our team

NFP Partners is made up by a team of financial experts are committed to helping nonprofits focus more on their impactful missions and less on their accounting woes. The team members listed below come from diverse nonprofit backgrounds and have sharp accounting technology knowledge to serve the needs of our clients.

To learn more about the team members at NFP Partners, click the names below. NFP Partners’ Managing Principal, Laura Jorstad, and Director of Accounting Services, Stephanie Underwood, share more about the organization in the video to the right.

Laura Jorstad - Managing Principal

Managing Principal
Joined NFP Partners in 2010
Earned a bachelor’s degree in business and healthcare from Concordia College

Laura Jorstad is an accomplished accounting professional who brings more than 20 years of nonprofit financial management experience to NFP Partners’ clients.

Laura has served in numerous fiscal capacities for the State of Colorado. While working for the State of Colorado, she provided oversight for grant management systems and oversaw multi-million dollar budgets. Furthermore, Laura developed processes and procedures for redesigned economic systems.

In a separate role, she served as the financial and grants management consultant to a prominent Colorado nonprofit organization. In this role, she selected and implemented a financial management system, participated in the development of a five-year, statewide strategic plan. Laura also developed a $50 million business plan and budget.

When Laura joined NFP Partners, the firm was in the development stage of its accounting services delivery model. Under Laura’s direction, the firm has provided a collaborative model of accounting, CFO, and transitional services to dozens of non-profits. The firm’s original three non-profit organizations are still receiving accounting services from the NFP Partners’ team.

Laura is a certified Abila MIP Fund Accounting™ consultant and has been instrumental in the training component of NFP Partners implementation services. Her background in the public health and nonprofit healthcare sector has been beneficial in guiding non-profits in the development and implementation of the software.

Laura is married to Tony and they have two school-age children, Robert and Anna. She enjoys playing piano, gardening, and golfing. You can also find Laura spending her free time walking the country roads, camping, or fishing in the mountains.

Makalah Emanuel - Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager
Joined NFP Partners is 2016
BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public relations and advertising

Makalah joined the NFP Partners team in 2016 after earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and advertising from the University of Northern Colorado. While attending UNC, Makalah served as a news writer and assistant editor for The Mirror, the school’s newspaper. Her writing has expanded from articles on nonprofit programming, profile stories, press releases, and more.

She was first introduced to the nonprofit sector while attending high school and has remained passionate about working closely with nonprofits ever since. Some of Makalah’s duties at NFP Partners include helping with email automation, website maintenance, and delivering the organization’s monthly newsletter. The Denver native loves to travel, visit small coffee shops, and watch professional basketball, specifically the Denver Nuggets.

Nicci Hardman - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2018
Earned a BA in business with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Colorado

Nicci comes to NFP Partners with a great background in nonprofit accounting. She has over 23 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and is adaptable, approachable and very helpful.

Before joining NFP Partners, Nicci worked as the controller at the American Red Cross and the Denver Botanic Gardens, and as an accounting manager at Rocky Mountain PBS. In her roles, she implemented accounting software systems, set up policies & procedures, managed all aspects of the general ledger operations, and created grant tracking and grant reporting processes.

Michelle Jones - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2020

Michelle is a nonprofit veteran with over 15 years’ experience working in program management, leadership, and financial roles.

Michelle earned most of her financial management skills while working for the CraftWorks Foundation, which is the charitable arm of CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries which includes establishments such as Old Chicago, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, and Gordon Biersch. Michelle served as the CraftWorks Foundation’s Business Manager and worked closely with Laura Jorstad, NFP Partners’ Managing Principal, in managing the Foundation’s day-to-day bookkeeping functions.

Michelle stresses the importance of communication while working with clients, as well as the importance of meeting deadlines and accurate bookkeeping entries. When not working, you will find Michelle skiing the slopes, hiking mountain trails, riding her bike or relaxing with friends and family.

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Michelle Lee - Director of Operations

Director of Operations
Joined NFP Partners in 2020
Earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in English

With over 20 years of business experience, Michelle Lee is a seasoned nonprofit and operations professional who serves as NFP Partners’ Director of Operations. In this role, she assists with strategic planning, budget management, HR, IT, and other general operations functions.

Prior to joining NFP Partners, Michelle supported the nonprofit community in various roles including serving as the Executive Director of New Jersey Turfgrass Association; Deputy Director for American Cheese Society; Operations Manager for Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association; and Membership Manager for Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New Jersey. Michelle has served on numerous Boards of Directors and has utilized her passion for nonprofits to help her son’s school by serving as Chair of the School Accountability Committee. She has also volunteered at battered women’s shelters in Greeley and Denver, Colorado.

Michelle has a deep appreciation and understanding of small businesses as she ran a small manufacturing company with her family. In this capacity, Michelle helped launch a new, all-natural, martini mix, “Tini’ in a Bottle,” and expanded the business’ market share across the front range of Colorado.

When not focusing on her career, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, hosting bluegrass festivals with her partner, experimenting with cooking, traveling to and exploring new places, and trying her hand at photography.

Anne Messerli - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2017
Earned a BA in economics from the University of New Hampshire

Anne assists nonprofit organizations with accounting services such as payroll, reconciliations, and processing of month-end financial reports.

Before joining NFP Partners, Anne worked at the Colorado School of Mines, preparing employee contracts and researching discrepancies in Federal, State, and private grant balances. While in this role, she also processed travel expense reports for faculty, students, visitors, and guests of the department.

Anne has also served as a Denver Public Schools’ Senior Financial Analyst for Financial Services and a Grant Accountant for federal programs.

Anne is married to Eric and together they have two daughters. She loves to garden, ski, and be outdoors. Furthermore, she enjoys traveling and has been to all 50 states and many countries, most recently Africa.

Tracy Sadoff - Nonprofit Finance & Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Finance & Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2013
Earned a BS in accounting with cum laude from Colorado State University

Tracy is a well-rounded consultant whose tasks include accounts receivable/payable, payroll, and cash disbursements. Not only does Tracy help clients prepare complex monthly financial statements, but she also helps with audit prep work.

She has worked for a wide array of clients, whose specialties vary from the medical industry to after-school programs for inner-city children. That to say, Tracy loves to help in the community. Specifically, she finds great pleasure in assisting nonprofits to achieve their mission.

Prior to entering the nonprofit community, Tracy worked in the tax resolution industry, helping to negotiate tax agreements between taxing authorities and delinquent businesses/individuals.

Likewise, she prepared financial statements, which were the basis for negotiations of payment plans, and helped form compromises with the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.

She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and four children. They reside in a small rural town in Oregon and spends their weekends’ camping, fishing, and swimming in the river.

Katie Sullivan - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2015
Earned a BA from James Madison University in Virginia, and a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver

Katie helps bridge support for organizations in transition to hiring a full-time accounting position. She brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit communication, management, and financial systems.

Over the course of her career, Katie has worked with well-established organizations in addition to small, startup nonprofits. She has vast experience managing federal, state and local grant funding.

As with many nonprofit professionals, Katie has worn many hats to ensure that the organizations she worked for were able to fulfill the obligation to funders, the commitment to the community, and the goal of the mission. To list a few, Katie has worn the hats of AP/AR, database coordinator, grant administrator, HR, and director of operations.

Furthermore, Katie has experience with program development and implementation.

Katie has a passion for nonprofit work and traveling. She has traveled to Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, one country in Africa, and Australia. When traveling, Katie typically designates six-to-12 months to explore and always tries to find local NGOs to volunteer with.

Katie said this is important to her because by doing so, it helps connect her to the community and get a true sense of what life is like.

Stephanie Underwood - Director of Accounting Services

Director of Accounting Services
Earned a BA in business administration  from DeVry University, Master of Science in accounting from Keller Graduate School of Management

Stephanie Underwood helps with NFP Partners’ daily accounting services and many of the company’s financial services such as statement preparations and consulting. Stephanie brings over nine years of experience in nonprofit accounting services.

Prior to joining NFP Partners, Stephanie held the position of manager of finance for a large, private aviation company in the Denver metro area. In this position, Stephanie managed the company’s financial relationships with aircraft owners and ensured their operational efficiency. She also served at CliftonLarsonAllen, a top-10 nationally ranked public accounting firm.

At CLA, Stephanie helped several nonprofits, both nationally and internationally, develop efficient accounting departments with optimized financial processes, and provide accounting services on every level.

Stephanie is a certified Abila MIP Fund Accounting™ consultant. She enjoys working in the nonprofit industry because of the purpose-driven focus that organizations have. They are making a difference in the community and Stephanie enjoys being a part of that.

An Iowa native, Stephanie currently lives in Thornton with her husband and two children, Caden and Ava. She enjoys traveling, CrossFit, and participating in her children’s’ numerous activities.

Jody Zatorski - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners team in 2017
Earned a BS degree from the University of Maryland University College, MBA in Accounting from Colorado Technical University

With an extensive finance background in functions such as accounts receivables, accounts payable, and system implementation, Jody Zatorski is equipped with a wealth of accounting management knowledge.

Jody has spent nearly 20 years in various accounting and financial management positions. Most recently, she served as the Manager of Finance and Administration for the Downtown Denver Partnership, where she not only helped facilitate successful annual audits for multiple companies but also oversaw several payrolls.

Additionally, in this role, Jody standardized procedures to improve record keeping and efficiencies.

Jody believes nonprofits provide valuable services to better the world, one task at a time. Equally, she finds enjoyment in helping small nonprofit organizations reach their goals through the use of her knowledge and skills.

As a recent “empty nester” Jody enjoys traveling with her husband, reading and spending time with her dogs.