Master of Nonprofit Leadership Faculty

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.

Sarah Clark
Senior Associate, Institute for Conservation Leadership

Sarah Clark is a skilled consultant with over 20 years’ experience supporting mission-driven non-profits. As a Senior Associate at the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL), Sarah works to strengthen leaders, organizations, coalitions, and networks so they can tackle pressing and complex environmental and conservation issues, and she currently serves on the board of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition. Sarah has a master of science in Organization Development from American University and a bachelor of arts in Sociology from Miami University (OH).

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.

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.

Director of Leadership and Community Engagement, Rural Development Initiatives

Christine is the Director of Leadership and Communty Engagement for Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), which strives to strengthen rural people, places, and economies in the Pacific Northwest. Christine has served in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, helping to build the capacity of on-the-ground leaders, organizations, communities, and networks so they can collaborate on complex rural issues. She lives in Moscow, Idaho with her family and serves on the Latah County Community Foundation board helping to support the rural nonprofits of the county.

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.

Stephanie wearing black glasses and a pink sweater.
Founder, Touchstone Leadership Group

Stephanie joined the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Faculty in January 2024 and is currently the founder of Touchstone Leadership Group, a consulting and project management firm. She also serves on various boards and councils. She has over 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector, and has served local, regional, and national organizations. Stephanie is passionate about philanthropy and the Black maternal health crisis, and has published essays and scholarly articles.

Corky McReynolds, Instructor for Master of Nonprofit Leadership
Principal, LeadTeam Consulting (Retired)

Corky is currently the Principal at 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.

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.