MANAGING DIRECTORS

Managing Directors

JUDITH M. VON SELDENECK

Founder and Chair

JUDITH M. VON SELDENECK

Founder and Chair

Judith M. von Seldeneck is the Founder and Chair of Diversified Search Group, headquartered in Philadelphia. A pioneer in the search industry, she has been identifying and placing senior-level executive talent around the country for more than four decades.

A born-and-bred North Carolinian, she began her career as an executive assistant to then-Senator Walter F. Mondale in Washington, D.C. Her road into executive search commenced in the early 1970s when she bought into a small Philadelphia firm founded to find temp jobs for women. Buying out her partners in 1974, over the next several decades von Seldeneck built Diversified Search into one of the top ten executive search firms in the nation.

During the course of her career, von Seldeneck has been recognized by the executive search industry as setting the standard for retained executive search and has been active on numerous public, private, and not-for-profit boards of directors. Some of these include Citizens Financial Group; Tasty Baking Company; Teleflex, Inc.; CoreStates Financial Group; Meridian Bancorp; and AAA MidAtlantic.  She has also served as Chair for the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She currently serves on the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council and is Chairperson of the Women’s Advisory Council. She was also a founder of the Forum of Executive Women, the largest association of women business leaders in the Philadelphia region.

She has been the recipient of dozens of awards and honors recognizing her achievements both professionally and philanthropically. These include the William Penn Award, the highest honor bestowed by the business community of Greater Philadelphia; the Drexel LeBow Business Leader of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the Greater Philadelphia region; the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ Eleanor H. Raynolds Award for Excellence in Executive Search; being designated as one of BusinessWeek’s Top 50 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World; and induction into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame. She is also a Global Board Member of AltoPartners.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3550

E-Mail: Judith.vonSeldeneck@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS HEALTHCARE SERVICES

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

Dale E. Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Search Group. His responsibilities include oversight and management of the firm and its global CEO Advisory Services.

A native of Dallas, Jones was the son of a shoe cobbler/janitor and a kindergarten teacher; beginning at age 10, young Dale would often join his dad and brother on weekends cleaning office buildings. Advised by a family pastor and influenced by the fact that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King had attended there, Jones enrolled at Atlanta’s Morehouse College. He began his career in banking, before moving into executive search as a managing partner in the Atlanta office of Heidrick & Struggles International in 1999. Always looking for ways to give back, Jones took a hiatus from the search industry in 2007, relocating to Washington, D.C. to lead a philanthropic initiative, endowed by AOL founder Steve Case and his wife, Jean, that was dedicated to providing access to clean water in Africa.

Jones returned to executive search in 2009, rejoining Heidrick & Struggles to serve as Vice Chairman and Partner of the CEO and Board Practice, where he consulted CEOs and corporate boards on human capital issues including recruiting, retention, succession planning, and corporate governance. He also served as one of the firm’s leaders in the Global Communications and Global Consumer Practice, and was later asked to oversee the CEO and Board Practice in the Americas.

In 2013, when founder Judith M. von Seldeneck moved into the role of Chairman at Diversified Search, Jones was named the firm’s new CEO, based in Washington, D.C. His philosophy on great leadership is simple: “I think it is important that leaders have the ability to inspire and motivate people and to lead by example. I think the best leaders have been through some testing in their journey, so that they can really empathize, not only with the people that they lead, but with their customers.”

Jones is a member of several notable national corporate and philanthropic boards, most notably those of Northwestern Mutual, The Special Olympics, and his alma mater, Morehouse College. He is also a Global Board Member of AltoPartners.

LIONEL ANDERSON

Managing Director

LIONEL ANDERSON

Managing Director

Lionel Anderson is a Managing Director in the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture Practice at Diversified Search Group, where he partners with colleges, universities, foundations, and nonprofits to understand their leadership needs, prepare for leadership transition, and identify, vet, and onboard talent into executive leadership roles.

Anderson began his career in executive search at Isaacson, Miller, where he recruited senior leadership for colleges, universities, and foundations. Within higher education, he has focused on presidential searches. His previous clients include the Chemical Heritage Foundation, City University of New York, Colby College, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Morehouse College, New York University, Northeastern University, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Smith College, Temple University, Tuskegee University, University of Chicago, and University of Louisville.

For roughly a decade prior to search, Anderson served in various capacities in undergraduate student development, including serving as the Assistant Director in the Office of Academic Resources at Haverford College and as an academic advisor, adjunct instructor, and student retention coordinator at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. As an inaugural board member of TeenSHARP, a nonprofit college preparatory program for promising low-income students in Camden and Philadelphia, Anderson led efforts to fund the organization’s early college tours with students, while also publishing seasonal op-eds with The New York Times around undergraduate student success.

CONTACT

Phone: 703.615.8308

E-Mail: Lionel.Anderson@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Master of Science - Higher Education Management

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

ROGER ANDERSON

Senior Advisor

ROGER ANDERSON

Senior Advisor

As co-founder and Senior Advisor at BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search Group in 2016, Roger Anderson sets the highest standards for client service for the firm. His vision and commitment to excellence along with a passion for life sciences, provide the platform for the BioQuest service model, which for over three decades has transformed the firm into one of the leading life science practice firms in the United States.

Anderson’s practice is focused exclusively on conducting searches at the Board of Director, CEO, and Vice President levels. He has successfully completed more than 90 CEO searches for both private, emerging and small-cap medical device and diagnostic companies, raising significant value for clients through the recruitment of outstanding executive leadership.

 

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Roger.Anderson@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Zoology

University of Wisconsin

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY

VICTOR ARIAS

Managing Director and Practice Leader Consumer and Retail

VICTOR ARIAS

Managing Director and Practice Leader Consumer and Retail

Victor Arias is a Managing Director and Practice Leader, Consumer and Retail at Diversified Search Group, working primarily in the Board of Directors practice. He is the leader of the firm’s Dallas-Fort Worth office.

Arias joined the firm in 2019 from RSR Partners, where he had been a managing director in the board of directors practice. Prior to his time at RSR, Arias worked at Korn Ferry, where he served as senior client partner in the board of directors practice and global leader of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Previously, he served as both a partner and a co-managing partner of the diversity services practice at Heidrick & Struggles from 2004 to 2007. Arias was also previously a partner at Spencer Stuart.

Arias served on the board of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen (NASDAQ: PLKI) for 15 years, until 2016. He is past president and co-founder of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, a former member of the Notre Dame Institute of Latino Studies board, and a founding board member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association, a membership group of Hispanic corporate directors.

Arias is a trustee emeritus for the Stanford University board of trustees, the current chairman of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, and a prior member of the Stanford GSB Advisory Council. In addition, he serves on the Development Board of the University of Texas El Paso, and is a former White House Fellows Commissioner.

CONTACT

Phone: 972.819.2055

E-Mail: Victor.Arias@divsearch.com

Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Stanford University

Bachelor of Business Administration

The University of Texas El Paso

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL EDUCATION ENERGY

EURIS BELLE

Managing Director

EURIS BELLE

Managing Director

Euris E. Belle is a Managing Director in the Atlanta office of Diversified Search Group. She has conducted senior-level searches for both public and private colleges and universities (including majority institutions, HBCUs, and HSIs), foundations, and a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. Among her placements are presidents, chancellors, provosts/chief academic officers, chief diversity officers, and deans, as well as CEOs, presidents, and executive directors of not-for-profits. Additionally, Belle partners with corporate clients primarily in the area of diversity recruitment.

Before joining Diversified, Belle was a principal at Hodge Partners, Heidrick & Struggles, and CEO of Innovative Search Group. She began her career in management information consulting.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6307

E-Mail: Euris.Belle@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Computer Studies

Northwestern University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (CIO/IT) EDUCATION

CHRIS BERGER

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Human Resources

CHRIS BERGER

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Human Resources

Chris Berger joined Diversified Search Group in 2017 to co-lead the firm’s Human Resources practice, after seven successful years as co-owner of the successful boutique HR executive search firm RomanoBerger LLC. Berger brings close to 20 years of executive search experience focused in the Human Resources arena, and 10 years in HR on the corporate side. He has completed hundreds of senior executive search assignments across all functional areas of human resources and across multiple industry sectors. His clients have ranged from Fortune 50 multinationals to startups.

Berger entered the executive search profession in 1999 when he was recruited into Korn/Ferry International’s Human Resources practice, and quickly became a leading member of the execution team. Several years later, he co-founded the Human Resources practice at TMP Worldwide (later Highland Partners). When TMP was acquired by Heidrick & Struggles, Berger was recruited to further develop the HR practice at CTPartners.

Berger began his career at May Department Stores, completing the company’s highly regarded Executive Training Program. He served briefly as an assistant buyer before entering human resources, where he led merchant training, corporate communications, college relations, and executive recruiting for a May division. In 1995, he was recruited by Melville/CVS Corporation, where, as HR Generalist, he recruited leadership roles before becoming Vice President of Corporate Human Resources and Staffing. Berger was briefly recruited back to the corporate side during his search career to become head of the executive recruiting for insurance giant Aetna.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2578

E-Mail: Chris.Berger@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Fine Arts

University of Connecticut

PRACTICE AREAS

HUMAN RESOURCES

KAREN BERTRAND

Managing Director

KAREN BERTRAND

Managing Director

Karen Bertrand leads the Biopharma and Diagnostics practices at BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search Group in 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience recruiting CEOs, senior management teams, and board members for a wide range of both established and emerging life science companies.

Bertrand is passionate about recruiting for companies that are developing breakthrough technologies and leveraging innovation in related fields like nanoparticle technology and biomaterials. She has completed searches for senior executives in general management, discovery and clinical research, product development and finance, and commercial leadership roles. Her clients include companies focused in ethical Rx development, POC and molecular diagnostics, drug delivery/combination therapy products, and analytical tools and services.

She has a knack for identifying talent that can take burgeoning innovative technology organizations to the next level—whether it’s a founder-CEO transition, adding independent board members, a progression to clinical development, or defining a strategic roadmap.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Karen.Bertrand@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts

Universite de Paris-Sorbonne

Master of Arts

University of Cincinnati

Bachelor of Business Administration - International Relations

University of California, Davis

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES

J. VERONICA BIGGINS

Managing Partner and Practice Leader, Board of Directors

J. VERONICA BIGGINS

Managing Partner and Practice Leader, Board of Directors

The leader of Diversified Search Group’s Board Practice, J. Veronica Biggins  brings more than 15 years of search experience to the firm—including several years working in the White House.

Biggins served as Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Presidential Personnel under Bill Clinton, a role that tasked her with selecting and hiring all political appointees within the federal government. She worked directly with the President on appointments at all levels of the administration, including the placement of agency heads, ambassadors, and members of presidential boards and commissions.

Biggins has also served as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. She also served as Chairman of the Czech Slovak American Enterprise Fund—a role that earned her a Points of Light Award from President George W. Bush for her leadership.

Biggins’ background also includes 20 years’ experience with NationsBank (now Bank of America) and its predecessor, The Citizens, and Southern National Bank. There, as Executive Vice President for Human Resources, she was one of the highest-ranking women in the banking industry.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6305

E-Mail: JVBiggins@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Advanced Leadership Fellow

Harvard University

Master of Education

Georgia State University

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and Sociology

Spelman College

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY LIFE SCIENCES

MICHELLE BONOAN

Managing Director

MICHELLE BONOAN

Managing Director

Michelle Bonoan is a Managing Director at the Diversified Search Group through Koya Partners, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2019. Previously, Bonoan served as a managing director at Diversified Search from 2011 to 2013.

With more than 20 years of experience as a search consultant, Bonoan has led executive searches across a wide range of industries and functions. As a specialist serving the education, nonprofit, and arts and culture sectors, she has successfully completed searches for CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, and Chief Financial Officers, as well as for key posts in fundraising and program management, among other positions.

Bonoan’s clients include organizations dedicated to education, social services, arts and culture, children and family services, the environment, and health-related issues, as well as prominent educational institutions, such as research and private universities, small liberal arts colleges, and independent college preparatory schools. The American Red Cross, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California Institute of Technology, University of California, the Walt Disney Family Foundation, and the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West are just a few of her many marquee clients.

Before joining Koya, Bonoan was a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles, where she was a core member of the Education, Nonprofit and Social Enterprise practice. She began her career in executive search in 1996 with a boutique retained executive search firm based in Los Angeles serving education institutions, nonprofits, and national corporations, ultimately assuming the role of Vice President and Education & Nonprofit Practice Leader. Later, she worked for a national search firm where she opened the Southern California office dedicated to the education and nonprofit sectors.

CONTACT

Phone: 310.844.8441

E-Mail: Michelle.Bonoan@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration – Management

California State University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

JUDY BOREHAM

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Human Resources

JUDY BOREHAM

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Human Resources

Judy Boreham is a Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Human Resources at Diversified Search Group, where she manages a broad range of clients including those in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. As co-leader of the firm’s Human Resources practice, she specializes and is engaged in placing senior executives at the local, regional, national, and global level, and has gained expansive experience covering a wide variety of human capital related roles including CHRO, compensation/total rewards, talent acquisition and development, learning and development, organizational development, workforce planning, shared services, and business partnering assignments with such clients as LabCorp, Ametek Inc., AstraZeneca, Radius Health, Barnabas Healthcare, and Lidl.

Prior to joining Diversified Search in 1995, Boreham worked for a search firm in Central London serving the consumer market. Working with a portfolio of blue-chip international clients such as Kraft, Duracell, McKinsey, AC Nielson, Guinness, and SmithKline Beecham, she managed key business assignments across the United Kingdom.

Prior to her search career, Boreham held various business and marketing leadership positions with the largest and fastest-growing division of Baxter Healthcare, Inc., where she was responsible for launching a range of product lines that gained worldwide recognition, and more recently as Business Manager for the Critical Care division at Johnson & Johnson, where she was responsible for the development of a patient monitoring technology product in the provider healthcare space.

CONTACT

Phone: PHL 215.656.3575 | NYC 212.542.2581

E-Mail: Judy.Boreham@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA / New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Marketing

Henley Management College, UK

Bachelor of Arts - Marketing

Henley Management College, UK

PRACTICE AREAS

CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY HEALTHCARE SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES HUMAN RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES

LYN BRENNAN

Managing Director

LYN BRENNAN

Managing Director

Lyn Brennan is a Managing Director and Leader of the New York Office of Diversified Search Group. Brennan works primarily in the Healthcare practice.

Brennan began her career in search in 1998 as a Vice President and Director at Isaacson Miller in Boston. Specializing in healthcare and life sciences, she subsequently worked in similar roles at Amrop Battalia Winston and, most recently, at Heidrick & Struggles. Prior to her career in executive search, Brennan, a registered nurse with degrees from both Georgetown and New York University, worked as a practice leader in healthcare operations at Ernst & Young, and as a director of health care operations and quality at Coopers & Lybrand.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2585

E-Mail: Lyn.Brennan@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Delivery of Nursing Services

New York University

Bachelor of Science - Nursing

Georgetown University

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES LIFE SCIENCES

MOLLY BRENNAN

Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit

MOLLY BRENNAN

Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit

Molly Brennan is Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit at Diversified Search Group, a portfolio of wholly-owned boutique search firms serving specialized sectors. Brennan is the leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Practice and served as the Founding Partner and Executive Vice President at Koya Partners, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2019.

As Practice Leader, Brennan works to marshal Diversified Search Group’s deep experience in the nonprofit sector to deliver exceptional results for clients.

Brennan joined Koya Partners in its early years and today leads a portfolio of CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior executive searches for mission-driven clients across the country and around the world. Her clients have included Amnesty International USA, Southern Poverty Law Center, Sierra Club, Women Moving Millions, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, ACLU, and Natural Resources Defense Council, among many others.

Molly’s particular areas of focus include leadership, retention, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Her thought leadership has been widely quoted and published in leading publications such as Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Philanthropy News Digest, and Fast Company as well as by the Society for Human Resource Management. She recently authored The Governance Gap: Examining Diversity and Equity in Nonprofit Boards of Directorswhich explores the persistent lack of diversity on nonprofit boards and offers actionable strategies for increasing board diversity and inclusion.

Brennan began her career as a journalist, then moved into the online communications space. Prior to joining Koya, she served as a Senior Editor at LifeWorks, one of the nation’s leading Employee Assistance Programs, where she partnered with HR leaders to create custom content designed to improve employee engagement and satisfaction. She has served on numerous boards nationally and locally, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Our Neighbor’s Table, a hunger relief organization in Massachusetts that aims to eliminate food insecurity in the communities it serves.

She has also completed a program in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University, is a Certified Diversity Recruiter, and an alum of LeadBoston, a professional leadership program of the YW Boston that is focused on racial equity.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.384.1296

E-Mail: Molly.Brennan@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Writing and Publishing

Emerson College

Bachelor of Arts - History and Anthropology

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

HEATHER CAMPION

Managing Director

HEATHER CAMPION

Managing Director

Heather Campion is a Managing Director for Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Campion manages the Connected Leadership practice, which provides strategic consulting for leaders to help them build more meaningful reputations around their larger purpose. This includes developing and connecting them with influential networks and building affinity with key stakeholders in order to achieve greater impact and business success.

Campion has broad experience at the highest levels of public, private, and nonprofit institutions. She has expertise in public affairs, including media and communications, marketing sponsorships, charitable giving, and government relations.

A recognized leader in women’s advancement throughout her career, Campion is past president of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, serves on the board of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, and is a senior adviser to the Women in Leadership program at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Campion was the first woman to serve as CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and subsequently founded and led Mount Vernon Strategies. Previously, she spent many years in banking. She served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Citizens Financial Group, and later took on the role of Chief Administrative Officer at Northeast Bancorp, where she co-founded ableBanking, an innovative online savings division with a charitable affinity program.

Campion began her career in politics and government, first serving in the Carter White House and subsequently joining Harvard’s Kennedy School, where she held many leadership positions throughout its early development. She was the Kennedy School’s first Director of Public Liaison, and, early on, helped build the Center for Business and Government. She also led the JFK Jr. Forum and was Associate Director of the Institute of Politics.

Campion has served on numerous private and nonprofit boards and currently is on the boards of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, AAA Northeast, and on the President’s Advisory Boards of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Partners Health Care.

CONTACT

Phone: 617.279.8593

E-Mail: Heather.Campion@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

BA - American History

Mount Holyoke College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE EDUCATION

GERARD F. CATTIE, JR.

Managing Director and Practice Leader, DSG Fundraising and Advancement

GERARD F. CATTIE, JR.

Managing Director and Practice Leader, DSG Fundraising and Advancement

Gerard F. Cattie Jr. is Managing Director and Practice Leader, DSG Fundraising and Advancement with Diversified Search Group, based in New York. His practice focuses on searches for senior leadership positions within prominent higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, global NGOs, foundations, associations and membership societies, healthcare providers, and arts and cultural entities. He serves as the leader of the firm’s Development and Philanthropy practice, as well as for the Arts and Culture sector of the firm’s Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice.

He has successfully conducted searches for a range of functional leadership roles, such as CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, president, provost, executive director, vice president, dean, director of development, director of major gifts, director of planned gifts, and more.

Prior to his career in search, Cattie spent a decade in key fundraising positions within a variety of leading arts, cultural, and educational institutions. He joined Diversified Search in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, where he served as Regional Director of Major Gifts at the Wharton School. While at Wharton, Cattie served on the fundraising team that crafted the School’s historic $450 million Campaign for Sustained Leadership.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2587

E-Mail: Gerard.Cattie@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Global Affairs - Government Administration

University of Pennsylvania Fels Center of Government

Bachelor of Arts - Communications

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION

RONALD CHOD, MD

Managing Director

RONALD CHOD, MD

Managing Director

Dr. Ronald Chod is a Managing Director in the Healthcare Services practice of Diversified Search Group. He joined the firm in 2019, following Diversified Search Group’s acquisition of Grant Cooper.

Dr. Chod brings more than 25 years of experience in clinical practice, academic leadership, and integrated delivery system administration to Diversified Search. He accepted his first leadership role as Vice President for Clinical Affairs at BJC Healthcare in St. Louis in 1994, then subsequently served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, with administrative appointment as Executive Director, Faculty Practice Plan, and academic appointment as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Chod’s executive search practice is national in scope and is highly focused on academic physician leaders, including deans, department chairs, and division heads, and on academic hospital and integrated delivery system leaders, including CMOs, CMIOs, CEOs, as well as group practice leaders. His firsthand knowledge of key business and leadership issues facing healthcare institutions, along with his access to academic and hospital leaders throughout the United States, provides a strong platform for effectiveness in filling key leadership searches.

Dr. Chod has served as an author and invited lecturer on a wide variety of academic and integrated delivery system business development topics, including physician integration, physician-hospital alignment strategies and joint ventures, and clinical quality improvement.

CONTACT

Phone: 314.449.1595

E-Mail: Ronald.Chod@divsearch.com

Location: St. Louis, MO

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Washington University in St. Louis

Doctor of Medicine

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Bachelor of Science - Biology

The University of Texas at Austin

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

SHERRY COLEMAN, EDD

Managing Director

SHERRY COLEMAN, EDD

Managing Director

Sherry Coleman is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of Diversified Search Group. Coleman brings extensive experience in public and private education at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, having held positions as an administrator, teacher, and adjunct professor. She is also an experienced recruiter and search consultant with a strong focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Coleman understands the challenges and opportunities faced by the most senior managers in schools, especially in regard to hiring, retention, and other strategic initiatives.

 

Coleman was the founding director of the Independent School Consortium (ISC) of Greater Philadelphia, an organizational resource that focused on the recruitment and retention of faculty and administrators of color. What began as a three-year DeWitt Wallace Readers’ Digest grant with five schools grew to include over 20 schools, and became a trusted source of support for administrators and faculty of color for more than 17 years. ISC became a sustaining and vital link to many successful educators of color in independent schools. This initiative led to nationwide recruitment and search consulting work, and Coleman has built an extensive and diverse network of contacts throughout the country. 

 

Coleman is a past recipient of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Award. She is actively involved in national and community organizations, and she has served as a trustee for independent and charter schools. 

CONTACT

Phone: 484.263.5954

E-Mail: Sherry.Coleman@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

EdD - Educational Leadership and Organization

University of Pennsylvania

Master of Science - Public Administration

West Chester University

Bachelor of Science - Education

Cheyney University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

SARA CONNOLLY

Managing Director

SARA CONNOLLY

Managing Director

Sara Connolly is a Managing Director in Diversified Search Group’s Healthcare Services practice. She has over 20 years of senior executive search experience and has conducted searches on behalf of clients including national not-for-profit health systems, major academic medical centers, integrated delivery systems, physician organizations, community hospitals, managed care companies, and consulting organizations.

Connolly has worked on senior executive searches including board members, CEOs, COOs, chief medical officers, CFOs, chief human resources officers, and numerous searches at the senior vice president and vice president level in the areas of operations, quality and patient safety, health policy, diversity, and marketing.

During her career, Connolly has developed specific expertise in physician executive searches and has placed senior physician leaders in roles including CEO, hospital and medical group CEO, clinical chair and chief, chief medical officer, and chief quality and safety officer.

Connolly has had extensive experience in strategic role definition, organizational assessment, development and execution of search strategies, sourcing and interviewing of potential candidates, and facilitation of search committees and executive and governance-related search processes.

Prior to her career in executive search, Connolly served as a social worker in children’s services agencies in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3587

E-Mail: Sara.Connolly@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Philosophy

University of Hull, UK

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

ALEXANDRA CORVIN

Managing Director

ALEXANDRA CORVIN

Managing Director

Alex Corvin is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Corvin specializes in recruiting Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors, and other senior executives for mission-driven clients. She partners with a broad range of clients in the fields of philanthropy, arts & culture, social services, and membership organizations, among others.

Based in San Francisco, Corvin leads much of Koya Partners’ work in the Bay Area in addition to having a robust national practice. Corvin joined Koya Partners from Russell Reynolds Associates, where she helped build the Nonprofit and Education practice in the Midwest and worked with leading nonprofits across the country and around the world.

Her clients in the philanthropy sector include the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, as well as community foundations such as the San Francisco Foundation and the Marin Community Foundation. Corvin has successfully recruited the Presidents of membership associations, including Grantmakers in the Arts, Grantmakers for Education, and the National Public Education Support Fund. In social services, she has partnered extensively with the United Way in multiple cities and worked with the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area, among others. Corvin has deep experience with a range of cultural institutions, from large civic institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, to specialized museums like the Rubin Museum, as well as leading regional museums.

Corvin began her career in education, working in low-income communities as a school counselor. In that role, she specialized in working with high school students making the transition to college.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.604.4499

E-Mail: Alex.Corvin@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Masters of Education

University of Southern California

BA - Psychology

University of California, Los Angeles

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MARISSA DELGADO

Managing Director

MARISSA DELGADO

Managing Director

Marissa Delgado is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. With nearly 15 years in the executive search industry, she has successfully led executive and senior-level leadership recruitments across functions and industries.

At Koya, Delgado leads a portfolio of executive-level searches. She has deep expertise in social and human services, organizations with global reach, and with health-related nonprofits. Her clients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, JDRF, After School Matters, Opportunity International, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and National Safety Council.

Prior to joining Koya, Delgado served as Vice President, Global Research for search firm DHR International. A key leader in the development of the firm’s education and nonprofit practice, she was also responsible for overall management of DHR International’s global search execution and was instrumental in the expansion of the firm into Asia, Europe, and South America. Deeply committed to client service, she was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence at DHR multiple times.

Delgado’s commitment to the mission-driven field was cemented early in her career, when she worked at Christopher House, a nationally recognized social service organization in Chicago that supports low-income families.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.788.2754

E-Mail: mdelgado@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

BA - Communication Studies

Marquette University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

NEYSA DILLON BROWN

Managing Director

NEYSA DILLON BROWN

Managing Director

Based in Atlanta, Neysa Dillon Brown is a Managing Director in Diversified Search Group’s Healthcare Services and Education, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Nonprofit practices.

Her track record of placing outstanding and impactful executive leaders stems from her diverse leadership experience with several leading healthcare and nonprofit organizations. Her focus has been on partnering with hospitals and healthcare systems on talent acquisition, executive and diversity recruitment, organizational assessments, and pipeline development.

Throughout her 15 years in the executive search industry, Dillon-Brown has worked with a wide array of organizations, including nonprofit associations, academic medical centers, and some of the country’s largest healthcare systems, to secure C-Suite leadership. Prior to her career in executive search, her previous positions included Director of Education at the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Equity. At the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Health Science Center of Brooklyn she served in several leadership positions, including as Assistant Provost for Student Affairs.

She is often asked to speak on approaches to developing diverse teams, as well as the value of diversity. She is also Diversified Search Group’s steering committee representative for the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD), a national organization promoting diversity and inclusion on corporate boards.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6304

E-Mail: Neysa.DillonBrown@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Master of Science - Health Administration

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

Spelman College

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION HEALTHCARE SERVICES

KIM ENNIS

Managing Director

KIM ENNIS

Managing Director

Kim Ennis specializes in the recruitment of senior-level executives for medical device, biotech, pharmaceutical, and healthcare IT companies.

Ennis joined BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search Group in 2016, in 2001. Since then, Ennis has focused her practice on recruiting C-suite executives, board members, and other senior leaders in the medical device, consumer health and wellness, and health IT markets. Well-honed at assessing talent, she recruits for all functional leadership roles, including sales and marketing, R&D, operations and manufacturing, regulatory, clinical, quality, and finance. She has built an impressive roster of clients and works with companies of various stages of growth—from early-stage and venture-capital-backed to global public.

Ennis brings almost 30 years of healthcare experience to her search work. She has held positions in sales, training, and business development for leading medical device companies such as Mallinckrodt, Haemonetics, and Laserscope. She also spent a decade as a registered nurse, specializing in cardiovascular and open-heart surgery.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Kim.Ennis@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Education

Columbia University

Bachelor of Science - Nursing

Adelphi University

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES

HAROLD T. EPPS

Senior Advisor

HAROLD T. EPPS

Senior Advisor

Harold T. Epps is a Senior Advisor with Diversified Search Group. A significant and steady presence in the Greater Philadelphia business community for more than thirteen years, Epps focuses on business development across the firm’s 16 industry and functional practices. Epps concurrently serves as an advisor for Bellevue Strategies, a government relations firm.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Epps most recently served as the Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia in the James Kenney administration, where he was responsible for working with metropolitan business leaders across industries to enhance the city’s business environment.

Prior to his time with the City if Philadelphia, Epps served as Vice Chairman of the Board of PRWT Services, where he served as President and CEO from 2007 to 2014. One of America’s largest minority-owned firms, PRWT is a $100 million provider of high-performance business solutions, facilities management, and infrastructure support services. Some of Epps’s prior executive roles include positions with Quadrant, Menasha Corporation, Polaroid and Digital Equipment Corporation. Throughout his career, Epps has built a solid reputation for positioning organizations for sustained growth, successfully managing change and restructuring, improving efficiency, spurring innovation, and maintaining a focus and discipline of continuous process and performance improvement.

Epps’ personal commitment to workforce development and business opportunity through diversity and inclusion efforts continue to drive his civic and board activities. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Comcast National African-American Advisory Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Community College of Philadelphia. Formerly, Epps served as the Chairman of the African-American Museum of Philadelphia, and was an executive committee member of both the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and The Urban League of Philadelphia.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.568.0358

E-Mail: Harold.Epps@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Western New England University

Bachelor of Science, Business/Commerce

North Carolina Central University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL FINANCIAL SERVICES

SCOTT EVERSMAN

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Energy

SCOTT EVERSMAN

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Energy

Scott Eversman is a Managing Director at Diversified Search Group, where he leads the firm’s Energy practice.

Eversman brings a distinct global perspective to his search work, having spent the bulk of his career working in London, and his clients have included many multi-national energy corporations. Prior to joining Diversified Search, Eversman served as Global Head of the Energy practice at Pederson & Partners, where his clients included companies in the oil & gas, power and utilities, energy services, private equity, and financial services sectors. The practice was also highly active in the renewable energy space, helping companies attract both C-suite and board talent.

Eversman began his search career at Preng & Associates, where he spent ten years as Managing Partner in the London office and also did a fair amount of work in Moscow. He went on to lead the European Energy practice at TMP Worldwide Executive Search in London before joining Heidrick & Struggles, where for 14 years he served as Partner, working in both London and Moscow in the energy, natural resources, and industrial sectors. He later served as Partner at Drax Executive, also in London.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Eversman served as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist at the Royal Air Force base in Mildenhall, United Kingdom, and also taught Russian for the University of Maryland in its European campus. Since 2010 he has served as a Vice President, Development, for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for the Transatlantic Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

CONTACT

Phone: 646.329.7421

E-Mail: Scott.Eversman@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - International Relations

University of Southern California

Bachelor of Arts – Social Science

Central University of Iowa

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ENERGY INDUSTRIAL

LIZ EWING

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers

LIZ EWING

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers

Liz Ewing is Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers at Diversified Search Group. With deep experience recruiting C-Suite talent, her clients include both public and private companies, ranging from the Fortune 500 to small-cap and private equity firms.

Prior to joining DSG in 2020, Ewing worked as a search consultant at Heidrick & Struggles, which she joined as a Principal in 2004 before being promoted to Partner in 2007. There, she served as a member of the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences, Financial Officers, CEO and Board, Legal Risk & Compliance, and Private Equity Practices, and also as a member of the firm’s Global Quality Council.

Before entering the search field, Ewing worked in variety of financial roles, including six years at Ondeo Nalco, a $2.6 billion chemical company, where she rose through the ranks to achieve the role of Treasurer. Beginning her career at Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm, she worked as a Vice President in the Banking and Corporate Finance Group at Chemical Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase) for eleven years before joining Societe Generale as Vice President and Team Leader, managing a four-person team overseeing a $1.8 billion portfolio of Fortune 500 companies across nine Midwestern states.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Ewing is also ICF-certified as an executive coach.

CONTACT

Phone: 973.713.0933

E-Mail: Liz.Ewing@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration, Finance

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

BA - Political Science and International Studies

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO FINANCIAL OFFICERS PRIVATE EQUITY

TOM FITCH, PHD

Managing Director

TOM FITCH, PHD

Managing Director

Tom Fitch is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of Diversified Search Group. With more than 25 years of recruiting and search experience, Fitch brings to every client relationship sound judgment, credibility, and a focus on partnership with institutional leaders and search committees. He understands the essential leadership qualities necessary in different environments as well as the strategies for completing successful searches in today’s increasingly complex and globally interconnected world.

 

Prior to joining Storbeck as a Partner, Fitch served for seven years as Vice President and Senior Consultant at Academic Search, Inc.. His recent placements have included senior-level administrators at institutions ranging broadly from small liberal arts colleges to large private universities, and at public institutions both small and large.

 

Over his career he has held a variety of positions in both higher education and corporate recruiting. Starting his career in student affairs, Fitch held positions including Dean of Students at large public and small private institutions, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Mercer University, The Atlanta College of Art, and the University of Georgia, where he also served on the faculty. He led the recruiting efforts of two Fortune 500 corporations, Georgia-Pacific and AT&T Wireless, and also held the position of Director of Recruiting for Emory University.

CONTACT

Phone: 484.263.5959

E-Mail: Tom.Fitch@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Ph.D. - Student Affairs Administration

University of Georgia

M.Ed - Counselor Education

University of Virginia

Bachelors of Science - Social Studies, Secondary Education

University of Virginia

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

JOSEPH A. FRICK

Senior Advisor

JOSEPH A. FRICK

Senior Advisor

Joseph A. Frick joined Diversified Search Group in May 2011, where he held the role of Executive Vice Chairman until October 2016. Today he serves as Senior Advisor. During his tenure, he has provided advisory services to CEOs and conducted senior executive and corporate board searches for a range of clients in business, education, and healthcare. He has also been actively engaged in the firm’s business strategy, branding, and expansion initiatives.

Prior to joining Diversified, Frick served as President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross (IBC), where he spearheaded the creation of IBC 2010, a long-term strategic plan for the company. He formed a new senior leadership team and launched key initiatives to achieve company goals. Under his leadership, IBC enhanced its standing as a trusted and respected corporate leader in the Philadelphia community.

Before becoming CEO in 2005, Frick served as Independence Blue Cross’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. In this capacity, he was responsible for corporate planning and business development, human resources, and administrative services. Today, he serves as a Board and Executive Committee member on IBC’s Board of Directors.

Frick also currently serves as a Director and Compensation Committee Chairman for two publicly-traded companies in the health care sector: Triple-S Management Corporation (NYSE: GTS) and BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT).

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3593

E-Mail: Joe.Frick@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Management

Loyola University

Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts

University of Notre Dame

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS HEALTHCARE SERVICES

HUGO FUEGLEIN

Managing Director

HUGO FUEGLEIN

Managing Director

Hugo Fueglein is a Managing Director in Diversified Search Group’s New York City office and is a core member of the Global CIO practice for Diversified Search. Fueglein is also a leading member of the Global Technology practice at Diversified Search, a role that has allowed him to place technology executives in key positions across all industries. He specializes in the placement of chief information officers, chief technology officers, and technology executives in IT architecture, IT infrastructure, application development, and IT operations.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Fueglein was an Executive Vice President with DHR International, and formerly an integral member of the CIO and IT practice at CT Partners, where he served clients across industries, recruiting talent to fill critical roles in corporate technology functions. He has completed assignments for CIOs and key leadership positions in technology for a broad scope of clients that continuously utilize technology as a strategic initiative. Industry sectors he has served include technology, consumer goods, retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and industrial.

Fueglein’s search career also includes being a Principal with both Korn/Ferry International and Morgan Samuels. During his seven-year tenure with Korn/Ferry, he was instrumental in the creation of the CIO Center of Expertise. Earlier in his career, he was an economist with Chase Econometrics and the Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates (WEFA) Group.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2591

E-Mail: Hugo.Fueglein@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Science - Agricultural Economics

University of Connecticut

Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Economics

University of Connecticut

PRACTICE AREAS

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (CIO/IT) CONSUMER AND RETAIL ENERGY INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY

PETER J. GILLIN

Managing Director

PETER J. GILLIN

Managing Director

Peter J. Gillin is a Managing Director in the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice, specializing in secondary education with  Diversified Search Group.

Gillin has spent his entire career in education, as a teacher, coach, administrator, and now as a search executive identifying and placing highly qualified professionals in key education leadership roles. He began his career at the Episcopal High School of Virginia, where he served in various roles, including as a teacher in the Department of English, dormitory head, and coach (lacrosse, soccer, squash). Later, he was part of the senior administrative team at the Pomfret School in Connecticut, where his titles included dean of students and director of residential life. While there, he served on the school’s Diversity Committee, taught American and British literature, and coached lacrosse and squash.

Using his deep roots in secondary education in an entirely new way, Gillin then entered the executive search industry. Before joining Diversified Search in 2017, he worked as a consultant for Princeton, N.J.-based Wickenden Associates, where as a senior search consultant he recruited and placed both heads of schools and divisions in independent schools around the country. He was also involved in working with boards to develop best practices and onboarding for senior leaders.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3556

E-Mail: Peter.Gillin@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Education, School Administration and Supervision

University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts, English and History

University of Virginia

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

CARRIE HACKETT

Managing Director

CARRIE HACKETT

Managing Director

Carrie Hackett is a Managing Director in the firm’s Healthcare Services practice, joining in 2019 when the Grant Cooper firm was acquired by  Diversified Search Group.

Hackett joined Grant Cooper in 2005 as a Managing Partner and was subsequently named the firm’s President. She brings more than 25 years of experience and sterling client-evaluated quality ratings for hundreds of executive positions across the nation. Hackett, a registered nurse, forged a successful career as nurse manager for one of the nation’s largest obstetrics services before entering the executive search industry, where she has earned a national reputation for excellence in finding and placing top-flight healthcare leaders.

Hackett’s clients include organizations as geographically and organizationally diverse as Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Vanderbilt Health in Nashville, and Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. For these organizations and others, she has placed scores of CMOs, CEOs, CFOs, and service line leaders. Her portfolio—spanning academic medical centers, community hospitals, multi-specialty medical groups, and integrated health systems—is dominated by repeat engagements, a testament to her strong record of client satisfaction.

CONTACT

Phone: 314.449.1590

E-Mail: Carrie.Hackett@divsearch.com

Location: St. Louis, MO

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Nursing

St. Louis University

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

MARTHA C. HAUSER

Managing Director

MARTHA C. HAUSER

Managing Director

Martha C. Hauser is a Managing Director with Diversified Search Group, specializing in our Healthcare department. Her experience recruiting leadership in the healthcare and higher education spheres is both deep and functionally broad. During more than two decades in executive search, she has recruited a vast number of key leaders for integrated delivery systems, medical groups, health systems, academic medical centers, health sciences centers, and colleges and universities.

Prior to joining Diversified in 2013, Hauser opened the Atlanta office of Witt Kieffer in 1997, and during her tenure there served as Regional Director and as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Her experience also includes leading the southern region healthcare practice at Spencer Stuart, and operational responsibility for Tyler & Company’s executive search practice.

Hauser is a frequent presenter, thought leader, and panelist at health conferences, including for the American College of Healthcare Executives and the North Carolina Organization of Nursing Leaders.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6308

E-Mail: Martha.Hauser@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

University of Georgia

Master of Education - Educational Psychology

University of Georgia

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

Appalachian State University

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO HEALTHCARE SERVICES

CYNTHIA P. HECKSCHER

Senior Advisor

CYNTHIA P. HECKSCHER

Senior Advisor

Cynthia Price Heckscher is a Managing Director with Diversified Search Group, and is the founder of the firm’s Healthcare Services practice.

Heckscher has developed a consultative search practice which focuses on senior executive, clinician, and governance searches for large, nonprofit, and/or faith-based healthcare systems, academic medical centers, and specialty hospitals nationwide. Most of her search assignments involve working with boards and search committees in the selection of chief executive officers and other C-Suite executives for multi-site organizations at the regional, statewide, or national level. She has more than 130 CEO searches to her credit. She has also worked closely with clients in their respective efforts to recruit, retain, and develop diverse leadership talent. In response to her clients’ interest in utilizing core competencies for leadership development and selection purposes, Heckscher has completed training in behavior event/core competency interviewing with the Hay Group.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Heckscher served as the Director of Research and Program Development for the Health Federation of Philadelphia, a nonprofit health planning organization, where she designed and implemented programs to address the healthcare needs of medically underserved and/or uninsured women and children in the city. In addition to her earlier experience as a case worker at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center’s Neurological Institute, she served as a social worker and the coordinator of the statewide Child Development Program for Dartmouth Medical School from 1976 to 1985.

Over the years, Heckscher has served on numerous boards with a focus on healthcare and children with developmental disabilities. A board member of the Daughters of Charity Foundation in St. Louis for 10 years, she also previously served on the boards of the Harriott O. Landenberger Medical Research Foundation and Chestnut Hill Health Care.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3540

E-Mail: Cynthia.Heckscher@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Science - Social Work

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts - History

Vassar College

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

KEN HIRSHMAN

Managing Director

KEN HIRSHMAN

Managing Director

Ken Hirshman is a Managing Director in the Private Equity, Industrial, and CEO Practices, based in Philadelphia with Diversified Search Group. His global network allows him to conduct searches for C-suite executives, corporate board positions, and strategic functional leadership roles throughout the world.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Hirshman served as a CEO for more than 12 years in the building products industry, where he built strong executive leadership teams and came to truly understand and appreciate the importance of recruiting top talent to drive strategic initiatives forward.

His firsthand experience working with industrial organizations, private equity- supported portfolio companies, and family-owned businesses makes him uniquely qualified to lead searches where it is critical to align the corporate culture, current management, and the capabilities of candidates.

For more than a decade, Hirshman has served as an active board member for Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia and has served in numerous other board positions, including most recently as Vice Chairman.

Hirshman attended Johns Hopkins University, where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He remains an active member of several university alumni organizations.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3574

E-Mail: Ken.Hirshman@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Johns Hopkins University

Master of Science – Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor of Science – Engineering

PRACTICE AREAS

INDUSTRIAL PRIVATE EQUITY

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

Nicole Kamaleson is a Managing Director for Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She has over 20 years of experience working with global mission-driven organizations advising in governance, human capital, organizational development, and a variety of C-suite leadership transitions. She has expertise across many sectors, including philanthropy, impact investing and inclusive finance, international NGOs, think tanks, research, human rights, sustainability and the environment. She has lived overseas for most of her professional career; ten years in Eastern Europe, six in Kenya and over a year in the UK.  Her work has spanned the globe in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Kamaleson’s focus is on expanding Koya’s work for organizations with a global mission whether in the US or abroad.

 

Kamaleson has led senior executive searches at the Board, CEO, C-suite, Vice President, and regional and country director levels internationally. Recent representative clients include Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, European Foundation Centre, Greenpeace, MCE Social Capital, Reporters Without Borders, Barça Foundation, National Audubon Society, Rise Against Hunger, Possible Health, JA Africa and Chicago Council on Global Affairs, among others.

 

Professionally, she has worked with boards and search committees in nearly all of her assignments. She actively participated in the Harvard Business School’s Program on Board Leadership as well as the Policy Governance training model with John & Miriam Carver. She is currently active in the Govern for Impact global network.

 

Kamaleson has been invited to speak at various globally-focused venues, including Maxwell School’s Transnational NGO Initiative at Syracuse University, InterAction International on Growing Your Own Talent, Ronald McDonald House’s Global Leadership Conference on the Candidate-Driven Marketplace, Global Impact Investing Network’s Investor Forum, on diversity, equity and inclusion, and Mission Investors Exchange Institute, on aligning organizational culture.

 

She has served in leadership capacities in organizational development, governance, board development, and senior human resources roles with globally focused organizations, and presently serves on the board of the Global Fund for Children.

 

CONTACT

Phone: 312.877.0830

E-Mail: Nicole.Kamaleson@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

MA - Human Resources Development

Azusa Pacific University

Bachelors of Business Administration

University of Sioux Falls

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

JULIE KANAK

Managing Director

JULIE KANAK

Managing Director

Julie Kanak serves as a Managing Director with Diversified Search Group in the firm’s Chicago office, where she contributes expertise in global business, banking, and natural resources. She is active in the Industrial, Life Sciences, Consumer and Retail, and Natural Resources practices, as well as being a key member of the Board, CEO and CFO practices.

Kanak has recruited board, general management, and financial executives for public, private equity-backed and family-owned enterprises. Her clients range from Fortune 500s to emerging companies. Her banking activity encompasses senior level placements in coverage/corporate finance, treasury, risk management, investment banking, and capital markets for the world’s leading financial institutions.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Kanak spent four years with a leading global search firm and boutique global agribusiness firm. That work complemented her 26 years in banking and corporate finance, where she principally focused on agribusiness, food, and energy. The bulk of her global corporate and investment banking career was spent as North American head of AgriFoods at Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank. Her career also includes more than 10 years as a global banker and senior executive with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, and State Bank of South Australia in New York and Chicago.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.756.0381

E-Mail: Julie.Kanak@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Bachelors Business Administration

University of Iowa

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL ENERGY FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

MARJORIE KEAN

Managing Director

MARJORIE KEAN

Managing Director

Marjorie Kean is a Managing Director in the Miami office of Diversified Search Group and the leader of the Consumer and Retail practice. Her practice is focused on the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets, and the majority of her clients are Fortune 1,000 multinational corporations.

Although she has experience in a vast number of industries, she has particular expertise in the areas of consumer products, telecommunications, retail, fast foods, life sciences, banking, and entertainment. Her current focus is on pan-regional searches.

Kean is formerly a Managing Director with Edward W. Kelly and Partners, which was acquired by Diversified in 2008. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director of the Caracas office of Korn/Ferry before becoming head of its Miami office. Kean lived in Mexico for 10 years and Venezuela for 16 years. In the latter location, she helped open Korn/Ferry’s Colombia and Puerto Rico offices.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6225

E-Mail: Marjorie.Kean@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Communications

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL ENERGY INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

KEVIN B. KELLY

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Industrial

KEVIN B. KELLY

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Industrial

With more than 20 years in executive search, Kevin B. Kelly is a Managing Director in our Atlanta office and co-leads the firm’s Industrial practice. He conducts senior-level assignments in general management, finance, sales and marketing, operations, security, and other functions for clients in the industrial and consumer sectors. Kelly is also an active member of the firm’s Board practice, and also works with private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Diversified Search Group, Kelly was Executive Vice President & Managing Director with Slayton Search Partners, with oversight responsibility for the firm’s Atlanta and Washington, D.C. offices. Earlier, he spent 13 years with Russell Reynolds Associates, where he was a Partner in the firm and managed its Atlanta office.

Before entering the executive search, Kelly pursued a career in marketing and advertising, most recently in account service with the Atlanta ad agency Cole Henderson Drake. Earlier, he spent several years in marketing with the Coca-Cola Company. He began his career in the management training program at Universal Leaf Tobacco.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6301

E-Mail: Kevin.Kelly@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts - Economics

University of Virginia

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL CEO INDUSTRIAL

LORENA KEOUGH

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Supply Chain Management

LORENA KEOUGH

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Supply Chain Management

Managing Director Lorena Keough works in the life sciences, chemical, consumer, industrial, and diversity practices. She is also the practice leader for our Supply Chain field. Keough has a strong record in completing senior executive searches within the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, chemical, and consumer sectors. Her focus has been on recruiting world-class talent for U.S. and European multinationals in countries across the world and has worked with Fortune 500, and small- and medium-sized public and private companies. Several of her assignments have included the placement of entire senior management teams to help firms establish subsidiary companies in new countries.

Prior to joining Diversified Search Group, Keough successfully headed up the Latin America Region practice for a global boutique search firm that focused on the life sciences and chemical Industries. Before entering the search profession, she was the General Manager and Vice President of Eastman Kodak’s Health Imaging and Clinical Diagnostics divisions for Latin America. Over her career at Kodak, she worked for the Canadian, U.S., and Latin American regions.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6258

E-Mail: Lorena.Keough@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration and French

Utah State University

PRACTICE AREAS

ENERGY INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers

Jim Langston is Managing Director and Co-Practice Leader, Financial Officers at Diversified Search Group. After beginning his career in public accounting, Langston spent eight years with Prudential Financial in audit, finance, and treasury operations. He later founded a consultancy providing succession and estate plans for business owners and high-net-worth individuals and families. His executive search career began in 1995 with an at-that-time boutique firm—now Kenexa—where he was instrumental in starting their retained Financial Officers practice. He was later a Managing Director with both Heidrick & Struggles and Korn/Ferry, continuing to focus on Financial Officer searches. Although his business has often focused on Fortune 1,000 clients, working at the director, VP, and C-suite levels, he also works with international early-stage and venture-backed organizations to identify and recruit world-class management talent.

Langston’s process is built on his varied and unique business experience. Using a consultative approach, insight, and intuition to understand an organization’s dynamics and operating environment, he identifies leadership that is best suited to its particular needs. Having built management teams for both domestic and international clients, he has been retained by such premier global clients as Genworth Financial, IMS Health, Sun Life Financial, Cisco, AmeriHealth Caritas, EMC, Saint Gobain, Ascension Health, Drexel University, and Cigna.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3594

E-Mail: Jim.Langston@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance and Accounting

Drexel University

PRACTICE AREAS

CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY TECHNOLOGY

TONY LENG

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Digital Transformation and CIO/IT Officers

TONY LENG

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Digital Transformation and CIO/IT Officers

Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search Group and leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and CIO/IT Officers practices from the San Francisco office. Previously a Managing Partner of Hodge Partners, Leng has conducted C-Suite-level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming and/or building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies. His clients have included Axalta; CommonSpirit Health; Blue Shield of California; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Delta Dental; Esurance; Herbalife Nutrition; GI Partners; Kaiser Permanente; Novant Health; PG&E; Polycom; Sutter; Symmetricom; TE Connectivity; Trive Capital and Wellmark.

Prior to joining the executive search field, Leng served as a board member of three public companies and was the CEO of a $600 million public company. Prior to that, he ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users. While there, he was founder and chairman of its ISP and a board member of its two-million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary.

Leng leverages his operating experience from being a CEO, his financial background as a CPA and CA, and his technical knowledge from work done for tech companies to drill down and understand, at a nuanced level, what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog at tonyleng.com.
For the past 17 years, Leng has also facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum, a monthly venue where CDO’s, CIOs and CTOs discuss topics of strategic relevance, learn, network, and seek peer group input on a confidential basis. Participating companies in the Forum have included Ancestry, Blue Shield, Bank of the West, Blackrock, CitiGroup, Clifbar, Clorox, Cost Plus, Databricks, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Dolby, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Juul, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, Lumentum, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Recology, Red Hat, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, SFO, Uber, VMWare, Williams-Sonoma, Workday and Zendesk, among others.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.354.2154

E-Mail: Tony.Leng@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Commerce (honors) - Accounting

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Certified Public Accountant

Chartered Accountant

PRACTICE AREAS

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (CIO/IT) CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS EDUCATION ENERGY FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES TECHNOLOGY

STEVE LEO

Managing Director

STEVE LEO

Managing Director

Stephen Leo is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, which became part of Diversified Search Group in 2020. A seasoned search professional with more than two decades of experience in higher education executive search, Leo has conducted searches for presidents, vice presidents, senior development officers, deans, and other executives. Leo’s clients include top ranked public and private institutions – ranging from large land grant universities to regional comprehensive institutions to liberal arts colleges. Leo is also an in-demand speaker who regularly addresses issues relating to the future of leadership in higher education nationally and internationally.

 

Prior to joining Storbeck as a Principal Partner, Leo served as a consultant in the Education Practice at A.T. Kearney for six years, following previous experience as a senior search consultant at an international search firm placing senior executives in a variety of industries—including corporate, academic and not-for-profit—for clients based in both North America and Europe. While living in London, Leo served as Vice President for International Recruiting and Operations for a major international search firm based in Europe. In his career, he has performed more than 400 searches.

 

Before entering the executive search industry, Leo held several positions at George Washington University, working directly for the president of the University. He is currently active in a number of community organizations in both Virginia and New York.

CONTACT

Phone: 703.635.7373

E-Mail: Steve.Leo@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - International Affairs and International Economics

The George Washington University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Managing Director

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Managing Director

Jason D. León, MPA, CPA, is Managing Director in Diversified Search Group’s Washington, D.C. office, and specializes in Nonprofit, Board, and CFO Practices. Partnering with clients aligning with Jason’s own philanthropic values has led him to successfully place leaders within organizations sharing similar values. Among those are the March of Dimes, Covenant House of Greater Washington, Martha’s Table, and International Justice Mission. He manages the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and has placed directors on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies ranging from financial services, to manufacturing, to asset management leaders.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Jason was the Senior Director of Corporate Relations & Programs for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), where he was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive corporate relations strategies for increasing the representation of Hispanic executives in upper management and on the boards of Fortune 500 companies. Jason’s unique expertise in leadership development, governance,  and nonprofit management led to the growth of HACR’s corporate membership and leadership programs designed to enhance corporations’ external and internal diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. Prior to his role at HACR, Jason worked at National Urban Fellows (NUF), a premier leadership development organization and voice of authority on leadership diversity in our country, serving as a Program Manager.

A proud MPA alumnus of NUF, Jason completed his fellowship at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where his public finance expertise contributed to the success of an initiative to advance education, training, and financial analysis in public health finance. As a certified public accountant, Jason started his career serving as senior official – Finance Director and Chief of Administration – for the City of Isabela in Puerto Rico where he successfully led the city’s in overcoming a $7 million deficit and building a skilled finance department and team culture.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.296.0606

E-Mail: Jason.Leon@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

National Urban Fellows, Alumnus

Master of Public Administration - Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management

Baruch College (CUNY) 

Bachelor of Business Administration

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION FINANCIAL OFFICERS PRIVATE EQUITY

COREY LOHNES, PHD

Managing Director

COREY LOHNES, PHD

Managing Director

Corey Lohnes, PhD is a Managing Director in the Healthcare Services practice of Diversified Search Group. He joined the firm in 2019, following The Diversified Search Group’s acquisition of Grant Cooper.

Lohnes’s executive search experience includes clinical and scientific leaders for clients ranging from academic medical centers and integrated delivery systems to cancer centers, children’s hospitals, and scientific institutes. His specific knowledge and expertise regarding grant mechanisms, translational and clinical research, multi-disciplinary team science, and academic medicine adds unique value to The Diversified Search Group’s physician, physician-investigator, and scientist leadership recruitment.

Lohnes joined Grant Cooper following six years of experience in clinical research and business development with Washington University in St. Louis. After earning his PhD in Biocontrol, Lohnes served as a Licensing Associate with Washington University’s Office of Technology Management. His licensing and intellectual property expertise centered on biomedical and pharmaceutical partnerships with companies ranging from start-ups to multinational biotechs.

Lohnes has successfully led a portfolio of successful searches for key clinician, clinician-scientist, and scientific leaders including Deans, Department Chairs, Department Vice-Chairs, Division Chiefs, Institute Directors, and research Program Leaders.

CONTACT

Phone: 314.449.1572

E-Mail: Corey.Lohnes@divsearch.com

Location: St. Louis, MO

EDUCATION

Ph.D. - Movement Science and Biocontrol

Washington University School of Medicine – St. Louis

Master of Science - Human Movement Science

University of Memphis

Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology

University of New Brunswick

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

LIZ LOMBARD

Managing Director

LIZ LOMBARD

Managing Director

Elizabeth Lombard is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. With over two decades of recruitment expertise in both the nonprofit and private sectors, she brings tenured experience with the full lifecycle of executive search, from needs assessment and candidate development to client management. Lombard specializes in mission-driven leadership searches and philanthropy executive searches for DSG clients nationwide.

Lombard has successfully recruited CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, CFOs, Vice Presidents, and other senior leaders for a diverse range of mission-driven organizations. She has expertise working with many mission-based organizations including conservation and environmental, reproductive rights, social justice, healthcare, and education organizations.

Lombard has directed leadership level searches for The Trust for Public Land, American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Women’s Health Coalition, Innovations for Poverty Action, The Philadelphia Zoo, ActBlue, National Women’s Law Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, NASTAD, Last Mile Health, and Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, in addition to other select nonprofit organizations throughout the country.

Prior to joining Koya, Lombard served as Vice President of Executive Search for a large philanthropic consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations throughout the Northeast. Her professional experience also includes five years in healthcare, supporting global sales efforts as well as human resources for the Medical Division of Siemens USA Corporation.

She is active in her local community and has served on many local boards. She is a former Board Member of New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and member of AFP and AHP.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.375.7515

E-Mail: Liz.Lombard@Divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Associates - Communications

Champlain College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MACKIE MACLEAN

Managing Director

MACKIE MACLEAN

Managing Director

B.A. (Mackie) MacLean, Jr., Managing Partner, joined Diversified Search in 1992. Previously he was President and CEO of another Philadelphia-based executive search firm from January 1990, and prior to that was a partner with one of the world’s largest executive search firms, Boyden International, Inc. His 25 plus year search career has encompassed assignments for major investment and commercial banks, national consulting and investment companies, as well as senior level work in manufacturing, technology, health care, education and non-profit. He has completed numerous searches in the C-suite, including many CEO searches; and has had extensive experience in recruiting Directors of both public and private company boards.

Prior to initiating a career in search, Mr. MacLean spent more than two decades in finance, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYC operations of M&T Bancorp, one of the nation’s super regional financial institutions. Previously he spent 20 years with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., an international private bank headquartered in New York City. His tenure at Brown Brothers covered assignments in lending, operations, treasury and foreign exchange management, and consulting; in his last role he was Manager of the firm’s International Banking Division, and previously managed the banking operations in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Mr. MacLean has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, including USJ Newspapers, Inc., Taylor Health System, the Visiting Nurses Association of Philadelphia, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and as Vice Chairman of The Haverford School, Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committees of The Baldwin School. More recently he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia where he currently serves as a member of the Chairman’s Council, Advisory Board of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, a Trustee of the Visiting Nurses Society, Director of First Priority Financial Corp. and First Priority Bank, and as Chairman of the Board of the Academy of Vocal Arts. Married to Dr. Charlotte G. MacLean, he and his family are long time residents of Haverford, Pennsylvania

 

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.6554

E-Mail: Mackie.Maclean@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

New York University

Bachelor of Arts, History

Yale University

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES

MELISSA MADZEL

Managing Director

MELISSA MADZEL

Managing Director

Melissa Madzel is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Based in New York City, she leads and contributes to executive searches, mainly in the social justice community, as well as developing and deepening Koya and DSG’s relationships in the progressive movement.

Madzel is passionate about applying a social justice lens to all of her work. Dedicated to empowering marginalized communities, she speaks regularly on the topic of career development for people of color and the LGBTQ+ community.

Through her direct nonprofit work, Madzel developed a deep understanding of a variety of nonprofit roles and organizational cultures. Prior to joining Koya Partners in 2015, she held positions including Deputy Director, Corporate Partnerships with UNICEF USA; Corporate Partnerships Manager with Safe Horizon; Founding Corps Member and Program Manager with City Year New York; and Founding Chief of Staff with Cities of Service.

Madzel serves on the Advisory Council of Equity in the Center, a national initiative dedicated to creating a more diverse and equitable social sector talent pipeline. She is also active with DSG’s internal and external work focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

CONTACT

Phone: 914.205.7770

E-Mail: Melissa.Madzel@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Masters of Social Work

University of Pennsylvania

BA - Human Sciences and Theatre Performance

Northeastern University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

SUE MAY, PHD

Managing Director

SUE MAY, PHD

Managing Director

Sue May is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of Diversified Search Group. May has successfully led searches for a wide range of positions within higher education, ranging from academic affairs to student affairs, and from enrollment to technology. She has a particular affinity for working with faculty committees. Her approach is collaborative, and she works creatively and flexibly with her clients to design the best possible strategy for their needs.

 

Before entering the executive search sector, May worked for higher education strategy consulting firm Art & Science Group, LLC. There, she managed year-long client engagements with more than 25 institutions across the country, ranging from small women’s colleges to large research universities. She regularly presented to faculty bodies and governing boards and provided confidential counsel to college and university leadership.

 

An expert on alternative careers for graduate students, May authored So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux in 2001; the book was later published in revised editions by University of Chicago Press in 2007 and 2014. 

 

She is also the founder of Love & Cornbread, an outreach project in Baltimore city that seeks to address hunger and improve public health by forging individual and community connections.

EDUCATION

English

Princeton University

English

Bucknell University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

ANNE MCCARTHY

Managing Director

ANNE MCCARTHY

Managing Director

McCarthy specializes in recruiting Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors, CFOs and other senior executives to mission-driven organizations across the country. She partners with a wide range of institutions including foundations, museums and cultural institutions, conservation and environmental organizations, health and human service organizations and beyond.

McCarthy has led and co-led searches for the Obama Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the Fidelity Foundations, the Field Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, the Hudson-Webber Foundation and the Chicago Foundation for Women, among others. Outside of philanthropy, McCarthy has partnered with a range of organizations including Arts Midwest, Chicago Botanic Garden, the Naples Botanical Garden, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Newark Museum, The New Bedford Whaling Museum, The Latin School, the United Way and others to recruit CEO’s and other senior leaders.

Before joining Koya, McCarthy worked for a retained executive search firm and specialized in assignments for clients in the Insurance and Industrial Manufacturing industries.

Prior to her career in executive search, McCarthy was with the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University. At Kellogg, she managed executive education programming focused on leadership development, fundraising, innovation, marketing and strategic planning for senior executives of local, regional and national nonprofit organizations.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.788.2753

E-Mail: amccarthy@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Marketing

University of Illinois-Chicago

PRACTICE AREAS

NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

NISHANT MEHTA

Managing Director

NISHANT MEHTA

Managing Director

Nishant Mehta is a Managing Director for Diversified Search Group, joining DSG firm Storbeck Search & Associates in 2020. He serves as head of the firm’s Secondary Schools practice, recruiting transformational leadership for public, private, and mission-driven schools across the U.S. In addition to his search work, Mehta also offers strategy and DEI consulting as well as leadership coaching.

Prior to entering the search industry, Mehta worked as the Head of School at The Children’s School (TCS), a private academy for children spanning pre-nursery to eighth grade, which was lauded in 2017 as a “model to follow” for innovation by NAIS’s Independent School magazine. Among his many achievements during his seven years at TCS, Mehta oversaw the addition of the seventh and eighth grades, two strategic plans, the development of a master plan and capital campaign for operations and future growth, the addition of competitive sports programs and a school mascot, and the increase of racial, gender, and socioeconomic diversity of the student body. He also increased racial diversity among faculty and staff to 25 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

Mehta has almost 20 years of hands-on experience in the primary and independent school field. He began his career in academia serving for five years as International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, as well as a teacher, at St. Alcuin Montessori in Dallas. He subsequently served as a humanities teacher at The Allen-Stevenson School in New York before taking the role as Assistant Head of School and Middle School Head at Alexandria Country Day School in Alexandria, VA.

He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Alliance Theater at the Woodruff and the Children’s Museum, both in Atlanta, and on the boards of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) in Washington, D.C., and the Asheville School in Asheville, NC. He is a former board member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE), where he served as Board Chair.

CONTACT

Phone: 703.343.6362

E-Mail: Nishant.Mehta@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts – Private School Leadership

Teachers College, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy

Washington University, St. Louis

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

MARGARET RESCE MILKINT

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Global Insurance

MARGARET RESCE MILKINT

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Global Insurance

Margaret Resce Milkint is a Managing Director and the Leader of the Global Insurance Practice within the Financial Services Practice at  Diversified Search Group.

A seasoned talent strategist, DEI champion, and evangelist for talent innovation, transformation, and excellence, Milkint joined Diversified Search Group in 2021 following a 35-year career in the search industry. Her search career has been focused on insurance and healthcare in the C-suite (notably CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Actuary, CIO, CRO, Chief Medical Officers/Physician Executives), and in the boardroom. She offers depth in the property and casualty, life, health, and reinsurance sectors, including insurtech. She has successfully conducted searches in actuarial, analytics, underwriting, claims, operations, risk, finance, investment, legal, technology, sales/distribution, and marketing.

Milkint is a strong champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the insurance industry. She has served as the North America Co-Champion for Dive In, the global festival for DEI in insurance, and co-founded the Women’s Insurance Networking Group, a platform for networking and career development among female and enlightened male insurance professionals. Milkint is the current U.S. Chair of ISC Group, a global business community for women operating in or involved with insurance. In addition, she chairs the Women in Insurance Initiative of Million Women Mentors/STEMconnector.

Prior to joining the executive search field, Milkint began her career at Allstate Insurance Company, where her passion for the insurance industry was ignited. A proud member of the Latinx community, Milkint is an active pro-bono industry speaker, moderator, and thought leader.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.771.6470

E-Mail: Margaret.Milkint@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, English/Marketing

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

DAVE MILDREW

Managing Director

DAVE MILDREW

Managing Director

Since joining BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search Group in 2016, in 2001, Dave Mildrew has teamed with CEOs, senior executives, and board members to find the right leaders for fast-growing healthcare organizations. His specialty is building leadership teams for emerging companies, with a mandate for fast growth.

Before entering the field of executive search, Mildrew spent more than 30 years working in the healthcare industry, including in senior-level roles and as a human resources executive for global corporations including Pfizer, Medtronic, CareMark, and Tokos Medical. As Vice President, Human Resources at CareMark and Tokos, Mildrew played a key role in growing the organizations from emerging startups into large public companies. He was also instrumental in hiring the senior leaders who led IPOs and subsequent strategic acquisitions.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Dave.Mildrew@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Master of Science - Management

The George Washington University

Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES

HENRY MILLER

Global Managing Partner, Life Sciences

HENRY MILLER

Global Managing Partner, Life Sciences

As the leader of Diversified Search Group’s Life Sciences Practice, Henry Miller specializes in executive search for life sciences and healthcare organizations. He assists in identifying impactful key executives for high-level general management, commercial, operational, financial, and technical roles. Miller has successfully led global assignments in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, China, Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, among others.

Miller’s previous work experience includes serving as Senior Vice President and Global Life Sciences Practice Leader with the Solomon Page Group; managing director at a privately held search firm; and a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice at Heidrick & Struggles International.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3596

E-Mail: Henry.Miller@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Management and Organizational Behavior

Rider University

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO HEALTHCARE SERVICES LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY

JOHN MESTEPEY

Managing Director

JOHN MESTEPEY

Managing Director

John Mestepey is the Managing Director of the Miami Office of Diversified Search Group. Earlier, he ran the Miami Office of Edward Kelley & Partners, and for 19 years was the Managing Director of the Miami Office of A.T. Kearney Executive Search.

Mentioned as one of the top 250 executive search professionals in the U.S. in “The New Career Makers,” Mestepey has focused his practice on key management assignments at the Board of Directors, CEO, COO and CFO levels across many industries, including the restaurant, retail, consumer products, financial services, healthcare, higher education, travel and leisure, technology, and biopharmaceutical sectors, among others.
Mestepey began his career in recruiting with AETNA Life & Casualty, where he was Director of Recruiting. He later co-led the in-house executive search firm, Career Development Corporation, at Lincoln National.

Following university, Mestepey was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served a tour in Vietnam, where he was a rifle platoon and rifle company commander. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He is a trustee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6226

E-Mail: John.Mestepey@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

Loyola-Marymount University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL FINANCIAL SERVICES

KIM M. MORRISSON, PHD

Managing Director

KIM M. MORRISSON, PHD

Managing Director

Dr. Kim Morrisson is a Managing Director in Diversified Search Group’s Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice. She brings more than 20 years of experience conducting executive search assignments for research universities, liberal arts colleges, academic medical centers, faith-based organizations, nonprofit associations, foundations, independent secondary schools, and companies that serve the educational sector. Her assignments have included searches for President, Provost, Deans, Endowed  Chairs, and Vice Presidential-level positions across the academic and nonprofit sectors.

Dr. Morrisson also consults with colleges and universities about organizational structure, improvement of operations, and program development with a particular focus on residential planning, integrating academic and non-academic services, and enhancing student service delivery.

Before joining Diversified, Dr. Morrisson served as Vice Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, leading the Division of University Life for seven years, and serving as Vice Provost and Executive Director of the 21st Century Project for the Undergraduate Experience. As Vice Provost for University Life, she directed strategic, fiscal, and human resource planning for 26 departments and more than 300 staff, led facilities planning for the university’s residential system and acted as university spokesperson on student issues. In earlier roles, she was responsible for managing advising services to undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences, and for negotiating solutions to problems brought to the university’s Ombudsman’s office.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3546

E-Mail: Kim.Morrisson@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy - English Literature

University of Pennsylvania

Master of Arts - English Literature

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts - English

Smith College

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer

Denielle Pemberton-Heard is the Chief Legal Officer for Diversified Search Group, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. As CLO and a shareholding Managing Director with Diversified Search Group, Denielle Pemberton-Heard partners with corporations, boards of directors, and not for profit leaders to identify executive level talent for corporate boards and c-suite roles across multiple sectors. She recently served as CEO of STEMconnector, the largest professional services firm committed to increasing the number of STEM-ready workers in the global talent pool and under her leadership STEMconnecter merged with POD, an innovative technology platform that powers STEMconnector and its Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative. She now serves as a Board Advisor to POD and is a member of the Board of Directors of Skout, a P/E backed cybersecurity firm.

Pemberton-Heard previously spent fifteen years as Group Counsel, Programming and Business Affairs at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the nation’s largest non-commercial media enterprise where she directed work on behalf of PBS and its 300 plus member stations, and led negotiations between and among PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of Education, The Kennedy Center, National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation and others while collaborating with on-air talent, arts and cultural institutions and funders. Before joining PBS, she served as Group Counsel for Thales, Inc. and as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at Time Life (TWX), and as a Legal and Business affairs leader at Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA) where she supported the production teams as well as corporate philanthropy and community affairs.

Pemberton-Heard began her law career in private practice as a commercial real estate attorney with Wiggin and Dana and was subsequently associated with the New York firm of Cowan Liebowitz and Latman, where she focused on intellectual property litigation and portfolio management. She has published scholarly works in the area of Copyright and Trademark Law and has experience in compliance and Board Governance matters. Pemberton-Heard has a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University, a Law Degree for Case Western Reserve University, and is an alumna of Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

A past Regional Judge for President Obama’s Presidential Commission on White House Fellowships, Pemberton-Heard is committed to emerging leaders, talent pipeline development, community service and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She was a Founder of Level 8- a committed group of women focused on leveling the playing field and providing equal access for Washington, DC youth. She has also served as a Trustee of the Toy Industry of America Foundation; on the Advisory Committee of DCVLP (DC Volunteer Lawyers Program to end domestic violence) and on the Board of Governors of the Case Western School of Law. Pemberton-Heard has lectured on business law as a member of the professional faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and has served on panels as a career coach to students at American University.

Pemberton-Heard, who was recently featured as a guest on the Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify, serves on the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Diversity Leadership Group and on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Business Collaborative (WBC). With a commitment to service, she is a member of The Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority. She is the proud mother of two college aged students and enjoys travel, classic films and dancing.

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

THOMAS PHILLIPS

Managing Director

THOMAS PHILLIPS

Managing Director

Tom Phillips is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group, where he specializes in leading Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Student Affairs Officer, and other senior executive searches for higher education clients across the country.

Phillips partners with a broad range of clients, including large public and private research institutions, small, private liberal arts colleges, and Jesuit and other faith-based colleges and universities. He has successfully led searches for Vice Presidents for every administrative function, including Human Resources, IT, Facilities, Finance, and Student Affairs, Deans, and Athletic Directors.

Prior to joining Koya, Phillips worked with a boutique higher education executive search firm. Before moving into the executive search world, he worked for a decade in student affairs in higher education at the University of Michigan, Oregon State University, and Colorado State University.

CONTACT

Phone: 970.231.2335

E-Mail: tphillips@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Education

Colorado State University

BS - Criminology

Florida State University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION (CIO/IT) NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge

Alison P. Ranney is a Managing Partner and Partner-In-Charge as well as Co-Leader of the CEO Practice at Diversified Search Group.  Alison was formerly Managing Partner at Koya Partners, which became a member of Diversified Search Group in 2019. She specializes in leading CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior executive searches for mission-driven clients across the country and around the world. She is the Office Managing Director of the firms’ Chicago office.

Ranney partners with a broad range of clients, including foundations, cultural institutions, membership organizations, other nonprofits, colleges, and universities. She has successfully led searches at the CEO, President, Executive Director, Dean, COO, CFO, and VP levels. Her board practice work includes both private sector and nonprofit clients.

Ranney’s work has been featured in numerous publications over the years.  A 2017 cover story in Crain’s profiling Koya’s efforts to strengthen and diversify senior leadership at mission-driven clients in the Chicago area and nationally noted that, “Koya Leadership Partners’ Alison Ranney is remaking what leadership looks like across the country.”

Prior to joining Koya, Ranney served as an Executive Recruiter at Russell Reynolds Associates. There, she led the development of the Nonprofit practice in the Midwest and received the firm’s inaugural award for Excellence in Client Service.

Ranney began her career at Skadden, Arps as a corporate attorney with a focus on M&A. Prior, she served as a vice president of the real estate development firm responsible for Prairie Crossing, the award-winning conservation community, and as an executive with AT&T Wireless.

With a strong commitment to civic involvement, Ranney has served on numerous boards nationally and locally. Interested in public media, she has been a Director and served on the Executive Committees at Public Radio International as well as Chicago Public Media/WBEZ. She has also served on the boards of the Goodman Theatre, City Year Chicago, Ryerson Woods Conservation Area, Forefront, and World Business Chicago.

Ranney has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and the Alumni Council of Phillips Andover Academy, her alma maters. Ranney is a Director of Wintrust Bank, where she is active on the Audit and Compensation & Nominating Committees.

Ranney is a member of the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, and The Chicago Network. Earlier in her career, she was selected as an “Emerging Leader” by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.788.2751

E-Mail: Alison.Ranney@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate

University of Chicago Law School

Masters of Business Administration

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Bachelor of Arts - Urban Studies

Brown University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

KENT M. RAPP

Managing Director

KENT M. RAPP

Managing Director

With nearly 20 years in executive search, Kent Rapp is a Managing Director in the St. Louis office, where he conducts executive-level searches for clients in consumer, industrial, business and financial services, healthcare and nonprofit sectors for general management and functional leadership positions in marketing and sales, operations, manufacturing, finance and human resources. Rapp joined the firm in 2019, following  Diversified Search Group’s acquisition of Grant Cooper. He has built an extensive list of clients ranging from family-owned and private equity portfolio companies to global public corporations, and often serves as a trusted advisor in an ongoing capacity. Rapp joined the firm in 2019, following Diversified Search’s acquisition of Grant Cooper.

Prior to entering executive search, Rapp’s early career was spent in domestic and international general management, marketing, and sales leadership roles with Fortune 500 (Johnson & Johnson, Pet/Pillsbury) and privately held (Spectrum Brands) consumer product companies.

Rapp is active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors at Sherwood Forest, a member agency of the United Way, where he is the immediate past Board President. He also serves as the current Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School.

CONTACT

Phone: 314.449.1585

E-Mail: Kent.Rapp@divsearch.com

Location: St. Louis, MO

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Bachelor of Arts – Economics

Brown University

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRIAL

ERIN REEDY

Managing Director

ERIN REEDY

Managing Director

Erin Reedy is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She conducts searches for leading mission-driven clients across the nonprofit sector. With a prior career in community development finance and a deep commitment to the nonprofit sector, Reedy enjoys establishing strong client relationships and has significant experience working in the philanthropy, education and social services spaces, among others.

Reedy’s clients have included The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Jumpstart, Financial Health Network, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. In her 14-year career in executive search, she has conducted more than 250 searches for CEO, Executive Director and other senior level roles.

Reedy has particular expertise leading searches for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other organizations working in affordable housing and community and economic development. She worked for 11 years at the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, where she oversaw multifamily development that resulted in the financing and construction of over 200 new affordable housing units annually, as well as the preservation and renovation of 2,000 existing affordable housing units each year.

Reedy’s background also includes work in nonprofit public relations, community outreach, research, and special projects. She serves on the Board of Directors for AFFIRM, a nonprofit founded by the medical community to address gun violence in the United States from a public health perspective.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.961.0392

E-Mail: Erin.Reedy@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Public Administration

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

BA - Political Science

The College of the Holy Cross

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

ZACK REYNOLDS

Managing Director

ZACK REYNOLDS

Managing Director

Zack Reynolds is a Managing Director in the Healthcare Services practice in the Chicago office. With more than 20 years of executive search experience in the provider and payer healthcare space, Reynolds plays the role of trusted advisor and consultant to his clients. He has served as a generalist with a heavy emphasis on C-Suite and vice president-level positions across all functional areas, and has conducted national searches in a variety of environments with varying degrees of scale and complexity. His clients have included multi-state integrated delivery systems, provider sponsored and national payers, large academic medical centers, schools of medicine, small rural health systems, physician groups, and ACOs.

Reynolds is a hands-on professional who leads client searches at both a tactical and strategic level. His work is defined by a style that is collaborative, quality-focused, accessible, dependable, and consultative. He considers himself a true partner to his clients.

Prior to joining Diversified Search Group, Reynolds served as a Partner at Quick Leonard Kieffer (QLK). In 2004, he left to serve in a corporate Human Resources position for a Fortune 500 company, and later was a Senior Associate for Slayton Search Partners. He rejoined QLK in 2007 and served as a Partner from 2011 until joining Diversified in 2016. Reynolds began his career in the late-1990s as a research associate with Norman Broadbent International, where he was responsible for search strategy and candidate development.

CONTACT

Phone: 312.756.0380

E-Mail: Zack.Reynolds@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Finance

Loyola University Chicago

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Canisius College

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS HEALTHCARE SERVICES

MOLLY A. ROBB

Managing Director

MOLLY A. ROBB

Managing Director

Molly A. Robb joined Diversified Search Group in 2018, working primarily in the life sciences sector and with BioQuest, the subsidiary of Diversified Search Group. based in San Francisco.  Robb works closely with healthcare venture capital and private equity firms, along with biopharma and medical technology portfolio companies, to place senior-level talent. She has more than 20 years of search leadership experience within both big box and boutique search firms, recruiting healthcare investment professionals and senior operators for a wide range of emerging and established life sciences companies.

Her clients on the investment side have included corporate venture capital funds, public and private Investment funds, global health, and impact investment funds. On the portfolio side, she has recruited senior leaders for emerging companies and worked with large cap, public life sciences clients. Her clients include companies in the biopharma, medical device, medical diagnostics, and digital health sectors.

Robb is a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, the only philanthropy solely focused on accelerating the development of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging. She is also the co-Founder of the Boston chapter of C-Sweetener, a business mentoring platform dedicated to connecting female leaders on the path to the healthcare C-Suite.

CONTACT

Phone: 860.878.9525

E-Mail: Molly.Robb@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Journalism

University of Wisconsin

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL SERVICES LIFE SCIENCES

MICHAEL SARNOFF

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Financial Services

MICHAEL SARNOFF

Managing Director and Practice Leader, Financial Services

Michael Sarnoff is the leader of Diversified Search Group’s Financial Services Practice, and is based in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Diversified Search in 2018, he spent five years as Co-Founder and Partner at Highland Road LLC, a boutique executive search and capital advisory firm in Los Angeles, where his clients included asset and investment managers, hedge funds, private equity and private debt funds, and investment banks, among others. The roles he has filled include senior leadership (CFO, COO, General Counsel), investing and investment research, origination, capital raising, investment banking, and sales and trading.

Prior to co-founding Highland Road, Sarnoff served as a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, where he concentrated on capital markets in the financial services sector, and as a Client Partner at Korn Ferry International, where he helped build the firm’s global markets business. At Korn, he became the first senior associate under the age of 30 in the Financial Services Practice to ever be promoted to Client Partner.

Before entering the executive search industry, he was a manager of human resources for the University of Southern California, and began his career as the head of human resources at PBJ Digital, a North Hollywood web development and consulting start-up.

CONTACT

Phone: 646.270.6970

E-Mail: Michael.Sarnoff@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration - International Business and Finance

George Washington University

Bachelor of Arts - Diplomatic History

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES PRIVATE EQUITY

GUY A. SAVA

Managing Partner and Co-Practice Leader, Industrial

GUY A. SAVA

Managing Partner and Co-Practice Leader, Industrial

Guy A. Sava is a Managing Director at Diversified Search Group and Co-Leader of the Industrial practice. He focuses on assisting the process industry, manufacturing, energy, and other industrial sector clients with executive searches for their corporate boards, as well as executive, general management, and functional leadership positions. The focus of his search experience has been global including venture capital, private equity, and public/private companies worldwide.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Guy served as President of the Industrial, Chemical, Energy, and Materials Practice for a large global executive search firms, where he was responsible for business development and executive recruiting within these sectors. He also led the Board Service Practice in North America. Previously, he spent 20 years in the industry serving in various senior leadership roles.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3571

E-Mail: Guy.Sava@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Advanced Executive Management School

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Master of Business Administration - Finance and Business Strategy

Drexel University

Master of Science - Engineering

Villanova University

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO ENERGY INDUSTRIAL PRIVATE EQUITY

CASSIE SCARANO

Managing Director

CASSIE SCARANO

Managing Director

Cassie Scarano is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She joined Koya Partners following Koya’s acquisition of Commongood Careers, where she was Founder and CEO. A seasoned nonprofit leader and search expert, at Commongood Careers Scarano led all aspects of organizational strategy and operations while also personally managing over 100 searches and overseeing more than 1,000 searches for innovative mission-driven organizations across the country.

In addition to her search work, Scarano has served as a thought leader for the sector, creating and conducting training sessions on effective nonprofit recruiting and hiring, integrating an equity lens into the recruiting and hiring process, and conducting an effective job search in the social sector. In 2015, she partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation to create LeaderLink, an innovative program to recruit and select senior-level leaders from the private sector to participate in a training program to prepare them to transition into leadership roles within the nonprofit sector.

Prior to Commongood Careers, Scarano held a variety of senior leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, giving her a valuable perspective when partnering with nonprofit leaders on talent-related issues. As the Dean of Admissions at The Steppingstone Foundation, she led the team recruiting and selecting students and families for a rigorous academic enrichment and college access program. Early in her career, she served as Director of Summerbridge Cambridge (now Breakthrough Greater Boston) where she helped grow the program by 40 percent.

Scarano is an advisor to Equity in the Center and a former board member of Breakthrough Cambridge, where she served as co-chair of the governance committee and member of the expansion committee. She is also an alumnus of LeadBoston.

CONTACT

Phone: 781.349.6683

E-Mail: Cassie.Scarano@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Boston University

MA - Education

Boston University

BA - Sociology

Northwestern University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

BETH SCHAEFER

Managing Director

BETH SCHAEFER

Managing Director

Beth Schaefer is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. With more than 20 years of corporate experience in human resources roles and over a decade of search experience in the corporate and higher education fields, Schaefer specializes in searches for senior administrative and academic leadership roles in human resources, financial management, enrollment management, institutional research, deans, and other areas of academic administration.

Schaefer has led searches for Boston College, Emory University, Ithaca College, Penn State University, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, Seattle University, Stony Brook University, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Carolina, Wayne State University, the University of Washington and Yale University, among others.

Prior to joining Koya, Schaefer spent five years with Neumann Executive Search Partners (formerly Brill Neumann Associates), first as a senior consultant and later as principal. At Neumann, she developed a wide network of contacts through her work in a variety of areas across academic and administrative leadership roles.

Previously, Schaefer worked as a search consultant at a regional search firm focused on human resources leadership roles. Prior to moving into executive search, she served in a variety of corporate human resources positions.

Schaefer is an active member of Boston-area human resources organizations, local community arts and environmental sustainability organizations, and volunteers at a women’s shelter.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.775.3677

E-Mail: Beth.Schaefer@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Simmons University

BS - Business

Providence College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

TERRY J. SCHERCK III

Managing Director

TERRY J. SCHERCK III

Managing Director

Terry Scherck brings more than 20 years of experience in the areas of general management, strategy development, marketing and sales leadership, and consulting services. Since entering retained executive search, Scherck has recruited senior executives in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and device industries for a range of positions, including chairman of the board, president, chief executive officer, and CHRO. In December 2008, he was recognized by Businessweek magazine as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters.”

Prior to joining Diversified Search Group, Scherck was the Global Leader of A. T. Kearney’s Healthcare/Life Sciences practice and a senior member of its Board of Director practice. In addition, he served on ATK’s Executive Committee.

Before entering executive search, he spent more than 15 years in the pharmaceutical and consumer products industries as a senior executive with Bristol Myers Squibb, Guerlain, SA, and Warner Communications (Cosmair).

CONTACT

Phone: 312.756.0382

E-Mail: Terry.Scherck@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Princeton University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS FINANCIAL OFFICERS LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY

HARVEY W. SCHILLER, PHD

Senior Advisor

HARVEY W. SCHILLER, PHD

Senior Advisor

Dr. Harvey Schiller is a Senior Advisor at Diversified Search Group. From 2005 to 2013, he served as Chairman and CEO of GlobalOptions Group, an international risk management and business solutions company.

His previous leadership positions include Chairman of Assante U.S., a leading provider of financial and life management products; Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, an integrated sports-based media company with ownership of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils; Vice President of Sports Programming for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; President of Turner Sports, Inc., a division of Time Warner; and President and Governor of the NHL expansion franchise the Atlanta Thrashers.

Schiller served as a command pilot in the US Air Force, retiring with the grade of Brigadier General.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.956.3929

E-Mail: Harvey.Schiller@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy - Chemistry

University of Michigan

Master of Science - Chemistry

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry

The Citadel

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS

PETER SCHINELLER

Managing Director

PETER SCHINELLER

Managing Director

A seasoned senior commercial executive in healthcare and life sciences, Peter W. Schineller joined Diversified Search Group in 2019. He works primarily for BioQuest, the firm’s life sciences company, headquartered in San Francisco. His deep experience spans the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device sectors.

Before entering the executive search field, Schineller most recently served in the role of Senior Vice President, Sales, Managed Care/Trade, Corporate Development & Training for Assertio Therapeutics, a Lake Forest, Illinois-based pharmaceutical company. Reporting directly to the President and CEO, he was part of a team charged with reinventing the company, and in this role executed a complete restructuring of the field sales organization, revamped the selling methodology, and reprioritized the product portfolio focus. Prior to joining Assertio, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Sommetrics, Inc., a Vista, California-based company that develops and markets technology for better sleep.

Schineller’s career in healthcare technology and bioscience began at Abbott Laboratories, where he began as a sales representative and rose through the ranks to become the Director of Western U.S., Managed Health Care. After spending four years as a Vice President at Dura/Elan Biopharmaceuticals (Elan acquired Dura), he then co-founded Verus Pharmaceuticals, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, eventually overseeing a team of 70. After a successful exit driven by the sale of Verus’s asthma clinical development program and its Twinject commercial business, he spent the next eight years in various senior leadership and consultant roles at several companies in the burgeoning pharmaceutical and  diagnostic sectors.

Schineller is a former Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he spent four years on active duty and another five in in the Reserves/IRR, attaining the rank of Captain.

CONTACT

Phone: 858.449.2500

E-Mail: Peter.Schineller@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts – History and Political Science

State University of New York at Stony Brook

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES

RUTH SHOEMAKER WOOD, PHD

Managing Director

RUTH SHOEMAKER WOOD, PHD

Managing Director

Ruth Shoemaker Wood is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of tDiversified Search Group. She brings scholarly training and hands-on experience to her understanding of the higher education landscape. Prior to entering the executive search sector, she served as Assistant Dean of Students at New York University’s College of Arts and Science. Before her role at NYU, she worked as a consultant to educational institutions experiencing organizational change and strategic planning challenges. Shoemaker Wood also served as a Career Counselor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with undergraduates and alumni.

 

Her scholarly research centers around the college presidency and cultural change at small liberal arts institutions. Her book, Transforming Campus Culture: Frank Aydelotte’s Honors Experiment at Swarthmore College, was published in 2012 by the University of Delaware Press.

 

Shoemaker Wood has taught in the higher education graduate programs at NYU, Penn, CUNY, and Rider University; the courses she has developed include The College Presidency, Leadership in Higher Education, Research Methods, Campus Environments, History of American Colleges and Universities, Small Liberal Arts Colleges, and Student Affairs Administration, among others.

 

She has served on the boards of both Swarthmore College and the Humanity in Action fellowship program.

CONTACT

Phone: 609.454.5379

E-Mail: RShoemakerWood@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Ph.D. - Policy, Management, and Evaluation, Higher Education

University of Pennsylvania

Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Higher Education

Harvard University

English, Education, German

Swarthmore College

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

JIM SIRIANNI, PHD

Managing Director

JIM SIRIANNI, PHD

Managing Director

Jim Sirianni is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of Diversified Search Group. 

Before entering executive search, Sirianni led professional development programming for presidents, provosts, and chief business officers at the American Council on Education (ACE). He oversaw multiple programs, bringing together newly appointed leaders as well as preparing individuals for the next steps in their professional journeys. Additionally, Sirianni tracked patterns that affect institutional strategy and management practices and shared his findings with ACE members across the country.

 

Previously, Sirianni was a research consultant at EAB, where he worked on the strategic issues facing provosts and related senior leaders. His portfolio included responsibility for uncovering best practices in academic affairs, managing research teams, and presenting findings to clients around the country. Earlier in his career, Sirianni served as a dean and director at Stanford University and as a researcher at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where his work was later published in Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession (2011), the winner of the AAC&U’s Frederic W. Ness Book Award in 2013. 

 

Sirianni has been an invited speaker on executive search and leadership development at ACE’s Fellows program and for the Association for Collaborative Leadership. Today, he continues to contribute to the field by teaching leadership and management in the higher education doctoral program at George Washington University. 

 

CONTACT

Phone: 484.263.5518

E-Mail: Jim.Sirianni2@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC / Mission Viejo, CA

EDUCATION

Ph.D. - Higher Education Policy

Stanford University

Masters of Art - Sociology

Stanford University

Masters of Art - Higher Education

Stanford University

Bachelors of Science - Education

Pennsylvania State University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

LAUREN E. SMITH

Managing Director

LAUREN E. SMITH

Managing Director

Lauren Smith is a Managing Director in the Miami office of Diversified Search Group. She conducts senior-level executive search assignments for clients ranging from high-growth early-stage organizations to multinational corporations, specializing in working with companies that are growing and/or transforming into new markets and businesses.

Smith is valued by clients for her ability to understand an organization’s strategic direction, her skills at assessing the cultural fit of candidates, and her dedication to quality and timeliness. She has placed executives and/or board members at clients such as Apple, Citrix, Comfort Systems, DHL, Kaplan Inc., Novell, Office Depot, Polyconcept, Ryder, Sheridan Healthcare, Tupperware, and Winn-Dixie. She has recently co-led board searches for a number of Fortune 500 boards, including Jacobs Engineering Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, and Navient Corporation.

She started her career in executive search in 2000 with Egon Zehnder. Before moving into the search field, she had 12 years of experience leading marketing and strategy at two Fortune 50 companies, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Motorola Inc. During her time at Motorola, she led marketing and customer operations for a wireless joint venture in Bogotá, Colombia.

Smith is an active member on numerous boards of directors. Some of these include the American Red Cross South Florida Chapter, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship of Nova Southeastern University, and the Women Executive Leadership. A Governance Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), she is the President of the Florida Chapter and is an active member of the Thirty Percent Coalition and Women Corporate Directors.

Smith has been quoted as an expert on executive and board recruiting a wide range of publications, including NACD Directorship, Entrepreneur magazine, American Way magazine, the Miami Herald, and South Florida CEO Magazine. She has served as a guest lecturer at Nova Southeastern University and as a speaker for the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 2010, she was named a Most Influential Business Woman by the South Florida Business Journal.

CONTACT

Phone: 305.679.6230

E-Mail: Lauren.Smith@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Thunderbird School of Management

Bachelor of Science

Pennsylvania State University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO HUMAN RESOURCES INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY

SHELLY WEISS STORBECK

Global Managing Partner, Education

SHELLY WEISS STORBECK

Global Managing Partner, Education

Shelly Weiss Storbeck serves as the Global Managing Partner of the Education practice for Diversified Search Group, a role she assumed following Diversified Search’s 2020 acquisition of Storbeck Search & Associates, where she remains the Co-Founder and Managing Partner. She launched Storbeck Search & Associates after 12 years as co-founder and managing partner of one of the leading firms in higher education executive search. Storbeck boasts one of the most widely recognized names in the education sector, having recruited senior leaders for America’s most prestigious colleges and universities.

Recently, Storbeck has conducted presidential searches on behalf of Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin, and Haverford, Skidmore, and Swarthmore colleges. In her career she has conducted more than 500 searches for public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, independent schools, and nonprofit organizations.

Her prior positions in executive search include: Managing Director of the education practice of A.T. Kearney, an international search and consulting firm; and Senior Associate and Administrative Officer of the education practice at Korn/Ferry International.

Storbeck has served as chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Executive Search Roundtable, and is a member of the ACE National Identification Program. She has contributed to a series of seminars and ultimately a book about the liberal arts, Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. She currently serves on multiple advisory groups focused on developing leadership in education.

Prior to entering the search industry, Storbeck served as Assistant to the President for Educational Affairs at Haverford College. In that post, she gained experience in all senior administrative searches and chaired Haverford’s Middle States Accreditation Process. She also taught English at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA and English and religion at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

CONTACT

Phone: 610.565.2910 x201

E-Mail: Shelly.Storbeck@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - English

Bryn Mawr College

Bachelor of Arts - English and Religion

Dickinson College

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

ED STOUT

Global Managing Partner, Healthcare

ED STOUT

Global Managing Partner, Healthcare

Ed Stout is the Global Managing Partner, Healthcare of Diversified Search Group. He assumed this role in 2019, following Diversified Search’s acquisition of Grant Cooper.

Stout’s experience in healthcare client service spans more than a decade. As a consultant at McKinsey & Company, he led teams that served nationally recognized integrated delivery systems, as well as large for-profit and not-for-profit providers, advising on issues of strategy, revenue growth, operational efficiency, and physician alignment. He has helped architect and implement large-scale operational transformations at some of the largest hospital systems in the United States, and has provided subject matter expertise to hospital leaders in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany.

In 2008, Stout co-founded the McKinsey Hospital Institute (now Objective Health), a technology-enabled consulting solution for hospitals within McKinsey. There, he grew the team to nearly 40 employees and led all product development and client service. Stout joined Grant Cooper in 2012, where his searches have been national in scope, including clinical and non-clinical leaders for providers and other healthcare entities.

Prior to his work in executive search and leadership development, Stout spent five years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving on the attack submarines Sunfish and Jefferson City.

CONTACT

Phone: 314.449.1576

E-Mail: Ed.Stout@divsearch.com

Location: St. Louis, MO

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Duke University

Bachelor of Science - Systems Engineering

United States Naval Academy

PRACTICE AREAS

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

AMY SUGIN

Managing Director

AMY SUGIN

Managing Director

Amy Sugin is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She brings with her over two decades of higher education administration experience in enrollment management, program management, and international education. She joined Koya after serving as Principal at Neumann Executive Search (formerly, Brill Neumann Associates) when the two firms merged. She is based in New York City.

Sugin has led searches for Barnard College, Carnegie Mellon University, Fordham University, Rutgers, Yale, New York University, NYU Abu Dhabi, University of North Carolina, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Northwestern University, Saint Joseph’s University, Tufts University, and Princeton University, among others.

Prior, Sugin served as Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs at the Cardozo School of Law, developing and overseeing postgraduate programs and study abroad opportunities for law students. Her background informs her practice in a wide range of areas, including finance, budget, student affairs, international programs, enrollment management, and academic administration.

Sugin has held leadership positions in academic advising at Queens College and in enrollment management at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School.

CONTACT

Phone: 347.828.0344

E-Mail: Amy.Sugin@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

MA - Higher Education Administration

New York University

BA - English Literature

Binghamton University

PRACTICE AREAS

NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE EDUCATION

TRISHA SUTRISNO

Managing Director

TRISHA SUTRISNO

Managing Director

Trisha Sutrisno is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. With more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit executive search, she specializes in executive searches for leading social justice and advocacy organizations nationwide. In this role, Sutrisno is responsible for all aspects of the executive search cycle, from candidate development to placing and onboarding top talent. She is based in Sarasota, Florida.

A certified diversity recruiter, Sutrisno brings a strong focus on equity to her searches. Representative and recent clients include MoveOn, March for Our Lives, Legal Aid Society, Muslim Advocates, and the Vera Institute of Justice. Of particular note, she has led 11 leadership searches for various ACLU affiliates across the country, including a number of affiliates based in the Deep South.

Inspired by her search work and lived experience as a woman of color, Sutrisno is a committed organizer and activist for progressive political issues, specifically voting rights, racial justice, and gun violence prevention. She mobilizes funds and people through social media and online advocacy, with a strong focus on building civic action and dialogue among voters in swing states.

Prior to her role at Koya Partners, Sutrisno spent six years on the executive search team at The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.384.3942

E-Mail: Trisha.Sutrisno@divsearch.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

BS - Labor and Industrial Relations

Penn State University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

JULIE TEA

Managing Director

JULIE TEA

Managing Director

Julie Tea is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of Diversified Search Group. Tea has served higher education for more than 25 years, and today assists colleges and universities in searches for presidents, cabinet-level roles, and academic deans. She also regularly advises boards of trustees on presidential transition. Before joining Storbeck, Tea served as associate managing principal and as a senior consultant for two competitor firms. 

 

Through prior positions in campus settings, Tea garnered experience working at the executive, graduate, and undergraduate levels. She served as a special assistant and direct report to the president at the University of Richmond, playing a critical role in the development of the institution’s leadership team. 

 

Earlier in her career, Tea directed Georgetown University’s international undergraduate admission program before moving to the Georgetown Graduate Public Policy Institute (now the McCourt School of Public Policy) to coordinate its academic administration and career development arm. She began her work in education abroad, as a teacher of English as a second language for the St. Stephen’s School, an international high school in Rome.

 

Tea has been an invited speaker on executive search, presidential transition, and leadership development at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and at the American Council on Education (ACE).

CONTACT

Phone: 484.263.5547

E-Mail: Julie.Tea@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Liberal Studies

Georgetown University

History

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

KARA TEISING

Managing Director

KARA TEISING

Managing Director

Kara Teising is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. She has over 16 years of dedicated experience in the mission-driven executive search space. Based in Nashville, her expertise lies in leading searches for C-Suite and executive-level roles in senior leadership, development, marketing, communications, and program for nonprofits, private foundations, corporate foundations, and mission-driven private sector companies.

She has experience recruiting for a broad range of clients and has earned the respect of numerous notable national and international organizations working to affect positive change including American Rivers, Outdoor Industry Association, BoardSource, Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Make-A-Wish®, and the Volgenau Foundation.

Teising joined Koya from the executive recruiting firm DHR International/Jobplex, where she served as a Partner.  She has also served as Partner and Nonprofit Practice Lead of ThinkingAhead Executive Search.

Earlier in her career, Teising spent six-award winning years as a salesperson and sales manager with Southwestern Advantage, the parent company of ThinkingAhead.

Actively involved in her Nashville community, Kara is an alumnus of the Young Leaders Council and a past Board member of the Nashville Repertory Theatre (formerly the Tennessee Repertory Theatre).

CONTACT

Phone: 629.802.3928

E-Mail: Kara.Teising@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

BS - Speech Communication, Conflict Resolution

James Madison University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

SUSAN VANGILDER

Managing Director

SUSAN VANGILDER

Managing Director

Susan VanGilder is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of Diversified Search Group. With more than 2 years of executive search experience, VanGilder has identified and recruited leaders for a wide variety of institutions in the education and nonprofit sectors, in the United States and abroad.

 

Among VanGilder’s many searches have been those for presidents, provosts, vice presidents, and administrative and academic deans of colleges and universities, as well as senior leaders of museums, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations. She brings a knowledgeable and well-rounded perspective to the search process, having held several key roles on Storebeck’s higher education and nonprofit search teams over the past decade.

 

Previously, VanGilder worked in the education practices of A.T. Kearney and another international executive search firm. She is currently based in the Washington, D.C., area but has lived and worked in Hawaii, Germany, and Belgium. 

 

VanGilder’s prior work experience includes managing the information center at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and serving as liaison to its board committee on career opportunities for minorities and women. During her tenure at CASE, she coordinated numerous career development conferences for college, university, and independent school advancement officers.

CONTACT

Phone: 703.865.8817

E-Mail: Susan.VanGilder@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

NAREE W.S. VINER

Managing Director

NAREE W.S. VINER

Managing Director

Naree W.S. Viner is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Based in the New York metro area, she has deep experience in executive recruiting, with an exclusive focus on mission-driven clients.

For more than 15 years, Viner has placed seasoned executives as well as next-generation leaders in critical roles for a variety of clients. She has partnered closely with board members at prominent public and private organizations to identify, develop, and evaluate executive talent, recruiting chief executives and senior team members at regional, national, and international art, education, and social service organizations.

Widely regarded as one of the leading search consultants in the field and possessing particular expertise working with art museums and cultural institutions, Viner has placed many accomplished museum leaders across the US. Her clients include: the American Folk Art Museum; Buffalo Museum of Science; the Clark Art Institute; the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; Harvard Art Museums; Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens; Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; the Menil Collection; the Museum of the City of New York; Phoenix Art Museum; the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of American History, and National Portrait Gallery; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; and Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery.

Prior to joining Koya, Viner worked at global search firms Korn Ferry and Heidrick & Struggles. She started her search career at a boutique generalist firm in Pasadena, co-leading the firm’s education and nonprofit practice.

Viner began her career at the J. Paul Getty Trust, where she was a principal developer of one of the first websites featuring art images and associated educational materials for K-12 teachers. She also spent time in the dot-com arena, serving as producer for the parent channel of a K-12 education web portal and manager of instructional design at an online executive education company. In addition, she served as a senior project manager at Crystal Stairs, a nonprofit organization offering childcare services, research, and advocacy in support of families in South Los Angeles.

CONTACT

Phone: 310.435.9619

E-Mail: Naree.Viner@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

MA - Art History

University of Washington

BA - Art History

Williams College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MATTHEW VOSSLER

Managing Director

MATTHEW VOSSLER

Managing Director

Matthew Vossler is a Managing Director at the Boston office of Diversified Search Group, where he serves primarily in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Services Practices. He has completed searches at the CEO and CFO levels, as well as Executive Director and Vice President in a range of therapeutic areas within general management, research and development, commercial operations, regulatory affairs, and technical operations. He also has considerable experience in the nonprofit sector, specifically working with hospitals, universities, and independent research institutes.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Vossler most recently was a Partner with The RSA Group, a global retained executive search and consulting company with headquarters in London. Before RSA, he was a founding partner of Heritage Partners International and was associated with a number of other search firms, including Heidrick & Struggles. Before entering the field of executive search, Vossler served as President of Home Buyers Assistance Corporation, a relocation management company based in Westport, Connecticut.

In 1987, Vossler co-founded Swim Across America, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for cancer research, treatment, and survivorship programs through a series of open-water swimming events. He currently serves as the organization’s Co-Founder and Board Member. To date, Swim Across America has raised more than $90 million, primarily benefiting Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, UCSF, Massachusetts General, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, and The Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

CONTACT

Phone: 203.253.9530

E-Mail: Matthew.Vossler@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - History

Boston College

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION HEALTHCARE SERVICES LIFE SCIENCES

ANDREW C. WHEELER

Managing Director

ANDREW C. WHEELER

Managing Director

Andrew C. Wheeler is a Managing Director and member of the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice at Diversified Search Group, as well as being an active member of the firm’s Healthcare Services Practice. He also serves as the firm’s Chief Transformation Officer. Previously, he was the firm’s Chief Lean Officer, driving process improvement initiatives to deliver more value to clients.

Wheeler’s clients have included research intensive institutions, liberal arts colleges, academic medical centers, faith-based social service agencies, museums, and federated nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, he spent four years with Heidrick & Struggles. Passionate about finding the right individuals who can make a significant impact for mission-driven organizations, Wheeler has spent his entire career discovering and assessing leaders.

Earlier in his career, Wheeler worked as the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Bowdoin College in Maine, where he managed student volunteers, reviewed applications, and recruited prospective students. He worked in the creative and technical staffing industry for HireKnowledge, effectively leading its Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco offices.

He has written two case studies for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3548

E-Mail: Andrew.Wheeler@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Government

Bowdoin College

PRACTICE AREAS

CEO EDUCATION HEALTHCARE SERVICES