Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of November 2022

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Contact: Amy Coates Madsen
Director, Standards for Excellence Institute® 


Baltimore, MD – December 14, 2022 The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative dedicated to promoting the highest standards of nonprofit ethics and accountability, announces its 2022 Class of Licensed Consultants. Thirty professionals completed the intensive, three-day training seminar and are now equipped to assist nonprofits nationwide. The members of the class have more than 525 collective years of nonprofit experience and represent organizations from states across the country, including Delaware, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.  

Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants use their extensive knowledge of the Standards for Excellence to help nonprofits strengthen their governance practices and build capacity, accountability, and sustainability in their organizations. Licensed Consultants provide nonprofits with organizational assessments, consulting, and training, and help them earn national Standards for Excellence accreditation.  

Some licensed consultants work with Standards for Excellence replication partners (which are organizations licensed and trained to use the Institute’s program materials and resources to support other nonprofits in a specific geographic area or in a specific mission area). 

The Licensed Consultant Program has continued to grow each year since its inception in 2006. See the complete list of current Licensed Consultants. Anyone interested in becoming a Licensed Consultant should consider applying to participate in the 2023 training — learn more and sign up to be notified when applications are available.   


Beth Anne Dorman, of Saint Michaels, MD, spoke about the training:The Standards of Excellence Training was truly one of the most comprehensive training programs I have ever attended. The incredible group of trainers and speakers shared their expertise, lived experiences, and tangible examples that now we as consultants can use in our daily work. As a seasoned leader of a nonprofit, I am continually looking for professional development opportunities that will both challenge me and provide materials that will raise my organization to the next level. Not only did the Standards of Excellence training provide that, it created a link to professionals across that county that I can lean on when working with my own organization or other organizations in the community.” 

Frances Frost of Silver Spring, MD shared her plans for immediately putting the training to use: As a Licensed Consultant, I’m excited to provide consulting services to nonprofit organizations, as they work to achieve their mission, be effective in providing service to their community and be efficient in their operation, while embracing diversity and equity within their organization and as they deliver services. I’m especially looking forward to supporting small, community organizations, as they establish themselves and grow. Their impact is so important to the people they serve. And every large organization started as a small one, so their potential is limitless.” 

Noah Spiegel of Noah E. Spiegel Consulting in Nashville, TN speaks of his experience becoming a Licensed Consultant: “Being a Standards of Excellence Licensed Consultant is a professional milestone and honor for me. The other members of the class of 2022 were each exceptional, and the presenters offered so many new ways to think about the ways we can reflect, work, and support our clients. It was also personally affirming to share space with so many dedicated and accomplished leaders all working toward common goals, I’m eager to bring the Standards to Middle Tennessee and share them with our dynamic nonprofit community. The tools the Standards for Excellence Institute has developed are outstanding and will provide my clients and me with opportunities to take our service to the next level. The Standards for Excellence program is expertly designed and executed, and I would encourage nonprofit leaders at any stage in their career to participate.” 

Tiffany Daniel of the CTLDomGroup in Waldorf, MD saysIt was an honor to sit the room with so many scholars and subject matter experts, as we all came together to make our nonprofit organizations stand out amongst the best by learning and incorporating the Standards of Excellence. 

Introducing the Members of the Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultant Class of 2022(*Participated as a member of a replication partner organization) 

Kym Alexander
Standpoint Consulting
Memphis, TN 
Sunmoluwa Hamilton-Samuel
HSID Consulting
Silver Spring, MD
Stephanie Narayanan
Primary Care Coalition
Silver Spring, MD  
Karen Brown
Baltimore, MD  
Kim Herbstritt
Winchester, VA 
Colette Newer
Adventist Community Services North America
Columbia, MD 
*Carly Chafey
Maryland Nonprofits
Baltimore, MD
*Tyieshia James
Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Washington DC 
Jason Papanikolas
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation
Millersville, MD 
Karen W. Cooper
Largo, MD  
Mothyna James-Brightful
Columbia, MD 
Swati Shah
Maryland Coalition of Families
Columbia, MD 
Tiffany Daniel
CTLDomGroup Inc 
Waldorf, MD   
*Peter Kirchgraber
Maryland Nonprofits
Baltimore, MD 
David Sims
Arundel Community Development Services, Inc.
Annapolis, MD 
Elizabeth “Betsy” Day
The Community Foundation of Frederick County
Frederick, MD 
Elaina Lyons
Lyons Share Marketing, LLC
Frederick, MD 
*Earl Sissell
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
Wilmington, DE
*Almarie E. Donaldson, Ph.D.
Maryland Latinos Unidos/Maryland Nonprofits
Baltimore, MD
Marla Malone
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX 
Noah E. Spiegel
Noah E. Spiegel Consulting
Nashville, TN
Beth Anne Dorman
Saint Michaels, MD 
*Jessica Manry, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 
Kelly Vaughn 
Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
Lanham, MD 
Frances Frost
Silver Spring, MD 
Kashonna Marrow
Simply Kashonna | Leading Forward
Ellicott City, MD 
Valencia Warnock King 
The Keighton Group, LLC
Owings Mills, MD 
Kristine Gallagher Sargsyan
Primary Care Coalition
Silver Spring, MD 
Maria Martins-Evora, MSW
Independent Consultant 
Odenton, MD 
James Wilson 
McLean, VA 



The Standards for Excellence Institute is a program of Maryland Nonprofits that uses the Standards for Excellence program as its foundation. The Standards for Excellence program works to help nonprofit organizations act ethically and accountably in their management and governance, while enhancing the public’s trust in the nonprofit sector.