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Jeff Wahlstrom


Jeff brings more than 30 years of hands-on non-profit leadership experience to Starboard Leadership Consulting, including 11 years as president of the United Way of Eastern Maine, and 12 years of fundraising and related work for Kimball Union Academy and Trinity College. Since joining with Rudman Winchell in 2005 to form Starboard Leadership Consulting, Jeff has consulted with dozens of organizations and their leaders on strategic, leadership, and management issues.

He has successfully facilitated nonprofit mergers, counseled organizations through executive searches and leadership transitions, led strategic planning processes, and supported the development and implementation of a wide range of efforts, from community assessments to board governance projects. He is also a certified "Everything DiSC" facilitator and trainer.

Jeff has also developed an online board self-assessment for nonprofit boards of directors that is available through the Maine Association of Nonprofits, and he is a frequent presenter and workshop leader on a lengthy list of topics.

As a volunteer, Jeff has gained substantial experience as a member of a variety of state and local boards, including the Bangor School Committee and the Unity College Board of Trustees. He has chaired the boards of the United Ways of Maine, the Maine Philanthropy Center, Bangor area's Communities for Children, and the Maine Health Access Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of the Maine Conservation Alliance. His active community service has resulted in Jeff being honored by Bangor Rotary with their Paul Harris Fellow's award and by the Bangor YMCA for his work on behalf of youth.

A 1980 Graduate of Bates College, with an M.A.L.S. degree from Dartmouth College, Jeff and his wife live in Bangor, Maine and have two grown children.

Deb Claflin

Senior Consultant

Before joining Starboard in 2015, Deb was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the American Hospital Association. In this role, Deb provided governance, strategic business, and employee relations advice to the executive and board leadership of the AHA family of associations and charities, with over 500 employees. Projects included organizational transitions, developing new revenue lines and expanding the federal contracts portfolio. Prior to joining AHA, Deb practiced corporate law at three nationally prominent law firms.

In addition to her work with large nonprofits, Deb has experience with small and start-up organizations. For five years, Deb volunteered as team leader at the Chicago Arts & Business Council, whose teams of business professionals assist arts nonprofits to develop strategic, business and marketing plans. Deb’s clients included emerging theater groups, an alliance to open a community arts center, a photography center and an art league. Deb was a founding board member of the Chicago city chapter of Impact 100, an all-volunteer grant-making organization whose members donated and awarded over $100,000 in its first year, growing to over $300,000 by the third. Deb is a member of the Bangor Rotary and serves on the Board of Directors of the Bangor Ballet.

She lives in Bangor with her husband and has two grown children.

Laura Mitchell

Consulting Partner

Laura brings to Starboard Leadership Consulting 14 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, facilitation, fundraising and community building. Laura's focus at Starboard is on leadership and team development. She is a certified trainer and facilitator in both "Everything DiSC" and "The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™".

Prior to joining Starboard, Laura owned an independent consultancy. In this capacity, she facilitated the launch, development of governance structure and strategic planning of Bangor’s Community Health Leadership Board, comprised of healthcare and human service leaders who have come together to address vital public health concerns. Laura continues to provide communications, operations and project management for the Board and its multiple working groups.

Previously, Laura served as program manager for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce providing leadership, communications and strategic planning for three programs with independent volunteer boards. Before that, at Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Laura led community groups through economic development planning processes and helped translate their goals into fundraising plans, and prior to that, Laura served as marketing director for United Way of Eastern Maine developing all communications and promotional materials and directing event planning in support of fundraising and outreach. Laura also led the United Way’s community impact work in the areas of strategic planning and outcome measurement development for investments in nonprofits serving seniors.

Before returning to Maine, Laura served as a strategic planner for Lot21, an online web development and advertising agency in San Francisco, and worked in marketing in Boston’s commercial real estate sector for The Leggat Company.

As a volunteer, Laura has gained experience on municipal and non-profit boards including serving on the City of Bangor’s Planning Board and Historic Preservation Commission and the Bangor Land Trust Board. She is an active volunteer at Bangor Montessori School and in the Hampden school district, and her volunteerism was honored by Fusion Bangor. Laura is also a 2007 graduate of the Bangor Region Leadership Institute.

A graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Resource Economics and Policy, Laura spent a year studying abroad at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Laura and her family live in Hampden, Maine.

Kathryn Hunt

Managing Director

Kathy brings over 25 years of experience working with businesses and organizations to her position at Starboard Leadership Consulting. She has successfully led dozens of strategic planning and governance improvement projects as well as designed and led training, facilitation and coaching programs on leadership, management and team performance for Starboard’s clients. She is in high demand as a presenter on a broad range of related topics.

Prior to joining Starboard Leadership Consulting in 2008, Kathryn worked for 17 years at the University of Maine where she directed numerous economic and community development projects on behalf of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and Office of Research and Economic Development, and consulted to organizations throughout the state on strategic planning, organizational change and leadership. She also served as Editor of the highly regarded Maine Policy Review.

Prior to working at the University of Maine, Kathryn worked for Project Adventure, Inc., where she provided behavioral services to at-risk youth and led training programs nationwide in adventure-based counseling and team development for schools, therapeutic organizations and corporations.

As a volunteer, Kathy has served in many different capacities over the years. In her role as Board Chair of Partnerships for Healthy Communities, she helped to found Bangor's Maine Discovery Museum in 1997-98. She served for eight years as a trustee of the Maine Humanities Council and, for 10 years, as a director of Good Will-Hinckley (GWH); in 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences for her role in establishing the school and in leading a process of organizational revitalization at GWH. In 2014, Kathy was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce for over 18 years of service to the Bangor Region Leadership Institute. Currently, she serves as a deacon and active mission volunteer at All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor.

Kathy holds two graduate degrees from the University of Maine: the first in Counselor Education (with a concentration in Group Process & Facilitation), and the second in Resource Economics & Policy (with a concentration in Community & Economic Development). Kathy lives in Bangor with her husband, two daughters, one blue heeler and a horse.

Melissa Donnelly

Consulting Partner

Melissa brings to Starboard Leadership Consulting more than 20 years of business management consultation and marketing experience, working with clients from a variety of industries. Her work has focused predominantly on marketing research and planning, including the implementation and analysis of in-depth market studies for organizations across the region.

Her experience includes evaluating and advising organizations on management and financing procedures, developing and implementing business and marketing plans, budgeting and planning, fundraising planning and donor cultivation and solicitation for non-profit organizations, and developing support material of promotional plans including brochures, commercials, client proposals, and various publications. Melissa specializes in organizational brand management and in-depth market research, including survey instruments and focus groups.

Melissa has served as a Research Analyst at The Council on Financial Competition in Washington, DC, Business Counselor at Northern Maine Development Commission, Account Executive with Marketing Advertising Planning, Inc., and as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing, Research, and Economics at Husson University.

Her volunteer work has focused on the health and education of children and teens, especially in the areas art and music education. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Brewer Music Association, and has done a variety of volunteer work for the Orono Bog Boardwalk, Literacy Coalition, Children’s Miracle Network, and Project Graduation.

Melissa holds a Masters degree in Business from Husson University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Atlantic Community Studies from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. She and her family live in Brewer, Maine.

Scott Schnapp

Consulting Partner

Scott brings to Starboard Leadership Consulting over 30 years of nonprofit management experience. Most recently he served as Executive Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) for 14 years. In that position, Scott led the development of a major expansion of professional and organizational development resources for Maine’s nonprofit leaders, including a comprehensive management training program, leadership development programs, capacity building services, assessment tools, management resources, and a technical assistance program. Prior to his work at MANP, Scott served successively as Executive Director of Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility (MEBSR), Camp Sunshine, and Big Brother-Big Sister of Greater Lowell (MA), and before that as Director of Development at the Portland Museum of Art and North Yarmouth Academy.

As a volunteer, Scott has served on the boards of the Maine Development Foundation, Maine Initiatives, and the Children’s Theatre of Maine, and served as Board President of the Falmouth Memorial Library. He has also coached several Odyssey of the Mind teams and local youth sports teams.

A 1978 graduate of Colgate University, Scott lives in Falmouth with his wife Heidi and a menagerie of pets, and has two grown children.

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