Academy Faculty

Lee Catlin, CNE Board Member

Lee Catlin served as an employee of Albemarle County for 25 years. Lee came to Charlottesville to study at the University of Virginia and obtained degrees in English and Speech Communications in 1979. She returned to Charlottesville in 1984 and has lived here ever since. As the Assistant to the County Executive, Lee served as an informative and accessible link between Albemarle County and citizens. She enjoys reading, traveling, and eating at local restaurants.


David Deaton, Deaton LLC

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. He then went on to become Global Strategic Planning Director where he provided group facilitation for departmental strategic planning. Along with running his consulting firm, Deaton Group LLC, David is also the director of Charlottesville Alliance FC, a non-profit semi-professional soccer team competing in the NPSL which aims to help underprivileged youth in Charlottesville, VA.


Joyce Ivory

Joyce is  a 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 is a PHD candidate in the Organizational Leadership  program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Joyce is the chapter President of the 100 Black Women of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Area Inc., where she serves the black women and girls  of the Charlottesville Metropolitan area; in areas of health, education, and financial sustainability. In addition, Joyce serves as a community organizer and partner for the She Started it ESTEAM GIRLS Summit, active member of Cville Society of Human Resources, advocate for STEAM education and volunteer for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

Joyce is a Charlottesville native. A proud wife of a US Army veteran and wrangler of 6 active children ages 5-12.  In her spare time she enjoys listening to podcast, cooking, and training for extreme races.


Ryan Jacoby, CNE Staff Member

Ryan joined the CNE team in January of 2019 and brings more than 15 years of proven executive-level management experience in the local nonprofit community.  In his role as Deputy Director of Operations and Advancement, he provides critical strategic and operational support, both internally and externally, to ensure CNE’s mission success in helping to strengthen member nonprofits to realize the potential of our community.


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Amy Nisenson, Consultant & Certified Governance Trainer

Amy’s consulting expertise includes strategic planning, board development/governance work, board and staff meeting facilitation, organizational development, succession planning, executive search and CEO evaluation, and resource development. Her over 30 years as a senior philanthropy professional includes work on both sides of philanthropy- as a nonprofit executive and development professional and as a corporate and foundation grant maker. Amy brings her unique experiences in both asking and giving along with strategic thinking, sensible fiscal management, effective communication and facilitation to her consulting work. Amy is also a Certified Governance Trainer with Board Source and is trained in nonprofit Board education.

Along with her work as a consultant, Amy serves as the Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, which is a private-independent foundation that grants more than $5-7 million annually to nonprofits in the Commonwealth of Virginia for capital projects. Amy also teaches classes in nonprofit management including grant writing, navigating support from corporations and foundations, and board development at many universities and programs throughout the State. Prior to her current work, Amy served as Vice President and Community Affairs Manager for Wachovia Corporation from 2005-2008, covering the three-state Mid-Atlantic Region of Virginia—Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.

Amy’s consulting practice is rooted in a strong passion for the nonprofit community. All work is geared to helping a nonprofit build its organizational capacity working within a team approach of strong partnerships between board and staff. Amy combines her professional and personal experiences with best practices to help nonprofits make informed decisions and build internal processes to become stronger, more stable organizations.

Amy received a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She is an avid reader and along with her husband likes to cook and entertain friends and family.


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Laurie Jarrett Rogers, Independent Grant Writer

Since March 1995, Laurie has worked as an independent grant writer for non-profits in the Metro Richmond area. From that position, she has assisted in all aspects of fund raising such as starting or increasing annual funds, formulating strategies for capital campaigns, developing case statements, assisting with board training and development, performing foundation and corporate research, writing grant proposals, creating development plans, assisting with budget development and teaching good stewardship of the relationships with funders.

Since 1999 she has developed and taught fund raising-related courses at UVA’s Institute of Government and in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, VCU’s Nonprofit Learning Point, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Workforce Development Program, and conducted dozens of workshops and training sessions for smaller groups. In addition to teaching, Laurie continually participates in webinars and workshops to ensure her skills are current and honed. She is a member of the Grant Writers Professional Association.

She began her fundraising career in Richmond as the Annual Fund Director at the Valentine Museum and then became the Director of Development and Director of the Capital Campaign, a $30 million effort to renovate and restore the Wickham House and create Valentine Riverside.

Laurie has been a devoted community volunteer. For more than 25 years, she has volunteered with the annual fund, capital campaign and other fundraising activities for Sewanee: The University of the South. She has served on the boards of Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Free Clinic of Goochland, Boy Scouts Heart of Virginia Council, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the Roslyn Episcopal Retreat Center. Laurie is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Richmond where she served as a committee chair of several committees and VP of Community Relations. She is also a past member of the Junior Board of the Children’s Museum of Richmond where she chaired the Peanut Butter ‘N Jam children’s concert series for three years.

She has been active in her church where she chaired a $3 million capital campaign, chaired the annual stewardship effort for two years, created and served as chair of the Stewardship Committee and served on the vestry as Junior and Senior Warden. She is currently on the vestry and serving as the Junior Warden at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She is also a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Stewardship Committee and helped develop a stewardship curriculum.

Before moving to Richmond in 1992, Laurie worked for two years in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Transportation as a Presidential Fellow. She also worked for two years at the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications & Finance.

Laurie has a BA in Political Science (with Honors) and Third World Studies from Sewanee and a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond program.


Trina Willard, Knowledge Advisory Group

Trina Willard, founder of Knowledge Advisory Group, provides organizations with program evaluation and measurement services which inform business planning and future organizational development. Trina’s methods typically focus on the implementation and effectiveness of programs, policies, and procedures that help clients guide decisions with the power of information. Her approach emphasizes identification and measurement of program outcomes, as well as input from all organizational stakeholders as keys to continued growth and improvement.

Trina has successfully applied these concepts and techniques in government, nonprofit, and business settings. Her measurement expertise has benefited clients in a variety of content areas, such as human services, public education, software enhancement, court administration, employee development, and marketing.


Career Coaching

Each participant will have the opportunity to schedule a one-hour session with our Management Academy Career Coach, Susan Bennett of Fieldgate Consulting.