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"BSI helped incubate our organization, build our capacity, and move us to independence. Throughout, they demonstrated a belief in our ability to succeed, a knack for knowing when to initiate ideas with the board, and a willingness to “fill in the blanks” when we most needed it."

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Assessment Consultants

The MNC Assessment Awards provide the recipient organizations with access to one of six highly experienced and skilled Montana-based consultants selected and managed by BSI. A consultant will work with the board and staff of each of these organizations to conduct an assessment process to determine organizational capacities, needs and priorities for improvement. The current Assessment Consultants are:

  Ned Cooney, Ascent Strategic Development (Big Fork):
Ned is the Program Director of the Montana Nonprofit Connections Program, and a periodic assessment consultant to MNC. He is the owner and founder of Ascent Strategic Development, which he founded in 2004 after serving as staff and board member in a variety of nonprofits and statewide coalitions. His work focuses on organizational planning, board and staff development, effective meetings, and funding strategies. He also serves as Program Director for the Flathead Nonprofit Development Partnership and serves on the Board of Directors of the Montana Nonprofit Association.

Rodney C. Kopp, StrategicVision Consulting (Great Falls):
Rod is an executive with success in generating revenue and profit growth within Fortune 500 and nonprofit organizations, startup and turnaround environments through exceptional leadership in Profit and Loss management, business development, strategic planning, resource development and marketing. He is the founder and principal of StrategicVision Consulting and works with both nonprofit and for profit organizations. Rod currently serves as CEO of the American Red Cross of Montana.

Pamela J. Mavrolas, Mavrolas and Associates (Helena):

Pam is a consultant and trainer with over 30 years of experience directing, managing and consulting with community-based nonprofits. She owns and operates the consulting firm of Mavrolas & Associates that works primarily with sustainable agriculture and food systems, environmental, and arts and cultural nonprofits. Specialty areas include: program and organizational evaluation; leadership training and development; strategic planning; program and campaign development; staff management and team building; coalition building; board training and development; and organizational problem solving. For over 10 years Pam has been a member of the Institute for Conservation Leadership’s Trainers and Consultants Network.

  Peggy Owens, Sage Solutions Nonprofit Consulting, LLC (Big Timber):
Peggy brings 30 years experience in nonprofit administration and fund development to her work as a consultant, facilitator, trainer and executive mentor. She has a proven record of accomplishment, primarily with her work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Alaska and Montana. Peggy is a partner and consultant with Sage Solutions Nonprofit Consulting, LLC, which specializes in organizational and fund development, building board and staff leadership, organizational assessment and strategic planning. Peggy is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Montana Chapter Board of Directors and is a certified fundraising executive.
  Barbara Rusmore, Rusmore and Associates (Bozeman)
Barbara Rusmore offers consulting in leadership and organizational effectiveness, and provides facilitation, training, research and evaluation services for nonprofits and public agencies. Barbara works with leaders and organizations, networks and coalitions to help them more effectively accomplish their purpose and has assisted over 500 organizations. From 2000-2008 she worked for the Institute for Conservation Leadership, managing the Western office. She has also worked as a nonprofit staff and executive director, a lobbyist in Washington D.C., an organizer, mediator and adult educator regarding numerous agricultural and conservation issues, and served on nonprofit boards. She founded the Montana Land Reliance and served as executive for eight years. Most of her clients work on conservation and natural resource management, Native American community and youth development, or sustainable agriculture and food systems development.
  Josh Turner, Turner and Associates (Helena):
Josh is the owner of Turner and Associates, an enterprise-development consulting firm founded in 1993. The firm works with private business, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to clarify enterprise goals, conduct current assessments, and develop positioning strategies including various types of plans. It designs and implements public relations and communications plans and campaigns, and composes and conducts market surveys and opinion polls. Turner and Associates also monitors, assesses, and evaluates projects, programs, and enterprises; and researches, composes, edits, and produces a wide range of publications.