Meet Our Staff

Emily Benham



At the Nonprofit Leadership Center … I champion the good work of all nonprofits and help empower leaders to achieve their best.

When I’m not at work … you’ll most likely find me at the barn, riding my horse Current Affair. Training an off-the-track thoroughbred in the nuances of classical dressage has absolutely strengthened my negotiating skills and honed my practice of conflict resolution.

My favorite class is … our CEO Circles. It’s exciting to see nonprofit CEOs connect and share best practices. I enjoy opportunities that uncover pathways to connect and inspire our collective work.

My mantra is … cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Every day. In all you do.

Charlie Imbergamo


Director of Strategic Programs

At the Nonprofit Leadership Center … I’m responsible for leading program strategy, design and delivery across all learning and development areas to support the changing needs of nonprofit leaders.

When I’m not at work … you’ll find me listening to music, on the water, trying a new recipe, caring for my two furry “kids” Coco (the dog) and Rigo (the cat), and enjoying our beautiful Tampa Bay area.

My favorite class is … anything related to emotional intelligence. For me, that’s the foundation for everything else we do.

My mantra is … see the dignity of every human person, starting with the beauty of you.

Carina Kleter

Program Associate

At the Nonprofit Leadership Center … I support our nonprofit community by providing project management and critical operational support across our spectrum of offerings, including virtual and in-person trainings, conferences, custom solutions and peer-based learning groups.

When I’m not at work … I’m reading at my local coffee shop, practicing yoga and striving to be the best version of myself.

My favorite class is … Developing Emotional Intelligence. I love that this class helps nonprofit leaders cultivate the often-overlooked skills of self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness and relationship management — and utilize them to strengthen their organizations.

My mantra is … everyone is doing the best they can with the tools they have. This helps me remember to not only be compassionate with myself and others, but to consistently strive for better tools and help others do the same.

Meriel Martínez

Program Director

At the Nonprofit Leadership Center … I contribute to the development and implementation of strategic programs, including small-group leadership circles that bring leaders together who share similar roles or goals to learn, problem-solve and succeed collaboratively. I also support NLC’s efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion across all program areas.

When I’m not at work … I’m spending time with the people I love, often hanging out at home, on a hike or at the beach. Oh, and I’m dancing — I’m definitely dancing.

My favorite class is … is anything related to personal development and inclusive practices.

My mantra is … we are all a work in progress. We must show grace to others and ourselves while continually seeking to learn and understand.

Jamiel Maze

Resource Development Coordinator

At the Nonprofit Leadership Center … I write grants, secure sponsorships and recognize all the people and partners who support our work in the community.

When I’m not at work … I enjoy spending time with my family visiting national parks, attending the theater and seeing my favorite artists live in concert. In my quiet time, I love reflection journaling.

My favorite class is … Work Interrupted: Take Back Control of Your Workday. There is so much power in taking back your time, increasing productivity and finding time to do things you love.

My mantra is … do what you can, when you can, with what you have. Life is unpredictable and yet full of endless possibilities.


Image of Amarela Peqini, an Albanian woman with brown hair wearing a navy blue jacket and light blue shirt
Image of Amarela Peqini, an Albanian woman with brown hair wearing a navy blue jacket and light blue shirt

Amarela Peqini


Business Operations Manager

At the Nonprofit Leadership Center … I work to ensure our team has the support or resources needed to deliver their projects. I supervise the financial performance of the organization, ensuring the best use of our resources to increase the impact we have in the community.

When I’m not at work … I am cooking, listening to an audiobook, visiting new places or enjoying the Florida weather with family and friends.

My favorite class is … the CFO Roundtable. It’s a great opportunity to learn from best practices, share experiences and discuss how to overcome the growing challenges and demands of today’s world.

My mantra is … be present. Don’t lose a chance to learn, listen, serve, laugh or love. The present is shaping your future.