Meet our staff

Natasha Davis

Natasha Davis

Public & International Affairs


Jeffery Brudney

Jeffrey L. Brudney, Ph.D.

Academic Director

Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector

Editor in Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Please click here to get acquainted with Dr. Brudney, Academic Director of QENO.

vonnie calemine

Vonnie Calemine

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader


emma bennett

Emma Bennett

QENO Graduate Assistant

About Us


The Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO) is a partnership between UNCW, funders, civic leaders and other community organizations to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations and increase philanthropy in southeastern North Carolina. 

We offer ...

  • Professional workshops
  • Board development
  • Organizational assessment and consulting

Facilitation of community dialogue (round table discussions, listserv, etc)

QENO Welcomes New Director

natasha's appointment letter

About Us

In 2006, QENO, which stands for “Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations,” was initiated through the collaborative efforts of local funders, community leaders, and UNCW faculty and administrators who were interested in expanding the opportunities that local nonprofits have to network and receive training in nonprofit management best practices.

Today, QENO has matured into a program with strong institutional support of the Office of Academic Affairs and Public Service and Continuing Studies at UNCW and intellectual leadership provided by professors Jeffrey Brudney, Steve Meinhold, Laurie Paarlberg, and Tom Barth in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and Program Coordinator Natasha Davis. Primary funders include the City of Wilmington, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, United Way of the Cape Fear Area, The Landfall Foundation, and Community Foundation of Southeastern NC. A 23 member QENO Advisory Committee with representatives from the government, nonprofit and business sectors provides ongoing ideas and feedback as well.

QENO staff members facilitate workshops and training seminars on board member recruitment and governance, human resources management, volunteer recruitment, and financial planning.  Meanwhile, a peer-led roundtable discussion meeting is held monthly for nonprofit executive directors.  A third program allows boards in need of expert advice to be connected with expert volunteers for one-on-one consulting.

For more information, please see our Powerpoint presentation: What Is QENO?


Program Results

In 2010 ...

  • Hosted 25 professional development workshops for 233 organizations in nine southeastern NC counties. Curriculum oversight by Laurie Paarlberg, public and international affairs, and other UNCW scholars and community leaders resulted in an average quality seminar rating of 4.63 out of a possible five-point scale.
  • 72 nonprofit board leaders attended board governance training sessions. Another 91 citizens participated in learning about the joys and challenges of effective board membership, which resulted in five connections to nonprofit boards.
  • 125 nonprofit directors attended at least three of the monthly QENO Roundtable Learning and Networking sessions.
  • 7 student graduate interns completed projects for nonprofit organizations, including marketing plan, volunteer management, asset mapping, database development, succession plan, grant management system, marketing deliverables, and website development.

Community Partners

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