Meet Our Board

 Joselyn Johnson, President

Joselyn Johnson is a Charleston native with a passion for serving her community. She holds a BS in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. Johnson started her career in human services as an AmeriCorps member serving in Trident United Way's Financial Stability Project. Her service term experience combined with her education allowed Joselyn to launch her own business Eventions by Joselyn which focuses on community events and nonprofit consulting.

During her down time, Joselyn can be found serving with the Overcomers Outreach team at her local church where they host events to help support those in need.



Amanda Howell, President-Elect

Amanda joined the YNPN Board as the Programs Co-Chair in 2019 to further the mission of creating a community for nonprofit professionals to work together towards social good here in Charleston. After her experience as a classroom teacher with Teach For America in Oakland, CA, she relocated to the Carolinas to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. Her focus on school-based obesity prevention initiatives in underserved communities, including gardening- and cooking-enhanced nutrition education programs, led her to her current work. Amanda has a passion for education, social justice and all-things-food, and currently serves as the Program Director for local farm-to-school nonprofit, the Green Heart Project. Amanda is excited to be working with YNPN and can't wait to see what this year has in store!


Kristin Bastian, Secretary & Chapter Congress Representative

Kristin Bastian is the Operations and Risk Management Director at Origin SC, located in North Charleston, SC, and has worked at the agency for eight years. During her time at the multi-service agency, she has worked in several different divisions and has used her business education and understanding of financial information to help improve the financial position of the education and counseling programs. Kristin has been focused on the Financial Education and Consumer Credit Counseling programs for the past six years in counseling, operations, and management of all facets of the business. Recently, Kristin has shifted into grants management and operations for the entire agency. She served on the Council of Member Affairs for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling for three years and currently serves on the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit for the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. Kristin is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administrations, and is married with two boys, 10 and 4.


Jonathan Rauh, Treasurer & EDI Co-Chair

Jonathan Rauh is the Vice President for Evaluation and Public Policy at Trident United Way. Jonathan received his PhD in Public Policy in 2014 with a focus in policy analysis and quantitative analysis from the University of South Carolina. Prior to his current position he worked in academia as faculty at East Carolina University and currently serve as adjunct faculty at the College of Charleston where he teaches Public Policy, Administrative Law and Quantitative
Analysis. Jonathan has also worked in regulatory and legislative affairs in both the education and health insurance sectors. He resides in Hanahan with his wife, Amanda, their son, Ellis, and dog, Dweezil.

Karl L. Brady, Jr., Membership Co-Chair

Karl L. Brady, Jr., CFRE, CNP is currently the Director of Development of The Salvation Army in North Charleston, SC, where he oversees all of the fundraising operations for The Salvation Army’s Charleston service area. Previously, Karl served as the Major Gifts Officer at Trident United Way, where he managed a portfolio of over 300 leadership donors. Before moving to Charleston, Karl served as a District Executive, Senior District Executive, and District Director with the Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as a Coordinator of Planning and Strategy for The Hartford Financial Services Group.

Karl is a 2006 Teach For America - Atlanta alumni and was a 2009-2010 School Board Fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems. Karl was also a 2017 Public Leaders Fellow with Leadership for Educational Equity.  

From 2012-2014, Karl served on the City of Torrington, CT Board of Education, where he led the Board’s effort to establish full-day kindergarten and served as Chair of the School Improvement Committee.

Karl serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Lowcountry and the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - SC Lowcountry Chapter. He is the Day of Caring Chair for the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston and is the Chair of the Planning Committee of Bethel United Methodist Church in downtown Charleston.  Additionally, Karl serves on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission for the City of Charleston.

Karl holds a BA in History and Political Science from Wake Forest University and holds an MS in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Leadership from Northeastern University.  He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a Certified Nonprofit Professional.

Karl is a Paul Harris Fellow with The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, a member of the President’s Club of Wake Forest University, a James E. West Fellow with the Boy Scouts of America, a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and is an Eagle Scout.


Jordan Watkins, Membership Co-Chair

Jordan WatkinsJordan Watkins (LMSW) is the Project Therapist for MUSC’s Elder Abuse Training and Treatment Program and is currently serving the YNPN Board of Directors as the Membership Co-Chair. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Wofford College in 2012 before going on to complete her Master of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Jordan lives in Summerville with her husband and dog.






April Richardson, Marketing Chair


April Richardson is a native of Charleston, SC who has worked in community outreach for over seven years. She has previously served as an an AmeriCorps VISTA under Trident United Way's Financial Stability Program coordinating two county veterans' resource fairs as well as building partnerships and awareness for local programs. Most recently, April worked as an outreach liaison and volunteer program manager for a local nonprofit. 
April is a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor's in Communication Studies. 

Allie Astor, Programs & Events Co-Chair

Born and raised in Vermont, the College of Charleston (and a love for sunshine and warm weather!) brought Allie down to the Charleston area in 2014. Throughout her undergraduate career, she was involved with multiple on-campus organizations and engaged with many nonprofits both within the Charleston community and during her semester abroad in Costa Rica, which she credits as the catalyst for her interest in the nonprofit sector. One of these engagements included an internship with The Green Heart Project, a local farm-to-school nonprofit where she now serves as the Farm to School Program Coordinator. 
After graduating from the College in 2018 (B.A. International Studies) and leaving Charleston for a year to work for an environmental nonprofit in Boston, Massachusetts, Allie is thrilled to be back in the Charleston area working with The Green Heart Project and joining the YNPN Board. With a passion for community building, environmental advocacy and social justice, she looks forward to supporting the YNPN team in fostering a strong nonprofit community in the Lowcountry and seeing the ways that collaboration, communication and commitment can positively impact the city of Charleston and beyond.

Emily Cruse, Programs & Events Co-Chair


Emily is originally from "Coal Country", WV where she always imagined what it would be like to live in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing College, she, her husband, and pup moved to several places before landing in Charleston seven years ago.  She has a bachelor degree in Education and a Masters Degree in School counseling. Currently, she is serving as a Program Manager with a local nonprofit, Be A Mentor, that matches youth in the Low Country with Positive adult role models.She is always looking for ways to better serve the community where she lives. For the past 10 years, she has created and facilitated a local Special Olympic bowling Tournament in Lewisburg, WV where up to 70 athletes participate. She has created multiple local events such as: Community cookout, Easter Egg Hunt, Holiday "Shine the Light On kindness", Girls Empowerment Celebration for kids.  She is a supporter of Heart, Special Olympics, Dock Street Theater, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She believes in finding ways to help ALL children, gaining more understanding of community needs and finding ways to connect organizations so that we can make a deeper impact. 

Sonia Donnelly, EDI Co-Chair

After many years with Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline, Sonia is now the Associate Director of Programs with Palmetto Project. Sonia's main priority is managing a statewide network of enrollment assisters who help people sign up for marketplace health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Sonia graduated from the University of Manchester, England with a degree in Economics and Government, Limestone College with an MBA. Her passion and enthusiasm to help others is first and foremost in her work in the community!

Sonia is married to Gary, with a 9-year-old daughter, Lydia, 5-year-old son, Rhys, and 2 beagle puppies, Amber and Lilly.


Jenna Johnson, Nominating Chair and Co-Founder

A Clemson University graduate (B.A. Political Science), Jenna Johnson has worked with marketing firms, chambers of commerce, political camps, and nonprofit. Jenna joined the Charleston Southern University MarComm team as the Assistant Director of Integrated Marketing in 2017, where she oversees media relations and digital communication including social media, email marketing, and the website. Prior to that, Jenna worked at Origin SC for nearly six years, and was responsible for approximately $2 million in annual grant funding and the organization’s marketing strategy. In addition to her marketing and grants management duties, she supervised and mentored AmeriCorps VISTA members. In 2016, Jenna led the complete rebranding of the 128-year-old nonprofit – with a new name, logo, and brand messaging – in order to better connect with the community and clients.

While connecting with other young nonprofit professionals in the greater Charleston area, Jenna co-founded the first Young Nonprofit Professionals Network chapter in South Carolina in 2015 along with Adam White. In the chapter’s first year, they gained 150 members! Jenna is passionate about community and political involvement, and is active in her city, neighborhood, and church. In October 2016, Jenna was chosen as one of the 20 To Know in North Charleston by the Post & Courier. Her most recent accolade is 2019's Forty Under 40 by the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Jenna is also married to Josh, with two young kiddos, Julia and Jonas, and an 12-year-old fur baby, Brady.


Twitter: @jennadjohnson

Adam White, Ex-Officio and Co-Founder

Adam White was born and raised in Virginia, and attended Brevard College (NC) and Trident Technical College in Charleston where he studied hospitality management. A South Carolina resident for the past 15 years, Adam has nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. White is the former Executive Director for the nonprofit Chase After a Cure, and currently works as an operations manager at Icebox Bar service. In addition, Adam serves as a nonprofit advisor and volunteer for two Lowcountry organizations, With Purpose and Going Places. During his time at Chase After a Cure, Adam led efforts to incorporate the organization into an official nonprofit (in 2010) and raised over $1 million to support childhood cancer research and awareness.

Adam is ex-officio and co-founder of YNPN Lowcountry, the first Young Nonprofit Professionals Network chapter in South Carolina.  The national network strives for professional development, networking and the sharing of resources among young nonprofit professionals and leaders. Adam is a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Management programs at both Francis Marion University and Winthrop University. Adam is also a member of the 2016 Leadership Dorchester class.


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