Special Format: Campfire

Topic: Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofits:

  • Leading with Vision
  • Executing on Mission
  • Advancing Equity

Leaders are regularly faced with tricky dilemmas that have a plethora of perspectives to consider and several possible outcomes. This workshop will feature a framework for using a values-driven approach for decision making in these circumstances. The presenters’ process for infusing values into decision making ensures an individualized fit with the organization’s mission, vision, and principles of care and supports staff in leading from a place of integrity.

Presenters will give actual examples from their experience of applying this approach, which range in difficulty from simple to complex. There can often be contradictory values that complicate the process of deliberation and this workshop will tease out how to balance these competing demands. Featured examples will explore a range of topics including:

  • Personnel issues
  • Client care
  • Supervisory dynamics
  • External relationships

A facilitated discussion will follow the presentation allow participants to apply this approach to their own leadership dilemmas using values that are deemed critical to the mission of their agencies.  

Learning Objectives

  • How to apply values-driven decision making to personal leadership dilemmas
  • A framework for prioritizing needs for situations where values are in direct conflict
  • Potential obstacles to values-driven decision making  


  • Ellen Kinoy, clinical director, Lincoln
  • Allison Staulcup Becwar, chief program officer, Lincoln

Ellen Kinoy
Clinical Director

Ellen Kinoy is the clinical director for Lincoln, where she began as a clinical Supervisor for their burgeoning school-based programs more than 18 years ago. She received her bachelor’s in social psychology from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, in 1987 and quickly shifted her interest from research to applied psychology. She received her master’s in clinical psychology from New College of California in 1992, became licensed as a marriage and family therapist in 1996, and has worked for more than 25 years providing services and designing programs for youth and families in the community and within the public funding stream.

Kinoy is dedicated to the training and development of mental health professionals who share her interest in providing accessible, innovative, and culturally-relevant services in response to community need. She is an adjunct faculty member of the master’s program in counseling psychology at John F. Kennedy University and has been a California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)-certified supervisor since 2003.

Allison Staulcup Becwar
Chief Program Officer

Allison Staulcup Becwar is Lincoln’s chief program officer and has been working with children and youth since she was a YMCA camp counselor in high school. After graduating from Miami University in 1996 with a major in social work and minor in Spanish, she worked at a residential facility for children with severe emotional difficulties, which motivated her to focus on early intervention and prevention work.

She received her master’s in social work from Aurora University in 2000, with an emphasis on school-based services and joined Lincoln that same year. For more than a decade, she has been in a leadership role in the organization, working to transform the mission of disrupting trauma and poverty into a reality. She sees every Lincoln staff member's role as a partner to families, assisting them to break down barriers to needed community supports while helping them build on their internal resources and strengths. She is inspired by the process of professional development and is constantly seeking ways to cultivate the unique talents of staff into innovative services and supports to the families Lincoln serves.