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2019 Class of Licensed Consultants Advance Standards for Excellence® Mission


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

Baltimore, MD – April 8, 2019

The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, announces its first set of Licensed Consultants for the 2019 class. These class members recently completed an intensive, multi-day training initiative. Their training culminated in Harrisburg this March with Standards for Excellence Institute facilitated interactive sessions. Class members are now licensed in every aspect of the Standards for Excellence program and can assist nonprofits nationwide. Those interested in becoming a licensed consultant have the opportunity to join the 2019 class through the November training program. Learn More Here!

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.

The 2019 class consists of professionals with over 30 years of experience. Represented organizations include Charitable Advisory Services, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Strategy Solutions, Inc., Spigel Consulting, and Allegheny County Library Association. 

Licensed Consultant Rosalind Spigel said she chose to go through the training program to "give more resources to my clients." Spigel added, "there was a lot of wisdom in the room, and the facilitators used that to build a community in the training itself." 

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:

Barbara Ernico, Hilton Head Island, SC

 Dolly Wideman-Scott, West Chester, PA

Jay Breneman, Erie, PA

Rosalind Spigel, Bryn Mawr, PA

Jacqui Catrabone, Erie, PA

Marilyn Jenkins, Pittsburgh, PA

Karen Kispert, Souderton, PA






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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