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, those in the pipeline, or senior leaders such as development directors, program managers and volunteer engagement managers. The program blends online and in-person learning and focuses on leadership and skill-development topics.

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

The 2020-21 cohort is full.

Watch for the 2021-22 application coming fall of 2020.

View testimonials and photos from prior year Leadership Institute graduates by clicking on the below grad books.

2020-2021 participants

  • Trina Doxtator Catalpa Health, Director of Development and Marketing Communications
  • Ashley Gustafson SOAR Fox Cities, Director of Community Enagagement
  • Heather Hope Hofacker One Love: Harmonizing Mind, Body and Spirit, Director
  • Melissa Huempfner Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc., Director of Development
  • Lori Jensen Family Services of NEW-Parent Connection, Program Manager
  • Zay Lenaburg Appleton Boychoir, Choir Manager
  • Brian Leone Tracy Fox Valley Literacy, Executive Director
  • Annette Look Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, Program Manager
  • Vicki Prey Fox Valley Humane Association, Executive Director
  • Brittany Rewolinski Covey, Program Director
  • Lyssa Schmidt Positive Every Day Cancer Foundation Inc., Founding Member
  • Kim Stevens Dyslexia Reading Connection Inc., Executive Director
  • Leah Thibodeau St. Joseph Food Program, Inc., Volunteer Engagement Manager
  • Todd Vander Galien Unity Recovery Services, President 


2019-2020 Graduates

  • Jenny Anger Thompson Center on Lourdes, Operations Manager
  • Kelli Clussman (while in the program: Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director)
  • Julie Filapek Goodwill NCW/Neighborhood Partners, Program Leader
  • Nikki Hessel Future Neenah, Inc, Executive Director
  • Elaine Krizenesky Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd., Office Director
  • Jen Parsons Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Wellness Screen Program Director
  • Jonathan Pylypiv Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2278 Council Member
  • Hope Schaefer Girls on the Run of Northeast Wisconsin, Executive Director
  • Erin Schultz SOAR Fox Cities, Executive Director
  • Randy Tuma Fox Cities Environmental Learning Campus at Bubolz Nature Preserve, Executive Director
  • Christina Turner The Trout Museum of Art & Fox Cities Building for the Arts, President

2018-2019 Graduates

  • Stephanie Bowers Jake’s Diapers, Executive Director
  • Brett Devine Seed Inc, Executive Director
  • Jessica Fleek Habitat for Humanity, Family Services Manager
  • Mike Goodwin Memorial Presbyterian Church, Common Ground Co-Chair & Memorial Presbyterian Head Pastor
  • Jill Grambow Mission Stream Consulting, Owner – (while in the program: Fox Valley Memory Project, Executive Director)
  • Katy Hopp (while in the program: Makaroff Youth Ballet, Executive Director)
  • Lisa Jones Community Clothes Closet, Administrative Director
  • Jaime Kriewaldt Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin, Chief Program Officer
  • Anne Muller Pillars Inc., Organizational Development Director
  • Ryan Roth Habitat for Humanity, Community Development Director
  • Luke Schiller Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Public Program Coordinator/Naturalist
  • Susan Vanden Heuvel Volunteer Fox Cities, Executive Director
    Jolie VerVoort Apricity, President Residential Services
  • Rachel Youngquist Pillars Inc., Stable Housing Director

2017-2018 Graduates

  • 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 East Central Wisconsin, Executive Director
  • Dan Haak Apricity, President Contract Packaging and Recovery Support
  • Diane MacDonald Old Glory Honor Flight, Executive Director – (while in the program: Community Clothes Closet, Executive Director)
  • Vicki McAuliffe Valley VNA Senior Services, Inc., Chief Financial Officer
  • Debbie Nowak Friends of 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Naturalist
  • Nik Shier (while in the program: Fox Valley Literacy Council, Executive Director)
  • Lisa Strandberg Program Leader, InterSector – (while in the program: 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  Building for Kids, Executive Director – (while in the program: Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Director of Community Engagement)

2016-2017 Graduates

  • Hilary Armstrong (while in the program: Appleton Boy Choir, Executive Director)
  • Rosangela Berbert Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Executive Director
  • Jarrad Bittner (while in the program: Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Executive Director)
  • Michael Green COTS, Executive Director
  • Denise Martinez Financial & Information Services (FISC), Operations Leader
  • Jennie Moore Goodwill NCW, Vice President- Mission Services
  • Kelly Nutty Foundations Health and Wholeness, Development Director – (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)