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.

Valarie Law

Valarie Law

Accounting
MagnifyGood

MagnifyGood

Strategic Communications
Bo Medred

Bo Medred

Consultant, The Bay
Nancy Vafeas

Nancy Vafeas

Consultant, TPF Administration and Accounting

THE ENGAGEMENT Team

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

Erika Alberry

Erika Alberry

Daniela Arcadia

Daniela Arcadia

Karen Arango

Karen Arango

Karen Arnold

Karen Arnold

Amy Cabral

Amy Cabral

Heidi Clouse

Heidi Clouse

Connie Cuadrado

Connie Cuadrado

Alicia Exantus

Alicia Exantus

Danielle Frey

Danielle Frey

Carolina Franco

Carolina Franco

Angela Gastfield

Angela Gastfield

Cedric Hameed

Cedric Hameed

Joni Hansen

Joni Hansen

Melissa Hirstein

Melissa Hirstein

Julia Huffman

Julia Huffman

Renée Isrel

Renée Isrel

Carol Kranitz

Carol Kranitz

Debra Maccini

Debra Maccini

Krisztina Madak

Krisztina Madak

Elsie Merrill

Elsie Merrill

Carly Miers

Carly Miers

Carrie Miley

Carrie Miley

Laurie Miller

Laurie Miller

Shalia Moore-Hayes

Shalia Moore-Hayes

Rachael Patrick

Rachael Patrick

Kyle Pearson

Kyle Pearson

Cinthia Pena

Cinthia Pena

Aileen Peña

Aileen Peña

Brandon Rickrode

Brandon Rickrode

Cassidy Rickrode

Cassidy Rickrode

Laura Rodgers

Laura Rodgers

Maria Schaedler-Luera

Maria Schaedler-Luera

Dan Schlandt

Dan Schlandt

Kelli Karen Smith

Kelli Karen Smith

Marla Smith

Marla Smith

Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart

Benjamin Tollefson

Benjamin Tollefson

Elias Verzini

Elias Verzini

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.

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

Deb Sakellarios

Deb Sakellarios works as a managing director at the Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization. Over its 25 year history, Robin Hood has distributed more than $1.25 billion to hundreds of New York City-based soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job training programs, and other vital services that give New York’s neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives for themselves and their families.

In this role, Deb leads the capacity-building team to diagnose and develop solutions to the management needs of grant recipients, sets priorities for the implementation of these projects, and conducts successful interventions.

Prior to joining Robin Hood, she served as senior campus strategic services associate at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. There, she worked on board development, strategic planning, and fundraising. Deb also spent six years working in the private sector as a management consultant at Accenture and Wunderman. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and dual master’s degrees in organizational and counseling psychology from Columbia University.

Join Deb on Twitter: @Dsakellariostpf

To contact Deb: dsakellariostpf@gmail.com

Joni Steinberg

Consultant,

As a consultant, Dr. Joni S. Steinberg manages The Patterson Foundation’s (TPF) Advancing Philanthropic Leadership (APL) initiative. In collaboration with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the APL initiative encompasses innovative efforts to strengthen the capabilities of emerging philanthropic leaders. This initiative includes TPF’s Fellow’s Program and TPF lead teaching roles in Lilly School of Philanthropy graduate course offerings.

Dr. Steinberg’s career in academia centered around graduate management education. Through most of that career, she was a professor, graduate program manager, and student advisor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. A significant focus for her health administration and public health masters and doctoral graduate students was preparation for management or research careers with nonprofit organizations and NGOs in the U.S. and globally. Each year, Dr. Steinberg worked actively with graduating students pursuing fellowship positions in the health administration sector. When she retired in 2018, Tulane University awarded Dr. Steinberg Professor Emerita status.

Dr. Steinberg’s teaching, consulting, and publications focused on the application of quantitative methods to health care, health administration processes and data-driven decision making, health systems, management and policy, and information systems.

She earned her PhD in management science (finance minor) and MPH from Tulane University, her MS in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and her BS in mathematics (computer science minor) from the University of Miami.

Since moving to Sarasota in 1990, Dr. Steinberg has been an active community volunteer serving on several nonprofit boards of directors. She has one son and family living in Sarasota, and her other son lives in Alexandria, VA. Both sons grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Pine View School.

Join Dr. Joni S. Steinberg on Twitter: @jsteinbergTPF

To contact Dr. Joni S. Steinberg: jonisteinbergTPF@gmail.com

Laurey Stryker

Consultant
Dr. Laurey Stryker is a consultant who works with private foundations and nonprofit organizations to facilitate, develop, and implement innovative education strategies.

She formerly managed and now consults The Patterson Foundation's (TPF) Digital Access for All initiative, which explores the efforts of multiple sectors working to enhance access to technology and connects people in ways that foster inclusion and well-being. This initiative aspires to discover how individuals, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media are moving the needle on access to digital technology. This knowledge will inform opportunities to collaboratively strengthen these efforts.

Dr. Stryker was TPF's initiative manager for EdExploreSRQ, a sustainable platform that has greatly enhanced access to experiential learning in Sarasota's schools. Most recently, she managed the development of TPF's Advancing Philanthropic Leadership initiative. Collaborations with IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy led to a vibrant TPF Fellows Program and opportunities for TPF to share its work as a "living laboratory."

She conducted the developmental work to establish the West Coast of Florida's Cross College Alliance, which is made up of New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, The Ringling/Florida State University, State College of Florida, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The Alliance is dedicated to "Rethinking Education. Together." to benefit students and the community.

Prior to her consulting practice, Dr. Stryker held leadership positions in higher education at the University of South Florida and completed her career there as President of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

She was Florida's Deputy Commissioner of Education for eight years. She worked extensively on higher education policy and programs and is also the former Deputy Secretary of Florida's Department of Labor.

Dr. Stryker earned her bachelor and master of arts degrees in political science and her Ed.D in higher education management from Florida State University.

Join Dr. Laurey Stryker on Twitter: @StrykerConsulti

To contact Dr. Laurey Stryker: lstrykertpf@gmail.com

Tom Tryon

Thomas Tryon was the opinion editor and a public-engagement leader for two decades at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where he spent 39 years.

He is a husband, stepdad, grandfather, and friend. Born and raised in Manatee County, he played on Palmetto High School’s only state championship football team. He was his family’s first college graduate, receiving a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1980 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

A member of Christ Episcopal Church, Tom is on the board of Second Heart Homes, which houses and loves mentally ill homeless people. He was a chairman of Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence and Youth Leadership Sarasota County.

Tom leads The Patterson Foundation’s Higher Waters: Suncoast Quality of Life initiative.

Join Tom on Twitter: @TomTryon

To contact Tom: thomastryonfla@gmail.com

Lauren Turner

Lauren was born and raised in Sarasota, FL. After graduating from high school, Lauren went to Vanderbilt University, where she double majored in Human and Organizational Development and Vocal Performance, earning her Bachelor of Science degree. Knowing she wanted to begin her career in the nonprofit arts arena, she obtained a Master of Arts in Arts Administration with a concentration in development at Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta. Before coming to The Patterson Foundation, Lauren worked for many years as the Manager of Individual Giving at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and most recently as a Development Officer in the Advancement Department at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Her main interests and hobbies include anything musical -- opera, broadway, playing piano and guitar. She’s passionate about giving back to the community and building meaningful relationships.

She and her cockapoo, Scout, enjoy living in downtown Sarasota by the beautiful bayfront. Some fun facts about Lauren are that she is Swedish, a yogi, and has sung in Carnegie Hall twice and in St. Peters Basilica in Italy. She is thrilled to be a part of The Patterson Foundation, contributing to bettering the community through Digital Access for All!

Join Lauren on Twitter: @lTurnerTPF

To contact Lauren: laurenrturnertpf@gmail.com

Nancy Vafeas

Consultant, TPF Administration and Accounting

A native of Tennessee, Nancy Vafeas earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Advertising from Middle Tennessee State University. She began her career in the marketing department with SunTrust Bank and transitioned to serving high-net-worth clients as a private banker while earning her Certified Financial Planner designation.

Nancy is an avid community volunteer helping many local nonprofits and has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Sarasota, Ashton Elementary PTO, and Sarasota Youth Sailing. She was also a member of the Ashton Elementary and Sarasota Middle School Advisory Councils. She currently serves on the Cotillion Club of Sarasota Board of Directors and is an active member of the Church of the Palms, Presbyterian USA.

Nancy and her husband, Dimitrios, have a son, Alexander, a freshman at the University of Florida, and a daughter, Olivia, a 10th grader at Riverview High School and the cutest dog in the world, Palmer the Goldendoodle. Nancy loves to travel and is always planning the next vacation extravaganza for her family.

Join Nancy on Twitter: @NancyVafeas

To contact Nancy: nvafeas@thepattersonfoundation.org


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