The 1st Choice Advisors Mission

1st Choice works to make nonprofits more efficient, thus helping the communities that they serve.

Our Story

John Francis, President, started working with nonprofits back in 1986, notably the United Way of Greater St. Louis and later Saint Louis University. He saw the need for better technology to help nonprofits with growing reporting needs. After some research, he found Micro Information Products in Austin, TX and became one of their first partners. He originally led NFP Consultants which was the leading reseller of MIP for over ten years. He now manages and advises for 1st Choice Advisors.

1st Choice works with top Abila experts across the country. We have offices in Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, San Juan, Tampa Bay, and Traverse City.

Meet the Team

John Francis

John Francis

President & Director of Projects

John has worked with nonprofit clients since 1986. He has done hundreds of implementations around the world. He is based in the admin office in South Pasadena, FL with his wife and co-worker, Teresa. He currently is on the Board of WMNF Community Radio in Tampa. Email John!

Amy Lee

Amy Lee

MIP Advisor

Amy spent many years at Deloitte as an auditor and audit manager. In addition to being a Certified MIP Consultant, she is also an active volunteer with the community and on the school board at Ascension School in Oak Park, IL. Her experience will help you with financial management, audit prep and accounting. Email Amy!

Joe Wallach

Joe Wallach

Sr. MIP Advisor

Joe is a CPA based in the St. Louis area. He has over 25 years experience working with nonprofit accounting systems. He also worked as a Manager at MIP before the Abila acquisition. He was the sole proprietor of Wallach Consulting in North Carolina for 15+ years. He volunteers regularly with the Lion’s Club in Eureka and enjoys playing baseball. Email Joe!

Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

MIP Advisor, Manager of Tribal Clients

Scott is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and lives on the Peshawbestown Reservation in Michigan. For over 25 years, he’s been providing customized management services to nonprofit tribal governments and their entities. Scott is well-versed in audit prep as well as 401K and trust fund reviews. He understands every aspect of tribal government and its regulations. Email Scott!

Margaret Ring

Margaret Ring

Grants & Technical Writing Specialist

Margaret is based in Raleigh, NC and has over 20 years of experience working for government and nonprofit agencies providing grant writing and evaluation, program training and management services.  Having reviewed and rated many grant applications and developed scoring sheets, she has expert insight into what funders are seeking in modern proposals. She holds a Master’s Degree in both Social Work and Human and Community Development. Email Margaret!

JLB Group

JLB Group, LLC

Financial Management Specialist in Puerto Rico

JLB Group has been serving clients in the Caribbean for over 35 years. They are recognized as a leader in accounting and management systems for nonprofits, government agencies, medical centers and educational institutions. They partner with us on the Abila products for their customers. They also specialize in Sage Fixed Asset Systems (FAS). To contact Jose Boscio or Tony Gonzalez, please visit their web site.

Customer References

Nonprofit Success Stories (featuring The Atlanta Opera)


If you have extensive MIP experience, contact us. We are always looking for the next great advisor.