Who is Fio Partners?
We are a small firm with deep expertise and commitment to working in the non-profit sector.
We truly love what we do.
Jane Arsenault, Principal
Jane Arsenault has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1977. She has provided consulting support to over 500 health and human service organizations as well as numerous foundations and state governments. Her interest in collaborative work within the sector led to the publication of Forging Nonprofit Alliances in 1999. Her ability to partner with her clients to solve problems while simultaneously building capacity within those organizations is unparalleled. Jane has an MBA from the Executive MBA Program of the University of RI and a Bachelors Degree in English and Philosophy from Hunter College.
Anne Yurasek, Principal
Anne Yurasek has been an organizational development consultant and trainer for over twenty years in the nonprofit and private sector. Her strength lies in her ability to listen to her clients’ needs and develop customized solutions. Anne is an excellent facilitator and is known for her training and presentation skills. Her role in many of Fio Partners’ projects is to gather information to support evidence-based decision making. From informational interviews to surveys as well as research in a particular field, Anne is able to raise the information and present the findings to clients in an accessible format. Her ability to support organizations through their inflection points – whether due to consolidation or growth – is unsurpassed. Anne has an MBA in Management from Columbia University and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Wellesley College.
Jim Berson, Consultant
Jim has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience in Rhode Island, supporting strategic planning and partnerships, business development to generate sustainable growth, cross sector collaborative leadership, operations management that aligns process, staff, and strategies to meet client/customer needs. Prior to joining Fio in 2016, Jim was the CEO of the YMCA of Providence for four years. Previous positions include serving as COO at Meeting Street School and at The Providence Center, where he led organization efforts for Joint Commission Accreditation. Jim is actively involved on many boards and serves as the chair of the South County Health Equity Program’s steering committee. Jim has his Bachelors from Brown University and a Masters in Public Health from Boston University.
Michelle Clark, Project Analyst
Michelle Clark comes to Fio Partners with over 20 years of experience as a fine art consultant working directly with clients to develop comprehensive site-specific plans for artwork and framing from inception, execution and installation. In her role at Fio, she provides support to our consulting project and clients and to our internal firm operations.
Devon Dabbs, Consultant
A nonprofit leader for more than 10 years, Devon Dabbs’ strength and expertise is rooted in building effective, sustainable community collaborations for change. She is skilled in the intricacies of nonprofit management, with an emphasis on state and national advocacy, capacity building, branding and communication, and program evaluation and standardization. Devon is also recognized as gifted public speaker and facilitator with a talent for establishing consensus among diverse stakeholders. As co-founder of Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC), a nationally-recognized nonprofit and the impetus behind several California pediatric healthcare policy initiatives, including the Nick Snow Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Act, she is a well-respected trailblazer in pediatric healthcare reform. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Devon was an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television marketing executive. Devon is a graduate of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and a recipient of numerous awards including a Peabody and the California Association of Non- profits “Achievement in Innovation.”
Sarah Hall, Consultant
Sarah has a background in finance, at both a wealth management firm and as the owner of her own small financial planning company. Her more recent work has focused on consulting for nonprofits providing policy analysis and program evaluation as well as community-level research and survey design and analysis. A skilled researcher, Sarah is able to synthesize and organize information in a format that is easily accessible to clients. She is also experienced in facilitating productive communication between disparate stakeholders. Sarah holds an MPA in Nonprofit Leadership from Brown University and a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Western CT State University.
Melissa Harris, Consultant
Melissa Harris is a nonprofit strategist and copywriter with more than 10 years of experience building meaningful brands, engagement programs, and communications. Over her career, she has served a range of organizations, foundations, associations, schools, universities, youth service bureaus, and community coalitions. A new Consultant at Fio Partners, she contributes to gathering and assessing stakeholder insights, and developing relational strategies and core messaging. Previously, Melissa was Director of Strategy and Communications at CO:LAB, a Connecticut-based brand development and design studio dedicated to nonprofits. Prior to that, she was Director of Communications for the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. In 2013, Melissa was honored as a “40 Under Forty” by the Hartford Business Journal for her leadership and vision. She has a BA in English and Philosophy from Providence College, along with a certificate in Business Studies. She also completed a 3-year program in Print Design at RISD|CE.
Carole Ann Penney, Consultant
Carole Ann Penney joins the Fio Partners team with an expertise in strategic planning and implementation, systems thinking, and professional coaching for new and mid-level leaders. Carole Ann brings together her skills as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) with her background of over ten years in nonprofit management to support clients’ mission-driven strategy and impact. Most recently, Carole Ann was the Associate Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. She has a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and holds certifications in nonprofit management & leadership from Tufts University and professional coaching from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
Lisa Tepper Bates, Consultant
Lisa Tepper Bates has led human services nonprofits at the local and statewide levels for nearly a decade. She is known as a leader and innovator with a track record of solving tough problems through effective teamwork. Lisa draws on extensive experience as a U.S. diplomat, including work at the White House and highest levels of the State Department, in her current nonprofit work. She has led efforts to build effective nonprofit collaborations at community and statewide levels, develop strategic planning to strengthen and focus service delivery, create effective nonprofit communications, enhance development efforts, and spearhead high-impact legislative advocacy. During her tenure as CEO of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, she led efforts to build a statewide system to coordinate nonprofit efforts that drove a 34% decrease in homelessness across the state. Lisa has served on a number of nonprofit Boards, and is a Director on the Board of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority by appointment of the Governor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management.