Our Thrive Team has over 70 years of experience working as leaders in education and nonprofit organizations. Our expertise and passion provide nonprofit leaders and their board of director’s skills on developing a successful, sustainable and well respected organization whose mission drives them to provide quality services to their community.
We are enthusiastic and skilled in assisting boards in recruiting new executive directors, providing inexperienced executive directors with guidance and skills necessary to be a leader. We also help existing executive directors who are struggling with numerous challenges.

We have expertise in the following areas:

Strength-Based Leadership Development

  • Highly Respected/Sought after by Community Leaders
  • Organizational Leadership Culture
  • Positive Staff Morale

Program Development

  • Creates Community Impact
  • Creates Individual/Family Change

Budget Development

  • Align Organizational Budget with Annual Strategic Plan Goals
  • Align Organizational Budget with Programming

Teaching Coaching Techniques to Staff

  • Confidence/Success with Difficult Conversations
  • Improved Communication/Listening Skills

Staff Management

  • Cohesive/Team Environment
  • Individual/Agency Success

Self-Care Management for all Staff

  • Improved Physical/Emotional Health
  • Increased Production/Less Sick Time Taken
  • Increased Positive Energy with Less Stress

Strategic Planning

  • Develop a Vision/Mission for Your Organization
  • Establish Goals/Outcomes
  • Create a Framework to Achieve Goals and Evaluate Program Effectiveness

Succession Planning

  • Fully Implemented Emergency Succession Plan
  • Agency Policies are Accurate/Complete
  • Individual Operating Plans for Each Program
  • Succession Plans for each Program
  • Board Understands their Role in Succession Planning

Steps for Developing a Marketing Plan

  • Define Who is Your Audience
  • Develop Your Message
  • Promotion/Publicity

Donor Development

  • Successful Donor Management Program
  • Donors Feel Respected/Appreciated
  • Increased Donor Development

Volunteer Leadership in Faith-Based Organizations

  • Successful Recruitment Strategy
  • Volunteers Feel Respected/Appreciated
  • Successful/Dynamic Volunteer Base
  • Minimal Turnover of Volunteers

If your organization needs assistance with one or more of these areas, contact us. We have numerous packages to meet your agency and budget needs.

Team Members

Heidi Volkhardt
Heidi Volkhardt
Heidi has 20 years of experience in the non-profit field. Most recently, she has served as the executive director for a local hunger relief agency that serves over 3,000 food insecure individuals with emergency food. During her time with the organization, she developed financial best practices, increased donor & community relationships, led the development of the organization’s first comprehensive strategic planning process, and worked very closely with collaborative partners. Additionally, she has successfully worked with several local organizations around creating and implementing a process for board development, recruitment, and board training. She has an extensive background in grants management and assists organizations in elevating their funding strategy through a strategic grants management process, budget development, board development, and through auditing organizational procedures & processes.

She has a proven track record of leadership and has been recognized by her colleagues and former employers as highly organized, a strategic thinker, and highly regarded as having an excellent rapport with our community partners.

Heidi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Conservation with a minor in Biology from Northern Michigan University. She is currently enrolled in the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), Co-Active Coaching program where she is furthering her leadership skills.

 Cheri Warrell
Cheri Warrell
Cheri Warrell has devoted 23 years to creating strong, healthy families and communities to ensure children grow up safe, happy, and successful. Her work as a grant writer for public education and private community nonprofits secured funding for drug and alcohol abuse and child abuse prevention, afterschool programs, counseling, character building, early childhood education, school sports and security, and child nutrition programs. She established and served as the executive director for a private educational foundation to benefit low income families and help children overcome economic barriers to school success.

Cheri was an active member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council and Health and Wellness Coalition in Alpine County California where she developed strategic plans, organized public education activities and recruited and managed volunteers for fundraising events. As a regional public relations representative for First 5 California, she coordinated public education campaigns emphasizing the importance of early childhood nurturing and high quality care and education for seven counties in northern California.

Cheri holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Georgia and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from the University of Nevada.