Board of Directors

The Association of Consultants to Nonprofits (ACN) is served by an all-volunteer board of directors comprised of recognized leaders across dozens of areas of expertise.

Shailushi Ritchie
Sevah Consulting

Gioia Giannotti
Vice President
(r)evolution architecture

Brad Ball
Big Buzz Idea Group

Margaret Knell

 Jill Misra
Immediate Past-President
Impact Solutions

John Bauer 
John E. Bauer Consulting, LLC

David Dow
Schooley Mitchell

James Javorcic
CBIZ/Mayer Hoffman McCann

Aashi Mital
Pivotal Solutions Consulting

Arthur Padilla

Don Raack
AltruNext Inc.

Libbet Richter
The Richter Group

Lidia Varesco Racoma
Lidia Varesco Design


ACN’s board of directors is supported by committees who help execute our strategic plan and goals. 

To learn more about serving on an ACN committee, please contact the committee chair or Tricia Fusilero at

Finance Committee Members

Brad Ball - Treasurer/Chair

Finance Committee Purpose & Plans for FY21

The committee is responsible for providing financial insight and recommendations into ACN's operations and strategic initiatives. Its general areas of interest and responsibility involve participating in and supporting sponsorship, membership, programming, marketing and organizational strategy (short and long-term) initiatives.

• Continue providing financial insight and recommendations regarding all aspects of ACN’s membership, programming, marketing and sponsorship activities
• Consistently monitor the current and projected financial standing of ACN to ensure the financial health of the organization
• Collaborate with all functions across ACN to assess the financial implications for all strategic and operational initiatives that are considered and inform decisions that are ultimately made

Governance Committee Members

John Bauer
Kathy Bell
Margaret Knell - Co-Chair
Jill Misra
Megan Renner - Co-Chair
Kim Vaccari

Governance Committee Purpose & Plans for FY21

The committee is responsible for ensuring that there is a sound governance structure in place, that the organization is in legal compliance and good standing, and that the governing board is carrying out its work effectively.

Develop content for Annual Board Member Orientation to be delivered on July 17
Develop Annual Committee Member Orientation
Legal and functional review of the ACN Bylaws
Collaborate with Membership Committee on membership category alignment
Execute Annual Board Nomination and Election Process
Explore options for a board self-assessment process to inform opportunities for ongoing board development

Communications Committee Members

Aashi Mital - Co-Chair
Lidia Varesco-Racoma - Board Liaison
Annisa Wanat - Co-Chair

Communications Committee Purpose & Plans FY21

The committee is responsible for ensuring that ACN's brand and messaging is consistent in all outreach and across all channels. Its general areas of interest and responsibility are print marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, website maintenance and public relations. The Communications Committee also works closely with other committees to assure brand and messaging is consistent across all ACN outreach.

• Make the website more user-friendly for members, prospective members and nonprofits
• Implement analytics tracking system
• Develop a comprehensive ACN Brand Guide

Development Committee Members

David Dow - Chairperson
Shailushi Ritchie - Board Liaison

Membership Committee Purpose & Plans for FY21

The purpose of the Membership Committee is to develop an annual plan to attract new ACN members and retain current members. The committee is responsible for setting attainable goals for the year.

• Add 2 Members/Ambassadors to Committee
• Conduct Virtual Monthly New Member Welcome Presentations
• Invite Prospective Members to Join/Attend 
• Identify & Recommend Additional Membership Benefits/Features
• Conduct Coffee and/or Networking Events for Potential Member
• Grow Membership by 10%
• Achieve 90% Member Retention Rate

Nonprofit Relations Committee Purpose & Plans for FY21

The purpose of the committee is to widen the nonprofit sector's awareness of ACN and the resources available to nonprofits that operate in the greater Chicagoland area and beyond. The sector can be defined as nonprofit organizations, nonprofit consultants, private and public sector stakeholders, donors to nonprofits, professional organizations, and local government.

Continue to strengthen relationships with current Nonprofit Partners
Add 2-3 Nonprofit Partners in the Chicagoland area
Create content to meet the goals of the committee
Help NPs understand the role consultants can play in supporting and growing their organization
Help NPs better understand how to engage consultants
Help remove barriers for NPs to engage consultants

Program Committee Members

Alexis Allegra - Co-Chair
Melanie Flores - Co-Chair
Libbet Richter - Board Liaison

Program Committee Purpose & Plans for FY21

The committee is responsible for ensuring that ACN offers its members and guests a series of programs that enhance understanding of the nonprofit sector and provide relevant professional development content that benefits members' consulting practices. The committee is responsive to Board directives and input from members gathered through post-program questionnaires and surveys.

• Determine programming topics and formats our members need in a COVID-19 world
• Work with other committees to ensure programs:

• are relevant to ACN members
• provide valuable networking opportunities
• help impact the sector
• support ACN’s core mission

• Continue engaging with ACN members and consultants in Chicagoland suburbs
• Explore more ways to use virtual and in-person events to support partnerships
• Re-evaluate programming delivery as the community adapts and adjusts to new realities

Board - Committee Structure

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