Meet the executive team responsible for ensuring that anything is possible with our customers.
Managing Director – Association and Nonprofit Solutions
Erin Shy drives the vision and strategy for Community Brands’ association and nonprofit product portfolio, enabling our customers to more effectively manage their missions.
Over the course of her career Erin has worked with hundreds of organizations consulting on various methods to elevate their fundraising programs and accounting practices using innovative technology. She has helped launch volunteer and fundraising campaigns at both the grassroots and national level. Prior to joining Abila, Erin worked in Accenture’s Communications and High Tech Group managing enterprise software implementation projects.
Erin’s passion is working with small, emerging organizations. She regularly partners with Rebuilding Together, Montgomery County to experiment with grassroots fundraising and volunteer campaigns using national nonprofit strategies on a community nonprofit budget.
Erin holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the College of William & Mary and is a frequent speaker at nonprofit national and international conferences including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Center for Nonprofit Success, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).
Vice President – Software Development and Support
In his role as Vice President of Software Development and Support, Lars Powers upholds a strong software development discipline to ensure the delivery of purpose-built, high quality solutions; all while providing leadership that inspires the team to bring new ideas, technologies, and methodologies to market.
Prior to joining Abila in December 2015, Lars served as Director of Application Development for leading e-commerce services provider, Newgistics, where he was responsible for design, construction, deployment, and support for a set of complex, mission-critical cloud services. Before Newgistics, Lars served in various product and software development roles at 3M and Microsoft, leading efforts to develop and implement software engineering and architecture methodologies, practices, and tools to support the product portfolio and roadmap.
Lars lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Cheryl and children Kelsey and Carson. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, military history, writing, and tinkering with technology.
Lars earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University.