2017 Class Bios

 Jonathan Chasen

Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo

jonathan.chasen@wellsfargo.com / (434) 244-3920

I have worked for Wells Fargo Advisors for 9 years and have been a financial advisor for over 14 years in the Charlottesville area, mostly specializing in managing assets and planning for successful families. I am graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. I have two children, Taylor & Ainsley and have been married to Chrissy for 18 years.

 Jessica Critzer

Coordinator, CFA Board of Trustees

jessica.critzer@cfainstitute.org / (434) 951-5446

I am proud to be from the Charlottesville area and have lived here for most of my life. I am currently with CFA Institute Research Foundation where I serve as coordinator as well as Secretary for the Board of Trustees. Prior to my current role, I worked for another non-profit, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, located in Ruckersville, VA. I received my bachelor’s degree from Averett University. I am married and have two children; Hannah age 10 and Lucas age 7.

Kadi Davis  

Membership Manager, CNE

kdavis@thecne.org / (434) 951-9048

As the Membership Manager, Kadi works to engage nonprofit leaders in the community, and to connect nonprofits with the programs and resources that will help them thrive.

Prior to joining CNE, Kadi served as Manager of the Markle Foundation’s Rework America initiative, a broad public-private collaborative aimed at expanding opportunities for employment and training. She has also worked as an attorney in both private practice and the public interest.

Kadi holds a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law, where she was awarded a Trustee Law Scholarship and a Public Interest Law Foundation grant. She enjoys traveling and a good book.

Margo Eppard  

Manager of Foundation Financial Services, UVA Foundation

mde5c@virginia.edu / (434) 982-4849

Margo joined the UVA Foundation in 1996 to support financial and accounting services for two UVA related foundations. Over the past 20 years, she has seen and managed tremendous growth, now having eight UVA related foundations under management. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Margo worked for Patient Financial Services at the UVA Health System.

Margo serves as Treasurer for the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MBA from James Madison University. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Margo and her husband Randy have two sons and reside in Albemarle County.

James Ewell

Director, GreenBlue Sustainable Materials Program

james.ewell@greenblue.org / (434) 202-4775

As a member of the original team that founded GreenBlue in 2003, James re-joined the organization in 2011. As Director of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Materials program, he is responsible for managing the development and practical implementation of its sustainable materials management framework. James has extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable product design and manufacturing, chemical transparency and supply chain management. As Director of Consulting for McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), James developed and implemented Cradle-to-Cradle criteria for designing and manufacturing sustainable products and improving corporate practices. He has worked with numerous corporate clients from a diversity of industrial sectors.

Susan Fersner

Senior Associate Director of Gift Planning, University of Virginia

slf7u@virginia.edu / (434) 924-7173

Susan joined the University of Virginia as Associate Director of Gift Planning in the fall of 2014 and was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Gift Planning in the spring of 2016.

Early in her career, Susan found much success as a trust officer. She was a founding member of a trust company in Florida, where she served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Trust Officer. Prior to that role, Susan was in Trust and Estate Planning primarily with Bank of America. At the point in her life when she decided to relocate to Virginia to help out her aging parents, she discovered gift planning as a way to marry her professional skills and success with her passion for education. The passion for education stemmed from her volunteer work which included serving as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee for over ten years (FL), as a board member of the Lee County (FL) Public Schools, as a member of the Golden Apple Selection Committee (FL) and as a board member of VAE (Valley Alliance for Education – VA).

Susan held positions as Associate Director and Director of Planned Giving at James Madison University for five years before joining UVA. While it was hard to leave JMU and give up management responsibilities for the first time in over 25 years, she’s found great satisfaction in taking on deeper and more complex planned gifts.

Susan was born and raised in Waynesboro VA where she and her husband live currently. They have two children, Savannah and Dylan. Savannah is living in New Zealand for a year and Dylan is studying to be a Civil Engineer.

 Erica Goldfarb

Promotional Coordinator, UVA International Studies Department

ericag1223@gmail.com / (434) 963-7848

A native of Ohio, I moved to Charlottesville in 1998 with husband and two daughters. During those 18 years, I’ve been involved in everything from the Girl Scouts (12 year leader), to Buford PTO, CHS Orchestra, First Night Virginia Board, Planned Parenthood and the Fralin Museum, to name a few. I will be rotating off the Piedmont Council for the Arts board in June. For the past 12 years, I have worked as the Promotional Coordinator for the International Studies Office at UVA. I like to say that my job is to “get students to leave”.. or study abroad. I also work with incoming international students.
My husband works as a Physician-Researcher at the UVA Hospital. Daughter Natalie, husband and our new grandson, Julian, live in the Hudson River Valley and daughter Sarah, lives and works in Brooklyn. I look forward to participating in the non profit sector in Charlottesville in future years, so am most interested in the CNE Board Academy.

 Ginger Graham


Ginger Graham is a mother of two young children.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from James Madison University.  After a brief career in accounting, Ginger decided to change course, follow her passion, and immerse herself in the world of visual art, taking on a management role at an established local art gallery. The move suited her and her interest in the arts has now evolved into support of various local arts organizations, including educational programs which focus on ensuring that all local children are exposed to the visual and performing arts from an early age. Other areas of philanthropic interest include organizations which support the more acute needs of mothers and children in our community.

In addition to raising a young family and supporting the efforts of her children’s school, Ginger enjoys practicing photography, swimming, as well as the study of foreign language, interior decorating and landscape design. She is an avid tennis player, and hopes to one day be a decent bridge player.

Currently, Ginger is in the process of launching a literacy non-profit to serve young children and primary caregivers in our community. The primary goals are to educate the community about the importance of early literacy education, and to provide resources to support caregiver efforts to expose young children to rich language and quality literature.

 Krystal Green

Program Director/Associate Professor, Pharmacy Technician Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College

kgreen@pvcc.edu / (804) 283-5460

Krystal Green, CPhT, MBA is the Program Director/Associate Professor of the Pharmacy Technician Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, VA. Since her tenure at PVCC, Krystal has constructed the curriculum for the pharmacy technician program. The program has been designed to integrate didactic, laboratory, and clinical objectives to successfully prepare students for entry to mid-level positions as pharmacy technicians in retail and institutional settings.

Prior to coming to PVCC, Krystal was the Pharmacy Technician Program Director at Virginia College in Richmond, VA, where she also initiated its program and successfully achieved ASHP accreditation.

Preceding her career in education, Krystal gained work experiences in retail (Walgreens), at the medical institution (CJW Medical Center – Chippenham Campus) and in the nuclear medicine arena (Cardinal Health Nuclear Medicine). While at Walgreens she obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Psychology; later, she went on to Liberty University where she earned an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management.

Kristal Hawkins

Manager, State Farm Insurance

khawk1418@gmail.com / (434) 227-0028

As a manger at State Farm Insurance, Kristal works to service customers in a timely fashion and develop future leaders. She joined State Farm in 2008 and has worked various roles in the Claims and Underwriting department before transitioning into leadership. Her experience working in the community and volunteering her time has been a passion of hers for several years now.

Kristal is a graduate of Longwood University, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a native of Charlottesville and a huge University of Virginia fan. She enjoys being a “soccer mom” and spending time with her husband, two kids, and their dog – Chewbacca.

Lester Jackson

Diversity Council, University of Virginia

Soulforpurchase@gmail.com / (434) 987-7871

I am a singer/songwriter. I have shared the stage with a few jazz greats, and written/sung for several international music stars. In addition I work for the University of Virginia, where I serve on the Diversity Council.

Christine Jacobs

Masters of Public Policy Student, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy


Christine Jacobs is a second year, full-time Master of Public Policy student at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She holds a Master of Teaching degree from the University of Virginia (2001) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech (1999). Christine came to Batten after a 15-year career as a middle school teacher. She is married with two children and loves hiking, traveling and spending time with her family. Christine spent her career motivating at-risk, low-income students to reach their academic potential in the hopes that higher education would be a reality for them. In 2013, she received the Mentor Award from the Albemarle County Rotary Club for her work with first-generation college students in a program called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). With her dedication and leadership, her school was recognized as an AVID National Demonstration School; one of only 136 Demo sites nationally and internationally out of over 4800 schools with the program.

Christine believes that in an ever-diversifying society, it is our obligation, as scholars, policy makers, and volunteers to protect minority and low-income families from inequitable access to opportunity. She is particularly interested in studying how broader social contexts, including economic, political, legal and social climates contribute to inequity. Christine hopes to use her experiences to help her strengthen private-public partnerships in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services delivered to the general public.

Jenine Ann Kaznowski  

Head of Volunteer Management, CFA Institute

jenine.kaznowski@cfainstitute.org / (434) 227-0958

My glass is always half full, even when I have yet to locate a vessel. I thrive in creative environments where I can share my lessons learned to maximize the strategic potential of a group. For the majority of my career, I have lead sales and marketing teams of staff and volunteers to deliver against various missions and desired outcomes. While I am most familiar with the manufacturing and investment professions, I am happy to lend a hand in the advancement of vegetarian, LGBTQ, and health causes. My current responsibilities include oversight and policy development for managing volunteers at a multi-national not-for-profit organization. I’m looking forward to learning together.

 Karen Mulder


Logistics and Support Coordinator, Center for Earth-Based Healing

karenlmulder@gmail.com / (434) 227-6703
Karen Mulder, Ph.D., is an art and architectural historian and writer who has taught at William and Mary and the Corcoran School of Art and Design in DC, among other campuses. She holds graduate degrees from Yale University, where she was the Menil Scholar of Visual Studies, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Governor’s Fellow, a DuPont Fellow, and a Dumas Malone-Gallatin Scholar.

She started two non-profit networks for artists in the pre-cybernet 1980s that led to speaking invitations on five continents and contributed to a number of cultural initiative boards, including the C.S.Lewis Foundation (CA/Oxford), currently serving the Newington Cropsey Cultural Studies Center (NYC) and the Rivanna Master Naturalists in Charlottesville.

In recent years, as a ‘recovering academic,’ her focus shifted towards wilderness and nature experience initiatives with The School of Lost Borders and Ecology of Awakening programs in California. She presently supports logistics, branding and planning for the Center for Earth-Based Healing (directed by Board Academy grad and past CNE Board Fellow, Michele Zehr), running ecotherapy camps for survivors of interpersonal violence. She has refocused on making the many gifts of nature known where they have been forgotten, and to protecting Mother Earth from human carelessness.

Laurie Niestrath

Former President, UVA Hospital Auxiliary

laurieniestrath@gmail.com / (434) 409-0017

A life-long learner and consummate volunteer, Laurie brings twenty years of experience as a public educator and eight years of leadership in the nonprofit sector to this academy. With a natural propensity for innovation and curiosity, she is energized by work with significant meaning. As a strategic thinker, she enjoys translating ideas into new ventures. Leading diverse groups of individuals to exceed expectations engages her ability to join talent with motivation and needs. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from Eastern University and a MEd in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Suzanne Owen

Owner, Neroli Spa & Beauty Lounge

suzanne@neroli-spa.com / (434) 566-3756

I joined the Board of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA in 2014 and was elected Chair in 2017. Previously I had chaired the Critter Ball fundraising event and been the Auction Chair for the Critter Ball.

I moved to Charlottesville in 2005 from Washington DC and in 2006 opened Neroli Spa & Apothecary in the Barracks Road North Wing. In 2016 I transformed our small spa into its new concept, Neroli Spa & Beauty Lounge in a larger industrial space on West Main Street. Prior to opening Neroli, I created Relax & Rejuvenate Hotel Spa Solutions which provides spa services and spa management programs to hotels nationwide – a business my husband continues to operate – and I spent over a decade with AVEDA and Estee Lauder companies after spending most of my 20s in Beauty and Retail in Florida.

I received her Bachelor’s degree from Butler University and her MBA from Emory University. My husband Conan and I have two enormous Maine Coons and reside in Albemarle County.

Neal Piper

Presidential Precinct, Executive Director

npiper@presidentialprecinct.org / (770) 330-7122

Neal Piper is Executive Director of the Presidential Precinct, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of global leaders through education, collaboration and digital networking.

The Precinct links emerging leaders and proponents of democracy with two prestigious universities and three U.S. presidencies based in Virginia. The Precinct is a consortium of institutions that provides both a physical and virtual destination for young leaders from around the world to engage in dialogue, critical thinking and problem solving.

Neal oversees the development of high-impact programs that bring innovative approaches to global challenges, including training and education for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program (YALI), International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) and bespoke events that convene heads of state, diplomats, business and academic leaders.

Neal launched the Presidential Precinct Network, an exclusive and secure online resource for collaboration, professional development, and access to international leaders and policy experts representing business, government, academia and civil society. With over 15,000 connections established from 100 nations, this global virtual meeting place enables members to learn new skills, find expert advice, exchange ideas and solve the most pressing challenges in their communities.

Prior to joining the Precinct, Neal consulted for Population Services International (PSI), the world’s largest social marketing NGO. He expanded PSI’s medical sales training curriculum to help improve the quality of healthcare services in 15 countries under an 80-million-dollar grant from the World Health Organization and USAID.

Neal has extensive experience in global management and strategic development for Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, non-profit and non-governmental organizations. He began his career in global health through Pfizer’s Global Health Fellows Program, an international corporate social responsibility program that strengthens basic healthcare delivery and infrastructure worldwide. After managing teams in Swaziland, Africa, he was elected President of the Global Health Fellows Alumni Business Network. In this role, Neal lead a network of 300 Pfizer professionals on 3-6 month assignments with 40 key partner organizations around the world. Neal also served as a Global Malaria Advisor for Pfizer’s Emerging Markets Division.

During his career Neal has founded several startups including Living the Dream, a media company with a mission to inspire people to live out their dreams and Hope Rising, a healthcare organization that provided counseling to children and adolescents in Atlanta.

Neal is a professional photographer in his spare time and has captured images in over 60 countries on all seven continents. His work has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Magazine’s Photo Contest.

Mark Sackson

Board Vice President, CAPSCA

msackson@me.com / (917) 952-4017

I live on a farm with my wife and four children. We have a variety of animals.

I have been a CASA volunteer for over 6 years, which I enjoy trying to make a difference in the lives of children.

I serve on several boards, the CASPCA is the one that brings me to this course. I’ve recently been elected as the Vice President of the board and I take the role very seriously.

Alessandra Thomas

Associate Director of Philanthropy, CNE

athomas@thecne.org / (434) 951-9047

Alessandra brings a passion for the culture of philanthropy and development to CNE. Prior to her current role, Alessandra managed the Individual Giving portfolio for Teach For America – Connecticut, and most recently, worked on the National Teach For America team coaching regional development teams across the country. Alessandra earned her BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Craig, and puppy, Haven. You might also find her teaching a Group Ex class at ACAC!

Victoria Tremaglio

Hospitality Entrepreneur

vtremaglio@gmail.com / (434) 531-9646

Hospitality entrepreneur, Victoria (Tori) Tremaglio received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Tori and her husband, Carl, 28 year Charlottesville residents, were pioneers in the local food movement. In 1988, they opened Oregano Joe’s, an Italian restaurant that featured Virginia sourced veal, wine and produce. A true “foodie” in every aspect, Tori created, owned and operated Festive Fare, a full-service catering and tabletop party rental company. In another groundbreaking move, Tori and Carl opened Stonefire Kitchen, a gourmet deli & wine shop in the heart of Virginia’s wine country. Stonefire’s unique menu, gourmet wine, snacks and merchandise showcased local vendors. Combining her previous entrepreneurial experience with love of Virginia farms and locally-grown, responsibly-sourced produce, led Tori to her next endeavor as Community Relations Manager for the Stonefield Farm Market. Tori volunteers for numerous Charlottesville organizations. She’s particularly devoted to Literacy Volunteers and Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. An avid athlete, Tori enjoys running, tennis, biking and skiing.

Elizabeth Turrisi

Team Leader, Head, Global Strategic Design, CFA Institute

elizabeth.turrisi@cfainstitute.org / (434) 962-8532

I have been a staff member with CFA Institute since 1998, and currently lead a team that supports the organization in the areas of design thinking, project management, business process improvement, customer understanding, and learning experience design. CFA Institute is a global not-for-profit association with the mission to lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Brown University. As a soon-to-be empty-nester, I am excited about the prospect of having more time to devote to the community’s worthy causes and non-profit organizations.

Debbie White

Director of Operation, Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business

Whited@darden.virginia.edu / (434) 924-3886

Debbie has over 20 years of curatorial, operational, and fundraising experience in galleries, museums, and non-profit arts organizations, including the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Archives of American Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. While at the Peters Gallery, she compiled comprehensive catalogues of four artists of the American West and curated exhibits by Albert Bierstadt, William R. Leigh, and Alfred Jacob Miller. She is currently the Director of Operations at the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business where she also finds time to curate annual exhibits by local artists. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and French from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Art History from the George Washington University, and a Certificate of Management from the Darden School of Business.

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