Session Advisory Committee

The 21NTC Session Advisory Committee is a group of experts, thought leaders, and champions in nonprofit technology. They provided input as part of our community-driven process to develop the high-quality educational agenda for the new, online Nonprofit Technology Conference.

How It Worked

Through a public application process, we selected committee members for each of our six content category areas (IT, leadership, program, fundraising, marketing, and communications, and digital inclusion). Committee members then made meaningful contributions in these areas:

  • Session format and length: Committee members prioritized the the formats and session lengths they felt best served the community.
  • Desired topics: Committee members identified critical topics for the online 21NTC. These topics guide session presenters as they develop their proposals.
  • Reviewing proposals: Committee members reviewed proposals within their respective areas and identified those that most contribute to a timely and actionable agenda.
  • Missing critical topics: Committee members helped identify critical topics missing from the public proposals that should be included in the final agenda.

21NTC Advisory Members

Below is the list of 21NTC committee members.

Aaron J Tebrinke
Aaron J Tebrinke
Communications Manager
Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois
Springfield, IL

Aaron Tebrinke is Communications Manager for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois. His work focuses on building community engagement through storytelling. Aaron reaches audiences using technology through social media, events, videography, photography, and print and online publications. Outside of work, Aaron loves to play music, take photos, and work in the garden developing a butterfly habitat.  

Aki Shibuya
Aki Shibuya
Operations & Technology Manager
Washington Women's Foundation
Seattle, WA
Pronouns: she/her

Aki Shibuya is the Operations & Technology Manager at WA Women’s Foundation, a collective of informed women grantmakers who together influence community transformation. Previously, she fulfilled a variety of roles at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), a national membership organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for underserved AAPI communities to build a more just and equitable society. She also taught English at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and at one point ran one of the largest Crocodile Hunter fansites on the Internet (Simply Croc Hunter). In Seattle, Aki is an active member of Social Justice Fund, and participates in Seattle’s Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and AAPIP chapters, and Grinnell College Puget Sound Alumni Regional Planning Committee. She has also transcribed historical records to add to Densho’s online archive of documents concerning the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Aki holds a BA with Honors in History from Grinnell College, and an MA with Distinction in South East Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is currently pursuing an MS in Information Management at University of Washington, and is a 2021 Emerging Leader with Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG).

Alison Hinchman
Alison Hinchman
Director of Digital Engagement and Acquisition
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington, DC
Pronouns: she/her
I have over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As the director of digital engagement and acquisition, I am responsible for the strategic deployment of marketing technology to extend the National Trust’s online outreach and influence, using channels that include social media, email marketing, text messaging, and websites. I studied Art History at Vassar College and the University of Delaware. 21NTC Session Advisory Committee
Allison Stephens
Marketing & Communications Director
Conroe, TX
Pronouns: she/her
Aneta Thomas Lee
Aneta Thomas Lee
Woman of Color Founder
Rainbow PUSH Coalition - Silicon Valley
Stockbridge, GA
Pronouns: she/her

Aneta serves as a champion for the cause of digital inclusion in every setting she finds herself in. She is a former two-time NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellow where she caught the digital inclusion "fever" and has been working to bring attention to this important cause ever since. After completing her term with the Fellowship, she served as the Program Manager for Connected Churches. The Connected Churches program is an initiative powered by Google and anchored by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. The program seeks to empower underrepresented communities through the church by making technology training accessible in a trusted, proximate, and familiar environment in hopes of bridging the digital divide. Aneta coordinated digital literacy programming in 22 churches in six cities across the country.

Aneta continues to serve as a Digital Inclusion Specialist and professional consultant for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Connected Churches initiative. Aneta is an Atlanta, GA native via her New Orleans (N'awlins) roots. She enjoys traveling the country, educating the public about digital inequity and inclusion and being a superior Jedi Master to her Padawan Apprentice - Isaiah and her Jedi youngling - Joya.

Beth S. Brodovsky
President
Iris Creative
Fort Washington, PA
As the president of Iris Creative Group Inc., Beth Brodovsky works with nonprofit leaders to inspire participation. Through training programs and project development, Beth and her team create brand communications that get people take notice — and take action. We take an audience-centered approach to building a communications platform that that skyrockets your brand. Learn more about our strategy and creative work at iriscreative.com In 2012 Beth launched Nonprofit Toolkit, offering marketing training including monthly online Master Classes and in-person workshops. To hear about upcoming classes, sign up at nonprofittoolkit.net For more than four years Beth has hosted the Driving Participation Podcast speaking with nearly 200 nonprofit leaders about how participation helps them thrive. Contacts: 267-468-7949 | www.iriscreative.com | @bethbrodovsky | linkedin.com/in/bethbrodovsky Driving Participation Podcast www.drivingparticipation.com and bit.ly/DPpodcast on iTunes
Carmen Scheidel
Carmen Scheidel
Co-founder and CEO
Edmaker
Brooklyn, NY
Pronouns: She/her

As the founder of the online learning and events agency Edmaker.co, I specialize in helping organizations envision, build, and operate life-changing online learning, virtual events, and training programs. We specialize in creating innovative programs for community engagement, revenue generation, and fundraising for clients like Fortune, Library Journal, Mitsubishi, NACAC, and Vibrant Emotional Health. My career has been at the intersection of digital content, marketing, and professional development in leadership roles at Mediabistro, Time Inc. and as the founder of Edmaker.co.

Christina Crawley
Christina Crawley
Managing Director, Marketing
Forum One
Alexandria, VA
Pronouns: She/her
Christina brings a truly global understanding to Forum One’s marketing and community-building efforts, providing state-of-the-art digital content, resources, and events that drive inspiration and results for mission-driven organizations. Christina’s background includes ICT in education and collaborative learning. She is a member of the Forbes Communications Council and a regular contributor to marketing thought leadership for Forbes. Christina graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a dual BA in French and English Literature, and an MA of French from the University of Waterloo.
DeAndre S. Pickett
East Point, GA
Dr. De’Andre S Pickett was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College where he majored in Sociology and English. Most of his life has been spent serving others through community engagement, education, and social advocacy. He currently serves as Chair of the City of East Point Parks and Recreation Advisory commission where he has implemented PARC:360, a new initiative that engages families, elected officials, and community stakeholders to invest in the city’s Parks and Recreation Center, creates new programs that will enhance student learning and assist families with resources that will help find jobs, provides G.E.D courses and trade school opportunities, and promotes athletics and fitness for youth throughout the city.
Emilio Arocho
Emilio Arocho
Senior Director of Managed Services
Washington, DC

Emilio Arocho operates at the intersection of technology, business strategy, and mission. For over a decade he has activated nonprofits to better architect business strategy and system design using data.

Emilio has considerable experience in completing business transformation initiatives and managing teams who do the same, building strong data culture within organizations, developing software products, implementing CRMs, and more.

Emilio currently works as the Senior Director of Managed Services at Association Analytics. He also serves on the executive committee of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Board of Directors, and regularly conducts speaking and writing engagements with NTEN and other esteemed organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

Prior to joining Association Analytics, Emilio held leadership positions with Nimble AMS, a Community Brands company, National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), and additional amazing nonprofit organizations.

Joshua Peskay
Joshua Peskay
vCIO / Cybersecurity
RoundTable Technology
Forest Hills, NY

Joshua Peskay is an accomplished technology leader with more than two decades of experience leading technology change for over a thousand New York City nonprofit organizations. Joshua has a proven track-record for ​planning, implementing and supporting a wide range of successful technology solutions for nonprofits. Joshua is committed to helping organizations sort through the rapid pace of technological change to select the best products and services available and use them effectively.

Joshua is a dynamic and engaging public speaker and teacher, teaching topics such as Technology Strategy, Cybersecurity and Project Management and more. 

In recent years, Joshua has been focusing on cybersecurity in the nonprofit sector, working with at-risk organizations to address digital security challenges and providing cybersecurity training and awareness programs to thousands of nonprofit personnel.

Julia Toepfer
Julia Toepfer
Senior Marketing & Digital Engagement Strategist
National Immigrant Justice Center
Denver, CO
Pronouns: she/her
Julia Toepfer is the senior marketing & digital engagement strategist at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), where she has worked since 2011. Julia has more than ten years of experience working in nonprofit communications, management, and fundraising for organizations around the country. She is an experienced storyteller, writer, marketer, campaigner, fundraiser, and digital strategist. She has provided training and consulting services for nonprofits, unions, and organizations to strengthen their social media channels and develop impactful online campaigns. Julia lives in Denver and likes exploring the mountains with her husband and their dog, Bernie.
Julie Ziff Sint
Vice President of Account and Strategic Services, Sanky Communications
Sanky Communications, Inc.
Reno, NV
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Julie Ziff Sint joined the nonprofit sector in 1998 and she hasn't left yet. Now the Vice President of Account and Strategic Services at Sanky Communications, she has worked in-house at large and small nonprofits as well as at agencies. Julie's background touches on many aspects of fundraising and marketing, but she specializes in digital fundraising/marketing and mid-level/bridge programs. Her passion for efficiency, geekiness for data analysis, and desire for new creative ideas help her and the Sanky team push their clients' digital fundraising programs to new levels. Outside of the office, Julie teaches yoga and Thai massage, organizes large-scale art events, and spends an inordinate amount of free time in her kitchen.

Kai Williams
Kai Williams
Executive Director
IWRC
Eugene, OR
Pronouns: she/her
Kai absorbs information the way most people drink coffee and is fascinated with the junction of technology, organizational theory, and the ability to do good for our world.

Executive director of The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC), she attended Lawrence University and has a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. She can be found occasionally on twitter as @MalkahKai
Kariesha Martinez
Kariesha Martinez
Digital Advertising Associate
Whole Whale
,
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kariesha is the Digital Advertising Whaler where she runs paid advertising campaigns across Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube, manages Google Ad Grant accounts, and completes insight reports for some of Whole Whale’s amazing clients. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University, double majoring in Psychology and African American Studies, with a concentration in Film. Her interest in film has drawn her to the intersection of multimedia and social media, and with the help of her psychology degree, she hopes to integrate her knowledge of human behavior and thought processes to digital advertising. 

As an alumna of Prep for Prep, an NYC based non-profit dedicated to putting middle school students into the top independent schools in the city, Kariesha has always been an advocate for accessibility and equal opportunity. Throughout her senior year, she co-founded MediaHaven, an organization meant to connect young professionals of color to leaders in the media and tech industries. With the help of her co-founders, they were able to hold informative events lead by professionals of color for students of color to Wesleyan, and even a trip for six to Blavity’s annual tech conference, AfroTech. 

When not in the office, Kariesha can be found watching low-budget Netflix rom-coms, trying a new restaurant, or finding the perfect gif to post on Twitter.

Kristen Avery
Kristen Avery
Assistant Director, CRM
Wildlife Conservation Society
Astoria, NY
Pronouns: She/Her

Kristen has been with the Wildlife Conservation Society since March 2014, a dream job as a kid who loved wildlife. She held two roles before moving on up to Assistant Director, CRM. In this latest role, Kristen handles email marketing for fundraising and attendance driving efforts, Salesforce database management, and incentive fulfillment (who wants swag?) In 2013, she completed her Masters in Transnational Media and Globalisation at City University in London and before that, worked in the media analysis space for four years. Outside of work she enjoys playing soccer, listening to Kylie Minogue, and eating ice cream.

Leah P Bernthal
Head of Partnerships
Woodside, CA
Pronouns: she/her
Leah Bernthal is an organizational strategist and social entrepreneur whose mission is to create the next generation of bold businesses and philanthropists driven by action, community, and transparency. Leah is the Head of Partnerships at dotOrg Technology, a platform transforming the nonprofit relationship with donors, volunteers, data and insights through modern technology. Leah is also the founder of Every Purpose, an impact strategy firm that collaborates with conscious individuals, businesses and Boards to build purpose-driven strategy, thoughtful engagement, and sustainable action. Prior to Every Purpose, Leah worked with the Annenberg Foundation to launch AnnenbergTech and PledgeLA. Leah began her nonprofit career in 2001 when she co-founded CoachArt, a nonprofit organization that supports families impacted by childhood chronic illness.
Medha Nanal
Medha Nanal
Founder, CEO & Principal
Top Cloud Consulting
Palo Alto, CA
Pronouns: She/her/hers

I am a data and systems advisor/consultant. My expertise is in developing transformative technology solutions for non profit organizations, and advising nonprofits on how to use their technology and systems for an improved impact on their operations. Some areas I work in are Cloud Systems, CRM/database systems, Data Integration, Data Warehousing, and process modeling and automation. My work has helped organizations achieve a greater success, productivity and efficiency in their day-to-day operations by improved understanding of their constituents and streamlined operations.


I have been a passionate non profit volunteer, serving on nonprofit boards and other volunteer roles such as fundraising, campaign management and volunteer management.


www.topcloudconsult.com

Email:medha@topcloudconsult.com

Phone: 650-600-9374

Michelle Shefter
Michelle Shefter
VP, Fundraising Products
EveryAction
Silver Spring, MD
Pronouns: she/her
Michelle is the Vice President, Fundraising for EveryAction, where she leads the product development of the EveryAction fundraising CRM solution.  Michelle is passionate about bringing tools to nonprofits that drive bottom line fundraising results and make fundraisers lives easier.  Michelle joined EveryAction in February 2014 with two decades of fundraising, marketing and advocacy experience in the non-profit sector.  Prior to joining EveryAction,  Michelle was responsible for fundraising programs for several progressive non-profit advocacy organizations, including Defenders of Wildlife, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and League of Conservation Voters.  Michelle was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania from 1999-2001, where she taught English.  When not in the office, you can find Michelle in her kitchen, trying out new recipes that are centered around her latest find at the farmer’s market.
 
Natania LeClerc
Natania LeClerc
Senior Strategy Director
ThinkShout, Inc.
Portland, OR
Pronouns: she/her
Natania has been working for and on behalf of nonprofits since 2004 - executing digital fundraising and engagement experiences for organizations at a national and local scale. She’s worked for Feeding America and Best Friends Animal Society to build enduring and effective integrated fundraising programs, helping them expand their constituencies and support their causes through meaningful campaigns. Natania left lasting impacts on the organizations she touched. She relocated from Chicago to Portland in 2016 to join the phenomenal team at ThinkShout where her passion is user research and building equitable digital experiences. Outside of work, Natania enjoys photography, hanging out with her dog, and watching Drag Race.
Nathaniel Payne
Nathaniel Payne
Managing Director
Better Business Technology, LLC
Redwood City, CA
Nate Payne is an innovative technology strategist, author, speaker, and martial arts enthusiast. He has spent more than 23 years providing IT service management and leadership consulting to Fortune 500 companies, small business enterprises, and nonprofit organizations.  He is the Founder and Managing Director of Better Business Technology, author of Keep Your Hands Up! and MSP-BFF, and creator of IT Planning Made Simple.
Nejeed Kassam
CEO
Keela
Vancouver, BC
Nejeed Kassam, Keela’s Founder and CEO, is a lawyer by training. Keela emerged from his vision for a collaborative and productive space for nonprofits. Nejeed has worked in the sector for over 15 years including with the United Nations, the Senate of Canada and countless others. He is also the founder and former executive director of End Poverty Now, the author of High on Life and the producer of Conversations for Change. He has been recognized with many national and international accolades including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (from the Government of Canada), the Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award (from Osgoode Hall Law School), The Global Peace and Tolerance Award (from the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation), the Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Award, and as a Global Shaper (from the World Economic Forum).
Robert Connelly
Robert Connelly
Vice President
Integral, LLC
Washington, DC
I'm a front line political and nonprofit fundraiser helping world changing nonprofits and political campaigns raise more revenue and awareness for their cause through data driven fundraising strategies. 

As Director of Annual and Special Giving at American Farmland Trust, I led the organization’s membership and mid-level donor programs focusing my efforts on improving the donor pipeline and experience. My focus in direct mail and online acquisition, mid level donor identification and upgrades, and improved donor services doubled AFT’s 12 month active donor file in 3 years.

Prior to AFT, I was the deputy campaign manager of a successful US House race in Virginia where I specialized in door to door canvassing, telephone fundraising, and volunteer recruitment.
 

I love a good joke, especially ones about mountains because they always seem to go a little rocky.

Rosa Del Angel
Rosa Del Angel
Director, Digital Marketing and Supporter Engagement at Oxfam America
Oxfam America
Washington, DC
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Rosa is a digital-first professional dedicated to finding successful and innovative ways to use digital marketing and technology for the greater good. For over a decade she has developed and managed successful digital fundraising, advocacy and engagement campaigns for national and international non-profits and associations. She is also committed to diversity in the digital space by developing breakthrough strategies for engaging the Latinx / Hispanic market online.
Samantha Akwei
Samantha Akwei
Director of Diversity
Oakland, CA
Samantha Akwei is a Ghanaian-American poet, public servant and leader extraordinaire that lives to maximize individuals potential, transform communities and drive systematic change. The depth of her service includes being an AmeriCorps tutor, workforce development coach to formerly incarcerated, interfaith organizer, environmental organizer, digital inclusion instructor, Curator of the Global Shapers Oakland Hub and current Diversity Director at the Justice & Diversity Center. Her quest to become an amazing leader led her to become a HandsOn Bay Area and New Leaders Council Oakland Fellow. She obtained a Bachelor in Arts in English from Spelman College and Masters in Public Administration from San Francisco State University. 
 
Sandee Jackson
Sandee Jackson
Principal Strategist
2911 Creative LLC
Mt Pleasant, SC
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Based near Charleston, South Carolina, Sandee Jackson is the CEO and Principal Strategist of a digital strategy and design studio called 2911 Creative LLC. A former journalist and community relations practitioner, Sandee brings over 25 years experience in marketing and communications, including15 years experience as an award-winning nonprofit volunteer, board member, and staffer to her work where she focuses on helping organizations communicate their causes and connect to their communities through strategic web design and digital strategy and training. Her studio's clients benefit from a collaborative project management process that integrates user-driven website planning, research, and design with attention to web accessibility, data compliance, and website security.

Sarah Meyer Hughes
Sarah Meyer Hughes
Senior Manager, Digital Strategy & Analytics
American Dental Association
Chicago, IL
Pronouns: she, her, hers