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2016 Class of Standards for Excellence Licensed Nonprofit Consultants

Susan Larsen
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Susan Larsen joined the Standards for Excellence Institute in January 2013 and currently serves as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. After receiving her BA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County she held positions with Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, MD working with Internal Communications and television production for two of their popular networks. She found her calling with the nonprofit sector after volunteering with several local community organizations. Susan has previously served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Baltimore as Co-Chair of their Communications Committee, and helped to establish marketing and communications strategy for the organization as well as launching their website. Susan is very active in her local community, including her daughter’s PTA, and is thrilled to apply her expertise in communications, logistics and operations to support a strong nonprofit community. She presently resides in Catonsville, MD with her husband, daughter and cat.
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The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, announces its 2016 Class of Licensed Consultants. Recently completing the intensive, three-day training, class members are now licensed in every aspect of the Standards for Excellence program and are capable of assisting 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. Licensed Consultants may also use the Standards for Excellence training curricula and educational materials in all areas where the Institute does not have replication partners nationwide. Many licensed consultants will also work with licensed replication partners.

Standards for Excellence Institute leadership has taken decades of research and practice around nonprofit governance, management, and operations and makes it available for consultants to use in their work. I am thrilled to have these guiding principles and tools to use in my consulting practice.

Jackie Carrera, a new Licensed Consultant based in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, offered, “The Standards for Excellence Institute Licensed Consultant program was incredibly valuable! Standards for Excellence Institute leadership has taken decades of research and practice around nonprofit governance, management, and operations and makes it available for consultants to use in their work. I am thrilled to have these guiding principles and tools to use in my consulting practice.” 

Heather Iliff, President and CEO of the Standards for Excellence Institute, shared that, “We are thrilled to welcome this prestigious group of individuals into our Licensed Consultant fold.  Nonprofits around the country can count on these great professionals to help them implement these proven 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: 

Sharon Anderson, Washington, DC
Melanie Bricker, Baltimore, MD
Cynthia Campbell, Columbia, MD
Ronald Carlton, Brooklyn, NY
Jackie Carrera, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Mae Chao, Oceanside, CA
D'ana Downing, Baltimore, MD
Duane Doxzen, Woodbine, MD
Andrea Dunathan, Silver Spring, MD
Tracey L. Durant, Ed.D, Edgemere, MD
Dan Furmansky, Silver Spring, MD
Mary Jermann, Severna Park, MD
Anne Marie Logue, Gettysburg, PA
Michelle Nusum-Smith, Frederick, MD
Cindy O'Neill, Annapolis, MD
Keith Penn-Jones, Owings Mills, MD
Valerie Pletcher, Fairfax, VA
Bunnie Riedel, Columbia, MD
Kelsey Roebuck, Washington, DC
Carol Silldorff, Glencoe, MD
Shiree Skinner, Washington, DC
Jane Stein, Norfolk, VA
Robert Visscher, Mechanicsburg, PA
Rebecca White, Annapolis, MD

The Standards for Excellence Institute will offer the next Licensed Consultant program in the fall of 2017.  For information on the Licensed Consultant program, visit standardsforexcellence.org/become-a-licensed-consultant

The 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.  To learn more, visit www.standardsforexcellence.org.