Julia Alvarez, MA
Julia is passionate about organizational development and social change, and brings over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to her work with Point b(e) Strategies. With expertise in strategic planning, fund development and grantwriting, training and staff development, Julia looks forward to working with you to identify, articulate and start to solve the most pressing challenges facing your organization. In addition to her years spent consulting, Julia was the executive director of Elephant Energy, a grassroots international development organization in Denver. Through this role, she learned first-hand about the challenges of leading a small organization. Julia has her bachelor's degree in international studies from Kenyon College and her master’s degree in international peace studies from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Nancy Zuercher, MA
Nancy has a strong background in program development, design and evaluation and has helped countless organizations articulate their outcomes and communicate their important work. Nancy is a skilled project manager, grantwriter and strategic planning facilitator and through her work, Nancy has provided organizations with the information they need to better understand their constituency, develop more focused programs, apply for additional funding, and ultimately better serve their communities. Nancy has her master’s degree in international development from the University of Denver, with specializations in nonprofit management and statistical analysis, and her bachelor’s degree in international trade and relations from the University of Northern Colorado.
Antonia Alvarez, PhD
Antonia has more than a decade of experience working in communities with youth and adult service providers in the areas of suicide prevention; creating empowering spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth; dating and domestic violence; and indigenous health and healing. Her behavioral health research/services interest is community-based mental health programs, and specifically in youth suicide prevention and interventions that use arts and culturally responsive techniques/methodologies. Antonia recently completed the social work doctoral program at the University of Denver, in addition to her bachelor of arts degree from Oberlin College in Ohio and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. Antonia currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a member of the faculty at Portland State University, where she will combine teaching and research on community-based interventions with culturally responsive social work practice in the area of indigenous health and mental health.
Meghan Camp, MPA
Meghan’s excitement for the social sector was sparked when she served and volunteered on a youth fundraising and advisory committee for a children’s hospital while growing up in Virginia. With more than eight years of experience in nonprofit organization management, grantwriting, program evaluation and strategic planning, Meghan now lives her passion every day by partnering with incredible organizations to improve the lives of Coloradans. Through her work, Meghan has helped numerous nonprofits, government agencies and school systems design thoughtful financial and strategic plans, identify strongly aligned funding opportunities, develop program models and evaluation plans that are rooted in evidence and best practice, and write winning grant proposals so they can amplify their impact. Meghan holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech in English with a concentration in professional writing and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. An avid yogi, singer, cyclist, and general outdoor enthusiast, Meghan spends most of her free time staying active and connecting with others through everyday adventures.
Dee Gourd, BS
Dee has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit consulting sector. With a voracious appetite for identifying funding opportunities for nonprofits and government agencies, Dee is adept at staying abreast of nonprofit trends and best practices and has an uncanny ability to gather statistics and relevant research for supporting a needs justification. In previous positions, Dee identified funding opportunities on a daily basis for a wide array of clients and was responsible for contributing funding opportunities to the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s newsletter, which was distributed throughout the state of Colorado. In addition to her consulting work, Dee enjoys working as a caregiver, companion and friend to older adults. She and her family have hosted English Language Learners from Belarus, Uzbekistan, Spain, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and she enjoys travel, learning about other cultures and sharing her culture with others. Dee and her husband have recently become urban beekeepers and are passionate about protecting pollinators. Dee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from North Carolina State University, and before moving to Colorado, Dee worked in plant science research.
Laura McGarry, MPA
Laura has over 15 years of experience working in the public sector, including work in public education, extensive capacity building work with nonprofits of all sizes, and capacity building with government agencies. Her track record of success includes leading grantwriting projects that were awarded over $29 million from 2012–2015, and most recently working as the Director of Programs and Operations for a leading nonprofit behavioral health provider where she supported the agency in gaining $3.1 million in new funding in less than three years. She also used her capacity building skills to support the agency in adding three new service sites and doubling its staff size in that time. Her commitment to the social sector is exemplified by her seven years of service as a founding board member for a grassroots youth development and urban agriculture program that supported equitable access to fresh food in Denver's food deserts. Laura has a Masters in Public Administration from CU Denver, where she focused on nonprofit growth, management, and advocacy.