Creator of Opportunities
Nicole Brose’s passion for “people who give” has inspired philanthropists across the globe to invest in causes they feel better connected too. Donors are uniquely positioned to give to charities they feel inspired by, and those who understand how people in today’s busy and distracting world need simplistic and personalized messaging. She believes philanthropy is a two-way street: charities are looking for donors as much as donors are looking for charities that meet their personal giving goals. Her most rewarding moments are when a donor thanks her for giving them the opportunity to participate in a cause.
Nicole is a graduate of Purdue University with advanced studies from the University of Massachusetts and University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is the founder of Creating Caring Communities, which has now merged with Nonprofix. Nicole is the Creator of Opportunities for NonProfix, and feels passionate about assisting non-profits with strategic development planning, including digital asset creation and marketing, among other similar areas of expertise. Nicole has helped raise millions of dollars for nonprofits; with a particular interest in those fighting for causes she is passionate about—primarily including children and animals.
Nicole has served in nearly every nonprofit role from volunteer, development director, executive director, to CEO of a national nonprofit. She has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the United Kingdom. Past board roles include, the Jacksonville Mayor’s Animal Task Force, Second Chance Rescue, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Florida, Hope To Help Foundation, Flagler Humane Society, Mayor’s Task Force on Health and Wellness for NE Florida, George Washington Carver Foundation, and the Florida Women’s Health Council. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for K9s United and an advisor to Boys Girls Club.
Chief Technology Officer
In college Nick excelled at computer programing, and for several semesters he was retained as a teaching assistant – to help other students complete their assignments in the computer lab. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and began his career as an engineer with the Chrysler Corporation. While at Chrysler he worked in their Safety lab, developing safety features for side impact to ensure vehicles exceeded safety requirements. Never limiting himself to safety testing, he also wrote his first web application. This early application to take laboratory requests on-line and streamline the way engineers requested tests, renewed his interest in writing software. For the next couple years, developing web applications was an enjoyable hobby, that was relegated to his spare time. In 2007, when the economy slumped, he took a buy-out from Chrysler and began creating software full time.
Since then, Nick has created websites and web applications for several organizations in the Jacksonville area. To excel in his field, Nick has become an avid student of Marketing, SEO, and UI/UX techniques. From Department of Defense applications to sales driven landing pages, he always strives to produce a product that is above the client’s expectations. Of the many websites Nick has created, the majority have been for nonprofit organizations. Working with so many nonprofits, gave him the experience to greatly improve the nonprofit’s on-line brand. More than the satisfaction of excelling in this web developing niche, working with nonprofits has given him a mission. Nonprofix is the embodiment of this mission.
Kym D. Johnson, MPA
Research & Development Strategist
Kym D. Johnson was born and raised in North Florida and resides in the San Marco area of Jacksonville, after spending time in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and both Telluride and Denver, Colorado. Kym holds an undergraduate degree from Nova Southeastern University in Psychology, a Master of Public Administration degree from University of North Florida. She is also a Certified Grant Writer. She has many years of relevant professional experience in both the public and private sectors that is directly related to the essential role of the Research & Development Strategist.
Ms. Johnson possesses a strong familiarity with the life and rhythm of the alternative funding cycles and was certified in 2001, by The Grantsmanship Center of Los Angeles, California. Since that time, Kym has assisted government entities and nonprofit organizations with acquiring much needed funding by successfully performing a wide range of key functions necessary to the development process. Whether spearheading fundraising events or conducting research, preparing budgets, or writing and editing grants that stand out from the rest, she is devoted to each client’s organizational goals and ideals, and is driven to succeed in developing winning proposals.
Kym understands that her role is an extension of any organizations she chooses to works with. She uses her pleasing personality and ability to work well with others as a vital tool in sustaining quality relationships with those that benefit the development process. In addition, Kym values her volunteer time with Sunshine State Westie Rescue and teaching roles with both Florida State College at Jacksonville and Flagler College in Saint Augustine.
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. “Til your good is better, and your better is best!” – Saint Gerome
Amy Wade Carotenuto
Animal Welfare Strategist
A native Floridian, Amy has devoted the last 35 years to protecting and advocating for animals. She began as a volunteer in a time when euthanasias out-numbered live releases, low cost spay/neuter was in its infancy and animal shelters did not have the public support that they do now. Carotenuto worked through the ranks as a cruelty investigator, veterinary technician and supervisor at Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach. At Halifax she played an integral role in the formation of the Prison Pups and Pals Program and the opening of an offsite spay and neuter facility.
Carotenudo has also been the Administrator for Edgewater Animal Services, which works closely with Volusia County to establish and operate a mobile spay/neuter hospital, and even founded “Rescued Hearts”, a non-profit animal welfare organization.
Amy then became the Executive Director of the Flagler Humane Society and Animal Services in 1992. Over the course of fifteen years, she led the organization through tremendous growth and construction of new building. She prosecuted large scale animal cruelty cases including the Brinkley puppy mill in which over 500 dogs were rescued and received international attention. That same year there was a county-wide evacuation due to forest fires, and her shelter lead the animal rescue efforts, safely relocating hundreds of animals that had been left behind by owners. Over those years Amy was able to help open a pet food pantry for pet owners in temporary financial crises, a thriving wellness clinic was established, stray intakes have decreased by 21 percent, adoptions have increased by 22 percent, they began helping animals from less fortunate shelters, thus animals saved through transfers have increased by 99 percent, the number of animals euthanized has decreased by 82 percent, and the live release rate has increased to over 90 percent.
She has been a certified humane euthanasia and stress management instructor for 25 years, providing input for the current manual and test. It is her passion to ensure that if we must euthanize, it is done with respect and compassion.
Carotenuto is currently on the board of directors with Florida Animal Control Association and is also a board member and legislative co-chair for The Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations.
Chief Marketing Officer
Peter is a graphic designer and marketing expert with degrees in Business and Advertising from the University of Florida. After graduating, Peter worked for several years as an Event Planner up north before moving to Jacksonville and transitioning to graphic design.
Since then, Peter has designed several web sites and manages social media, marketing strategy, and content strategy for CCC clients. In addition to his work with CCC, Peter is passionate about the animals and does marketing work for local non-profit First Coast No More Homeless Pets.
Peter enjoys reading, designing, playing sports, rescuing animals, and hanging with his fiancee and four wonderful cats at home.