The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and NonprofitPro as well as many other outlets. She has spoken around the world including England and Jamaica, as well as AFP International Conference multiple times. She leads monthly community events in the Portland/Vancouver area. She lives in Portland and loves weightlifting.
- an interdisciplinary project that teaches people how to dance with their demons (i.e. transform fear into sincere connection and inspiration.)
Her work has been featured across the USA, as well as in Norway, Italy, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Russia and the Czech Republic.
Christal M. Cherry is a nationally recognized nonprofit executive and professionally trained fundraiser. With over 20 years in the nonprofit sector, she has supported higher education institutions, human services organizations, and faith-based missions. Her career portfolio, as a full time professional includes American University, the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College, Nicholas House, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Florida A & M University, and Action Ministries. Christal also served as a Senior Consultant at the GA Center for Nonprofits and is currently the CEO of The Board Pro, a consulting firm designed to transform leaders through board service.
With passion and a wide breadth of experience, Christal works with clients to create and implement fundraising strategies that secure the resources needed for meaningful impact, organizational growth, and a thriving operation. In each role, Christal has interfaced, guided, and collaborated with diverse stakeholders including individuals, corporate executives, pastors, alumni, parent, students, foundation program managers, and board members raising more than $30 million dollars over her career.
Today as The Board Pro, Christal’s works with nonprofit boards to coach, train, and counsel them to be effective governing and fundraising arms for their organizations. She also assists with; finding qualified and diverse talent to add to boards; onboarding; and culture assessments.
Christal earned a MA in Counseling from Hampton University, a BA in Liberal Arts from Hofstra University and professional development certifications in nonprofit leadership, social media fundraising, and nonprofit management.
She currently serves on the board of the Greater Atlanta chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Villages of Carver YMCA. She is on faculty at CANDID where she teaches courses in fundraising and board development. She also enjoys her membership in the African American Development Officers Network, Toastmasters, and F3, Fabulous Female Fundraisers which she founded.
Vanessa B! Also known as PleasntlyTwstd on Twitch is a Charity Success Manager at Tiltify, and a part time charity streamer. Her focus is on cultivating community, with an emphasis on activism efforts surrounding black and LGBITQIAP2+ communities. The content she creates ranges anywhere from friendly casual baking streams, to no-hit runs of Dark Souls 3. Her full time passion is ensuring everyone gets what they need and views charity as a driving force to achieve goals otherwise impossible.
From childhood, Muthoni fell in love with nonprofits working alongside her parents who valued the power of giving back to the communities they lived in. Her parents instilled in her that our lives become meaningful through the impact we make on others, more so than living and working just for ourselves.
Muthoni quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, and in particular fundraising. This resolve stuck with her through her undergraduate education, and ultimately leading her to obtain her Master’s degree in Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership (MPNL) from Carleton University.
Muthoni, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), who spends her days assisting donors realize their potential to make an impact, through the power of philanthropy. When Muthoni isn’t fundraising, you’ll find her early in the morning at the gym where she goes to begin her day. However, her most important valued time, is spent with family and friends.
Kasharna Pusey is a passionate and dedicated Fundraising professional. Over the last two years, she dived into fundraising professionally and volunteering. In 2019, she was recognized for her volunteer work at PHAN (Peel HIV/AIDS Network). She is currently working as a Donor Relations and Fundraising Assistant at a national Canadian organization.
Kasharna has six years of dynamic work experience in customer service, marketing, advertising and sales. Her roles in these areas have enriched her with excellent communication and negotiation skills and a passion for fostering lasting relationships. She holds an Associate Degree in Communications and Media Studies from Sheridan College and recently completed her Post-Graduate Studies in Fundraising & Resource Development at Georgian College, where she achieved Dean’s list recognition three consecutive semesters.
Marva Wisdom is a committed leader who profoundly believes in the importance of building inclusive spaces where we feel that sense of belonging. With this recognition and as a part of her journey she established Wisdom Consulting, more than a decade ago.
Marva inspires her clients whether local, national or international with the tools they need to facilitate meaningful growth through promising practices in leadership, active engagement, equity and inclusion.
Marva holds a Masters of Leadership from the University of Guelph and is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.
She is a keynote speaker, lecturer, commentator, community-engaged-researcher and fundraiser, working in the areas of leadership, equity and inclusion.
Melissa Ellyn Watkins has over 15 years of development and capital campaign management experience in a variety of non-profit sectors including associations, religion, and food banks. She is currently the Executive Director of Major Gifts California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – prior to which, she served in development at California State University, Bakersfield for three years. Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional.
She spearheaded and chairs the Cal Poly Pomona University Advancement Anti-Bias Working Group. Melissa serves on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Cabinet and recently served as a moderator for A Candid Conversation with African American Professionals in Advancement panel. She has volunteered with Taproot Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and a number of other organizations that are focused on social change organizations solve critical challenges in their communities.
Rachel Wyley has worked in service of students and communities in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, primarily in the Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, and San Francisco Bay Area communities.
She is committed to continually challenging societal structures and systems through her work in both program delivery and fundraising.
Rachel leads from a “people first” orientation and maintains especial interest in the empowerment of folks of color within all corners of the public and private sectors.
She is a member of the 2021 graduating class of the LeaderSpring Center Women of Color in Leadership Fellowship. Most importantly, Rachel is an artist and can, once in a while, be found singing on local and international stages.
Founder/Organizational Development Consultant, High Spades Consulting
Organizational Development Coach
Passionate about creating sustainable solutions centered around strategic planning, human resource development, and organizational structure, Gloria combines her 13+ years of experience in IT, healthcare, and financial operations to streamline business processes. She capitalizes on her propensity to analyze situations from a different perspective by providing strong project methodology techniques through roadmap visualizations.
After working extensively with Nike, Gloria decided to start her own business to provide HR services in line with strategic developments of business in a sustainable manner. One of her specific specialties, succession planning, puts training around diversity and cultural issues front and center. In the meantime, she counts Urban League of Portland, PHRMA, and Clark College, among others, as her clients.
Certified in PHR, SHRM-SCP, PMP, and PSM, Gloria is determined to share the mental wealth of her knowledge with others and create that better workplace environment for all.
She is also proud to be a summer solstice millennial and an Oregon Native.
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