Rebuilding for Impact: About the Presenters

Babette Baker is an Affiliate Consultant at Support Center and Principal at Paideia PM, which she launched in 2013. Ms. Baker has over 30 years of experience supporting nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities in program design/development, process facilitation, grants administration, fiscal management, marketing, and program assessment/evaluation, as a consultant and nonprofit professional. She has also held rolesfrom Coordinator to Executive Director in nonprofit agencies, municipalities, and community-basedorganizations across the country.

Ms. Baker is particularly interested in working with grassroots and small nonprofits, particularly those in the Start-up and Growth stage. She works collaboratively with organizations across all stages of their nonprofit lifecycles on how to align their 3Ps (people, process, and policy) across their operations, finance, programming, and governance to improve outcomes and enhance revenue.

Ms. Baker provides services in board development, executive coaching and transitions, customized training, program evaluation, social entrepreneurship, community engagement/facilitation, strategic planning, and grant writing/administration, the area where she started her nonprofit career. She continues to serve as a peer reviewer and technical assistance provider for HRSA, the USDA, the Department of Education andJustice, as well as several states and private foundations.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in African/African American Studies from Colgate University. She has completed graduate coursework in the Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation Program at Syracuse University. She regularly participates in learning opportunities that allow her to improve her competencies and skills.

She was a fellow in both the Leadership Greater Bellevue/Redmond Program and the National United Way Program on Nonprofit Leadership. She has also earned certificates in Community Leadership, Grassroots Organizing, and Economic Development from NeighborWorks.

Ms. Baker is very active in her community. She sits on several nonprofit boards and donates 10% of Paideia’sservices to under-resourced organizations in her community.

Megan Deichler is the Executive Director of the Catskill-Hudson Area Health Education Center (CHAHEC), an organization focused on supporting the healthcare workforce through providing educational opportunities for youth, students, and existing health professionals. CHAHEC covers an 11-county catchment area in the Hudson Valley which includes Dutchess County and has worked on career exploration programs with youth in the City of Poughkeepsie. A goal of CHAHEC is to bring more diversity to the health workforce and encourage historically underrepresented students to consider careers in healthcare.

Prior to joining CHAHEC, Megan spent years working in a variety of areas of public health, including population health research and health philanthropy. Megan spent several years working with the philanthropic organization, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. While at Helmsley, Megan helped lead the development of a number of grantmaking strategies to improve access to healthcare and essential medicines in low-resource settings. Earlier in her career, Megan worked at New York University (NYU) on population health research, on topics including Lyme disease and HIV/AIDS incidence among vulnerable youth in New York City.

Megan holds a Master of Public Health degree in International and Community Health from NYU and a bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville College. She is a Board member with United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and is a member of its Community Impact Committee. Megan lives in the City of Poughkeepsie with her husband and their dog.

Janet Giannetta is a Partner in Visions Human Resources Services, LLC, an affiliate of RBT CPAs, LLP.  Visions offers a full spectrum of HR services. Janet most recently was Chief Human Resources Officer at RBT CPAs where she was responsible for all HR activities within the Firm and

Janet is a senior-level human resources professional who has served in a wide range of industries, including health care, finance and manufacturing. Over the course of her career, she has mastered the balance of employee advocacy and the business needs of organizations – the most challenging aspect of compliance and managing human resources.

Prior to joining RBT, Janet was the Corporate Compliance Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at Elant, Inc. serving 6 locations and 1200 union and non-union employees.  Before that, Janet was the Regional Human Resources Director at Wingate Healthcare in Needham, Mass., where she was responsible for the HR oversight of more than 1,500 employees across ten skilled nursing centers. She demonstrated a thorough understanding of complex state and federal regulations, and regularly counseled both management and employees on issues like performance, terminations, harassment and discrimination.  

Donna Johnson-Klonsky, MBA, PCC, is President of DJ Consulting Services, Inc., a training and development company that focuses on change management through the platforms of coaching, consulting, speaking, training, and publications. Since its inception in 1995, her company's primary mission has been to transform how professionals’ approach, process, and master change.

 A veteran professional speaker and trainer, she has spoken in front of over thirty-thousand local, national, and international professionals, designed and implemented more than one-hundred fifty workshops, and published over five hundred articles. In 2018, her book ASPECTS OF CHANGE: 9 Steps to Conquer Your Most Devastating Change, Develop Boundless Energy, and Create a Life You Love, was published. For 11 years, Donna was a monthly contributor for full-page business articles in Fashion Mannuscript Magazine, a national publication, and thus far reached over 4.5 million readers. In May 2020, she resumed the column.

Donna obtained her MBA, Marketing & Small Business Entrepreneurship, from Empire State College and her BA from Baruch College. She received her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation from the International Coaching Federation and her CVPCC from CoachVille and has spent almost two thousand hours coaching clients. Donna has continued to enhance her speaking skills through Platinum Speaking Training Programs and coaching, facilitated by world-renowned transformational coach and speaker Lisa Nichols of Motivating the Masses.

Donna has over twenty-two years of experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in many areas, including administration, business management, training, speaking, and organizational development. Since 2013, she has served as an executive board member of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. Some of her community service included past Chairman of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Gateway for Entrepreneurial Tomorrows (GET), Mid-Hudson Civic Center, and YWCA.


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