Melanie Lockwood Herman

Executive Director
Nonprofit Risk Management Center


Melanie is a risk management thought leader in the nonprofit sector, and has led NRMC—your hosts at Risk Connect—for more than twenty years. Melanie is the prolific author of a more than a dozen comprehensive guides on various risk management topics. Melanie has delivered countless workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations for organizations unwilling to leave success to chance.

Melanie has been named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 list nine times.

In addition to her professional career, Melanie is an active volunteer in both professional organizations and community-serving nonprofits. She currently serves on the boards of three national organizations: the American Foundation for the Blind, the National Human Services Assembly, and Camp Fire. Melanie is the former chair of the Legal Section Council of ASAE/The Center for Association Leadership, and during 2010-2013 she served on the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Affairs from American University (Washington, DC) and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University (Arlington, VA). She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.



Scott Konrad

Senior Vice President & Not-For-Profit Practice Leader
HUB International Northeast

Scott Konrad leads an industry vertical Not-for-Profit specialty practice for HUB International, the world's seventh largest insurance brokerage and risk advisory firm. A 40+ year insurance veteran whose resume has included leadership roles with global brokers Johnson & Higgins, Marsh, and Willis, and with the Episcopal Church's denominational insurance facility, Scott has devoted the past half of his career to helping top-tier global, national, and regional nonprofit organizations to surmount their most pressing risk, insurance, and human capital challenges. A graduate of Colgate University, he is a seven-time honoree as a Power Broker® to the Nonprofit sector and was recently chosen by Insurance Business America as one of the “Top 100” insurance executives to watch in 2018. Scott is a frequent author and speaker on nonprofit risk management themes who understands nonprofit operational, financial and governance issues first-hand from his service on the diocesan insurance board for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and as treasurer of Camp Washington, its 300-acre camp and conference center.



Timothy J. Zeilman

Vice President, Strategic Products
The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company


Tim Zeilman leads The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company’s cyber insurance efforts as a vice president in the company’s strategic products group. His responsibilities include the management of HSB’s Total Cyber, Data Compromise, CyberOne and Identity Recovery products. Prior to joining the strategic products group, Zeilman spent 13 years as an attorney in HSB’s law department. Most recently, HSB released a new cyber insurance product for consumers called Home Cyber Protection, which is the first personal lines cyber insurance program for consumers.



Donna McPartland

Arent Fox


Donna McPartland is counsel in Arent Fox’s Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection group. Donna works with a variety of clients on their global data privacy and information security issues, developing privacy programs, advising on cross border data transfers, developing privacy policies, privacy impact assessments, data governance programs, navigating information security standards, and addressing issues in advanced technologies, including biometrics. Donna also advises nonprofits on their general counsel and transactional matters. Donna previously served as the Chief Privacy Official and Director of Compliance at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the nonprofit owner of GMAT exam with testing in over 115 countries.



Kellie Newton

Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP


With more than 20 years of experience in private practice, Kellie Newton represents nonprofit organizations and privately held companies, often in the role of outside general counsel. She provides strategic advice to

nonprofit Boards and senior management and has extensive experience in all of the following: nonprofit corporate governance and tax matters, joint ventures and alliances between nonprofit and for-profit entities, mergers of nonprofits, complex commercial transactions and with rulemaking proceedings and investigations. Her nonprofit clients include trade associations, public charities, social welfare organizations, unincorporated nonprofit associations and task forces.  Her industry experience is wide

ranging and includes health care, energy, agriculture and specialty chemicals, government contracts, recycling, high-end consumer goods, pet products and pet ownership.

Prior to private practice, she served as senior in-house counsel at two U.S. corporations. A graduate of Capital University Law School, where she was Research Editor of the Law Review, she received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College. She is a member of Dickinson’s Board of Trustees.



Michael Gurtler, ARM

Managing General Partner and Senior Consultant
Safe-Wise Consulting


Mike is a founding member and the managing partner of Safe-Wise Consulting. He has been a leader in working with youth and organizations for over 30 years.

He began his career as a music educator but soon moved into nonprofit youth work. His youth work career included resident camping, aquatics, child care, day camp and several administrative positions before becoming a YMCA CEO. After a successful term as CEO, Mike moved to YMCA of the USA as a safety & risk management consultant; later becoming the Director of Risk Management providing strategic risk management direction for the organization and working closely with YMCAs throughout the country.

Mike has been instrumental in developing risk management resources and publications around child abuse prevention, aquatic safety, camping, child care, workplace safety, transportation and staff training for the last 20 years. Mike is an experienced and insightful trainer who is regularly called upon to provide highly-rated workshops at local organizations as well as regional and national conferences.

Mike brings his career experience to his risk management efforts providing the knowledge and understanding that allows Safe-Wise to be both practical and insightful as it strengthens the safety practices of organizations.

Mike resides in Bar Harbor, ME with his wife and son. He actively participates in the Congregational Church, Town Government, Boy Scouts and teaching firearms and hunter safety courses. He is an avid outdoorsman and is usually in the woods or on the water in his free time.



Audrey Newton

Johnson Lambert LLP


Audrey Newton, is a partner at Johnson Lambert, responsible for the audit, tax and consulting services provided the firm’s diverse not-for-profit sector. She has an extensive background in public accounting, having served not-for-profit organizations since 1987. Her experience includes financial statement and compliance audits, tax return preparation and planning, and consulting on a variety of topics, including governance and board oversight, operational efficiency reviews, enterprise risk management and regulatory compliance for not-for-profit organizations and benefit plans. Before joining Johnson Lambert LLP, Audrey was employed with Ernst & Young focusing on serving not-for-profit organizations.

She is a frequent speaker on current event topics for both internal and external not-for-profit conferences and webinars. Audrey is also active in the accounting and not-for-profit communities where she has contributed to the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Not-for-Profit Section certification program. She is a member of the AICPA, American Society of Association Executives, the Finance and Administration Roundtable and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.

Audrey graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She enjoys cooking, a variety of outdoor sports and traveling.



Donna Lamb

Executive Director for the Review Committees of General Surgery,
Thoracic Surgery, and Plastic Surgery

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)


Dr. Lamb is an executive director at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) overseeing the accreditation of more than 1,000 postgraduate surgical residency and fellowship training programs for General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Plastic Surgery. Before joining the ACGME, Dr. Lamb held positions as a vice president of graduate medical education and Designated Institution Official overseeing the development of residency and fellowship training programs, chair of Graduate Medical Education Committee and director of the GME office, and has experience with allopathic and osteopathic training programs. Dr. Lamb has over 30 years of experience in health care in hospital administration and as a registered nurse.



Colleen Lazanich

CalNonprofits Insurance Services


Colleen Lazanich is the CEO of CalNonprofits Insurance Services, the only social enterprise insurance brokerage in California.  She has more than 30 years of experience across the insurance industry, with more than 20 years specializing in nonprofits.  Colleen has worked for carriers, wholesaler brokers and retail brokers. CalNonprofits Insurance Services is a subsidiary of CalNonprofits (California Association of Nonprofits).  CalNonprofits Insurance Services is a full-service insurance broker providing employee benefits and property/casualty insurance to more than 1,000 California nonprofits.



Jason Sarfati


Arent Fox LLP  

Jason Sarfati is an associate in the Washington, DC office at Arent Fox where he specializes in privacy and cybersecurity law. He advises clients on compliance with federal and state privacy laws governing the collection, use, retention, and disclosure of private, or otherwise sensitive information. He has experience providing transactional support to clients, negotiating technology-related agreements, defending clients in data privacy-related government investigations and enforcement actions, and representing clients in all areas of motion practice civil litigation. Jason is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holds the CIPP/US certification (Certified Information Privacy Professional / US concentration), making him well-versed in the data privacy laws that govern the private sector in the United States.