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Tera Qualls

Tera is a Program Coordinator at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.  In her work, Tera manages the website, manages marketing and communications for the Center, co-facilitates the Encore Coming of Age Learning Lab, and provides technical assistance to local nonprofit organizations in the areas of social media, volunteer management, capacity building, strategic planning, and governance.  As a member of the community Tera is currently serving as the Vice President of the League of Women Voters Grand Rapids, is founder and co-chair of YNPN of Greater Grand Rapids, and is a member of the Independent Sector NGen Planning Committee.  She is also a member of the YNPN National board, currently chairing the National Voice Committee.  Tera has her B.S. from Grand Valley State University in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and is currently working on her MPA at Grand Valley in Nonprofit Management.  A proud citizen of Michigan, Tera has lived in West Michigan her entire life and now resides in Grand Rapids with her husband Rob, their great dane Penny, and cat Lucy.

Yesenia Sotelo

Yesenia is Heartland Alliance’s first Manager of Interactive and New Media. Yesenia has worked for nonprofits since 2001 in technology, development, communications and advocacy.

She also serves as the Executive Co-Chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago and is an active member of the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network.

Yesenia is fond of Indian food, BBC television, National Public Radio, Unibroue beers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Battlestar Galactica, National League baseball, Superdawg, Doctor Who, blue states and cherry pie. She can be contacted via e-mail at

Website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

Kelly Cleaver

Kelly is the Communications Coordinator for Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE MI in Detroit. She is one of the founding members of YNPN Detroit which was formed just this past October.  She graduated with honors from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Writing & Philosophy.

Kelly is a socially driven extrovert who loves music, people, food and dogs, one in particular, a Beagle  mix named Shelby. She loves her job and busy life, but sometimes finds herself longing for one more good old fashioned summer vacation.

Website, Twitter, LinkedIn

Kristen Jeffers

Kristen E. Jeffers writes Waxing Philosophical, a blog focused on urban policy, professional development and a little bit of music. She is the co-founder of  YNPN Triad Area NC and one time program coordinator for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (now CED) in Durham, NC. She has a B.A. in communication, with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina State University and is working on an M.PA. with a concentration in community and economic development at UNC-Greensboro. You can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn or email her at

Maria Smith

Maria Smith has helped raise more than $10 million for Wave Hill, the New York Junior Tennis League, Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation, the New York City Housing Authority and the Mount Vernon City School District.

In her hometown of Mount Vernon, NY, Maria is an active member of the historic Grace Baptist Church and the Operations Coordinator for the Harrigan Educational & Cultural Center.

She served on the YNPN-NYC Professional Development Committee and is thrilled to attend the YNPN Conference for the first time this year.  She continues to be inspired by the dedication of the YNPN National Board members and looks forward to the work ahead!

Patrick Sallee

Patrick is currently the first Development Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.  I have been with the agency for just over 2 years.  Prior to joining BBBS I served as a fundraising consultant with Hartsook Companies and worked for 3 years at American Humanics in Kansas City.  I am currently the Vice President of the board of directors for Nonprofit Connect and was co-founder of the Kansas City chapter of YNPN.  I have my master’s degree in nonprofit management from University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Robert Nelson

Robert works for Metropolitan Homelessness Project, New Mexico’s largest emergency men’s shelter – whose mission is to end homelessness in Albuquerque, NM on an individual and societal level through a unified voice of advocacy, prevention and service.  He manages all the shelter’s grants and administers human resources.  He also serves on two local boards – the local YNPN Chapter and New Mexico Solar Energy Association.  In his spare time, he volunteers within the community, writes for the local YNPN chapter blog as well as for a local television program called New Mexico Wildlife.  For kicks, he’s an avid runner and reader, contributes random musings to the blog, Laboratorium, and plays guitar in a band called Atomic Jellyfish.

YNPN Central NM Blog

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