2019 Summitopoly Speakers & Consultants

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John Burnam

Burnam | Gray LLC

John Burnam is the Co-Founder and Principal of Burnam | Gray, a nonprofit consulting firm based out of San Antonio. Burnam | Gray brings consulting and project management experience in the fields of programs and outcomes evaluation, operational assessment and management, brand and identity development, social media and marketing, and more. John has a Bachelors of Arts from Trinity University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Development from the University of Edinburgh. John was recognized by the San Antonio Business Journal's  40 under 40 in 2016 and was a member of the 2014 class of Leadership SAISD.

John currently lives near downtown San Antonio with his wife-Niki, and his two five-year-olds Molly and Sophia and three-year-old-McKayla.   

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Christopher Carmona

Schriver, Carmona & Company, PLLC

Chris Carmona, CPA, is a founding partner of Schriver, Carmona & Company and has over sixteen years of public accounting experience. Chris’ experience includes leading and supervising the audits of several nonprofit entities, including nonprofits requiring single audits as specified in the Uniform Guidance, governmental entities, employee benefit plans, and commercial entities.

Chris received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Texas Society of CPAs. He currently serves on the regional board of KIPP Texas, on the board and business advisory committee of The Nonprofit Council, on the school council advisory board of St. Matthew Catholic School, and is a board member of C12: Leon Springs CEO Advisory Board. Chris has chaired the finance council of his parish, St. Matthew Catholic Church. At St. Matthew, he has also chaired the Annual Archbishop’s Appeal for the last three years and is currently respresenting St. Matthew as the parish’s chair for the Archdiocesan Capital Campaign. Chris’ passion for nonprofits, has led him to recently launch a nonproft advisory division of the firm to provide more resources for nonprofits.

Chris has been married to his wife, Ana, for more than 15 years and they have been blessed with three children: Sophia (13), Daniel (11) and Michael (4).

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Kate Edwards

Burnam | Gray LLC

Kate Edwards, Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Burnam | Gray brings 12 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, and two years in the nonprofit consulting field. She specializes in strategic communications and marketing for nonprofit organizations. Prior to her consulting role, Kate served as Director of Marketing and Communications for the San Antonio Area Foundation where she was responsible for communicating to key audiences to enhance relationships and advance the organization’s mission in the community. She has developed comprehensive communications strategies identifying and targeting key constituents, managed external communications, to include: website, email, social media, and marketing collateral. She also brings extensive public relations and media relations experience. Her other specialties include feature writing and storytelling, editing, public speaking, photography, content marketing, writing for the web and social media for nonprofit organizations. Kate has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations, with a Business Administration and Marketing Minor from Baylor University.


Juli Fellows, PhD


Dr. Juli Fellows has 26 years of experience in helping organizations become more effective. She helps organizations solve tough problems, make well-considered decisions, and plan wisely for the future. Since 1993 Juli has assisted almost 500 organizations, ranging in size from five employees to tens of thousands. Drawing on her training in systems thinking, mediation/conflict resolution, and dialogue and deliberation, Juli custom designs every encounter to meet the organization’s specific needs. With degrees in anthropology and educational psychology, she is equipped to understand each organization’s culture, and appreciate both the dynamics that are common to all organizations, and those that are unique to the client organization.

Significant Career Accomplishments:

• Facilitated development of a strategic plan with an aligned, shared future vision and measurable goals for AGE of Central Texas, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, Austin Independent Business Alliance, and more than 120 other organizations. • Coached Leadership Austin Essential Class members in dialogue and collaboration skills for 7 years. • Facilitated an organizational change effort at a local community health clinic and a counseling center. • Facilitated the Executive Directors’ Learning Community for the St. David’s Foundation Capacity Academy. • Consulted extensively with the Girlstart Board, Executive Director(s) and staff to build communication and conflict resolution skills, and to assist in visioning, strategic planning and culture shift. • Successfully facilitated collaborative decision-making groups for the Lower Colorado River Authority. • Designed and facilitated collaborative processes for the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Utility (Prop 2), the Lake Travis Advisory Committee and the City of Austin Community Engagement Task Force. • Helped a group of neighbors along Hamilton Pool Road find common ground in dealing with difficult growth issues. • Served as mediator and mentor at Austin Dispute Resolution Center from 1991-2000. • Developed cutting edge employee wellness programs and provided training in community development and coalition building.


Rose Mary Fry

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Rose Mary Fry is a native of Ohio and she received an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican College and a graduate degree in Staff and Organizational Development from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  She has thirty-five years experience in the education, nonprofit, and for profit sectors.  Since September, 2010, she has worked as a nonprofit consultant focusing on training and consulting services to new and established nonprofit organizations.  Her previous position was as founding Executive Director of the Texas Nonprofit Management Assistance Network, a 501(c)(3) organization that helped identify and meet the needs of Texas nonprofits through work with nonprofit resource centers and academic providers in Texas.  Previously, she was Executive Director of the Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas in San Antonio, the oldest resource center in the state.

Her special interests are organizational change, the intersection of the nonprofit and for profit worlds, and facilitation of small and large group meetings.  She has been involved in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer for approximately thirty-five years with a particular interest in the arts, education, and women and children’s issues.  She was the first Licensed Consultant for the Standards for Excellence program in Texas, and she is the only Licensed Consultant with this credential in the state.

Rose Mary serves as Board President of Impact San Antonio and as a Board Member of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.   She is a member of San Antonio 100 and Masters Leadership Alumni Association.  Previously she served as Board President of ACCION Texas, Board President of Texas Public Radio, Board Member of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, Co-Chair of Say Si Leadership Council, Campaign Chair of Say Si’s Capital Campaign, President of the Hollow at Inwood Homeowners Association, Chair of the National Alumni Advisory Board for Ohio Dominican University and Board Member of ACCION Network.  She is a 2009 graduate of Class V of the Masters Leadership Program in San Antonio and Bexar County and a member of Impact San Antonio.  She was a 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.

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Carrie Gray

Burnam | Gray LLC

Carrie Gray, Co-Founder, and Principal of Burnam | Gray LLC,  brings 28 years of nonprofit experience in the areas of fundraising, strategy, budgeting, organizational development, community partnerships, communications, and creating highly effective teams. Carrie has led teams ranging from two people to a 28-person division focused on resource development, donor services, marketing, communications, advocacy, and volunteer services.

Carrie completed a $25 million multi-faceted campaign for an organization with an annual operating budget of $35 million and has created communications plans that are inclusive of the varying roles needed to maintain consistent messaging. Carrie’s most recent position before co-founding Burnam | Gray in 2015 was at the San Antonio Area Foundation as Vice President of Development and Donor Services. As one of the principals for Burnam | Gray, Carrie provides leadership and guidance to nonprofit executives and board members in the areas of fundraising, board governance, board and staff partnerships, and staff teams.

She has led and managed organizational change in each of her professional positions ranging from the creation and implementation of a new fundraising program to the retirement of an iconic President/CEO, to program acquisition and the restructuring of an entire division at the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish in Seattle, Washington.  She has her B.S. in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, has been married to her husband, Christopher Lefelhocz for 23 years, and together, they have two children, Julianne who is a third-year student at Georgia Tech and James, an 8th grader at Barbara Bush Middle School; and a Bernedoodle named Olive.

Carrie enjoys gardening, flowers, walking, swimming, traveling, and the sunshine!

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Rachel Muir


Rachel Muir has worked every side of the Rubik’s cube that is the nonprofit sector. When she was just 26 years old, Rachel launched Girlstart, a non-profit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card.  Several years later she had raised over 10 million dollars and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Today show.

A winner of Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life award, Rachel is a three-time finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named “Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and one of Fast Company Magazines “Fast 50″ Champions of Innovation.  Rachel has been featured in CosmoGIRL!, Texas Monthly, Glamour, and The Dallas Morning News.  Her career spans leading an online fundraising consulting practice and managing major gift portfolios for some of the country’s largest and most successful nonprofit brands.  Today she transforms people into confident, successful fundraisers.  Learn more about Rachel at www.rachelmuir.com

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Dorinda Rolle, PhD

Rolle & Associates, LLC

Dorinda Rolle is president of Rolle and Associates, LLC, a management consulting and training firm offering services to nonprofit organizations and businesses in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, board development, group facilitation, research and special projects.  She is also a partner in the change management firm, Transition Management Solutions, LLC.

Dr. Rolle has held positions with various organizations in the academic, business, government and nonprofit arenas. In addition, she teaches diversity, equity and inclusion in the Executive Education Program at the UTSA College of Business. She is also an expert in forming and managing tax-exempt organizations and conducts executive coaching, leadership training and organizational development consulting.

In addition to consulting and training, she is a motivational speaker to business, nonprofit organizations, women’s groups, and on college campuses. She inspires her students and audiences to set high goals and to reach for excellence.  Dr. Rolle is a skilled group facilitator, known for her ability to help leaders synthesize visions and goals for their organizations.  She is a graduate of several leadership programs including the Municipal Leadership Institute, African American Leadership Institute, Leadership San Antonio, Leadership Texas, Masters Leadership Program and the Neighborhood Leadership Academy.


Julie Shannan


Julie Shannan has created, launched and managed some of the most innovative and effective informal education programs for girls, parents and teachers. Ms. Shannan is a recipient of the prestigious “Austin Under 40” Award for leadership in Youth and Education. She currently serves on the Texas Girls Collaborative Project Leadership Council, a member of NASA Human Health and Performance Center, and is an advisory board member for SciGirls, a PBS show for girls and science. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin (’05) and Leadership Texas (’13).

Ms. Shannan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors in Biology and has developed nationally recognized science and technology programs that have been funded by Oprah’s Angel Network, the Texas Education Agency and the National Science Foundation. Ms. Shannan has presented at the Texas Conference for Women, The Conference for Science Teachers Association, Expanding Your Horizons, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Technology International, and the National Science Teachers Association promoting opportunities for girls in math, science, engineering, and technology.

In addition, she has been featured in Austin Monthly, Family Circus, Mothering Magazine, The Austin American Statesman, Austin Business Journal, San Antonio Business Journal, and CosmoGirl. Ms. Shannan’s passion for science and math drive her to constantly create cutting edge programs that spark girls’ intellect and creativity while engaging the Central Texas community in the process.