"Experience has taught us that when you invest in building great nonprofit leadership you invest in building a stronger community." – Nancy McGee, CEO, Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence
The Alliance equips nonprofit leaders with the skills and abilities to make an effective difference in Memphis and the Mid-South. Our educational programs, consulting services and highly-successful Grant Center transform board and staff member's passion into know how and provide organizations a clear way to move their mission and goals forward.
Chief Executive Officer
Nancy McGee began with the Alliance (then known as the Grant Information Center) in 1992 as Associate Director and was appointed Executive Director in 1995. She has over twenty-five years of experience in working with public and private nonprofit organizations in the areas of organizational development, planning, collaboration, and securing and managing grants. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration.
Nancy is responsible for providing direction to and leadership in the achievement of the Alliance’s vision, mission, strategic goals and objectives.
April DeBerry Carter,
April DeBerry Carter joined the Alliance in May 2006. For several years, she has volunteered and worked with many nonprofit organizations in the Mid-South. Led by her passion for youth development, she has assisted several local churches and community organizations with coordinating and implementing various youth programs.
April is responsible for overseeing membership development and communications. She coordinates and facilitates the Administrative Professionals networking group. She also assists in coordinating the logistics of the 501(c)ollege and manages the day to day activities of the Alliance office.
Director of The Grant Center
Fayre Crossley joined the Alliance (then known as The Grant Center) in January 2001 as Associate Director. She served as a grant writer and Director of Foundations for a local healthcare foundation for seven years, and worked several years as a marketing manager/director in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Fayre has the distinction of being Grant Professional Certified by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and American History and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Fayre is responsible for the overall operation of the The Grant Center at the Alliance, including overseeing research, development, and management activities. She screens and certifies freelance consultants as contractors for The Grant Center and serves as a liaison between consultants and organizations receiving grant development assistance.
Training and Communications Coordinator
John Bazzanella joined the Alliance in December 2010. Prior to relocating to Memphis and joining the Alliance staff, John spent six years as the Director of Camp ReCreation, a nonprofit residential camp program in northern California, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. John has also served as a nonprofit board chair and done consultant work with nonprofits in areas of strategic planning and fundraising. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration. Since 1996, John has been a women’s lacrosse umpire, earning a national rating in 2004, and has served as an umpire training clinician for United States Lacrosse.
John is responsible for the development of the Alliance's training calendar and coordinating the Alliance Annual Conference. He also develops and facilitates training classes.
Amanda C. Nelson,
Director of Counsulting
Amanda Nelson moved to Memphis to join the Alliance in 2013. Prior to her move to our area, Amanda worked as a consultant to nonprofit organizations in Seattle and Santa Barbara CA. After obtaining her BA from UC Berkeley, Amanda worked in the development field then as Executive Director to nonprofits in Seattle and NYC, such as the Executive Service Corps, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Northwest AIDS Foundation.
Amanda is responsible for the direct management and oversight of the Alliance’s consulting services and 3-year capacity building curriculum, Program for Nonprofit Excellence (PNE).
Board of Directors
Jeff Thomason - Watkins Uiberall, PLLC, Chair
Susan McKnight Kenny - Independent Bank, Vice Chair
Jennifer Oswalt - Contemporary Media, Inc., Treasurer
Carrie Burke - Kemmons Wilson Companies, Secretary
Frank Lamanna - Decosimo, Immediate Past Chair
Philip Dees - TescoProperties
Jim Gilliland - Diversified Trust
Chad Graddy - Baker Donelson
Necole Jones - Medtronic
David Lindstrom - Jeffrey Bryne & Associates (Emeritus)
Jean Morton - SunTrust Bank
Natalie Robinson - Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum
Brent Westbrook - Argent Sector Capital Management
Josh White - Conservation Services of America
Marty Wick - American Home Shield