About Our Consultants

Laura Huth
President & CEO, Trainer & Principal Consultant

Laura Huth1After 13 years in the trenches of a variety of local, state, and nationally-affiliated non-profit organizations, Laura now leads the award-winning team at do good Consulting. She has in-depth experience in nearly every aspect of non-profit organizational management including fundraising, staff development, marketing and outreach, strategic planning, special events, media campaigns, and organizational growth strategies.

At age 24, Laura founded the Illinois Student Environmental Network, a statewide training organization increasing the skills and capacity of student environmental groups across Illinois. In her 10 years of leadership, the group grew to over 3,000 students across Illinois working on college campuses and in communities for energy efficiency, recycling, and sustainable development. She also helped found several grassroots community groups, such as Save Our Trees, a community-based group that defeated a major utility company’s plans to raze community trees near power lines, and the award-winning Historic East Urbana Neighborhood Association, a neighborhood preservation organization. As a two-term elected member of the Urbana City Council, she spent nearly eight years forming coalitions of citizens working for sound community planning, sustainable business development, and efficient transportation.

For three years, Laura served as executive director of the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. During her tenure, she turned the near-broke organization into an award-winning local powerhouse, building seven homes a year and dramatically increasing funding while positioning the affiliate for long-term growth and sustainability.

Laura specializes in full-scale donor-driven fundraising programs and strategies, program development, organizational growth and strategic planning, marketing and outreach strategies, storytelling, image and service enhancement, and investing local businesses and media in the work of area charities.

In 2008, Laura was named the Female of the Year by the Central Illinois Business magazine. In 2009, she was named the Lisa Mauney Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of East Central Illinois.

Read Laura's full biography here.

 

Kurt Bielema
Creative Director & Graphic Designer, SingleStereo.com

Kurt Bielema from Single Stereo LTDA multiple award winning designer, with experience in exhibit, print, and web and trained in journalism, Kurt began his career working for the daily newspaper. A few years later, he discovered the fun and satisfaction to be found in doing interpretive exhibit design at Taylor Studios in Rantoul. While there, Kurt was involved in virtually every aspect of museum design – from conceptual design, color illustration, final design, image research and acquisition, to computer based interactive development and programming, including audio and light coordination. He has directed commissioned photography and illustration, and overseen the management of significant print projects.

Kurt left Taylor Studios in 2006 to start his own design studio, Single Stereo LTD. A studio of one, Kurt concentrates on creative direction for web, print, and exhibit design. He has developed relationships with several University of Illinois departments, which has led to some high-visibility projects. These include the design and creative direction for the spring 2009 Computer Science Alumni Newsletter (he also supplied the photography), and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences website (launched May 2008). He was the lead exhibit designer of the double-helix exhibit for the Institute of Genomic Biology (located in the IGB Gatehouse). He also continues to consult with his former employer, Taylor Studios, and has designed interpretive exhibits for The EcoZone Project, and interpretive graphics celebrating Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday: Looking Through Franklin’s Eyes for the National Park Service.

Kurt earned his BA in journalism from Western Illinois University and has continued to pursue advanced studies in design and graphics at Parkland College. He is a 40 North | 88 West board member and an advisory board member of the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. In addition to his work at Single Stereo, Kurt parnters with do good Consulting to bring clients high-impact electronic and written communications tools such as printed pieces, websites, e-newsletters, and more.

KURT'S DESIGN AWARDS
American Graphic Design Award
Your Place in Space: Space Exhibit, Challenger Learning Center, Woodstock, IL
Ad Club of Champaign-Urbana: Judges Award of Merit CHAAMP Award
Windows to Wilderness — Illustration
American Graphic Design Award
A Changing World — Dinosaur Exhibit at the Museum of Texas Tech University
A Landscape in Motion — Nature Exhibit at Stone Mt. Park, GA
Ad Club: CHAAMP Award
A Journey Through the Rainforest — Exhibit at Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington, IL
A Landscape in Motion — Nature Exhibit at Stone Mt. Park, GA
Sofia’s Circus — Illustration


KURT'S WORK EXAMPLES /P ROJ E C T ROL ES
Department of Urban & Regional Planning/Design & Development: http://urban.illinois.edu/
Lincoln Hall Project / Design: http://lincolnhall.illinois.edu
Liberal Arts & Science / Design: http://las.illinois.edu
Taylor Studios / Design & Development: http://taylorstudios.com
Ruedi Holder & Associates / Design, Development, & Maintenance: http://ruediholder.com

Tim Newcomb
Internet Technologies & Constituent Management Systems Specialist

Tim NewcombTim Newcomb has been helping non-profit organizations across Illinois fill technology needs for over ten years. His passion is helping non-profits increase both their understanding of technology and how it can be used to involve more people to reach organizational goals. As an IT & CMS Specialist and Consultant for do good, Tim brings both public and private sector experience to clients and provides expertise in the areas of networking, application selection and integration, database management, server administration, as well as technology needs assessment. Tim actively manages web and file servers daily, developing web applications, training staff in desktop applications, and leveraging both commercial and open source software to further the organization’s strategic directions. Tim has helped to develop an online collaboration application based on Microsoft SharePoint technology to bring together over 1,100 people in more than 50 websites to share knowledge, make policy, and develop shared resources.

Working with a small faith based children’s aid non-profit organization, Tim created a network from the ground up including cabling, internet access, server selection, and installation of Active Directory and also assisted in locating low cost software and hardware options for organizational users. He also creates and maintains users, applications, and newsletter software for this organization. Tim has managed networks sized from two computers to 300 with three locations across the United States. During the day, Tim works at the University of Illinois.

Read Tim's full biography here.

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