BALTIMORE — The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, recently announced its 2020 Class of Licensed Consultants. Twenty-nine class members hailing from various regions of the country completed the intensive, five-day virtual training seminar and can assist nonprofits nationwide. They bring years of experience to the table and represent organizations from Louisiana to Maryland to Oregon – and many in between.

Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants use their extensive knowledge of the multi-faceted initiative to help nonprofits strengthen their governance practices and exceed the rising demand for nonprofit accountability. They provide nonprofit organizations with organizational assessments, consulting, training, and assistance in the application process for national Standards for Excellence accreditation. Many licensed consultants will also work with licensed replication partners.

“Attending the Standards of Excellence training was transformational,” said Christine A. Dixon, principal attorney for Dixon Turnbull. “As a General Counsel to a non-profit corporation, I am always providing on the spot advice concerning a variety of issues daily. The Standards of Excellence training not only solidified the knowledge I had, but supplemented in such a way that I am not only more confident, but equipped to assist my clients in their decision making by offering proven examples of non-profit best practices.”

“One of my favorite parts of my experience in the 2020 Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant training was the collegiality of the entire group,” said Joan McNamara, communication specialist and business writer for JJ Consulting. “I entered this program knowing none of the 29 participants from all corners of the country and left with 29 strong connections that I now consider peers and professional mentors. Standards for Excellence has helped me notably as a new business owner, and I have no doubt that the Standards will help many more organizations thrive in the future.”

The Standards for Excellence Institute Licensed Consultant Class of 2020:

Barbara Auten — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Russell Bennett — Birmingham, Alabama

Andrea Blanco — Washington, D.C.

Paula Boga — Salem, Oregon

Kayla Brooks — Memphis, Tennessee

Kimberly Corbin — Washington, D.C.

Virginia Creasy — Austin, Texas

Christine Dixon — Washington, D.C.

Jamie Gunnell— Largo, Maryland

Adriane Johnson-Williams — Memphis, Tennessee

Kim Jones — Rockville, Maryland

Talatha Kiazolu-Reeves — Baltimore, Maryland

Kristopher Madore — Catonsville, Maryland

Valarie Matthews — Baltimore, Maryland

Charmeda McCready — Parkville, Maryland

Joan McNamara — Saint Michaels, Maryland

Shalita O’Neale — Lanham, Maryland

Kathleen ONeil — Baltimore, Maryland

Samantha Parker — Denton, Maryland

Caitlin Patton — Chestertown, Maryland

Sharolyn Payton — Cordova, Tennessee

Todd Popham — Severna Park, Maryland

Tim Pyle — Catonsville, Maryland

Jennifer Ragins — Lanham, Maryland

Ernestine Smith — Memphis, Tennessee

Katie Seefedt-Spaulding — Tulsa, Oklahoma

Drucella Wheeler-Ndoye — Baltimore, Maryland

The Licensed Consultant Program has grown each year since its inception in 2006. A searchable directory of consultants can be found on the Institute’s website.

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