Office: Boston

KATIE BOUTON

President

KATIE BOUTON

President

Katie Bouton is the President of the Diversified Search Group, a role she assumed following Diversified Search’s 2019 acquisition of Koya Leadership Partners, where she remains in the role of Founder and CEO. Bouton established Koya in 2004 to recruit talented leaders to mission-driven organizations, guided by a belief that “the right person in the right place can change the world.”

With over 20 years of experience in executive search and organizational development, Bouton has built senior leadership teams at leading national and international organizations and partnered closely with founders, boards, and donors to deepen the impact of today’s most pioneering mission-driven organizations. In addition to executive search, Katie’s areas of focus include leadership development, recruitment and retention best practices, company culture, purpose driven organizations, and diversity initiatives.

Bouton began her career in the public sector as a human resources generalist at the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women and the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. She then moved to the private sector, working as a human resources manager at Edelman Public Relations and ChildrenFirst.

A widely sought-after thought leader around issues of leadership, diversity, and inclusion, Bouton was a finalist for EY’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 New England program, and is a Boston Brava Award Winner from SmartCEO, which recognizes high-impact women business leaders. With a strong commitment to civic and women’s leadership, Bouton serves on numerous boards, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of IGNITE, a bipartisan initiative committed to building the next generation of female political leaders. She also sits on the boards of The Home for Little Wanderers and her alma mater, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire, and serves as a corporator of the Newburyport Bank. In addition, Bouton is a Fellow at Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors that is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a community of top women leaders from all sectors of society.

 

CONTACT

Phone: 978.465.7520

E-Mail: Katie.Bouton@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - English, Journalism & Women’s Studies

University of New Hampshire

Master of Science - Human Resource Development

Towson University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO EDUCATION

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Managing Director

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Managing Director

Maureen Alphonse-Charles is a Managing Director for Koya Leadership Partners, part of the Diversified Search Group. A pioneer in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, she has more than 20 years of experience leading complex executive search, consulting, finance, development, and operations efforts for a variety of institutions. Alphonse-Charles views her role as that of someone who helps organizations find cohesion around a common set of goals by serving as a mentor, coach, and facilitator.

Her clients include The KIPP Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and New World Symphony. She has also partnered with a range of corporate clients such as J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust, and Deloitte, as well as nonprofit organizations like the YWCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Mass, Inc.

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 617.294.5670

E-Mail: Maureen.Charles@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts—Law and Diplomacy

Tufts University

Bachelor of Arts—International Relations

Boston University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MOLLY BRENNAN

Managing Director

MOLLY BRENNAN

Managing Director

Molly Brennan is a Managing Partner at the 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 also serves 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

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY

HEATHER CAMPION

Managing Director

HEATHER CAMPION

Managing Director

Heather Campion is a Managing Director for Koya Partners, part of the 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

LIZ LOMBARD

Managing Director

LIZ LOMBARD

Managing Director

Elizabeth Lombard is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of the 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

THOMAS PHILLIPS

Managing Director

THOMAS PHILLIPS

Managing Director

Tom Phillips is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of the 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: Thomas.Phillips@divsearch.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

ERIN REEDY

Managing Director

ERIN REEDY

Managing Director

Erin Reedy is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of the 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

MOLLY A. ROBB

Managing Director

MOLLY A. ROBB

Managing Director

Molly A. Robb joined the Diversified Search Group in 2018, working primarily in the life sciences sector and with BioQuest, the subsidiary of The 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

CASSIE SCARANO

Managing Director

CASSIE SCARANO

Managing Director

Cassie Scarano is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of the 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 the 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

CHARLES E. TAYLOR, PHD

Senior Advisor

CHARLES E. TAYLOR, PHD

Senior Advisor

Dr. Charles Taylor is a Senior Advisor at the Diversified Search Group.

Over the past decade, he has successfully completed more than 125 executive search assignments in the academic, corporate, and nonprofit areas. Those assignments have included, among others, university presidents and other senior university officials; public school superintendents; foundation and association executives; chief financial officers; chief information officers; chief legal officers; members of boards of directors; and public officials.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Dr. Taylor was with The Prout Group, where he served as Managing Director in the Education, Government, and Nonprofit practices. His career spans nearly 30 years in a variety of corporate and academic management positions, including serving as President of Morris Brown College and Wilberforce University, President of BP (British Petroleum) Shipping, Director of Corporate Contributions for the Standard Oil Company, and managing partner and senior partner of two global retained executive search firms.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.402.0469

E-Mail: Charles.Taylor@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy - Education Administration

The Ohio State University

Master of Arts - Education Administration

The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Arts - Clinical Psychology

The Ohio State University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

MATTHEW VOSSLER

Managing Director

MATTHEW VOSSLER

Managing Director

Matthew Vossler is a Managing Director at the Boston office of the 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