Staff: Bayer Center

Staff

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Peggy Outon is founding Executive Director of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She is also founding Director of the Centers for Effective Nonprofit Management in Austin and New Orleans, and the founding Board Chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. A nationally noted consultant and trainer, Peggy has worked with more than 700 nonprofits. She served as founding member and trainer for the Drucker Foundation’s international training team. An active community volunteer, Peggy has served on 33 community Boards and countless committees. She was named to the national Nonprofit Times Top 50 for Power and Influence and has been recognized locally by several organizations, including the Girls Scouts and Pittsburgh City Council.

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Evie Gardner is Consultant, Organizational Development and Finance at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She has teamed with a diverse set of clients on projects ranging from enhancing governance and evaluation practices to diversifying revenues and clarifying organizational strategy. Her integrated approach supports nonprofits as they use data and numbers to drive strategic decision-making. Evie holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and masters of public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She was the 2012 Heinz Endowments Graduate Fellow, is an AmeriCorps alumna, and is the President of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Pittsburgh.

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Shelby Gracey is Office Coordinator at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, responsible for keeping the center’s office functions flowing smoothly. After receiving an A.S. from Lake-Sumter Community College as well as certification as a professional secretary, she went on to work in healthcare public relations, word processing and computer support. Shelby is also organist and director of music at Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church where she coordinates and plays music for church services, and directs the adult, children’s and handbell choirs.

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Cindy Leonard is Consulting Team Leader at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She manages the consulting program and technology program, working with the consulting team to maximize client satisfaction and identify areas for growth. Her own consulting specialty is helping nonprofits leverage technology to meet their missions. In addition to technology assessments, planning and decision support, she specializes in website development on the WordPress platform and community organizing around nonprofits+technology. She presently serves on the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. She holds a B.S. in computer science, an M.B.A. and a M.Ed. in instructional design technology, all from Seton Hill University.

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Susan Loucks is Senior Consultant, Organizational Development and Strategy at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. A longtime resident of Boston, she has worked as an organizational development consultant for nonprofits independently and with the Human and Institutional Development Forum in Bangalore, India.  Particular areas of focus include transitions (e.g. leadership, business model, size), efficiently and effectively involving people in organizational improvements and systems development, and communication/conflict. Susan holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, and a certificate in Grassroots Development and NGO Management from the School for International Training.

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Jennifer Pease is CIE program specialist at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, lending her extensive nonprofit program experience to the Covestro Institute for Engagement. She is also president of Senior Pet and Animal Rescue. Jennifer has volunteered for Strong Women Strong Girls, Animal Rescue League, Steel City Road Runners Club, Humane Society of the United States, WYEP radio, Family House, Hello Bully, the office of Mayor Bill Peduto, and St. Paul Cathedral. Jennifer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in English writing and maintains a public and professional writing certificate.

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Carrie Richards is Programs Team Leader at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University where her favorite roles are playing BoardsWork! matchmaker and crafting the educational catalog. She mentors in the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program and teaches in the Nonprofit Leadership Association, both at RMU. A Northsider and proud owner of a rescued pit bull, she’s an animal rescue volunteer, member of Elks Lodge #339, and board president of Allegheny Goatscape. Carrie is an RMU alumna with master’s degrees in nonprofit management and human resources.  She and her husband Bradly love exploring National Parks and visiting Disney World as often as possible. 

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Carrie Tancraitor is Consultant and Researcher at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, responsible for the collection and analysis of customer, demographic, and survey data. She also contributes original research to various studies on the nonprofit sector. Carrie was a Schreyer’s Scholar at The Pennsylvania State University, holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. from Robert Morris University. An active volunteer, she is a marathoner and proud parent to two sleep-less baby boys and a tail-less shelter cat.

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Yvonne Van Haitsma has been a consultant at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University since 2000. She is now the Director of the Covestro Institute for Engagement, connecting the talents of professionals with the business and governance needs of nonprofits through SkillShare team projects and BoardsWork. Through the Executive Service Corps work she recruits, trains, and coordinates highly-skilled volunteers pairing them with consulting, facilitation, training, governance and coaching projects with nonprofits. Yvonne earned her M.S.W. in Community Organizing and Nonprofit Management at the University of Pittsburgh.  She has provided organizational development consulting to nonprofits in Pittsburgh and in Ecuador and El Salvador.