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Allen J. Proctor

Allen J. Proctor

Allen J. Proctor believes that social enterprise is the future path for nonprofits to be sustainable and meet the needs of our communities. To foster that vision, he has founded the Center for Social Enterprise Development, and the Community Investment Network of Central Ohio (CINCO), where he is the president and CEO and Chief Advocate, respectively. Allen has over 30 years of experience evaluating the financial health of organizations, developing effective business strategies, and enhancing organizational effectiveness. His consulting firm, Linking Mission to Money, has helped Central Ohio nonprofits to thrive and focus on mission since 2001.

Allen has worked as a top executive at institutions as diverse as Harvard University (CFO and Vice President for Finance), New York City (Deputy Budget Director), New York State Financial Control Board (Executive Director), and Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Division Chief). Allen earned his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in economics and forecasting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A regular columnist on nonprofit issues for Columbus Business First, Allen has taught budgeting and finance at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University and twice served as a reviewer for the prestigious Innovations program sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Allen is an accomplished author of numerous journal articles and publications and two books, Linking Mission to Money®, Second Edition, Finance for Nonprofit Leaders and More Than Just Money: Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success.

Perry K. Jeffries III

Perry K. Jeffries III

Perry K. Jeffries III brings a unique blend of expertise, combining two areas that are vital to leading a happy, healthy life. As a Financial Advisor and Personal Trainer, 28 years of combined experience utilizes his talents to be a subject matter specialist. Perry has managed over $70 million of client assets, advising countless individuals and families to prepare and plan for their future. In turn, clients realize financial growth and security. Perry has also managed a personal real-estate portfolio worth more than $4 million. In addition, he has been successful by helping hundreds of people improve their quality of life through fitness.

Real-life experiences have enabled Perry to bring a unique perspective to the market place. He lost everything in the great recession during 2007-2009, including his good credit, cash, and the majority of his net-worth. In the fitness realm, his collegiate basketball career came to an abrupt end due to injuries. As a single parent, Perry had both personal and professional challenges that required strength, tenacity, and integrity. What seemed to be devastating circumstances in both arenas would lay the foundation for his expertise.

Perry gives tangible direction and guidance in both finance and fitness, but is also in demand for public speaking engagements where he covers topics such as perseverance, accountability, and having the mindset of a champion. These topics resonate with his audience because he speaks from personal experience that taught him to weather the storm and come through it all stronger and more resilient than ever. He caters his presentations to the unique needs of his audience and is relatable to all walks of life. His target audience may range from elementary school children, to college students, to the well-established business professional. Perry’s charisma and appeal also extends to corporate employees, the professional athlete, and retirees. In short, He DELIVERS. He is the real deal!

Osei Appiah

Osei Appiah

Dr. Appiah is a renowned communication and race scholar who has written and lectured about the impact of strategic communication messages in media on ethnic minorities, and the role stereotypes play on intergroup interaction. His research program attempts to provide a better understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and psychological mechanisms at work when people are exposed to ethnic-specific messages in the media. He also examines advertising effects on ethnic minority audiences, and the impact of cultural identity on audiences’ responses to advertising and strategic communication messages.

He has been effective in demonstrating to mainstream journal editors, reviewers, and readers the importance of race and “why race matters” in the field of communication by emphasizing the theoretical contribution and broad implications of his studies. He has tested theories such as distinctiveness theory, social comparison theory, and social identity theory but also has contributed to theory building by developing his cultural voyeurism framework.

Dr. Appiah has co-edited the book, Advertising & Persuasion in a Diverse World. He also has published in leading academic journals such as: Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Research, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Health Communication, Media Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and The Howard Journal of Communications.

Dr. Appiah was former Chair of the Department of Advertising at Temple University, and has served as Head of the Advertising Division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC). He has won teaching awards and several research paper awards.

He enjoys watching suspense-filled television programs such as Power, Empire, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Murder in the First, The Last Ship, and How to Get Away with Murder. In addition to the Buckeyes, he’s a big FSU Seminoles football fan.

Dr. Appiah holds a B.A. in communication from Santa Clara University, an M.S. in communication from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in communication from Stanford University. His professional experience includes market research at Yankelovich Partners, Inc., product marketing and customer research at Apple Computer, Inc., and sports marketing at Nike, Inc. He has also worked as a professor-in-residence and a multi-cultural media consultant for Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency in New York.

Cynthia W. Turner

Cynthia W. Turner

Cynthia W. Turner joined the Department of Accounting and MIS in the autumn of 2013 as a senior lecturer of accounting. Cynthia comes to Fisher having served on the faculty of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than 17 years. Most recently, she served as lecturer and associate director of the department’s undergraduate accountancy program. Cynthia has a MA and PhD in accounting from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and a BS in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.

Cynthia taught courses in managerial accounting and auditing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a researcher, Cynthia’s scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Accounting Research and the International Journal of Accounting. In 2012, she co-authored an accounting course book entitled, "Cases In Financial Accounting" (Pearson Publishing). Prior to beginning her academic career, she was a practicing accountant at EY. Cynthia is a certified public accountant and member of the American Accounting Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Kay Coughlin

Kay Coughlin CEO, Donor Relations Mindset LLC

J. Kay Coughlin, Facilitator on Fire, has over 20 years of experience helping organizations solve problems, build relationships with people, and raise money. Kay’s career focus has been on making the most out of limited resources through planning and development.

Kay is highly skilled in facilitating difficult conversations that most people get stuck on or would prefer to avoid, helping businesses effectively answer hard questions in real time.

"What keeps you up at night?" is a question Kay asks a lot. Everyone has a different answer, from "Why do we keep having this problem on almost every order?" to, "We have a product to launch!" to, "I want my employees to solve their own problems instead of running to me every time they need something!" Facilitator on Fire services help teams work together, work better, and find their best answers - fast.

Kay started Donor Relations Mindset LLC in 2015 and offers Facilitator on Fire services to help businesses solve problems and take action! She lives with her husband and children in central Ohio. Kay can be found on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and online at