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2021 WV Nonprofit Leadership Summit: Presenters

Keynote Speaker:

Matt Lehrman is co-founder of Social Prosperity Partners, an Arizona-based firm that works nationally to help nonprofits advance strategy, sustainability, and community support.


Plenary Speakers:

Mike Stone started his nonprofit consulting practice, Strategy by Stone, in 2005 after spending the early part of his career in higher education. He has worked with over 170 individual nonprofits, specializing in strategy, board governance, and evaluation. He has authored and self-published two books on nonprofit strategy.

Jennifer H. Bonnett is the President & CEO of the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, a community of nonprofits, funders, and consultants driving organizational capacity in the nonprofit sector to build stronger communities. The institute seeks to revolutionize the nonprofit ecosystem, creating long-term sustainability and newfound efficiency for the entire sector and the individual nonprofits within it. Read more…

At an early age, Bob Pirner began learning how to walk in the Lakota Way. The people of Spring Creek Community shared freely with him of their knowledge and their spirituality. From them, he learned the value of courage, fortitude, generosity and wisdom. Those traits have followed his non-profit career through capital campaigns, strategic plans, and the myriad of issues facing a leader. He has founded four non-profit organizations in addition to being an executive role with several others.

Growing up in Grand Rapids Michigan Craig Greening wanted to be a teacher and after graduating from Northern Michigan University he ended up teaching Industrial Arts at Tohatchi High School New Mexico on the Navajo Nation. Life events lead him to West Virginia where he began his walk with non-for-profits. He has held CEO or senior level management positions throughout his NFP career. He has spurred significant growth and increased mission at every turn. “I’m not sure I’ve ever been a great leader, but I have accomplished the goals I created for both myself and the organizations I worked in.”

Breakout Presenters:

Joanne Dennison, The Guidance Counselor for Grown Ups
“She is the person you want in the room when you have a problem to solve”, as on client phrased it.
“She is a dot connector—of dots other people do not even see.”
“She is able to get you to understand the experience a different Point of View (POV) whether it be that of a customer or client, employees, management, leadership, members, boards — she is able to have you sit in their chair — or stand in their shoes.”
Using her background as a college administrator, small business owner, serving on and facilitating boards and what she has learned from every person she has encountered, Joanne has put everything together to work with individuals and organizations to answer “What’s Next?” Her ability to find the problems and options with whomever she works with, and make every individual in a room feel like she is speaking to them moves processes along at a positive pace. Joanne’s ability to think and respond quickly and accurately allows the process to turn quickly as new information comes into discussion. “One size (or process) fits all” is not her motto.

Ellen Owens Karcsay, Karcsay Consulting Group, has returned to consulting with small and medium sized organizations after serving as the Vice President of the Global Program Management Office for a global technology solutions company for the past 8 years. As a transformation advisor, Ellen leads highly collaborative organizational transformation initiatives such as digital transformation, organizational growth and maturity, business process reviews, as well as mergers, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and divestitures. As a Lifecycles Capacity Consultant (LCC), Ellen leverages the lifecycles model to assist an array of organizations in achieving their transformation goals. Ms. Owens Karcsay holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and is a Certified M&A Specialists (CMAS) . Ellen partners with her husband Robb to identify and broker technology solutions that are fit for purpose. When they are not working, Ellen and Robb enjoy exploring Arizona and spending time outdoors, running, biking, and camping.

Rebekah D. Mathis-Stump (Becky) is the Chief Operating Officer of Ethos Leadership Group, LLC. She has a rich background in leadership, strategic analysis and planning, organizational development, governance, and communication. Becky earned a life membership in The Order of the Barristers, a national honor society recognizing excellence in oral advocacy, while completing a Doctor of Jurisprudence at West Virginia University College of Law. Becky is married to West Virginia native, Jeff Stump, and spends a good portion of her free time with him – golfing or cheering on the Mountaineers.