Board Of Directors
Senior Management Team
2007 Board of Directors
Timothy Easley, President
Joshua Sabo, Esq., 1st Vice President
Ellen Kotlow, 2nd Vice President
LInda Christensen, Treasurer
Alan S. Harris, Esq., Secretary
Christopher Andreucci, Esq.
Rev. Donna Elia
Julie Floch, CPA
Robert P. Mascali, Esq.
Paula Mia Rollins
Margie Van Meter
Lynn Videka, Ph.D.
2007 Senior Management Team
- Doug Sauer, CEO
- Michelle Jarvais, Sr. VP, Chief Financial & Human Resource Officer
- Kelly Mathews, Sr. VP, Financial Accountability & Compliance
- David Watson, Esq., Sr. VP, Legal Accountability & Compliance
- Valerie Venezia, VP, Membership & Marketing
- Susan Weinrich, VP, Community & Organizational Development
- ShaKing Alston, VP, Metro NY Initiatives
Doug Sauer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Community Services of New York State, Inc. (CCSNYS), where he has provided leadership since 1980. He is recognized as a statewide and national leader in the nonprofit sector and is an expert trainer and technical assistance provider. Doug is highly experienced in providing technical assistance and training to nonprofits in such areas as executive leadership, strategic planning, board development, earned revenue strategies, strategic alliances and mergers, organizational renewal, program development, ethics and human resources, as well as financial and risk management. Under Doug’s leadership, CCSNYS has developed two entrepreneurial subsidiaries – Council Services Plus, a licensed insurance brokerage firm; and, Innovative Charitable Initiatives, a nonprofit that functions as an alternative employment administrator for nonprofits.
Doug currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of Council Services Plus and is on the Board of Directors of Governance Matters in New York City. He is past president of the National Association of Planning Councils, Inc; and a former board member of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, Center for Women in Government in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the State University; Grafton Free Library and the Berlin Central School District. Doug was a gubernatorial appointee on the NYS National Commission on Community Service (Americorps).
Doug has a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in community organization from the University of Pittsburgh. He also has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the State University at Albany and an Associates Degree in Human Services from Hudson Valley Community College. Doug has taught graduate courses on nonprofit leadership and financial management at the Rockefeller College’s School of Social Welfare at the State University at Albany and has taught undergraduate classes at the College of Saint Rose and Skidmore College. He has received numerous recognitions including the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.
Michelle is the Fiscal Officer for CCSNYS, Inc. and has been an employee for over ten years. She graduated magna cum laude from Siena College with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and has recently passed the CPA exam. Michelle is a member of the AICPA, and National Grants Management Association. She is currently responsible for all of the CCSNYS´ fiscal operations, grant/contract management, human resource functions, and oversees CCSNYS´ fiscal staff.
Kelly Mathews, Sr. Vice President of Financial Accountability & Compliance Services
Joining CCSNYS’ fiscal team in November 1997, Kelly Mathews, since 1999, has been the Director of CCSNYS’ Financial and Accountability and Compliance Services (formerly the Nonprofit Accounting Service Center, an innovative program providing financial management technical assistance and training to nonprofit staff and boards of directors throughout New York State. Kelly’s areas of expertise include accounting information systems analysis, selection, conversion, implementation and training; fiscal procedures review and documentation; internal control review and documentation; fiscal manual development and revision; compliance assessment; preliminary audit preparation; financial report development/review; IRS form 990 preparation; fiscal staff oversight, support, and coaching; fiscal infrastructure analysis; chief financial officer search assistance; job description development and review; ongoing fiscal staff coaching; board/staff training and facilitation regarding nonprofit financial management, reporting, and governance structures. She developed and now coordinates CCSNYS’ financial management conference, Camp Finance, held annually in October at Mohonk Mountain House. For four years, Kelly also served as Director of CCSNYS’ wholly-owned nonprofit subsidiary, Innovative Charitable Initiatives, Inc., which provides an employment and administrative home for nonprofit organizations, collaborative and consortiums. Kelly is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Women in Development of Northeastern New York, the National Association of Female Executives, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, for whom she serves on its Not-for-Profit Committee and co-chaired its Nonprofit Conferences in 2006 and 2007. She speaks regularly on financial management topics effecting nonprofit organizations throughout New York and nationally.
David Watson, Esq., Sr. Vice President of Legal Accountability & Compliance Services
Sr. Vice President, David J. Watson, Esq. received his law degree from Albany Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 1994. He has been with the Council of Community Services of New York State since 1991 and recently founded Watson & West, PLLC, a specialized corporate law firm designed to focus on the legal needs of nonprofit organizations. Watson & West, PLLC serves as an endorsed corporate member of CCSNYS, Inc., as an independent full-service law firm with the capacity to meet all corporation counsel needs at affordable and nonprofit sensitive rates. Mr. Watson manages the Legal Accountability and Compliance Services Center of CCSNYS. He has presented across the state, he and the LACS Team offer a variety of seminars that cover all aspects of the complex legal world of nonprofits. Sample seminars include: "Human Resource Issues of Nonprofits," "By-Laws What You Need To Know," "Legal Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Board of Directors," which can be personalized to meet the specific needs of various nonprofit organizations as requested.
Ms. Venezia has been with CCSNYS since August of 1999. She currently oversees nonprofit, corporate and citizen membership development and membership group purchasing services. She conceived of, and for the past six years implemented, various educational events such as the Build A Better Nonprofit Training Series and the annual Money for Mission Conference. Valerie produces the CCSNYS Update, our e-mail Newsletter, and is the editor of Nonprofit FOCUS, the quarterly magazine of CCSNYS. Valerie is responsible for vetting, processing and implementing group purchasing programs, new marketing and communication initiatives, and customer service for over 1,300 CCSNYS members. Recently, Valerie has been developing a series of trainings for nonprofit organizations on efficient and effective use of Web 2.0 and Social Networking for marketing, communications and fundraising. Valerie attended New York University and San Francisco State University and holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business. Valerie began her career in the music industry with A&M Records and Aggressive Entertainment. Valerie has worked as a “cultural librarian” at such internet companies as eGroups (now Yahoo Groups) and has a background in desktop publishing and database management. Valerie is a member of The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City (YNPN) and has served on the website committee for Governance Matters, the Advisory panel for First Nonprofit Companies and currently serves on the Membership Committee of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations.