Forum Two: Board Member Accelerator Sessions (limited to 40 participants) This forum is (2) two-hour sessions and will leverage the expertise and lived experience and understanding of the non-profit sector. Over the course of the first session participants will review and discuss crucial board practices for organizational sustainability, including, though not limited to:
Leading effective meetings
The board's relationship with staff and assessment approaches
Curating a culture of philanthropy at the board level
Tools for planning for the future
Traverse Connect is excited to work with facilitators from Johnson Center to help bring this training to you
Tamela Spicer is a program manager for nonprofit learning services for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She works primarily with faith-based clients, and specializes in organizational structure, fund development, and strategic planning. Tamela is also a certified executive coach and leads the Johnson Center’s Executive Coaching Program. Prior to joining the staff at the Johnson Center in February 2016, Spicer served as a Regional Development Director for The Salvation Army, Regional Director for the Arthritis Foundation, and Executive Director for Flat River Outreach Ministries. Spicer serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and is active in Rotary. She previously served on the board of Lowell Light & Power. Tamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education and theology from Aquinas College, as well as a master’s degree in communications from Spring Arbor University. In addition to her role at the Johnson Center, Spicer is a part-time faculty member in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.