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Nonprofit Leadership Center Welcomes Four New Board Members

Nonprofit Leadership Center

The Nonprofit Leadership Center is pleased to welcome four new board members to our dynamic board of directors: Lisa L. Brody, Esq., Julie Perrelli, CFRE, Katie Shultz, Ed.D., and Jennifer Yeagley.

Meet Lisa L. Brody, Esq.

Lisa L. Brody is the chief strategy officer for the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. She serves as a key member of the executive leadership team, responsible for strategy development and deployment and directly oversees the Foundation’s grant making, strategic initiatives portfolio, and research and education activities. 

"When I think of the heartbeat of our community, I immediately think of our nonprofit organizations. On a daily basis, nonprofit organizations strengthen the fabric of our community and play a vital role in building healthy communities by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility. Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Nonprofit Leadership Center has been the Tampa Bay region's leader for strengthening the capacity of our local nonprofit leaders and organizations. As a career nonprofit leader and current member of the philanthropic sector, I am honored to serve on the NLC Board. "
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Lisa L. Brody, Esq.
Chief Strategy Officer, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Before joining the Foundation team, Lisa served as the assistant deputy director and managing attorney for the St. Petersburg Office of Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., the largest nonprofit public-interest law firm in the Tampa Bay area. She is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Studies Program at St. Petersburg College, a licensed Florida Attorney (1995), and a member of the Florida Bar and St. Petersburg Bar. Lisa is a graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay, a Life Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and has a long history of board service and community involvement.

Meet Julie Perrelli, CFRE

Julie Perrelli is the philanthropy officer at the Suncoast Hospice Foundation, a member of Empath Health, and leads the Foundation’s individual giving team, which includes major and planned giving. She is a Certified Fundraising Raising Executive (CFRE) with more than 10 years of experience in fundraising and fundraising leadership and nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

"I love learning, and I’m passionate about building the capacity of our nonprofit community and professionals. Our work changes lives every day. Building the capacity of those doing the work increases the rate of speed at which we can make our communities better and stronger. The Nonprofit Leadership Center was there for me in a big way when I was getting started in my career, and I’m excited to be part of the organization's board of directors to help equip our next generation of leaders in philanthropy and service."
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Julie Perrelli, CFRE
Philanthropy Officer, Suncoast Hospice Foundation

Julie is a graduate of the University of Florida. She is also a 2015 graduate of Leadership Pinellas and has served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Tampa Bay, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Pinellas, and currently serves on the AchieveHERs advisory council for AMPLIFY Clearwater.  Julie is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, and she has also served as an At-Large Board member and received the league’s Community Impact Award for her leadership of community projects benefiting teens aging out of the foster care system.

Meet Katie Shultz, Ed.D.

Katie Shultz is the Senior Director of Community Investments at Community Foundation Tampa Bay. She oversees the administration of discretionary grants and scholarship distribution processes and other funding opportunities for area nonprofits. Her focus is on connecting donor dollars to nonprofits that are addressing the most pressing needs in the community. Katie also works to increase nonprofit capacity by developing various programming and professional development opportunities. 

"Nonprofit professionals pour themselves into serving our community, which makes it vital that we pour back into them through accessible and engaging industry-specific professional development opportunities. The Nonprofit Leadership Center not only provides training that allows nonprofit professionals to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for their career progression, but also creates a space to connect, explore new ideas, and have important conversations about the challenges nonprofits and the individuals they serve face. I am thrilled to be on the Nonprofit Leadership Center's board to ensure nonprofit professionals continue to receive the support and development they deserve."​
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Katie Shultz, Ed.D.
Senior Director of Community Investments, Community Foundation Tampa Bay

Katie received her Doctorate in Leadership Education (Ed.D.) from the University of New England. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern University. She has spent the past 18 years working as a development professional, including positions in fund distribution for the United Way, individual donor development, and grant writing for several nonprofit and government entities, including leading the grants department at St. Petersburg College. During her career in grant development, she led several successful grant writing teams which resulted in securing and managing more than $100 million from various funding sources, including the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Meet Jennifer Yeagley

Jennifer Yeagley has been the CEO of the St. Pete Free Clinic since March 2020. In her time as CEO, the organization has more than tripled the number of individuals it serves and has expanded its reach to additional areas throughout Pinellas County. Before stepping into her current role, Jennifer was vice president for administrative  and strategic operations for Gulf Coast JFCS. During her two decades in a range of executive, development and operational roles for human services organizations, Jenn has excelled in creating and implementing plans that advance goals, enhance community engagement, and strengthen organizational impact.

"When I moved to the Tampa Bay region 10 years ago as a nonprofit professional, the first thing I did was visit the Nonprofit Leadership Center. Through NLC, I connected with other passionate nonprofit professionals and continued my journey of lifelong learning. During the past decade, I’ve participated in NLC trainings, conferences and affinity groups and have experienced firsthand how valuable this organization is. As a nonprofit executive deeply passionate about the sector, I’m thrilled to serve on the board and play a role in the organization's continued growth and impact."​
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Jennifer Yeagley
CEO, St. Pete Free Clinic

Jennifer is on the Board of Directors for Bon Secours Mercy Health Foundation, a national organization that coordinates charitable giving for the Bon Secours Mercy Health hospital system. She also serves on Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s Community Research Advisory Board and is part of St. Petersburg’s Grow Together Leadership Alliance. 

Jennifer was recognized with a 2016 Florida Diversity Council LGBT Ally Award, was a recipient of Community Tampa Bay’s 2020 Silver Medallion Award for her work in promoting inclusion and equity, and was profiled by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of “52 Tampa Bay executives who should be on your virtual meeting calendar.” She has been published by and has presented in forums around the nation, including the National Association for African American Studies, Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association, and Florida Philanthropic Network. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in literature from Texas State University.

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