Seasoned Professionals Who Care

Ted Trevens, MBA

Founder and President

Ted has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1990. He has held senior management positions with both foundations and direct service organizations. He holds an MBA from Boston College and is specifically interested helping nonprofits to adapt private sector methods to improve their effectiveness. Ted is an expert in strategic planning, financial management, board development, business plan development, fundraising and grants administration, and has trained nonprofit professionals in all of these areas. He has helped to design or improve the managerial structure and systems of over 80 organizations that continue to grow as a result of his initial input. As a proven fundraiser, Ted has helped his clients to raise millions of dollars from private foundations, government grants, individual donors, and fundraising events. Throughout his career, he has also used his expertise to train nonprofit professionals to become more valuable members and leaders of their organizations. He has traveled extensively in Ethiopia working to alleviate poverty in rural areas.

Kaitlyn Murphy

Digital Strategy Director

Kate has been a member of the DSA team since graduating from Emmanuel College in 2013. She uses her knowledge of social media management, content marketing, SEO, and social media analytics to help clients identify objectives and implement platforms to achieve these goals. Her favorite part of the job is experimenting with new apps and software to design client-specific content. She has volunteered with various nonprofits internationally and throughout the U.S. and adds her direct experience with start-ups as well as Spanish fluency to the DSA team.

Anna Byun

Creative Director

Anna Byun has has worked as a print and web designer since 1999, and been the Creative Director for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She has worked closely with a number of DSA’s clients to design logos, create and maintain websites, and produce fundraising and marketing materials. Her design expertise has been instrumental in helping DSA’s clients launch successful annual appeals and leadership gift clubs and in promoting special events. Anna received her BA in Fine Arts from Wellesley College.

Jeff Portnoy

Director of Technology Services and Co-Founder

Jeff has been providing computer and technical support and training to nonprofit and for-profit organizations since 1996. He has served as the Vice President of a for-profit technology business andhas provided services to over 100 organizations. Jeff holds a degree in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is certified as a Novell, Microsoft and Cisco Network Engineer.

Kathryn Taylor

Senior Consultant

Over the course of her more than 35 year career, Kathryn Taylor has served as an administrator in public libraries in Norwood, Sudbury and Medford, Massachusetts; Littleton, New Hampshire and Westerly, Rhode Island. The towns she has worked in have had populations that range from 6,000 to 60,000. Kathryn was the Executive Director of the Westerly Public Library, a nonprofit association with an endowment of $16 million and an annual budget of $2 million. During her tenure she tripled annual appeal income in addition to concurrently conducting a successful $8.5 million capital campaign and monitoring the renovations. In addition to the Westerly project, Kathryn had an administrative role in three other library construction projects. She has a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, a Certificate of Achievement from The Fund Raising School, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. She has a certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Library Planning and Design. She was the president of economic development organizations in both New Hampshire and Rhode Island and has served as Interim Town Manager and chair of a Board of Selectmen in New Hampshire.

Richelle Byrd

Staff Consultant

Richelle graduated Wheelock College in 2017 with a double majoring in Social Work and Juvenile Justice & Advocacy. Richelle previously Interned at the Greenwood Shalom after school program and the Boston's Children's school. She has studied abroad in Spain and enjoys participating in athletic fundraisers for charity. She brings an enthusiasm for nonprofit work and hopes to one day found her own organization to work with at risk youth.

Jake Stevens

Intern

Jake graduated from University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2017 with a major in Spanish Language. He has dedicated time volunteering with The Humane Society and developed a passion for travel from his studies Costa Rica and and attendance of Model UN conventions across Europe. An avid hiker and explorer, Jake believes in using the power of non-profit organizations and the work that they do to protect the environment and vulnerable populations.

Cathy Zhang

Intern

Cathy is a student at Boston University, double concentrating in Marketing and Strategy. After graduating in 2019, she plans to use her experiences with customer service to work closely with clients in the non-profit community. She wants to create value for organizations through social media campaigns, website design, and by getting hands-on with fundraising. More recently, she began volunteering and participating at not-for-profit events and charities, specifically with Community Servings and Meals on Wheels America.