Nonprofit University Faculty

Meet some of our accomplished faculty members.

GCN’s Nonprofit University has a core faculty team of experienced professionals in all fields of the nonprofit sector. From fundraising, accounting, grant writing, marketing, and more, our knowledgeable instructors are adept at providing high quality training experiences that will help you become more skilled in your organization. 

April Voris

April is co-founder and Chief Zealotry Officer at GRM. She believes that the best marketing work is a multi-faceted, creative blend of all related touchpoints for a particular brand. April’s professional career began as a client services manager for renowned advertising agency Cole Henderson Drake, where she became Director of Client Services.

Brandi Rae Hicks

Brandi Rae is a grant writer and nonprofit consultant who has raised and managed more than $1 billion for tax-exempt organizations, institutions of higher education, and government entities. Brandi Rae supports nonprofits and their rise to the next level,  providing the right tools and resources to help leaders to continue the great work of giving back to our most deserving neighbors.

Brandon Smith

Brandon is passionate about helping nonprofit organizations deliver their missions effectively. Brandon is a Certified Public Accountant at Mauldin & Jenkins, where he has more than nine years of experience serving tax-exempt organizations of all shapes and sizes, through capacity building, management consulting, and traditional accounting services.

Brenda Johnson

Brenda is a nonprofit development professional with a passion for connecting donors at every level to the causes they are passionate about. Her areas of expertise include capital campaigns, data-driven fundraising strategies and donor database systems. Brenda held senior development positions at several national organizations addressing human rights, civil liberties, and women and girls’ empowerment.

Chris Allers

Chris is Partner with Advantage Consulting, LLC and former Executive Vice President of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. He received his Doctorate in Counseling (Georgia State University, 1993). Chris has excelled as a nonprofit professional for more than 30 years, performing a variety of nonprofit sector roles including as an executive director, funder, researcher, and independent consultant.

Elizabeth Runkle

Elizabeth possesses a unique background, having both generated and implementing innovative and breakthrough ideas in the social sector. Elizabeth has worked with low-wealth and marginalized populations for over 12 years, and has advised dozens of nonprofits and small businesses on strategy and business models, social enterprise, and more.

Fee Freeman

Fee Freeman is a bold and creative storyteller and communications strategist with a decade of experience in nonprofits, policy, and political communication. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Fee Freeman Consulting LLC.

Jack Beckford

Jack is considered the small organization specialist of GCN’s consulting team, bringing both a wealth of experience and a passion for working for nonprofits with small budgets and limited or no staff.

Kinetra Joseph

Kinetra Joseph is an integrated marketing and communications leader currently serving as Campaign Director at the CDC Foundation.

Kristin D. Hemingway

Kristin D. Hemingway is a 16-year youth advocate and ministry veteran residing in Atlanta, where she is a nonprofit professional, youth leader, and highly sought-after curriculum developer, trainer, and speaker.

Mary-Kay Boler

Mary-Kay Boler is a Certified Fundraising Executive and Director of Development at Kennesaw University with a passion for high quality, all-inclusive education.

Matthew Terrell

Matthew works as Communications Director for Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta. In this role, he provides much of the written word across multiple platforms for Dad’s Garage – including newsletters, annual reports, grant writing, board and staff updates, building signage, and policy documents.

Paula Scotman

Paula Scotman has 20 years of experience in nonprofit financial management and human resources, including work with KPMG conducting nonprofit audits, as Associate Director of Finance for Emory University, and as CFO of New American Pathways. Paula is currently CFO at Interdenominational Theological Center.

Rochelle B. Dennis

Rochelle B. Dennis possesses over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, specializing in fundraising strategies, communications, and branding. Her areas of fundraising expertise include annual giving strategies, capital campaigns, data-driven fundraising strategies, and donor database systems.

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