Meet Our Team

Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa
President and Principal Consultant

Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa is principal consultant at Harvest Development Group, LLC.
A twenty plus year veteran of the philanthropy industry, Sondra specializes in assessment, strategic planning, revenue development, research, and board relations. Her professional experience includes Vice President of the ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Director of Development for the Governors Prevention Partnership as well as Community Director for the National March of Dimes. Additionally, she has provided counsel for a wide variety of national non- profits, helping to define and re-energize philanthropy programs, recruit outstanding leadership and facilitate vision and strategy.

Sondra’s professional enjoyment comes from improving underperforming or new philanthropy programs, enhancing trustee engagement, building strategic direction, and growing leadership. She is an elected governor to the Board of Governors for (the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) and past director of the board of the Disaster Accountability Project out of Washington DC.

Sondra has been a frequent conference speaker over the last 12 years, presenting at Blackbaud’s International Conference on Philanthropy, NACHRI-The National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Center for Nonprofit Success, and OEG Fundraising conferences along the east coast, as well as curriculum development and instruction at the Ct. Association of Nonprofits. Her presentations include corporate social responsibility, creating balanced fundraising programs, improving board fundraising, innovation, capital campaign management, and building a better board. Her rants, discussions and editorials on philanthropy can also be found on her blog at www.thefbooksite.com . She is a frequently published freelance contributor to a variety of nonprofit association journals and newsletters.

 

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Melanie Cecarelli
Client Engagement Manager

Melanie joined the Harvest Team in August, 2014 as a Senior Consultant after a long and successful career at Aetna. Melanie has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Board of Trustees at the University of Saint Joseph, where she also served as the University’s Alumni Council President. In her past positions at Harvest Development Group, Melanie served as Interim Director of Development for The New Children’s Museum before and was later named Client Relations Manager for Harvest.

Melanie has traveled extensively through Canada, as well as Italy, Ireland, Jamaica and most recently Australia, and combined with her personal travels and Aetna career, has visited 30 states.

What did you do prior to joining the nonprofit sector and Harvest Team?
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, I enjoyed a long and successful career at Aetna in the National Account Division. After leaving Aetna, I joined the nonprofit sector as a consultant for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and advanced the work of their newly launched Women’s Leadership Council and created their signature event, “Power of the Purse” to raise funds for the Council’s Family Financial Centers.

What attracted you to the nonprofit sector?
After serving on several boards, I realized helping nonprofits achieve their goals was important to me. I guess you can say, too, that it’s in my DNA. My parents were very community and civic minded and giving back to one’s community was just a way of life.

What is your favorite quote?
“This above all to thine own self be true”. Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 1; Scene 1
This was one of my Dad’s favorite quotes and it resonates with me, especially when faced with making major decisions.

What do you gain from your client interactions?
Our clients bring passion to their work and their mission and it’s a privilege to work with organizations who are so committed to their work. It’s inspiring!

At the end of the day…….
I want to know that I had a positive impact on someone.

 

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Katherine Shaw
Administrative Assistant

Katherine joined the Harvest Team in August, 2017 and is a vital member of the team, overseeing the daily operations of the organization.

 
What attracted you to the nonprofit sector and Harvest Development Group?
What attracted me is Harvest’s desire to help the non-profit sector, which in turn strengthens communities. I am excited to learn more about Harvest Development Group and the nonprofit sector, and to be a part of an inspiring, humbling team.

What is your favorite quote?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi

What have you done in the nonprofit sector?
Prior to joining Harvest, I worked in the medical field. When working as a medical assistant for a nonprofit organization, an important part of my job was to provide resources to clients with behavioral health issues. It required me to do extensive research, which helped me build a comfortable relationship between me and the client. The strong relationships I built with my clients were instrumental in helping the organization give back to the community because I was able to help the clients become mentors for their peers.

Tell us something personal about you!
I am a proud mother of 2 boys; Glenn, 24, and Kevin, 22 – they are my world! I am the oldest of 3 girls, I know how to cook, change a tire and refinish wood. My passion is baking and anything artsy/crafty. I love to pass the time crocheting, writing, or just meditation in the sun. My mother refers to me as a “renaissance woman.” I enjoy sharing my life with my first love, Leon, his daughter MyAsia and our 2 dogs, Sasha and Boi. I come from a huge family and admire the support we all give one another.

 

Nicole DeMartino
Marketing Intern

Nicole joined our team in May 2018 as an Intern at our Connecticut office. Her leadership skills combined with her ambitious personality make her an excellent addition to Harvest. Nicole attends the University of Connecticut where she studies Marketing with a concentration in Digital Marketing & Analytics. She is a member of many organizations on campus including Women in Business and the Undergraduate Business Association. Her marketing background and notable problem solving skills are significant to her role in supporting the Harvest Development Group team.

What did you do prior to joining the nonprofit sector and Harvest Team?
I was an intern at Aetna in Hartford, CT where I worked as a business analyst. Also, I was a mentor at the University of Connecticut for a group of college freshmen.

What attracted you to Harvest Development Group?
What attracted me to Harvest Development was the hardworking and humble team working here. I appreciate all that they do to help non profits and the great work they do to assist the communities.

What is your favorite quote?
“The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney

Tell us something personal about you!
I love to travel and some places that I was lucky enough to visit include London, Paris, and Rome.

 

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Peter Curtin
Senior Consultant

Peter joined the Harvest Development team in November of 2016, after twenty-seven years of extensive not-for-profit development consulting experience for a wide-variety of nonprofit organizations.

He started his career working for three of the largest development consulting groups in the United States, before acting as the campaign director and the planned giving officer for one of the preeminent hospitals in the State of Connecticut.

Prior to coming to the Harvest Group, Peter ran his own successful non-profit consulting firm working with small and medium-sized charities on major gift programs, capital campaigns, annual fund work, planned giving, board development and organizational development.

What attracted you to the nonprofit sector?
During my time at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, I was fortunate enough to intern at one of the area’s most impact full nonprofit organizations. This experience demonstrated to me the great influence that nonprofit organizations have on peoples’ lives, the tremendous needs that exists in our communities, and the great satisfaction that can be achieved by helping others.

What is your favorite quote?
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” – President John F. Kennedy

What do you gain from your client interactions?
One of the greatest benefits of working in this industry is my opportunity to assist inspirational, visionary and philanthropic individuals, with a passion for giving back for all that they been blessed with, in achieving their goals

Tell us something personal about you…
I was the captain of my high school golf team, was fortunate to play college golf, and caddied on the PGA Tour between high school and going to college.

 

IMG_1291Mary Jane Lund
Consultant

What did you do prior to joining the nonprofit sector and Harvest Team?
I have worked in the development field for more than 30 years – at the high school, college and civic level. Responsibilities have included administration of special events, planning and implementing strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations for both annual operating and endowment purposes. I have also had the privilege of being active as a volunteer both in my children’s and grandchildren’s schools, with Junior Achievement, and at the leadership level with local civic organizations.

What attracted you to the nonprofit sector?
Working in the nonprofit sector means that I get to mix the opportunity to work with my heart with the opportunity to help benefit others by bringing about important changes to the status quo.  Harvest Development Group provides me with a variety of options to continue doing what I love and a schedule that works for my lifestyle.

What is one of your most successful consulting experiences and why was it successful?
Current assignment with YWCA Hartford Region as Interim Director of Development is my first with Harvest Development Group and it has proven to be an exciting and rewarding experience.  In addition to helping direct the organization’s annual major fundraising event, In the Company of Women luncheon, its Money Conference for Women, working on process and implementation for an annual fund, and assisting with marketing efforts, I have been part of the internal transition team as the organization welcomed a new CEO.

What is a topic in the nonprofit sector that interests you/is important to you?
It is essential for nonprofits to recognize and realign their priorities to be prepared for the impact of things like tax reform, shrinking charitable budgets, corporate consolidations, and to start working on developing strong strategies for developing new partnerships and individual giving.

Tell us something personal about you!
There is no better time spent than enjoying my three daughters and their families, which include five grandchildren ages twenty-five – seven!  I also love to read, garden, cook and compete in ballroom dance!

 

Lucy Davis
Consultant

What did you prior to joining the nonprofit sector and Harvest Team?
I started out as a teacher for special populations and worked with emotionally disturbed adolescents in psychiatric hospitals. I moved from that field into IT. First, as a programmer and then as a project manager. I started with EDS and then moved to Cigna. I had opportunities to work in training, IT and business orgs. I transferred to Chicago for a RVP position and worked both the West Coast and Midwest office for 1 year before working Midwest only in the Chicago office. The final few years I worked in the legal department as the Senior Compliance Director and implemented HIPPA, Privacy and other federal regulated changes. I retired and then I worked for a Global Career Management company for a year; consulted with a friend and on my own, and worked as the Grant Officer and Grant Specialist for Eastern CT State University.

What attracted you to the nonprofit sector?
I enjoy working in non profits because I usually see a lot of passion for a good cause. If I can bring my experience to the group to help them move towards their goals I am very happy.

What have you done in the nonprofit sector?
I was on the board of a non profit in Rhode Island for 2 years to help them develop a strategic plan and drive funding changes. I volunteer to help fund raise for local fire departments, parochial schools…pretty much anyone who I know, is involved with a good cause and asks. I volunteered for Hire Our Heroes to review resumes and help vets prep for interviews. Also, I support the Honor Flight organization and became a guardian for a WWII vet to take him to DC to visit the monuments in their honor.

Tell us something personal about you!
I have a son who is a Dallas police office and a Capt. in the Army National Guard. I have a daughter who is currently getting a Masters in Public/Environmental policy. My husband of 40 yrs is a volunteer fireman. We love to travel and have been across the US a few times, to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. Explored Italy, England, Scotland, Austria and Switzerland (skiing). 

At the end of the day…….
I feel fortunate for all that I have and I always say (even to the dogs) Life is Good!

Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.” -Winston Churchill

 

Marty Rotblatt
Board Leadership & Development Specialist 

What is one of your most successful consulting experiences and why was it successful?
I recently worked with a 42-year-old CT-based nonprofit focusing on teaching civics in schools from middle-high school.  Their upfront challenge was an outdated mission and not fully understanding what their purpose was.  Additionally, they had a stable of activities that they were supporting that had not gone through the kind of program analysis/scrutiny that was required to continue to test their viability.  Through a day-long process we were able to redefine their mission and refocus the organization on their sweet spots.  The result was leaving with the creation of an action plan with supporting infrastructure to accomplish short-term (2 year) goals.

What attracted you to the nonprofit sector and Harvest Development Group?
For over 30 years I have worked in the nonprofit sector.  Its goal to do good and give to the constituent and stakeholder groups they serve appeals to my desire to make a difference.  Harvest is focused on helping nonprofits in this endeavor.

What is a topic in the nonprofit sector that interests you/is important to you?
Board development and its role in organizational health and sustainability.

What have you done in the nonprofit sector (prior assignments, volunteer, jobs, etc.)
I have volunteered in the sector since I was a teenager.  My parents instilled in me the desire to make a difference.  I started my career as a high school psychology teacher.  I have worked with and in many sectors of the nonprofit field: Education, Medical and Healthcare, Arts and Culture, Leadership, Scientific Research, and more.

Tell us something personal about you (could be your family, hobbies)
I love to spend time with family.  One thing my family does together is cook.  I subscribe to at least a dozen food blogs.  I have played tennis since I was a child. We collect rolling pins, Inuit art, teas, and owl carvings.  I love to read, meet new people, and go to art shows.  I am a current events/news junkie.