We believe in...
Continually improving individuals, companies, and ourselves for the betterment of our shared community.
Curiosity & Being Challenged
Often, we hear others say to us, "that's a great question" because of the gentle pushes we cannot help but to ask.
It is important to
take your current
outcomes and parlay
them into the results
you desire to
Often being humble
in the hard work it
takes to get there.
Energy & Excitement
With every person
or organization we work with, we get
excited about the
potential that they
MPA & MSW
Beth has worked with the nonprofit sector for almost 25 years. She is experienced in the full continuum of job responsibilities from Nonprofit Executive Director to Nonprofit Board member to an elected official. As an Executive Director, she helped lead a collective impact organization to successfully build partnerships across multiple nonprofits organizations and government entities. Beth is a strong believer in giving back to the community and making it a better place for the future. She is currently in her second term on the Board of Education for Westside Community Schools and served on the Board of Directors for a large nonprofit organization with a budget over $24 million. She specializes in building organizational capacity through board governance, strategic planning, and implementation coaching. She is skilled as a collective impact leader of a backbone organization and as a neutral facilitator of small and large groups.
Beth and her husband are proud to be both biological and foster parents, as well as pet parents to two dogs and farm cats named for famous musicians.
Director of Strategy &
Valerie brings 15 years of management and research consulting experience, helping leaders to create thriving places to learn, serve, and work. She has designed and implemented dozens of strategic planning, employee engagement, strengths-based development, and mixed methods research initiatives for public and private sector clients. She has published content for peer-reviewed and popular publications and delivered learning to hundreds of leaders nationwide. She most recently co-authored a chapter for Positive Psychological Science: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, Education, and Society Across the Globe titled, “Gallup Student Poll: Measuring and Improving What is Right with Students.” She is a trained and skilled facilitator who enjoys helping high-mission teams build consensus and make decisions.
Valerie has served on several boards, including 12 years as an elected member of her local board of education. She enjoys being the mom of four grown children and recently became a first-time grandma.
MS, Executive Coach
Change Management and Interim Services
Rebecca leads with compassion and creativity to help individuals and organizations plan for and navigate change. She specializes in reorganization, succession planning, implementation and executive coaching, crisis mitigation, and interim leadership services, drawing on more than 20 years of experience in public and non-profit leadership, including staff and board positions at grant-making, community economic development, and human services organizations.
Rebecca is a proud alumnus of the Nonprofit Executive Institute, the Omaha Community Foundation’s Capacity Building program, and TE2AM: Building Culture. She shaped regional change initiatives through her work with Main Street Iowa, the Iowa Women’s Foundation, and Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce. For the last 10 years, she led The Collective for Hope including Ted E. Bear Hollow, Grief’s Journey, and HEALing Embrace.
She currently serves on the GiveNebraska Board of Directors.
Meet The Team
Senior Research &
Alissa is a skilled researcher, with more than seven years of experience conducting and supporting research. Alissa is formally trained in public health and has worked for a diverse group of service organizations both domestically and abroad. Most recently Alissa worked for a local foundation where she led internal research projects and provided oversight to external evaluations commissioned to inform foundation grantmaking. Alissa has a passion for helping partners identify the right questions to assess and improve their work. She has developed a wide range of skills to help answer those questions and is always excited to learn and apply new research methods when needed. A self-described “data nerd,” Alissa appreciates both quantitative and qualitative research.
When not at work, she can most often be found cooking or growing food in the kitchen and garden, often with help from her husband and two young children.
Parlay will be hiring
in the coming weeks
The Parlay team will be hiring soon! Please check back for details in late 2023 or early 2024.
Stephanie provides implementation consulting for internal and client teams to ensure that project objectives are understood and met, tasks occur on time, and deliverables exceed client expectations. She specializes in steering teams through strategic planning, research, and candidate search programs. She's trained in inclusive group facilitation methods and supports the secure recording and reporting of client data and information. Stephanie has served dozens of clients across the Midwest, easily eliciting trust and exemplifying Parlay’s core values with her partners.
In addition to more than 18 years of professional experience in sales, marketing, and client service across multiple industries, she is also a devoted mom who appreciates Parlay’s hybrid work environment that allows her to use her professional strengths and be present with her busy, active family.
Operations & Brand
Tracy is a utility player, both for Parlay and our clients. She helps shape company infrastructure, offerings and culture to ensure operational efficiency, high-quality service and capacity for growth. With nearly 20 years working across nonprofit, government, media, corporate and startup sectors, she is uniquely positioned to relate to Parlay’s range of clients. Using a balance of left and right brains, she delivers client services ranging from data visualization to brand stewardship. She also works on CQI (continuous quality improvement) and simply put, her job is to make things run more efficiently and effectively.
Tracy is a Midwest boomerang with an "Iowexas" heart. Between toddler-chasing and a traveling spouse, she loves exploring on two wheels as an avid social cyclist.
Deb supports internal and client-facing teams by consistently providing excellent and responsive client service. She manages Parlay’s office, coordinates scheduling for the CEO, and helps ensure operational efficiency. Deb is passionate about helping others – most recently, she spent 13 years as the director of a successful nonprofit early care and education center. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Bethany Christian Services and is currently mentoring teenage girls as a dedicated Youth for Christ volunteer. She is a member of the Executive Committee at her church and steers a team of 30 volunteers.
Deb is also a skilled florist, but her favorite role is being mom to two teen boys and she is grateful for the active life that her family enjoys.
The Parlay team is fortunate to have the expertise on staff to offer Gallup CliftonStrengths-based workshops and coaching as a service to our clients.
We also believe that exercising this strengths-based philosophy laid out by the late Nebraskan Dr. Donald O. Clifton benefits us as individuals and as an organization, so "strengths spotting" is present in our everyday company culture. Collectively, our team is exceptionally strong in Strategic Thinking and Relationship Building - which is evident in the strategic work we deliver and high trust we elicit from our clients.
Our collective top five strengths: