Good Governance? Good to Go!

How can you “get your house in order” and keep your nonprofit organization functioning at its best? Attorneys and professionals who specialize in nonprofit governance will lead this panel discussion on good governance, sharing ideas on what it looks like, how to do it, and why that’s a good idea. You will gain a clearer picture about the duties of a board member and difference between the roles of the board and that of the staff.  The panelists will also share some best practices in managing conflicts of interest. Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council members who attend this session will have their Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts application fee waived for a follow on consultation on governance issues.

Join us at the Bayer Center on Thursday, June 25 from 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Register online. Pricing: $15 per person; $25 for two from same organization.  Three or more from same group, $10 per person.  This event is presented by Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts at GPAC; Lawlinks at the Bayer Center; ACBA Art & Law Committee and Exempt Organization ; Greater Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.


margaret_diamond_esqMargaret Diamond, Esq. has served as Corporate Legal Counsel for Southwestern PA Human Services, Inc. ( ) since 1997 where she oversees all legal issues affecting the eight non-profit corporations which comprise the SPHS system.  She began her legal career as Assistant Regional Counsel in the Philadelphia office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Subsequently she served as a full time Clinical Instructor at the Duquesne University School of Law. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

suzanne_mclaughlin_esqSuzanne McLaughlin, Esq. is a Bayer Center ESC volunteer has worked with numerous nonprofit clients on review and revision of bylaws, board development, executive director mentoring, and fundraising at the Bayer Center. She spent 25 years as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, responsible for overseeing the planning, financing and management of FHA-insured hospitals, nursing homes and multi-family housing. Since 2004, she has been a peer reviewer for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Standards for Excellence Program promoting ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector.

Susan Alexander Ott, Esq. is a tax attorney, specializing in tax-exempt, health and transactional law with a strong background in nonprofit administration.  She practices with the law firm of Rhoades & Owen, LLC and also manages a tax-exempt organization that promotes public health professionals. Susan holds M.P.H and B.S. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.  Susan offers pro bono legal services through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the ACBA, is a PPGC member and the recipient of the 2014 Special Achievement Award from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health.

peggy_outonPeggy Outon is founding Executive Director of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She is also founding Director of the Centers for Effective Nonprofit Management in Austin and New Orleans, and the founding Board Chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. A nationally noted consultant and trainer, Peggy has worked with more than 700 nonprofits. She served as founding member and trainer for the Drucker Foundation’s international training team. An active community volunteer, Peggy has served on 33 community Boards and countless committees. She was named to the national Nonprofit Times Top 50 for Power and Influence and has been recognized locally by several organizations, including the Girls Scouts and Pittsburgh City Council.

stephanie_schreiber_esqMs. Stephanie Schreiber, Esq. is a shareholder in the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, where she is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Healthcare practice groups.  Ms. Schreiber regularly represents business enterprises, non-profit entities and healthcare entities, with a focus on general corporate issues, governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, and healthcare related matters.  She received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and serves as an adjunct professor at the Law School teaching courses in Business Planning and Healthcare Business Transactions.