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.  Cindy convenes monthly Bagels & Bytes meetups and organizes the annual TechNow conference. 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. Susan has convened and facilitated many multi-stakeholder decision-making processes in sectors ranging from natural resources to employment for people with disabilities. A longtime resident of Boston, she has worked as an organizational development consultant for nonprofits both independently and with the Human and Institutional Development Forum in Bangalore, India. 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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Lulu Orr is the Covestro Institute for Engagement Director at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management (BCNM) at Robert Morris University after promoting and growing the BCNM’s BoardsWork! program since its inception. Lulu knows the importance of an educated and engaged board having worked from the ground up to create a board of advisors which transitioned into a board of directors as Founder and Executive Director of the Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support.  She has received community awards including 25 Top Women in Business, Pittsburgh Business Times; Dozen Making a Difference, Pittsburgh Post –Gazette; and Nonprofit Leader Award, McKeesport YWCA. 

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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. Her favorite roles include playing BoardsWork! matchmaker, and crafting BCNM’s educational course catalog. A Northsider and proud owner of a rescued pit bull, she’s an animal rescue volunteer and belongs to the Elks Lodge #339. Carrie is a mentor in RMU's Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program and teaches for the Nonprofit Leadership Association's undergraduate certificate program. Carrie earned a degree in youth ministry from Eastern University, completed a master’s degree in nonprofit management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human resources, both from Robert Morris University.

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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 and is the ESC Program Director. She has 15 years’ experience consulting with nonprofits in collaboration development, strategic planning, board development, and executive transitions both locally and in El Salvador and Ecuador. Yvonne earned her master’s degree in community organizing and nonprofit management at the University of Pittsburgh. She has consulted with many organizations including Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, YouthWorks, Inc., The Women and Girls Foundation, Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, Fayette County Conservation District, and Metro Family Health Practice.