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Frank Shankwitz, Founder, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, they’ve evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the U.S. every 40 minutes. The Foundation has earned the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Seal.  For every dollar donated, 75 percent goes toward granting wishes.  There are 64 Make-A-Wish chapters in over 36 countries worldwide.  Throughout the world, Make-A-Wish Foundation International can be found.

Ellis M. Carter, Esq., Legal Counsel

Ellis  Carter is a nonprofit lawyer practicing in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the founder of Carter Law Group, P.C. and has been advising nonprofits, tax-exempt organizations, and socially responsible companies with respect to corporate, tax and regulatory issues for over 15 years. She represents nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations in general business matters as well as qualification for tax exemption, conversions to and from tax-exempt status, mergers and restructuring, joint ventures and entrepreneurial activities, complex gifts and grants, mission related investments, intermediate sanctions, audit defense, and gifts with tax shelter implications.

Ms. Carter understands the fast moving social enterprise movement and the nuances of nonprofit, for profit, and hybrid legal structures.  She represents social enterprises in entity selection, formation, and operational issues. Ms. Carter has particular experience in economic development entities,  health care/scientific research institutions, private foundations, private operating foundations, trade associations and educational institutions.

Charity Accelerator Team

Tom Platt, CEO and Founder

Tom has founded several high-performance companies in the past, chief among them was Mobile Computing Solutions, Inc., a computer services firm whose annual sales revenues grew from zero to over $50 million in seven years.

Most recently Tom developed the online business model and designed the curriculum and continuous improvement process for Bob Proctor’s 3% Club, an exclusive on-line membership program that delivers Internet Marketing training and services as well as Personal Growth instruction and coaching.

His relentless focus on creating freedom for others has proven to be a winning formula in leading individuals and corporate teams towards their highest levels of achievement and success.

Christina Kelley, Director of Integrated Media Fundraising

Christina has a diverse professional background with progressive experience in technology, internet, social media, and new media marketing.  Her career parallels the explosive growth of the internet as a marketing tool.   She has successfully managed internet marketing strategies and campaigns for established clients including technology solutions companies, internet start-up businesses, real estate agents & brokers, restaurant business owners, authors, travel agents and small businesses.

Christina’s education includes a B.A. in Communications, Public Relations & Marketing.  She is a leader, innovative creator, and intuitively mixes varying disciplines to collaboratively design client focused solutions. She is truly passionate about helping nonprofit organizations to achieve their goals.

Piyush Parikh, Infusionsoft Certified Consultant (ICC)

Piyush has over 10 years of experience in consulting, risk management, and technology.  He has helped companies like GE, Eli Lilly, and Exxon improve their operations.  He recently joined the Infusionsoft family by becoming an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant (ICC). He has a bachelors and masters in chemical engineering and an MBA from the University of Virginia.  His passion is to create systems and processes, specifically for marketing and sales, to grow businesses successfully.




Leslee Goodman, Creative Communications Director

Leslee Goodman has 25 years of experience helping nonprofits communicate effectively with their donors, constituents, Board members, regulators and the general public. Her analytical skills, persuasive writing style, and extensive marketing experience enable her to hone in on who you are, what you do, and why it matters.  Nonprofit clients have included AHA!, Association of Professional Energy Managers, Audubon Zoo, Braille Institute, Community Environmental Council, Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County, Low-Income Investment Fund, LSU Medical Center, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Tulane University Medical Center, Volunteers of America, and many others.


Rachael Butts, Website Designer

As a lead designer Rachael has a passion for keeping up with the latest and best business practices in WordPress design and development. She thoroughly enjoys marketing , client management, and making website creations fun for people. WordPress is her life, Google is her blessing, and coffee is her fuel for both.

Rachael  work’s  sometimes in her pajamas, but you can pretend that she is always dressed in a business suit so she can come across more professional.  She currently lives in Austin, TX with her fiancé Ryan and her two dogs Foxy and Chief.




Ellen Hakala, Pay Per Click Advertising

Ellen Hakala, MBA, is a Certified Google Adwords Professional that is passionate about helping businesses and nonprofit organizations increase their revenue through online advertising and internet marketing.  Ellen serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area that are dedicated to the education and training of children and youth.





H.B. Abels, Online Video

HB has over 16 years experience in video production/audio engineering/music production. His production experience includes corporate event videos, music videos, commercials, training videos, and product demonstration videos. As an audio engineer HB has extensive experience with producing and recording various types of music and post production including sound restoration, sound design, and ADR. HB was extensively involved in designing, building and managing a 2,000 square foot media production facility in Phoenix, AZ. As part of various teams HB has worked closely with large assortment of professional clientele and have consistently delivered great customer experiences and top notch productions. He has a creative eye, attention to details as well as the ability to work well with a team or indecently as needed by project.

Having learned the power of internet marketing after producing some training videos on the subject, HB now uses his background in creative video to produce highly effective marketing and training videos for business and individuals who wish to leverage the power of the internet combined with multi-media formats for promoting their business, product or ideas.

Jobie Summer, Marketing Strategy

Jobie is a Marketing Strategist who specializes in synthesizing online and offline marketing tactics. She helps socially responsible businesses and charitable organizations take a quantum leap toward their goals by mapping out a creatively focused strategic plan and successfully implementing it.   Jobie has had great success promoting her own products and services both online and offline and has trained thousands of marketers and business owners, providing her with the formidable knowledge and experience base that it takes to launch her clients from where they are to where they want to be.

Jobie has a Bachelors degree from Smith College and a Masters in Education from the University of New Mexico.  She has authored several books on planning and marketing successful seminars and developing referral marketing systems, has taught extensively on the mindset, tools and strategies needed to grow a successful business, and is the producer of the six-part Sustainability Marketing Tele-series, How To Market Your Green Side.  Jobie is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and has proudly served as a board member and marketing chair for charitable organizations such as the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and Feed 333.

 Les Lingle, Online Video

Les started out producing outstanding audio programs for some of the biggest names in motivational speaking working with everyone from Les Brown to Zig Ziglar. In 2002 he began focusing his attention toward video production.

Building a successful business you will find his work in corporate training, commercials for web media, book trailers, concert performances, cable TV and producing audio books for both adults and children.  Les brings unique creativity that always keeps viewers engaged and entertained!

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