Sharon Danosky is a strategist and thought leader who partners with nonprofit organizations and their boards to build organizational capacity that works. With over 25 years as a member of the senior management team for hospitals and human organizations and 10 years’ consulting for organizations across the non-profit sector, Sharon knows how to drive change and achieve results. It’s not about adopting the latest trend – rather it’s focusing on the introspective work an organization needs to do while understanding and embracing external dynamics.As a consultant, facilitator and teacher, Sharon has led organizations to achieve unprecedented growth, re-infused boards with a new sense of purpose, focused discussions on strategy and impact, built sustainable fundraising programs that achieve double-digit increases, facilitated collaborations among organizations, brought organizations together while assimilating cultures and challenged non-profits to communicate in ways that resonate throughout their communities. Whether in the Board room, the Chief Executive’s Office or working with staff, Sharon brings a hands-on approach that gives her clients the tools that work and instills them with the confidence to succeed.
Sharon is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, and has conducted rousing seminars and workshops through her affiliations with national, regional and local associations and foundations. Sharon is also a sought-after presenter at international conferences and has published numerous articles on governance, boards, fundraising and strategy. She was part of a ten-member delegation that worked with non-governmental organizations in Russia. And while she doesn’t speak Russian, she does speak your language.
Danosky & Associates is a Woman Owned Small/Minority Business Enterprise
Christine Lent is a financial strategist and tactician who makes sense of numbers and can set the optimum financial course for an organization’s success. As a CPA and financial consultant at Danosky & Associates, she has over thirty years of accounting and finance experience, working with both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She is skilled in creating a chart of accounts and accounting procedures that allow her clients to clearly and easily report their financial condition. Whether she is working with small start-up organizations or large established corporations, her goal is to guide clients in building financial scenarios, preparing budgets and developing reports and dashboards that move organizational objectives forward. And – they are easy to read and understood by both Boards and management alike.At Danosky & Associates when clients need help in understanding their current financial position and their long term viability, Christine works as a trainer with both Board Treasurer and staff to develop reports, budgets and dashboards that give full visibility on the financial condition of the organization. She can help set up the financial reporting structure and accounting policies and procedures to enable timely reporting and good internal controls for even the smallest organizations. She loves when a client says “I understand where we have been and where we are going!”
Christine’s accounting career started with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) where she worked with numerous hospitals and health care organizations and gained non-profit experience and became a CPA. Later she worked as VP of Finance and Administration of PhoCusWright, Inc. from start up to the eventual sale of the company in 2011. She oversaw the growth of the company over a 16 year span and then was involved with the due diligence process during the sale.
Christine has served on many non-profit boards as a volunteer over the past 20 years including TBICO, Holy Trinity Finance Council, Sherman Higher Education Fund and Treasurer of the Sherman Library.
David brings to Danosky & Associates a diverse mix of marketing, communications, and research experience from both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. At a fortune 500 company, he directed the services of a corporate research center, providing qualitative research to more than a thousand employees across three locations in New York and Virginia.
As Press Liaison and Editorial Manager at the financial services consultancy, Greenwich Associates, David worked closely with editors and reporters at The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Barron’s and many others. David entered into the nonprofit sector with United Way of Western Connecticut where, as Director of Brand Management, he ensured that the results of the organization’s work across western Connecticut was promoted through traditional and new media. In addition to his work at UWWC, David has played key roles on local social service committees including Danbury Housing Partnership and Project Homeless Connect. David founded Spectrum Media in 2011 and has worked with a variety of nonprofits and small businesses to develop custom marketing and content strategies with a focus on video outreach. His nonprofit clients have included Regional YMCA, Association of Religious Communities, The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities (TBICO), Western CT Association for Human Rights, Interlude, The Avielle Foundation, Newtown Scholarship Association, and others.
Larry Smotroff is an effective craftsman who strives to find the right fix for today’s organizational challenges. In our rapidly changing nonprofit environment he brings a passion for building talent and capacity. With over 40 years of professional experience, he brings a blend of talents to Danosky’s nonprofit clients.Larry applies his research and assessment skills to gather data and valuable insights that inform discussions and decisions. His experience in inspiring, developing and utilizing talent has launched successful teams of professionals as well as volunteer groups and community advisory councils. His knowledge of organizational learning and development help nonprofits maneuver through the maze of ever-evolving change. In addition, Larry lends his management and leadership experience to senior staff as a mentor and executive coach.
His early scouting experiences sparked a passion for service which later launched a career that landed in higher education. He enjoyed teaching group dynamics and communications while leading a growing community and workforce development enterprise at the same time. Known for his enthusiasm, task orientation, and ability to harness the energy of talented people, he created productive teams that supported initiatives large and small across Connecticut and nationally. Larry Smotroff has held progressive senior leadership roles in higher education, has served on boards, councils, taskforces, committees, accreditation teams, and consulted with colleges, universities, government agencies, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. He has been with Danosky and Associates for four years.
Larry holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, an MA in Communications Research and a PH.D. in Adult and Experiential Learning from the University of Connecticut. He makes time to read when there is a lull in the family and home responsibilities; he also enjoys his favorite creative ventures of singing, woodcarving, gardening, outdoor sports like kayaking, hiking, and skiing, as well as catching up with family, friends, and colleagues. Unfortunately, there is just never enough time in the day for him!
Carol D’Agostino is a valued and trusted business partner with a unique ability to customize her approach to different personalities to effectively adapt and communicate at all levels. As an experienced Office and Client Relations Manager with over 20 years of professional experience, Carol’s knowledge of organizational learning and development has launched successful teams of professionals. By utilizing her research and assessment skills to gather data and valuable insights, Carol is able to have informed discussions with organizations that lead to solid results. As a mentor and coach, Carol brings her management and leadership experience to both senior and administrative staff.
As a self-directed professional with a financial and legal background, Carol has managed a variety of teams utilizing her versatile skills including management; training and development; report and document preparation; client relationship management; data management; workflow, scheduling and planning; project management; obtaining and allocating resources; developing policies and procedures; handling delicate HR situations; and implementing improved work processes for efficiency and cost effectiveness. Carol’s ability to simultaneously manage various staff, projects and schedules, empowers businesses to thrive.
Carol resides in Pawling, New York with her husband and son. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Berkley College in Applied Science/Paralegal Studies. A team player who always goes “above and beyond” to get the job done, Carol takes on any role that is necessary. On her own time, Carol enjoys hiking with her family and creating specialty fondant cakes for family and friends as well as donating cakes for local fundraising events.
As a professional, yet personable, solutionist Carol demonstrates what’s possible by example. “Leadership is not about the role or credit received,” she adds. “It’s about those you lead and together the goals achieved.”
Leslie Bello is D&A’s Operations Manager responsible for promoting client relations, managing and implementing projects, and ensuring a smooth operational workflow for all office and business activities. She has a stellar customer service record, supported by strong organizational, administrative and communication skills.
With over 30 years’ experience in the legal industry as an office manager, paralegal and legal administrator, Leslie acquired expertise in real estate, with additional experience in estates /trusts and corporate areas of the law. She has held licenses as a New York Real Estate Sales professional and a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser. Leslie credits her real estate sales experience for further honing her interpersonal skills.
Leslie also brings to Danosky & Associates a creative viewpoint, cultivated from her earlier years when she studied and worked in design, advertising and publishing.
Leslie’s educational background includes a BFA in Illustration from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA. and paralegal certification from the Paralegal Studies program at Mercy College in Westchester County, New York. She resides in the Southbury CT area, and enjoys gardening, decorating, antiquing, touring historical houses, volunteering and traveling.
Susan Rosati is a business professional with twenty years of accounting experience. Her expertise includes working in the public, private and non-profit sector. She is skilled in Quickbooks online with creating a set of books, consulting, and properly maintaining records according to GAAP requirements. She is adept at working with both small start-up organizations and large established companies. Her goal is to provide the information needed to help management make smart decisions in running their organization.At Danosky & Associates when clients need a helping hand with properly maintaining their bookkeeping requirements, Susan can step in and help. Susan can tailor Quickbooks to their business needs and develop a bookkeeping plan that works for all parties. This process includes properly recording revenue and expenses, weekly cash flow, timely reconciliations, budget planning, analyzing financial statements and year-end procedures. She is responsible for all financial reporting at Danosky & Associates. According to Susan, there is nothing more satisfying than watching a small start-up take off and grow over the years.
Susan’s accounting career started with manufacturing companies that produced steel, electrolytic oxygen generators used on naval submarines, and lithographic photomasks used in the process to make integrated circuits where she held both senior accountant and financial analyst positions. Later she shifted her focus to working with small businesses. She recently founded Fairwinds Accounting Services, LLC to assist clients with their bookkeeping and financial needs. She holds an MBA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Slippery Rock University while rounding out her accounting education at the University of Pittsburgh.
In Memoriam (2004 – 2017)
Molly was born in May 2004. She was always an inquisitive dog with a strong sense of determination. It was apparent the first time she ever went in the water …. She dove into the lake and just kept swimming. Finally, her sister Maddi jumped in and corralled her back to shore!
Molly came from a strong line of Golden Retrievers, born at Overlook Golden Retriever in Sherman, CT. She always had a sweet disposition and passed puppy kindergarten with flying colors.
At the office she was responsible for generating goodwill, initiating play, keeping morale high, and trying to keep the pack together. Her pack at Danosky & Associates will miss her, but the endless memories of goodwill that she imparted to everyone around her will remain.