YoungAssociates serves nonprofits in a variety of fields, including arts, history, and medicine

Professional Partners

We have decades-long working relationships with several high-quality vendors whose areas of expertise overlap and complement YoungAssociates’. We share approaches and values with each of the individuals listed here.

Board Retreats, Strategic Planning & Governance

During a career spanning more than 30 years, Ed Martenson has been a theater executive, a grant maker, and a teacher at the graduate level. He currently is a consultant in the areas of governance and leadership for nonprofit arts organizations, an executive education program director and faculty member for National Arts Strategies (NAS), and Chair of Theater Management at Yale School of Drama.

As the consultant engaged to build NAS’s executive education program, Martenson worked with business school faculty to develop seminars on strategy, managing change, and governance. These seminars have been presented in more than 30 cities, to more than 2,000 board and professional leaders of 500 arts and cultural organizations.

Martenson has served on the executive and negotiating committees of the League of Resident Theaters, as a governor’s appointee to the leadership task force of the Minnesota Center for Arts Education, as treasurer of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and on the executive committee of the American Arts Alliance.

He has developed materials for teaching purposes, including case studies or video companions on American Repertory Theatre, Minnesota Public Radio, Oklahoma City Federated Fund Drive, Taos Art Association and Whitney Museum. His articles have been published in The Journal of Arts Management and Law, Culture Wars and American Theatre.

Martenson is a graduate of Princeton University in music theory.


For six years ending in 1997, Powell Justis served as Director of Individual Donor and Prospect Research for Grenzebach Flier and Associates, a full-service philanthropic management consulting firm headquartered in Chicago. The firm’s clients include educational, medical, cultural and other nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Mr. Justis holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Salisbury University, f.k.a. Salisbury State College.

Campaign Materials & Institutional Branding

Russ Lapso has provided strategic planning and creative services to both major corporations and nonprofit organizations for more than 30  years.

Lapso collaborated with Henry Young in developing creative strategies and marketing materials for the fundraising and capital campaign of the Guthrie Theater. Most recently Lapso and YoungAssociates worked together in the development of fundraising marketing materials for Tai Sophia, a Maryland school with degree programs for acupuncture and alternative health care. Earlier in Lapso’s career, as Russ Lapso & Associates, he developed fundraising materials for Martha Graham, as well as turnkey subscription marketing services for the Joffrey Ballet and the dance companies of Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, and Twyla Tharp.

Lapso co-founded and led for ten years the brand planning department of Rapp Collins Worldwide, the largest direct response marketing services company within Omnicom. There he served major clients such as Delta Air Lines, Pfizer, Ortho-McNeil, Citizens Bank, Kaiser Permanente, and many others.

He is a graduate of the School of Speech at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.


Born in Prague, Michal Daniel moved to the United States in 1969 and discovered a love for photography while serving in the US Air Force. He specializes in theatre photography that captures moments of emotion on stage and street photography that can delight or shock.

Beginning with Theatre de la Jeune Lune in 1980, Daniel has photographed actors and performances at the Guthrie Theatre, the Jungle Theater, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Minnesota Opera, Pillbury House Theatre, Alley Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Daniel has taught fine black-and-white printing and ran his own custom black-and-white photography lab in Minneapolis for two decades. His online portfolio,, is the largest individual collection of theater images on the web.

Twin Cities Public Television Feature on Michal:


Editor, Ghostwriting, Content Writer for Web

Judy Weightman has worked with YoungAssociates since 2011 on a variety of projects, including the statement of intention for the Asolo Repertory Theatre and fundraising appeals for Hillsborough Community College Foundation.

A writer and editor with more than 20 years’ experience in both print and digital content, she writes on a variety of topics, but specializes in the arts (serving as editor in chief — and writer — for the arts and culture website Broad Street Review), nonprofits and social-good endeavors (for, and higher education (covering local colleges and universities for Metro Philadelphia for five years). You can visit her blog, which has links to some of her writing for various clients, at

She has a BA in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MPhil and PhD in the sociology of religion from Drew University.