About Us

Advance your transformative power

Our team is focused on you and your organization’s transformative power. Whether we are walking along-side you through program evaluation, operational development, or coaching, we focus on your success. In fact, this is where our name comes from. Anchoring Success is all about anchoring your current successes to enriching, future strategies… those things that you and your organization can use to advance your transformative power.

Our Specialists

Morghan Vélez Young-Alfaro, Ph.D.

Morghan Vélez Young-Alfaro, Ph.D.

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Dr. Morghan Vélez Young-Alfaro brings 15-years of experience in research and nonprofit program design. She is formally trained through Stanford University, [email protected] State nonprofit leadership and management program, and B-School by Marie Forleo International. Additionally, years of direct service work informs Dr. Alfaro’s understanding of protocols and practices from a ground-up perspective. She leverages creative practices for design, research and evaluation, strategy-building, and training.
Kelvin Alfaro, M.B.A.

Kelvin Alfaro, M.B.A.

Co-Founder

Mr. 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, [email protected] State nonprofit leadership and management program, and completed his undergraduate work in psychology and sociology. Prior to his current specialization, Mr. Alfaro spent years working in youth development programs and services for persons with disabilities.

Katie Kellett, M.A.

Katie Kellett, M.A.

Freelance Researcher

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 (to be completed Dec 2018) 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.

Jasmine Leiva, B.A.

Freelance Researcher

Ms. 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.

Don Simmons, Ph.D.

Trainer Partner

Dr. 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.

Henry Perez, B.S.

Henry Perez, B.S.

Freelance Virtual Administrative Support Specialist

Mr. Perez engages a variety of projects through his role in the administrative aspects of program evaluation, operational assessments, and research. His skill-set is derived from working in after-school and out-of-school programming for 6-years and his 2-years of freelance writing and development with education technology in Silicon Valley.
Industry Standard, Inc.

Industry Standard, Inc.

Bookkeeper

All 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 organization’s success. All of the Anchoring Success team have anchor stories that drive our passion to work behind the scenes to ensure that you and your organization use your transformative power.

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 data analysis and assessment strategies to empower data-driven decision making and advance program impact. This is the origin, the anchor, and backing that you get when collaborating with Anchoring Success.

Our Values

Equity || Creativity || Innovation || Fun

Our Mission

We equip nonprofit professionals and community-based organizations with program evaluation
practices, organizational strategies, and coaching for advancing their transformative powers.

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