Olszak Bio

Lisa Olszak Zumstein has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit capacity building and community engagement.

Lisa's Nonprofit Capacity Building experience includes financial reviews and analysis; strategic and business planning; mergers, alliances and collaborations; and restructuring and turnaround. She is also skilled in conducting due diligence efforts for restructuring with a special focus on financial assessments. A sampling of this work includes assessing the efficiencies for shared staffing and services for the affiliates of a national organization, facilitating the negotiations and due diligence process for the affiliation of three western Pennsylvania human service organizations (with total operating budgets of ~$45 million), conducting due diligence and financial assessment for two Mental Health Associations resulting in a management services agreement with potential for a future merger, and developing a recovery plan for an environmental advocacy organization and a county-based human service organization.

Lisa's Public Engagement experience includes infrastructure and planning projects that required a diverse set of communication, research and project management skills. She has developed, implemented and evaluated public engagement plans that require local, regional and state-wide stakeholder engagement, along with those that require consensus building around highly contentious issues. Those projects include city and county comprehensive plans; and water/sewerage, expressway, airport, transit and bridge planning, design and construction.

Lisa has been a guest lecturer and conference presenter in local, regional and national forums, as well as adjunct faculty and presenter at University of Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock University, Duquesne University, Allegheny County Community College and Butler County Community College. Lisa also developed and offered a six-week course at Duquesne University for nonprofit organizations interested in assessing the viability of new programs or social enterprises.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Administration from Slippery Rock University and was named one of Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business.

Lisa’s volunteer and board experience are guided by her passion for the environment, animal welfare, reading and providing financial guidance to nonprofit organizations. Lisa’s longest-term experiences are with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Timber Rattlesnake Assessment and Inventory Project where she and her husband Bob inventory, pit tag, and surgically implant transmitters for telemetry tracking of Timber Rattlesnakes; and with the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue PA, Inc. where she places and adopts this high-energy bird-hunting breed.

Other volunteer contributions include board chair for the Dragon’s Den startup (located in Homestead, PA and provides a unique therapeutic challenge course that for children) Bradford Area Public Library Board of Trustees leading their first ever strategic planning process and developing a set of written internal controls as Board Treasurer; the Elk County Humane Society conducting a comprehensive organizational assessment; Hosanna House Advisory Board supporting the implementation of a business plan to develop a 14-acre outdoor event center; and The Kingsley Association developing and maintaining a dashboard to track the organization’s progress toward sustainability. Lisa also provides periodic pro-bono support to numerous nonprofit organizations needing capacity building assistance.