Who is Fio Partners?

We are a growing consulting firm with deep expertise in and commitment to the nonprofit sector. We strive to foster high-trust relationships with our clients and team members, and an impactful and balanced work environment.


Jane Arsenault, Principal

Jane Arsenault co-founded Fio Partners, LLC with Anne Yurasek. She is now semi-retired. Her role with the firm is to oversee the knowledge management system and support consultants with training and assistance as needed. Jane worked in the nonprofit sector from the early 80’s until 2019, serving as an Executive Director, Board member, and staff member. Her consulting practice included strategic planning, evaluation, and crafting collaborative models, including partnerships, management service organizations, networks, and mergers. She authored Forging Nonprofit Alliances in 1990, the first book ever published on consolidation of the sector. She has consistently focused on supporting decision makers with high quality information and created the decision support tools and materials that Fio Partners is known for. Her practice spanned the US and Canada, and Jane worked with a wide range of arts, health, human services, and civic engagement organizations. Jane has a BA from Hunter College in English and Philosophy, and an MBA from the University of RI. She now lives with her husband in Boothbay, Maine.

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.

Theresa Chowa, Research Analyst

Theresa is passionate about nonprofit management and driven by her commitments to transform systems, address pressing social justice concerns, and champion equitable policies. Her professional journey includes work with World Relief where she contributed to refugee resettlement policies, Spokane Low-income Housing Consortium where she served as the DEI program coordinator, Faith-Acts for Education where she helped advance education equity in CT as a community organizer, and WWF Global where she conducted extensive research to advance effective conservation policies and practices. Theresa earned her BA in International Studies from Whitworth University and master’s in Public Affairs from Brown University. She was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe and now resides in Providence, Rhode Island.

Stacy Couto, Associate

Stacy is an accomplished senior-level nonprofit professional with 25 years of experience in fund development, leadership, marketing and communications, and grant management. She has held leadership positions at education and environmental organizations throughout her career. Most recently, Stacy served as Chief of Philanthropy for Children’s Friend, a child-serving social service organization in Providence, Rhode Island, where she led the agency’s philanthropic, grants and innovation, and marketing and communications efforts. Stacy received a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Mount Hope Learning Center and the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Lauren Currie, Director of Operations

Lauren is a passionate nonprofit professional with over ten years of experience in program management, operations, learning and development, and grants management. Her work has primarily focused in the education, youthwork, and national service sectors. Prior to transitioning to consulting, Lauren served as the Director of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, a 40-member AmeriCorps program based at Northeastern University where she led the organization's strategy and operations in addition to managing federal grant and fiscal systems. Lauren received her BA in Psychology and International Leadership Studies from Marietta College and her MEd in Instructional Design and e-Learning from Northeastern University. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice Core Certificate program and currently serves as a College Now mentor.

Devon Dabbs, Senior Associate

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.”

Melissa Harris, Director of Service Development

Melissa is a researcher and strategist who helps nonprofit leaders build shared understanding, direction, and voice. As Director of Service Development, she advances relevant offerings and tools and oversees the research team. She regularly serves as a project advisor and leads select client engagements. Melissa brings her experience developing nonprofit brands, engagement programs, and communications to her work at Fio Partners. Her previous roles include Director of Strategy and Communications at CO:LAB, a brand development and design studio dedicated to nonprofits, and Director of Communications for the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. She has a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Providence College and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University.

Brooke Havens, Associate

Brooke has been working in and around the nonprofit sector in Rhode Island for the last twenty-five years as an employee, volunteer, board member, and funder. She has experience engaging the corporate sector in the work of strengthening communities at companies like Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI and Citizens Bank. Prior to joining Fio Partners, Brooke was the Chief Resource & Engagement Officer at the United Way of Rhode Island, overseeing development and communications and helping to design and launch the Live United 2025 strategic vision. Throughout her varied roles in both the nonprofit and corporate sector, she has built relationships across organizations and industries to achieve strategic outcomes and deepen impact. She has earned a solid reputation as a dedicated, engaged, and goal-oriented professional. Brooke grew up in NYC and received her BA in Political Science from William Smith College and her masters in nonprofit management from Northeastern University. She lives in Warwick, RI with her husband Spencer, a high-school math teacher.

Elizabeth Hucker, Executive Transition and Search Associate

Liz brings a combination of nonprofit senior leadership and executive search experience to Fio Partners. She spent 10 years in the arts administration field, serving as Director of Community Investment at the Greater Hartford Arts Council and Community Arts Administrator with the City of Cambridge Arts Council. In these roles she developed the vision and strategy for all philanthropic and investment programs, led the design and implementation of allocations processes, conferred with organizations on best practices for business and program management, and produced many community arts events. In her most recent role at Savage Partners, an executive search firm, Liz acted as the Director of Research. In this role, Liz led the knowledge management department and supported the search process by creating research strategies, market mapping, and identifying prospective candidates ideal for recruitment. Liz is also a wife, mother, avid painter and outdoors enthusiast. She earned an MS from Boston University and a BA from Hartwick College.

Laura Post, Senior Associate

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 and board member of the Connecticut Women’s Council. 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.

Asa Pereli Silberstein, Research Analyst

Asa joins Fio Partners after spending two years at C Space, a market research company where they worked with clients in the healthcare industry. They developed a passion for the work of nonprofits when they interned at the Organization for Autism Research. At both Wellesley and C Space, Asa promoted inclusion and accessibility, working to create community and improve the experiences of people with disabilities. Asa is excited about qualitative and quantitative research and translating research results into meaning for clients. Asa graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences and currently lives in Somerville, MA.

Affiliated Consultants:

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).

Independent Consultants:

Cynthia Rojas, Consultant

Cynthia helps organizations solve complex problems so they can perform at their best. Her process is inclusive, optimizes buy-in, and helps organizations identify and achieve their objectives. Cynthia’s career spans over two decades and includes senior nonprofit leadership roles, most recently at Clifford Beers Clinic. She specializes in organizational development, process improvement, talent development, and evidence-based change management practices. She has designed, relaunched, and led the following departments: fundraising and development, research and evaluation, quality management, communications, advocacy, and human resources. She also led a coalition focused on youth and has worked with legislators to advance programs focused on youth development and employment. Cynthia skillfully balances practical experience and theoretical frameworks. She earned her M.S. in Research Methods from Hunter College and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Development and Strategic Leadership from Southeastern University in Florida.