About the Team


At kultivate, we are driven by a mission - your mission. We believe in nonprofits, and are committed to providing top-notch services at rates nonprofits can afford. This isn’t a sideline for us, it isn’t “charity work.” Working with nonprofits is what we do. Period.

Whether it is analyzing your fund development program, helping you build stronger relationships with your donors, or just writing a grant, we bring more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to every project.

Kristine Parkes, MA, CFRE, is passionate about nonprofits.  At her agency, kultivate, the team provides creative and cost-effective fund development, communication, and nonprofit management services.  As a trained consultant with both the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards for Excellence Program and the Standards for Excellence Institute, she helps nonprofits apply best practices to their operations.  

In June, Kristine began her first term as the Regent (board president) of the Mahanatawny Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution. She is the professional advisor for La Salle University’s Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter.  In the past she has served on the Public Relations Society of America Independent Practitioners Alliance executive committee and Tri-County Area YWCA's Board of Directors. Kristine was named Volunteer of the Year by the Tri-County Area YWCA in 2002. Kristine served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Berks Regional Chapter as the vice president of communications. She was also a member of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Alumnae Committee. 

Over the years, Kristine has inspired a new generation of professionals by teaching public relations and grant writing as an adjunct professor at area universities. She often speaks to professionals about public relations, development, and nonprofit management issues.

Kristine's background as a volunteer, staff member, board member, and more than 15 years as a consultant allow her to bring a complete perspective to every project.

Kristine holds a Communications, B.A., and a Professional Communication, M.A., from LaSalle University. She earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kristine and her husband Brian live in Gilbertsville with their extremely spoiled bulldog, Tiki.

Emily Hibshman is a young professional who loves managing social media and listening to podcasts, often at the same time.

She graduated from Susquehanna University in 2015 with a B.A. in strategic communications. While in school, she participated in student groups like WomenSpeak, worked with university programs like the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and was an on-air DJ for WQSU, the school’s student-run radio station.

Right after graduation, Emily participated in a year of service with the Sycamore House, a part of the Episcopal Service Corps network of programs. She lived in an intentional community with other young graduates, served the greater Harrisburg community, and worked as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for CONTACT Helpline. Along with her service work, Emily has held organizing positions with Planned Parenthood as a grassroots organizer and SEIU as a higher education union organizer. Emily is excited to return to the communication field and work with nonprofits to maximize their potential.

When Emily isn’t working, she likes to play video games with strong female leads, campaign for dog suffrage, and drink Americanos at coffee shops.

Tiki has been with kultivate since 2008.  He brings both energy and a sense of calm to the office, depending on the number of squirrels outside.  A strong napper and certified Frisbee Management Expert (FME), Tiki inspires the other team members to bring their "A Game" to everything they do.  As Pack Leader, Tiki also possesses exceptional supervisory skills, and is on top of everything that happens in the office.


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