Our Nonprofit Instructors

All Center seminars and Customized On-Site trainings are facilitated by experts in their fields. Each of the facilitators listed below has a minimum of 15 years of experience working and/or training in the nonprofit sector. Instructors are listed in alphabetical order, by last name.

Pedro Barrientos

Pedro Barrientos began his career in service as an AmeriCorps member hosted by Volunteer Los Angeles.  After completing his term of service, he supported several at-risk youth programs including mentoring, tutoring and leadership training programs.  Pedro then managed Volunteer LA’s traditional volunteering program, HandsOn Volunteers, employing full-cycle volunteer management best practices.  Currently, Pedro manages Agency Partnerships & Training, at Volunteer Los Angeles, working to establish and deepen community partnerships and helping build the capacity of nonprofits and government agencies to effectively engage volunteers to better deliver on their respective missions.  Volunteer Los Angeles, a service of Assistance League of Southern California, is committed to building a strong, viable network of concerned and compassionate people who believe volunteer action creates needed change and elevates our sense of community.

Betsy Densmore

Betsy Densmore is Founder and President of Academies for Social Entrepreneurship, which blends the best of business and philanthropy to support social enterprise. She has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations on how to grow mission-related earned income ventures and improve their business acumen. Betsy is an entrepreneur herself, having founded and managed two hospitality businesses, an insurance agency and two nonprofit organizations.

Most recently, she worked for six years as a program leader at a global personal development organization. Her career has also included running a community foundation for ten years, managing an energy services social enterprise, serving as the Manager of Consumer and Community Affairs for a Fortune 500 retailer, and helping to manage a county social services department. She is currently serving on the Boards of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, LA Social Venture Partners and the LA Chapter of Social Enterprise Alliance.

Anita Grace Edwards

Anita Grace Edwards is a practicing attorney, licensed by the State Bar of California and a Certified Human Resource Professional. As a Human Resource Professional, she provides extensive counseling and training to small businesses on day-to-day human resource issues involving employee relations, management training, policies and procedures, discipline, discharge and harassment and discrimination. She has also conducted sexual harassment/Discrimination training.

As an attorney, she has represented individual plaintiffs and small businesses in a host of employment matters and contract claims pursuant to state and federal laws. She has also represented employees and employers before various State and Federal regulatory bodies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Labor Commissioner’s office.

Anita Grace Edwards graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Economic/Accounting. In 1996 she earned a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. In May 2010 she earned the Certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources (“SPHR”) from the HR Certification Institute. She has been trained in basic and advanced mediation skills through the Los Angeles County Bar Association Center for Civic Mediation Center.

Dr. Damian Goldvarg

Organizational Development Consultant
Master Certified Coach
Goldvarg Consulting Group

With 15 years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating skill building  programs, he has expertise in cultural competence, leadership training, strategic planning and dev. minority executives; working with non-profit, business and government. He has a Masters in Counseling (CA State Univ. Northridge) and a Master & Doctorate in Organizational Psychology (Alliant University). He is Certified Professional Coach by the International Coaching Federation.

Filiberto Gonzalez

Filiberto Gonzalez is founder and CEO of Social | Impact Consulting, LLC, a full-service consulting firm based in Los Angeles.

After a thirteen-year career in the nonprofit sector as a social worker, community advocate, program administrator, grant writer, social media strategist, and development director, Filiberto launched Social | Impact Consulting in 2011 to harness the power of social media/new media for nonprofits. Social | Impact Consulting provides professional services in four areas: fundraising, social media strategy, community outreach, and research.

Filiberto speaks regularly on social media for nonprofits. In August 2011, Filiberto was a panelist at the Social Media for Nonprofits conference in Los Angeles. Filiberto also participated in different sessions that were part of Social Media Week LA 2011.

In September 2011, The Huffington Post named Filiberto as one of ‘39 Inspiring Men for his work with nonprofits and in the social good community. Later that same month, the social networking site LinkedIn invited Filiberto to represent small business owners and the social good community at the first-ever LinkedIn Town Hall with President Obama. True to form, he live-tweeted and uploaded photos from @gofiliberto while sitting in the first row.

Randy Hipke

Randy Hipke is an award-winning advertising, marketing and design consultant with over 30 years of experience. His clients have included CBS, Directv, Disney, IBM, Lucasfilm and Paramount Pictures. Randy has taught at the university level and is a former member of the professional teaching faculty at Art Center College of Design. He has served as Vice President, Education and Special Projects for the American Institute of Graphic Arts/Los Angeles and is a past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild, also serving on the national board. He currently serves on the board of the Arizona State University Alumni Association/Los Angeles Chapter.

Rolfe Larson

Rolfe Larson is the author of Venture Forth!, which is widely recognized as the best layman’s manual on the subject of nonprofit enterprise and was endorsed by Paul Newman of Newman’s Own. Until recently, Rolfe served on the board of the Social Enterprise Alliance.

Rolfe has more than twenty years of experience managing and advising organizations in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Prior to starting his consulting firm in 1995, Rolfe Larson was an executive for almost ten years at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), where his responsibilities included identifying, researching, and launching new business ventures. Several of the ventures he helped launch generated significant value to MPR. Business areas include music marketing, product licensing, mail order catalogs, publishing, and commercial broadcast media.

For more than a dozen years, Rolfe was a Professor of Marketing at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, at the College of Business, where he taught courses in marketing, business planning and social entrepreneurship. Rolfe has served on the boards of the Social Enterprise Alliance, The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, and Mississippi Market. Rolfe holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and an MBA from Yale University, with an emphasis in marketing and finance.

He helped found and moderate the npEnterprise Forum, the global, 7500 subscriber listserv exclusively focused on social enterprise/earned income strategies. It is the official listserv partner of the Social Enterprise Alliance. See www.npEnterprise.net for more information or to subscribe. Rolfe writes weekly blogs on business planning (http://bit.ly/aMto3p) and on social enterprise (http://bit.ly/becVcW).

Jason Leo, CPA

Audit Senior Manager

Jason Leo has over nine years of public accounting experience. During those years, he has gained broad industry expertise in a variety of industries, including small and medium manufacturing companies, construction companies and small, medium and large nonprofit organizations. With an emphasis in the audits of nonprofit organizations, he has participated in the audits of a wide variety of organizations including museums, foundations, arts and community health organizations. Jason has managed some of SingerLewak’s high profile not-for-profit organization audits. As part of the firm’s in-house training programs, Jason conducts trainings on nonprofit-related issues. Jason has written for the firm’s nonprofit newsletters and participated in seminars focusing on issues affecting nonprofit organizations. Jason has also met individually with clients regarding the adoption of new nonprofit accounting guidance, including UPMIFA and fair value accounting and disclosure.

Jason graduated from the University of Southern California’s Leventhal School of Accounting with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is a certified public accountant, licensed in the State of California, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”).

Matthew Manos

Matthew Manos is a social entrepreneur that is dedicated to disrupting the way the design industry operates. Matthew began his freelance career at the age of 16 (2005), which is the same year he took on his first pro-bono client. Four years later, he founded verynice (2009), a global design, business, and innovation consultancy that dedicates over 50% of its efforts toward free design services for non-profit organizations. Matthew has helped build over 250 brands in every sector and industry across the globe, and his studio works with a diverse clientele that range from Fortune 500 companies to small local shops. Clients include The United Nations, MTV Networks, Facebook, Toyota, Disney, and Human Rights Campaign. Matthew’s work and ideas have been published in 100+ print and online venues internationally including The Huffington Post, GOOD, HOW, Wired Magazine, and is a contributing writer for Social Earth and Beautiful/Decay Magazine. He holds a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA (2010), and an MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design (2012).

Joyce Murdock

Joyce Murdock, President of Murdock Human Resources Consulting Group, has worked in a variety of the Non-Profit organizations since establishing her business over 10 years ago. She has previously taught several Human Resources management courses at the Center. As a Trainer, Joyce brings to the classroom practical experience as a former human resources executive in several consumer based companies located here in Southern California.

Joyce’s interactive style of training allows the participants to learn at the level that allows to gain the knowledge they need to be successful as a human resources professional. She creates a learning environment that engages the participants so that they can contribute to their organization in a meaningful and productive manner. Joyce is a Certified Executive Coach. She has a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management and a B.A. in English.

Lior Temkin, CPA, MST

Tax Partner

Lior Temkin oversees SingerLewak’s nonprofit tax practice. He has more than ten years of tax and accounting experience. His areas of expertise include corporate, partnership and individual taxation with an emphasis in public and private nonprofit taxation. Lior received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Master of Science in Taxation from California State University, Northridge. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Julie Ha Truong

Ms. Truong has twelve years of nonprofit experience. Prior to joining the Center, she managed and provided strategic direction at a public schools district for the successful implementation of the Full-Service Community Schools model, a collaborative effort of 100 partnership programs. Formerly, Ms. Truong established and led an award-winning Capacity Building Program where she and her team provided extensive training and technical assistance to over 200 organizations. As a grant writer, she has secured over four million dollars of grant funding.

Kristy Jones

Kristy Jones is an experienced technical trainer and IT consultant with a demonstrated history of improving operations through effective instruction.  Graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems, Kristy has over eleven years of experience as a Technology Manager and Technical Trainer in the nonprofit and private sectors.  Her most recent work experience has been in online learning with Azusa Pacific Online University: being the System Administrator for its Learning Management System as well as constructing courses.  Her practical IT experience and passion for making a meaningful connection with learners has earned Kristy a reputation as a talented and keen trainer both online and in the classroom.

Janet Levine

Janet Levine works with nonprofit and educational organizations, helping them to exceed their goals.  In her more than 20 years in the field of philanthropy, Janet has been intimately involved with all aspects of fund development and nonprofit management.  She has built programs from scratch and brought existing programs to the next level.  As Vice President for Advancement at California State University, Dominguez Hills, she built a sustainable, ongoing fundraising program while repurposing communications and implementing a government relations program.  In places as diverse as USC, the Reason Foundation, the American Film Institute and two community colleges, she increased levels of fundraising and deepened prospect pools.  At the University of Oregon, she played a key role in the Oregon Campaign which, at the time, was the largest campaign ever attempted in the state.

In addition to front-line fundraising, Janet has managed the various areas within advancement including the Office of Development, Extended Education, Government and Community Relations, and Public Relations and Marketing.  She also brings a wide experience as a business and sales manager from her many years’ in the for-profit world.  She has an MBA from the Gradizado School of Business at Pepperdine University.

A sought-after speaker, Janet has presented at CASE, NCCCF and other professional organizations.  Janet’s numerous face-to-face grant writing and fundraising courses have been offered in extended education programs and volunteer centers. Her articles have appeared in CASE Currents, Fund Raising Management and at Charity Channel.

From specialized training and workshops to assessments, planning and facilitations, Janet Levine provides you and your organization with breakthrough strategies that will make a difference.

Belinda Madrid Teitel

Belinda Madrid Teitel is the Vice President of Education & Leadership Development at the Center for Nonprofit Management of Southern California and brings skills from the nonprofit, business and governmental sector. Ms. Teitel is an executive coach, and capacity building consultant and trainer on a range of topics, including raising funds from individuals, foundations and corporations, board development, organizational development, marketing and strategic planning. She has been coaching and consulting for nonprofit organizations for more than 13 years and has worked with over 100 organizations of all types and sizes. Prior to becoming a consultant, Ms. Teitel served as Southern California Director for Earth Share of California, a nonprofit federation of 90 premier local, state and national environmental organizations. She began her business career in the banking and finance field and has formed extensive alliances in the nonprofit, business and governmental sectors throughout Southern California.  Ms. Teitel is on the board of Girls on the Run, Los Angeles Chapter, and an active member of Hispanics in Philanthropy.

Janet McIntyre

Janet McIntyre is a certified coach and non-profit consultant. She has over 15 years of experience in the Los Angeles non-profit sector, most recently as a director of development. Currently, she coaches executive directors, senior managers, and often coaches teams comprising of EDs and board chairs, and she consults in the areas of fund development, board development, strategic planning, and leadership development. She earned her MA degree in Leadership from USC with an emphasis in non-profit management. 

Lisa Rau

Lisa Rau is the CEO and co-founder of Confluence (www.confluencecorp.com), a technology consulting and creative services firm that specializes in helping nonprofits with their technology, branding, software and website needs.  She is active in the technology-for-nonprofits movement nationally. Since 2001, her company has grown to provide support to more than 500 nonprofits across the country with a concentration in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Her direct service work includes assisting nonprofits with strategic technology consulting, technology capacity building, and management of larger implementation projects.

Lisa is a frequent invited speaker in nonprofit forums.  She is on the faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Management.

Advancement’s Learning and Leadership Institute and serves as a Guest Faculty at Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence. She serves as a Peer Reviewer at the Standards of Excellence Institute, and provides trainings across the county in many venues, including the Center for Nonprofit Management of Southern California and the Executive Service Corps of Southern California. From 1993-2001, Lisa was a senior executive at commercial information technology services firms where she had P&L responsibility for IT services contracts of over $35M in annual revenue. A previous Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania’s Computer Science Department, Lisa has published over fifty professional articles. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Exeter with a concentration in information retrieval and artificial intelligence.

Confluence (www.confluencecorp.com) is a national provider of nonprofit technology consulting and creative services  Founded in 2001, Confluence has grown to provide direct support to more than 500 nonprofits across the country and is a leading provider of comprehensive strategic technology assessments.  Operating independently of specific technology solutions, Confluence advises nonprofits of all sizes on the right software for their needs, from association management, fundraising, contact management and overall program management. The web services division focuses on graphic design with implementations in open source systems, including Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and CiviCRM. Confluence is certified in the Salesforce contact management system with extensive experience with the Blackbaud/Convio solution, the Nonprofit Starter Pack, as well as the FoundationConnect. Rounding out the Confluence portfolio, our network and IT support division provides standard computer services, including migrations to cloud-based services – from Microsoft Office 365 to Google Apps.

Matt Scelza

Matt joined the Incite team in 2010 after 15 years of service and business development in the nonprofit world. Matt has led more than 40 cause marketing campaigns in his career so far, including work with Verizon, Homeboy Industries, the U.S. Army, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and MAZON. His dedication to fundraising and organizational leadership has generated over $25 million in support for various charities.

At California Literacy, Matt created the nation’s first Health Literacy Initiative with support from Kaiser Permanente, Pfizer, Inc., and The California Endowment. He also worked with Washington Mutual (now Wachovia) to launch a statewide public awareness campaign called Cities That Read, ultimately engaging more than 150 California cities. Matt is a dual graduate of Stanford University (BA ’94 and MA ’95) and a long-time Angeleno.


Since our first year in business, TechMD has developed a specialty in providing IT services to the nonprofit community.

We understand that nonprofits need to be efficient stewards of their resources, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need and deserve reliable computer systems. Our flat fee IT service is an ideal fit for nonprofits, as the program allows you to budget for a predictable fee each and every month. You’ll no longer have to be concerned about needing to allocate additional resources to IT during a service-intensive month—resources that may have to be reallocated from programs tied directly to your mission.

With TechMD’s experienced team, nonprofit organizations also receive both a chief technology officer as well as a hands-on computer technician. Our team has a varied skill set—if one technician can’t address your problem, another member of our team can. And, we will work around the clock, if necessary, to resolve your most urgent technology needs—needs that can be more readily addressed by a team of technicians, rather than a sole employee.

And, we’ve developed expertise in nearly 20 different software programs that are frequently—or exclusively—used by the nonprofit sector.

TechMD has also helped our nonprofit clients secure donated software, and we encourage our for-profit clients to donate equipment to our nonprofit clients. During the past several years, we have facilitated the donation of hundreds of computers, printers, and copy machines. The for-profit client receives a tax deduction and the nonprofit gets a higher-quality system. In short, we create a win-win for everyone.

Roz Teller

Roz Teller is a general partner in the management consulting firm of Teller Associates, which has been assisting organizations to develop their human resources since 1980.  They specialize in helping managers, supervisors, and employees to develop the management and human relations skills needed to succeed in rapidly changing environments.  A former New Yorker, Roz received her B.A. from Brooklyn College and her Masters from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Roz has designed and conducted over a thousand workshops across the country and is listed in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in American Women, and the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women.  She is a member of the boards of directors of Barlow Respiratory Hospital and the Mary Magdalene Project.

Grant Central USA

Grant Central USA trainings are professionally designed and are taught in universities, colleges, corporations, and communities nation-wide. All courses are designed to give you  access to a wide array of practical templates, useful samples, and many grant writing tips and techniques to help your grant proposal gain a competitive edge and, most importantly, to get funded.

Jeffrey Wilcox

Jeffrey Wilcox, CFRE is President and CEO of Executive Consulting for the Nonprofit Sector which has offices in Long Beach, CA, Phoenix, AZ and Vancouver, BC. Executive Consulting specializes in interim executive management exclusively for nonprofit organizations and provides support services for succession planning, executive mentoring, and volunteer-led executive search processes. Jeff has served as Senior Vice-President, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Executive Director of CHOC Foundation for Children. Jeff is the chief learning officer for the Wells Fargo New Executive Director’s Institute of Greater Los Angeles, the New Executive Director’s Academy of Greater Vancouver, and The Board Chair’s Academy of Southern California.

Dr. Lynn Valazquez

Dr. Lynn Velazquez is President and Chief Operating Officer of JL Executive Solutions, a leadership development and training corporation. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with profit and non-profit mid- to senior-level executives and teams on leadership skills, succession planning, career development, strategic planning, team building, and conflict resolution. She has worked with a wide range of non-profit organizations including The Salvation Army, The California Endowment, Scripps Healthcare, and Pasadena Art Center. Lynn earned her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Education, specializing in adult learning. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and combines business and education in her work.

Jessica Wu

Jessica Wu, CPA has been working with nonprofit organizations, privately-held companies, and government entities since 2000.  Her focus has been on financial statement audits, compliance audits and consulting services.  She has worked with organizations of all sizes and is more of a business partner than an auditor to her clients.  Jessica also provides recommendations on the procedures of an organization’s operation based on best practices of the industry. She volunteers her time with several nonprofit organizations to assist them in achieving their financial goals and is on various committees.

Jinhong Zhang

Jinhong Zhang is a dynamic consultant and leader with over 10 year’s in-depth experience in financial management. With his passionate and engaging conversations, his consulting service usually results in transformations in communication, resource development, team and leadership.