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Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of June 2023

Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of June 2023 

Baltimore, MD – July 27, 2023 The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative dedicated to promoting the highest standards of nonprofit ethics and accountability, announces the June 2023 class of Licensed Consultants. Through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Institute held an exclusive, comprehensive training, graduating five new licensed professionals equipped to support nonprofits nationwide.

As Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants, these individuals have the expertise and ability to guide organizations in governance and management best practices. They also have knowledge of organizational assessments, and can provide consulting, training, and assistance in the application process for national Standards for Excellence accreditation.

The new class of Licensed Consultants includes:

Diane Mallery
Philadelphia, PA

Shannon Mason
Trenton, NJ

R Perry Monastero
Philadelphia, PA

Linda Rentschler
Hamburg, PA

Dayna Sear
New Castle, PA

Licensed Consultant Diane Mallery of Dunleavy & Associates shared her thoughts: “I found the Standards for Excellence Institute training to be extremely valuable; kudos to the knowledgeable training leaders. It gave me a wonderful tool kit of resources to bring to my consulting work, and it was great to network with the other professionals participating in the training.”

Heather Giampapa, Director of Standards for Excellence and Development, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations offered, “We are grateful for the dedication and commitment shown by these Standards for Excellence Pennsylvania Licensed Consultants. We are delighted that they can now expand their services in other states, supporting even more nonprofits in their use of the Standards for Excellence to strengthen their operations 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 Standards for Excellence Institute website.

Those interested can learn more about becoming a Licensed Consultant and sign up to be notified when applications for the 2024 Class of Licensed Consultants are available.

The Standards for Excellence Institute, an operating division 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.

Contact: Amy Coates Madsen
Director Standards for Excellence Institute

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About the Author: Amy Coates Madsen

Amy Coates Madsen is the Director of the Standards for Excellence Institute, a national initiative to promote the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, and to facilitate adherence to standards by all organizations. The Standards for Excellence Institute is a program of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations where Amy has served for more than twenty-two years. Amy is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the association’s comprehensive ethics and accountability program and efforts to replicate the program nationally. She serves as a frequent trainer and writer in the areas of board conduct, program evaluation, program replication, fundraising ethics, and nonprofit management. She has taught courses on nonprofit ethics and accountability at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies Certificate Program on Nonprofit Management. She has held positions at the Trenton lobbying firm of the Princeton Public Affairs Group, and the Public Policy Liaison Unit at the world headquarters of Catholic Relief Services. Amy received her Master of Arts in Policy Studies degree from the Johns Hopkins University – Institute for Policy Studies in Baltimore, Maryland; and her Bachelors degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Amy is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Amy serves on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). Amy is a former member of the Disaster Action Team of the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross and is qualified to provide disaster preparedness training to children and adults. She has also served as the former President of Central Maryland CAN TOO and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the largest United Methodist Church in Baltimore City. She serves on the board of her children’s preschool PTA and is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Amy is currently leading an effort to establish an endowment for the Virginia Tech University Honors Program.