Doing Good, Together
After spending more than 20 years founding and running nonprofit organizations, we are inspired by the power of nonprofits. Great missions, great leaders, and great strategy can make outstanding impact; but only when everything works together. That’s why we founded Envision Consulting, an innovative consulting firm that specializes in providing leadership strategy and search solutions exclusively to nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to leverage our experience in the nonprofit sector to positively impact those organizations that change our communities.
Our small, but mighty team brings years of experience and passion for the nonprofit sector. Our diverse talents and interests give us a comprehensive view on each organization we serve.
Sylvia is passionate about creating social change and believes in the vital role of nonprofits in empowering people and communities. As an Envision consultant, Sylvia draws on her 20 years of experience in various capacities with nonprofits: board member, volunteer and staff, including 11 years of experience in executive-level roles at organizations such as Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, YWCA, and Pasadena Senior Center. She has also served as a member of an advisory committee for a nationwide centennial fundraising campaign and has co-chaired a national steering committee on professional development for fundraisers. Prior to joining Envision, Sylvia worked as an independent consultant, providing political campaign management, fundraising and communications services to candidates and nonprofits in Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Whether it's strategic planning, messaging, expanding and retaining a supporter base, establishing targeted and cost-effective donor programs, planning for growth, or some other transformational endeavor, Sylvia is energized to work with the people who make a nonprofit's mission possible. She is always fueled by good coffee and sometimes fueled by delicious tater tots.
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Allison Fuller has worked in the nonprofit world for more than ten years and brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge to the nonprofit arena. Allison's passion for nonprofit started as a volunteer, leading her to co-found a nonprofit organization dedicated to micro-lending which then led to an career-change to the nonprofit sector where she has held numerous staff and executive leadership positions, including Executive Director, Board Chair, Marketing and Operations.
Allison brings her extensive planning and logistical experience into overseeing many aspects of management organization, contract administration, strategic planning and operations. In addition, as a graphic designer and marketer, she brings in unique talents to nonprofits, expanding resources and efficiency while substantially increasing fundraising revenues. Allison has always had a passion for helping youth and has worked with several major non-profit organizations including Autism Speaks, YWCA, and Make-A-Wish.
Allison lives in Pasadena with her husband Ryan, two daughters, and two rescue pups.
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Sandra Garcia is a multi talented creative that uses her skills and passion for creating social change through her work at Envision. Her passion for non profits started through volunteer work and found a way to incorporate her career with her passion.
She aims to strategically elevate non profits by conveying their mission and core message to a clear visual form.
She is a multitasker in and out of the office. She’s a marathon runner, rock climber, skater, and overall enjoys the outdoors.
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Matt Kamin has been working and volunteering in the nonprofit world for over sixteen years and holds a MBA in nonprofit management. Matt has served as Executive Director of Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation in New York, Children’s Nature Institute in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Youth Network in Hollywood. Matt has also served as a consultant to organizations serving populations ranging from disabled adults, domestic violence, children in nonpublic schools, and the geriatric community. Matt is co-founder of Youth for Charity, an organization bringing together teens of different faiths to raise awareness for families living in poverty, as well as founder of Eleventh Commandment, which has grown into JQ International. Matt has sat on numerous boards located in the US and abroad and has lived and worked in Southern California, New York Metro, and the Middle East.
Jennifer Lobenhofer is a social impact consultant whose passion is enhancing nonprofit agencies’ capacity to fulfill their missions. For the past decade, she has been the principal of JSL Community Strategies, offering facilitation, research, and training support to help mission-driven organizations visualize and maximize their success in generating positive community outcomes. Jennifer specializes in measurement and evaluation, strategic planning, and program development. She has more than fifteen years of successful experience and engagement in education/training, advising/capacity building, and applied research projects in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Jennifer has served on the faculty of the Masters in Public Policy Program at California Lutheran University, and previously ran a statewide professional development and capacity building program for local governments and their partner agencies in community and economic development at the University of North Carolina. Jennifer received a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Valerie Lord has been consulting since 2016. Prior to which she worked as an Executive Director and Development Director for various nonprofit organizations. Both on staff and as a consultant, Valerie has earned a track record of fundraising for major growth. Now with Envision, she works primarily on strategic plans and partnership exploration, but also provides clients with add-on services specifically related to fundraising. Valerie specializes in building and elevating development teams, transforming organizational culture to support and integrate fundraising strategy, and training board members and program staff to do their part.
Valerie has represented a variety of causes from health care to youth development to public safety. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from Colgate University and a M.S. in Nonprofit Business Management from Milano School of Policy, Management and the Environment.
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Amber is passionate about finding points of balance and harmony and enjoys bringing that focus into support roles where she can build strong relationships and effective and efficient organizational practices that benefit colleagues and clients. Amber's experience has led her through being involved in a variety of support positions from building best practices in quality assurance roles with large corporations to laying the foundation for small startups in their administrative practices.
For Amber, the balance to enjoying and creating logical and strategic organizational practices is, in her personal time, to realizing new adventures and new opportunities to learn and see a different perspective - from skydiving to classes on making stained glass art - Amber appreciates the vast flavors life has to offer and loves to explore them.
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Melissa Montoya is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 10 years experience working in the entertainment industry at companies such as Deluxe and the Walt Disney Company. Melissa's expertise is in recruiting, onboarding, training, consulting on employee relations issues and company policy planning. Melissa earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from Cal State Los Angeles and was an honor society member throughout her college career.
Melissa is passionate about being involved at her children's schools. She served on the board of directors as President and has chaired large fundraising events. We love having Melissa on our team because she's so eager to draw on her experience to offer excellent customer service and search solutions for our clients!
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Ashley Waterson, has had many career iterations across several creative landscapes. Prior to joining the Envision team, she was an NPR talk show producer in Kansas City before moving to California and spending seven years as a junior high English and Communication teacher. Along the way she performed improv comedy and has pursued her passion for writing everything from articles to poems; comedy sketches to songs. Ashley is thrilled to now be employing her creative talents—and returning to her producing roots—by executive producing Envision’s podcast, “Nonprofit on the Rocks.”
Ashley earned a B.A. in English from Skidmore College. A collegiate tennis player, she is now a diehard convert to Pickleball (yes, it’s a real sport). When she’s not on the court or spending time with her husband, Mark, a nonprofit executive, and their son, Evan, she is working to grow the “Picklin’ Vixens,” a brand she created to empower and support women through the sport of pickleball!
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Before consulting, Hillary Weston was a director of a multi-site, disaster relief program in New York City. Following her time in New York, she discovered an interest in HR and began her career in Los Angeles as an HR generalist and executive recruiter. Over six years, Hillary helped nonprofits transition through merger acquisitions, staff restructuring, and the creation of operational processes. In addition, she now specializes in staffing infrastructures, analysis, and equity-driven staff development.
When she's not consulting, Hillary is passionate about early intervention and support for foster youth and advocacy for family reunification services due to her initial education in childhood development. Hillary lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband, two sons, and Cairn Terrier named Otis.
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