Breakout Presenters

Garrett Cooper is Associate Consultant and Researcher at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. Garrett holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Finance from the University of Maryland and spent five years building expertise in strategic management, corporate finance, financial analysis, and accounting concepts. Garrett is a Pittsburgh-Literacy AmeriCorps alum and a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers & Big Sisters. He is a Board member of the Union Project, Bricolage Theater and Yoga in Schools, and is pursuing a second master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Robert Morris University.

Stephen Eckert, Principal at Genius Marketing, is a versatile marketer with agency, corporate, nonprofit, and small business experience. He is author of the book, Marketing in a Downturn and developed The Marketing Coach process that teaches business owners how to develop their own in-house marketing processes. He owns GeniusMarketing.com, a resource site for businesses. Stephen has helped companies of all sizes become better marketing organizations, from Fortune 500 companies like WESCO and Alcoa to solo entrepreneurs. His focus is always the same: helping organizations build the processes they need to make their genius marketing ideas successful where it counts: on the bottom line.

Scott Fingal is a Principal at Behar-Fingal, where he brings over 20 years of experience in web design, advertising, graphic design and commercial printing to every project. A lifelong Pittsburgher and huge Steelers fan, Scott is a graduate of LaRoche College. He lives in the East End section of the city with his spouse, Anne, dogs and cats (yes plural!) When not working you’ll find him on the trails of Frick Park with his dogs, on his mountain bike or at the South Hills Judo Club. A black belt in judo, Scott is an instructor at the Club and President of the Board of SHOJI, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides high quality judo instruction to underprivileged, at-risk youth in the Pittsburgh area.

Jeffrey Forster is a Senior Consultant at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. For over a decade, Jeff has assisted a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh area, specializing in presentations and storytelling and the use of databases for process improvement. Jeff holds a masters degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelors degree from Yale University.

Michelle Hines is the Technology Director at UCP/CLASS (formerly known as UCP of Pittsburgh). A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work (MSW, 2001), she has worked at UCP/CLASS since 2000. Along with daily supervision of all technology projects and planning efforts, Michelle recently guided the installation of a new network infrastructure while  UCP/CLASS consolidated operations from five offices into two main and one ancillary offices. In April 2011, Michelle co-presented two sessions at the Nonprofit Technology Conference. Michelle is a former board member of Interplay Child Care Center and is involved with the Pittsburgh Chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, a member of the Pittsburgh Tech Council, and writes a blog dedicated to assist other accidental techies to transform into purposeful techies.

Jeffrey Inscho built his first website in 1996. He’s been working on the web ever since. Best known for his innovative work as Director of Media and Public Relations at the Mattress Factory museum, Jeffrey now directs Static Made, a boutique creative studio that helps artists and mission-driven nonprofits embrace technology in meaningful ways. He has been invited to lecture at Carnegie Mellon University, New York University and Indiana University, and has presented conference sessions for Americans for the Arts, American Association of Museums, the National Arts Marketing Project, and the Pennsylvania Museum and  Historical Commission.

Bruce Lane, CPA, is the Director of the Dynamics Consulting Practice of Vertical Solutions, Bruce’s primary responsibility is marketing and sales to clients and prospects. Bruce is also involved in project planning of system implementation projects. Bruce has implemented systems for businesses in various industries since 1994. Bruce received his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Pittsburgh Chapter and served in that Chapter’s executive committee from 2004 to 2006 and was the chairperson of the information technology committee from 2000 to 2006. He has been a frequent speaker on technology topics at conferences of the PICPA and JHI.

Steve McDonell is the Director of Information Systems at ACHIEVA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the current chair of the Technology and Communications Committee of the National Conference of Executives of The Arc and also serves on the Advisory Board of Pittsburgh Technical Institute’s Information Technology program. During his tenure at ACHIEVA, Steve has worked within ACHIEVA and with other nonprofits to implement practical and cost-effective technology solutions in response to issues faced by these organizations. ACHIEVA began utilizing cloud-based systems in 2003.

Catherine Olteanu is the Director of Development for The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Catherine’s professional career includes Ivy League management training as a Facilitator for Quality Management and extensive experience with developing corporate scripts with organizations like Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. She was educated at Temple University, The University of London, and a private art conservatory; she is currently an artist member of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and pursues advanced creative technology skills there. Catherine completed the USAF Leadership Training Academy and served as a training instructor in BMTS and OTS.

Dave Tinker, CFRE, is the Director of Development at ACHIEVA. Involved in fundraising since 1990, he is a past president of the western Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP WPA). He served on AFP International’s Social Media Committee which is developing social media policy standards for AFP, ASAE, NTEN and the Direct Marketing Association’s Nonprofit Federation as well as the boards of the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council, Brewhouse Artists and YNPNPgh. Dave holds an M.P.A. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. He received B.A.s in Chemistry and English from Muskingum College and is the sixth person to earn a Masters of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology from Muskingum University and is now a faculty member for this graduate program.

Bob Walker is the Director of Enterprise Services at synergIT. In this role, he applies broad expertise across a variety of client projects ranging from collaboration and virtualization technology assessments through Business Process Re-engineering and  general project management. Bob also manages a software development practice that provides unique solutions to our clients centered on customer applications integrated with MS SharePoint. Since joining synergIT, Bob has project managed many of the largest projects in the firm’s history including a local 911 Technology Refresh project that won global attention and a speaking
engagement at a global technology conference.

Todd Whiteman is the Vice President of Property/Casualty at Enscoe Long Insurance Group where he specializes in providing programs and consulting to the nonprofit sector. Todd is an active board member of Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western PA, Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council and is one of the founding members and current board president of Young  Nonprofit Professionals Network of Pittsburgh. His personal commitment to the sector also includes board/committee work at  The First Tee of Pittsburgh, Mental Health America Allegheny County, Variety The Children’s Charity, Emmaus and Junior  Achievement.

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