Meet the Team

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Steve Palek

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Steve Palek
CEO

With 15+ years of experience, Steve is a solution-oriented strategic leader who is passionate about helping nonprofits thrive. At Auxilia, he loves building family-like teams and using his employees’ talents to solve problems. An active volunteer and rising nonprofit influencer, Steve sits on the board of three nonprofits: Kiota Global, Vijana Africa and Kids Turn San Diego.

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Amanda Farinelli

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Amanda Farinelli
Employee Engagement

Amanda has dedicated her career to helping nonprofits grow and expand their outreach. She is passionate and well-versed in employee engagement, community-building, gender equality and female empowerment. Amanda also serves as Vice President and Secretary on the board of nonprofit, KIOTA Global.

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Jessica Jacobsen

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Jessica Jacobsen
Client Success

With over 15 years of experience, Jessica specializes in technological solutions and client support. She enjoys using technology to create efficiencies and drive revenue while developing strong client partnerships. A University of Phoenix graduate, Jessica is a board member for nonprofit, Step with Horses, and supports hunger-and nutrition-focused organizations.

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Aaron Gray

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Aaron Gray
Innovation

With 25+ years of experience working in C-level positions at enterprise and start-up organizations, Aaron focuses on creating volunteer and donation management solutions. As a 20-year Marine, Aaron is passionate about serving transitioning veterans and those who need a helping hand.

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Ayanna Rutherford

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Ayanna Rutherford
Executive Director

Ayanna has more than 20 years of nonprofit and fundraising experience, including writing and managing multi-million-dollar grants. With several leadership roles at nonprofit organizations, the Howard University alumna has spent her career helping nonprofits with community engagement, fundraising and building awareness.

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Jarryd Palek

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Jarryd Palek
Marketing & Product

Jarryd is a Product Manager with a passion for innovation. He loves sourcing modern technology to maximize nonprofit growth. A University of Akron graduate, Jarryd holds multiple project management certifications from well-respected programs worldwide.