Seasoned Talent 

501 Consultants, Inc. is a balanced team of core talent and contracted partners. We have developed strong connections with select brand, marketing, design, direct mail, and organizational development consultants to better serve our clients. Our partners are engaged on an as-needed basis based on project scope, style and requirements.

In-house Team

Vicky Scharlau , President/CEO

Vicky Scharlau, President/CEO

Vicky has 40 years of experience developing and managing organizations, projects and programs across the U.S. and Mexico. Her skills include non-profit association and project management, non-profit board training, facilitation, strategic planning, organization and project budgeting, grant writing and managing, marketing and communications. She has demonstrated an ability to implement projects and programs using sound and effective management practices, on time and on budget. Vicky has a successful track record because she takes the time to identify and understand goals and expectations—and she is an expert planner. Her strong organizational skills separate them from others who do similar work. Over the past four decades, she has worked with many types of contracts including federal agency grants, national nonprofit granting organizations, state agency grants, commodity commissions, as well as state procurement rules. Her range and depth of professional experience have earned Vicky a reputation as a leader, strategist, advisor, and communications specialist. She has a demonstrated ability to implement sound and effective management practices and deliver programs with a refined level of methodology and professionalism. Vicky has a bachelor’s degree in from the University of Wisconsin in agricultural journalism and agricultural economics and masters of public administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Debbie Sands , Business Manager

Debbie Sands,
Business Manager

Debbie is the Business Manager and responsible for keeping the books. Debbie is well-versed in structuring and implementing systems for non-profits. She produces monthly financial documentation for the Board, processes expense and travel reimbursements, directs the formal IRS tax reporting in coordination with a CPA, and ensures regulatory compliance and insurance issues are managed properly.

Sara Higgins , Senior Consultant

Sara Higgins,
Senior Consultant

Sara has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector – including as an executive director – with a focus on planning, building infrastructure, program and project management, community outreach, advocacy, and fundraising. She has grown a fledgling community organization from $250,000 in revenue to $1 million in under eight years. Recently, she has delivered successful management and advancement of policy issues at the state and federal level. In addition to regular work with nonprofit boards, Sara has served as a board and committee member for organizations ranging in size and budget. She also has experience in the broadcasting industry and stage management. Sara was a Marshall Memorial Fellowship finalist and she earned her BA in Liberal Studies from Seattle University (Magna Cum Laude).

Tiffany Brine-Davies , Senior Consultant

Tiffany Brine-Davies,
Senior Consultant

Tiffany is a central Washington native. She graduated from Wenatchee High School and Central Washington University, receiving her BA in Accounting. Tiffany began her career in public accounting and after five years began working for private companies as an accountant, controller and CFO. Gaining business experience led her to begin working as a consultant with client companies providing services in finance, marketing and online media. She has a heart for community service and has consulted with and served on multiple non-profit boards. Tiffany's role with 501 Consultants is to help them grow business by serving internal and external clients.

Katlyn Straub , Consultant

Katlyn Straub,

Katlyn brings diverse experience in strategic communications, community building, lobbying, grassroots organizing and government relations; development and crowdfunding campaigns; event-planning, multicultural conflict resolution, social media campaigns, and public speaking. After obtaining her BA in Political Science and minor in Spanish from Principia College, Katlyn worked as the Fellows Program Manager for the Euphrates Institute, where she successfully restructured the program to enhance student leadership. Shortly after, she worked as a legislative relations intern in D.C. for an international nonprofit, serving as the communications liaison between constituents and Congressional offices, specifically working on healthcare policy. Living and working in D.C. instilled in Katlyn a passion of helping nonprofits advance their missions through strategic advocacy, executed specifically through the mediums of communications and events. She helped a community nonprofit organization strategically rewrite its downtown economic revitalization plan and intentionally address historic preservation issues. From serving as a non-profit executive director, to planning large scale events in D.C., and also working in both alumni relations and development capacities for her alma mater, her career track evidences a diverse repertoire of skills.

Kate Taylor , Logistics Manager

Kate Taylor,
Logistics Manager

Kate is a logistics mastermind. Her unique skills set covers diverse responsibilities including customer service, IT, team building, conflict resolution, event planning, strategic planning, and budget management. Before 501, she worked at hospitality properties across Washington for over 13 years, including Great Wolf Lodge, Campbell’s Resort, and Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. For this she was nominated, twice, for Manager of the Year by the Washington State Lodging Association. She attended Washington State University and studied Architecture and Hospitality Management. She obtained her BS in Recreation and Tourism Management and was awarded the Legacy Award from Central Washington University. Her community involvement has included Vice President of Wenatchee BPW, Alatheia Riding Center Board Member, and currently President of the Sunny Meadows HOA. Kate also owns and operates The Organized Owl, which caters to those in need of organization in their home, office, or daily schedules.

Julie Brezicha , Consultant

Julie Brezicha,

Julie joined the 501 team from Denver, CO. Originally from Olympia, she brings a wealth of knowledge from her experiences working in both non-profits and for-profits from Manhattan, NY to the remote mountain community of Plain, WA. Julie's roles have varied throughout her career - a perfect match for 501, as she has mastered the ability of wearing multiple hats. She has held the titles of Operations Manager, Events & Marketing Manager, Web Developer, Adventure Guide, Provisioning Manager, Designer, Project Manager, and Business Development and Relationship Manager. Julie has developed successful multi-day adventure trips, which included the full management of diverse staff teams, as well as overall logistics and programming. Both colleagues and clients have described Julie as a leader who always seeks solutions that are in the client's best interest. She thrives on helping clients, vendors, and members develop strategic and sustainable ways to achieve their goals. Julie earned a BA in Urban Studies with a minor in Sociology from the College of Wooster.

Michelle Voie , Executive Services Coordinator

Michelle Voie,
Executive Services Coordinator

Michelle is a Wenatchee Valley native and is a new addition to the 501 team!  Her experience is well suited to be the backbone, and the glue, that 501 needs to ensure the team helps non-profit make intentional impact. She is used to managing a staff in a fast-paced environment that provided administrative support to nearly two dozen locations throughout the U.S.: billing, compliance with federal regulations, administrative management and IT. She has most recently been with Eagle Systems and Eagle Intermodal Service. She thrives on providing genuine customer service. Michelle earned her bachelors in IT and Administration Management with a specialty in Administrative Management from Central Washington University.

Rachel Burgoon , Program Assistant

Rachel Burgoon,
Program Assistant

Rachel has also rejoined the 501 team! She brings a diverse range of skills from billing to banquet coordination. She provides essential support from communications and outreach, to event planning, to day-of-event support, to surveys and post-event activities, and to hounding details on a variety of projects.  Rachel graduated from Bridgewater College in Virginia.  Directly following graduation, she worked at Disney World, which provided her with customer service training and skills. Rachel puts her hospitality background to work in excelling and dealing with customers.

Marissa Collins Person,  Project Manager

Marissa Collins Person, Project Manager

Marissa brings over 11 years of nonprofit experience and knowledge to the 501 team. Her experiences in event management, fundraising, graphic design, media relations, and communications have given her a large nonprofit toolbox to pull from. Marissa earned her associates degree from Wenatchee Valley College and her BS from Washington State University in social science with concentrations in business, fine arts, and psychology. A Wenatchee native, Marissa is an avid community supporter and is the co-founder of Young Professionals of NCW and serves on the Wenatchee Valley Follies Guild & Children’s Foundation.

Nicki Everett,  Communications Manager

Nicki Everett, Communications Manager

Nicki is a skilled communications manager with broad experience in nonprofit management and public administration. Her background in volunteer management, event production, and community outreach have given her a well-rounded lens to provide strategic communications and messaging for audiences of all types. She excels in designing and executing communications that resonate with stakeholders across multiple platforms and mediums. As a nonprofit professional, Nicki focuses on the impact strategic communications have on organizational goals. She is an avid volunteer in her community and has been a foster parent to numerous felines, pups, and even one service dog in training. Nicki earned her BS from the University of Missouri in human development and family studies and her MPA from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance with a certificate in nonprofit management.