Interim Executive Director
Katie Edwards connects NCN members with the resources they need to make their projects a success. She holds an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University, where she studied nonprofit co-location as part of her coursework. Katie’s research background and her first-hand experience with the Co-location Task Force for the Indianapolis’ Early Intervention and Prevention Initiative give her a unique perspective on shared spaces and nonprofit centers. The report Katie co-authored for her capstone project, Building Co-Location, is available in our online resource center. Since 2005, Katie has worked with nonprofits operating out of music storage rooms, historic churches, and converted houses. She is especially interested in how shared space can improve or revitalize a communities, especially those in rural areas.
Member and Program Coordinator
Before arriving at the Nonprofit Centers Network, Leena Waite was the Director of Programming for five years at America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR), a New Jersey based non-profit that grows and gleans fresh produce for hunger agencies and food desert areas across the state. Her responsibilities included volunteer management of over 5,500 volunteers, coordinating and setting the strategic direction of the education program. Before AGAR, she served as the Director of Children’s Ministries of Chatham Township, running the church school program for 150 children from birth through 8th grade. Prior to her career in ministry and non-profit organizations, Leena was solely invested in music as a professional violinist and teacher. She continues to play her violin frequently at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, where her husband Adam was recently appointed as the Minister of Music. Leena holds a BFA and Jazz Minor in Violin Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters of Music and Masters in Improvisation from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Arts in Ministry from Drew Theological School.
Cresa, Toronto, ON
As a Vice President with Cresa Toronto, Jeff brings a combination of for-profit expertise and charitable organization passion that is unique in the real estate world. With an eye to detail, executional excellence, meeting deadlines and client service born from nearly 20 years with organizations like Procter & Gamble and General Mills, Jeff also has the passion, can-do attitude and mission-based thinking from many years of leadership roles with organizations like the YMCA and Junior Achievement. With a decade of experience in the sector, Jeff now leads Cresa Toronto’s Charity, Non-profit and Association practice group and has provided the Tenant’s Advantage to dozens of clients.
Local Outreach at Denton Bible Church
Pat Smith is the Director of Local Outreach at Denton Bible Church. As the Director of Local Outreach he leads efforts to build bridges with the community to meet physical needs and develop spiritual relationships. Pat oversees twelve ministries to include Vision Ministries, SWEAT Team, Mercy Heart and the Shiloh Field Community Garden—the largest community garden in the US.
He is also the founder and past Executive Director for Serve Denton, a nonprofit organization that provides support for other nonprofits that open doors for people to become self-sufficient. Serve Denton accomplishes this mission by providing shared space, shared services and helps agencies share risk in collaborating with one another.
Prior to assuming his current position, he was Vice President for Hunt Development Group, where he led real estate development efforts for the Hunt Companies supporting military installations in recapitalizing family housing. Pat’s Air Force experience has focused on large-scale construction and program management at a variety of locations in the U.S. and Middle East. Pat retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2008 after 24 years of service. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal.
Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, and two master’s degrees in engineering management and strategic studies from Air University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a Project Management Professional, and Certified Cost Engineer.
Vice President of Administration
HealthSpark Foundation, Montgomery County, PA
Jennifer has over 20 years of philanthropic experience, including 12 years at the North Penn Community Health Foundation where she currently serves as Vice President of Administration. The foundation focuses on transforming systems to promote healthier lives in Montgomery County PA. Jennifer played a key role in the planning and construction of The Community Partners Center for Health and Human Services, the first multi-tenant nonprofit center in PA. She oversees the facility’s management and combines her organizational development skills, an interest in facilitating and supporting collaborations, and her facilities management skills to promote The Center as a resource for the community. The Center’s 23,000 square feet of space, housing eight tenants, includes meeting rooms available for free to the community, a resource that has provided over $700,000 in value to the community.
Jennifer serves on the membership committee of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and is an active member and past Board Treasurer of the Grants Managers Network, a national membership association of more than 2,800 philanthropy professionals. She earned a BA in accounting from Temple University earning her CPA in 1990 and is currently working toward a Master’s of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Operations and Planning
Tides Canada’s shared platform
Allison Andrachuk oversees operations and planning of Tides Canada’s shared platform. Prior to this role, she provided project management and administrative support to Tides Canada projects based in Western and Northern Canada. Allison joined Tides Canada following many years in leadership roles in the cultural sector where she developed community outreach programs, projects to increase organizational capacity, and funding initiatives. She has significant training and experience in financial and organizational management and a strong background in the management of non-profit organizations. Through her employment, self-employment, and volunteer activities, Allison has developed across-the-board operational skills and is deeply engaged in using these skills to strengthen the charitable sector.
Director of Finance and Operations
China co-founded and serves as Senior Advisor to The Nonprofit Centers Network, a cross-sector international network of nonprofits and their philanthropic and real estate partners. She lectures and consults internationally on the creation and operation of green nonprofit facilities and the development of shared services programs. China joined Tides in 1990 as Chief Financial Officer. During her tenure at Tides, China managed the restoration and development of the Thoreau Centers for Sustainability in San Francisco and New York and oversaw their ongoing operations. She also served as the founding executive director of Groundspring.org, a nonprofit technology service provider. Prior to Tides, China served six years in public accounting and was the Deputy Director of Finance and Administration at the Exploratorium Science Museum. China is a member of the board of directors of Global Greengrants Fund, UK and Mission Investors Exchange. She received a B.S. in accounting from Golden Gate University and is a CPA in the state of California.
Sobrato Family Foundation
Mara Williams Low is the Program Director of Sobrato Family Foundation, Silicon Valley’s largest place-based grantmaker. She leads the Foundation’s operations, grantee capacity building efforts, its impact and learning function, and its three Nonprofit Centers, which house and support 70 nonprofit tenants with in-kind rent and fee-free conference space. Since joining the foundation in 2006 as one of its first staff members, she has helped develop and grow the foundation from a staff of two with an annual budget of $4M to a staff of 30 with a budget of $30M. Before joining SFF, she served as the Grants Administrator at The Valley Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation focused on supporting health, human services, and arts programming in Santa Clara County. Prior to her career in philanthropy, Mara was the Associate Director of a pre-professional dance school and youth performing company. She began her career as an Editorial Producer for the San Jose Mercury News, where she covered and wrote arts and entertainment content for the San Francisco Bay Area based newspaper. She holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley.
Northern California Community Loan Fund
San Francisco, CA
Joanne has over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit management and services. Prior to joining NCCLF, she served as the Deputy Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center, overseeing finance, administration, human resources, affordable housing development, property and asset management departments. Joanne has a BA in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Al Sigl Community of Agencies
Tom O’Connor is Vice President of Operations for Al Sigl Community of Agencies, a unique community collaborative network of independent human service agencies passionately working together to take the “dis” out of disabilities and build inclusion for tens of thousands of people and families in and around Rochester, New York. Tom joined Al Sigl in 2008 where he led a rebranding initiative as part of a corporate restructure and oversees and directs real estate and facilities management functions for over 650,000 square feet of rental property. Prior to Al Sigl, Tom held a wide array of sales, marketing and operations roles with Gannett Newspapers over a span of 17-years. He was also co-owner of CPO Productions, a video/audio recording studio. Tom is an Ad Council board member, Rochester Press Radio Club member, Junior Achievement volunteer and CYO Youth Basketball board member and coach. An avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Syracuse Orange fan, he enjoys playing basketball, music and his pursuit of becoming an Adirondack Mountains High Peaks “46-er” with his son Aidan.
Nonprofit Real Estate Consultant
Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF)
Saul Ettlin is a Nonprofit Real Estate Consultant with the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) where he assists a wide range of organizations with their space needs and challenges. Previously, Saul was the Collaboration + Space Manager for Tides where he was, among other things, part of the real estate team operating the Thoreau Centers in San Francisco and New York totaling 225,000 sq. ft. and home to more than 100 organizations. Also during his time at Tides, he served as Program Coordinator for the Nonprofit Centers Network. Beyond space, Saul has significant grassroots political and organizing experience. Saul has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience and is deeply committed to building organizational strength through collective action. He holds a MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and a BS in Political Science and Community Development. Both are from Portland State University.
Support Kansas City
Debra’s skill set includes organizational and board development, fiscal management, information management, and fund development. During her fifteen years at SKC, the agency has grown from providing support to 17 agencies to supporting over 150 agencies annually. The agency has grown from a staff of 4 to over 20 nonprofit professionals. During her leadership, SKC has become recognized as a leader in nonprofit shared services. In addition to overseeing the delivery of the accounting, fund development and database team services, Debra has developed tools to help agencies improve their performance by focusing on their governance and strategies and works directly with agencies to provide those services. Active in both the not-for-profit and for-profit community throughout her career, her previous positions include serving as vice president for a community developer and database manager for St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation. She holds degrees in Business Administration from the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Ottawa University.
Debra is a frequent presenter and educator and has served as adjunct professor at both Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University and Ottawa University. Her current board service includes the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City Foundation board where she serves as Secretary, and the Nonprofit Missouri board, a statewide association for nonprofits, strengthening nonprofit leadership and advocacy. In 2010, Debra was named one of Kansas City’s Influential Women by the Kansas City Business Magazine.