Senior Leadership Development Associate
A Western Colorado native, Nora Welch has worked in both the small business and nonprofit arenas, from direct service provision to program coordination. Known in some circles as “Switzerland,” Nora has an ability to understand and diplomatically relay a variety of perspectives, a proven asset across diverse groups and situations. An intuitive listener, she loves to find custom-fit solutions to overcoming barriers. It is no surprise, then, that she gravitates toward creating (and participating in) professional and personal development opportunities. Leading that charge at JVA, Nora adopts contemporary adult learning methods, developing relevant curricula to help others achieve their dreams. Her ultimate reward? Seeing our clients discover their “aha” moments, sparking the creative fires for change.
What’s more? Nora has the magic touch for making everything look beautiful. As our resident graphic designer, she creates stunning visuals for all of our products—from simple reports to complex case statements, and everything in between.
With myriad “tools in her toolbox,” Nora tends to be a go-to staff member for many of JVA’s projects across our expertise areas. Here are a few highlights of her work during 2017:
Warren Village | Comprehensive Organizational Assessment
As part of a larger feasibility study for program expansion, Nora conducted the COA portion for Warren Village to help identify areas of organizational strength, pressing needs and potential growth. To that end, and through an in-depth review of practices, policies and procedures, Nora created an extensive report of areas for focus and recommendations for top-priority next steps.
Multiple Organizations | Key Informant Interviews
JVA was contracted to conduct multiple community needs assessments as part of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. Helping to inform this work, Nora completed over 20 individual interviews with community stakeholders (“key informants”) to learn about their direct experiences with, perceptions of and suggestions for programming moving forward. The collection of these, along with focus groups and community surveys, helped to illuminate a recommended direction for future funding use.
Community Uplift Partnership (CUP), TAZA program | Case Statement
To support a new venture providing hands-on job training via a community coffee shop, JVA was contracted to create case statement materials. Provided with insight into compelling language and visual appeal, Nora constructed a multiple-page product that is a centerpiece of materials shared with future donors and supporters.
Localworks | Executive Search
A dynamic nonprofit that seeks to advance Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community, Localworks hired JVA to help with the search process for its new executive director. Working collaboratively with board members, Nora created the position description, recruitment plan, application screening matrix and interview questions, and shared key considerations and insights along the way.
Nora has a bachelor’s degree in history from Occidental College. Her focus was on Eastern European studies, as well as women’s and gender studies. She has continued studies at Colorado Mesa University in marketing, communications, business and public relations. Nora has also participated in numerous personal and professional development courses.
Nora is a board member for Foster Alumni Mentors (FAM) and Kids Aid. She also has served as a member of the allocations review committee for the United Way of Mesa County.
A nod to her musically inclined nature, Nora performed (in awe) with the Occidental College Glee Club at Sunday Mass in the Czech Republic’s National Cathedral in Prague. She also loves Wheel of Fortune and looks forward to an opportunity to be a contestant.
Nora is a JVA trainer for Strengths-Based Leadership.