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Nancy first became a “Big Sister” in Indiana in 1995 and since then has been committed to the mission of one-to-one mentoring after seeing first-hand how it changes the lives of young people facing challenges. This belief in the mission led Nancy to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, where she has served as President & CEO since January 2015.
Nancy earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and a BS in Accounting, both from Indiana University. Immediately prior to joining the team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, she spent 12 years at the University of Utah, first as an Assistant Professor in the MPA Program and later as the Engaged Faculty Director at the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center.
Nancy started her nonprofit career as the Director of Finance at Options for Better Living in Bloomington, Indiana where she learned a great deal from people with intellectual disabilities and about nonprofits. Her specialty areas of teaching and research include nonprofit financial management, board governance, grassroots nonprofit management, and service-learning. Her research has appeared in several journals including Nonprofit Management & Leadership, the Journal of Nonprofit Management, and the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.
Nancy serves as a Commissioner on the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, a board member for University Neighborhood Partners, and co-chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council Committee on Evaluation, Outputs and Outcomes. She is also currently mentoring Little Brother Porter as part of a “Big Couple” with her husband Mike.