Getting the Board to Work: Maximizing the Strengths of your Trustees to Enhance your Organization - Event Details

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Getting the Board to Work: Maximizing the Strengths of your Trustees to Enhance your Organization

January 28, 2019
2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific

You've got a board but is it doing all you need it to do? How do you get the right people on the board? How do you shift from a working board to a strategic board? Join us for a discussion of board management. We'll hear from three programs with different perspectives. Your questions are welcome! We'll post support materials on the ALP website Resources section.


Liz Zulawski

Liz Zulawski

President & CEO, Leadership Niagara
Liz Zulawski

Liz Zulawski Details

Elizabeth L. Zulawski (Liz) is President and CEO of Leadership Niagara. Liz has more than 25 years of non-profit experience in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, training, development, program marketing, and corporate events.
As the CEO of LN, Liz is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization to achieve its mission, vision and core values. Additionally, she directs all operational aspects of the organization and shepherds LN’s programming.
Throughout her career, her greatest passion has been to keep creating meaning, value, importance and purpose in her life and subsequently in the lives of others. She believes that the best way to create a community of leaders is by uplifting those around her and drawing others forward.
Liz has a proven track record of leadership at many local non-profit organizations, including the American Heart Association, Buffalo Public Schools Foundation and Goodwill Industries of Western New York. She has successfully spearheaded multiple strategic and fundraising plans during her more than two decades of experience. As executive director of the American Heart Association, Liz was responsible for the Buffalo Niagara Division. There she directed several successful awareness campaigns and fundraising initiatives. During that time the Buffalo Niagara Division played an integral role in lifesaving work of the passing of the CPR in Schools Bill and mandatory Pulse Oximetry testing on all newborns in NYS. Immediately prior to that Liz was the inaugural Executive Director of the Buffalo Public Schools Foundation. Under her leadership, the organization grew significantly with increases in annual revenues, a growing network of regional partnerships and the addition of programs and services to the students of the Buffalo Public Schools. Previously to that post, she was employed by Goodwill Industries of WNY as director of community employment and training services. There she spent 11 years assisting developmentally disabled and disadvantaged adults in obtaining gainful employment in the community. Of her accomplishments at Goodwill, she was awarded a federal grant and directed the pilot REENTRY program in WNY. REENTRY’s objective was to reduce the rate of recidivism for 1st time, non- violent offenders on parole or in work release by providing them job skills training and assisting them in obtaining meaningful employment. In addition to her work in the non-profit sector, Ms. Zulawski also spent a few years as a corporate sales manager in the local hotel industry.
She resides in Williamsville, NY with her Husband, Paul and their 3 children; Michael, Claire and Grant.

Melanie Scanlon

Melanie Scanlon

Executive Director, Leadership Geauga
Melanie Scanlon

Melanie Scanlon Details

Melanie Scanlon has served as the Executive Director of Leadership Geauga since 2016, where she gets to build community, develop leaders and serve as a positive change agent everyday. Passionate about education and leadership development, Melanie believes that individuals are the most important part of any organization or community and her mission is to inspire others to get involved and utilize their talents to make the world around them a better place.

Holding a B.A in History and Education from the University of Mount Union and an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, Melanie spent 10 years before coming to Leadership Geauga in various roles at Case Western Reserve University. As a Geauga county native, Melanie is actively involved in the Chardon Rotary and volunteers her time to advance the Chardon Local Schools. Melanie and her husband are currently raising their three children in Geauga county and couldn’t imagine a better place to call home!

Tara Sargent

Tara Sargent

Executive Director, Leadership Washington County
Tara Sargent

Tara Sargent Details

Tara currently serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Washington County, a position she began in February 2010. From 2007 to 2010, Tara served as an Assistant Professor in the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she taught courses for and advised the Information Technology for Business Education major. Tara taught both undergraduate and master’s level business management classes for Mount St. Mary’s University’s Department of Business, Accounting and Economics from 2000 to 2007. The management courses she taught included business communications, business management and organizations, leadership and organizations, self-assessment and managerial skills, organizational behavior, organization theory and management practice, and the capstone research course for the master of business administration.
In 2007, Tara earned her Doctor of Education in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned a baccalaureate degree in education (1995) and a master’s degree in Business Administration (1999) from Frostburg State University. After working in the fields of supplemental education, research & publishing, and management consulting from 1995-2001, she transitioned her career into teaching in higher education.
Within the fields of adult and management education, Tara has written papers and presented regionally, nationally, and internationally at conferences such as the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, the International Transformative Learning Conference, the International Feminist Research Methods Conference, the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Conference, and the Pennsylvania Adult and Continuing Education Research Conference.
Tara enjoys being active in the Washington County community. She currently serves as a member of the Hagerstown-Washington Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a member of the Greater Hagerstown Committee, on the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Board of Advisors, and a Hagerstown YMCA board member. Previously, Tara has served as a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation, the Washington County Commission for Women, Washington County Arts Council, and the Hagerstown Rotary. She is a graduate of Leadership Washington County Class 21 (2008), and a graduate of Leadership Maryland Class 19 (2011). Tara is happily married to Andrew Sargent and is honored to be a stepmom to George (14) and Grace (12). She has lived in Washington County for 18 years and enjoys running, hiking, biking, yoga, reading good books, quality time with friends and family, and the toe-tapping sounds of bluegrass.