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Sean Thomas-Breitfeld                                   Jarrod Haning
  Brian Agnew Beth Bowsky Linda M. Czipo  
  Philip Salerno Sheila Thorne    



Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Sean Thomas-Breitfeld
Building Movement Project; Co-Author, Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Morning Keynote
Breakout Session: Walking the Walk on Equity in Non-Profits

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld co-directs the Building Movement Project, with a special focus on BMP’s work on service and social change. Prior to joining the BMP staff, Sean spent a decade working in various roles at the Center for Community Change. At CCC, he developed training programs for grassroots leaders, worked in CCC’s communications and policy departments where he coordinated online and grassroots advocacy efforts, and lobbied on a range of issues, including immigration reform, transportation equity and anti-poverty programs. Before joining the Center, Sean worked as a Policy Analyst at the National Council of La Raza, where he focused on employment and income security issues. Sean holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Read Sean's recent Nonprofit Quarterly article, How to Think Differently about Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Get Comfortable with Discomfort.

Jarrod Haning Jarrod Haning
Principal Violist, South Carolina Philharmonic; Master and Coach, Musical Secrets of Performance  
Afternoon Keynote
Breakout Session: Blind Spots and Breakthroughs

Jarrod is the principal violist for the South Carolina Philharmonic.  He has been called the “Seth Godin of music” and the “golden boy for music.”  With performing experience in 14 professional orchestras and over 20,000 hours of practice he is able to deliver some powerful secrets on performance, productivity, and persuasion.  As an expert in music, he has helped doctors, lawyers, nurses, clergy, managers, HR professionals, teachers, non-profits, CEOs, entrepreneurs, sales reps, realtors, pilots, and more impact their world with breakthrough results.

Brian Agnew headshot Brian D. Agnew, Ph.D. Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Georgian Court University
Breakout Session:Special Events for Every Situation and Generation

Dr. Brian D. Agnew is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Georgian Court University (GCU) in Lakewood, NJ. In this role, Brian is leading a dynamic team of fundraising and alumni relations professionals through one of the most critical fund raising campaigns of the University’s history. He came to GCU, after serving as the Senior Vice President for Development and Corporate Chief Development Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Health System raising over $30 Million and leading 3 Foundations across New Jersey enriching the experience, access to and quality of patient care for one of the nation’s leading academic health systems.

Prior to joining Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in June 2013, Brian spent much of his career in higher education, first at Utica College as Director of Annual Giving where he increased annual support by 82.5%, and then as the Assistant Dean of Advancement and External Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In that role, he was responsible for the development, communication, and external relations efforts for the largest of seven schools that constitute the Rutgers-Newark, NJ campus. Working on the $1 billion “Our Rutgers, Our Future” Capital Campaign, Brian’s team was responsible for raising over $15 million toward student scholarships, fellowships, and faculty research funds across the University.

A graduate of the prestigious post-doctoral Harvard University Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Dr. Agnew holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, where his research explored presidential leadership effectiveness in higher education institutions. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Journalism from Utica College and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Organization and Management from Syracuse University, where he was the 2007 Commencement Speaker at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Dr. Agnew holds an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at Georgian Court University, has served as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information; was an inaugural fellow in the Pre-doctoral Leadership Development Institute (PLDI); and frequently lectures on topics such as leadership, fundraising, higher education, organizational structures, and increased effectiveness through collaborative interactions.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including being named one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders, the NAACP W.E.B. DuBois Leadership Award, the Network Journal 40 Under 40 Award, the Mohawk Valley 40 Under 40 Award, the Utica College Young Alumni Award, and a Congressional Citation for outstanding service to his community. Dr. Agnew currently serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for New Jersey Health Initiatives and on the STATE Theater Board of Trustees in New Brunswick, NJ.

In his spare time, Brian is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., plays competitive volleyball, and is a volunteer firefighter Lieutenant where he has received Meritorious Service Awards for rescue operations conducted during both Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Lauren.

Beth Bowsky headshot Beth Bowsky, Policy Specialist - Government-Nonprofit Contracting, National Council of Nonprofits
Breakout Session: The Case for "Real Cost" Funding: What do Elected Officials Need to Understand 

Beth Bowsky is the Policy Specialist for Government-Nonprofit Contracting, a role in which she combines her unique blend of nonprofit and government experience to manage the National Council of Nonprofits’ multi-year and multi-faceted program to promote fairer and simpler contracting processes and procedures across the country. She is responsible for mobilizing advocacy efforts through broadening public support for needed policy changes in government-nonprofit contracting processes, publishing reports on best practices and solutions, managing the work of a panel of experts, and expanding a centralized public website for practitioners and researchers.

Beth brings to the job a passion for convening diverse groups of people from the public and private sectors to expand the capacity of charitable nonprofits to deliver better services and value. Her career in the nonprofit arena, which began while she was earning a degree in social work at the University of Cincinnati, has afforded her with a comprehensive view of the opportunities and challenges that accompany change. As one of the youngest people in Ohio to become executive director of a multi-service, nonprofit agency, Beth learned from the ground up the importance of collaboration and the power of public support, including serving as Chair of Public Policy for the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies. Beth’s work as president of her own consulting firm included helping the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund reorganize and streamline collaborative funding efforts in each of the state’s 88 counties. As a National Leadership Consultant for Arlington, Va.-based National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI), Beth assisted state organizations across the country build and implement strategic plans for growth, governance, and advocacy, while also serving as a speaker and trainer at state and national conventions. Through shared learning and advocacy, Beth believes that tremendous improvements can be made in government-nonprofit contracting that will benefit all parties

Linda Czipo headshot Linda M. Czipo, President & CEO, Center for Non-Profits
Breakout Session: Issues 2018

Linda Czipo is President & CEO of the Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey's statewide umbrella association that strengthens the state's charitable community through advocacy, public education, management and compliance assistance, and membership services. Her non-profit sector experience spans nearly 30 years, and includes expertise in public policy, compliance and management issues. She speaks frequently to the media, non-profit, philanthropic and business leaders, and government officials regarding the size, strength, economic and social contributions of New Jersey’s non-profit sector and current and emerging trends facing the non-profit community; and has successfully mobilized broad-based coalitions of non-profits around numerous advocacy issues.

Linda was recognized in 2016 by Lead New Jersey as one of its 30 Leaders for 30 Years; as a Nonprofit Organization Advocate of the Year by the Nonprofit Development Center of Southern New Jersey; and by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) for Leadership in Nonprofit Regulatory and Legal Issues. She was recently listed by NJBIZ as one of the "state's most powerful women, according to the state's most powerful women," and was named to the 2016 “Power 50” by South Jersey Biz. She was named one of the 2014 Top 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ. Linda is a current public policy committee member and former board treasurer of the National Council of Nonprofits; and also serves on the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service; the advisory board of the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and the Leadership and Policy Committee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. She holds a degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Philip Salerno, III, President and Chief Development Officer, Children's Specialized Hospital
Breakout Session: Taking the Fear Out of Employee Evaluation

Since 2001, Mr. Salerno has served as President and Chief Development Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. In this capacity, Mr. Salerno is responsible for the leadership and management of a comprehensive development program that consists of community engagement, fundraising, and marketing all designed to meet the resource development needs of the country’s pre-eminent pediatric rehabilitation hospital.

During his tenure, Mr. Salerno has successfully guided the Foundation through several major campaigns including, “The Building Begins with Children” initiative that resulted in creating PSE&G’s Children’s Specialized Hospital. Since joining the Foundation in 1987, Mr. Salerno has led the effort to meet the hospital’s current philanthropic needs and has stewarded the Foundation’s assets from roughly $8 million in 1987 to over $72 million in 2015.

Mr. Salerno is a graduate of Montclair State University, and has a Master’s degree from Springfield College.

Sheila L. Thorne headshot Sheila L. Thorne, President & CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC
Breakout Session: Walking the Walk on Equity in Non-Profits

Recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the nation’s leading experts in multicultural marketing and cultural competency, Sheila Thorne has spent almost three decades designing marketing, media and education programs for racially diverse populations and culturally competency training of the professionals who serve them. A former senior executive in five health marketing communications and medical advertising companies, since 2002, Sheila heads up her own firm of multicultural, multilingual marketing, and media professionals.

Born in the South Bronx and a former high school teacher of foreign languages, Sheila has worked for the for-profit and not-for-profit industries throughout North America and for six years, based in London, worked on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry in Western Europe and in six countries in Latin America across a broad range of therapeutic categories and disease states disproportionate in communities of color. For the past two decades, she has collaborated with the National Medical Association (50,000 African American physicians), Association of Black Cardiologists, National Hispanic Medical Association, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Chinese Medical Association, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, American Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America, American Association of Native American Indian Physicians, National Black Nurses Association, National Hispanic Nurses Associations, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association as well as a host of local and state health departments and Federal health agencies. Sheila does volunteer work for the Puerto Rican Family Institute of New York and New Jersey.

A graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York, Sheila is past president of the Coalition of 100 Black Women/Manhattan Chapter (four terms); past chair of the Health Committee of the National Council of Negro Women/Bronx Chapter; and past president of the Black Public Relations Society of Greater New York (three terms). Sheila also served for three years as a board member of the YMCA of Bergen County. She has conducted cultural competency workshops for the New Jersey Chapters of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.  Since 2011, Sheila is a member of Region II Health Equity Council part of the HHS/OMH National Partnership to End Health Disparities and serves as co-chair of the Cultural & Linguistics Competency Committee representing New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  She is also a member of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence, an initiative of the New Jersey Department of Health and a preferred vendor and facilitator for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

For her work in relation to the outreach and implementation of cultural programs, she was named ‘Citizen of the Year’ by the New Jersey chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Community Service Award from the Civil Liberties Division of the Elks, and received the 2014 Health Advocacy Award from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.  Among her many awards, Sheila received “Unsung Heroes Award” from the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer and the Freedom Fund Award from the NAACP for her efforts to secure quality healthcare for all, especially the underserved and underrepresented. In the last five years, Thorne’s work has taken her beyond the healthcare arena and has included cultural competency training for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) comprised of chiefs of police, community policemen, representatives from CIA, FBI, NCIS, Secret Service and U.S. Border Patrol and Customs Officers along with a number of its regional groups and state chapters.

A much sought-after keynote speaker, moderator and workshop leader, she has numerous articles on cultural competency published in Pharmaceutical Executive, Medical Marketing & Media, HealthLeaders.com, PharmaVoice, Journal of the New York State Dental Foundation, PM 360, Global Forum Magazine of Drug Information Association, a columnist in the bi-monthly newsletter of the Society for Clinical Research Sites, American Journal of Multicultural Medicine, The Positive Community,. Former Health Editor of The Harlem Times, she sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Medical, Marketing & Media, prominent trade publication in the healthcare marketing industry.