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Class Instructors

Our instructors offer a wide spectrum of knowledge and insights to class attendees.
Below is a list of current and past CVANE instructors

Abby Weber | The Curtis Group (Virginia Beach, VA)

The chance to bring about positive change and help others experience the fulfillment of giving are why Abby Weber is excited to come to work each day. With a strong belief that listening is the key to lasting client relationships, Abby excels in her role as a Curtis Group consultant.

Before joining The Curtis Group, Abby spent five years with Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, where she served as community engagement manager and then volunteer manager — helping expand the capacity of the organization’s operations, outreach and events. She continues to volunteer there today. She also worked previously at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank while serving with AmeriCorps VISTA. Abby is skilled at creating and cultivating partnership, and has proven herself an innovative problem solver and effective communicator.

Always looking to keep up with the latest trends and information, Abby has received training from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Giving Institute, Virginia Fund Raising Institute, and the TCC Academy of Nonprofit Excellence.

Abby graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University, earning a B.S. in business management with a minor in international business. She is on the board of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serving as sponsorship chair. She is an active member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Hampton Roads Chapter and Norfolk’s Downtown 100 and has volunteered with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, United Way of South Hampton Roads and Ronald McDonald House, as well as a variety of animal-related causes. Outside of work, Abby enjoys staying active, cheering on the Nittany Lions and spending time with her partner, Doug and dog, Herman.

Allan Burrows | Capital Development Services (Winston-Salem, NC)

Allan Burrows was named President of Capital Development Services in 2006, after 12 years with the company. Allan manages the company’s marketing, operations, campaigns and search divisions. In his 20+ years of fundraising experience, Allan has supervised capital and endowment campaigns throughout the Southeastern U.S. for various clients including cultural, environmental, educational, social, religious, health and human services, and economic development nonprofits. He has experience working with leadership, major gift solicitation, development and executive search in all kinds of nonprofits and has expertise in estate planning, board development, organizational strategic planning, and capital campaigns.

An alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Allan began his work in 1986 as a development officer at the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina. In 1990, Allan became Vice President for Development and Operations at the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute, prior to joining Capital Development Services in 1994.

Additionally Allan has served on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Forsyth County, Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem, served as past stewardship chairman and related activities of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, and volunteers with his children’s activities through scouting and sports. Currently, Allan is serving on the boards of Creative Corridors Coalition, JDRF, and the N.C. Center for Nonprofits.

A Warrenton, NC native, Allan and his wife, Laura have two children, and live in Winston-Salem.

Dr. James C. Anderson | Virginia Tech (Blacksburg)

Dr. James C. Anderson is the Director of Distance and Graduate Education for the Department of Agricultural Leadership and Community Education and the Program Director for the Online Masters of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

In addition to these administrative roles, he supervises undergraduate communication courses on communicating agriculture in writing and speaking as well as graduate courses in research methodology, collaborative leadership, and problem solving for change. Dr. Anderson travels around the country conducting training and consulting groups around the topic of social justice in formal and non-formal educational settings. Special attention is given to the creation, facilitation, and evaluation of interventions that utilize non-traditional methods to increase motivation and engagement. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Agricultural Education, his M.A. from the University of Delaware in Economics and Entrepreneurship, and his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Agricultural Education.


Marijean Jaggers | Jaggers Communication (Charlottesville)

Marijean Jaggers, a social media specialist and public relations professional, is president and CEO of Jaggers Communications, a strategic communications firm based in Charlottesville, Va. Jaggers provides education and counsel to clients in several industries using communications strategy to further business goals.

With a strong commitment to community, Marijean serves as a board member of the Building Goodness Foundation and the Legal Aid Justice Center. She has also devoted time and effort as a board member of the American Diabetes Association. She is a graduate of Lindenwood University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English.


Dr. Sally Selden | Lynchburg College (Lynchburg)

Dr. Sally Selden is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and professor of management at Lynchburg College. As Associate Dean, Dr. Selden is responsible for the General Education Program, assessment of college competencies, summer school, the Teaching and Learning Center, new faculty orientation, department chair training, and other matters related to undergraduate curricula and academic policies. She also serves as the Director of Research for the Ed.D. program in Leadership Studies program and as the college’s Research Integrity Officer.

Dr. Selden earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and her B.A. and MPA from the University of Virginia. She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and her primary teaching interests are in the areas of public and nonprofit management, human resource management, and leadership. She received the best article published in the Review of Public Personnel Administration in 2011. She was selected as the 2009-2010 recipient of the Sydnor Professorship Award for Teaching Excellence in the School of Business and Economics. She won the James A. Huston Award for Outstanding Scholarship and received the Leonard D. White Award for the most outstanding dissertation in the field of Public Administration from the American Political Science Association in 1996. In 2012-2013, she received grants from the SHRM Foundation and the Pew Center on the States.


Alyson Ball | BoardWorks LLC (Charlottesville)

BoardsWorks, LLC promotes successful nonprofit organizations by helping boards practice good governance, interface effectively with their staffs and volunteers, and create a culture of achievement. As President of BoardWorks, LLC, Alyson Ball consults with boards and Board President/Executive Director teams. She applies her extensive managerial experience and practical approach to teamwork, planning, and implementation to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.

Alyson Ball holds a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Duke University and an MBA in Marketing (International Business and Corporate Planning minors) from the Wharton School. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.


Amy A. Gallagher | Davidson Doyle & Hilton (Lynchburg)

Amy A. Gallagher, CPA, is a partner with Davidson Doyle & Hilton, LLP, in Lynchburg.  She is a graduate of the University Virginia and has been in public accounting for 24 years following her start with a Big 8 accounting firm.  She has performed audits, reviews, compilations and tax preparation for not-for-profits for over 60 local organizations. In addition to performing the attest work, Amy has served on several boards in Central Virginia.  Davidson Doyle & Hilton is a member of the AICPA Non-Profit Quality Center.



J. William Gray, Esq. | Hunton & Williams LLP (Richmond)

Bill Gray is a partner in the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams LLP, where his law practice focuses on tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving, and estate planning and administration.  He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a founding director and former president of the Virginia Gift Planning Council. He is also a frequent speaker on estate planning and charitable topics and has presented recently at the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning, UNC’s J. Nelson Young Tax Institute, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Southeast Regional Meeting, planned giving councils in Boston, Washington, D.C., Hampton Roads, Raleigh and Richmond, and various Virginia CLE programs.


Amy Nisenson | Amy Nisenson Consulting (Richmond)

Amy Nisenson is a senior philanthropy professional with a 20 year proven track record of success across corporate, foundation and nonprofit sectors. Amy’s consulting reflects her passion to help build the capacity of the nonprofit sector and the professionals in it.

Amy’s consulting practice focuses on three main areas: 1) Nonprofit Governance and Management, 2) Resource Development and Fundraising, and 3) Foundation Management and Corporate Community Engagement. Amy is a certified Board Trainer and is skilled at group facilitation. Amy’s consulting is focused on board development, strategic planning, committee structure and implementation, and organizational capacity assessments.

In addition, Amy offers mentoring and leadership development to other nonprofit executives, fundraising assessments, and strategic thinking and implementation of solicitation plans of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Amy also offers consultation to foundations in grants management and to businesses around corporate social responsibility and community engagement. (Amy’s bio courtesy of  The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Charlottesville)


Dr. Maryfrances Porter | Partnerships for Strategic Impact (Charlottesville)

Dr. Maryfrances Porter is Founder and President of Partnerships for Strategic Impact.  She completed her B.A at Emory University in 1996 and received her Master’s in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia (U.Va.) in 2001. In 2005, Dr. Porter completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at U.Va. with an emphasis on community psychology. She is a licensed, clinical psychologist.

Dr. Porter brings 20 years of research experience and 10 years of using data in leading local change initiatives across a wide range of service providers, including experience evaluating public service systems across sectors (including working with courts, school districts and local governments). She has expertise in assessing system and individual opportunities for growth and change, developing strategic vision and action, and facilitating collaborative, strengths-based problem solving across diverse groups.


Erika Mork | Uncommon Good (Central Virginia)

Erika Mork is a former Fulbrighter and University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellow who holds an MBA in nonprofit management. She currently serves as principal consultant at Uncommon Good and adjunct professor of Nonprofit Leadership Studies at Lynchburg College. Erika has more than a decade of director-level experience in development, marketing, and communications, and also spent many years reviewing grant proposals and conducting site visits on behalf of a private foundation. While much of her experience involves well-established groups, she also has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to engage volunteers, develop a board, establish a brand, and raise funds to build a successful nonprofit from the ground up through co-founding a 501(c)(3). As a Certified Fund Raising Executive, long-time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, skilled grantwriter, and seasoned leader, she applies her expertise to increase the capacity of organizations to fulfill their missions and better serve their constituencies.

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