BoardBuild knows the value of building a diverse board with varying backgrounds, the organization says. That’s the reason for its existence.
Using its own platform to match with the right candidates, BoardBuild has added eight new members who have a drive and passion for making positive contributions within their communities.
With these new additions, BoardBuild seeks to continue to have an impact on local nonprofit leadership and growth, the organization said in the announcement.
BoardBuild has added Kathryn Ball, Matthew Ciardiello, D.J. Harrell, John Hernandez, Elise Kensinger, Gregory Nielsen, Willie Rankin and Ed Riefenstahl to its board.
They join existing board members Jeffrey Allison, Leah King, Benjamin Robertson and Beth Watson.
“Expansion of BoardBuild’s board of directors to include industry experts from across the country has allowed BoardBuild to build a best-in-class board. We even used our own platform to identify and recruit to specific skill sets, demographics and industry representation,” said Pamela Cannell, BoardBuild CEO.
BoardBuild was founded in 2019 and contributes to the success of nonprofit organizations by filling their boards with skilled individuals who seek to make a positive impact on their communities.
With BoardBuild, nonprofits can identify individuals with the diverse life experiences needed to propel their missions forward, the announcement said. It urged others seeking board members to match with skilled professionals who are qualified to lead and ready to serve.
Ball is the director, talent and leadership development at Ericsson located in Plano, and the Operations Officer for the NR Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee, as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Kathryn served 18 years on active and reserve duty, created six different Leadership Development programs, volunteered with programs such as the United States Naval Academy as a Blue and Gold Officer, and Girls on the Run, and was a speaker at the Youth of the Year Leadership Dinner for the non-profit Boys and Girls Club of America.
Ciardiello the founder and CEO of Poplar Resources, an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Fort Worth. Over the course of his career, he has held various executive management and finance roles in the energy and financial industries. Prior to Poplar Resources, Ciardiello served as Chief Financial Officer of Magellan Petroleum Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed independent exploration and development company. In addition to serving on the board of BoardBuild, Matt is the founder and president of ADAM Energy Fort Worth, an industry organization for oil and gas executives in the greater Fort Worth area. He also serves as a mentor with Big Brother Big Sister Foundation Inc. and as an Advocate Circle Member for Partnership with Native Americans.
Harrell is the Director of Development Services of the City of Fort Worth. His primary responsibilities include administration of municipal planning, development facilitation, public infrastructure design review, and building standards for the city. He is best known for his ability to develop and integrate teams to align around shared visions and goals while promoting an inclusive and cooperative culture. In addition to BoardBuild, he is active in multiple professional organizations such as the Texas Municipal League, the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, the International City/County Management Association, the Project Management Institute, and the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors.
Hernandez is the immediate Past President/ CEO of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is currently the COO of E9 Construction LLC. Before his term at the Chamber, he served on the board of directors of the FWHCC for two terms and was a small business owner of a custom classic car business for seven years. He has served on 16 different boards and community committees.
Kensinger is an experienced consultant and business marketer with a passion for helping her local community through volunteering and engaging in philanthropic efforts. Currently, she serves on the Rodeo Sales Committee for The Junior League of Fort Worth Inc., is a community volunteer for HOPE Farm Inc., and a graduate of LeadingEdge in Fort Worth. She is the Director of Digital Marketing at Rethink Wealth.
Nielsen is the President and CEO of Nielsen Training & Consulting LLC and is a military veteran, having previously served as an officer and attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Nielsen has earned the prestigious BoardSource Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting. He is also a frequent public speaker on nonprofit leadership and governance. Gregory previously served as CEO of the Center of Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE), expanding the reach of the organization to serve more than 500 nonprofit organizations through consulting and professional development.
Rankin is a Marine Corps, Operation Iraqi Freedom War veteran and the executive director of LVTRise. As a community servant, he has helped many community members navigate nonprofit and government resources to receive assistance. He built a reputation in the Tarrant County community by building strong collaborative relationships, seeking new community partnership opportunities, and cultivating individuals for fundraising and engagement. Alongside his position with BoardBuild, Willie volunteers on the board of Leadership Fort Worth, BRIDGE Fort Worth, and the Zoning Commission for District 2. He has also served on committees for the Blue Zone Project, Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County (VETCO), and the 2017 City of Arlington Transportation Advisory Committee.
Riefenstahl is the director of Experiential Learning at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. There, he launched Neeley & Associates Consultants, an MBA consulting program. He is also the co-founder of The Alternative Board (TAB) of Greater Fort Worth, an organization that recruits and onboards business owners to sit and serve on an advisory board of non-competitive, business owner peers that is led by an executive coach/facilitator. Previously he served in the planning and policy-making units of the American Heart Association and the American National Red Cross corporate headquarters, served as the chairperson of the Accelerate DFW Foundation, was the president of the DFW Airport Rotary Club, and served as a National Examiner for the Baldrige Presidential Quality Award.
– FWBP Staff