Promoting Excellence and Trust in the Nonprofit Sector

2018 Class of Licensed Consultants Advance Standards for Excellence® Mission

Contact: Amy Coates Madsen 
Director, Standards for Excellence Institute®

Baltimore, MD – December 13, 2018 

The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, announces its 2018 Class of Licensed Consultants. Recently completing the intensive, three-day training, class members hailing from seven states are now licensed in every aspect of the Standards for Excellence program and can assist nonprofits nationwide.

Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants use their new, extensive knowledge of the multi-faceted initiative to help nonprofits strengthen their governance practices and exceed the rising demand for nonprofit accountability. They provide nonprofit organizations with organizational assessments, consulting, training, and assistance in the application process for national Standards for Excellence accreditation.

“As someone who was the President of a nonprofit, I wish that I knew about the Standards for Excellence Institute sooner,” explains new Licensed Consultant Robbie MacCue, of Albany, NY. “The wisdom and knowledge of so many nonprofit and governance leaders is captured in the Institute's easy-to-understand guiding principles, providing a clear pathway for nonprofits to follow to success. I look forward to bringing the Standards model to as many Emergency Services and Health and Human Services organizations as possible with my new status as a Licensed Consultant.”

New Licensed Consultant Lorenzo York from Frederick, MD shared, “I can sum up my rich learning experience in two words: transformative and empowering. The Institute's focus on embracing and practicing excellence in governance, building capacity and exceeding public trust expectations was a common source of inspirational, dynamic learning for three days with a diverse and extraordinarily gifted cohort.  I am pleased to be a part of a network of Licensed Consultants who are raising the standard of nonprofits throughout our nation."

Heather Iliff, President of the Standards for Excellence Institute, remarks that “It is a pleasure to welcome this richly talented and diverse group as our newest Licensed Consultants. I have no doubt that their expertise will benefit organizations across the nation that are working hard to meet best practices in nonprofit management and governance.” 

The Licensed Consultant Program has grown each year since its inception in 2006. A searchable directory of consultants can be found on the Institute’s website.

Here are the most recent Licensed Consultants:

Ronald Barrett, Washington, DC

Bridget Ciaramitaro, Memphis, TN

George Ann Cole, Detroit, MI

Dr. Nancy Connor, Randallstown, MD

Erin Donovan, Towson, MD

Ellen Franks, Rockville, MD

Cheryl Garnette, Suitland, MD

Carol Hamilton, Hyattsville, MD

Lorraine Holmes Settles, Largo, MD

Angineeki Jones, Baltimore, MD*

Kimberly Leveridge, PhD, Oklahoma City, OK*

Robbie MacCue, Albany, NY

Ruth Masterson, Takoma Park, MD

Rob Meiksins, Fox Point, WI


Rebecca Murphy, Baltimore, MD

Kirkland Murray, Millersville, MD

Sean Sweeney, Washington, DC*

Joann Vaughan, Annapolis, MD

Mary Warren, Baltimore, MD

Brezita Warrick, Silver Spring, MD*

Juanita White, Memphis, TN*

Anthony Williams, Hagerstown, MD

Michele Williams, National Harbor, MD

Jo-Anne Williams-Barnes, Washington, DC

Cynthia Wright, Germantown, MD

Lorenzo York, Frederick, MD

*Licensed through a Standards for Excellence Institute Replication Partner.


The Standards for Excellence Institute will offer the next Licensed Consultant program in the fall of 2019.  For information on the Licensed Consultant program, visit

The Institute, a program of Maryland Nonprofits, uses the Standards for Excellence program as its vehicle for effective change. The Standards for Excellence program works to help nonprofit organizations act ethically and accountably in their management and governance, while enhancing the public's trust in the nonprofit sector.  To learn more, visit

By Lydia Alcock | December 13, 2018 | Licensed Consultant
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