Advance your transformative powers
Our team is focused on your transformative powers. Whether we are walking along-side you through program evaluation, operational development, coaching, or wellness services, we focus on your success. In fact, this is where our name comes from: Anchoring Success is all about anchoring your current strengths to tailored and refined strategies for your long-term success.
Morghan Vélez Young-Alfaro, Ph.D.
Principal Researcher & Managing Partner
Kelvin Alfaro, M.B.A.
Co-FounderMr. Alfaro carries 10-years of experience in grantmaking, philanthropy, and strategic planning as well as 7-years in youth and disability services. He holds a strong affinity for measurable outcomes and sharp analytical skills to ensure sound business decisions that mirror and reflect the mission and goals of the organization. He is formally trained through Fresno State’s Craig School MBA program, Fresno State Humanics nonprofit leadership and management program, and completed two undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology.
Katie Kellett, M.A.
Ms. Kellett has over 5-years of experience working in community organizations from startup think tanks to global medical nonprofits. She is formally trained in through Regis University with her Master’s in nonprofit management and completed her undergraduate work in leadership communications, Spanish, and event planning. Katie has a drive for creating more equal opportunities for at-risk and marginalized populations. With a focus on program evaluation and a keen eye for process improvements, she seeks creative solutions to support CBOs in advancing their social impact.
Jasmine Leiva, B.A.
Freelance ResearcherMs. Jasmine Leiva holds two specializations, that of developing youth focused programming and community organizing strategies. With over 10-years of experience in these areas, Ms. Leiva strengthens research and assessment projects with careful design attention to the intersections of age, sex, gender, language, and class. She is formally trained in through the [email protected] State nonprofit leadership and management program and completed her undergraduate work in sociology.
Don Simmons, Ph.D.
Trainer PartnerDr. Don Simmons has more than 20-years of collaborating with nonprofits/CBOs, faith-based organizations, higher education, and government offices. He is formally trained through Texas A&M in organizational development, Southwestern Theological Seminary, and Yale’s nonprofit leadership program. He prioritizes creativity, leadership, and sustainability in his coaching with small and large groups. Ultimately, Dr. Simmons offers leaders a unique perspective for engaging strategic planning and decision making. Learn more about Dr. Simmons at his consulting firm creativepotential.com.
Freelance Virtual Administrative Support Specialist
Industry Standard, Inc.
BookkeeperAll bookkeeping for Anchoring Success is accomplished through Industry Standard Inc. located in Clovis, California. For more information, visit http://www.isifresno.com/
Our Anchor Story
We bring insights gained from our origins, our anchor. That is, the founding researcher, Dr. Alfaro, comes from and through debilitating and disempowering contexts including homelessness, hunger, abuse, and system-involvement. This literally informs the questions asked, the temperament taken, and the seriousness we bring to partnering for your success and the success of your organization. All of the Anchoring Success team have anchor stories that drive their passions to work behind the scenes to ensure that you leverage your strengths to advance your transformative powers.
Anchoring Success launched in 2014, responding to the dedication shown throughout the nonprofit/CBO sector for the lives of those facing significant social inequities. After completing her Ph.D. at Stanford University, Dr. Alfaro doubled her investment in equipping organizations with people-centered organizational development strategies to empower data-driven decision making and advance program impact. In 2018, Anchoring Success added coaching and wellness services to meet a significant need in the nonprofit sector: care for the hardworking professionals themselves. This is our anchor that you get when collaborating with Anchoring Success.
Equity || Creativity || Innovation || Fun
We equip professionals and organizations with services for advancing their transformative powers.