Seasoned Talent 

501 Consultants, Inc. is a balanced team of core talent and contracted partners. We have developed strong connections with select brand, marketing, design, direct mail, and organizational development consultants to better serve our clients. Our partners are engaged on an as-needed basis based on project scope, style and requirements.

In-house Team

  Vicky Scharlau , President/CEO

Vicky Scharlau, President/CEO

Vicky has 30 years of experience developing and managing organizations, projects and programs across the US and Mexico.  Her skills include non-profit association and project management, non-profit board training, facilitation, strategic planning, organization and project budgeting, grant writing and managing, marketing and communications.  Her range and depth of professional experience have earned Vicky a reputation as a leader, strategist, advisor, and communications specialist. She has a demonstrated ability to implement sound and effective management practices and deliver programs with a refined level of methodology and professionalism.  Vicky’s work experience includes stints with the Washington Apple Commission, Washington State Horticultural Association, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Gerald Dryer and Associates (Madison, Wisconsin), Image Management (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Wisconsin State Representatives Jim Harsdorf and Dave Paulson.  She has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Wisconsin in agricultural journalism and agricultural economics and masters of public administration from the University of Washington’s Evan’s School of Public Affairs.

  Debbie Sands , Business Manager

Debbie Sands,
Business Manager

Debbie is the Business Manager and responsible for keeping the books. Debbie is well-versed in structuring and implementing systems for non-profits. She produces monthly financial documentation for the Board, processes expense and travel reimbursements, directs the formal IRS tax reporting in coordination with a CPA, and ensures regulatory compliance and insurance issues are managed properly.

  Sara Higgins , Senior Consultant  

Sara Higgins,
Senior Consultant

Sara has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Planning, building infrastructure, project management, community outreach, and fundraising are among her skill sets.  In addition to regular work with nonprofit boards, Sara has served as a board and committee member for organizations ranging in size and budget.  She also has experience in the broadcasting industry and stage management.  Sara was a Marshall Memorial Fellowship finalist and she earned her BA in Liberal Studies from Seattle University (Magna Cum Laude).

  Tiffany Brine , Senior Consultant

Tiffany Brine,
Senior Consultant

Tiffany is a new addition to the 501 team. Her bio is on the way - stay tuned!

  Katlyn Straub , Consultant

Katlyn Straub,

Katlyn brings diverse experience in strategic communications, lobbying, grassroots organizing and government relations; development and crowdfunding campaigns; event-planning, multicultural conflict resolution, social media campaigns, and public speaking. After obtaining her BA in Political Science and minor in Spanish from Principia College, Katlyn worked as the Fellows Program Manager for the Euphrates Institute, where she successfully restructured the program to enhance student leadership. Shortly after, she worked as a legislative relations intern in D.C. for an international nonprofit, serving as the communications liaison between constituents and Congressional offices, specifically working on healthcare policy. Living and working in D.C. instilled in Katlyn a passion of helping nonprofits advance their missions through strategic advocacy, executed specifically through the mediums of communications and events. From serving as the executive director of the Historic Downtown Chelan Association, to planning events for the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and also working in both alumni relations and development capacities for her alma mater, her career track evidences a repertoire of skills.

  Kate Taylor , Consultant

Kate Taylor,

Kate is a skilled manager covering diverse responsibilities including customer service, computer programs, incentive systems, team building, conflict resolution, event planning, strategic planning, organization, budget planning, revenue management, and IT. For over 13 years, she has worked at properties across Washington State such as Great Wolf Lodge-Grand Mound, Campbell’s Resort-Chelan, and Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort-Leavenworth. For this she has been nominated, twice, for Manager of the Year by the Washington State Lodging Association. She earned an Associate Degree at Washington State University in Architecture and Hospitality Management then went on to earn her BS in Recreation and Tourism Management from Central Washington University, where she received the Legacy Award.  Her work ethic, creativity, and leadership experience brings the team additional perspective, to broaden current and future projects and procedures. Kate is the Vice President of the Business and Professional Women of Wenatchee.

  Lacey Price , Consultant

Lacey Price,

Lacey brings experience in community engagement, movement building, event planning, marketing, and project management. After receiving a BA in Communications and minor in Business Administration at Seattle Pacific University, Lacey spent five years working at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she helped shape the foundation’s first community relations strategy. She also worked on international community-building, with events in Germany and Qatar to promote the foundation’s global health and development work through the TEDx platform. At the same time Lacey co-created “Party with a Purpose,” an annual movement-building event bringing together 1,000 young professionals celebrating the work of local global health organizations to raise funds. She worked in New Zealand at Craggy Range Vineyards, then was Manager of Events and Member Outreach for the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.

  Julie Brezicha , Consultant

Julie Brezicha,

Julie joined the 501 team from Denver, CO. Originally from Olympia, she brings a wealth of knowledge from her experiences working in both non-profits and for-profits from Manhattan, NY to the remote mountain community of Plain, WA. Julie's roles have varied throughout her career - a perfect match for 501, as she has mastered the ability of wearing multiple hats. She has held the titles of Operations Manager, Events & Marketing Manager, Web Developer, Adventure Guide, Provisioning Manager, Designer, Project Manager, and Business Development and Relationship Manager. Julie has developed successful multi-day adventure trips, which included the full management of diverse staff teams, as well as overall logistics and programming. Both colleagues and clients have described Julie as a leader who always seeks solutions that are in the client's best interest. She thrives on helping clients, vendors, and members develop strategic and sustainable ways to achieve their goals. Julie earned a BA in Urban Studies with a minor in Sociology from the College of Wooster.

  Michelle Voie , Executive Services Coordinator

Michelle Voie,
Executive Services Coordinator

Michelle is a Wenatchee Valley native and has recently joined the 501 team! Stay tuned to learn more about coming soon!

  Rachel Burgoon , Program Assistant

Rachel Burgoon,
Program Assistant

Rachel has also rejoined the 501 team! She brings a diverse range of skills from billing to banquet coordination. She provides essential support from communications and outreach, to event planning, to day-of-event support, to surveys and post-event activities, and to hounding details on a variety of projects.  Rachel graduated from Bridgewater College in Virginia.  Directly following graduation, she worked at Disney World, which provided her with customer service training and skills. Rachel puts her hospitality background to work in excelling and dealing with customers.