Who is Fio Partners?

We are a small firm with deep expertise in and commitment to the nonprofit 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 is the Managing Principal of Fio Partners. Starting her career at Deloitte Consulting, she has been an organizational development consultant and trainer for over twenty years in the nonprofit and private sector. In 2007, she co-founded Fio Partners, a consulting firm which serves nonprofits, foundations, and government organizations. Her strength lies in her ability to listen to her clients’ needs and develop customized solutions. From working with large nonprofits, such as community colleges, libraries, and philanthropic organizations to working with cross-sector collaboratives, she supports leaders in making critical strategic decisions. Her ability to guide 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 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience supporting strategic planning and partnerships, business development to generate sustainable growth, and cross-sector collaborative leadership. Prior to joining Fio in 2016, Jim was the CEO of the YMCA of Providence for four years, where he led the development of a successful strategic plan that improved operational and financial performance and impact. Prior this position, he served in senior management roles at Meeting Street School (special education) and The Providence Center (behavioral health) including as COO in both organizations. In terms of community services, Jim previously served for six years on the Board of the Quonset Development Corporation, the largest public-private partnership focused on employment and economic development in RI. Jim is actively involved with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Board of the RI Business Group on Health and the RI Quality Institute. He has also served as an interim executive director at non-profit organizations in Providence. Most of Jim’s work is in the area of strategic planning and needs assessments. Jim received his BA from Brown University and his MPH from Boston University. He lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island with his wife and two children (ages 21 and 15).

Michelle Clark, Project Analyst

Michelle Clark comes to Fio Partners with over 25 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 integral support to our consulting projects and clients and to our internal firm operations. Michelle interfaces directly with our clients and offers support to the strategic planning process, including information gathering, focus group support and project analysis.

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 strives to help nonprofit leaders build shared understanding, vision, direction, and voice. She brings 15 years of experience developing nonprofit brands, engagement programs, and communications to her work at Fio Partners. As a Consultant, Melissa supports information-rich projects. As Director of Client Services, she helps develop, oversee, and implement Fio's internal operations and client-facing services. Previously, Melissa was Director of Strategy and Communications at CO:LAB, a 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 B.A. in English and Philosophy from Providence College, a certificate in Print Design from RISD|CE, and will complete her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University in March 2020. She lives in Newington, CT with her husband and two children—of whom she has far too many photos on her phone.

Laura Post, Consultant

Over the course of her career and nonprofit service, Laura has built extensive expertise in strategic planning, research and analysis, marketing, organization development, and leadership. As a consultant at Fio, Laura helps nonprofit executives uncover new opportunities, solve pressing problems, and transform their organizations. Laura comes to Fio from the LEGO Group, the global toymaker, where she most recently served as Vice President of Global Insights. Over her 29-year tenure at LEGO, she created long-term strategic direction, delivered customer feedback to drive marketing innovation, and led business units that delivered revenue and profit growth. Laura is currently board Vice President for the Children’s Law Center of CT, board member of the Connecticut Women’s Council and a strategy committee member of Foodshare Inc. She has served as a board member and staff consultant for the LEGO Community Fund U.S., LEGO’s U.S. foundation, and was a gubernatorial appointee to the State of Connecticut’s Early Childhood Cabinet. Laura has an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Russian and Soviet Studies from Cornell University. She and her husband live in West Hartford, CT and are the parents of two adult daughters.