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Ken Cerini (Managing Partner at Cerini & Associates)

Ken Cerini

Managing Partner at Cerini & Associates

Ken Cerini, CPA, Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP has been working with nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years. He has assisted with them audits, tax, cost reports, rate maximization, board development, and other consulting related endeavors.

Greg Hughes (Express Employment Professionals)

Greg Hughes

Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals is one of the largest employment firms in the United States. As owner of the local Express franchise in Queens, Greg focuses on helping local companies reduce risk and save money by providing the most qualified talent along with the highest level of ongoing client support. Our vision is to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. This is especially important when working with our NFP partners as resources are often stretched and resuits cannot wait. However, we have found that NFP clients are excellent partners as they tend to be as mission focused and determined as we are to make the right fit.

Michael Billia (Senior Vice President at Investors Bank)

Michael Billia

Senior Vice President at Investors Bank

Investors serves a wide range of consumer, business, commercial real estate, nonprofit and local government customers. In addition, their Charitable Foundation supports local and statewide nonprofit organizations that enrich the quality of life.

Patrick Yurgosky (President at Yurgosky)

Patrick Yurgosky

President at Yurgosky

Patrick is one of the leading thinkers in data and analytics. He regularly writes, teaches, and gives talks on the subject. He applies his ideas through his consulting company, Yurgosky, where a team of experts build systems that transform organizations into data-driven powerhouses. Clients range from small 3-person organizations to national organizations with thousands of staff. Patrick has worked with nonprofits for 15+ years, has 12+ of experience building technology for data collection/analysis, has been published his frameworks for data analysis, teaches at NYU and is part of the Rutgers Big Data Advisory Board. Patrick lives and works in New York City.

Ellen Young (EllenHelps)

Ellen Young


Ellen Young of EllenHelps Consulting brings more than two decades of strategic planning and fund development to a broad array of clients. EllenHelps recently added Fundraising Coaching to her list of services, where clients receive ongoing coaching and advisement on their development efforts. Fundraising Coaching is especially helpful for organizations that are small, have limited or less-experienced fundraising staff, or seek to expand their current fundraising efforts.

Patrick Yu (Partner, Not for Profit Services at Bakery Tilly)

Patrick Yu

Partner, Not for Profit Services at Bakery Tilly

Patrick Yu is a partner in the not-for-profit services practice group, in the New York regional offices of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. He has more than twenty years of experience in providing various audit, review, accounting, and consulting services to for-profit and not-for-profit entities.

Joseph Arnone (Senior Manager at Cohn Reznick LLP)

Joseph Arnone

Senior Manager at Cohn Reznick LLP

In the public eye, a not-for-profit organization is defined by its mission. But in light of rising operational costs, more scrupulous compliance requirements, and declining grant and pledge opportunities, fulfilling that mission has become increasingly difficult. To be successful, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions must improve the efficiency of their operations while implementing financial reporting and accountability processes that bolster member, donor, and regulatory confidence. As one of the leading accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States, CohnReznick has a dedicated Not-for-Profit and Education Industry Practice that works closely with the boards, management, and financial leaders of not-for-profit and educational organizations. In addition to providing them with an array of tax and accounting services, we also help them identify workflow inefficiencies, implement stringent internal controls, leverage technology and IT infrastructure, and more effectively manage capital and planned giving campaigns.

David Goldstein (Partner at Certilman Balin)

David Goldstein

Partner at Certilman Balin

David Goldstein is a Partner in the Nonprofit/Tax Exempt/Religious Organizations Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, where he concentrates his practice in the area of not-for-profit law. Mr. Goldstein represents a range of international, national, regional and local not-for-profit and religious entities across a wide variety of nonprofit sectors. He serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Business Law Section Executive Committee, and is the Chair of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee.

Ed Probst (President at Vanguard Insurance Agency)

Ed Probst

President at Vanguard Insurance Agency

Vanguard Insurance Agency was founded in 1998 by Ed Probst & Vince Blasi who together have more than 30 years’ experience providing employee benefit solutions to small & large employers. They hold numerous professional designations including RHU, ChHC and HCR making them experts in the field of employee benefits & Health Care Reform. Through knowledge and innovation Vanguard has assisted more than 1,000 employers with providing benefits to their employees. Tommy DiMisa of Vanguard has a background in payroll and PEO having spent 8 years with ADP and several years with 2 national PEOS which enhances our knowledge for our clients and partners Often conversations with our clients and prospects involve areas of Human Resource Management and we are then in a position to bring in our strategic partner- Marc Roberts of My HR Department.

Marc Roberts (Managing Director of My HR Department)

Marc Roberts

Managing Director of My HR Department

Marc's early career was in accounting with BDO Seidman and then he moved over to corporate finance with companies like Kraft Foods, Adidas USA and Continental Grain. Marc left the corporate world moving into consulting for several years prior to forming his own executive search organizations, Infinity Partners and Search Support Group. Over the years, working closely with CEO's and Entrepreneurs, Marc saw the need for Concierge Human Resource services for the small to mid-sized business, which all have Human Resource needs but not the full-time staff on board.

Neil Stevenson (Senior Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York)

Neil Stevenson

Senior Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York

Senior Staff Attorney Neil Stevenson is responsible for Lawyers Alliance's Economic Opportunity program area. He uses his wealth of experience in corporate and real estate law to assist community development and nonprofit organizations that are bringing investment capital and credit services, pursuing earned revenue activities, stimulating and revitalizing commercial activity, and sponsoring job training and job placement programs in New York City. Prior to joining Lawyers Alliance in 2004, Mr. Stevenson was a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society and partner at Eaton & Van Winkle.