William Moore, Ph. D.

Principal

Dr. William Moore is the Principal and Founder of The Strategy Group. He is a research psychologist and leads a consulting team supporting communities, philanthropy, and organizations. Bill also serves as a Senior Associate at the Texas Health Institute, Senior Fellow at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Vice-President at Youth Development Strategies, Inc. Bill is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits. Bill has the distinction of serving as the first Project Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civic Engagement Technical Assistance Center in Washington DC. He formerly served as the Vice-President of Programs and Evaluation at the REACH Healthcare Foundation in Kansas City and as a Senior Research Associate at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Bill is a former Director of Research and Evaluation at the University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Allied Health; Kansas City Missouri Public Schools; Kansas City Kansas Public Schools; Institute for Research and Reform in Education; and a senior research associate at the Kauffman Foundation. He has conducted hundreds of evaluations of initiatives and programs designed to improve the health and wellbeing of children and youth and their families. View Bill's LinkedIn Profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moorewp/

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Krystal Grimes, M.S., LPC

Senior Affiliated Consultant for DEIB Initiatives, Network Operations, and Community Engagement

Krystal Grimes, M.S., LPC is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group and is the Chief Strategist and Founder of AMMA Empowerment Services, LLC and the HEAL Alliance. Krystal is recognized regionally and internationally as a safe space creator and mental health strategist. Through an intrinsic ability and desire to support others, Krystal has positioned herself as a convener and facilitator for healing and diversity initiatives, supporting the creation of inclusive and brave spaces for dialogue and innovation.

David A. Smith, MA, CFRE

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Board Development and President, The David Group, LLC

David Smith is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. A former Club kid himself, Smith was hired in 1994 as President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and led the organization for nearly 25 years through tremendous growth. Smith's time at the Clubs was the zenith of an entire professional career spanning close to 50 years helping young people develop and grow. In addition to having a positive impact on the youth served at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Smith had a 12-year career with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City in Program, Center and District Director roles, and completed his tenure there as Vice President for Community and Financial Development. In April 2002, Smith was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri School Board (KCPS) as an at-large member. He was re-elected in 2006, serving two terms as KCPS School Board President. In 2018 following his retirement from the Clubs, Smith in partnership with his late son, David A. Smith, Jr., founded The David Group, LLC to provide a range of consulting services to non-profit organizations.

Priscilla Ruiz

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Leadership Development and Network Weaving

Pricilla Ruiz is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. Priscilla is a high energy, socially minded professional, who seeks to serve historically marginalized communities through positive advocacy and program development. Her skills include: Bilingual - Spanish; Exceptional interpersonal & communications skills; Public Speaking; Grant Writing; Life Coach/Mentor; Network Weaver; Leadership skills including: active listening, motivation, strategic planning, conflict resolution, cultural competence. Priscilla serves as a member of the Bastrop Independent School District Board of Directors and is the Network Leadership Coach for the Central Texas Health and Wellbeing Network.

Jennifer Alexander

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Organizational Development

Jennifer Alexander is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group and is the founder of Optimize Passion LLC, a boutique management consultancy that provides capacity building and support services to small businesses and growing nonprofit organizations. Jennifer specializes in building the governance, administrative, fund development, and marketing capacities of nonprofit organizations transitioning from start-up to growth. She particularly enjoys working with passionate founders and inaugural board members who are navigating the nonprofit sector for the very first time. During the past 9 years, Jennifer has facilitated board retreats, engaged in strategic planning, conducted stakeholder research, crafted agency policies and procedures, reworked logic models, drafted case statements, built volunteer programs, diversified revenue streams, created fundraising toolkits, drafted annual development plans, designed signature fundraising events, and facilitated budgeting processes. Jennifer obtained a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management in 2015 and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2011 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professional and holds a Certificate in Fundraising from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

Optimize Passion, LLC

Amanda Krenos

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Graphic Design

Amanda Krenos is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. She is an award-winning creative professional with more than twelve years of experience turning ideas and concepts into eye-catching visuals. In addition to her work with The Strategy Group, Amanda spends her time on personal art and freelance projects, and previously served as the graphic designer at Kansas City PBS. During her time there, she was responsible for developing art direction for campaigns and projects as well as creating art and design for broadcast, video, print, social media, web, email, and large-format applications. Her work supported efforts that included sales, marketing, fundraising, and production. Amanda’s experience at Kansas City PBS also included maintaining, using, and understanding multiple national and local brands. These include PBS, PBS Kids, and separate materials for the organization’s local TV Station, radio station, and journalism center. She served in lead graphics roles for two major rebrand efforts at the station. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in art at The Pennsylvania State University before coming to Kansas City.

Michelle Gambone, Ph. D.

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Youth Initiatives and President, Youth Development Strategies, Inc.

Dr. Michelle Gambone is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. Michelle is the President of Youth Development Strategies, Inc. (YDSI) and received her Doctorate in Sociology from Princeton University. She has served as the principal investigator on many complex community-based initiatives involving a broad range of organizations/stakeholders (e.g., youth organizations, churches, health providers, schools, neighborhood councils, local and federal government agencies, foundations, etc.). Previously, her work was focused on working with community councils to create strategic plans to guide implementation and evaluation of community wide changes to policies, funding and activities to better support their youth. Dr. Gambone has served as the co-Principal Investigator of: a multi-year evaluation of a district wide education reform initiative in Kansas City, Kansas; and an evaluation of the Cultural Competency Initiative in KC. She was the Principal investigator of a three year, 30 site, quasi-experimental evaluation of the impact of a National Boys and Girls Club implementation of a health and wellness program (Triple Play); and of an implementation study of a 10 site Boys and Girls Clubs of America pilot of three new curricula that comprise the organization’s new health and wellness program; and of a pilot study surveying Detroit youth in public and charter high schools regarding their perceptions of hope and opportunities. In her prior work as Deputy Director of Research at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), Dr. Gambone was the principal investigator of a number of multi-million dollar, multi-site evaluations, including Community Change for Youth Development; a study of Voluntary Youth- Serving Organizations and how they contribute to the development of healthy adolescents; an evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Plain Talk initiative – a community based teen pregnancy prevention initiative; and a study for the U.S. Department of Labor on how to bring a developmental perspective to youth employment training programs. Before joining P/PV in 1990, Dr. Gambone was a senior social science analyst for the United States General Accounting Office

Youth Development Strategies, Inc.

Adena Klem, Ph. D.

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Evaluation and Founder, Klem Consulting

Dr. Adena Klem is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group and Founder of Klem Consulting with 25 years of experience leading theory of change-based evaluations and planning sessions. A social psychologist by training, Adena has overseen complex, multi-site evaluations and data collection efforts in rural and urban communities. She has worked with state departments of education, institutes of higher education, foundations, non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, early childhood education providers, families, and community members as they embark on the process of implementing meaningful change within and across systems and communities. Throughout her work, Adena uses participatory change-making approaches that take into account the complexity of real-world problems and the value that diverse lived experiences bring to the solutions of those problems. She is passionate about providing children – particularly those growing up in historically underserved communities – with high-quality opportunities to learn and excel. Adena is also committed to being a liaison who can bridge the divide between research-based best practices and the communities, organizations, and foundations working to improve the lives of children and their families. For the past ten years, Adena has supported several community-based initiatives implemented by Drexel University’s Office of University and Community Partnerships including a multi-year early childhood education initiative as well as Drexel’s West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood Initiative, a $30 million U.S. Department of Education-funded grant to support "cradle-to-career" opportunities for children living or going to school in West Philadelphia. She has evaluated programs for the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Ohio Department of Education, Health Federation of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Educational Sciences, Support KC, and the REACH Healthcare Foundation. For instance, in 2017 she completed a three-year developmental evaluation of the Rural Health Initiative for the REACH Healthcare Foundation in three rural counties in Kansas and Missouri. This study explored factors that led to a systemic and coordinated approach to community change and provided further evidence as to how crucial it is to understand and respect the context and culture in which the community change is occurring. View Adena’s linked in profile on www.linkedin.com/in/amklem.

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Cheri Hatcher

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Adult Education and Equity

Cheri Hatcher is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. Cheri is a doctoral student in the Adult, Professional, and Community Education program at Texas State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Arts in education, with a graduate certificate in adult education. She made a career pivot in 2019, returning to education to pursue a Ph.D., but previously worked in the academic publishing industry for nearly 20 years. Working in the health sciences space, she worked closely with nurse educators in a consultative capacity around curriculum design, implementation, and execution of digital classroom assets such as computer-aided assessment and virtual clinical simulations. As a qualitative researcher, Cheri is interested in gender equity issues and, more broadly, promoting equity across marginalized populations. She is most interested in exploring topics of gendered knowledge production, social justice, and the vulnerabilities among marginalized populations centered around adult learning frameworks. She is committed to collaborative research, writing, and capacity building, exploring the material and cultural infrastructures shaping our collective experiences and perceptions.

Mike Sherry

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Communications and President, On-Point Communications

Mike Sherry is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. Mike provides communications expertise to our clients. Mike is the founder and principal of OnPoint Communications. Mike draws upon more than three decades of journalism experience to help small and mid-sized nonprofits tell their stories to funders and the wider community. OnPoint Communications fills the critical gap between program staff and the development team. By interviewing staff and clients, then marrying that material with program data, OnPoint Communications captures material that too often falls by the wayside or is scattered throughout the organization. Mike has worked as a reporter and editor at publications on the East Coast and Midwest. In addition to three stints in Washington, D.C, Mike has worked at newspapers in State College, Pennsylvania, St. Joseph, Missouri, Omaha, Nebraska, and in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to focusing on OnPoint Communications full time, Mike was the senior reporter for KCPT - Kansas City PBS. At KCPT, he wrote and edited online news stories, managed interns, coordinated long-term multimedia projects, and assisted with videos.

Harlan Brownlee

Senior Affiliated Consultant for the Arts

Harlan Brownlee is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group and a consultant with Focus 5 Inc. Harlan understands the transformational power that the arts have to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community. He possesses a passion for the arts guided by a disciplined approach to change. Brownlee has worked for thirty-four years in the arts education field as a performing artist, educator, and arts administrator. He was the Chief Executive Officer for the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) from 2015 to 2018. KCFAA teaches young people critical life skills through dance, and models interracial and multi-cultural community partnerships. From 2009 to 2015, he led ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council as the President and CEO, developing community partnerships dedicated to insuring access to the arts and cultural development for the region. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the Executive Director for Kansas City Young Audiences, a non-profit dedicated to engaging all youth in the arts, promoting creativity, and inspiring success in education. Mr. Brownlee is on the Kennedy Center’s National touring roster for the Partners in Education program and Changing Education through the Arts. He has conducted master classes, workshops and residencies extensively in the Midwest and throughout the United States. Most recently, Harlan was chosen as a presenter for Project Lead the Way’s National Conferences. Harlan served as a consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and as a member of the Fine Arts Task Force. Mr. Brownlee received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was educated as a dancer and choreographer. His performance background includes work for thirteen years as one of the Artistic Co-Directors with City in Motion Dance Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Brownlee received his M.A. in Educational Research and Psychology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He has served on the NP Connect and Community School #1 boards as well as the Regional Vice-President for the Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and the Past-President of the Missouri Dance Educators Organization (MDEO).

Annalisa Gramlich, MS, MA, LPC, RYT-200

Senior Affiliated Consultant for Higher Education Initiatives

Annalisa Gramlich is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. and serves as the Director of Assessment and Accreditation at Rockhurst University. Annalisa is an education research psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and certified yoga teacher. She has Master’s degrees in Education Research and Psychology and Counseling Psychology. Annalisa has a wealth of experience in various industries and disciplines including leadership studies, education research and psychology, market research, and independent consulting. She specializes in helping others find the answers that they are looking for through thoughtful collaboration. Annalisa is a key partner with The Strategy Group