Dr. Ivy R. Buchan

President and Founder

Dr. Buchan fell in love with volunteerism and board governance in high school as part of a community service club. Then, while working at a domestic violence shelter in college, she decided to focus her career in the nonprofit sector. For the last 20 years Ivy has worked with nonprofits to raise funds and develop their leaders and programs. Since starting Helix four years ago, Ivy and her team use strategy-based solutions for fundraising and leadership challenges to achieve sustainable success. Ivy is also a Licensed Consultant through PANO’s Standards for Excellence (legal and ethical standards for nonprofit management), an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)- Central PA Chapter, and a board member of the Susquehanna Valley Council of Charitable Gift Planners.

Ivy earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Administration and Leadership Studies in the Nonprofit and Public Sectors. Her research focus is on multidisciplinary team collaboration and engagement, which comes in handy when working with boards. Ivy completed her Master’s Degree from Shippensburg University and a Bachelor’s Degree from York College of Pennsylvania. She also edited three nonprofit textbooks.

Ivy co-founded two nonprofits and currently serves on several community boards including the West Shore Young Professionals Advisory Board, York College Alumni Board, Financial Institution Young Professional Advisory Board, Cumberland County Library System Future Task Force, and is the Co-Chair of the United Way Bridges Society. She was a 2020 winner of the YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence, 2018 finalist for the Conference for Women Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 winner of the Central Penn Business Journal’s (CPBJ) Women of Influence Community Achievement Award, 2018 winner of Leadership Harrisburg Area’s The Extra Mile Award, 2017 winner of the CPBJ’s Forty Under 40, 2017 winner of City State PA’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, and a graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area Class of 2018.

During her free time, Ivy enjoys reading, making assemblage art, kayaking, exploring new cities, yoga, and spending time with her husband Ross.

Kristin Schab

Development Manager

Kristin was recently hired as development manager for Helix Strategies, LLC. Kristin has excelled in development and leadership positions in the nonprofit sector for nearly 15 years.

As a development manager, Kristin looks forward to helping nonprofits of all sizes develop profitable fundraising strategies and elevate their leaders, staff and board members. Kristin combines her professional and personal experiences to help organizations make informed decisions and raise funds through strategic planning sessions, board development, grant writing, virtual events, and assistance with annual fund outreach.

Kristin is the former director of alumni relations at York College of Pennsylvania. For 13 years, she developed and managed a comprehensive Alumni Relations program for over 37,000 alumni. She established engagement goals, objectives, and metrics in accordance with York College’s strategic plan and in collaboration with Advancement Division partners. She advised and managed the Alumni Association Board of Directors and fostered collaboration with campus partners.

Kristin is a proud 2004 graduate of York of Pennsylvania earning her B.A. in Public Relations. Prior to York College, Kristin worked at a Public Relations and Marketing firm in downtown York as an Account Executive.

Kristin is married and has three daughters. As a mother of three young children, she brings a unique perspective to the juggling act women face balancing motherhood and professional lives. In her spare time, she enjoys CrossFit, working out, playing tennis, reading books, and spending time with family and friends.

“Fundraising can make or break an organization and that is the adrenaline rush Kristin thrives on and gets her excited to start each day.”

Extended Staff

Helix Strategies, LLC is a subsidiary of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC as a part of the McNees Strategic Solutions Group. Our extended staff include administrative support, research, marketing, government relations, and legal experts.