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After over two decades of working in the nonprofit sector, I’ve got all kinds of information and thoughts banging around inside my brain. Combine that with many friends and colleagues over the years asking “why don’t you have a website or blog?” and here we are.
Cindy has devoted over 20 years working in and with nonprofit organizations, and has served on numerous boards and committees, in various volunteer capacities, and as a consultant, a trainer, an executive director, a program manager, and an IT director.
An experienced speaker and trainer with a highly engaging, interactive style, Cindy has successfully worked with groups as small as 10 and as large as 200 on a wide variety of topics. She has presented and trained at over 100 conferences and classes, including conferences by Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Technology Network, Nonprofits LEAD, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Library Association.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Education in Instructional Design, all from Seton Hill University. She has also completed two years of coursework towards a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics and Information Security at Robert Morris University.
Raised in Blairsville and Derry Township, Cindy has had a lifelong love affair with the Laurel Highlands, and currently resides in Youngwood with her husband Rob, a handful of very spoiled felines, and one very large dog. She blogs about nonprofit management and technology at www.cindyleonard.org.
I began my nonprofit career after a layoff from a telecommunications firm back in the late 90’s. I started nonprofit life as a part-time administrative assistant with an environmental organization while getting an associate degree in computer programming at my local community college. Over the next decade or so, I got three more degrees (see bio above) and was promoted a few times so I was eventually managing that organization’s technology full time before long.
In 2006, I began working at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University where I managed the consulting program and technology program. While part of my job was program management, I also consulted with nonprofits in the area of technology, spoke at conferences and other events on a variety of topics, and designed and taught non-credit classes.
In September 2018, I left the Bayer Center to work as the executive director of YWCA Westmoreland County. I left the YWCA a year and a half later, and have returned to the consulting work that I so greatly missed in my time doing direct administration.
Of all the consulting work I have performed over the past 20 years, I love website development most of all. I build strictly using the WordPress platform.
I’ve also volunteered for a number of organizations over the years in a variety of capacities. If you visit my LinkedIn profile and scroll down to the Volunteer section, you can see what I’ve done in the past and what I’m up to lately.
Finally, some personal trivia:
- Though I enjoy trips to the city, I still live in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. I grew up in the shadow of the mountains and am still in love with the area. Though I don’t live as close to Chestnut Ridge as where I grew up, it still makes me happy that I can see the ridge in the distance from the second floor of my house.
- I live with my husband of over 15 years, Rob, who works in retail by day and is a budding fiction author by night. He’s been working on his first book for the last two years and if he ever finishes, I’ll let you know.
- We have no human children, but we do live with and love feline fur babies. I’ve been rescuing cats since I was 21 years old. You know that whole thing where computer geeks seem to be cat people…well, I was a cat person long before I became a computer geek. We also adopted a Pyranees/Husky puppy in early 2019 who has added to our daily joy with his crazy puppy antics.
- I love to read (mostly sci-fi, fantasy, classics and dystopian fiction), play computer games (mostly simulation, time management and adventure), garden and watch Netflix. I also play the violin (I like to say I always wanted to play the violin very badly and now I do), oil paint, and sketch with either charcoal or ink.
- We purchased a 1915 Colonial style house in 2015 and are in the slow process of remodeling it to suit our tastes. Being neither rich nor having a lot of free time on our hands, this is a long-term project. It’s such fun though!
- While I’m nowhere near perfect at it, I do believe in and do my best to adhere to a minimalist lifestyle. I love clean, clutter-free surfaces and walls and not owning stuff I don’t use or need. My guru is Leo Babauta of the Zen Habits blog, which I highly recommend to anyone wanting to simplify and de-clutter.