June 07, 2020
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Local Consultants Laura Mitchell, Melissa Donnelly, and Scott Schnapp Join Starboard Leadership Consulting

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Starboard Leadership Consulting in Bangor, Maine is pleased to announce that Laura Mitchell, Melissa Donnelly, and Scott Schnapp are joining the company as a Consulting Partners.

“Laura, Melissa and Scott bring an impressive depth of leadership experience and knowledge to our Maine clients,” states Jeff Wahlstrom, President of Starboard Leadership Consulting.

Laura Mitchell brings to Starboard Leadership Consulting 14 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, facilitation, fundraising and community building. Prior to joining Starboard, Laura owned an independent consultancy. In this capacity, she facilitated the launch, development of governance structure and strategic planning of Bangor’s Community Health Leadership Board, comprised of healthcare and human service leaders who have come together to address vital public health concerns.

“Laura brings great experience to Starboard, and she can offer our clients the kinds of team and leadership development support they are seeking,” says Kathryn Hunt, Starboard Leadership Managing Director.

Previously, Laura served as program manager for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce providing leadership, communications and strategic planning for three programs with independent volunteer boards.

Before that, at Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Laura led community groups through economic development planning processes and helped translate their goals into fundraising plans, and prior to that, Laura served as marketing director for United Way of Eastern Maine developing all communications and promotional materials and directing event planning in support of fundraising and outreach. Laura also led the United Way’s community impact work in the areas of strategic planning and outcome measurement development for investments in nonprofits serving seniors.

Melissa Donnelly brings to Starboard Leadership Consulting more than 20 years of business management consultation and marketing experience, working with clients from a variety of industries. Her work has focused predominantly on marketing research and planning, including the implementation and analysis of in-depth market studies for organizations across the region.

Her experience includes evaluating and advising organizations on management and financing procedures, developing and implementing business and marketing plans, budgeting and planning, fundraising planning and donor cultivation and solicitation for non-profit organizations, and developing support material of promotional plans including brochures, commercials, client proposals, and various publications. Melissa specializes in organizational brand management and in-depth market research, including survey instruments and focus groups.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring Melissa on board,” says Jeff Wahlstrom. “Her skills in leading focus groups, designing surveys, and conducting data analysis for our clients makes her a tremendous addition to our team.”

Melissa has served as a Research Analyst at The Council on Financial Competition in Washington, DC, Business Counselor at Northern Maine Development Commission, Account Executive with Marketing Advertising Planning, Inc., and as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing, Research, and Economics at Husson University.

Scott Schnapp will assist Starboard clients by mentoring and coaching Executive Directors and board leadership. His services will include Leadership Transition/Search, Strategic Plans, Business Planning/Financial Tools for Good Oversight and Board Development.

Scott brings to Starboard Leadership Consulting more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience. Most recently he served as Executive Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) for 14 years. In that position, Scott led the development of a major expansion of professional and organizational development resources for Maine’s nonprofit leaders, including a comprehensive management training program, leadership development programs, capacity building services, assessment tools, management resources, and a technical assistance program.

“I’m looking forward to beginning the next stage of my nonprofit career with Starboard Leadership Consulting, “says Scott. “Having worked closely with Jeff Wahlstrom and Kathy Hunt over the years, I have great respect for their talents, and feel that our complimentary skill sets will help us deliver high quality outcomes for our nonprofit clients.”

Starboard leadership Consulting is an affiliate of Rudman Winchell, Counselors at Law in Bangor, Maine. Working with non-profit leaders, chief executives, business owners and municipalities, Starboard Leadership Consulting provides strategic planning, board governance, leadership transition advice, and executive search as well as a full range of leadership and team development services. For more information please visit www.starboardleadership.com