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DONNA CUSTARD

Burlington, NJ 08016 Cell: (609) 346-0488 wildon63@yahoo.com

SUMMARY
Accomplished, accountable and resourceful professional with 18 years of leadership, development, program, project and grant management experience. Demonstrates solid analytical, organizational and planning skills and maintains strong attention to detail and record keeping. Adept at balancing multiple complex projects. Excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills. Works independently while functioning as part of a diverse team. Thrives in a deadline-driven and fast-moving environment. AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Team Leadership Organizational Management Strategic Planning Budgeting/Forecasting Grant Management

Non-profit administration Program Management Process Improvements Client Relations Program Development

Special Events Public Speaking Relentless Research Microsoft Office Suite Adobe Suite

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
NEW JERSEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION 1997-Present Vice President, 2005-Present Ultimately responsible for developing and delivering multiple program, project and grant goals. Identified opportunities for strategic partnerships with appropriate organizations to improve program delivery and effectiveness. Built an environment of collaboration and consensus among key stakeholders. Developed strategies and managed resources within specific projects and grants to ensure goal achievement and execution of quality programs. Administered the technology budget; researched and implemented solutions in adherence with project specifications and budgets. Screened, interviewed, and hired personnel for 12 part-time, full-time and internship positions within New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and Foundation. Coordinated, interviewed and prepared appropriate partners for 25 radio shows for Disabilities at Work program; hosted selected programs. Secured multi-year equipment donations from IBM totaling more than $85K. Saved over $100K in attorney fees by service marking and copyrighting over 100 pieces of material for multiple programs. Self-taught Dreamweaver and Photoshop software in order to create and maintain more than 12 websites for Foundation, saving over $150K in development costs. Director, Programs, 2001-2005 Successfully developed partnerships with stakeholder organizations to secure $25,000 in sponsorships. Researched and secured appropriate webinar technology to create efficient and cost-effective training opportunities, resulting in $30K savings over in-person trainings. Assessed needs and developed and implemented multiple middle- and high school-based programs. Launched the School Counts program with Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Presented programs to more than 10,000 high school students throughout New Jersey. Manager, Programs, 1997-2001 Partnered with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and developed New Jersey Support Network to provide assistance to New Jersey teachers seeking National Board Certification. Established partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education to provide funding to these teachers. Result: more than quadrupled the number of teachers attaining National Board Certification in four years. Founded Tech Corps New Jersey (part of a national initiative) and successfully recruited and matched hundreds of volunteers with information technology expertise to schools in need of services. Secured 100% of the funding to implement Tech Corps New Jersey program.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, Pennington, NJ 1995-1997 Exploring Executive | Programs Recruited members and volunteers for the Exploring program and secured the largest net gain golf tournament fundraiser in the organizations history. Administered office operations and screened, interviewed, and recommended support staff applicants. Organized Boy Scouts of America literature and resources and served as the council newsletter editor. Solicited publication donors and named as the Councils advisor to the Crime Prevention program. Previous positions have included: Exportation Director, Latinflor, SA Floreva Plantation, Guayllabamba, Ecuador Rural Youth Development Volunteer, United States Peace Corps, Rosala, Ecuador

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS


Master of Science in Management, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ Bachelor of Arts in Art, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA Certificate of Excellence in Non-Profit Administration, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
School Board Member, Burlington Township New Jersey Department of Education Grants Management Committee Paul Coverdell World Wise Schools Speaker Girl Scouts of the United States of America Camping Coordinator

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