NEW is powered by its people. The NEW team has the skills, experience, and passion needed to make a difference for the nonprofits we serve.
Yodit Mesfin-Johnson – President & CEO
Yodit became President and CEO of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) on January 1, 2020. She stewards the organization’s bold vision, strategic direction and overall operations in partnership with the NEW’s board of directors and staff. She is focused on delivering NEW’s promise to improve the impact and performance of fellow nonprofits by working alongside leaders to create high-quality strategic solutions that advance their missions in our communities.
Before joining NEW, Yodit led a statewide initiative for women entrepreneurs that focused on strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing access to trusted guidance and capital in under-resourced communities throughout Michigan. She has herself started and grown several businesses and organizations and is passionate about economic opportunity as a tool of social justice. Yodit has been working at the intersections of racial justice and liberatory practices for women and black, indigenous and other people of color for nearly two decades. As a champion for equity and social change, she believes there is no greater antidote for hate than love and liberation. She consults public, private. nonprofit, community-based and educational institutions on strategies that create high-performing organizational cultures that ensure that all people feel valued, are treated fairly, and are able to work together productively towards common good.
Yodit proudly serves as Chair of the United Way of Washtenaw County board and as a member of We The People Opportunity Center board. She is an alumnus of the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, and recipient of the 2019 Peace and Justice Honoree awards given by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. She and her family reside in Ypsilanti.
Richard Kern – Finance Director
As Finance Director, Richard is the lead financial consultant and accounting specialist for NEW. He provides financial consulting and training for nonprofits, as well as general bookkeeping and accounting support to NEW’s clients. Richard is an experienced finance professional with management, communication, and organizational skills and has an extensive background in leadership cultivation, coaching and training.Richard joined NEW in June 2015 after a 32-year career in the banking industry in a wide range of roles. His last ten years were spent with Wells Fargo Bank’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Division, where he was most recently a Regional Credit Supervisor for CRE, responsible for a $1B+ loan portfolio in the upper Midwest. Richard received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Carrie Hammerman – Organizational Development Director
Carrie Hammerman, Organizational Development Consultant, has been providing capacity building support for nonprofit organizations with NEW since 2014. She supports nonprofit boards, staff, and leadership through facilitation and training, assessment, evaluation, strategic planning, and on-site customized sessions. From grassroots organizations to nonprofits with multi-million dollar budgets, Carrie takes a results-driven approach to help guide clients to meet their goals and further their mission. Prior to NEW, Carrie worked for nearly 15 years in the nonprofit and public sectors as a nonprofit program manager, policy analyst, and health educator. She brings this background to her work with NEW in terms of evaluation, facilitation, research, best practice analysis, and stakeholder engagement. Carrie has a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Science in Information, as well as a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Judy Nimer Muhn – Organizational Development Specialist
Judy joined NEW in November 2017 as an Organizational Development Specialist. Judy’s work at NEW in the OD team includes sharing best practices specializing in board/staff development, fund development, strategic planning, program management and diversity, equity and inclusion. While Judy now has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she also worked in the medical and political arenas before joining NEW. With positions on executive staff in Girl Scouting, United Way, American Red Cross, and interim CEO roles in organizations in crisis, Judy comes to NEW from years of consulting, public speaking, and providing workshops around the world. Judy received her bachelor degree from Michigan State University, two masters degrees – one in HR/Human Service Management from Boston University and one in counseling psychology from University of San Francisco – and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Baldwin Center (Pontiac) and the Women’s Officials Network Foundation. Judy is also a professor in the MPA-Nonprofit Management and Nonprofit Management Certificate programs at Oakland University.
Bryon Daley – IT Director
As an npServ™ System Administrator, Bryon is an A+ certified Computer Technician who works with other team members to deploy npServ technologies and provide user support. He also collaborates with NEW’s Director of Business Development to conduct post-deployment evaluations of system performance and gauge client satisfaction.
Before joining NEW, Bryon worked as an aquatic ecologist. And is a founding board member of a nonprofit dedicated to protecting tropical grassland ecosystems by providing Latin American scientists with research equipment and small grants. Bryon earned a B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State University.
Terri McKinnon – Helpdesk Manager
As an npServ™ System Administrator, Terri provides technical support to npServ clients. In this position she collaborates to deploy npServ technologies and provide technical user support.
Prior to joining NEW’s npServ team, Terri worked in Ann Arbor at the Avfuel Corporation in the Accounts Payable department as the Accounts Payable Supervisor. Terri is a graduate of Washtenaw Community College with an Associates of Science degree in Computer Networking and a certificate in Accounting.
Hillary Watson – Building Coordinator
As the part-time Building Coordinator, Hillary manages conference room bookings; office space leasing; and maintenance of the New Center (“1100 building”) in Ann Arbor. She comes to NEW with a background in building management and collaborative partnership in arts organizations and religious communities. Hillary holds a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College (Ind.) and a Master’s of Divinity from Emory University.
Will Jones III – Relationship Manager
As Relationship Manager, Will serves as a liaison between NEW’s key stakeholders and partners, like our peer clients, fellow capacity-building organizations, and generous contributors. In support of NEW’s vision of “vibrant communities”, he strives to build multi-faceted relationships with the other people and organizations that make up the social sector ecosystem, believing that the complex challenges facing today’s nonprofits require collaborators in capacity-building to create bonds that transcend the transactional. Having joined NEW as Program Coordinator in February of 2018, Will gained first-hand insight into the needs of other nonprofits and the ways in which our organization is positioned to help address them. This experience has been vital in helping him foster connection and bring the people of the sector closer together in ways that help improve the impact of our work in the communities we serve. Believing that relationships in today’s world often are built before people meet face-to-face, Will also manages the bulk of NEW’s marketing and social media communications, including our regularly distributed newsletter. Will is a proud graduate of both Eastern Michigan and Michigan State Universities, having received his Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from EMU in 2019, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from MSU in 2011. He currently resides in Ypsilanti with his wife and their two dogs.
Chief Administrative Officer
THAW (The Heat and Warmth Fund)
Yodit Mesfin Johnson
President and CEO
Daniel P. Foss
Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager
Old National Bank
Dean of Business and Computers Technology
Washtenaw Community College
Client Executive, Commerical Lines
Hylant Group, Inc.
Diane Kaplan Vinokur
University of Michigan School of Social Work
Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder
W. DeWayne Wells
Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative
New Dominion Capital