Pon Angara is Director of Barkada Circle®, a team of artists mentoring nonprofits on how to tell more compelling stories about their missions. Pon helps leaders use the narrative approach to problem solving for sparking conversations, building community and launching initiatives that create impact. He has delivered keynotes and workshops on the power of storytelling at several association conferences and foundation seminars. Barkada is a word in the Filipino language that means “best friends.” When he’s not working with stories, Pon searches for his next great foodie find! He’s always ready to take you to the best Filipino restaurants in Chicago.
Andrea’s career has taken her around the world seeking great stories and sharing them in new and different ways. In her 15+ year career as a nonprofit communicator she created local and global campaigns for organizations such as United Way, The United Nations Foundation, and The USO.
In 2021 Andrea launched her own firm, Sok Influencer PR, rooted in the power of storytelling. Andrea and her team work with nonprofits, small businesses, and startups from coast to coast utilizing her unique Influencer PR™ approach. Andrea is a proud alum of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and has the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for Washington Women in Public Relations.
Tanya believes in being the change you want to see in the world. She partners with clients to bring nonprofits’ missions to life. By combining strategy and powerful storytelling, Tanya helps create experiences that connect people, strengthen communities, and inspire action.
She has helped organizations fulfill their missions for nearly 10 years. Tanya specializes in creating events that deepen relationships and reach fundraising goals. She has planned and produced a myriad of over 100 successful events, all grounded in her expertise in marketing, fundraising, and engagement. She does this work because she strives to elevate voices, perspectives, and experiences that reflect the beauty and diversity of our communities.
Hannah, after many years in the non-profit event space, has come to know that events are her passion. She has had the opportunity to work with amazing companies and nonprofits to raise funds, strengthen the awareness of their brand, and build community. She is thrilled to be on the power team at Do Good Events, which is leading the way in innovative events that impact the community. Hannah loves the way Do Good Events values partnership and admires the passion that the team brings to every project. When she works on an event, she knows the stakes are high, and she is determined to bring her best to every aspect of the event in order to elevate it and bring the experience to the next level.
Hannah thrives on the unique challenges that each event presents and does whatever it takes to strategize, organize, and execute to overcome these challenges. She is energized by the excitement, business, and unique character of events. Living in her strengths is extremely important to her in her everyday life, and she feels blessed to have found a career that allows her to do this every day.
When she is not working on the next big event, you will find Hannah spending time with her husband, Dana, and their kids, Titus and Chapel. Her happy place is anytime spent on the lake, camping, or biking. When the winter keeps her indoors, she spends hours putting together puzzles, watching movies, and enjoying copious amounts of apple cider and tea.
Emily is an experienced coach and facilitator with a passion for helping clients discern their strengths and weaknesses and connect their vision with clear and actionable strategies.
Her work at ASP has been focused on leading large-scale fundraising campaigns and first-of-their-kind engagements for her clients. At the same time, she has helped a variety of nonprofits develop annual fund programs and major gift strategies that strengthen relationships with stakeholders and raise more money.
Emily is a regular presenter of fundraising and board governance workshops that serve to elevate the work of individuals and organizations in service to their stakeholders and their missions.
Before coming to ASP, Emily worked for a national leader in skilled nursing services. There, while managing employee engagement and leadership programs, she developed an understanding of the psychological side of business – how to marry employees’ interests with best practices and leadership skills to further an organization’s mission.
Today her clients have the benefit of this perspective, and she relishes the opportunity to help them become the better versions of themselves.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Toledo and serves on the board of the Ballet Theatre of Toledo and committees of the board of The Giving Institute and St. Ursula Academy in Toledo.
With 20 years of fundraising experience (she started when she was 12), Betsy Oliver has seen lots of Giving Tuesdays! Much of her experience was in higher education annual fund and leadership giving. For the past four years, Betsy has worked as a consultant and now is the Director of Fundraising Service for Purpose Possible.
After a period volunteering as a Childline counsellor, Matt knew he wanted to use his skills to develop the third sector. He began specialising in community and events and more recently has focused on fundraising innovation, product development and managing large, cross-team projects.
Matt is all about creativity and has a love for problem solving – especially those challenges triggered by changes in technology or generational shifts.
Fundraising Beyond Borders was created to help international nonprofits fundraise with confidence.
After traveling and creating award-winning fundraising campaigns across East and Southern Africa, Founder & CEO, Morgan Gross, learned the success of international nonprofits lies in a customized fundraising plan, realistic fundraising goals, targeted messaging, and global donor engagement techniques. What works for a US nonprofit, doesn’t always translate to an international nonprofit. Fundraising Beyond Borders is committed to delivering intimate feedback, attainable action items, and genuine accountability so your goals become a reality.
Adam O’Brien is the director of product and growth marketing at GoodUnited, a messaging automation platform for social media fundraising.
With almost 15 years of combined enterprise B2B and nonprofit marketing experience, Adam brings his unique viewpoints on marketing and fundraising strategies through GoodUnited’s Nonprofit Growth Lab & Facebook Fundraising Bootcamp series and is a contributing author for Nonprofit Pro.
Dr. Rachel Book is a dedicated educator with over fifteen years of experience in teaching and administration. Her unwavering commitment to ensuring that every student receives compassion, guidance, and robust educational experience has been the driving force behind her illustrious career. With a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education in School Counseling, Dr. Book possesses a strong foundation in educational theory and practice. Her academic journey culminated in the attainment of a doctoral degree from the prestigious University of Southern California, further solidifying her expertise in the field.