ELI boasts a wide variety of faculty from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, as well as academia. The curriculum will not only challenge, but offers a rare opportunity to focus on excellence, impact and systems change.

Lisa Brown Alexander

President & CEO
Nonprofit HR

Lisa Brown Alexander is the president and CEO of Nonprofit HR. Under her direction, Nonprofit HR has served some of the most prominent organizations in the country including Amnesty International, Independent Sector, and NeighborWorks America. With more than two decades of human resources management experience working with nonprofits and for-profit organizations, Brown Alexander and her firm have proven that better human resources can play an integral role in nonprofit success.

Nonprofits have benefited from her wealth of knowledge and experience to make their people-driven initiatives successful. She believes if an organization can strengthen its internal human resources capacity, it can better serve the community. Brown Alexander brings these beliefs to every engagement and inspires nonprofit leaders to strengthen their most important asset—their people.

Dom Betro

Various Universities

Dom Betro is a Lecturer at California State University San Marcos, California State University San Bernardino Graduate School of Social Services and Public Administration, University of Notre Dame School of Business, and LaSierra University. He has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in social work, both from Fordham University in New York. Betro was president/CEO of Family Service Association of Riverside/San Bernardino Counties, a diverse nonprofit from 1985-2018 and was a Riverside City Councilman from 2004-2008.

Kathleen G Doyle

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Michigan

Katie Doyle is the executive director of Ozone House Youth and Family Services in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She began her career working in the child welfare system in Chicago. She studied interpersonal practice at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, where she was a Civitas Fellow. After providing individual and family therapy with families involved in the child welfare system in Flint, Michigan, she transitioned into management and leadership roles. She serves on several local, state, and national boards to help organizations meet the needs of homeless youth and their families including homeless LGBTQ youth and youth experiencing trauma. Doyle received her master’s in social work in 1997 and master’s in business administration in 2013.

Susan Dreyfus

President and CEO
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

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Susan N. Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a strategic action network of social sector organizations that has a national reach in thousands of communities across America.

She is dedicated to advancing equity in society through access and opportunity so all people can reach their full potential. She believes in the power of the social sector to be influencers of larger systemic change through its excellence, distinction, innovation, and influence.

Prior to joining the Alliance in 2012, Dreyfus was secretary for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in May 2009 and approved by the senate. She served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet. She had responsibility for Medicaid, aging and long-term care, child welfare, behavioral health care, juvenile justice, economic assistance, and other human services.

Terri Gilbert

CADL Program Manager and LEO Adjunct Lecturer
University of Michigan

Terri Gilbert has held executive level positions in both public and private nonprofit organizations, directing programs serving families, children, and adults. Her experience spans the service array from child welfare and juvenile justice to mental health and developmental disabilities to workforce training and development. Gilbert previously served as the director of the Child Welfare Improvement Bureau, dedicated to improving outcomes for children in the child welfare system, and as the State of Michigan’s director of child welfare funding and juvenile justice, supervising statewide juvenile justice programming, federal funding, and compliance for the Michigan. Gilbert was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the Michigan Committee for Juvenile Justice representing practitioners and attorneys involved with juvenile justice. She has specialized in turning around failing programs, launching new programs, and working toward a statewide juvenile justice reform agenda.

Thomas J. Harvey

Director of the Nonprofit Excellence Program
University of Notre Dame 

Thomas J. Harvey, the director of the Nonprofit Excellence Program at the University of Notre Dame, joined the staff of the Mendoza College of Business in 2005. Over the course of his 40-year career, Harvey has led local and national organizations committed to confronting the challenges of poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to health care and human services. In October 2003, the Council on Social Work Education chose Harvey as one of the 50 pioneers within the field of social work during the past 50 years, which was highlighted in the group’s published work, Celebrating Social Work: Faces and Voices of the Formative Years.

Harvey co-authored the book Nonprofit Governance, which was published by Corby Publishing LLC. He received a master’s from the Columbia University School of Social Work; bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy; and a bachelor’s in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo College in Philadelphia.

Barbara S. Hiltz

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work
University of Michigan

Clinical Assistant Professor Barbara Hiltz focuses on the sustainability of community-based organizations, including the role of innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurship in shaping social service delivery. 

For more than two decades, Hiltz has worked in interpersonal, community, and administrative practice. She served as executive director of a program for men who abuse their domestic partners in St. Louis, and a cancer support organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Other areas of expertise include women in leadership, human resource management, fund and program development, and fiscal management. 

In 2011, Hiltz co-founded The Brides Project, a social enterprise designed to raise money for cancer support services.

Undraye Howard

Senior Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities  

Undraye P. Howard is senior director of equity, diversity, inclusion and engagement at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. He currently leads the development, creation, implementation, and coordination with network members and other key departments within the Alliance in providing strategy, solutions, and support for the development of leaders in the social sector with an emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Howard was instrumental in developing the Alliance’s current leadership platform model, the rEvolutionary Model, premised on the development of change leaders driving for system and population-level results.  

Howard also provides strategic leadership and direction for the Alliance's efforts to advance equity including managing a member core equity team in co-creating resources that lift the efforts of best practices related to equity throughout the network.

John Kenyon

Nonprofit Technology Educator and Strategist 
John Kenyon Consulting

John Kenyon is a nonprofit technology educator and strategist, working exclusively with nonprofits for over 20 years, providing advice, teaching seminars, and writing articles. He educates nonprofits about using technology strategically because he knows it can help their organizations operate more effectively and efficiently.

Most recently, he served as the educational program manager for the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), returning to private practice in late 2012.

He authored the chapter “Effective Online Communications” in the book Managing Technology to Meet your Mission (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2009). Kenyon is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. He has been a featured speaker across the U.S., England, Australia, and online.

Sue Ann Savas

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work
University of Michigan

Sue Ann Savas is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She received her master’s in social work and bachelor’s in economics from the University of Michigan. For the past 20 years, Savas has practiced as a program evaluator. She specializes in program design, logic modeling, evaluation planning, implementation evaluations, outcome measurement, and reporting for continuous quality improvement. She uses an interdisciplinary approach, collaborating with providers from the fields of social work, public health, environmental health, and education. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on techniques for building evaluation capacity within organizations and coalitions. As an instructor, her teaching pedagogy is described as integrating course, field and life experience. She uses fully-guided instruction with scaffolding and models to teach theory and practice.

Sally Schmall

Academy Coaching

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As founder of Academy Coaching, Sally Schmall provides customized workshops as well as confidential career and leadership development coaching for leaders working in the nonprofit sector across the country.

Prior to founding Academy Coaching in 2008, she worked at the University of Michigan for over 15 years in roles ranging from organizational consulting to director of the faculty recruitment for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She has been teaching courses in nonprofit leadership and project management at the University of Michigan School of Social Work since 2000.

Deanna Singh

Chief Change Agent

Deanna Singh is recognized as a leading authority in building innovative opportunities within underserved communities. As chief change agent and founder of Flying Elephant, Singh is a highly respected thought leader, who has spent almost 20 years researching, designing, and building asset-based solutions to complex social challenges. Today she travels the world inspiring and educating audiences.

A gifted communicator, entrepreneurial businesswoman, and trailblazer Singh’s interactive style combines personal stories with authenticity, vulnerability, and humor that takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery.

Her social entrepreneurship and advocacy experience also included leadership positions with Dohmen Constellations, The Burke Foundation, The Robert W. Baird Foundation, Milwaukee Renaissance Academy, Legal Action of Wisconsin, and The Milwaukee Street Law Project. Singh also has served as adjunct professor at Marquette University Graduate and Law School. She recently completed her first two children’s books I Am a Boy of Color and I Am a Girl of Color and was a featured as a TEDx speaker.  She is also set to release her first business book, Purposeful Hustle, in fall 2018.

Victor Strecher 

School of Public Health
University of Michigan

Victor Strecher has been a professor in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health since 1995. He founded the Center for Health Communications Research and has been leading investigator on over $45 million in grant-funded studies. With the university, Strecher founded HealthMedia Inc. in 1998, an Ann Arbor-based company that develops and disseminates award-winning tailored health interventions to millions of users. In 2008 HealthMedia Inc. was purchased by Johnson & Johnson. Currently, as director for innovation and social entrepreneurship, Strecher is helping the University of Michigan disseminate research to the real world, improving the public’s health nationally and globally.

John Tropman

Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work
University of Michigan

John Tropman is a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

He teaches nonprofit management courses at the School of Social Work and organizational behavior and human resources management courses at the Ross School of Business. Additionally, Tropman teaches courses in effective decision making and creativity for the university’s Executive Education program.

Tropman also has worked as a consultant for for-profit corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit human service organizations. He specializes in helping organizations with strategic planning, environmental scans, and developing product and service profiles.

He is an extensively published author, having written 40 books and many articles. Most recently, his books include Making Meetings Work (2003), The Total Compensation Solution (2001), Managing Ideas in the Creating Organization (1998), Do Americans Hate the Poor? (1998), and Nonprofit Boards, What to Do and How to Do It (1998). His many books discuss topics including community leadership, how to promote effective groups and group decision making, nonprofit governance, and public policy.

Tropman holds a joint doctorate in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan.  

Ari Weinzweig

Co-Owner and Founding Partner
Zingerman's Community of Businesses
Zingerman's Roadhouse

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Ari Weinzweig is co-owner, founding partner, and CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While attending the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, Weinzweig began washing dishes in a local restaurant and soon discovered that he loved the food business. Along with his partner Paul Saginaw, Weinzweig started Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, a staff of two, a small selection of great-tasting specialty foods, and a relatively short sandwich menu.

Today, Zingerman’s is an Ann Arbor institution—an organization of eight distinct businesses with over 750-person staff; annual sales approaching $55,000,000 a year; and a source of great food and great experiences for over 500,000 visitors every year.

Zingerman’s was instrumental in the founding of Food Gatherers, a perishable food rescue program that delivers over a million pounds of food to people in need.  

Lynn Perry Wooten

J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations
Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University

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Lynn Perry Wooten is the J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations for Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to joining Cornell University, she was on the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for almost two decades. At the Ross School of Business, she served as the senior associate dean for student and academic excellence and clinical professor of strategy, management and organizations. In this role, Wooten was responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for students inside and outside of the classroom through curricular initiatives, academic advising, student life activities, leadership development, and career planning.

Wooten’s current research bridges theory and practice and focuses on positive organizing routines, diversity management practices, and crisis leadership, and her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Dynamics. She has written the book Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis with Erika James and co-edited the book Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion with Laura Morgan Roberts and Martin Davidson. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Society of Human Resource Management, and Ford Foundation. Through her applied research projects, she has worked with many companies including Whirlpool, Google, and General Motors. She was also a scholar-in-residence at the Council of Michigan Foundations and partnered with foundations to develop inclusive leadership practices, diversity management systems, and equity policies.

Wooten is an alumna of the University of Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her master’s in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Wooten is an active member of national volunteer leadership organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Ann Arbor Junior League, and The Links Inc.

Kimberli Cumming

Managing Director 
Executive Master of Business Administration Program
University of Michigan

Kim Cumming is the managing director of the University of Michigan’s Ross Executive MBA Program, where she leads the strategy, program development, and delivery of transformational business education at campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Ross School of Business in 2015, Cumming had devoted her career to nonprofit leadership. For most of a decade, she served as executive director of The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan. While at the helm of The Women’s Center, she helped it to develop from a founder-led organization and through several other transitions including maintaining and managing its dynamic growth in the wake of the devastating collapse of the region’s economy during the recession. She greatly diversified both its board leadership and the ranks of its service providers.  

During her time in Portland, Oregon, Cumming was director of strategy and leadership at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, where she had the privilege of leading a learning community/collective of interim executive directors, interim development directors, executive transition search consultants, and mission-focused nonprofit strategists. 

Cumming has a unique blend of skills. She started her nonprofit work as an outgrowth of her commitment to social justice. She earned her master’s in social work from the University of Michigan with a focus on management of human services and a minor in interpersonal practice. While executive director of The Women’s Center, she returned to the University of Michigan to earn her master’s in business administration in order to combine her deeply human- and mission-driven approach with strong strategic and analytical skills. She is a self-described “leadership junkie.”

Debora Matthews

President and CEO
The Children’s Center

Debora Matthews was appointed to the position of President & Chief Executive Officer in February 2006, following a 10-month period as Chief Operating Officer which began in April 2005. Her dedication to volunteer service at The Children’s Center span over a 17-year period where she served as Chair of the Board of Directors and Treasurer. Matthews also worked as Finance Director at The Children’s Center for three years in the mid 1980’s.

Matthews served as Chief Financial Officer for over 25 years with a number of nonprofit organizations in this region. She has over 35 years of experience in management and operations with an emphasis in finance. After a 3-year career with Plante & Moran, LLC where she primarily conducted audits for nonprofits and municipalities, Matthews was regularly recruited by Plante & Moran to provide financial turnaround consulting for several nonprofit clients including an organization in the cooperative optical industry leading their strategy to transition to an Employee Stock Owned (ESOP) status. Transitional consulting for nonprofits included right-sizing organizations for financial viability and sustainability. Matthews earned a B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

H. Luke Shaefer

Poverty Solutions
University of Michigan

H. Luke Shaefer, an associate professor at the U-M School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, is the inaugural director of Poverty Solutions. His research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals in the fields of public policy, social work, public health, health services research, and history, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, among other sources. Shaefer has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and has advised a number of the nation’s largest human service organizations as well as numerous community-based agencies. His work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, Vox, and the LA Times, among other media outlets, and he has been featured on such programs as Marketplace and CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. His recent book with Kathryn Edin, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, among other awards. Shaefer also serves on the Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity for the state of Michigan.

Richard Stagliano

Center For Family Services

Richard Stagliano, President and CEO of Center For Family Services, is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed marriage and family counselor with more than 35 years of experience in the human service field.

Stagliano has been with Center For Family Services for 37 years, spearheading numerous innovative programs in the areas of Behavioral Health, Child and Family Services, and Victim Services. Through his leadership, Center For Family Services has remained true to its mission and responsiveness to community needs.

In the year 2000, Stagliano facilitated a merger of three small nonprofits to create a new organization, Center For Family Services. Following the merger, Stagliano was named President/CEO. Prior to the merger, Stagliano served as Associate Executive Director of Family Counseling Service for 10 years and then as Executive Director for nine years.