Experience Nonprofits

Eager to make a positive impact on your community as you pursue your passion? This event is a unique opportunity to engage and network with nonprofit employers and alumnae in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Register in LyonNet.

The Experience Nonprofits: career connections program includes a panel discussion, Q&A, and a networking reception with food (yum!). You'll be right in the action participating in discussions and learning valuable career insights.

Organizations & Panelists attending:

RAINMAKER Consulting

Beth Spong '83, Vice President

Beth Spong is a partner in RAINMAKER Consulting, which specializes in fundraising and organizational development for nonprofits across the Northeast. In addition to providing executive coaching for dozens of nonprofit leaders, Beth guides strategic planning, succession planning, capital campaigns, and facilitates board training and retreats.

Over the course of her career, she has served as a director of development, chief operating officer and executive director of nonprofits in the fields of political advocacy, education, women's wellness and foster care innovation, so she leads from experience in the trenches. Beth is committed to high performing nonprofit excellence and the power of joyful philanthropy.

Springfield Technical Community College

Rima Dael '95, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and STCC Foundation

A. Rima Dael has 25 years of nonprofit professional and voluntary experience in the Arts, Education, and Human Service sectors. She recently joined the staff at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) as their executive director of institutional advancement and foundation.

Prior to STCC, Rima was the executive director of Country Dance & Song Society, an international arts service organization for North American traditional dance, music, and song. She was also a founding faculty member of the Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy graduate program at Bay Path University. She continues as an adjunct professor in the program.

Rima is passionate about creating sustainable nonprofit organizations and cultivating culturally competent next generation leaders for the sector. She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Theatre Arts from Mount Holyoke College as an international student and got her first job in the nonprofit arts sector on campus at the Summer Theatre. Rima’s master’s degree is in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of Management & Urban Policy at the New School University where she was a Community Development Finance Fellow. Originally from the Philippines, Rima spent her childhood in several Southeast Asian countries, but home is here in the Pioneer Valley.

Peace Development Fund

Kathy Sharkey '78, Director of Communications and Outreach

Kathy’s career in nonprofit management has included fund-raising, marketing and communications, business administration, new business development, site development and project management. She is currently the Director of Communications and Outreach for the Peace Development Fund (PDF), a public foundation in Amherst, Mass, where she has filled a variety of roles since 2003.

As a consultant since 2006, her client list is diverse, reflecting a range of interests and expertise. Kathy has advised such organizations as foundations, progressive groups, universities, and botanical gardens—from small budgets to large—on fund-raising and recruitment. She has written marketing materials, managed fund-raising databases, conducted organizational assessments, and organized museum and garden tours.

While managing The Sustainability Project at PDF, she has trained staff, board, and volunteers in how to ask people for money to support an organization; how to prudently use financial resources; and how to develop board leadership and governance. Kathy is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she was a European Studies major.

Holyoke Community College

Aliza Ansell, Program Director, Adult Learning Center

Aliza Ansell has been involved with Adult Education for over 20 years. She worked as a Reintegration Counselor at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton, taught stress reduction classes for Vietnam Veterans at the Leeds VA in Leeds, MA and has been the Program Coordinator and science and social studies instructor at the Holyoke Community College Adult Learning Center since 2004.

Ms. Ansell is a fierce advocate for adult learners. In collaboration with Amherst, Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges, Ms. Ansell co-produced the TEDx event: “How Learning Happens" featuring HCC/ALC adult learners, local and regional speakers. She has developed ongoing partnerships with local colleges and NASA to bring much-needed resources to adult learners. For the last 8 years, the HCC/ALC has partnered with the Smith College Science Outreach Program including field trips to the Smith College microscopy, geology, and physics labs.

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

Kate Lincoln '06, Senior Community Investment Manager

Kate Lincoln is a nonprofit professional based in central Connecticut. Since 2015, Kate has worked as a Senior Community Investment Manager overseeing early literacy strategies for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut in Hartford. In this role, she manages partnerships with funded agencies, convenes cross-sector partners in support of community impact initiatives, and works with school district administrators in underserved communities to identify and address student needs. Kate has over 10 years of primarily nonprofit experience, focused in education and mental health, that includes work in schools and camps, residential treatment, marketing, development, and research.

Kate graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2006 with a BA in Art History and Studio Art. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011.

UP Education Network

Shannon Langone, Manager of Recruitment

Shannon Langone grew up and currently resides in Springfield, MA. After working for many years in Boston as a copyeditor for an online textbook publisher and then for Little, Brown and Company, she moved back to Springfield in 2004 and began working with the AmeriCorps Program at Springfield College. She served as program director of two AmeriCorps Programs—the Massachusetts Reading Corps and the School Turnaround Initiative—that provided academic and social-emotional support to children in preK programs and Springfield Public Schools.

In 2015, she became the Manager of Recruitment for UP Education Network, a nonprofit school turnaround organization that partners with public school districts to turn around chronically underperforming schools. Shannon helped recruit and hire the staff for UP’s first school in Western MA, UP Academy Kennedy (formerly the Kennedy Middle School) in Springfield, and is now the Manager of Outreach for all six of UP’s schools in Massachusetts. She holds a B.S. in English and an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College.

WMass Recovery and Learning Community

Earl Miller, Community Supports Coordinator

Earl Miller has worked in the Peer Support world for around 5 years, first as a consultant doing creative arts groups, then a general peer advocate, to becoming the Community Supports Coordinator for the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community. Earl negotiated terms, piloted and continues to coordinate the first instance of peer support as a wrap around services component for a housing development in Springfield specializing in housing the homeless.

Recently, Earl became the Coordinator of Peer Roles at the Center for Human Development, one of the largest behavioral health agencies in New England as well as serving as Co-President of the Board of Directors for Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, MA.


Evie Simkins, Program Assistant

Evie Simkins is a labor rights advocate and program assistant at Verité, a global nonprofit with a mission to ensure that all workers are employed under fair, safe and legal conditions. Working with a highly skilled field assessment team, Evie assists multinational brands in identifying, understanding, and remediating labor issues at their suppliers’ factories and farms to improve conditions for workers, particularly those who are most vulnerable to labor abuses. Much of her work focuses on foreign migrant workers and risks of forced labor in Southeast Asian supply chains.

Since beginning her current position in 2014, she has overseen the delivery of hundreds of social responsibility assessments in the apparel and electronics sectors. Leveraging her experience with social audit programs, Evie has developed assessment tools, legal reference guides and policies to aid companies in their own efforts to protect foreign migrant workers in their supply chains.

Evie has carried out work on labor rights with over thirty organizations, notably with brands such as Apple, Gap, HP, and Patagonia, in addition to with governmental organizations and nonprofits.  She has also contributed to wider education and advocacy work, such as in the Verité white paper, The Cost of a Job. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and French & Francophone Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has lived, studied and volunteered in France and Haiti. 


Sophie Broach, Research Analyst

Sophie Broach is a research analyst at Verité, an Amherst-based nonprofit with a mission to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. She currently oversees the day-to-day management of a socially responsible investment program for a public pension fund with over $50 billion in assets. In this role, she coordinates research activities and writes reports on human trafficking, child labor, discrimination, and treatment of foreign workers in 25 emerging market countries. She also assists with drafting and editing research reports on labor abuses connected to global supply chains.

Prior to working at Verité, Sophie lived in Southeast Asia for three years, first teaching English at a university in northern Thailand and then working at a global health NGO for two years. She co-managed a UNICEF-funded program to reduce childhood undernutrition in Laos, which was one of the region’s first efforts to distribute micronutrient powder through private sector channels. She also provided technical assistance to a reproductive health program in Laos focused on building the capacity of public hospitals and clinics to offer long-term family planning options. Sophie graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in history.

Holyoke Health Center

Ann Poole '01, Director of Development and Public Health Programs

Ann Poole has worked in the nonprofit health sphere for over 14 years.  Graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2001, Ann started her career as a sexual health counselor and educator a federally funded family planning organization, Tapestry Health. During her tenure at this organization, Ann quickly rose through the ranks and finished her time at Tapestry as the Associate Director of Health Services.

Currently, Ann works at the Holyoke Health Center, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center located in downtown Holyoke, MA as the Director of Development and Public Health Programs.  Ann has served on the Board of Directors for the Amherst Survival Center and the Western Mass Green Consortium.