YNPN Board of Directors
Al Heartley, Co-Chair
Managing Director – Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Al Heartley currently serves as Managing Director of the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University where he oversees all operational and programmatic aspects of the center.
A recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, he has worked at various theaters across the country in managerial positions including Yale Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Writers Theater. Recently, Al started a ALJP Consulting, a search and consulting firm with Jocelyn Prince focusing on mid-level and executive hiring, organizational consulting.
Prior to graduate school, Al served as the National Conference Coordinator for the 2015 YNPN National Conference and as a board member of the YNPN Cleveland chapter. Starting in the fall 2019, he will serve on faculty in the theater department at Northwestern.
Gary Williams, Co-Chair
Site Director – Public Allies Maryland
Gary works at Baltimore Corps where he leads the Public Allies program in Baltimore. He ensures operational and programmatic excellence and builds and manages external relationships with partners and other stakeholders.
Gary uses his expertise in program management and passion for addressing issues in his hometown of Baltimore City to lead the Public Allies program. He is experienced in managing programs that address a variety of issues in Baltimore, including decreasing racial disparities in infant mortality and talent development in the local nonprofit sector.
Gary earned his B.A. in Archaeology from Mercyhurst University and his Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Baltimore. In his free time, Gary practices wing chun kung-fu and can be found gardening vegetables and herbs.
Program Associate – Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Kevin Peterson (he/him/his) currently serves as a program associate for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. In this role, he manages and delivers capacity building opportunities for grantmakers and nonprofit organizations, with a focus on board governance.
In addition to his role at YNPN National, Kevin currently serves as the co-chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals’ Network of Grand Rapids and maintains an active membership in a number of chapters. Prior to this, he has served on the successful capital campaign for his hometown’s library, the Terry McAdam Book Award committee for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and as a fellow for YNPN National.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in public and nonprofit administration with an emphasis on community development and planning, and minors in legal studies and urban and regional planning from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). He is currently continuing his studies in the Master of Public Administration program with a concentration in nonprofit management and leadership at GVSU.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration – University of Nebraska Omaha
Jodi Benenson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her primary research interests include civic engagement, nonprofit organizations, social policy, and social equity. Previously, Jodi was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and a nonprofit professional in the Twin Cities. Jodi received a B.S. and M.P.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She was also recognized as a TOYO (Ten Outstanding Young Omahans) award recipient in 2019. Jodi founded Women and Public Policy Week at the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2017 to amplify policy issues that affect women and girls in Nebraska.
In addition to YNPN, she also serves on the board of New Leaders Council Omaha, on the advisory board of Huespring, on the nominating committee of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, and is an advisor to several nonprofit organizations in Omaha. You will often find Jodi scoping out the vegetarian options at a local restaurant, hiking in the woods, searching for the best ice cream in town, and showing up to support her community.
Bradley C. Fisher
Marketing & Communications Manager – Henricksen
Bradley is the Marketing + Communications Manager at Henricksen, a national dealer of contract furniture and architectural products. In addition to co-leading Henricksen’s communications efforts, he works closely with Henricksen’s sales team to develop content, messaging, and tools to support client and partner engagements in the contract interiors market across 4 states. Bradley works closely with Henricksen’s senior leadership team on key community programs, including recently leading Henricksen’s inaugural Blank Canvas art auction which raised over $13,000.
Outside of Henricksen, Bradley has been a chapter leader with YNPN Milwaukee since 2013 where he served as Marketing Chair, Membership Chair, Vice President, and currently as a technology consultant. Bradley has also served in several capacities with YNPN National including as Network Engagement Launchpad Fellow in 2017-18, Leaders Institute speaker in 2018, and currently as a member of the Communications Committee.
Bradley is incredibly dedicated, a creative problem solver, and passionate leader. He has been honored with the inaugural Shirley L. Henricksen Legacy Award by the senior leadership team at Henricksen in December 2020, Henricksen’s Presidential Award in December 2013, as well as named Historic Milwaukee, Inc.’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013.
Bradley is eager to help build meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships between chapters, chapter leaders, and YNPN National. Feel free to reach out to Bradley via email at email@example.com, on LinkedIn, or on Twitter at @bradleycfisher.
Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier
Founder & Consultant – AQP Consulting
Dr. Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier, CFRE, CNP, CGT, GPC, CNC, SHRM-CP was born and raised in Nashville, TN where she attended Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School. After graduating with honors, she completed her undergraduate degree in only three years and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Political Science: Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She went on to receive her M.Ed. in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and then her Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. She conducted her dissertation on the effects of age and gender discrimination on hiring, upward mobility, and retention in the nonprofit sector. She also completed an Elite Masters of Business Administration in four months through Quantic School of Business and Technology and has received numerous professional certifications across a wide range of competencies.
Allison has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, has worked with over fifty organizations, and raised approximately $3.3 million. Her work experience includes Executive Director of Amputee Blade Runners (ABR), Associate Director of Programs and Development for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee (TAMT), Community Investment Manager for NeedLink Nashville, and Executive Director of the Jordan Thomas Foundation. She currently runs her own nonprofit consulting business, AQP Consulting.
She is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Ellevate Network, Nashville Cable, National Association of Women MBAs, Junior League of Nashville, American Mothers, Nashville Junior Chamber, Middle Tennessee SHRM, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
She was the youngest recipient of AFP’s 2018 Outstanding Young Professional and one of only a handful of youth to receive the Congressional Award Gold Medal. She has been honored for her leadership and dedication to the Nashville community with Nashville’s Employee of the Year in the Community Impact category, the Point of Light Award, and as a National Youth Activist Award finalist. She was also the youngest recipient of Nashville’s 30 Under 30, NBJ’s 40 Under 40, and Diversity MBA’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders. In December 2019, she was named one of the National Association of Female Executive’s Rising Stars for her work in closing the gender wage gap. In January 2020, she was named Certified Nonprofit Professional of the Year-Emerging Leader by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and American Mothers’ Tennessee Mother of the Year for her work advocating for paid parental leave, ending the “motherhood penalty” in the gender wage gap, and implementing babies at work policies.
Allison serves on the boards of Advocates for Women and Kids’ Equality (AWAKE), Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals (ACNP), Grant Professionals Association (GPA), Doing Good, L.E.T.S. Play, Futuro, Healing Arts Project (HAPI), Cherished Mom, and Nashville Cable. She is a DoSomething.org Ambassador and serves as an advocate for gun violence prevention, ending the cycle of poverty, and social justice equality. She was one of eleven youth to be invited to speak to the White House Office of Public Engagement about bipartisan gun violence prevention. She was also selected as one of five youth in the country to be a Clorox Young Changemaker for her work “closing the loop” with her local fabric and textile recycling program. She is an AAUW Start Smart facilitator and teaches salary negotiation courses to help close the wage gap. She also teaches Fundraising Essentials, Grant Writing Basics, Emotional Intelligence, Understanding Your Leadership Style, and Creating Equitable and Inclusive Workplaces through Nashville Community Education.
Allison’s areas of interest are public health, equal access to public resources for underprivileged and economically disadvantaged populations, and eradicating food insecurity. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, singing, kickboxing, running, and hanging out with her phenomenal husband, Kris, their son Quintan, and their four cats, Sheena, Jacinda, Milo, and Dahlia.
Head of Strategy – evolvedMD
Sentari M. Minor is most passionate about bringing the best out of individuals and entities. His love languages are strategy, storytelling, and social impact. As Head of Strategy for evolvedMD, Mr. Minor is at the forefront of healthcare innovation with a scope of work that includes strategy, branding, culture, and coaching. Prior to evolvedMD, he worked with some of the Nation’s most prominent and curious CEOs and entrepreneurs advising on philanthropy, policy, and everything social as Regional Director of Gen Next (PHX + DAL + SFO) and strengthened social enterprises as Director at venture philanthropy firm, Social Venture Partners.
A Phoenix native, Mr. Minor continued his education in the Midwest and is an alumnus of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he studied English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He is also a member of Class IV of the American Express Leadership Academy through the Arizona State University Lodestar Center. If you want to profile him: he’s an ENTJ (Myers Briggs), a Maverick (Predictive Index), and trimodal Blue/Green/Red (Emergenetics).
Where does he shine? In high-touch stakeholder engagement, capital raising, public relations, and strategic planning. With his background, Mr. Minor serves on the board of directors for a diverse set of social impact organizations, as a venture mentor for socially conscious companies nationwide, and as a facilitator for businesses who want organizational clarity. Passionate about strengthening brands doing good in the world, Mr. Minor speaks nationally on governance, leadership, capacity building, social entrepreneurship, and engaging high-profile leaders in the dialogue of today.
When he’s not busy changing the world, he enjoys working out, stirring the pot on social media, being an amateur author, and spending time with the people who make him smile.
Jye John Paul Turk
Consultant – S.P.A.R.K.
Jye John Paul Turk is an entrepreneur, focused primarily on leadership development and education. S.P.A.R.K is a leadership consultancy firm that Jye works intimately with, providing diversity, equity and inclusion support to leadership teams across the United States.
Although born, raised, and currently living in New Orleans, Jye’s professional growth flourished in Austin, TX. In 2019, he earned his Master of Leadership and Change degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. During his tenure in the program, Jye founded SolvED, a nonprofit that provides support to students facing life altering challenges.
Jye also serves as the 2021 Vice President of Community for the YNPN-Austin chapter. Aside from his passion for service, Jye enjoys boxing, cooking, dancing, and connecting via music. His family and friends are an intimate and loving circle; the joy of which he brings to every space he enters.
Kayla Roney Smith
Portfolio Manager – Ballmer Group
Kayla Roney Smith is a portfolio manager with Ballmer Group, where she manages philanthropic investments related to K-12, higher education, and workforce development in Southeast Michigan. Previously, Kayla served as Executive Director of the Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network and as a College Advising Corps member and youth development program coordinator.
She is a prior YNPN Detroit board chair and currently serves as president of the Junior League of Detroit and as a Detroit Young Professionals board member. Kayla earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in Community and Social Systems. She is a Michigan Political Leadership Program alumna and has been honored as one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “20 in their 20s” and the Oakland County Executive Office’s “Elite 40 Under 40.”
Consultant – Nfinity Enterprises
Jeff Key currently serves as a consultant with Nfinity Enterprises, providing website design, technology, and operations consulting to small and mid-sized nonprofits and businesses. He previously worked in the nonprofit sector for a number of New Jersey based education nonprofits serving students from middle school through college, with a focus on providing equitable access to educational services, mentoring, and college counseling for students and families.
He has been involved with the YNPN network for a number of years as a Founding Board Member and Co-Chair of the YNPN New Jersey chapter, with NationBuilder and Network Engagement support for YNPN National, and now as a board member with YNPN National. He also serves on the board of the Center for Non-Profits, the state nonprofit association for New Jersey.
Outside of his work with the nonprofit sector, Jeff enjoys hiking, listening to interesting podcasts, discovering new music, and watching movies.
Manager, People and Culture; Diversity and Inclusion Strategist – Center for Effective Philanthropy
Leaha Wynn, CDP, is the Manager, People and Culture; Diversity and Inclusion Strategist at the Center for Effective Philanthropy. In this capacity, she collaborates in the strategy and implementation of talent management at CEP and plays a major role in staff acquisition, events, professional development, and the incorporation of talent analytics. She works closely with the President, Director of People and Culture, and members of senior staff to develop and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and other initiatives related to organizational culture and development.
Leaha attended Harvard College for her B.A. and concentrated in Classics. She is a certified diversity professional from the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC), a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and has received a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute of Nonprofit Practice as a part of their Community Fellows Program with Tufts University.
Leaha served for several years on the Board of Directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Boston, most recently as Chair of the Board of Directors, but also as Co-Chair of the Board, Director of Talent and Recruitment, and as a founding member of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Leaha currently serves as the Director of the Strategic Research & Analysis Committee of the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Boston.
Leaha has spoken about diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Young Nonprofit Network’s National Conference, at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Annual Conference, and at the united Philanthropy Forum Conference. Her writing has been featured on Idealist Careers, Work for Good, and Alliance Magazine.
In her spare time, Leaha enjoys hiking, running, and curling up with a good book, especially historical fiction, cross-cultural classical literature, and dystopian novels.
Director of Program Development – Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Lindsay Bacher develops new programs and raises money for anti-poverty and food access initiatives at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. She has 10 years of experience in fundraising and grant writing, and supported the most amazing community of young nonprofit people during her four years on the YNPN Twin Cities board. If given the opportunity, Lindsay will show you 40 pictures of her dog, Sam.