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Suzanne B. Laporte, President


Suzanne has extensive experience in consulting, marketing, writing, publishing, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Before joining Compass, Suzanne worked as an independent marketing consultant whose clients included American University. She also spent several years as a marketing writer and editor in the public sector consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently IBM. Suzanne also worked in the publishing industry as an editor at Working Woman magazine and as a marketing director for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Suzanne received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her undergraduate degree from Smith College. She has served on the boards of several area schools, and is currently on the board of Stone Soup Films and Wonders Child Care Center.


Beth Dahle, Executive Director – Philadelphia


Beth has been actively engaged in the nonprofit community in the Greater Philadelphia region for twenty years as a volunteer, board member, and grant writer.  For seven years, she served on the Awards Review Committee for the Inglis Foundation’s Awards for Continuing Excellence, recognizing outstanding performance of regional nonprofit organizations serving people with physical disabilities. Beth graduated from Duke University and began her career as an employee benefits consultant, guiding Fortune 100 and 500 clients in evaluation of healthcare and other group benefit plans and designing retirement plans for small to medium size companies. In 2008, Beth co-founded Impact100 Philadelphia, a women’s collective philanthropic organization, which has awarded over two million dollars in grants to date. She has served as president and membership chair, and currently, serves on the strategic planning grants committee.

Tricia Handza, Program Manager – Philadelphia

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Tricia has been involved with nonprofits in the Philadelphia region for nearly a decade, coming to the field with a background as a corporate attorney. Most recently, she served as Grants Manager at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, overseeing the organization’s portfolio of institutional giving for its annual exhibition schedule. She previously served as the Delaware Art Museum’s Centennial Campaign and Institutional Giving Manager. Tricia has been involved with Compass as a Volunteer since its founding in Philadelphia in 2013, having served as a Team Member on three projects. Most recently, she was Deputy Project Leader on a strategic alignment project for the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. Tricia graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was Symposium Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards, including Emerging Museum Professionals, Museum Council, and Gen250.

Natalie Tessler, Executive Director – Chicago

Natalie practiced corporate tax and estate planning law at Katten Muchin prior to launching a Chicago-based business, Spa Space, which she owned and operated for 16 years, followed by a successful sale in 2017. She has extensive experience with deal structuring, raising capital, business development and strategy, marketing, and employee management. She received her BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, her J.D. from American University, and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.



Julie Walther, Director of Consulting – Chicago

 Julie WaltherPrior to joining the Compass team, Julie served as the Chief Program Officer at Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s most comprehensive LGBTQ community center.  Before her work at Halsted, she served as a Senior Program Officer for two family foundations: the Brinson Foundation, which focuses on grants in the education, public health and medical and scientific research fields, and Girl’s Best Friend Foundation, which focuses on issue areas specifically affecting the lives of young women. In addition to her nonprofit work, she is an avid volunteer for a variety of community organizations and her children’s schools. Julie received a Masters in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University and her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University. Julie is raising two teenage daughters with her husband in Chicago, IL. 

Wendy Gualtieri, Chief of Staff

NatalieWendy brings experience in management consulting, event planning and fundraising. Previously, Wendy worked for Deloitte Consulting providing strategy and operations consulting services for clients in the Consumer Products and Financial Services industries.  She has managed large-scale fundraising events including the silent auction for Fight Night, one of Washington’s premier fundraising events. Wendy volunteered on a Compass project for Girls on the Run – DC and subsequently joined the board, where she currently serves, to help implement the strategic plan. She also volunteered on Compass projects for Stone Soup Films and Anacostia Watershed Society.  Wendy received her MBA from Michigan Ross School of Business and her undergraduate degree from Miami University.

Nicole Majestic, Deputy Development Director

Nicole Majestic

Nicole is a fundraising professional with experience and training in consulting, nonprofit finance and management, and social policy. Prior to joining Compass as Deputy Development Director, Nicole was Assistant Vice President at CCS Fundraising, where she provided fundraising and strategic management consulting services to nonprofit clients in the education, arts, and association sectors. She also spent six years working on policy, advocacy, and educational resource development at the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. Nicole received her Master of Public Administration from Cornell and her BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She currently serves on the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs Advisory Council’s Fundraising Sub-Committee.

Nalini Rogers, Director, On Board


Nalini has been an active board member or Chair of local education and nonprofit organizations for over 18 years. Nalini currently serves as President of the Board of Horizons Greater Washington, and prior to that, served as Chair of the Board of Norwood School for four years. Her other Board positions and nonprofit/educational involvements include The Family Place, The Women’s Board of the American Heart Association, The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Stone Ridge School, and Enablis. Nalini has volunteered on two Compass projects, Youth Build Charter School and Washington Literacy Center. Her work with the On Board Program supports her interests in supporting local organizations through strong leadership and board development. Nalini was a senior analyst at the Federal Reserve Board and an independent banking consultant. She received her MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and her BA from Dickinson College.


Hallie Smith, Director of Consulting Programs

Hallie joined the Compass staff after serving on the Compass Board of Directors, where she chaired the Development Committee and co-chaired the Host Committee for the 15th Anniversary Celebration. Hallie earned her MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and worked in the healthcare practice at Deloitte. Later, she served in a senior HR capacity managing the partner admissions process, partner compensation, and expatriate program for Deloitte worldwide. Prior to business school, she earned her BA from Colby College and then served as staff in the United States Senate on the Defense Appropriations sub-committee, and ultimately as Press Secretary for the full Appropriations Committee. In addition to volunteering on a Compass project for Horton’s Kids, Hallie has enjoyed many volunteer roles in her community, including with the Women’s Giving Circle of Alexandria, Beauvoir – the National Cathedral Elementary School, Reading Partners, and serving as the President of the Parents Association, as well as the chair of the Horizons Parents Council, at Maret School.

 Sally Sloan, Chief Financial Officer

Sally SloanSally has extensive experience in nonprofit finance, strategic planning, fundraising, and management. Previously, she worked for National Public Radio where she was the General Manager of New Business Initiatives, Budget Director and Financial Analyst. Before getting her MBA at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, she was an Associate Producer at ABC News in NY. She also has a MS in Journalism from Columbia University, and a BA from Yale. Sally has been active in the volunteer community for many years, and is on the board of Horizons Greater Washington. She also is currently on the Advisory Boards of Compass and Girls on the Run-DC. She has served on the boards of Compass, CCBC Children’s Center, and Girls on the Run-DC. At the Maret School, she chaired the Annual Fund and co-chaired the Horizons Council. She was involved with Stoddert Soccer as a coach and U6 Commissioner and was selected as Volunteer of the Year in 2006. She started and coached Girls on the Run team at Maret.

Caroline Szakats, Assistant Program Manager

szakats_1Before joining Compass as Assistant Program Manager, Caroline worked at the Philanthropy Roundtable, assisting with the Communications and Policy team. Caroline has also been involved with the Greater DC community through volunteering with local tutoring and mentoring organizations and running a literacy program to combat summer learning loss in a DC public school during the summer of 2015. Caroline graduated from Georgetown University in 2016 with a degree in International Politics.