Standing Beside Alaska's Non-Profits

Founding & Current Faculty

Founding Faculty Biographies

Dr. Mary Stewart Hall
Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Sector
Professor and Founder, Executive Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership Program at Seattle University. She was formerly president of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation; chair of the Contributions Council, a national elected body of the heads of major corporate giving programs; president of Philanthropy Northwest (formerly Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum); a director of Independent Sector; and co-chair of Washington Gives.

Dr. Lee Holmer
Board Development & Human Resources
Retired professor, Executive Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership Program, Seattle University. She has more than 20 years in management and consulting service with government and nonprofit organizations. Her current research focuses on emotional development in leadership and organizational health, and on strategies for teaching leadership, team and management skills.

Suzanne Lagoni
Communication consultant for The Foraker Group and Faculty, Marketing and Communications
Partner, Nexus Northwest, LLC, a community relations firm. Suzanne managed public relations and communications programs for ARCO Alaska; served as Communications Director for US Senator Max Baucus of Montana and worked as a journalist in Montana and Washington. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and is a frequent facilitator and trainer for nonprofit organizations.  She is an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, MN.

Ed Schumacher
Retired president of Third Sector Consulting a Seattle-based consulting firm that provides workshops and consultation to local, regional, national and international nonprofit organizations. Principal of his own firm since 1985, Ed had been an executive director, development director and national staff member for 25 years before starting his own business. At the University of Washington Ed helped found the nonprofit fundraising certificate program and has been an instructor for 15 years. Today, Ed serves as a lead instructor for the Fundraising School, a program of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Ed has two published books on capital campaigns – The Capital Campaign Survival Guide published by Elton-Wolf, and Capital Campaigns, a booklet published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards. In the past 10 years, Ed has worked on three national pilot programs in endowment fundraising.

Kay Sohl
Faculty – Budget and Finance
As co-founder of Technical Assistance for Community Services (TACS), Kay Sohl has provided leadership in the development of consulting and training resources to address the specific needs of community development and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Sohl’s expertise with nonprofit organizations includes financial management, strategic planning, organizational development, board development and fund development. She has provided consultation and training for boards and staff of over 3,500 nonprofit organizations throughout Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado and California. She is widely recognized for her ability to make technical and financial information accessible to diverse, non-technical or non-fiscally trained groups. Ms. Sohl holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.A.T. from Reed College. She has completed post baccalaureate studies in accounting and business law at Portland State University, passing the Uniform CPA exam in 1978.

Dirk VanDenBosch
Planning and Evaluation
President, Van Den Bosch & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in planning, developing and growing successful organizations. He served 30 years as a United Way professional at local, state and national levels, including an assignment as CEO of the California United Way Collaborative. He works in partnership with organizational leaders to grow their enterprise while creating a vital, relevant and sustainable legacy.

Current Faculty Biographies

Sue Brogan
Sue has dedicated the last 28 years to the advancement of the profession of volunteer administration, strengthening volunteer programs and encouraging community engagement. She received her designation of Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) in 1995 and has been Vice President of Community Engagement and Director of the Volunteer Center at United Way of Anchorage since 1997.

Gwen Kennedy
J. Gwen Kennedy, Ph.D. is an experienced practitioner in the field of staff and organization development. She has consulted to a full-spectrum of organizations ranging from village to global corporations and government and nonprofit organizations since 1984. Her professional expertise lies in: complex systems analysis and organizational change; coaching managers, professionals and supervisors in problem analysis, strategic decision making and relationship building; human resource development strategies and programs and career development. She has worked with all levels of the organization and in a variety of professional fields including social services, engineering, IT and healthcare. Her professional network includes the Fielding Institute’s Center for Innovation in the NonProfit Sector.