Our Team

Achieving sustainable impact looks different today.
It requires a different methodology and a new tool set. We provide the tools and support system that create a framework of sustainability.

Spectrum Nonprofit Services is a tight-knit team of nonprofit sustainability experts based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin that believes in the power of evolving from a strategic plan to thinking and operating strategically. Let’s get acquainted.

Steve Zimmerman

Steve Zimmerman, Principal

Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services where he provides training and consulting in the areas of finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations and government agencies throughout the country.  Steve is co-author of the book The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions published by Jossey-Bass with Jeanne Bell of CompassPoint.  They also co-wrote Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability with Jan Masaoka of Blue Avocado in 2010.  The books highlight Spectrum’s integrated approach to nonprofits which balances mission impact and financial viability.  Steve also writes the Finance and Strategy column for Blue Avocado, an online magazine for nonprofits with 60,000 subscribers, and has also written for The Nonprofit Quarterly and Board Source.  Prior to starting Spectrum, Steve was a Projects Director with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit consulting, training and research providers where he led development of their business planning framework, wrote and delivered training’s and consulted on management issues with a wide range of organizations.  Steve’s extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as a Chief Financial Officer, Development Director and Associate Director at community-based nonprofits where he performed turnarounds resulting in increased financial sustainability and programmatic reach.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a BA from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Yale University.

Steve Strang, Spectrum Nonprofit Services

Steve Strang, Consultant

Steve Strang, MPA is a Consultant with Spectrum Nonprofit Services where he provides consulting and training in sustainability strategies for community-based organizations.  Additionally, Steve is an Advisory Board member of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University (IL) and former Executive Co-Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Chicago.  He has presented at both local and national conference on topics such as strategic planning, fundraising and future leadership of the nonprofit sector.  Previously Steve worked for Donors Forum (IL) which is the State Association of Nonprofits; federal grants trainer with the University of Chicago; membership and training coordination with the American Red Cross.  He earned his BS from Grand Valley State University and MPA from Roosevelt University with an emphasis in Nonprofit Administration.

Lauryn Burkhalter, Spectrum Nonprofit Services

Lauryn Burkhalter, Project Associate

Lauryn Burkhalter, MA is a Project Associate with Spectrum.  Lauryn coordinates Spectrum’s training, business development, and consulting initiatives and oversees Spectrum’s marketing, branding, and communications efforts.  She is a recent graduate from the Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University with an MA in Communications and a Certificate in Digital Storytelling.  She earned a dual BA in Environmental Studies and French Literature in 2009 and a certificate in Paralegal Studies in 2011 from Loyola University Chicago.

Spectrum Nonprofit Services Consultant Network
The Spectrum Network is a group of consultants who share a desire to work and learn together while helping community-based nonprofits deliver on mission impact. Every consultant brings a different content expertise to the group which provides seamless collaboration to better serve client needs. The Network also provides a feedback and brainstorm loop to address challenges of the nonprofit sector and deliver solutions in a cost effective and efficient manner.

Spectrum Nonprofit Services Consultant Network is made up of:

Consultant Area of Expertise Company Name/Website
Frank Martinelli Board Development
Strategic Planning
Center for Public Skills Training
Mindy Lubar Price Executive Transitions
Leadership Development
Leading Transitions
Shelly Schnupp Organizational Development SMS and Associates
Mary Unkel Organizational Planning
Board Development
 Unkel Management & Marketing Solutions, LLC