Dan M. Prater
Senior Managing Consultant
Dan is a member of BKD National Not-for-Profit Group. He uses his background in the not-for profit industry and higher education to help not-for-profit and community groups be more effective in accomplishing their missions. His leadership in local, regional and national organizations makes him well suited to guide clients in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, public relations and outcome assessment. He has more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and management. Prior to joining BKD, Dan worked and consulted with various organizations and service groups, including domestic violence and child abuse centers, international relief agencies and outreaches as well as private and public universities. Dan’s area of expertise is not-for-profit board governance and practice. He has led several large research projects and has been published numerous times on a variety of industry-specific topics such as volunteerism, civic engagement and economic impact. He is the past board chair of Nonprofit Missouri, the state’s association for the not-for-profit industry. He is the founding director of Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership and is the co creator of the university’s popular master of nonprofit and civic leadership program, for which he continues to serve as an adjunct instructor. Dan serves on the board of several Springfield area not-for-profits, including the Ozarks Regional YMCA, Elevate Lives and Rural Freedom. He is on the advisory board of Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery. He was selected as one of the Springfield Business Journal’s 2013 Men of the Year. He is a graduate of Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri, with a B.A. degree in communication, and a graduate of Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, with an M.A. degree in communication. He also completed Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Management Executive program.
Steven W. Sauer, CPA
Steve is a member of BKD National Not-for-Profit Group and one of the leaders in the Colorado practice. For more than 13 years, he has provided attestation and advisory services to a variety of domestic and international not-for-profits. Steve’s engagements have included, outsourced CFO services, forensic investigations, cybersecurity assessments, construction audits, peer-to-peer benchmarking, best practice reviews, internal control assessments, software selection, and on-demand training/educational resources. He is a frequent presenter, trainer and panelist for not-for-profit industry groups, including the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Colorado Society of CPAs (COCPA) and BKD’s annual Not-for-Profit seminar. Steve is a regular author and instructor for BKD’s nationally acclaimed BKD Thoughtware®, has served on a variety of BKD internal office inspections and has served on multiple firmwide task forces to research and implement significant standards changes, including the AICPA’s Group Audit standards, FASB’s Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities and Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Steve is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and COCPA. He currently serves as treasurer for Village Seven Presbyterian Church, treasurer and secretary for Disabling Barriers and member of University of Northern Colorado’s Accounting Program Advisory Council. He also is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak Leadership NOW! program, which is designed to train participants in leadership and civic-minded skills. He is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, with a B.S. degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.
Wendy R. Neal
Wendy has more than nine years of experience working in accounting for not-for-profits. She is a member of BKD’s not-for-profit advisory services team. Before coming to BKD she served as the director of finance for a leading not-for-profit social services organization. She is a 1999 graduate of Biola University, La Mirada, California, with a B.S. degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. She is currently pursuing her M.Acc. degree.
Qualifies for Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices. Completion of a post-training evaluation is required for this training to count toward recognition.