Rebuilding for a Stronger Tomorrow

    Rebuilding for a Stronger Tomorrow
    Thursday, June 18, 2020

    United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region presents Nonprofit Professional Development Training twice a year for all nonprofit professionals in our region as well as for their key volunteers. There is no charge to attend this virtual training, made possible through the support of a Volunteer Generation Fund. 


    1. Welcome & Introductions, Jeannie Montano, UWDOR
    2. COVID: Lessons Learned & Ways Forward, Christie VanHorne, CVH Consulting
    3. Volunteer Management: Future Opportunities & Re-Engaging your Network, Babette Baker, The Support Center
    4. Nonprofit HR in Today's World, Janet Giannetta, Visions HR
    5. Closing, Melissa Clark, UWDOR

    About the Presenters


    Babette Baker is an Affiliate Consultant at Support Center and Principal at Paideia PM, which she launched in 2013. Ms. Baker has over 30 years of experience supporting nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities in program design/development, process facilitation, grants administration, fiscal management, marketing, and program assessment/evaluation, as a consultant and nonprofit professional. She has also held roles from Coordinator to Executive Director in nonprofit agencies, municipalities, and community-based organizations across the country. Ms. Baker is particularly interested in working with grassroots and small nonprofits, particularly those in the Start-up and Growth stage. She works collaboratively with organizations across all stages of their nonprofit lifecycles on how to align their 3Ps (people, process, and policy) across their operations, finance, programming, and governance to improve outcomes and enhance revenue. Ms. Baker provides services in board development, executive coaching and transitions, customized training, program evaluation, social entrepreneurship, community engagement/facilitation, strategic planning, and grant writing/administration, the area where she started her nonprofit career. She continues to serve as a peer reviewer and technical assistance provider for HRSA, the USDA, the Department of Education and Justice, as well as several states and private foundations. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in African/African American Studies from Colgate University. She has completed graduate coursework in the Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation Program at Syracuse University. She regularly participates in learning opportunities that allow her to improve her competencies and skills. She was a fellow in both the Leadership Greater Bellevue/Redmond Program and the National United Way Program on Nonprofit Leadership. She has also earned certificates in Community Leadership, Grassroots Organizing, and Economic Development from NeighborWorks.  Ms. Baker is very active in her community. She sits on several nonprofit boards and donates 10% of Paideia’s services to under-resourced organizations in her community.

    Janet Giannetta is a Partner in Visions Human Resources Services, LLC, an affiliate of RBT CPAs, LLP.  Visions offers a full spectrum of HR services. Janet most recently was Chief Human Resources Officer at RBT CPAs where she was responsible for all HR activities within the Firm. Janet is a senior-level human resources professional who has served in a wide range of industries, including health care, finance and manufacturing. Over the course of her career, she has mastered the balance of employee advocacy and the business needs of organizations – the most challenging aspect of compliance and managing human resources. Prior to joining RBT, Janet was the Corporate Compliance Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at Elant, Inc. serving 6 locations and 1200 union and non-union employees.  Before that, Janet was the Regional Human Resources Director at Wingate Healthcare in Needham, Mass., where she was responsible for the HR oversight of more than 1,500 employees across ten skilled nursing centers. She demonstrated a thorough understanding of complex state and federal regulations, and regularly counseled both management and employees on issues like performance, terminations, harassment and discrimination. 

    Christie VanHorne is an accomplished and highly respected facilitator, trainer, and public health consultant. Her firm, CVH Consulting, LLC, offers customized training development, professional facilitation services, and community health education workshops. Christie has organized and spoken at national health conferences, trained patients and nonprofit leaders on disease management, and facilitated community coalitions to improve health outcomes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has developed and facilitated webinars on health literacy skills to health workers and the general public. She is also the founder of How to Talk to Your Doctor, a project to address the patient-provider relationship through workshops to improve communication skills. Christie holds masters’ degrees in both public health and education, as well as a certificate in instructional design. She has consulted for organizations such as the Hemophilia Federation of America, Temple University, United Way of Dutchess-Orange,  SUNY New Paltz, and the National Environmental Health Association.

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