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​​KIKI KARPEN

Kiki@ClarityTransitions.net

Kiki has over thirty-five years of leadership, management and fund-raising experience with a wide variety of nonprofit and community organizations. She also has extensive experience promoting philanthropy, fostering community engagement and collaboration, and pursuing education and advocacy.

As president of Karpen Consulting, LLC, she is a consultant and coach to nonprofits, committed to helping leaders significantly improve their organizations.

As a partner in Clarity Transitions, she is focused on nonprofit executive succession planning and transitions.

Since moving to Florida in 2012, Kiki has become very involved in the nonprofit sector of northeast Florida. She currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and the Girl Centered Practice Collaborative. She is also a community coach with the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.  Kiki has been an active member of the Women’s Giving Alliance (an initiative of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida), having served as a member of the Steering Committee, co-chair of the Grants Leadership Team, co-chair of the Impact Team and co-chair of the Decision Team. She has also served on the board of the Jacksonville Symphony.

Prior to starting her own consulting business, Kiki was executive director of The Community Fund of Darien (CT) for nine years. During her tenure there, she served on the Advisory Committees of the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the University of Connecticut’s Nonprofit Leadership Program. She is former chairman of the Collaborative Alliance of Fairfield County. 

Kiki has also served as president of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut as well as founder and Governance Committee chairman of the Connecticut Public Affairs Network. 

We approach each nonprofit organization as unique -- with unique circumstances and requirements.  At the same time, we bring years of combined experience and best practice expertise to keep your mission on track through an eventual executive transition. 

LAURIE PRICE

Laurie@ClarityTransitions.net

Laurie Price initiated her consulting practice in early 2014, focusing on CEO Transitions and Board and Organizational Development. She previously served as the CEO of Hope Haven Children's Clinic and Family Center, an outpatient clinic whose primary focus is children with special physical, psychological and educational needs, for more than thirteen years.  Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of Clay Behavioral Health Center, the non-profit organization providing mental health and substance abuse services to children and adults in Clay County.  Laurie’s management experience also includes work in a for-profit psychiatric hospital and professional and trade associations involved in advocacy for individuals with special needs.

 Her current and prior Board memberships include the Jacksonville Women’s Network, Leadership Jacksonville, Kesler Mentoring Connection, and the Early Learning Coalition.  She also serves as a community coach for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.

Laurie’s consulting work has included interim CEO, strategic planning, board development, project management, and conflict resolution. Laurie holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from George Washington University. 

JULIA BURNS

Julia@ClarityTransitions.net

Julia began consulting in the early ‘90s when she helped major New York firms including American Express, Bankers Trust, M&M Mars, Revlon, and Pfizer develop customized outsourced technology training programs.  She went on to become the Management Consulting practice lead for Blackwell Consulting Services in Chicago where she worked with organizations including Waste Management and the City of Chicago. 

Julia founded Converse Consulting when she moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1998 and she has since focused her work on nonprofit organizations.  Julia specializes in strategic planning, using data and stakeholder input to inform an interactive and facilitative approach.  While helping nonprofit organizations through a wide-variety of situations and serving as an Interim Executive Director, Julia saw the need for succession planning especially as it related to finding the best leadership and minimizing impact on mission. 

Julia holds a MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with majors in Management and Marketing.  She received her BA in Economics from Northwestern University.  Julia is an alumna of Leadership Jacksonville, a Community Coach, a member of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, and volunteers at her children's school. She lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and three teenage children.


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