(920) 702-7614 [email protected]

Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute offers educational modules on critical leadership, management, technical and governance topics and a Nonprofit Management Certificate. The Institute was planned and implemented by a committee of nonprofit executive directors, Fox Valley Technical College, consultants and others active in the nonprofit sector.

It is a year-long series of seminars led by experts in their particular competencies and enhanced with peer-facilitated discussion group for new executive directors or those in the pipeline. The program blends online and in-person learning and focuses on leadership and skill-development topics.

Application deadline was January 15, 2018 for the May 2018 through April 2019 session.


  • Personal Leadership
  • Board Orientation & Leadership
  • Finances & Financial Management
  • Fundraising & Resourcing the Mission
  • Operational Excellence
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Ethical & Legal Issues
  • Capstone & Graduation

Watch the videos to learn more about the Leadership Institute from the 2017-18 participants and one of the program creators, Joe Mauthe, Executive Director of the Housing Partnership.

2017-2018 Participants

Sri Buddi IndUS of Fox Valley, President
Maria Costello Paper Discovery Center/Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, Executive Director
Kathy Fehl Weyauwega Arts, Artistic Director
Lindsay Fenlon Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region, Executive Director
Dan Haak Apricity, President Contract Packaging and Recovery Support
Diane McDonald Community Clothes Closet, Executive Director
Vicki McAuliffe Valley VNA Senior Services, Inc., Senior Accountant
Debbie Nowak Friends of 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Naturalist
Nik Shier Fox Valley Literacy Council, Executive Director
Lisa Strandberg Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Development and Communications Director
Rhonda Strebel Rural Health Initiative, Executive Director
David Weiss Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade, Development Director
Alice Zarda Youth Go, Community Outreach Coordinator
Oliver Zornow Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Community Engagement Manager

2016-2017 Graduates

Hilary Armstrong Appleton Boy Choir, Executive Director
Rosangela Berbert Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Executive Director
Jarrad Bittner Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Executive Director
Michael Green COTS, Executive Director
Denise Martinez Financial & Information Services (FISC), Operations Leader
Jennie Moore Goodwill Industries, Program Leader-Vocational Support Services
Kelly Nutty While in the program: Riverview Gardens, Director of Resource Management
Maren Peterson NAMI Fox Valley, Executive Director
JJ Schauske Tri County Dental Clinic, Assistant Director
Kristopher Ulrich While in the program: newVoices, Executive Director
Bee Yang While in program: Hmong American Partnership Fox Valley, Executive Director