Master of Nonprofit Leadership Faculty

Corky McReynolds, Director, Master of Nonprofit Leadership
Director, Master of Nonprofit Leadership

As director of the Pacific University Master of Nonprofit Leadership program, Corky McReynolds is responsible for implementing a new online graduate degree. He is also principal, LeadTeam Consulting, which facilitates leaders and teams through effective processes to build capacity for nonprofits. Corky served as director/professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Service at Portland State University. Corky’s experiences as an administrator, professor, researcher, and consultant result in best practices for nonprofits and graduate programs. Corky is a Certified Professional Facilitator and certified MBTI provider.

Leslsey Bennett
Principal, Spot CFO

Lesley is an accounting and finance professional with over twenty years of experience in public and non-profit sectors. Prior to creating her CFO consulting business, Lesley was the Director of Operations and Finance at the Latino Network. There she served as a member of the organization’s Leadership Team. She brings a unique and dynamic perspective to her work, based on her diverse experiences throughout her career in organizations such as the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Education, and various non-profits throughout Oregon such as Willamette Partnership, Oregon League of Conservation Voters and Bicycle Transportation Alliance. She serves as The Rebuilding Center’s Treasurer. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Portland State University. Lesley enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with her family. She can also be found perusing used bookstores and perfecting her focaccia bread recipe.

Orletta Caldwell
Principal, Beyond Existing Enterprises

Dr. Caldwell is a passionate and qualified educator and nonprofit management specialist. Caldwell brings more than 30 years of administrative and leadership experience to the CEO of Beyond Existing Enterprises and co-founder of ShareNomy. Highlights of a stellar and diverse career include executive director, Camp Baber, worked with many other rural organizations and as an assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College. She has served in many professional and volunteer capacities, including Tech Soup, the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), Metro Detroit Council of Christian Churches, Urban Renewal Commission for the city of Colorado Springs, board member/secretary, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, and the Southfield Downtown Development Authority for Southfield, Mich. She earned her bachelor of public affairs from Wayne State University, master of science in management from Cardinal Stritch, and PhD in public policy & administration specializing in nonprofit management from Walden University.

Director of Nonprofit Leadership & Learning, NAO

Jenn is a nonprofit professional with 17 years of experience in the sector. Jenn possesses a diverse set of skills in nonprofit management, with expertise in fund development, marketing, program design, and evaluation. Prior to NAO, Jenn served as the Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship, an organization that provided training and resources to nonprofits across the region before it joined forces with NAO in 2020. Jenn has also worked as an independent consultant providing nonprofit capacity-building and grant writing services to a variety of clients in the Willamette Valley and across the country. Jenn is a graduate of the University of Oregon and holds a B.A. in English Literature.

Ricardo Contreras
Executive Director, Casa Latinos Unidos

Dr. Contreras is the executive director of Casa Latinos Unidos, a community-based nonprofit organization working in Benton and Linn Counties, Ore. He has a BA degree in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Chile and master’s and doctoral degrees in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida. In addition to his work in the nonprofit sector, he holds adjunct teaching appointments at Oregon State University (OSU) College of Public Health & Human Services and the School of Language, Culture and Society, where he teaches courses in grant writing and program evaluation, and at the Pacific University Master of Nonprofit Leadership program. Dr. Contreras is a principal investigator in community and applied research projects funded by organizations such as the Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Humanities, Benton Community Foundation, and Oregon Health Authority. Additionally, he participates in local, regional, and state collaboratives working towards equity and inclusion, including the Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance and the “Transforming Academia for Equity” project at OSU, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Paul Dann
Executive Director of NFI North

Paul L Dann, PhD is the Executive Director of NFI North a non-profit multiservice mental health and human services agency meeting the needs of children, youth, families, and adults throughout New Hampshire and Maine. He has previously served as the Director of Children and Family Services for North American Family Institute and in various supervisory positions with Northeastern Family Institute in Danvers, Massachusetts. Paul is and has served as a Board member of multiple non-profit organizations. He is a part time faculty at New England College in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and a core faculty in the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He is a former Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation and trains nationally on effective leadership development, non-profit management, change management and organizational culture. In addition, Paul is a published author with a focus centering on leadership and management in the non-profit sector. He has a Ph.D. and Masters in Human and Organizational Systems, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Service. Paul is a dynamic public speaker and in his free time he’s the frontman for a regionally recognized blues band.

Jennifer Groth
Director of Policy & Partnerships, Rural Development Initiatives

Jennifer has worked with rural nonprofits and local governments across the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years; her focus is supporting rural organizations by building fund development skills, improving access to resources, and connecting nonprofit leaders to state and local government to advance their mission and programs. She directs programs related to organizational readiness for fund development, skill-building for public policy advocacy, and a Community Conversations webinar series focused on emerging themes in rural communities. She graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in Political Science and Economics, and earned an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Heidi Khokhar
Executive Director, Rural Development Initiatives

For more than 23 years, Heidi has worked alongside rural leaders to support their priorities. She has been responsible for the development and implementation of RDI’s nationally-known Rural Community Leadership Program, including a 600-person rural volunteer training corps. She launched the WealthWorks Northwest initiative to introduce a comprehensive approach to economy building to the Pacific Northwest, and most recently led a nationwide project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to understand trends in rural leadership development called RuraLead.

Heidi has a degree in Planning, Public Policy & Management from the University of Oregon, and is a certified MBTI provider.

Katie McCleary
Founder, 916 Ink

Katie McCleary is a public speaker, expert facilitator, and coauthor of Bridge the Gap: Breakthrough Communication Tools to Transform Work Relationships from Challenging to Collaborative (McGraw-Hill, 2022). Her work with corporations, schools, nonprofits, and communities has been featured by Inc., Forbes, PBS, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Shondaland, New York Post, Mashable, and more. She is the host of NPR CapRadio’s leadership podcast, “The Drive.” She the founder of 916 Ink, a nonprofit that transforms vulnerable youth into confident authors. Katie has extensive experience working with environmental nonprofits throughout the state of California in both rural and urban communities. In addition, Katie has worked with rural school districts and nonprofits, helping them build their capacity to serve their unique communities and youth. Katie serves on the board of Visions in Education and nonprofit boards in her beloved city of Sacramento, California.

Kimberly Mukobi
Adjunct Instructor, Pacific University and Portland State University

Kimberly Mukobi is an experienced adjunct professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is a nonprofit organization co-founder, director, consultant, and volunteer and has served on several boards of directors and is skilled in grant writing, fundraising, and nonprofit development. Kimberly is also skilled in course design, online course delivery, and student development. She currently teaches Resource Development Strategies in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program at Pacific University and several grant writing senior capstones at Portland State University. She has a master of science focused in cognitive research and experimental psychology from Central Washington University and focuses her efforts in the animal welfare and wildlife conservation sectors. She works with international conservation nonprofits and serves on the board of the Kasese Wildlife Conservation Awareness Organization, located in Uganda. Locally, her grant writing classes partner with both urban and rural nonprofit animal shelters. In the late ‘90s, she volunteered for the Jane Goodall Institute on the Isinga Island Project, one of the very first island sanctuaries to help young chimpanzee survivors of the international poaching trade.

Steve Patty
Principal, Dialogues in Action

Steve spent more than 13 years as a professor and administrator in higher education at Multnomah University and the International University of Monaco before stepping out of formal education to work with organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors. For the past 15 years, he has been developing the capacity of agencies that work with people to design strategy, develop people, and evaluate impact. He has taught thousands of leaders throughout North America and internationally how to design and implement a kind of evaluation that gets below the surface and into the heart of human change and transformation. Over the past few years, teams from more than 500 agencies throughout North America have participated in Project Impact, a year-long program to build the capacity of agencies and institutions to run self-studies on their impact. Steve has led capacity-building projects in evaluation with communities in rural Oregon. He has also facilitated strategic planning and evaluation with environmental organizations like The Climate Trust, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Willamette River Initiative, and various land trusts throughout Oregon. He has also been facilitating leadership development cohorts for public and nonprofit leaders in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He is an author and conference speaker. He lives in Portland, Ore.

Stella Premo
Executive Director, Capital Region Family Business Center

Stella Premo serves as the executive director of the Capital Region Family Business Center and has built her professional career as a nonprofit executive. She previously served as the executive director, director of education programs for NextEd, advancing programs and policies that prepared students for success in careers critical to the Sacramento regional economy. Stella has led organizations through crisis management, strategic organizational shifts, and small startup non-profits from the ground up. She has decades of experience leading both volunteers and paid staff. She earned her MBA from Sacramento State and is a graduate of St. Mary's College, earning her bachelor's degree in business management. 

Saul Weisberg
Executive Director Emeritus, North Cascades Institute

Saul recently retired after 35 years as executive director and co-founder of North Cascades Institute, a conservation education organization whose mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. He has extensive experience engaging with rural communities in environmental education, conservation and recreation in the Upper Skagit Valley in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

Saul worked as a wilderness ranger, field biologist, commercial fisherman, and fire lookout before starting the institute in 1986. He has been adjunct faculty at Huxley College of the Environment, and a contributing editor to the Journal of Natural History Education and Experience and the Journal of Environmental Education. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Education Association of Washington, Association of Nature Center Administrators, Natural History Network, Alliance for Wilderness Education and Stewardship, and the Dudley Foundation. Saul lives in Bellingham, Wash., where he writes poems, watches birds, bugs and wildflowers, and goes canoeing in the rain.