the Communications Coordinator at Trinity Church in Boston, the Managing Editor of The Pulse in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Marketing and Publications Assistant for Clark University’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department. He received an M.A. in Community Development and Planning (2005) and a B.A. in Sociology (2004) from Clark University in Worcester.

Living on the sunnier side of the bay, Sasha also works as a freelance music writer for metro.pop, a bi-monthly, nationally distributed fashion and lifestyle magazine. He enjoys playing soccer, going to A's games and indie rock show and gardening. He also volunteers at Project Open Hand and you should too. Visit his sporadically updated blog:

And yes, that is the NTEN book in Sasha's hands in the picture!

Amy Sample Ward

NetSquared - an Initative of TechSoup Global

Amy is a nonprofit technology consultant and the Global Community Builder for NetSquared, an organization that mines, profiles and 2008 NTENny Winneraccelerates Web and mobile‐based social innovation projects from around the globe. Amy is dedicated to supporting and educating nonprofits and the progressive social change sector about evolving technologies that cultivate and engage communities.

She has worked in social media with the nonprofit sector for over five years and has2009 NTEN Booster2009 NTEN Booster a background in New Media Journalism.  Her work focuses on tools that ignite and empower communities, collaboration, and conversation.  Amy has spoken at conferences, workshops, and training days in the US and the UK and hosts an authoritative blog on nonprofit technology.


Rusty Burwell

American Lung Association

2008 NTENny WinnerRusty is the VP of Data and Technology for the American Lung Association. His background is in fundraising, including special events and online campaigns, and is now responsible for nationwide database and technology planning and implementation for his organization. For him it's not just about the pay, it's about the challenge, the joy, and fulfillment.

Michaela Hackner

Forum One Communications

Michaela Hackner is a Senior Project Officer at Forum One Communications, where she leads strategy and web development projects for foundations, government, and non profit organizations. In her former life she was a web developer for the private sector,2009 NTENny Winner with a stint in humanitarian aid analysis, and overseas working for a women’s micro-finance program in Cambodia and Kenya.

Shifting to a focus in international development related work in 2005, Michaela recognized the need for technology expertise within non-profit organizations - both in terms of marketing and communications purposes, and for the delivery of services to constituents/beneficiaries. Taking advantage of her varied background, Michaela seeks to make the internet and technology accessible for all non profits and their audiences as well as exploiting it for the good of humanity.

In her spare time Michaela enjoys traveling, long-distance running, photography, and hanging out with her wild doggy, Atlas.

Sheldon Mains

Sheldon Mains Consulting

Sheldon Mains helps nonprofit organizations improve service to thei2008 NTENny Winnerr communities. This may be planning new technology, evaluating current technology, integrating technology into the day-to-day operations of the organiza2009 NTEN Booster2009 NTEN Boostertion or getting the organization to think in totally new ways. Sheldon is passionate about using technology to help nonprofits tell their stories and advocate for important issues. He believes that technology change should be combined with business practice and organizational changes to have the most positive impact.