7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens 7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion 7:50 am Program Presentation Begins 8:30 am Audience Q&A 9:00 am Adjourn Presentation
9:15 am Final Networking
Innovating in the nonprofit world comes with its own unique set of challenges and constraints such as mission, culture, funding, engagement, risk tolerance and lack of vision. However, some nonprofits are introducing truly innovative approaches to create a sustainable business model: incorporating unique offerings that add value to their constituents, leveraging the power of new partnerships, utilizing creative problem-solving and technology based solutions all while encouraging a culture of innovation. Our panel took a dive into this topic with Kim Sterling of Sterling Associates, Perryn Leach, Managing Director of the Houston Grand Opera and Pat Jonas, Board Director for the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation.
Founder and President, Sterling and Associates
Director, NPR Foundation, Houston Public Media
Kim is the founder and president of Sterling Associates. She began her development career with the American Leadership Forum in 1984 as Director of Development, and in 1988 began working as a consultant to nonprofits. Today she and her team work with nonprofits to plan and manage capital campaigns, develop strategic plans, conduct development assessments, create communications strategies, and strengthen the roles of boards and staffs. Over the years, she and her team have worked with more than 350 organizations including the Houston Food Bank, KIPP Public Schools, Habitat for Humanity, the Houston Parks Board, the Houston SPCA, Memorial Hermann Foundation, the Houston Zoo, the Contemporary Arts Museum, numerous independent schools, and the Weekley Family Foundation.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Kim serves on the Board of Directors of the NPR Foundation and Houston Public Media. She was named the Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Houston chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2004, and she is a frequent speaker at nonprofit conferences and training programs. She received her BA from Williams College and a Master's degree in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Her husband, David, is a senior partner with Baker Botts, LLP, and they have three grown children.
Director, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation - Kansas Region
Patrick T. Jonas graduated from Wichita State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. He then directed nursery and pediatric physical therapy care programs at the Beatrice State Developmental Center, Beatrice, Neb. After returning to Kansas, he worked with Mid-Kansas Physical Therapy Outpatient Services. In 1986, he partnered with East and West Side Physical Therapy, which included outpatient services and consulting to Center Industries Corp., Rainbows United, and his alma mater, Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Wichita, Kan. The practice was sold in 1998.
Mr. Jonas first began working with CPRF as a Board of Directors member in 1996, accepting a position as CPRF COO in 1998. Two years later, he was appointed by the Board of Directors as President and CEO.
Mr. Jonas oversees the day-to-day operations of the Wichita-based foundation and acts as Board of Directors liaison for CPRF’s affiliate support organizations, Center Industries Corporation and Business Technology Career Opportunities, Inc.
The CPRF mission is to provide people with disabilities customized services, supports, and technologies to facilitate their chosen economic and personal independence, with an emphasis on employment and training. The foundation operates a variety of services for people with disabilities, including a wheelchair and posture seating clinic, the School of Adaptive Computer Training, and accessible housing, to name a few.
Fueled by his personal involvement with CPRF as a high school volunteer and a personal care staffer in college, along with the example of his pioneering father, John F. Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder, Mr. Jonas desired to become more directly involved in carrying out CPRF’s mission after moving away from his career as a physical therapist. He continuously champions various local, state, and federal funding issues faced by disability service nonprofits.
Mr. Jonas and his wife, Pamela, have four children: Carrie, Tim, Gavin and Frankie.
Mr. Jonas serves on Boards of Directors for CPRF, BTCO, Inc., CIC, United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas, Interhab, Kansas Workforce Investment, and the Statewide Independent Living Council.
Managing Director, Houston Grand Opera
Director, Theater District Houston, Central Houston, Opera America, Houston Arts Combined Endowment Foundation
Managing Director Perryn Leech, born in Brighton, England, joined Houston Grand Opera as technical and production director in the 2006–07 season. He became chief operating officer in August 2010, and in May 2011 was appointed the company’s managing director, overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations. When HGO was displaced from its home, the Wortham Theater Center, due to devastating flood damage from Hurricane Harvey, he located a new performance venue in the George R. Brown Convention Center and led HGO’s technical and production team in building a theater in the space—in less than two weeks. He joined Houston Grand Opera after five years at Welsh National Opera (WNO) as technical director, and four years as production manager at English National Opera. His extensive freelance career included serving as the head of lighting at the Edinburgh International Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious arts festivals in the world. In 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on his Quality of Life Transition Committee.
He is chairman of the board for Theater District Houston and serves as a board member of Houston Grand Opera, Central Houston, and Opera America. In addition, he is a board member and treasurer of the Houston Arts Combined Endowment Foundation and board member and secretary of the Wortham Center Operating Company. This past August, he was named one of Houston’s most admired business leaders in the nonprofit category by the Houston Business Journal, one of 35 for-profit leaders and 13 nonprofit leaders to receive this inaugural award. He is married to author Caroline Leech and is proud father to three children, Jemma, Kirsty, and Rory.