Meet Our Trainers

CNE partners with a wide range of expert trainers and facilitators in developing and providing its programs and services, many of whom volunteer their time to CNE because they’re committed to strengthening the sector. We’re lucky to know them, and grateful for their deep expertise and willingness to share it.


The speakers below have led and facilitated trainings for CNE WorkshopsAdvanced Training SeriesLeadership Circles and Academies.

Pheobe Brown

Independent Consultant

Pheobe Brown is a nonprofit professional with eight years experience in nonprofit programming and administration. Pheobe began her career in the United States Senate before obtaining a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Her research… Read More

UVa Career Center

Dreama Johnson & Kimberly Link
UVa Career Center
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops

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Career Counselor / Associate Director (Public Service Community and Global Careers)

At the UVA Career Center, Dreama serves as a career counselor and leads the Public… Read More

Mary Coleman

Development Director
City of Promise

Ms. Coleman currently works as the Development Director at City of Promise, a nonprofit that offers academic support to low-income children in three neighborhoods in Charlottesville. She previously served at Director of Institutional Advancement at The Covenant School and as Director of… Read More

Cindy Colson

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Ms. Colson has 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector working for nonprofits in human services and healthcare. She has worked on building strong collaborations with more than 65 nonprofits to develop programs and initiatives to address… Read More

Kimberly Diaz and Andrew Daub

CNE Programs: Advanced Trainings


Kimberly brings over 8 years of nonprofit management and teaching experience at Teach For America. She has a BA in Psychology and Economics from the University of Virginia, and an MAT from American University. Currently, Kimberly is… Read More

Sam Davis III

The Davis Group
CNE Programs: Board Academy, CNE Workshops

As Principal in The Davis Group, Sam Davis brings extensive strategic management experience to the service of family businesses, nonprofit organizations and foundations. Having served as an advisor to family businesses, family offices, nonprofits and foundations for almost two… Read More

David Deaton

Deaton Group LLC
CNE Programs: Finance Academy

David has over a decade of experience in market research and strategic planning. As former Director of Strategy and Market Research for the CFA Institute’s Asia Pacific region, David has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative market analysis…. Read More

Victoria Dietz

The Curtis Group
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops

Victoria’s experience covers an array of activities in development, from annual fund work for small and mid-sized nonprofits to major gift and corporate development in a large healthcare setting. In her role as consultant for The Curtis Group, she… Read More

Cindy Fredrick

Associate Vice President for Engagement
University of Virginia Advancement
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops

Cindy Fredrick has 30 years of professional experience in the fields of non-profit management, constituent engagement and volunteer community service. At the University Virginia, Cindy leads the alumni and parent engagement office where she as a founding staff member… Read More

Matthew Freeman

Dialectix Consulting
CNE Programs: Workshops

Matthew specializes in facilitating challenging conversations so that groups can find new solutions to intractable problems like poverty, racial equity, or immigration issues. He has over 15 years’ experience working on race and diversity issues, equity, civic engagement, and… Read More

James R. Fries, CPA, MSA

Brown Edwards
CNE Programs: Workshops, Finance Academy

Jim is an assurance partner based in our Harrisonburg office. He specializes in working with employee benefit plans and not-for-profit organizations, including foundations, healthcare entities, community action agencies, and other social service organizations. Jim also has experience in a… Read More

Jessica Green, M.A.

Director of Philanthropy
Shenandoah National Park Trust

Jessica brings experience in fundraising, marketing, and program development in the nonprofit sector. Her passion for her connecting people to causes that are meaningful to them has led her to work with organizations including Susan G. Komen for the… Read More

Karen Gulliford

Great Workplaces, LLC
CNE Programs: Advanced Trainings

With more than 20 years’ experience as human resources professional and leader, consultant, and coach, Karen Gulliford is the owner of Great Workplaces, LLC. Karen’s diverse industry experience includes retail, publishing, law, consulting, healthcare, financial institutions, and non-profits. Karen holds… Read More

Mary Davis Hamlin

Senior Consultant
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops

For the past twenty years Mary Davis has worked as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and coach for organizations in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive substantive and practical knowledge in the areas of collaborative decision making,… Read More

Joyce Ivory, PHR, SHRM-CP

Recruitment and Diversity Coordinator
Albemarle County
CNE Programs: Management Academy

Joyce is an HR professional with 10 years of specialized experience in recruitment, employee engagement, diversity training and leadership, and management coaching. Joyce received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Masters degree in Management/ Human Resource Management and… Read More

Joanna Joslyn

Project Manager and Principal Consultant
Joslyn Creative
CNE Programs: Management Academy

Joanna Joslyn founded Joslyn Creative in 2010 to help nonprofits improve fundraising by improving their donor management systems and donor databases. She blends nonprofit staff experience with expertise in the industry’s leading software products to help nonprofit development teams… Read More

Kelly Kienzle

Open Circle Coaching
CNE Programs: Board Academy, CNE Workshops, Leadership Circles Coach, Management Academy

Kelly Kienzle, founder of Open Circle Coaching, provides leadership coaching and professional development workshops to individuals and teams to improve organizational performance in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Kelly is a people development specialist with over 20 years… Read More

Sue Kindred

SK Consulting
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops

sue-kindred-headshotSue Kindred is a business strategist for nonprofits who, more than anything, enjoys helping you help others.  With more than 30 years’ real-world “been there done that” experience, she brings… Read More

Elaine Kiziah, Ph.D.

Founder & Principal Consultant
See Change Studio

Elaine has nearly 20 years of experience helping organizations become more effective. As a consultant, her work has included:

  • Designing and implementing initiatives to improve team performance, employee engagement, and organizational culture
  • Coaching and training leaders and team members to help… Read More

Kelly Landes

Organizational and Developmental Consultant
Landes Leadership Group
CNE Programs: Workshops

As an Organizational and Developmental Consultant, Kelly works with top leaders to clarify and solidify their mission and core values. She coaches, trains and inspires teams. She identifies inefficiencies and gaps in systems and navigates change management. Recognizing the… Read More

Richard Lord

Multi-media Specialist
Richard Lord Photography
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops

Richard Lord is among the foremost global photographers. His work has been displayed at the UN General Assembly, 17 US embassies and art galleries throughout the US. It is included in numerous corporate and private art collections as well as… Read More

John Lord

Lord/Thompson Associates (LTA), ConsultCorps

John Lord is currently a consultant in private practice. In 2004, he retired after twenty years at the University of Virginia to form Lord/Thompson Associates (LTA), a training and consulting group specializing in leadership and organizational development. LTA targets… Read More

Rosemary Mahoney

Mahoney Consulting, LLC

Rosemary specializes in nonprofit and cooperative business planning and strategic advising. She brings 30 years of experience both as a cooperative CEO and a nonprofit executive director to her work, which includes international cooperative development projects and cooperative and… Read More

Amy-Sarah Marshall

Cville Pride
CNE Programs: Workshops

Amy-Sarah Marshall, founding president of the Charlottesville Pride Community Network, has guided the organization through several successful festivals and dozens of initiatives benefitting the LGBTQ community. In her role with Cville Pride, she’s presented at panels and conferences, developed… Read More

Natalie May, Ph.D.

UVA Center for Positive Healthcare
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops

Natalie May, PhD has enthusiastically served as one of the Center for Positive Healthcare (formerly the Center for Appreciative Practice) faculty for eight years. A breast cancer survivor, she especially enjoys teaching and speaking about ways appreciative inquiry and… Read More