Consultants

Our independent consultants strengthen The Patterson Foundation’s work by providing strategic expertise. This team approach enables the foundation to be flexible and work with subject-matter experts who enhance the unique goals of each initiative.


THE ENGAGEMENT Team

The engagement team includes independent contractors who support the work of The Patterson Foundation's initiatives in the community.

Karen Arango

Karen Arango

Daniela Arcadia

Daniela Arcadia

Karen Arnold

Karen Arnold

Alison Bapst

Alison Bapst

Amy Cabral

Amy Cabral

Heidi Clouse

Heidi Clouse

Leah Verier-Dunn

Leah Verier-Dunn

Tina Duvall

Tina Duvall

Alicia Exantus

Alicia Exantus

Carolina Franco

Carolina Franco

Danielle Frey

Danielle Frey

Noah Gowesky

Noah Gowesky

Cedric Hameed

Cedric Hameed

Joni Hansen

Joni Hansen

Melissa Hirstein

Melissa Hirstein

Renée Isrel

Renée Isrel

Carol Kranitz

Carol Kranitz

Debra Maccini

Debra Maccini

Krisztina Madak

Krisztina Madak

C.J. Matthews

C.J. Matthews

Elsie Merrill

Elsie Merrill

Carly Miers

Carly Miers

Carrie Miley

Carrie Miley

Laurie Miller

Laurie Miller

Shalia Moore-Hayes

Shalia Moore-Hayes

Sherry Oehler

Sherry Oehler

Rachael Patrick

Rachael Patrick

Aileen Peña

Aileen Peña

Cinthia Pena

Cinthia Pena

Vida Perlow

Vida Perlow

Kera Picker

Kera Picker

Cassidy Rickrode

Cassidy Rickrode

Maria Schaedler-Luera

Maria Schaedler-Luera

Kelli Karen Smith

Kelli Karen Smith

Lyndsey Smith

Lyndsey Smith

Marla Smith

Marla Smith

Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart

Monique Thornton

Monique Thornton

Benjamin Tollefson

Benjamin Tollefson

Sandra Vega-Picchietti

Sandra Vega-Picchietti

Elias Verzini

Elias Verzini

Shannon Vianello

Shannon Vianello

Karen Windon

Karen Windon


Networks

We strive to connect with highly regarded and effective national and global partners in philanthropy and beyond. Nearly every initiative benefits from the collective learning and sharing of national and global networks.

Donald R. Bowman, Ed. D.

Consultant

Commencing January 2023, Dr. Donald R. Bowman continues his journey in higher education as lead consultant for The Patterson Foundation's Advancing Philanthropic Leadership (APL) initiative. In collaboration with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the APL initiative provides an innovative model that develops a network of future philanthropic leaders.

Dr. Bowman's career spans over forty-four years in both the private and public sectors of higher education as well as in community college and university settings. His leadership roles have focused on student enrollment and development. He has demonstrated the ability to unite teams in an environment of collaboration to bring about change and innovation in State University of New York (SUNY) and State College of Florida institutions, including his former role as Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services at the State College of Florida.

Dr. Bowman's community service has spanned the areas of K-12 advisory and strategic planning initiatives; membership on distinctly different executive boards; volunteering for non-profit organizations such as Tidewell Hospice; and facilitating the leadership of lay church groups.

He earned a Baccalaureate degree from Hartwick College in Sociology, with a minor in Music; a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from the State University of New York at Oneonta; and a Doctorate in Higher Education (Student Development emphasis) from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Bowman, his "renaissance" wife Robin, and their two daughters moved to Florida in 1995…never looking back to the infamous New York snowstorms!

To contact Dr. Donald R. Bowman: dbowmantpf@gmail.com

Join Donald on Twitter: @DonBowman_tpf

Larry Clark

Consultant,

Larry Clark is passionate about social change, which fueled his desire to cofound No Margin, No Mission in 2011. He recognized the need for entrepreneurial thinking and leadership in the health and human service sector through his many years of experience working with nonprofits and foundations across the country. With a career that spanned nearly 30 years at the Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, Larry is widely respected as a pioneer in the social enterprise movement.

Through his extensive work in philanthropy and with health and human service organizations, Larry is nationally recognized by both sectors as a cutting-edge thinker and innovative leader. He is a frequent and distinguished speaker on topics pertaining to social enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking in the nonprofit sector and has developed unique expertise in income generation, intellectual property development, and strategic partnerships.

Larry has been active on several national boards representing a combination of foundations, community-based organizations, and coalitions. He recently served on the Alliance of Nonprofits Board and Center for Social and Emotional Education Advisory, and has also served on the boards of Grantmakers in Aging, Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America, the Social Enterprise Alliance, Philanthropy Northwest, and the Local Initiative Funding Partners Advisory for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Larry earned his Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Join Larry on Twitter: @Larry_JClark

To contact Larry: lclark@nomarginnomission.org

Ashley Coone

Consultant,

Ashley Coone is a passionate advocate for children of all ages, especially those from asset-limited families in her hometown of DeSoto County. She has a wealth of experience in government, education, and nonprofit management. Ashley has built a network of relationships with business and nonprofit leaders, donors, and policymakers. As Chief Executive Officer of Ashley Coone Consulting, she works with various clients providing consulting services for strategic planning, initiative/project management, community building, legislative advocacy, and more.

Ashley has previously served on the DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners and as DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court. She is the former Executive Director of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce and worked in the Office of Congressman Connie Mack. Ashley has received gubernatorial appointments to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees, the Florida Board of Ethics, and as Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland.

She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Links2Success, a nonprofit organization in DeSoto County that provides free college and career readiness programs to middle and high school students. She also serves on the Board of Directors for All Star Children's Foundation and The Smith Brown Community Foundation. Ashley spearheaded the Smith Brown Project, a capital renovation initiative that restored the historic Smith Brown Gym and established the very first Boys & Girls Club in DeSoto County. The Ashley Coone Pavilion at the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club is named in honor of her efforts to bring the project to fruition.

Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida Gulf Coast University and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University. Ashley is also a proud member of Leadership Florida’s Connect Class VI.

Join Ashley on Twitter: @AshleyCoone

To contact Ashley: acoonetpf@gmail.com

Michael Corley

Senior Consultant, TPF Administration; Consultant,

Michael is a nonprofit leadership consultant working with the Board of Directors and CEOs/EDs of funders and agencies on strategy, governance, alignment, and leadership.

Prior to founding The Corley Company, Michael held positions of President/COO and CFO of a 200+ employee professional employer organization, a practice administrator to a 25-physician pediatric group, and VP, Marketing for a health technology company. Michael currently consultants with several private foundations, and he has served on nonprofit boards as the Board Chair, Treasurer, Governance Chair, and Finance Committee.

Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his MBA from the University of South Florida – Tampa. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Florida. He is married to Stacey, with whom he has two sons.

Join Michael on Twitter: @michaelpcorley

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/michaelpcorley/ or thecorleycompany.com

To contact Michael: mcorley@thepattersonfoundation.org or michael@thecorleyco.com

Cheri Coryea

Consultant,
Cheri's public sector experience spans over 30 years, and while the majority of it has been in Manatee County, Florida, the nature of the work has allowed her to build bonds regionally and nationally with thought and management leader networks. The last 14 years of Cheri's public sector work included roles as county administrator, deputy county administrator, and first department director of the Neighborhood Services Department for Manatee County Government.

Highly regarded as a trusted and effective relationship builder among all aspects of the community, Cheri spent the bulk of her public sector work in the human services and community services field. Cheri served as the first Children's Services Coordinator for the county, bringing to life the Children's Services dedicated millage programs in 1990. Today, the Children's Services programs target children ages 0-17 and their families who live in Manatee County through the grant work of over 100 different nonprofit agencies. These programs serve at-risk and economically disadvantaged children subject to abuse, neglect, and abandonment. In 2016, Cheri led the charge to change the county grant funding process from funder to investor. To date, more than $150 million has been provided to local nonprofit agencies that yield significant results to improve children and family outcomes.

In 2007, Cheri was tapped to create the Neighborhood Services Department. In 2014, she facilitated the merger of two departments— Neighborhood Services and Community Services—focusing on programs from infants, neighborhood planning, behavioral health, and low-income medical services to County Indigent Burial. Over 2,400 different neighborhoods are now engaged with their local government through various virtual tools, neighborhood action plans, newsletters, and libraries. Citizens now feel they are making a difference.

Her strategic planning expertise led to the first Economic Development Division in the County, focusing on job creation, retention, and incentives for all business types. With the motto of "At Your Service," Cheri helped cut through the red tape and developed an expedited environment of business-friendly government that has added over 4,600 high-wage and high-skilled jobs in Manatee County since 2009. She continues to strive to positively impact ALICE through her involvement with the United Way Suncoast.

While county administrator, Cheri recognized the large portion of potential retirees in the upcoming years and emphasized the development of young professionals to enhance the county's workforce. With a few talented county-employed young professionals, Cheri built the Manatee Millennial Movement (M3) into a nationally recognized force to be reckoned with, increasing Manatee County's millennial workforce from 17% to 27% in four years. Adding a project-driven county internship program in three seasons has allowed the county to advance the use of technology, GIS planning, energy efficiency, parks, preserves, and citizen engagement while attracting and retaining highly motivated students to the area.

Cheri and her husband raised their two girls along with their four-legged furry and equine family members locally. Their daughters have grown up to become successful professionals.


Join Cheri on Twitter: @ccoryeatpf

To contact Cheri: ccoryeatpf@gmail.com

Josephine Eisenberg

Consultant,

Josephine Eisenberg has 25+ years of experience assisting nonprofit organizations on their growth path through mission-driven strategies.

In her early career, Josephine's passion for working with teens led her to New York City, where she spent four years working closely with at-risk teens. After moving to Sarasota, Josephine was instrumental in creating a youth civic engagement leadership program for local high school students. She also made a significant impact as the program director for one of Sarasota's largest after-school/summer youth programs. Josephine continues to be a strong advocate for youth empowerment.

Redirecting her focus from youth programs to nonprofit development and fundraising, Josephine worked as development coordinator, associate development director, and development director for several local nonprofit organizations.

In 2015 Josephine began working as a nonprofit consultant focusing on project management, event management, program development, donor stewardship, and community outreach. Over the years, her clients have included local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations as well as a college consortium and private foundation.

Josephine has worked with several of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives in a variety of roles, including Margin & Mission Ignition, Advancing Mission Thrivability, and Fueling Dynamic Fundraising logistics coordinator; Aspirations to Actions support team; Age-Friendly Sarasota/Community for All Ages engagement team; Age-Friendly Festival event planning team; Livable Communities Leadership Workshop & Public Forum logistics team; Age-Friendly Florida Sharing Symposium logistics team; and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading engagement team.

Josephine is a graduate of Jacksonville University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. She is the proud mother and biggest fan of her 24-year-old son, Christopher Eisenberg.

Join Josephine on Twitter: @JoEisenberg

To contact Josephine: JosephineTPF@gmail.com

Victoria Finley

Consultant

As a consultant with The Patterson Foundation, Victoria Finley focuses on outreach and stewardship for the beautiful Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

For ten years before entering the Sarasota-Manatee philanthropic community, Victoria served as vice president of an environmental microbiology manufacturing company that produced beneficial microbes for seed enhancement and petroleum-degrading microbes for soil remediation and water treatment. Her move from corporate to philanthropy was inspired by love—love for her community and the unique charitable giving that exists in the Suncoast region.

Victoria is a nonprofit business consultant and enjoys engaging with agencies to encourage their potential. Victoria’s interests lie in project management and strategy to polish and advance an agency’s hidden gems.

Victoria is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has aligned with several sectors of the area’s nonprofit agencies, particularly in health and human services and education, to assist in polishing and advancing missions. She focuses on brightening awareness and impact to express to the community the blessings of engaging with purpose.

Victoria earned a BS in secondary English education and a minor in business and professional writing from the University of South Florida.

Join Victoria on Twitter: @vfinleytpf

To contact Victoria: VFinleyTPF@gmail.com

Linda Gould

Consultant,

Linda Gould serves as a Community Connection Consultant for The Patterson Foundation. In this role, she shares The Patterson Foundation's story with the community as part of its Speakers Bureau. She also consults on the Patriot Plaza initiative sharing its story, purpose, and impact with individuals and the many ways organizations can use Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery. Linda works closely with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, assisting with training and recruiting volunteers as Patriot Plaza Guides who ensure that visitors to Patriot Plaza receive a memorable experience.

Linda retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2011, with more than 29 years of active duty service. A fluent Spanish speaker, she served first as a Military Intelligence Officer and then as a fully accredited Latin American Foreign Area Officer. Her career highlight is being the first female Army officer to command a U.S. Military Group in Latin America, serving as the Commander of U.S. Military Group Guatemala from 2006– 2009. She completed her final tour of duty as the Deputy Chief of Studies at the InterAmerican Defense College at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C., in July 2011.

Linda holds a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies/Latin America from the University of South Florida.

Join Linda on Twitter: @llgouldsrq

To contact Linda: llgouldsrq@gmail.com

Pierrette Kelly

Consultant,

Pierrette Kelly is an independent, experienced, nonprofit executive and development professional based in Bradenton, Florida. Pierrette provided leadership as CEO of Anna Maria Island Community Center (AMICC) for over two decades and is a recipient of the H. Bunnel Humanitarian award in 1991.

Collaborating with the Board of Directors, donors, community, and staff, Pierrette established quality community programs with a particular focus on out-of-school educational enrichment programs — working to identify at-risk children and their families and connect them with volunteers, service organizations, and support, including innovative summer learning programs and scholarships for children from families with limited assets. In 1993, AMICC established a family therapy program with licensed clinical social workers and licensed marriage and family therapists to provide family therapy and parenting education. During that time, Pierrette established AMICC's Endowment Trust Fund and built a new community center.

Pierrette’s passion and role as an advocate are reflected by her varied educational interests: How to Change the World (Wesleyan University), Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence (Case Western Reserve University), Critical Thinking on Global Issues (University of Edinburgh), and Social Work (West Virginia University). She also studied international business management at Limerick University in Ireland, where she was President of the International Women's Organization and Vice President of the Professional Women's Network. While living in Ireland for eight years, she met her Irish husband, Paul.

Pierrette is a Eucharistic Minister for her parish, St. Mary Star of the Sea, and Vice President of the Pastoral Council. She also serves as a Board Member for Manatee County Children’s Services Advisory Board and the Sarasota Student Health Advisory Committee.

As a consultant for the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR), Pierrette’s role is to connect community, donors, and foundations, thereby weaving a tapestry of community support for all children — especially those from low-income families. SCGLR focuses on giving every child opportunities to succeed in school and life by ensuring they read at grade level by the end of third grade.

Join Pierrette on Twitter: @PierretteGKelly

To contact Pierrette: pkelly@tampabay.rr.com

Valarie Law

Accounting

Valarie Law attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and in 1981 received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. After graduation, she worked as a sales tax auditor with the Florida Department of Revenue. In 1988, while employed as a supervisor and in-charge accountant with Thompkins and Company, PA, in Miami, Florida, she received her certification as a Certified Public Accountant.

After moving to Sarasota, Florida, in 1990, Valarie worked as an independent contractor for Uniroyal Technology as an accountant and at Staff Leasing as a tax specialist. She also worked with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc. for 20 years. Since 2010, Valarie has provided her accounting services to The Patterson Foundation.

Currently, Valarie has clients in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Her professional skills include accounting and tax services, payroll services, seminars, representation before the IRS, and other services as requested. Valarie's more than 32 years of experience enables her to offer various services to her clients and consistently meet their expectations.

Join Valarie on Twitter: @LawValarie

To contact Valarie: vlaw@thepattersonfoundation.org

Sara Leonard, MBA, CFRE

Sara Leonard is a solutions-oriented advancement professional with experience in fundraising and nonprofit management for healthcare, educational, and cultural organizations. A 30-year fundraising veteran, she founded the Sara Leonard Group to provide consulting, coaching, and training to fundraisers, CEOs, and nonprofit board members.

Sara believes that fundraising fuels the life-saving and life-changing work being done throughout the nonprofit sector. Her work with organizations allows them to raise money through capital and annual campaigns, board fundraising efforts, and social enterprise initiatives to support their missions. She strives to provide an ethical, team-based approach to raising money that funds social change.

Sara shares her expertise as a frequent instructor for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, where she created the Fund Development Academy. Her strong belief in supporting the profession of fundraising has led her to serve on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global Marketing Awards and Communications Committee. She is a past president of the AFP Tampa Bay Chapter.

Sara is a Certified Fundraising Executive, has been named a Master Trainer by AFP, and completed the BoardSource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education and the USF Muma College of Business Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate. She received her BSBA from the University of Tampa and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Join Sara on Twitter: @SaraTampa

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saraleonard

To contact Sara: sara@saraleonardgroup.com

MagnifyGood

Strategic Communications
MagnifyGood is a consultancy magnifying the work of organizations that are changing the world for good in the areas of:
  • Philanthropy
  • Communities — nonprofit, NGO, and social-good communities
  • Causes — social entrepreneurs, change makers, and public causes

Join MagnifyGood on Twitter: @MagnifyGood

To contact MagnifyGood: www.MagnifyGood.com

Maribel Martinez

Consultant,
Maribel Martinez is a social sector leader with over 25 years of experience in education and nonprofit management. She began her teaching career in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the fourth largest school district in the country, teaching students with disabilities and second-language students before transitioning to becoming a reading specialist. Later, she led professional development for new teachers.

In New York City, Maribel had the privilege of leading the launch of the first all-digital teaching platform. She worked closely with the board of education to manage change and integrate technology nationally to increase student achievement. It was there that Maribel took notice of the homework gap and began collaborating with nonprofit groups in New York City on digital inclusion, distributing computers to K-8 students in asset-limited neighborhoods.

Maribel is considered a national digital inclusion expert and has first-hand experience collaborating with HUD-assisted housers to implement multi-year digital equity plans. She's also worked with industry partners on targeted outreach campaigns aimed at income-constrained people, created and led public-private partnerships across multiple sectors to close the digital divide, developed computer and tablet training curricula and train-the-trainer programs, worked with stakeholders to build capacity and create talent pipelines into college and tech for asset-limited communities, and developed innovative processes to accelerate tech adoption for hundreds of thousands of end-beneficiaries. Maribel’s blended and virtual digital skills training curricula for secondary students, working-age individuals, and older adults have been adopted in 30 U.S. cities and counting.

Maribel holds a B.S., M.S., and an Ed.S. in education and was recognized in 2006 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She studied mentoring and teacher induction through her doctoral work, and in 2018, Maribel completed a nonprofit management certificate with a concentration in financial success from Cornell University.

Maribel lives in Miami, Florida, where she was born and raised.

Join Maribel on Twitter: @MMartConsult

To contact Maribel: mmartineztpf@gmail.com | Maribel Martinez Consulting

Mike Oxman

Consultant,

Michael Oxman believes in the power of innovation to transform the social sector, which inspired him to cofound No Margin, No Mission in 2011. A self-described entrepreneur and business leader with a strong desire to create a better world, he embraces opportunities to help organizations become stronger and more thrivable so they can achieve greater mission impact. Michael’s talents have been widely embraced by nonprofit and philanthropic leaders nationwide.

Michael’s extensive experience in both for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurial ventures has earned him respect nationally as a subject-matter expert, consultant, and speaker on topics pertaining to earned income and social enterprise, business planning, plus brand and marketing strategy. With consulting experience that runs broad and deep, Michael’s client portfolio spans a wide range of health and human service, arts, and philanthropic organizations.

Prior to founding No Margin, No Mission, Michael was an advertising and communications senior executive at Havas (formerly Euro RSCG Worldwide) in the firm’s Chicago office. During his time there, Michael led the Agency’s Business Development and Digital Marketing teams, plus strategic brand development for Walgreens Boots Alliance. He also initiated his strategic work in the nonprofit sector for the Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.). Prior to joining Havas, Michael was a senior executive at Publicis (formerly D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles) in the firm's Detroit office, leading strategic brand development for the Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors. Earlier in his career, Michael held executive positions at other leading advertising agencies, advising Fortune 500 clients such as Chiquita Brands Worldwide and The Iams Pet Food Company on brand strategy.

Michael has served on several Chicago-area nonprofit boards, including Ravinia Music Festival’s Ravinia Associates and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Michael earned his BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MS in Advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Chicago.

Join No Margin, No Mission on Twitter: @margin_mission

To contact Michael: moxman@nomarginnomission.org

Donna Puhalovich

Consultant,
Working with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Advancing Philanthropic Leadership is like coming home for Donna.

At the beginning of her career, she worked in the technology field with NCR and then the Internet Access Group. After a short break to raise her three boys, she began working at Manatee Technical College in the Grants/Marketing Department. It was at MTC where she had her first opportunity to work with students as a Career Counselor. After her career with the school district, she went back into private industry and ran her own technology consulting company. As life evolved, so did her passion. She felt the calling and needed to have daily connections with her community and to use her knowledge and experiences to help others feel supported and valued. 

Donna graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing. She is a proud Florida native and enjoys finding ways to live a life that is compatible with nature and its delicate balance.

Join Donna on Twitter: @DonnaPuhalovich

To contact Donna: DPuhalovichTPF@gmail.com

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