Growth is almost always sparked by change. A fresh idea. A meaningful connection. A different perspective. A leap of faith. A comfort zone defied. A new opportunity.
Today, we’re celebrating two nonprofit leaders who’re embarking on new opportunities. Their changes are sure to contribute to our community’s growth.
Welcome Jessica Dvoracsek
Be grateful for what you have, and you’ll always have enough.
That’s Jessica Dvoracsek’s motto (pronounced Div-OR-Seck). Jessica has joined Team NLC as our new Resource Development Fellow — a one-year fellowship that allows emerging nonprofit leaders to immerse themselves in every aspect of fund development as well as provide key customer service and marketing support. In addition to attending professional development classes, writing grants, observing board meetings and more, she will oversee sponsorships for NLC’s Leadership Conference.
Jessica is a charismatic professional who has spent her career in higher education and the arts. She has experience in community relations, event management, volunteer management and coaching. For the past four years, she has been responsible for the professional coaching of students enrolled in the nursing program at Utica College as well as the onboarding and training of incoming coaches. Jessica also worked at the Sarasota Opera in marketing and advertising sales. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and her master’s degree in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jessica is currently enrolled in NLC’s graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program at the University of Tampa.
“As part of the current nonprofit management cohort, I’m learning effective board governance, strategic planning, marketing, fund development and how to develop a business plan. As a lifelong learner, I love developing new skills and turning them into strengths!”
When Jessica is not in the office, you’ll find her training for a half marathon or volunteering with Girls on the Run of Greater Tampa Bay as a community outreach coordinator. You might also find her singing (she’s a soprano and she’s really good!) or spending time with her husband and dogs.
Thank You Andrew Rametta
While the beginning of one fellowship at NLC means the end to another, it also represents a bright beginning for our nonprofit community. Today, we celebrate Andrew Rametta who has been NLC’s Resource Development Fellow for the past year. This week, Andrew began his new role as Manager of Donor Relations at Metropolitan Ministries. We’re incredibly grateful to Andrew for all he has contributed to NLC and our nonprofit community. We look forward to seeing how he will continue strengthening our community in his new role.
“The experience I received through the NLC Fellowship is priceless. In a year’s time, I’ve progressed from being introduced to the nonprofit sector to now being deeply part of it. I feel equipped with the skills and knowledge to help my new development team as soon as I step in the door. I now understand how to craft a case for support, the importance and impact of a donor-centric fund development strategy, the growing trends in the sector and how important and transformative a planned giving program can be. I’ve received five years of experience in just 12 short months!”
Please join us in congratulating Jessica Dvoracsek and Andrew Rametta.