AMERICA'S SUPER BOARD
NANOE’s Board of Directors is comprised of nationally renowned experts who provide NANOE’s President two separate yet critical support functions: ADVICE & ACCOUNTABILITY. NANOE’s Directors are known across the United States as America’s Super Board because of the success they’ve achieved in growing impact organizations. They are a stellar example to board members everywhere.
James P. LaRose, CNE, CDE, CNC
Co-Founder & CEO
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Jimmy LaRose (born James Paul LaRose is September 2, 1967) is an American author, speaker, fundraiser and activist who has served charities in the U.S. and abroad for over three decades. He’s the founder of National Development Institute™ (NDI), a 501(c)3 charity established in 1990. NDI assists funders, granting organizations and corporations with their capacity-building goals. He’s the co-founder of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) the United States only unifying charitable body comprised of Governors nominated from all 50 States who oversee the codification of nonprofit guidelines that govern sound charitable practice. He is the creator of CNE, CDE & CNC™ Credentialing, which provides C-Suite Level Executives training and certification in nonprofit management.
Jimmy LaRose is the architect of the Major Gifts Ramp-Up™ Donor Cultivation Model and Software Platform used by charities for financial capacity-building. His activism includes working with the U.S. Government to officially recognize December as National Giving Month™ inviting our citizenry to declare, “December Giving Makes Us Human.” LaRose has served as a specialist with the U.S. State Department’s Speakers Bureau traveling the world working with embassies, foreign governments, and leaders to promote philanthropy and civil society in developing countries. He is the author of RE-IMAGINING PHILANTHROPY: Charities Need Your Mind More Than Your Money. His best-selling book has been named by BookAuthority as one of the 100 Best Philanthropy Books of All Time. Jimmy LaRose’s methods challenge charities to serve what he calls the “true clients” of a nonprofits, which he surprisingly identifies as “donors and volunteers” rather than individuals receiving the services. LaRose’s writings and presentations focus on systemic deficiencies identified in current nonprofit management and fundraising models. He emphasizes the importance of engaging donors and supporters of health, education, human services, the arts and environment in meaningful ways.
In 1990, Jimmy LaRose established both Development Systems International (DSI) and PAX Global (PAX). DSI ensures nonprofits have professional access to fundraising using the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model. PAX Global provides Ministries, Churches and International Organizations access to funding through the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model. He’s the inventor of DonorScope™ an online prospect research platform used by charities to identify donors who give big gifts to great dreams that are backed by sound plans. He’s the founder of InsideCharity.org™ America’s Trusted Nonprofit News Source. Inside Charity curates news from respected nonprofit media outlets so sector leaders have a ONE-STOP NONPROFIT NEWS RESOURCE. He’s the founder of 501c3.Buzz™ an online forum moderated by a nationwide network of academicians, practitioners & consultants who have dedicated their lives to advance the common good. In 2010, LaRose and collaborated with Dr. Kathleen Robinson of Clemson University to create New Guidelines for Nonprofits. Robinson & LaRose spent nearly a decade writing, researching, interviewing and compiling the data needed to establish a new course of action for charities who go-to-scale for significant impact.
Jimmy LaRose was the founding President of the Western Maryland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and is a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy (FTA) and has received AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Award. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Executive Leadership Program, Indianapolis, IN, the National Planned Giving Institute, Memphis, TN, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN and Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, NY. Jimmy LaRose has achieved all three NANOE Credentials including Certified Nonprofit Executive (CNE), Certified Development Executive (CDE) and Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNE). Dr. LaRose received his Doctorate in Philanthropic Studies from Ecumenical University. Rev. LaRose was ordained as minister of the gospel by the Ecumenical Church of Christ in further support of his service to the hurting and hopeless around the world. He and his beautiful wife Kristi are citizens of the Palmetto State where they make their home in Lexington, South Carolina.
Kathleen Robinson, Ph.D, CNE, CDE, CNC
Co-Founder & Board Secretary
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During her fifty-year career, Dr. Robinson worked in community and regional support systems development for at-risk families, children and youth organizations, community-based literacy systems, holistic family centers and nonprofit human services organizations. In addition, her focus has been on systems-based approaches to community planning and policy development, and social impact assessments of various community change projects. Her expertise is rural, integrated community development.
Dr. Robinson previously served as Director of the Center on Neighborhood Development and the Director of the Center on Nonprofit Leadership within the Institute on Families and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University (1998-2009). She also co-lead in the development of the Institute’s PHD program in International Family and Community Studies.
Prior to her work at Clemson University, she was Associate Director and Research Professor at the Institute for Families in Society and Director of the Division on Neighborhood Development at the University of South Carolina (1995-1998). From 1981-1995, she was a tenured Assistant and Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture and Human Resources (Department of Human Resources), an Associate Professor in the College of Social Sciences (Department of Urban and Regional Planning), and Research Associate in the Center on Youth Development at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 1977, she and her husband moved to Hawaii where she was a Research Associate in the Culture Learning Institute at the East-West Center (1978-1981) before joining the UHM faculty. From 1975-1978, she was a senior graduate assistant and Research Associate in the Nonformal Education Institute at Michigan State University working on a multi-million dollar USAID project in Indonesia to enhance the nation’s teacher training college system to include, among other things, an emphasis on community development initiatives. In addition, she served as Vice President of Program and Publications for Pioneer Girls, a faith-based, interdenominational, international girls club, camp and women’s leadership development program (1970-1975). From 1967-1970, she was a graduate assistant in the College of Education at Texas Women’s University working on marine biology science curriculums for inland schools, and a science teacher in the Denton Texas public school system. While studying at Moody Bible Institute, she founded and directed an out of school child and teen development and literacy center in two housing projects in Chicago, as well as founding and hosting a radio program at WMBI (1964-1970).
Dr. Robinson testified several times before the U.S. Congress, several states’ legislative bodies, and the United Nations. She served as a consultant to numerous state social service, health, juvenile justice, governors’ offices, environmental, and municipal agencies. Internationally she was a consultant to 28 international organizations, including several divisions of the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, ASEAN and the All Union (USSR) Academy of Sciences, Asian Development Bank, Asian Institute for Technology, Australian Commonwealth’s Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Canadian International Development Agency, Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, European Centre For Social Welfare Policy and Research, the German Development Bank, German Ministry of Education, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, and the U.S. Peace Corps.
She has received numerous awards and recognitions from her work, including several fellowships and an Award of Distinction from the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges for her leadership of a national task group to add new science understanding to what was offered through schools and colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources across the U.S. She was awarded the University of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 1990, the highest award given at UHM. She also has received awards of distinction from the U.S. Peace Corps and USDA for her community development work. At the University of South Carolina, she was recognized for her contributions to research productivity, and received three faculty excellence awards while at Clemson University. Texas Woman’s University honored her in 2015 with the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award and, that same year, the National Development Institute awarded her their 25th anniversary Nonprofit Leadership Award. In 2017, the National Association of Nonprofit Executives and Organizations honored her with their first Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award. She received letters of commendation from three states’ governors for her work in enhancing various aspects of human service delivery systems. Having traveled and worked in 151 countries, she is a recognized leader in rural community development in a variety of national and cultural contexts.
She retired in 2009 from Clemson University but remains affiliated with the Institute as an Adjunct Professor. Since her retirement, she has remained active in leadership roles within two charter schools, National Development Institute and the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives. She currently lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Kathleen has achieved all three NANOE Credentials including Certified Nonprofit Executive (CNE), Certified Development Executive (CDE) and Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNE)
Bishop Redfern II, CNE, CDE, CNC
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Bishop Redfern II, presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Church of Christ, is the founding Board Chair of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives. He has been named by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as its Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year and United Way’s Alyce Kemp-Dewitt Award Winner. Redfern, has served as the Chief Executive Officer in a diverse array of companies worldwide. He is known for his innovative leadership and management skills and a track record of providing companies with the leadership, organizational and operational tools they require for sustained profitable growth.
Redfern is the founder, president, and publisher of Juju Publishing Company. JuJu published a national literacy magazine and community newspapers in 7 metro markets of South Carolina. He was also the publisher of the Carolina Tribune Weekly Newspaper and the South Carolinian News Magazine. He now serves as the publisher the Catalyst Magazine.
Redfern II served as president of a land use development company which he grew from 5 employees to 600 with service contracts on military installations in 8 states. He was the owner of Alcon Employment Recruiting Services which provided qualified women and minority applicants to major corporate employers.
Redfern II has successfully managed political campaigns from the local magistrate office to statewide and congressional offices. He was a Democrat precinct organizer, recognized for raising the most membership in the Republican Silver Elephant Club and a founding officer in SC United Citizens Party. He has served in operational capacities in several Presidential campaigns. He was a Reagan presidential appointee to the transitional team assigned to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
He is a former Board member and active volunteer of the United Way with a 30-year service history. Redfern has held several executive volunteer United Way campaign positions. He holds the record for the most United Way donor presentations (345) in a year. He is a member of the United Way’s Palmetto Society. He led the negotiating team to merge the United way with the United Black Fund. He was the United Way of the Midlands’ Volunteer of the Year. Bishop Redfern II has further served the nonprofit sector as president of two community-based organizations. In each case, he substantially increased funding, service delivery, and organizational efficiency.
As Presiding Bishop and General Overseer of the Ecumenical Christ of Christ Worldwide he established a mission-minded church in 1995 in Columbia, SC to reach the unchurched, homeless, Juvenile delinquents, incarcerated, single parents and their children. Bishop Redfern now oversees the planting of Churches in 12 states in the Southeastern United States and the world.
Under the leadership of Bishop Redfern II Ecumenical Churches have been planted in 9 states in India, the 12 countries of East Africa, 6 countries of central Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Bishop Redfern pioneered the idea of using one church building to plant several churches and to train pastors in real time for ministry. The Ecumenical Church has sent and supports missionaries to several Asian and African countries. Some of which are places where Christians are severely persecuted.
Bishop Redfern II serves as the International director of CityLight and Cross Style International Ministries. As the director of CityLight he organized a chain of worldwide prayer cells covering the 8 regions of the world. In his position at Cross Style, he developed the strategic plan with Dr. Stephen Manley for 125 Bible training centers in 22 countries.
In 2012, Bishop Redfern founded Ecumenical University to train missionaries, pastors, and laypersons in the Cross Style Theology of Dr. Stephen Manley. The University has added a school of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Development and Management. Bishop Redfern has achieved all three NANOE Credentials including Certified Nonprofit Executive (CNE), Certified Development Executive (CDE) and Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNE)
Scott Haumersen, CNE, CDE, CNC
Board Member - Treasurer
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Scott Haumersen, Partner, joined Wegner CPAs in 1981. For more than 30 years, through his excellent service, Scott has enjoyed helping non-profit organizations to solve problems, find efficiencies by cutting costs and reach their potential. During his tenure at Wegner CPAs, Scott’s success in growing the company’s non-profit niche includes: Establishing the tax-exempt industry group at Wegner CPAs which currently serves more than 700 organizations with annual budgets ranging from under $100,000 to more than $30M and includes human service agencies, associations, advocacy, religious, environmental, civic, and arts groups. The creation and presentation of financial management training programs to countless tax-exempt organizations. Frequent invitations to speak on a number of topics important to non-profit organizations both locally and nationally to more than 1,000 people each year.
His certifications and awards include: Chartered Global Management Accountant, 2015, Certified Public Accountant, 1985, WICPA – Distinguished Career Award, 2010, WICPA – Public Service Award, 2006
WICPA – Most Active CPA Award, 1999, WICPA – Public Interest Award, 1992. His Professional and Community Involvement Contributions include: American and Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA & WICPA), Institute of Management Accountants, President WICPA, various committees for more than 30 years, United Way of Dane County Needs & Allocation Committee and Management Assistance, Wisconsin Nonprofits Association, Founding Board Member, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Founding Board Member, Leadership Council of the UW Milwaukee Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. Overture Center Foundation & Madison Cultural Arts District, Treasurer and Numerous other board, committee, and organization positions.
Scott received his Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Finance & Management from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Scott has achieved all three NANOE Credentials including Certified Nonprofit Executive (CNE), Certified Development Executive (CDE) and Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNE)
Dr. Gail Wilson-Awan
Board Member - Media Relations
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Gail has been a friend to our CEO for over a decade. She is a charter NANOE Member and supplied a keynote address at NANOE Charleston in 2019. Gail has overseen two successful Major Gifts Ramp-Up Campaigns (City Year Columbia & Urban League of the upstate.
Gail is a community leader, entrepreneur and nonprofit CEO. She has a rich history of applying free-market principles within the nonprofits she has administrated.
The Urban League of the Upstate recently announced the appointment of Dr. Gail Wilson Awan as President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization effective September 20. The Urban League is a nonprofit organization that provides education, employment, and housing services for economically disadvantaged Upstate communities. Dr. Wilson Awan is an experienced nonprofit leader, fundraiser, and solutionary focused on upholding the vision of the ULU to achieve impactful and measurable results. She has worked to improve the lives of children and families and advocating for a more just society for over 20 years. She is replacing interim Sean Dogan, who completed his tenure on June 30. Dr. Wilson Awan previously served as Executive Director and Vice President of City Year in Columbia, SC. City Year is a national education-focused AmeriCorps program that unites young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service.
“I am honored to join this iconic American civil rights advocacy organization and lead the movement here in the Upstate. As the ULU prepares to celebrate 50 years of commitment to service, I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with residents, stakeholders,
policymakers, and corporations to elevate the overall quality of life for underserved individuals and communities throughout the region.”
Prior to her time at City Year, Dr. Wilson Awan has lead nonprofit organizations, including early childhood, mental and behavioral health, domestic violence prevention, and programs supporting student academic success. Gail received a B.A. in education from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC., M.S. degree in Leadership and Policy, from Wheelock College, Boston MA, a Ph.D. in Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University, and Schott Foundation Fellow, Cambridge, MA. Gail is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Gail started her nonprofit career with S.C. Arts organizations and museums. She moved to NYC, studied theater, and toured her original one-woman show documenting her family history and the African American experience in the Old West circa 1890. The production toured the southeast and was featured at the Smithsonian, Washington DC Women’s History Month festival.
Gail has authored two books, Drink Small: The Life & Music of South Carolina’s Blues Doctor and Carolina Bluegrass: A High Lonesome History by Arcadia Publishing/The History Press. She is a small business owner (recycle collection and secure document destruction) serving the Midlands and PeeDee regions. Her 2017 TEDxCharlotte talk, The Tao of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, describes her theory on caring for the environment and humanity.
If you have ever visited an S.C. historic plantation, you have probably met Gail’s mother, the late Kitty Wilson Evans, a well-known and highly regarded storyteller and historic rein-actor. Evans passed unexpectedly in November 2020.
When not working, Gail enjoys reading, camping, and spending quality time with family.
Jackson Doggette, CNE, CDE, CNC
Board Member – Legal Counsel
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Jackson Michael Doggette Jr. is a consummate professional with more than 40 years of leadership experience as an ordained minister, author, business and nonprofit consultant, life coach, professional musician, and practicing attorney, who is licensed in three state bar associations, a federal court bar, and the United States Supreme Court Bar. He currently serves the Allegheny East Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists as General Counsel and Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Director. Attorney Doggette is Founder of Life SOULutions, an IRS recognized nonprofit organization supporting his preaching and teaching ministry. He is also Founder of Doggette Solutions LLC, a church and nonprofit development consulting group, and creator of the Retaining the Harvest System ™ Mastery Program designed to help leaders and churches implement a system to attract, engage, and retain the people who join their ministry and build capacity to acquire the funds they need to advance their missions with excellence.
Jackson has achieved all three NANOE Credentials including Certified Nonprofit Executive (CNE), Certified Development Executive (CDE) and Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNE)
Jackson Doggette formally prepare as a graduate of Oakwood University (BA Theology), Andrews University (MA Religion), and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Juris Doctor). He serves on the board of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives through which he acquired certifications as a Certified Nonprofit Executive, Certified Development Executive, and Certified Nonprofit Consultant. He is also a Church Consultant, Certified Specialist in Planned Giving, Certified Life Coach, Certified Value-based Time Management expert, Certified Trust Officer, a financial planning expert, and a Certified Mediator. He maintains other continuing education pursuits, awards, and recognitions. Jackson Doggette has a guiding theme text Matthew 22:34-40 (Love God, Love Self, Love Others) and 1 John 4:8 (God is Love). Jackson Doggette is very happily married to Mrs. Celia Doggette. And they share three wonderful adult children, David, Jacquelyn, and Jackson III. VISIT HERE to purchase your copy of Retaining The Harvest.
Louis Fawcett, CNE, CDE, CNC
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With more than 20 years experience leading churches and non-profit organizations, Louis Fawcett offers a unique set of faith based, domestic and international leadership and fundraising skills. Louis was raised in Virginia and matriculated at Randolph-Macon College where he received a BA and finished as valedictorian of his graduating class. He then earned a MA at Wake Forest University where he wrote his theses on the theology of predestination during the Lutheran Reformation. Following his studies at Wake Forest, Louis was called to enter the ministry and completed his Master of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. After being ordained as a Lutheran Pastor, Louis served three churches in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. During his ministry, he fostered mission growth and encouraged congregations to embrace a biblical framework for changing and saving lives. Rev. Fawcett began non-profit service through his work at Christian World Foundation where he raised support for orphans and school children in China, Russia and Ethiopia. During the Great Recession, Louis led a successful capital campaign to build a children’s home in Ethiopia. Following the 2011 earthquake, Louis transitioned to Haiti Children, a non-profit serving orphans and school children in Haiti. He developed capacity for five feeding programs, three schools, a technical college and a special needs orphanage in Haiti. He created Promise 126, an initiative to sponsor 126 special needs orphans under the care of Haiti Children. In 2013, Louis accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Principal Gifts at EdVenture. In addition to securing funds for EdVenture’s work in Columbia, Louis blazed the trail for EdVenture to expand locations to Hartsville and Myrtle Beach. Louis also forged collaborations to expand EdVenture’s work in under resourced communities throughout South Carolina. This work included the EdVenture Health RV and Future Leaders Youth Development Program in rural counties of South Carolina. Through developing long-term, effective relationships with a variety of donors across the United States, Louis has raised more than $20 million in cash for charitable causes through major gift cultivation and events. He increased cash giving 31% in just two years for Haiti Children. At EdVenture, he closed more than 150 major gifts from corporations, foundations and individuals. In addition to fundraising skills, he effectively manages staff, contractors, and consultants to achieve heroic missions of scale. Louis’ leadership skills foster a culture of collaboration focused on results. Through being a champion of the work of colleagues and providing experienced leadership, Louis secures funding so that more lives are changed. Louis served on the Board of the Central South Carolina Association of Fundraising Professionals for seven years and was appointed as President. He won the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award in 2016. Louis is the President of the Board of Lighthouse for Life, an anti-human trafficking organization. In 2018, National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) installed Louis as their first president. Louis has achieved all three NANOE Credentials including Certified Nonprofit Executive (CNE), Certified Development Executive (CDE) and Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNE)
Because he enjoys people, Louis approaches relationships with a balance of strategic thought and a sense of humor. With a professional, positive approach to every conversation, he cultivates new collaborations and leverages existing partnerships for greater impact.
Kristi LaRose, CNC
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Kristi LaRose is a native of the Palmetto State and makes her home in Lexington, SC with her husband, Jimmy LaRose. Kristi is the Vice President of Operations for Development Systems International (DSI), a South Carolina based firm that serves nonprofits, ministries and churches with their fundraising needs. Kristi serves on the Board of Directors of National Development Institute (NDI) and is also the COO with the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE).
Kristi leads the NANOE team with passion and kindness. She's dedicated her life to the charitable sector ensuring that "all creatures great and small", experience a life worth living. She enjoys scuba diving, golfing and spending time with family and friends.
Lisa Van Zyll, CNE, CDE, CNC
Member Relations Director
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Lisa Van Zyll, NANOE’s Member Relations Director, joined our team in 2016. She brings with her over 30 years of Customer Service and Management experience. Lisa has become our Member's "best friend" and serves our associates with enthusiasm, care and a SMILE. Her life-long commitment to helping others ensures our NANOE members accomplish their important missions.
When asked how she feels about NANOE, Lisa says, “I love working with ‘my heroes’ the men, women, children and families of the Nonprofit Sector.” When described by NANOE Members, they share, “Lisa is fun, effervescent and keeps her promises.” She finds great satisfaction in “finding needs and meeting them.” Lisa has both a Bachelor and Masters’ degree in management from University of Phoenix and uses her education to be a SUPER FRIENDSHIP BUILDER.
Lisa Van Zyll is your champion and has made the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) what is today.
Lisa is from the Great Lake state and can often be found somewhere along the Lake Michigan corridor. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, camping, and most anything outdoors.