Dave Norris

As the CEO of Proofpact, a software company revolutionizing community engagement for nonprofits, I am dedicated to making a positive impact through technology. With a deep understanding of both marketing and development, I bring a unique blend of creativity and technical expertise to the table. I have a proven track record as a former agency owner and am constantly exploring the latest in cutting-edge technologies to drive my mission forward. I am a firm believer in the power of community storytelling and strive to deliver unparalleled user experiences for nonprofits.

Claire Axelrad

Claire Axelrad is the Principal at Clairification. She is passionate about helping nonprofits create a culture of philanthropy so they, together with their constituents, can move from transactions to transformation. Call on Claire to be your coach, trainer, consultant, speaker or extra pair of hands.

Patrick Rafferty

Patrick has over 20 years of experience as a producer and director of TV spots, corporate image films, and marketing videos. He has directed what you might call an intriguing mix of public figures and celebrities, including Bill Gates, John Glenn, C. Everett Koop, Val Kilmer, Joe Gibbs, Wyclef Jean, Ryan Lochte, Quincy Jones, Ross Perot, and many major political figures. Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Drexel University, where he also played collegiate basketball. A leader in local non-profit and philanthropic causes, he has been a featured speaker in undergraduate and graduate media production courses.

Ellen Bristol

Ellen Bristol is the President of Bristol Strategy Group. Ellen Bristol considers herself a performance-management nerd and a geek for metrics. Or maybe the other way around. Her mission is to improve the success of nonprofit fundraising by adapting the most beneficial practices of high-performing sales team and their managers, to improve the performance of fundraising teams, including volunteers. She’s known for her Leaky Bucket Assessment for Effective Fundraising, the only popular study of fundraising-team productivity in the sector.

Christina Edwards

Christina Edwards is the Founder at Splendid Consulting. She is a marketing expert and coach who helps ambitious social impact business and nonprofits increase revenue, awareness, and engagement. She’s ever-passionate about equipping organizations to step into their expertise, be bold, and find their unique voice and audience online. Her packed-out workshops and courses spark enthusiasm, social action, and powerful results. Amplify Social Impact, her signature online course, teaches organizations how to make marketing movements that matter online.

Cliff Persaud

Cliff Persaud is the Director of Creative Services at Kanopi Studios where he specializes in working with higher education and non-profit clients. Cliff delights in working with organizations to elevate their online presence, making complex challenges beautiful, functional, and optimized. With nearly 20 years of experience as a designer, instructor, and creative leader, Cliff brings a unique blend of creativity and strategic thinking. He’s active in the crafting of user-first full lifecycle experiences from initial discovery, through strategy, UX, creative and technical development to create sites that excite our clients and fulfill their objectives.

Sarah Landman

Sarah has served as a major gift officer and leader of two national fundraising consulting firms. She has helped raise over $500 million for nonprofits during her 19-year career. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Insightful, powered by NewsBank, Inc. Insightful is a new software that provides donor insights to deepen relationships. Sarah holds a B.A. in Theatre and an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She writes and speaks on the topic of Millennial Philanthropy at regional and national meetings and conferences. Sarah was named 40 under 40 by Gulfshore Business Magazine and serves on the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, FL. She is a native of Winona, Minnesota and currently lives in Naples, Florida with her husband and children.

Sheri Chaney Jones

Sheri Chaney Jones is the founder and president of SureImpact. A researcher and expert in social impact measurement, Sheri believes in data, metrics, and accountability. She is a thought leader on public sector evaluation and applied organizational research. She is the author of Impact & Excellence: Data-Driven Strategies for Aligning Mission, Culture, and Performance in Nonprofit and Government Organizations (Jossey Bass, 2014). Sheri is passionate about women’s equity and the advancement of girls. She is the Columbus Chapter President of the National Association of Women Business Owners and a Commissioner for the Columbus.

Owen Demmerly

Owen is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at Greenspring Advisors that specializes in working with foundations/endowments, individuals, and families. At Greenspring, he is an integral part of the financial planning committee and leads the Baltimore chapter of The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). He is also the treasurer of a Maryland non-profit called the Starboard Society. Outside of the financial world Owen enjoys spending time with his family, staying active, and playing the guitar.

Jeff Porter

Jeff is no stranger to fundraising events, having participated in them for over 25 years. He ran his first fundraiser in 2005 and has managed over 50 auction events and fundraisers for his own charities, not to mention hundreds more with Handbid. Jeff has been involved in technical product and software development since 1996 and has built and managed mobile app solutions since 2008. When it became clear that he and his wife, Kari Porter, needed a better solution for their fundraisers, developing a mobile bidding app was a no-brainer. The result? Jeff and his wife Kari developed and launched Handbid in 2011. The rest is what they call “history”.