The Center for Nonprofit Advancement employs the talents and expertise of professionals who specialize in serving nonprofits. They are committed to helping you strengthen your efforts and expand your impact to more effectively enhance the lives of those you serve.
Glen O’Gilvie, CAE, Chief Executive Officer
Glen O’Gilvie has served as chief executive officer of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement since 2008, providing education, networking, advocacy and back office services to nearly 1,000 organizations.…
Glen O’Gilvie, CAE
Glen O’Gilvie has served as chief executive officer of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement since 2008, providing education, networking, advocacy and back office services to nearly 1,000 organizations. A leader with more than 20 years of management experience in the National Capital region’s nonprofit sector, Glen is passionate about addressing the issues affecting people and communities.
Before joining the Center, Glen served as President and CEO of Earth Conservation Corps, Program Officer at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and National Coordinator at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. During his tenure at each organization, he strengthened programmatic and administrative infrastructure and forged partnerships with nonprofits, government, foundations and corporations to advance each mission and increase outcomes.
Glen holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s of education and has completed various nonprofit management and leadership training and certification programs, including Harvard University Kennedy School’s Leadership in the 21st Century. In 2015, he accomplished the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. He also serves as a nonprofit management, fundraising, and leadership and management adjunct professor.
Glen resides with his wife and two children, Delaney and AJ, and is active in youth sports and education enrichment.
Taylor Strange, Chief Operating Officer
Taylor joined the Center team in 2010 as a Program Assistant, quickly advancing to Manager of Special Programs, and later to Director of Programs and…
Taylor joined the Center team in 2010 as a Program Assistant, quickly advancing to Manager of Special Programs, and later to Director of Programs and Operations. Among her many accomplishments was the creation and launch of the first annual Board Leadership Award, now one of the Center’s most popular competitions among nonprofits. The award program uncovers and documents innovative practices for all nonprofits to adapt and replicate each year. She also led the very first national conference of direct service nonprofit leaders and staff with more than 300 attendees from around the country.
In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Taylor oversees the Center’s award programs, training and events, provides strategic direction for marketing and communications, and administers internal operations. She also has an integral role in advancing the Center’s mission, goals, fiscal stability, internal structure and strategic planning. Working directly with a wide range of nonprofits, Taylor continues to observe best practices and challenges, enabling her to counsel organizations on proven standards and determine how the Center can help through training and resources.
A graduate of Old Dominion University, Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in Event and Project Management with a minor in Marketing and Communications. She believes strongly in the powerful impact and value the nonprofit sector brings to the community and enjoys applying her talents to support the goals and altruistic missions of the Center’s members.
Carla Trussell, Project Manager
Carla took on the role of social media maestro for the Center in early 2018 and is a truly invaluable member of our team. A…
Carla took on the role of social media maestro for the Center in early 2018 and is a truly invaluable member of our team. A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Carla recognized a need for skilled social media consultants and became an expert. She is creative, detail-focused and results-driven with the proven ability to support client needs while ensuring successful execution.
Carla’s diverse and impressive background includes serving as a scientist and subject matter expert (SME) in chemical and biological warfare detection and defense programs, with over 13 years of experience supporting Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs. Her experience includes providing program/project management, test and evaluation, analytical support and strategic planning to military agencies and small to medium size private companies.
Ericka Best, Executive Associate
Ericka joined the Center in 2014. As Executive Associate to the Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for providing support directly to the Center’s CEO.…
Ericka joined the Center in 2014. As Executive Associate to the Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for providing support directly to the Center’s CEO. A graduate of Trinity (Washington) University, Ericka holds a degree in Business Administration and has over eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including several years with Generation Hope. She has seen first hand the meaningful influence nonprofit organizations have on communities and is dedicated to being a part of their positive impact.
Patrick Rabiecki, Member Associate
Patrick joined the team in 2019 as the center’s Membership Associate. Originally from New Jersey, Patrick attended the Catholic University of America where he received…
Patrick joined the team in 2019 as the center’s Membership Associate. Originally from New Jersey, Patrick attended the Catholic University of America where he received a bachelor’s degree in media studies. His years spent at a catholic high school and college have instilled in him a passion for helping others. He often volunteered at various events hosted by the YMCA in his home town. While new to the nonprofit world, he is eager to put his passion into practice.
Patrick’s primary role is to strengthen connections to our members—providing assistance, engaging them in Center benefits and opportunities, and ensuring Center support meets their needs.
Sean Sweeney, Director of Education and Special Programs
Sean joined the Center in August 2014 as an Education Associate and soon advanced to Education and Programs Manager. He has played an integral role…
Sean joined the Center in August 2014 as an Education Associate and soon advanced to Education and Programs Manager. He has played an integral role in the success of the Center’s Training Hub, coordinating, implementing and expanding the multiple options available to member and nonmember nonprofits.
Promoted to Director of Education and Special Programs in 2019, Sean now manages the Center’s AIM, EXCEL and Board Leadership Award competitions, in addition to developing goals for and managing the Center’s Training Hub. He also works with the COO on special programs, providing best practices and capacity building to nonprofits.
Sean graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish, and studied abroad in Seville, Spain during his time in college.
Elisha Hardy, VitalHealth Manager
Elisha joined the Center team in July 2012. As a customer service associate, she provides customer service to Center members, interacting with them daily to…
Elisha joined the Center team in July 2012. As a customer service associate, she provides customer service to Center members, interacting with them daily to deliver professional and efficient service. Elisha is also responsible for providing information, support and guidance to members of the VitalHealth Program.
Elisha has a background in Human Resources, including recruitment, retention, conflict resolution and benefits administration. Inspired by the causes and support of nonprofits, she has worked for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inova Health Systems and Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Aziza Rush, VitalHealth Customer Operations Coordinator
Aziza became apart of the Center team in October 2012. As a Health Program Associate, she provides overall coordination of the administrative operations for the…
Aziza became apart of the Center team in October 2012. As a Health Program Associate, she provides overall coordination of the administrative operations for the Benefits Trust, and also provides customer care assistance to members in the VitalHealth program.
Aziza graduated from Trinity University and holds a bachelors degree in International Affairs, with a specialization in Business Economics. Aziza appreciates the work that nonprofits do to strengthen and enhance the lives of people in the community.
Employee and Executive Benefits Specialist, Mylestone Plans
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Amir Eyal, JD, CFP®
Amir leads Mylestone Plans as the group’s Managing Principal and CEO, while also serving as the Employee and Executive Benefits Specialist for the Center. Amir’s expertise includes benefits planning with a specialty in ERISA 401(k) and 403(b) plans. Amir also specializes in comprehensive financial planning for executives, with a focus on areas such as retirement income planning, tax efficiency, estate maximization and risk/investment management.
As a top, nationally recognized advisor at Lincoln Financial Advisors, Amir travels all over the country to educate other financial professionals on his innovative approach to retirement income planning. He has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and Huffington Post on various topics related to comprehensive financial planning. Amir has also consistently qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table, a premier association of financial professionals who demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service.
Amir earned a B. S. degree in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a Registered Representative and an Investment Advisor Representative with Series 7, 6, 65 and 63 registrations. He is also a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary™ and a licensed Life and Health Insurance agent.
Finance Accountant, VitalHealth
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Cameron joined the Center is 2017 as a financial accountant for the Center’s VitalHealth program. He recently earned a masters degree in accounting from the George Washington University School of Business. Prior to becoming an accountant, Cameron worked with incarcerated youth as a GED instructor.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Ellen started working with the Center in January 2018, consulting on the design, content and launch of an all-new website. Her role soon evolved into serving as the Director of Marketing and Communications, and today she continues to manage all external communications and outreach for the Center.
Leveraging 10 years of experience as the director of marketing, PR and development for a hospital, Ellen began consulting more than two decades ago. Serving in a variety of roles, including in-house contract director, consultant and freelance writer, Ellen has worked with more than 50 organizations in the healthcare, senior services, business and nonprofit sectors. Whether taking the lead in developing innovative strategies or simply creating content for a single project, she has guided her clients with the level of marketing expertise they need to successfully achieve short- and long-term goals.
CPA, Manager, BOB Finance
Javier’s experience in accounting, finance and business consulting services spans more than 20 years. Founding and managing partner of Goldin Group LLC, Javier has led his firm to national recognition by the AICPA (CPA national umbrella) as a one of the most visionary and innovative firms in the country. Goldin Group’s strength is in marrying innovative technology with CPA skills in order to streamline processes, achieve efficiencies and concentrate on the strategic missions of the nonprofit organizations they serve.
Javier earned an MBA degree in Finance and Investments from George Washington University and is CPA licensed in Maryland, DC and Virginia. He has also served as Director of Finance of the Organization of American States – a large international organization headquartered in DC.
Pat Durbin, Broker
Patrick is a veteran of the employee benefits market with over 25 years in the industry. He has worked for Metlife, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and Benefitmall. Pat was president of Maryland Insurance & Financial Advisors, recipient of the Greater Washington Health Underwriters Member of the Year, and a member of the NAIFA-MD Hall of Fame. He has served the nonprofit community for many years, including serving on the board of the former Potomac Prep in Washington, DC.
Pat graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice. His professional designations include Life Underwriter Training Fellow (LUTCF), Managed Healthcare Professional and Health Insurance Associate (HIA).
Capacity Building Specialist
Charles is the founder and lead consultant of BlackStar Consulting, which provides project management support, technical assistance and training, and individualized, leadership coaching to address organizational development challenges. Founded in 2011, BlackStar has worked with over 15 small to mid-size nonprofits in the DC metro area and many individual clients including executive directors, organizational founders, lawyers, board chairs and managers.
Charles is also the Regional Director for DC Operations for Progressive Life Center, where he launched two new programs to serve children and families in the District of Columbia. In a prior role, Charles served as a Senior Program Officer with the DC Children and Youth Investment Corporation (CYITC), where he led a team charged with developing and managing capacity building grants for innovative program offerings and managed the Boys of Color Initiative, which sought to develop promising practices for programmatic engagement of African American and Latino males.
Executive Director, The Parks Main Street
Prior to taking on this new role, Edwin was providing business development and fundraising consulting through his Washington Worldwide firm and serving as volunteer Church Administrative Officer with Walker Memorial Baptist Church. His career includes:
- Business leadership roles in entertainment, energy and education
- Nonprofit leadership roles in youth development, international relations and fundraising
- Government leadership roles in job creation and internal affairs
Edwin has served as Vice President of Business Development with America’s Charities, and has held leadership positions with Greater Washington Boys & Girls Clubs, Davis Memorial Goodwill (now Goodwill of Greater Washington), Youth for Understanding, District Cablevision and the District of Columbia Government.
Edwin holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore where he is a 2010 inductee to their Basketball Hall of Fame. He resides in Ward 4 quadrant of Washington, DC with his wife and daughters.
Capacity Building Specialist
Goldie’s experience spans more than 10 years in youth services and education, including roles such as teacher, curriculum developer, facilitator, program director and executive director in Wards 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8 of the District of Columbia. Goldie is the founder and Executive Director of the organization, F.R.E.S.H.H. Inc. (Females Representing Every Side of Hip-Hop). After successfully completing the Nonprofit Roundtable’s Future Executive Director Fellowship, she began providing consulting services to local foundations and other organizations, helping them more effectively increase their community engagement, advocacy efforts and cultural competency.
Executive Director, Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street
Paul W. Ruppert is an innovative entrepreneur who builds diverse teams that collaborate to create noteworthy projects. For the past 25 years, he has been involved with multiple successful ventures in the restaurant, retail and arts industries, including developing several businesses from the ground-up. Recent projects include Slim’s Diner, Cappy’s Crabs, Crane & Turtle, Upshur Street Books, Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, Hogo and Room 11.
Paul grew up and currently lives in Ward 4. He is a former nonprofit executive and founding Treasurer of the Shaw Main Streets board. Through opening small businesses, he has connected with city agencies since the early 1990’s and is currently the Co-Chair of Council member Brandon Todd’s Ward 4 Business Advisory Committee. Recently, he was named a Distinguished Fellow at the Catholic University’s Busch School of Business, and advises students in the area of business development and entrepreneurial projects.
A dynamic leader, Paul uses his expertise to help others reach their potential.
You can reach Paul by email or phone: 202.657 3297
Capacity Building Specialist
Sheila Holt is an experienced policy analyst and program developer, manager and evaluator. After working in the District of Columbia, Office of the Mayor and as vice president of a nonprofit, she began consulting. She works with government agencies, community organizations, nonprofits and business entities on program assessment and capacity building.
Sheila provides training that assists her clients in establishing effective networks and lines of communication that will allow them to build meaningful collaborations and create sustainable engagement. She recently assisted a CORE service agency, which provides services to individuals with mental and behavioral health disabilities, in reorganizing its struggling programs and becoming both programmatically and financially successful.
Sheila understands the importance of arming her clients with the resources needed to compete in a complex environment and competitive marketplace.
You can reach Sheila by email or phone: 202-302-7323