Stephen McConoughey, PhD, MPA
Chief Executive Officer, Principal
Stephen completed his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University where he studied Psychology and went on to earn his PhD in Neuroscience from Cornell University. Stephen has been in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years. During this time, he has seen first-hand the good non-profit organizations do, which inspired him to earn his Project Management Certification (PMP) and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina in 2020. Serving on the front-line in leadership roles and on numerous board of directors, Stephen has helped improve processes and strategic planning through data collection and analysis. Having seen the struggle of these small organizations, Stephen founded McConoughey Consulting in 2016 to not only support small organizations but to also to educate. Smaller organizations often lack the specialized personnel to deal with technology implementation, data collection, and data analysis. In fact, over 88% of funders (foundations and government) look for data in funding applications. Stephen’s passion is providing organizations with the tools and ability to compete for these funding opportunities and improve program evaluations through collection and analysis of data.
When not working, Stephen can be found at the golf course, running, enjoying live music, or tasting craft beers while cheering on his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns.
Cara earned her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics and Business from Western Michigan and has spent her career in education, customer service, digital marketing and technology sales, and business development.
Her diversified work experience working with both large and small businesses gives her the unique ability to identify opportunities and turn them into organizational strengths. Cara’s attention to detail and thoroughness make her a strong asset to the design and implementation process, and her energetic personality and passion to help others offers genuine and honest feedback and friendship. In addition, Cara enjoys educating others to foster professional development and help organizations be successful.
Nicknamed “Sunshine”, when not working, Cara can enjoys spending her time on the golf course, dancing to all to 80's and 90's music, relaxing near water, and spending cherished time with friends and family!
FUN FACT....Yes Cara & Stephen are married :) and currently reside in Gaithersburg, MD with their adored dog Stella.