ADMINISTRATION

Administration

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Senior Vice President, Talent, Diversity, and Equity

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Senior Vice President, Talent, Diversity, and Equity

As the Senior Vice President, Talent, Diversity, and Equity, Maureen Alphonse-Charles provides vision, leadership, and coordination for DSG’s efforts to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across all aspects of the organization’s work. A pioneer in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, she has more than 20 years of experience leading complex executive search, consulting, finance, development, and operations efforts for a variety of institutions. Alphonse-Charles views her role as that of someone who helps organizations find cohesion around a common set of goals by serving as a mentor, coach, and facilitator.

In addition to this role, Alphonse-Charles also serves in a managing director capacity for Koya Partners, part of the Diversified Search Group. Her clients include The KIPP Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and New World Symphony. She has also partnered with a range of corporate clients such as J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust, and Deloitte, as well as nonprofit organizations like the YWCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Mass, Inc.

Before coming to Koya, Alphonse-Charles was Senior Vice President and COO of The Partnership, a consulting firm that builds cross-sector multicultural and diverse leadership talent. Prior to joining The Partnership, she built leadership teams in her role as Vice President of Recruitment at City Year. Previously, she served as Managing Director at the global search firm Horton International, building the firm’s philanthropic practice and financial services, and was a partner and co-head of the Diversity Practice at the global firm Whitehead Mann Pendleton James.

The recipient of numerous awards for her work, Alphonse-Charles was honored in 2019 by the YW Boston’s Academy of Women Achievers, which recognizes some of Boston’s brightest, boldest, and most influential women. She has been honored as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women by Women of the Harvard Club, and as a Local Woman of Influence by the Boston Business Journal. Alphonse-Charles also served as the first African-American President The Boston Club, the longest-standing organization in the Northeast focused on the advancement of women’s leadership.

CONTACT

Phone: 617.294.5670

E-Mail: Maureen.Charles@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts—Law and Diplomacy

Tufts University

Bachelor of Arts—International Relations

Boston University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MICHAEL CALLAHAN

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

MICHAEL CALLAHAN

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

As the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Michael Callahan is responsible for the internal and external communications, public relations, marketing and events, advertising, and thought leadership of the firm, including oversight of the Diversified Search Group’s websites and social media channels.

Early in his career, Callahan worked as a public relations writer at the Philadelphia Gas Works before spending the next two decades in magazine publishing, most notably as a writer and editor at Hearst and Condé Nast. Before joining Diversified he served as an editorial consultant at ChatterBlast Media, a Philadelphia-based social media marketing firm. He is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine, and his articles have appeared in such magazines as Bloomberg Businessweek, Worth, and Fortune Small Business. He is also the author of two critically-acclaimed books of historical fiction.

Callahan has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at Fordham University and Temple University and has received numerous journalism awards. His work has also been anthologized in The Best American Legal Writing 2009 and Vanity Fair’s Writers on Writers (2016).

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3561

E-Mail: Michael.Callahan@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Journalism

Temple University

ROB EASTWICK-HASKELL

Senior Vice President of Information Technology

ROB EASTWICK-HASKELL

Senior Vice President of Information Technology

Rob Eastwick-Haskell is the Senior Vice President of Information Technology for the Diversified Search Group, joining the firm upon its acquisition of Koya Partners in 2019. 

 

As SVP, Eastwick-Haskell plays a key role in developing and managing the Diversified Search Group’s IT infrastructure. In addition to the day-to-day needs of all the DSG firms, he is also responsible for long-term planning and “the big picture,” anticipating and fulfilling IT needs as DSG continues to grow.  

 

Prior to joining Koya Partners and the Diversified Search Group, Eastwick-Haskell spent 20 years working in the IT field with organizations such as Harvard Business School, KeyW Corporation, and the New England College of Business. From education to government contracts, he has supported team members worldwide, maintaining a focus on the employee experience and understanding the importance of minimizing employee downtime to the company bottom line.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.992.3157

E-Mail: Rob.Eastwick-Haskell@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Science - Management

Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts - Business and Economics

Skidmore College

LESLIE PICKUS MAZZA

Senior Vice President, Search Operations and Quality

LESLIE PICKUS MAZZA

Senior Vice President, Search Operations and Quality

Mazza began her career with the Diversified Search Group —and with the search industry itself—in 1981 as the company’s very first Director of Research, over time developing, refining, and managing the company’s key research and recruiting functions and processes. Over her years at Diversified she has been responsible not only for the oversight and management of the firm’s researchers, recruiters, and databases, but perhaps more important, for their quality as well.

In her current role, Mazza is responsible for the planning, administration, and monitoring of consistent search quality within the firm, and for continually seeking improvements in operations that can achieve even more effective and efficient searches. Just as important, she is responsible for inculcating cultural imperatives—the very values that guide Diversified—to both our employees and our clients. In addition, she conducts select searches as designated by the Chairman and/or CEO; investigates and reviews new methodologies and technologies; and oversees the firm’s internal talent management, from identifying and recruiting in-house professionals across administrative functions to developing, implementing, and assessing processes related to employees’ orientation and onboarding, training, performance, and compensation.

Mazza is a Certified Practitioner of MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and has completed the Leadership Program of The Leaders Lyceum. A member of the Philadelphia Film Society, she was also a Founding Member of the Philadelphia Executive Search Research Roundtable.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3544

E-Mail: Leslie.Mazza@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Rutgers University

Bachelor of Arts

The College of New Jersey

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES

ALINA MICHELEWICZ

Vice President, Business Operations

ALINA MICHELEWICZ

Vice President, Business Operations

Alina Michelewicz is the Vice President of Business Operations for the Diversified Search Group, joining the firm upon its acquisition of Koya Partners in 2019. As a key member of the DSG Shared Services team, Michelewicz ensures smooth business operations and supports the senior leadership team with long-term planning, strategic projects and cross-company initiatives.

Prior to joining the DSG, Michelewicz was the head of finance and administration at Koya Partners where she developed the finance function into a fully fledged team as the company tripled in size. Michelewicz has experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector, where she has worn many hats such as board member, fundraiser, bookkeeper and community organizer. She has served on the board of Haiti School Project and Opportunity Works and has also served her community as Conservation Commissioner for the City of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.961.9166

E-Mail: Alina.Michelewicz@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Arts - Community Development and Planning

Clark University

Bachelor of Arts - International Development and Social Change

Clark University

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

Chief Legal Officer

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

Chief Legal Officer

Denielle Pemberton-Heard is the Chief Legal Officer for the Diversified Search Group, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She joined Diversified in 2018 following fifteen years as Group Counsel, Programming and Business Affairs at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the nation’s largest non-commercial media enterprise. There, she directed transactional work related to the production, distribution, and syndication of content across all platforms on behalf of PBS and its 300-plus member stations, and led negotiations between and among PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, on-air talent, program funders, and foundations. Before joining PBS, she served as Group Counsel for Thales, Inc., a French-owned communications concern, and as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at Time Life. She has also held in-house positions at Discovery Communications, Inc.

She began her law career in private practice with Connecticut’s Wiggin and Dana, and was subsequently associated with the New York firm of Cowan Liebowitz and Latman, where she focused on intellectual property litigation. Pemberton-Heard also serves as a senior advisor to STEMconnector, a Diversified Search company committed to increasing the number of STEM-ready workers in the global talent pool through its work with pioneering leaders across more than 200 organizations.

An alumna of the Columbia Graduate School of Business, she has served as a Regional Judge for Presidential Commission White House Fellowships; as a Trustee of the Toy Industry of America Foundation; and on the Board of Governors of the Case Western School of Law. Pemberton-Heard has also served on the professional faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, where she has lectured on business law.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.567.6971

E-Mail: dpembertonheard@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA / Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Tufts University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION

ANNE RAVERT, ESQ.

Vice President, HR Shared Services

ANNE RAVERT, ESQ.

Vice President, HR Shared Services

Anne Ravert is the Vice President, Human Resources at the Diversified Search Group. Prior to joining Diversified in 2017, she served as the human resources manager at both law firm Simon and Simon, and AC Lordi, a consulting firm. Prior, for more than nine years she worked at Campbell Soup Company, where she began as a member of the tax practice, eventually shifting her focus to employment issues, specifically around the issues of employee and executive compensation, the employee stock plan and its structure, and, additionally, communications related to global compensation and talent management.

An active supporter of the arts, Ravert recently completed a term as a member of the Board of Directors of BalletX, the contemporary ballet company in Philadelphia; she has also served as a member of the steering committee of the Crescendo Club, a young friends’ philanthropic arm of the Curtis Institute of Music. She is currently actively involved as chair of the annual fundraiser of The Print Center of Philadelphia, a nonprofit gallery that encourages the growth and understanding of photography and printmaking in contemporary art. Ravert is also an associate producer of Shaking Through, a documentary series produced by Weathervane Music, a nonprofit that supports independent music and the greater Philadelphia recording community.

In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor of business at Drexel University.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3552

E-Mail: Anne.Ravert@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Dickinson School of Law

Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Bucknell University