Whitney Thomey

Project Manager

As NRMC’s newest Project Manager, Whitney is eager to provide her expertise in writing and content development to support the risk management aspirations of NRMC’s consulting clients and Affiliate Members. Whitney looks forward to learning about the myriad risk challenges facing the mission-driven nonprofits that we support and working with her colleagues at NRMC to develop practical, innovative strategies and solutions.

Whitney earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her perpetual fascination with culture and enculturation has proved to be an invaluable resource in her career. Whitney’s diverse professional experience has included project management duties in local government, legal services, web & content development, human resources, and bicycle mechanics and tour operations.

Whitney is an avid cyclist, always finding pure joy in a risky descent down the other side of an epic climb. She enjoys biking the back roads of Virginia but truly fell in love with cycling on a trip to the Italian countryside. She firmly believes that there’s no better way to experience a country than on two wheels.

Balancing risk and caution, Whitney is also a skilled sewist and garment maker. She knows just how thin the line can be between success and disaster when wielding tailor’s shears against high-priced fabric, operating needles and blades at high speeds, and pressing irons at hot temperatures. The old adage “measure twice, cut once” is all too familiar.

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Katharine Nesslage

Project Manager

Katharine brings first-hand nonprofit sector and association experience to her work as Project Manager, plus many years of service in the trenches of nonprofit event planning. As an integral member of the NRMC team, Katharine’s responsibilities include supporting client engagements and developing practical educational resources for Affiliate Members, including articles, infographics, webinars and online courses. 

Katharine has worked for medical, legal, recreation, and oil & gas industry nonprofit associations helping to support their missions. She understands and appreciates risk-taking and risk management throughout the cycle of meeting planning and implementation. Katharine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech and recently earned the Certified in Exhibition Management designation.   

When not working on member and client projects at NRMC, Katharine enjoys taking risks and learning new things in her personal life. She has traveled to Italy to see the ruins of Pompeii, learned to ride a motorcycle, and recently logged 8,500 miles on a coast-to-coast motorcycle trip which included stops in 25 states, Vancouver, British Columbia and 10 national parks. 


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Melanie Lockwood Herman

Executive Director

In a world that is fraught with danger, it is comforting to know that Melanie Lockwood Herman is holding on tight to the handlebars of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. NRMC provides training, technical assistance, and informational resources to help nonprofits take a practical approach to manage risk so that they can fulfill their missions and stay out of trouble.

A prolific author of a more than a dozen comprehensive (and comprehensible!) guides on various risk management topics, Melanie has delivered countless workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations for organizations simply unwilling to leave success to chance. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Affairs from American University (Washington, DC) and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University (Arlington, VA). She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

In August 2019, Melanie was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, whose editor has described her as “…the most in-demand expert in the nonprofit risk field…” and “the architect of the risk plans of some of the nation’s largest nonprofits.” The 2019 list honors leaders who “have distinguished themselves as initiators and leaders.” This is Melanie’s 11th appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008 and 2011-2018.

In addition to her professional career, Melanie is an active volunteer in both professional organizations and community-serving nonprofits. She currently serves on the boards of three national organizations: the American Foundation for the Blind, the National Human Services Assembly, and Camp Fire. Melanie is the former chair of the Legal Section Council of ASAE/The Center for Association Leadership, and during 2010-2013 she served on the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

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Kay Nakamura

Director of Client Solutions

As Director of Client Solutions, Kay is our go-to staff member for the array of products and services offered at NRMC. Finding solutions makes her day. With a career in customer support, Kay can help your nonprofit find fit-to-suit tools and resources that will help you recognize, evaluate and manage the risks your nonprofit faces. Kay also serves as a Project Manager supporting consulting engagements for complex NRMC client organizations.

Kay earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a Finance Concentration, from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana) and a Master’s of Business Administration, with a Marketing Concentration, from the University of New Mexico. She has directed consumer projects across several industries and understands operational as well as program risks. Volunteering has been a big part of Kay’s life as well. She has chaired nonprofit fund raisers, fêtes, and galas, and has been an enthusiastic volunteer at nonprofits in the U.S. and overseas.

A fan of both fine cuisine and travel, Kay maps her next journey based on local specialties. One of her favorite delights is sampling spicy foods, particularly from Asia and the Southwestern United States. She has bravely tried many unusual dishes over the years, and always has a glass of milk nearby! She recognizes that the reward of tasty, spicy food comes with a bit of risk. Her personal mantra is, “Make sure you have a backup plan!”

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NRMC Associates

Glenn Mott

Senior Consultant

Glenn Mott is a recent addition to the lineup of NRMC Associates in the role of Senior Consultant. When he’s not writing about risk and reward in the trenches of the nonprofit sector he’s Partner at New Narrative North America, a media and communications firm with offices in New York and Hong Kong.

Glenn is a graduate of the Hearst Management Institute, conducted by the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Medill School of Journalism. Glenn was a Fulbright Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a Katheryn Davis Fellow for Peace at Middlebury College.

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Board of Directors


Paul Doman

Nationwide Itasca, IL


Mary Ann Riesenberg

Consultance Accounting Services Alexandria, VA


Cynthia Koral

501(c) Agencies Trust San Jose, CA

John M. Connelly, III

ConnellyOutdoors Consulting Melbourne Beach, FL

Kitty Holt

Plan International USA Warwick, RI

David Kyllo

Kyllo Consulting Plymouth, MN

Donna McPartland

McPartland Privacy Advising LLC

Lisa Prinz

Global Indemnity Group Bala Cynwyd, PA

David Szerlip

Szerlip & Co. Millburn, NJ

Tara Thomas

Teach For America Chicago, IL

Michael Schraer

Chubb Whitehouse Station, NJ

Patricia Vaughan

Population Council New York, New York

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