Meet Our Team

Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa
President & Principal Consultant

Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa is the 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 Governor’s 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 She is a frequently published freelance contributor to a variety of nonprofit association journals and newsletters.

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Melanie Cecarelli, Partner
Vice President & Client Relations Director

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.

Scott Selig, Partner
Vice President of Business Development

What attracted you to the nonprofit sector?

I grew-up with the tenet of Tikkun-Olam, which is Hebrew for repairing the world. I have always searched for ways to pair my professional choices with the concept of Tikkun Olam, be it teaching, coaching, or assisting organizations that aim to improve our communities.

What did you prior to joining the nonprofit sector and Harvest Team?

I have had the pleasure of working in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

I’ve been an Executive Director for non-profits in the Healthcare, Higher Education, and Community Development areas. I’ve worked in Business Development in the Healthcare, Mobile App, Parking, and Software industries.

What do you gain from your client interactions?

I really enjoy working with others, I think that as a twin, I have always valued collaboration and feel I learn from every interaction I have.

Tell us something personal about you (could be your family, hobbies)

I enjoy sports, qualifying for the Gator Bowl International Tennis Tournament in my youth, and coached High school tennis and baseball for a number of years.

I worked for President Jimmy Carter after his presidency, researching policy for a number of books he wrote.

I have a wonderful wife, 4 daughters, and a rescue dog named Piper.

I am a twin and have twin daughters.

What is your favorite quote?

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” by Elie Wiesel

Finish the rest of the sentence:  At the end of the day…….

I feel that if I have improved our community, big or small, I have made a lasting impact that will help heal our world.

Phillip Simon
Senior Consultant
Photography  |  Interactive Media  |  Video & Film

Phillip Simon has been creating digital media productions and distance training for more than two decades. He specializes in interactive program design, content strategy, information architecture, and is a photographer and video maker.

Phillip also has expertise in online learning systems, having produced Web-based interventions for the Yale School of Nursing and Veterans Administration. He has managed online training projects for Yale University, Yale-New Haven Health System, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Quinnipiac University.

He is currently a senior teaching professor in the Department of Interactive Media and Design and director of the Interactive Media and Communications graduate program at Quinnipiac University. Phill has taught courses in user experience design, content strategy, visual design, photography, and project planning.

Before joining Quinnipiac in 2009, Phillip worked at Yale University as a video producer, managing editor of the Center for Advanced Instructional Media, director of the Department of Biomedical Communications, and director of Operations for Web Design and Development at the Yale School of Medicine. He has spoken at national conferences on health science communications and Web-based learning.

Phillip received his bachelor’s degree in printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and completed a master’s degree in liberal studies at Wesleyan University.

IMG_1291Mary Jane Lund
Senior 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 levels. 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!

Adam Steinberg
Senior Consultant

Adam Steinberg joins the Harvest team with an 18 year career in fundraising and development experience in both higher education and secondary school institutions. He served in a range of development capacities at Smith College and Trinity College, the Hotchkiss School, The Williston Northampton School, and The American College of Greece. He has created strategic plans for prospective donors, collaborated with members of the boards of trustees, and improved the messaging and technology that support solicitation and stewardship of donors and fundraising programs.

As the Director of Development at the Trust University Innovation Vietnam (TUIV),
Adam provided communications and organizational leadership to TUIV and Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) fundraising activities. He worked closely with the senior team of TUIV and FUV, board members, and a distinguished national network of supporters to advance and implement the university’s donor engagement. cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship needs.

Adam holds a Bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

Lucy Davis
Senior 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 an RVP position and worked both the West Coast and Midwest office for 1 year before working Midwest only in the Chicago office. In 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 fundraise 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 officer 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

Sue Davison
Senior Consultant

Sue is a philanthropy consultant specializing in fund development planning, board and staff training, and major gifts cultivation and stewardship strategies. During her 30+ year career, Sue has worked in development positions at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Connecticut, and the United Way. She has served in senior staff roles at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Museums, Hartford Stage, and Neighborhood Music School. Sue lives in Clinton with her partner John and their dog Koko, and enjoys running, hiking, swimming, gardening, and visiting wineries around the country.

What attracted you to the nonprofit sector?

My passion for philanthropy began with my parents, the minister, and the minister’s wife, who always believed in the importance of giving.  No matter how little money they had, they gave away 10 percent of their income and worked hard to make a difference in the lives of those around them.  It was inevitable that I would go into the nonprofit field.

What is your favorite quote?

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

What do you gain from your client interactions?

I have always found my interactions with clients and donors both rewarding and educational.  I find that I can learn something from everyone I meet and I am inspired by the stories I hear and the passion and purpose I discover in others.

At the end of the day……

I want to feel as though I made someone smile by something I did or said.

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? 
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? 
I love to spend time with my 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.