About Us

Soukup Strategic Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2012 by the company’s president, Sheryl Soukup, to provide nonprofit organizations with expertise in fundraising and nonprofit management.

Sheryl Soukup, CFRE
President

Soukup’s professional experience spans a wide range of industries and disciplines, with work in nonprofits, small business and corporate environments, including academic and scientific research, manufacturing, market research, retail, restaurants, catering, child care, rental housing, equestrian facility, community centers, churches, hospital and health clinics, schools and universities. Soukup served as an executive director and chief executive officer for nonprofits in Southwest Florida for ten years (2002 to 2012) before founding Soukup Strategic Solutions. Soukup moved to Florida in 2002 from Boston, where she worked for Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Metro Early Intervention. Soukup holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts. Her background in science provides clients with expertise in data collection and analysis. When applied to nonprofit management, this expertise allows clients to develop strategic goals and effective strategies for measuring success.

Soukup has served in a variety of nonprofit leadership roles in Florida and Massachusetts, including service on boards and committees at the local and statewide level. Soukup is a graduate of Leadership Collier (2008) and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Partners in Policymaking (2004). Soukup was a recipient of the Women of Achievement Award from the Collier County Chapter of the American Association of University Women (2010) and the Citizen of the Year Award from the Lee County Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (2005). In 2012 Soukup was recognized by Gulfshore Business in “The Influential’s: 29 of Southwest Florida’s Most Powerful Women.”

Erika Kiah, MBA
Junior Associate

Erika Kiah has experience in both non-profit and for-profit sectors with specialization in management. Erika supports our clients through comprehensive research, data analysis, reporting, program development, strategic planning, and more.

Erika received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategy and Organizational Behavior and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from the University Of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School Of Business.

Prior to joining Soukup Strategic Solutions, Erika worked as the Program Director for Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc. where she managed program activities, oversaw the volunteer and internship programs, as well as developed and implemented fundraising and marketing strategies that expanded the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission.

Erika is a recent graduate of GAIN (2017), and currently serves as the Secretary on the Board of My Autism Connection, Inc.

Emily Sumpmann
Junior Associate

Emily Sumpmann serves as a Junior Associate in Development at Soukup Strategic Solutions. Emily provides overall fundraising and marketing support to the company’s nonprofit clients. Her role with the company allows her to use expertise in marketing and communications to enhance clients’ fundraising efforts. In addition she provides technical support to clients on management of their donor data and practical support in event planning and execution. Her talents are also utilized to perform grant research and preparation of grant applications on behalf of the company’s clients.

Emily earned a B.S. in Marketing from North Dakota State University and a Master in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining Soukup Strategic Solutions, Emily worked at St. John Neumann Catholic High School where she acquired experience in database management, donor relations, marketing and communications, and event management.

Outside of work Emily spends much of her time helping others throughout the community. She volunteers with local nonprofits including the Junior Women of Initiative program through the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. She has held leadership positions with the Naples Junior Woman’s Club for the past two years and she currently serves as president. Emily is also a graduate of the Growing Associates in Naples (G.A.I.N.) program through the Leadership Collier Foundation, Class of 2016. Also through the Leadership Collier Foundation, she is a member of the Emerging Leadership Council, which is preparing young professionals for their futures as leaders of nonprofit boards throughout our community.

Maria Breston
Marketing and Communications Specialist

Maria Breston serves as a Marketing and Communications Specialist at Soukup Strategic Solutions. Maria has a strong background in print and digital marketing with more than 20 years in the industry, in a variety of positions, providing leadership and counsel in marketing strategies and branding concepts.

Maria earned a B.S. in Business with a minor in eBusiness at the University of Phoenix. She utilizes her expertise in business strategy to enhance her marketing efforts at Soukup Strategic Solutions. Maria specializes in email marketing and graphic design for both print and web. Maria’s focus is connecting the company and its clients to their target audiences with messages that inspire action. Clients also benefit from her ability to effectively manage and coordinate design projects from conception through completion.

Maria moved to Florida in 2002 from Troy, Michigan. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys time with her husband Andrew, son Gregory, and dog Gracie. The family occupies much of their free time at Gregory’s soccer practices and games, where Maria serves as an active Team Mom.

Gail Schutt
Office Assistant

Gail Schutt, serves as the Office Assistant at Soukup Strategic Solutions. She is involved with the business operations and provides executive assistance to the President, Sheryl Soukup. Gail has decades of administrative experience assisting with data entry, customer service, scheduling, purchasing, offering support to the entire Soukup Strategic Solutions team.

Originally from Auburn, NY, Gail worked for Fleet Bank and was transferred to Naples, FL in 1995. Since then, Gail’s career has shaped her skillset to include marketing and sales. Her diverse background provides our clients with comprehensive support in the activities managed by Soukup Strategic Solutions.

Outside of work, Gail enjoys spending time with her three children and their families. She has a dog and a cat and loves to experiment with new recipes.

Vincent Varallo
Communications Coordinator

Vincent Varrallo serves as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator with Soukup Strategic Solutions. He provides marketing and communications support to clients through a variety of activities. Vincent is responsible for creating new marketing materials, proofreading and editing, and coordinating the production and publication of communication pieces.

Vincent, a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, is in the process of earning his Bachelor of Communication with a Public Relations concentration and a minor in Marketing. Soukup Strategic Solutions values Vincent’s fresh ideas and intense work ethic. He is a valued member of our communications team, providing behind-the-scenes support to many of our clients.

His volunteer work with various nonprofit organizations provides him with valuable perspectives on the needs of nonprofit organizations. Vincent is a proud Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a graduate of the Boy Scout’s New Youth Leadership Training program, which teaches leadership practices and strategies to help mold individuals into effective leaders. Both programs instill effective techniques in the leadership process to exceptionally motivated individuals.

Strategic Partnerships

The expertise of the company’s nonprofit consultants is supplemented by a team of professionals with expertise in a range of disciplines, such as marketing, public relations, video production, human resources, professional coaching, concierge travel services, website design, graphic design, printing, equipment rentals, catering, talent arrangement, bookkeeping, accounting, tax preparation, and franchise development. Soukup Strategic Solutions, Inc. offers the support of highly competent professionals in each of these fields in order to strategically meet the needs of clients as they arise.

Soukup Strategic Solutions, Inc. has established strategic partnerships with the following companies who serve as additional resources for our clients:

  • Niche Labs, Website Development, Graphic Design, Online Marketing