meet your allies

We understand the unique challenges nonprofit leaders face because our team is made up of people who have all worked for nonprofit organizations. We know it can be overwhelming running a nonprofit, so we aim to be a one-stop-shop resource for all things nonprofit. To learn more, read about our services.

Shawna Powell

COO

Shawna Powell oversees administration, HR, finances, and fundraising for Allies 4 Good, and acts as COO of our sister brand, Charitable Allies. With over a decade of experience in nonprofit leadership, Shawna also guides nonprofit leaders through challenges relating to bookkeeping and fundraising. Prior to serving at nonprofit organizations, Shawna served as a Vice President at Papa John’s Pizza, where she oversaw all store operations for a portion of the country and reported directly to the company’s owner. Shawna serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Decatur Central Band Boosters. She is also passionate about environmental causes. She and her husband live in Avon, Indiana, where they enjoy hosting friends and family.

Brenda Freije

CSO

With over 25 years of experience working as an attorney and a consultant for nonprofits, Brenda Freije leads our consulting efforts as our Chief Strategy Officer. Brenda’s passion for helping nonprofit leaders reach their full potential is contagious. She has led numerous nonprofits as part of executive leadership and boards of directors, giving her insight into the unique challenges faced by nonprofit teams. Brenda is currently pursuing her PhD, studying how to solve complex, public problems involving urban sustainability, health, and equity. In her spare time, Brenda loves art, literature, and spending time with her husband and children.

Zac Kester

CEO

Zac Kester serves as CEO of Allies 4 Good and Managing Attorney of our sister brand, Charitable Allies. With over a decade of experience as an attorney, Zac advocates and pursues justice for nonprofit organizations and their stakeholders daily. Zac is a recipient of the 2018 Leadership in Law Award from the Indiana Lawyer and has spoken at a variety of events, including those hosted by the United Way of Central Indiana, Charitable Advisors, National Business Institute and Nonprofit Legal Clinic. Zac, his wife Amanda, and their four children are passionate about serving those in their communities and people globally. The Kesters strongly support adopting and fostering children, having adopted two beautiful girls from Ethiopia who are wonderful older sisters to the Kesters’ biological sons. Along with others from their local church, the Kesters help with repairs and spring cleaning at the Dayspring Center, a homeless shelter for women and children, and serve breakfast to men and women who need a helping hand at Horizon House. He has an LLM and a JD from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Olivia Cloer

Marketing & Intake Manager

Olivia’s eye for design and passion for the nonprofit community allow her to lead Allies 4 Good’s marketing team. Olivia manages all the brands in the Allies Collective, including our sister brand, Charitable Allies. Olivia is passionate about making nonprofit brands the best they can be, so they can attract more volunteers, advocates, and donors. She helps nonprofits create iconic and memorable brands, logos, websites, and social media posts. Olivia has a B.A. in Communications and Writing from DePauw University.

After work, you can find Olivia walking Felix, her cavalier king charles spaniel, or reading a good book. Olivia also serves on the Young Professionals Advisory Board of Children’s Bureau, and volunteers with Mercy Road Church, Dotted Line Divas, & Gleaners Food Bank.

Victoria Ochs

Marketing & Intake Coordinator

As Marketing and Intake Coordinator for Allies 4 Good, Victoria combines her passion for content creation and client work. Victoria also serves on the team of sister nonprofit, Charitable Allies. Prior to joining our marketing team, she studied multimedia journalism and public relations at Taylor University. Victoria is a storyteller at heart and values aesthetic excellence, thoughtful representation and anticipating audiences’ needs. During her free time, Victoria enjoys consuming and creating all forms of art. She sang in Taylor University’s Gospel Choir for four years and has led worship on vocals, guitar and drums. She and her husband live in Indianapolis, IN, where they also serve at Church at the Crossing.
dollars raised for nonprofits
1500000
allies collective clients
800
dollars saved by clients
2600000