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Thursday, December 7 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Building a Successful Partnership Between the Board of Directors and Executive Director

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The opportunity to provide dynamic leadership to the nonprofit organization is often compromised when the relationship between the board of directors and executive director falls short of being a constructive partnership. This session will address strategies that can lead to the positive launch of a new relationship or enhance a relationship that has not enjoyed transparent engagement between these two essential components of a healthy nonprofit organization. This session will examine roles and responsibilities, expectations, communication strategies, and performance evaluation.


William Burns

Attorney, Hanft Fride Law Firm
William F. Burns is the current board chair of Legal Aid Services of Northeastern Minnesota in Duluth, MN, a position he previously held in 1981-84 and 1987-89, along with serving as Finance Committee Chair in 1989-2009. An attorney in private practice for more than 40 years, he is... Read More →

Jim DeAngelo

Board President, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Mid Penn Legal Services, and the Community Justice Project
Jim DeAngelo is president of the boards of directors of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Mid Penn Legal Services, and the Community Justice Project. DeAngelo is chair of the Litigation Group at McNees, Wallace & Nurick, LLC, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He joined the firm as... Read More →

Eliz Nestorov

Director of Development, MidPenn Legal Services
Rhodia D. Thomas has more than 27 years of experience in public interest law and is the executive director of MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit law-firm that provides civil legal services in 18 counties in central-Pennsylvania. Ms. Thomas holds the position of treasurer on the board... Read More →

Dori Streit

Executive Director, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota
Dori Streit has dedicated her legal career to building effective and sustainable legal services programs to ensure access to justice for all. In 2007, Dori began as a staff attorney at Indian Legal Assistance Program, a small nonprofit in Duluth, Minnesota, that provides civil and... Read More →

Evora Thomas

Senior Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation
Evora A. Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in legal aid. As senior program counsel in LSC’s Office of Program Performance, she is program liaison to grantees in the western states and has worked on numerous pilot initiatives, including the Leadership & Diversity Training... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm EST
Renaissance Ballroom West B Ballroom Level