Director, Nonprofit Funding and Fiscal Solutions; Director, Business Development
Sharon Vardatira brings over 35 years of experience in nonprofit management and fund development. She has served in a wide variety of leadership roles including executive director, fund development director, consultant, professional coach, trainer, national representative, and board chairperson of several nonprofits.
Prior to joining the Institute in 2015, Ms. Vardatira founded and served as senior consultant with Meridian Consulting, a Massachusetts-based firm that delivers a wide array of services in fund development and grant writing, program and outcome evaluation, efficiency and client flow, supervision, strategic and sustainability planning, and team building.
Ms. Vardatira holds a Master in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor's degree from Smith College.
Community Mobilization and Sustainability Coordinator
Sonia Bouvier, M.P.H. has 20 years of experience working with human service and community education programs. She has worked with programs addressing domestic violence, child sexual abuse, tobacco use, and HIV/AIDS, and with organizations serving uninsured and underinsured individuals. Her current projects include evaluations of a Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative and of programs designed to increase student interest in math and science.
Ms. Bouvier earned a master’s degree in public health, with a concentration in community health education from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She received a bachelor's of arts from Vassar College.
Community Mobilization & Sustainability Specialist
Tom Klaus, PhD, has worked for more than 25 years in leadership and capacity building with organizations focused on teen pregnancy prevention. His experience in the field includes local, statewide, and national leadership in program design and evaluation, community mobilization, sustainability and leadership development. Dr. Klaus is also an adjunct professor in the College of Business and Leadership at Eastern University in Philadelphia, a Thought Leader with the Tamarack Institute in Toronto, Ontario, and regularly consults with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
Dr. Klaus earned his doctorate in organizational leadership from Eastern University, a master’s from Drake University and a bachelor’s from William Penn University.
Administrative and Fiscal Coordinator
Brittany Sinclair previously worked as a development associate for Eaglebrook School, where she maintained the donor database, supported the Annual Fund and Capital Campaigns, and developed relationships with key constituents. She also worked for several years at the UMass Library as the library business manager where she developed a working knowledge of UMass practices and systems. Outside of her work with the Institute, Ms. Sinclair also volunteers as regional director for SheJumps, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing female participation in the outdoors.
Ms. Sinclair earned a master’s in resource administration and management from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s in business from Champlain College.