our team

NFP Partners is made up by a team of financial experts 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, including for the State of Colorado, where 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 nonprofits. Some of the firm’s original nonprofit 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 nonprofits in the development and implementation of the software.

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

Rachel Giannini - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2020
Earned a BSA in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Master of Science in accounting from Northeastern University

Rachel helps with NFP Partners’ daily accounting services and many of the company’s financial services and tax filings. She brings more than eight years of experience in public accounting and accounting services.

Prior to joining NFP Partners, Rachel held the position of tax supervisor at Bruno PC, an accounting firm in Massachusetts that focuses on small business accounting. In this position, Rachel managed the company’s financials and ensured their businesses operated efficiently. She also served at PriceWaterHouse Coopers, a top-3 nationally-ranked public accounting firm.

At PWC, Rachel helped prepare tax returns for fortune 500 companies and provided accounting services on every level.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Rachel currently lives in a small town in Massachusetts with her husband and two young children, Harper and Trevor. She enjoys going to the beach in the summer, going snowboarding in the winter, New England Sports, and participating in her children’s numerous activities.

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Cristi Novak - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2020
Dual BA in accounting and management from Northwestern College

Cristi has more than 20 years of accounting experience, including over 15 years with nonprofits and five years of franchise accounting.

In a previous role, Cristi managed the entities in a $1.5B health system in Michigan. During her time there, she completed monthly-close, system-wide consolidations, 990s, audits, and budgets for various subsidiaries. Cristi has also supported vice presidents and directors on financials for their companies and departments, as well as worked with over 15 different franchises across hundreds of stores to produce accurate and timely financials. She enjoys learning and thrives at streamlining processes for accountants.

Cristi was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and recently relocated to Conifer, Colorado. Outside of the office, Cristi is also a running coach and personal trainer. She has completed 15 marathons, three ultra-marathons, two ironman races, and countless other races. She loves to run, hike, and travel with her husband and dogs.

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Makalah Emanuel - Marketing Director

Marketing Manager
Joined NFP Partners in 2016
BA in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and advertising from the University of Northern Colorado

Makalah oversees and supports the organization’s internal and external communications and marketing strategies, brand management, and team culture.

She was first introduced to the nonprofit sector while serving with AmeriCorps then worked for Groundwork Denver, an environmental justice nonprofit organization. She has remained passionate about working closely with community-driven organizations and has served the nonprofit community through roles such as Marketing Associate, Digital Organizing Manager, and Volunteer and Communications Coordinator.

The Denverite loves to travel to state and national parks, visit small coffee shops, and watch 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 is adaptable and approachable and has more than 23 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

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 and procedures, managed all aspects of the general ledger operations, and created grant-tracking and grant-reporting processes.

Mahalia Herbert - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2021
Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehman College – City University of New York

Mahalia has spent nearly 15 years working in the nonprofit accounting field. She began her accounting career working for former President Clinton, where she spent nearly 10 years serving his foundation and processing all accounting duties for his various initiatives.

Most recently, Mahalia served as an accountant consultant for Charter School Business Management, where she prepared and distributed monthly charter school financial reporting packages, prepared, distributed, and uploaded multiple payrolls, and helped support annual audits for numerous charter schools throughout the Tri-State area.

Mahalia understands the social value of the nonprofit sector and appreciates the missions of nonprofits and their desires to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

She recently moved to Atlanta and enjoys getting to know her new city, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with her family.

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Michelle Jones - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2020

Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder School of Business

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

Michelle learned most of her financial management skills while working for the foundation of a national restaurant group. As the Business Manager of the company’s foundation, Michelle worked closely with Laura Jorstad, NFP Partners’ Managing Principal, in handling the Foundation’s day-to-day, monthly, and yearly 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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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 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, including 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 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 numerous 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 doing so, helps connect her to the community and get a true sense of what life is like.

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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 leads the NFP Partners’ team of experienced accounting professionals as the Director of Accounting Services. Stephanie brings over 12 years of experience of nonprofit accounting services.

Stephanie Underwood supports the NFP team with daily accounting services, ensuring all functions and procedures are running smoothly. She is also heavily involved in many of the company’s financial services, such as statement preparations and consulting.

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 worked at the eighth public accounting firm in the United States. There, she helped several nonprofits, both nationally and internationally, develop efficient accounting departments with optimized financial processes and provide accounting services on every level.

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. As a team member of NFP, she loves impacting the world one accounting challenge at a time.

An Iowa native, Stephanie currently lives in the Kansas City metro area with her husband and two children, Caden and Ava. She enjoys traveling, CrossFit, and participating in her children’s numerous activities. She recently moved back to the Midwest after living away for over 15 years and very much enjoys the quiet country life.

Jody Zatorski - Nonprofit Accounting Consultant

Nonprofit Accounting Consultant
Joined NFP Partners in 2017
Earned a BS from the University of Maryland University College and an 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 25 years in various accounting and financial management positions. In a previous role, 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 an “empty nester,” Jody enjoys traveling with her husband and reading.