Forum One: Intro to Board Service (limited to 40 participants) In this two-hour interactive webinar, geared towards those new to board service or preparing for board service, participants will learn and discuss trends within the nonprofit sector and explore what it means to be an effective board member. Topics discussed include:
Types of nonprofit boards and how to find them
Considerations for vetting and joining a board
Challenges facing nonprofits and their boards
Roles, responsibilities, and legal duties of the board
Traverse Connect is excited to work with facilitators from Johnson Center to help bring this training to you
Mandy Sharp Eizinger is a program manager for learning services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She joined the Johnson Center in April 2020 after twelve years in nonprofit program management in Chicago — and is happy to return to her home state of Michigan. Mandy brings training in Gallup Strengths Coaching (CliftonStrengths: Developer, Belief, Connectedness, Responsibility, Empathy) and a people-centered approach to developing individuals and programs to make a meaningful and measurable impact. Prior to joining the Johnson Center, Mandy led regional community engagement strategy with UNICEF USA, helping to amplify the organization’s US-based education, advocacy and fundraising programs including Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, End Trafficking, UNICEF Kid Power and mobilization after emergencies. She served in the inaugural UNICEF Global Citizenship Fellows cohort deployed to unite and empower American youth and volunteers in service on behalf of children around the world in 2012. For eight years, Mandy led the Global Citizenship Fellowship program in national recruitment, training, coaching and professional development of more than 75 Fellows and alumni now working in the social impact space around the world. Mandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Community Services from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University. Her graduate thesis assessed the motivations of highly committed international donors and was presented at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in 2010.
Kevin Peterson is the program associate for learning services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids, Mich. Kevin joined the Johnson Center in 2015 and held various roles within the organization before transitioning to his current position in 2017. As program coordinator, he helps manage and deliver the nonprofit and grantmaker capacity-building efforts of the Johnson Center. In particular, feel free to reach out about all things related to nonprofits, the Nonprofit Board Self-Assessment, and LearnPhilanthropy. A graduate of GVSU, Kevin holds a B.A. in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis on Community Development Planning, as well as minors in Legal Studies and Urban & Regional Planning. Kevin is currently continuing his studies within the Master of Public Administration program at GVSU with a concentration in Nonprofit Management & Leadership. Kevin is an avid volunteer and active community member, having served on the successful capital campaign committee for his hometown’s new library and two terms on the Terry McAdam Book Award Committee with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. In 2018, he joined the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids board of directors as the Educational Programming Chair, where he curated free monthly professional development opportunities for emerging and experienced nonprofit professionals and was elected as Board Co-chair for the 2020–2021 terms. Kevin served as the 2019 Chapter Support Fellow for the National Young Nonprofit Professionals Network where he provided coaching, strategic advising, and board training to the 44 chapters nationwide. He is also active in his local neighborhood association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Association for Talent Development.