Our Staff

Meet the team behind BoardStrong.

Photo by: Maya Gold Foundation, NYCON Member

Doug Sauer

Doug Sauer

CEO, NYCON & BoardStrong

Since 1980, Doug Sauer has provided leadership to the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc., the largest state association of nonprofits in the country with over 3,000 nonprofit members. 

Doug is skilled in nonprofit governance capacity assessments and customized board matching. He is also highly experienced as a board leader and is passionate about BoardStrong’s mission to be a one-stop-shop for governance and board matching services.

Barbara Paxton

Barbara Paxton

Chief Program Officer, BoardStrong

Barbara has years of experience working with nonprofit boards and helping them achieve success. She is an expert in personalized board matching services and has served on Boards of The Pearl Theatre Company, Heiress Productions and the New York Junior League.
Emily Cote

Emily Cote

VP, Communications & Engagement at NYCON

Emily joined NYCON in 2017. She brings with her a breadth of professional experience having previously served as Director of Communications for the Civil Service Employees Association (the largest labor union in New York State) and as Marketing and Communications Director for the Commission on Economic Opportunity. Her skillset spans digital and traditional media, brand development, messaging, policy and public relations. 

Megan Hassenger

Megan Hassenger

Web-Based Content Manager, BoardStrong

Megan has coordinated content for over 10 years for various media and educational organizations. Her experience in digital content management includes an emphasis on media and content editing. With a background in customer service and quality assurance, Megan’s goal is to make BoardStrong an intuitive and engaging online experience for users.