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About coLAB

We support organizations seeking sustainability and promote collaborative partnerships. coLAB elevates efficiencies, allowing organizational leaders to achieve their mission and vision using a thoughtfully-­developed strategic approach.

Committed to Doing Business Better

coLAB is a Benefit Corporation, which means it voluntarily commits itself to making a material positive impact on the community it serves. We’re dedicated to growing an accountable, transparent business that guides Lancaster nonprofits and helps them empower the underprivileged and underserved.

Our collaborative consulting service is currently working toward earning a B Lab certification that will verify we meet rigorous social and environmental standards.

Committed to Helping Nonprofits Meet Their Mission

coLAB is a proud pilot member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (PANO) Consultant Collaborative. We are a small group of consultants working as a team to help PA nonprofits find the tactical resources needed for success.

From board governance to public relations, from information technology to project management, our team offers vision-­based, community-­focused guidance. Learn more by visiting PANO.

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Meet Kate Gallagher

Founder + CEO

For 15 years Lancaster, PA native Kate Gallagher has worked for community benefit organizations focused on health and wellness initiatives, advocacy and empowerment of undeserved populations. Her nonprofit career took her first to Washington, D.C. and then to Colorado, where she worked on a national level with clients around the country.  Work on that scale was rewarding, but what Kate really wanted was to see and feel the impact of her work a little closer to home, where she was raising her kids. So she and her family moved back to Lancaster, where she launched coLAB, a collaborative consulting firm that helps organizations succeed through sustainability planning, strategic planning, project management, and more. Kate’s passions include travel; she’s trekked to 5 continents, 16 countries, and 45 states. Her travels often take her off the beaten path, and the people she’s met and places she’s experienced inform how she helps those in her own community. Kate has earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Meet Bree Gillespie

Director of Special Projects

As Director of Special Projects for coLAB, Bree has worked with clients on market research, marketing, product development, and facilitation.  Previously, Bree held the role of Director, Discovery & Innovation for Innovation Focus, a product development consulting firm.  Working with clients from the pharmaceutical to toy industry, her passion lies around understanding the customer needs and facilitating new ideas.  Bree has her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from Ohio University and is also a trained facilitator in the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) techniques. Outside of coLAB, Bree enjoys being on the Board of Directors for USA Field Hockey.  With a passion for growing the game and a long history with hockey, she is also the Founder and Director of the Lanco Premier Field Hockey team.  From college to adult hockey, Bree has been playing or coaching for over 20 years.   In her free time, you’ll catch Bree coaching, skiing with the family or volunteering around the Lancaster community.  Of course one of her favorite pastimes is playing hockey with her two children, Benjamin and Abigail.

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Meet Deena Minney

Project Coordinator

As the Project Coordinator at coLAB, Deena brings experience in project management, data collection, and analysis. Deena provides support in working with clients to gather the necessary information to help them make data-informed decisions. Deena likes to get out into the community to support the multi-faceted needs of our clients. She enjoys spending time with her three kids and getting deeply involved in their interests. From listening to her daughter practice and play piano to following her sons interest in cars (both classic and new) and fishing, she has become quite knowledgeable in many hobbies. When Deena is not sharing in her kid’s interests, you might find her catching up on reading, working in her garden or planning her next family trip. Deena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Millersville University.

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Meet Courtney Rinden

Solution Content Analyst

In her role as Solution Content Analyst for coLAB, Courtney offers extensive academic research experience, analytical writing abilities, and project management. Originally from Orange County, California, Courtney graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2016 with a degree in American Studies, focused on various topics including branding and media, community building, and Lancaster City. Her current involvement with the Global Shapers Lancaster Hub, a project of the World Economic Forum, and past experience at ASSETS and the Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds Middle School together fuel her passion for ethical business and equity. In her free time, Courtney enjoys yoga and fitness, cooking up scrumptious vegan eats, and dreaming about the day she can adopt a puppy of her own.

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Meet Caitlyn Bordon

Project Coordinator

Caitlyn Bordon is an AmeriCorps VISTA working through Shippensburg University for two grassroots nonprofit organizations in the town. She builds capacity through policy writing, resource development, awareness raising, strategic planning, and more, which enables both the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition and Shippensburg Produce & Outreach to solidify their infrastructure and expand their reach to the underserved in the community. She is a Lancaster born, Millersville University graduate, in International Studies and French. Along with Caitlyn’s local roots, she has also spent a significant amount of time abroad, having been raised in India and spending her senior year in France, gaining experiences and relationships that expand her worldview, sensitize her to global issues, and inform her decisions. Moved by a desire for impact, Caitlyn continues to strive toward opportunities to improve the lives of those around her and in the larger community.

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Meet Zoe Reszytniak

Intern

As an Intern for coLAB, Zoe is eager to act as a supportive team member. She is a rising senior at Franklin and Marshall College where she is completing a joint degree in Women Studies, and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. During her junior year, Zoe traveled to Nepal, Jordan, and Chile to study Human Rights Advocacy. Her experiences abroad continue to have a profound impact on her life, and greatly influence her desire to engage in meaningful work. In 2016, Zoe interned at the New York State Department for Economic Development and serves on the executive board of her school’s Panhellenic Council. At coLAB, she is excited to be surrounded by like-minded individuals, and learn more about nonprofit consulting. When she is not in school or working, Zoe enjoys trying out new restaurants and diving into a good book. Most recently, Zoe has started reading Harry Potter for the first time. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she hopes to serve as a volunteer for the Peace Corps.

 


Contact Information:


 Address:

342 N Queen St Rear Lancaster, PA 17603


  Phone:

717-342-7752


 Email:

kate@coLABlancaster.com


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