This week is my first as President and CEO of DANA.
When it was announced I would be taking this position, some people asked ‘what
is DANA’ or ‘what do they do’? When I came into the office on Monday, I
realized that many of those questions could be answered by sharing what I’m
learning during my orientation. So, Iam excited to pass along some
of the insights I learn as I listen to the staff, board, partners, and leaders
that make the nonprofit sector so vibrant. In an effort to capture the
essence of Delaware’s slogan "Endless Discoveries,” I invite you to discover
Delaware’s nonprofits through my eyes as DANA’s new CEO. My discovery of DANA
and the nonprofit sector can also be yours through this blog.
First and foremost, let me tell you about the staff of DANA.
I’ve met with each of them to learn what they do and how they support the
mission of DANA. They work so hard to support the nonprofits that engage
with DANA through membership, advocacy, consulting and training. I was so
impressed with their depth of knowledge, and really appreciated how they are
willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
John Baker – Executive Vice President of Policy and
John has an amazing understanding of the who’s who and the
‘how it is done’. His recent work advocating for funding for nonprofits
in the 2015 State budget process really paid off when there were no cuts to Grant-in-Aid
funding. But John is not one to stand still. He knows that next year will
be challenging for Delaware public officials with the budget forecasts, so he
is already working with key sector leaders to identify solutions. You’ll learn
more about this in the coming months!
Paul Stock – Executive Vice President of Consulting
Paul joined DANA a little over a year ago to strengthen
DANA’s consulting practice. He has engaged several super-talented
consultants with tremendous expertise in strategic planning, board governance,
collaboration, marketing, and fundraising to help Delaware nonprofits solve
their unique challenges. His leadership in coalescing the sector ideas of
100 nonprofit leaders gathered at the June Jim Collins conference will
help shape our dialog regarding future DANA initiatives.
|Factoid about DANA membership: Today I learned that member organizations can get handy best practice education packets on a variety of Standards of Excellence topics. Need a template for a policy or a sample board member commitment statement? Contact John Baker and he can send you FREE information from the Standards for Excellence program.|
Kristin Davis – Vice President of Communications and
Kristin is the voice of DANA and works to connect DANA to
its members and the community through social media, the DANA website, and
emails. Did you know that Kristin was recently named to the DBT40 Class
of 2015 (young professionals, all under the age of 40, making a difference with
their intelligence, initiative, and innovation)? She is also a fellow in the Leadership
Delaware Class of 2015. Kristin is a great team member who continues to develop
so she can help advance the sector.
Kathryn Soja Johnson – Program and Event Manager
Kate just joined the DANA team on Monday, as well. She
took on Caitlin Giles-McCormick’s role to support DANA’s wide variety of
programming, and will be a friendly voice for our members connect with as they
join. In the weeks and months ahead, many members will hear from Kate on
how DANA can provide the support they need to become more efficient and
Nicole Wandersee – Administrative Assistant
Nicki also recently joined DANA after Andye Daley’s
departure. She is the first voice you hear when you call the
office. Nicki is helping to keep the DANA team and its board
organized. She has already been a tremendous help to me.