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’s non-profit experience began by being a member of the team that raised the funds to build a new hospital, almost 40 years ago. Thus began her love of fundraising. Since then she has raised hundreds of millions dollars for health and human service organizations, libraries, animal and environmental organizations as well as arts and cultural organizations. And she has taught Boards, CEO’s, Executive Directors and Development Directors how to raise funds most effectively.
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. She has led major initiatives for established non-profit organizations, including charitable organizations, community foundations and membership associations. Sharon is also a sought-after presenter at international conferences and has published 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.
Karen Milton brings over 25 years of executive management experience in re-energizing and re-organizing local, state and federal agencies in matters of governance, compliance and policy to the non-profit community. She is the consummate problem-solver with expertise in the areas of budget & finance, procurement, HR, IT & cyber-security, facilities management, emergency planning & continuity of operations, security, design & construction, public relations & media communications, civic education for students & adults, production planning & execution for events, programs, conferences and board meetings. A few of her accomplishments include
- mobilizing a desk-bound workforce of 80 employees to work remotely during a global pandemic while simultaneously virtualizing the IT network to move it into Cloud computing, redesigning the office website and hiring a new IT Director and professional IT staff;
- creating a new committee-based governance structure for multiple federal courts,
- developing and implementing a space management plan for the federal courts for construction, renovation and maintenance of over fifteen courthouses and leased offices located in three states that reduced space costs by almost $3 million annually;
- overseeing the renovation of the historic 38-story 1936 Cass Gilbert Courthouse in lower Manhattan, including multiple moves of judges and staff during the seven-year capital project;
- creating a three-state civic education program in the federal courts for students, teachers, lawyers and the public;
- creating a continuing legal education department for a major bar association with over 125 programs for new and experienced attorneys; and
- conducting civil and criminal white-collar investigations into allegations of financial fraud, government corruption, tax evasion and employment issues.
Karen has been involved with community-based non-profits throughout her entire life, beginning with the Girl Scouts, church choirs, alumni organizations and bar associations. She is a former President of the New York Women’s Bar Association, a former Director of the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation and a member of the New York City Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council and the New York State Bar Association where she co-chairs the Working Group on Law Practice Management & Technology of the NYSBA Task Force on the Pandemic and the Legal Profession.
She continues to donate her time and talent to her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania where she serves on the Board of PennPARC Council, dedicated to promoting the performing arts at Penn and to multiple volunteer choirs at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan and the Cathedral Choirs of the Cathedral of St. Agnes in Rockville Centre, New York. One of her great joys was singing the Mozart Requiem with over 250-singers, from Central Europe, including almost 60 members of the St. Agnes Cathedral Choirs in the 2018 “Sing-Fest” directed by Gerald Wirth, Director of the Vienna Boys Choir, at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna to raise funds for the continued maintenance and restoration of the Cathedral. Karen is looking forward with great anticipation to the next planned St. Agnes Choir trip to Paris, France in 2024 to sing Faure’s Requiem among other choral works.
Since April 2021, Karen has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Civic Education, a national not-for-profit organization, dedicated to educating citizens of all ages about the operations of their American government. In October 2021, she was elected Treasurer and most recently was appointed Chair of the Finance Committee.
Karen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where she served as an Editor on the Law Review. She is a 2019 graduate of the Interim Executive Director Training Program of The Support Center in Manhattan.
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.
Matthew Krumholtz is an innovation strategist, change agent, and social impact advocate. As a consultant, Matthew works with mission-driven organizations to achieve their goals through multi-disciplinary problem solving, strategic planning, and revenue-generating partnerships. He is a recognized leader in translating novel solutions across complex systems and matrixed organizations to inspire change.
Matthew brings experience in developing innovation strategies and building high-impact coalitions that advance transformational change. He has worked with for-profit and nonprofit organizations in sectors from higher education to financial services to digital media. He recently developed and co-led the Impact division at HuffPost, a capacity-building arm that secured philanthropic funding to develop innovative partnerships and place-based initiatives. One of these initiatives was a multi-year grant-funded collaboration around economic justice, with a central focus on housing affordability and community equity.
He holds a PhD from Princeton University, where his doctoral work focused on narrative change strategies that ignited and sustained social movements.
Jenora Ledbetter and Sharon have been working together on several initiatives where they can assess, educate and embed the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into an organization’s culture. Jenora is the President of the Self-Care Network LLC, which she founded. Together, Jenora and Sharon bring different backgrounds and different perspectives to advise boards how to bring community and lived experience into their mission, their purpose and their strategy. They have created safe spaces for conversations and help boards understand the larger commitment and accountability they have to an entire community. It is a collaboration that they treasure and that brings immense value to their clients.
Juanita D. Manning is a highly proficient professional who possesses a wide range of talents and the uncanny ability to rapidly adapt to new environments. For over 20 years she has provided skillful support for high level executives in both the corporate and private industries. Her expertise in client and program management has resulted in the successful completion of assigned projects resulting in overall customer satisfaction. Juanita is also extremely adept in managing change and transitioning to new modalities. Early in the pandemic she swiftly pivoted Danosky & Associates to a virtual and remote platform, providing seamless support for our clients. Though she works behind the scenes, especially in this environment, the support she provides clients and those seeking help is always front and center. Juanita has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management.
And not only did she transition Danosky & Associates at the onset of COVID-19, she also used these skills to rally and support her family and friends with weekly zoom gatherings and even organized a Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner.
JD Lent is a young professional who is enthusiastic to continue to gain experience in the non-profit sector. While attending college at SUNY Oneonta JD was introduced to the non-profit sector at the National Association Council for Developmental Disabilities in Washington D.C. his senior year which advocates for favorable federal policy outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Since his graduation in 2021, he wanted to continue working with non-profits and is very excited to work for Danosky & Associates. In his personal time, JD enjoys playing music, fitness, and playing softball.
Jaclyn Gartner joined the Danosky & Associates team in the fall of 2020. She currently works as an independent contractor where she assumes the role as our Newsletter Designer and Website Editor. In addition to supporting our team, Jaclyn has a passion for nonprofit work herself, as she’s the founder of Happily Furever After Rescue, a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization in Connecticut. In addition, she helps oversee other nonprofit corporations with social media management, events, fundraising, operations, and newsletter creation. If you are interested in hiring Jaclyn for a project, please email email@example.com.
As soon as she bounded into our offices, Atka made herself at home. And we don’t use the term “bounded” lightly. She has the grace and agility of a full grown deer, happily leaping over the five foot fence surrounding the Danosky property that was foolishly erected to keep her in. (Thank goodness for the invisible fence) Finding great joy in running, chasing squirrels up trees and tossing balls into the air, she brings a sense of fun and brevity to the Danosky team.
Atka came to us in July 2018 from a shelter in South Carolina where she only had one day left to live. She quickly made friends with the Danosky family and adopted to the role of the Director of Goodwill (DOG) immediately. With a little research, we discovered that she has an amazingly “global” DNA, which accounts for her easygoing and accepting disposition – and strong work ethic!
American Staffordshire Terrier – 25%
Siberian Husky – 25%
German Shepherd – 12.5%
Australian Shepherd – 12.5%
White Swiss Shepherd – 12.5%
Chow Chow – 12.5%
Atka takes her work very seriously. She is responsible for generating goodwill, initiating play, keeping morale high, and holding the pack together. While she has a high level of energy (fitting right in with the rest of the team), she also has her contemplative side, which she displays at all of our team meetings. While loving all of our clients, she has let it be known that our work with animal shelters is among her favorites.