Staff

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.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

No related events


Past Speaking Engagements

No related events

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. 

 

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

No related events


Past Speaking Engagements

View All

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 consulting services, innovative web applications, and practical educational resources that help nonprofit management and leadership teams take the bold risks necessary to advance their missions.

A prolific author of more than a dozen comprehensive (and comprehensible!) books and resource 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 2021, 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.” This is Melanie’s 13th appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008 and 2011-2020.

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.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

View All

Past Speaking Engagements

View All

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!”

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

No related events


Past Speaking Engagements

View All

NRMC Associates

Placeholder

Ann Sheets

Senior Consultant

Ann Sheets has spent more than forty years in nonprofit management, in roles ranging from camp director to chief financial officer to president/CEO of Camp Fire First Texas. During her tenure, she gained experience dealing with both usual and unusual risk events that come with working in youth development, camp, and early education programs.

In addition to her professional work with Camp Fire, Ann was the national president of the American Camp Association (ACA) for three years, serving on the ACA National Board of Directors and on the board of the American Camping Foundation. She has been recognized by ACA with the Distinguished Service Award and was named as a distinguished alum by George Williams College.

A frequent presenter at conferences on fundraising, board development, and nonprofit management, Ann is the co-author of The Business of Camp and served as the editor for the 9th edition of Basic Camp Management, both published by Healthy Learning for ACA.

Ann earned an undergraduate degree in music education from Texas A&M – Commerce and a graduate degree in camping administration from George Williams College of Aurora University, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

No related events


Past Speaking Engagements

No related events

Placeholder

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.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

No related events


Past Speaking Engagements

No related events

Erin Gloeckner

Senior Consultant

Erin is NRMC’s former Director of Consulting Services who is now supporting our mission as an independent contractor. During her six-year stint as an NRMC staff member Erin led and supported a wide array of consulting projects for NRMC’s nonprofit, public entity, and insurance industry clients. Her experience includes conducting  Enterprise Risk Assessments to help executive, board, and staff teams identify, understand, and manage the risks they face. Erin also coached nonprofit executives and staff teams on internal risk assessment and risk reporting techniques. She delivered in-person and online training on trending risk topics, and develops risk education resources including infographics, whiteboard animation videos, articles, and webinars.

Erin is especially drawn to supporting nonprofits and NGOs focused on human/environmental health and human rights. During Erin’s tenure at NRMC, she earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) and an international development graduate certificate at Virginia Tech. Erin enjoyed teaching undergraduate public speaking classes at Virginia Tech, where she previously earned a B.A. in Communication.

Aside from pursuing her professional goals, Erin seeks out learning and risk-taking in her personal life—with her dog Hugo at her side. So far she has skydived, spray painted a mural in Paris, developed a camping addiction, spotted a mountain goat in the Swiss Alps, and even danced in Trinidad & Tobago’s 2013 Carnival. Erin aspires to continue taking bold risks that offer her a big ROI, all while helping great nonprofits achieve their missions.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

No related events


Past Speaking Engagements

View All

Board of Directors

President

Paul Doman

Nationwide Itasca, IL

Vice President

Patricia Vaughan

Population Council New York, New York

Treasurer

Mary Ann Riesenberg

Consultance Accounting Services Alexandria, VA

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

King of Prussia, PA

Tara Thomas

Teach For America Chicago, IL

Michael Schraer

Chubb Whitehouse Station, NJ

Corporate Partners

Platinum Sponsor

501(c) Services

Read the press release announcing 501(c) Services’ Platinum Sponsorship.

In 1982, 501(c) Services established the first trust in the country – 501(c) Agencies Trust – to offer a safe way for nonprofits to legally stop paying the state unemployment insurance tax while still covering unemployment charges for former employees. After 40 years, our experience working exclusively with nonprofit organizations has expanded to include over 3,000 organizations in 34 countries. 501(c) Services helps many of these organizations self-insure their unemployment; manage claims; and provide HR assistance. Our success is due to our hands-on, full-service approach, coordinated by a fully staffed in-house team. We also offer a wide range of programs for mission-driven organizations including 501(c) HR Services, 501(c) Agencies’ Labor and Industries Trust for Washington nonprofits, Boy Scouts of America Unemployment Plan, and 501(c) Unemployment Assist. We are a 100 percent employee-owned company.

CONTACT:

Cynthia Koral, Chief Marketing Officer
400 Race Street, Suite 200 | San Jose, CA 95126
800.631.2967 | ckoral@501c.com


Platinum Sponsor

Great American Insurance Group

Read the press release announcing Great American Insurance Group’s Platinum Sponsorship.

In 1980, Great American Insurance established a special division to serve
 for Non-Profit Organizations. Today that division, Specialty Human Services, consists of dedicated Claims, Loss Prevention, and Underwriting Specialists working hand-in-hand with independent insurance agents serving close to 16,000 organizations across the country. Our products and services provide nonprofit organizations with the best possible solutions for their insurance and risk management needs. We protect those who improve our communities.

CONTACT:

Kevin N. Duke, Divisional Senior Vice President
513.333.2219 (office) | knduke@gaig.com


Corporate Sustainers