Our Mission

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.

We work with the best Abila experts across the country.   We have offices in Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, San Juan, Tampa Bay, and Traverse City.

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Meet the Team


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, Florida with his wife and co-worker, Teresa and their dog, Snickers.  He currently is on the Board of WMNF Community Radio in Tampa.




Amy Lee

MIP Advisor

Amy spent many years at Deloitte as an auditor and audit manager.  She is 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.  Amy is a Certified MIP Consultant.



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 Abila bought it.   For over 15 years he was the sole proprietor of Wallach Consulting in North Carolina.   He volunteers regularly with the Lion's Club in Eureka and enjoys playing baseball.



Scott Lewis

MIP Advisor, Manager of Tribal Clients

Scott is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and liver on the Peshawbestown Reservation in Michigan.  For the past 25 years he has 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 as aspects of tribal government and its regulations.



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 insight into what funders are seeking in proposals.  She holds a master's degree in both Social Work and Human and Community Development.   She is a busy full-time mom of Jacob and Christine as well!



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.


Join Us...

If you have extensive MIP experience, let us know.   We are always looking for good people to join us.