Mentors are class presenters during Raising the Board. All of them have a great deal of experience in the topics covered. In many instances, the mentors wrote the course material and played an integral role in the overall development of RtB. When not presenting, they are often participating in class discussion. Each are also great resources for anything you may need!
Rob Jones, Milton Public Library
Rob “cut his teeth” in the non-profit world with the Central Susquehanna Builders Association. He was “volunteered” to become an officer, and then continued up the ladder to First Vice President, Vice President and then President.
Rob was also elected to serve on the board of the Pennsylvania Builders Association. The PBA at the time was a 12,000-company member association also serving builders and subcontractors in the commonwealth. He was elected to the regional legislative officer position for an eight-county region and then Regional Vice President. After that, Rob was elected to Associate Vice President of the PBA, which is the highest position he could serve as an associate member (subcontractor).
Currently, he serves on the board of the Milton Public Library, Milton Historical Society, Central PA Chamber of Commerce, the Central PA Vintage Iron Club and is a member of the Milton Pool Association.
Loni Martz-Briner, North Shore Railroad
Loni is a graduate of Line Mountain High School and Susquehanna University. She is a published author, raising a daughter and a son in Dalmatia (where she was born and raised). She will proclaim that her kids are the best!
Loni works full time for the North Shore Railroad Company and has played an active role volunteering with multiple non-profits, including private/Christian schools, churches, community organizations, railroad associations, and more.
She is well-versed in web site and media creation and development. Fun fact: Loni is a musician who has assisted multiple churches in their worship groups.
Lauren McDonald, The Wealth Factory
Lauren is owner and financial planner at The Wealth Factory in Lewisburg. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce, as well as its Budget and Finance Committee and Membership Engagement Team.
Her non-profit journey began over 40 years ago with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with an independent study focus on non-profits and their logistical and fundraising challenges.
Over that time, Lauren has served on several corporate boards, as well as those of the Williamsport Chapter of the American Lung Association, the Pennsylvania State American Lung Association, the East Lycoming Soccer Association, the Lock Haven YMCA, and the Lewisburg Arts Council. Committee volunteerism expands to other area and national organizations as well.
Tina Nail, Nailed It Business Services
To much surprise, Tina has never actually sat on a board. However, she has worked closely with them since the early 1990s. Tina served as the Regional Manager of Birth Right/Project Rachel, the Business Manager at Sunbury’s Revitalization Inc., and the Bookkeeper at The Susquehanna Greenway. Each position required direct involvement with the board.
When Tina wasn’t working for non-profit organizations, she was volunteering or operating her own business. Her current business, Nailed It Business Services, provides consulting and financial management to businesses nationwide. As much as people like to think non-profit organizations are “not-for-profit”, they would be wrong. These organizations need money to fulfill their missions. Their board members need to manage those funds properly, yet most don’t come from a financial background. So, Tina is honored to share her business and accounting knowledge with program participants so they become good stewards of the funds entrusted to them.
Jeff Shaffer, Central PA Chamber of Commerce
Jeff is the Communication Director of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce and serves as Program Director and Facilitator of Raising the Board. Several years ago, he and fellow staff and volunteers worked together to develop the curriculum and format of Raising the Board, which has graduated more than 30 individuals to date.
Jeff has been involved with non-profit boards throughout his career, either by learning the ins and outs of them as a media professional or serving on the board directly.
He currently is on the Leadership Team at Wesley United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove, where he serves as chair of staff parish relations committee. In addition, he is a board member and the membership officer with Pinpoint Federal Credit Union.