Nonprofit Workshop Instructors

Claudette Baker
Claudette G. Baker delivers training and provides technical assistance to help nonprofit organizations become effective in accomplishing their mission.  Her consulting practice focuses on organizational development, project management, board governance and development, annual fundraising, and leadership development. Claudette previously served as Vice President of Library and Nonprofit Services at Donors Forum, where she planned and directed operations and services of the Library, had oversight of developing curriculum for technical assistance workshops and programs of interest to the nonprofit sector, and had oversight of the financial growth and revenue production for library services and activities. Her career has spanned the for-profit, government, and nonprofit sectors for more than 30 years. She has an in-depth understanding of the complexities in managing and governing nonprofit organizations. Claudette served as the Senior Director of Center Development for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, was a Regional Director for retired U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA), and was an account executive for a top-rated radio station in Louisiana.  Claudette earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She is a past Board member of Crossroads Fund and the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Chicago Chapter.

Juan Calixto
Juan Calixto, CFRE, is Vice President, External Relations for Chicago Community Loan Fund, a community development financial institution that provides financing and technical assistance to nonprofits and community development organizations with projects that have social impact.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at North Park University, teaching in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management.  Juan is co-owner and consultant for Ideation First LLC, a firm that provides nonprofit management and fundraising counsel to nonprofits and public agencies. Juan was the Director of Development for Mujeres Latinas en Acción and Spanish Coalition for Jobs.  He also was a Center Director for Chicago Youth Centers. He is co-founder of Latinos in Development and serves as immediate Past President of this professional association. Juan is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was awarded the Chapter's President's Award. He earned a MPA from Roosevelt University and completed his undergraduate work at Northern Illinois University.
Melissa Davis
Melissa Davis served as Director of National Governance at the YMCA of the USA. She continues to support the work of the YMCA on projects for Program Administration and the International Division, working with YMCAs in China, the Philippines, and Chile. Before joining the Y-USA as Associate Director for Volunteer Development, she was Vice President for Community Relations at The Community YMCA in Red Bank, New Jersey, and Executive Director of its foundation. Prior to that, Melissa was Director of Financial Development at Mountain Lake Public Broadcasting. Subsequently, as Director of Educational and Community Relations, she oversaw the station's becoming the first rural Learning Link (telecommunications for schools) site, testified before the New York State Senate on integrating technology into education, and secured Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding for, and oversaw, a national Teacher Training Institute. Melissa has authored, reviewed, and contributed to publications on nonprofit governance and volunteer practices; most recently, she revised and compiled Structures and Practices of Nonprofit Boards for BoardSource. Melissa earned a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Georgetown University, a Master's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong.
Debra A. Hass
Debra A. Hass’s consulting practice emphasizes proposal review, program development and management, board engagement, evaluation, research, and writing. Deb brings more than 25 years of professional and volunteer experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her clients. She served as a Senior Policy Associate at the Women Employed Institute and has extensive experience in the areas of education and employment. She has also worked as a Program Officer at The Harris Foundation, as an adult education instructor, as coordinator of a homeless literacy program, and as a college fundraising and alumni affairs officer. Deb earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish from Beloit College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She is currently President of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, housed at the University of Chicago Law School; and an adjunct instructor at the University of Chicago’s School of Service Administration, teaching Evaluation of Social Welfare Policies and Programs. Deb has served on the Board and as Co-chair of Chicago Women in Philanthropy and was a Co-chair of the Poverty Task Force of Donors Forum. 
Jackie Kaplan-Perkins
Jackie Kaplan-Perkins has been a leader in Chicago’s philanthropic and political communities for over two decades. She has served as senior staff at the Chicago Foundation for Women, the National Center on Poverty Law, AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, and for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Jackie has worked as a consultant with dozens of grassroots groups in Chicago and nationally as well as an instructor at Donors Forum, The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, The School for Continuing Studies at Northwestern University, and the Graham School at the University of Chicago. Jackie was a Fellow in both the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership program and Leadership Greater Chicago. She also Co-chaired the Gay and Lesbian Outreach Committee for Obama for Senate in 2004. Jackie earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has been named one of the "100 Women to Watch" by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine, "A Face of the Future" by The Windy City Times, and has received the Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women’s Funding Network.
Andrea Mills
Andrea Mills, MBA, CPA, CAS, is Director of FMA. She provides one-on-one consulting support to nonprofit executive directors and fiscal staff in financial management areas including budgeting and cash-flow analysis. She is also responsible for supervising FMA's outsourced accounting engagements and fiscal services to start-up organizations. With more than 15 years of public accounting experience working with nonprofit organizations and start-up venture capital companies, Andrea was associated with a regional accounting firm for several years, and then was a supervisor in the Philadelphia office of Grant Thornton LLP. In her volunteer work for the New York Chapter of Soroptimist International, the world's largest professional women's service organization, Andrea is a governmental organization representative, attending United Nations briefings on economic development policies and human issues and policies, and reporting back to organization members. She also serves on the Board of Unifem/USA, NY Metro Chapter. Andrea earned a Certification of Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) from The Institute of Internal Auditors. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and The Institute of Internal Auditors. Andrea earned an MBA from Drexel University and a BBA from Temple University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Marianne Philbin
Marianne Philbin is a consultant who works with nonprofit organizations and foundations, specializing in new project start-up and organizational development. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and an extensive background in fundraising, grantmaking, and communications. With co-author Marcia Festen, she wrote How Effective Nonprofits Work, published by New Ventures in Philanthropy. She has also co-authored Level Best: How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results.
Jamie Phillippe
Jamie Phillippe, CFRE, is Vice President of Development and Donor Services at The Chicago Community Trust, where she oversees a $1 billion campaign for one of the nation’s largest and oldest community foundations. Prior to The Trust, she served as Vice President, External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at the Museum of Science and Industry, Senior Vice President and National Marketing Director at the Alford Group, Vice President of Sumner Rahr & Company, Vice President at Bellarmine University in Kentucky, and directed development operations at the Louisville Ballet. Jamie earned a Bachelor's degree from Butler University and a Master's degree from the University of Louisville. She was President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Chicago Chapter, served on the Board, and received the AFP Benjamin Franklin award for long-standing service and leadership to the nonprofit community. Jamie has served on numerous nonprofit boards, and currently serves on the Boards of Butler University’s Board of Trustees and North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management. She has headed the Institute of Nonprofit Management at DePaul University, was Dean of the Managing Institutional Advancement Program at the University of Chicago, and has taught at the University of Notre Dame.
Susannah Quern Pratt
Susie Quern Pratt, Principal and Co-founder of Pratt Richards Group (, leads consultation and training services focused on strategic planning and evaluation. Her consulting work has focused on a variety of issue areas, including civic engagement, theological education, youth development, and human services. These engagements have taken the form of coaching and capacity building, as well as external evaluation. Susie’s formal evaluation career began as the Coordinator of Evaluation for the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment, Inc., where she designed an evaluation coaching program to build the capacity of grantee organizations. Prior to that, she was a program officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc., a research assistant for the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, and a program associate for The Alford Group, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm. Susie holds a BA from Colgate University with Honors in English Literature and an AM from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She is currently on the board of Family Matters and the Franklin Square Foundation.
Jenny Ellis Richards
Jenny Ellis Richards, Principal and Co-founder of Pratt Richards Group (, has provided evaluation and planning services to a wide range of nonprofits and foundations across the country. With nearly twenty years of experience in the sector, she has advised organizations on how to measure and communicate their impact, and develop robust evaluation systems that foster organizational learning and growth. Prior to founding PRG, Jenny led consulting engagements with TCC Group, Civic Consulting Alliance, and B2P Commerce. She began her career teaching in Ecuador, running a college readiness program for urban youth in San Francisco, and leading an international development effort at Harvard University. Jenny holds a BA in Spanish from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She sits on the board of James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, Camp Manito-Wish YMCA, and the Crysdahl Foundation.