Practice Area: Education

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 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

Senior Vice President, Talent, Diversity, and Equity

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Senior Vice President, Talent, Diversity, and Equity

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 617.294.5670

E-Mail: Maureen.Charles@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts—Law and Diplomacy

Tufts University

Bachelor of Arts—International Relations

Boston University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

LIONEL ANDERSON

Managing Director

LIONEL ANDERSON

Managing Director

Lionel Anderson is a Managing Director in the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture Practice at the 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: 202.734.4876

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

VICTOR ARIAS

Managing Director

VICTOR ARIAS

Managing Director

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

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 the 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

J. VERONICA BIGGINS

Managing Director

J. VERONICA BIGGINS

Managing Director

The leader of the 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

JUDY BOREHAM

Managing Director

Judy Boreham is a Managing Director at the 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

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

GERARD F. CATTIE, JR.

Managing Director

GERARD F. CATTIE, JR.

Managing Director

Gerard F. Cattie Jr. is a Managing Director with the 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

SHERRY COLEMAN, EDD

Managing Director

SHERRY COLEMAN, EDD

Managing Director

Sherry Coleman is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of the 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

ALEXANDRA CORVIN

Managing Director

ALEXANDRA CORVIN

Managing Director

Alex Corvin is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of the 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 the 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 both the Diversified Search Group’s Healthcare Services and Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture 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’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

TOM FITCH, PHD

Managing Director

TOM FITCH, PHD

Managing Director

Tom Fitch is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of the 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

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 the 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

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

Nicole Kamaleson is a Managing Director leading the global practice area for Koya Partners, part of the 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

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director

JAMES A. LANGSTON

Managing Director

Jim Langston is a Managing Director and leader of the Financial Officers practice at the 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

TONY LENG

Managing Director

Tony Leng is a Managing Director of the Diversified Search Group and leads both the firm’s Digital Transformation/CIO and Technology 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 the 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

Office Managing Director

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Office Managing Director

Jason D. León, MPA, CPA, is Office Managing Director in the 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

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

MELISSA MADZEL

Managing Director

MELISSA MADZEL

Managing Director

Melissa Madzel is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of the 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 the 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

LESLIE PICKUS MAZZA

Senior Vice President, Search Operations and Quality

LESLIE PICKUS MAZZA

Senior Vice President, Search Operations and Quality

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3544

E-Mail: Leslie.Mazza@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

Rutgers University

Bachelor of Arts

The College of New Jersey

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES

NISHANT MEHTA

Managing Director

NISHANT MEHTA

Managing Director

Nishant Mehta is a Managing Director for the 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

KIM M. MORRISSON, PHD

Senior Managing Director

KIM M. MORRISSON, PHD

Senior Managing Director

Dr. Kim Morrisson is a Senior Managing Director in the 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.

Chief Legal Officer

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

Chief Legal Officer

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 202.567.6971

E-Mail: dpembertonheard@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA / Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Tufts University

PRACTICE AREAS

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

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

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Director

ALISON P. RANNEY

Managing Director

Alison P. Ranney is a Managing Director and Co-Leader of the CEO Practice at the Diversified Search Group and the Managing Partner at Koya Partners, which became a member of The 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 the 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 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

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

RUTH SHOEMAKER WOOD, PHD

Managing Director

RUTH SHOEMAKER WOOD, PHD

Managing Director

Ruth Shoemaker Wood is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of the Diversified 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 the 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

SHELLY WEISS STORBECK

Executive Managing Director

SHELLY WEISS STORBECK

Executive Managing Director

Shelly Weiss Storbeck serves as the leader of the Education practice for the the 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

AMY SUGIN

Managing Director

AMY SUGIN

Managing Director

Amy Sugin is a Managing Director at Koya Partners, part of the 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 the 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

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

JULIE TEA

Managing Director

JULIE TEA

Managing Director

Julie Tea is a Managing Director at Storbeck Search, part of the 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

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 the 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 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

ANDREW C. WHEELER

Lead Managing Director

ANDREW C. WHEELER

Lead Managing Director

Andrew C. Wheeler is a Managing Director and the leader of the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice at the 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

CORINA BENITZ

Vice President and Senior Associate

CORINA BENITZ

Vice President and Senior Associate

Corina Benitz is a Vice President and Senior Associate at the Diversified Search Group. She joined the firm as a Research Associate in 2018.

Prior to entering the executive search field, Benitz worked as a Development Associate for the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There she was responsible for, among other things, Board management, major gift donor engagement strategy, and planning of fundraising events and the annual orchestra gala. Her research experience in this role included the identifying, researching, and profiling of prospective Board members and donors.

Benitz began her professional career in the arts world, first as a Sales and Client Relationship Manager for a prominent Virginia sculptor, and subsequently as a Sales and Auction Associate at The Potomack Company, an Alexandria, Virginia antiques and fine arts auction house.

Corina has her certification as a research associate from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).

CONTACT

Phone: 540.680.9915

E-Mail: Corina.Benitz@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Business Marketing and Art History

University of Richmond

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION FINANCIAL SERVICES

HOLLY BOWERS

Vice President and Senior Associate

HOLLY BOWERS

Vice President and Senior Associate

Holly Bowers is a Vice President and Senior Associate in the Philadelphia office of the Diversified Search Group, where she supports the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice.

Prior to joining Diversified Search in 2015, Bowers spent 11 years in executive search, principally with Heidrick & Struggles. There, she served as an associate and participated in the successful placement of over 74 C-suite and VP level positions—many of Fortune 500 companies. She also worked for Russell Reynolds Associates, in Washington, D.C., where she supported the health care practice team. In her most recent role, Bowers worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an executive recruiter.

Prior to her move into executive search, Holly served as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She spent five years in that role working with alumni volunteers, alumni clubs, and the Board of Governors.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3555

E-Mail: Holly.Bowers@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts

Pennsylvania State University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

SANDRA GOLDMAN

Vice President and Managing Associate

SANDRA GOLDMAN

Vice President and Managing Associate

Sandra Goldman is Vice President and Managing Associate of the Diversified Search Group. As a multi-industry specialist, she has been engaged in assignments in the U.S. and globally in the sectors of financial services, technology, life sciences, consumer products, manufacturing, nonprofit, healthcare, and higher education.

She has led the firm’s efforts in the identification, selection, contracting, and training for research-oriented products while also being actively involved in senior-level executive search assignments.

Goldman joined Diversified Search in 1988, after selling a successful retail business in Philadelphia, which she established and operated for six years. Since joining the firm, she has utilized unique and creative approaches to the selection, recruitment, and screening of executives.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3543

E-Mail: Sandra.Goldman@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Applied Communication

Temple University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION ENERGY INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY

MANUEL A. GONGON, JR.

Principal

MANUEL A. GONGON, JR.

Principal

Manuel is a Principal with the Diversified Search Group and a member of its Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice. His work has included searches for senior leadership positions within prominent higher education institutions, healthcare providers, nonprofit organizations, global NGOs, arts and cultural entities, foundations, and associations and membership societies. He has conducted searches for a wide range of functional leadership roles, such as president, CEO, executive director, provost, vice provost for research, academic and administrative deans, chief development and advancement officer, chief marketing and/or communications officer, COO, and CFO.

Gongon’s client list includes Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Yale University, Georgetown University, Virginia Tech, the University of Oregon, the Rhode Island School of Design, Union Theological Seminary, the Smithsonian Institution, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Public Radio International, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, The Trevor Project, The Public Theater, and the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, among many others.

Before joining Diversified Search, Gongon worked for 12 years for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In respective roles, he led government affairs and community and economic development initiatives on behalf of the archdiocese and community at large. His community service has included terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors of FINANTA, a nonprofit lender promoting growth and economic expansion of Philadelphia communities, and as an advisory board member to a Philadelphia community center.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3588

E-Mail: Manuel.Gongon@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - English

Loyola University Maryland

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION

NANCY HELFMAN

Vice President and Senior Associate

NANCY HELFMAN

Vice President and Senior Associate

Nancy Helfman is a Vice President and Senior Associate in the Diversified Search Group’s Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice. A seasoned executive search consultant, she works primarily on senior-level searches in higher education for academic leaders with a focus on presidents, provosts, and deans, as well as administrative leaders including CFOs, CHROs, and VPs for Student Affairs. Helfman also works on leadership searches for independent schools and a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Her representative clients include Florida International University; George Washington University; Villanova University; Columbia University; Northeastern University; Hampshire College; University of Nebraska; University of Oregon; Germantown Friends School; and a variety of faith-based institutions. She has expertise in developing and executing search strategies, sourcing, screening, referencing, and facilitating the search process.

Helfman joined Diversified Search in 2004, after a successful 12-year run with her own search consulting practice subcontracting to a number of executive search firms, including Diversified Search. Her executive search career began with a boutique firm focused on physician leadership searches. Prior to her career in search, she worked in human resources management and commercial banking.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3579

E-Mail: Nancy.Helfman@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts - International Relations

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

CARLA Y. LOGAN

Vice President and Senior Associate

CARLA Y. LOGAN

Vice President and Senior Associate

Carla Logan is a Vice President and Senior Associate in the Atlanta office of the Diversified Search Group. She has more than 15 years of experience in executive search in the industries of consumer-packaged goods, retail, transportation, financial services, and more.

As a Senior Associate, Logan collaborates with members of the search team to execute the search. Her responsibilities include search strategy development, direct candidate recruitment, and development. Utilizing various internal and external resources, she also contributes to business development by providing detailed market analysis and company information.

Before coming to Diversified, Logan spent 12 years as a Senior Associate with Heidrick & Struggles. Prior to that, she was the Project Manager for the boutique research firm Innovative Search LLC, where she was responsible for business development, client management, and candidate development.

Logan began her career executing C-suite search assignments for Fortune 500 corporations with Egon Zehnder International.

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6309

E-Mail: Carla.Logan@divsearch.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Henry Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSUMER AND RETAIL EDUCATION HEALTHCARE SERVICES

BETH REEVES

Vice President and Senior Associate

BETH REEVES

Vice President and Senior Associate

Beth Reeves is a Vice President and Senior Associate with the Diversified Search Group, and a member of the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture Practice. With over 20 years of experience in retained executive search, she has conducted searches for senior leadership positions within prominent higher education institutions, associations, foundations, arts and culture organizations/institutions, and professional and social service organizations. She is also a senior member of the firm’s Development and Philanthropy practice, and has placed numerous fundraising leadership professionals across the sector. Clients she has represented include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Museum of Natural History, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Museum of Arts and Design, The National Park Foundation, New York Philharmonic, NPR, The Old Globe Theatre, The Pennsylvania State University, Public Radio International, The Public Theater, Smithsonian Institution, The University of Chicago, The University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. Her expertise includes developing and executing search strategy, sourcing, screening and referencing candidates, and facilitating the search process.

Reeves joined Diversified Search in 2007. She began her search career in 1994 with The Howard-Sloan-Koller Group, a New York-based boutique firm serving the media industry. Prior to executive search, she worked in New York in advertising sales management in the magazine publishing industry, and prior to that, in advertising agency account management.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2584

E-Mail: Beth.Reeves@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - English

Wittenberg University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION

ERIN KNEELEY

Research Associate

ERIN KNEELEY

Research Associate

Erin Kneeley joined the Diversified Search Group as a Research Associate in 2018, working primarily in searches in the higher education and nonprofit sectors.

While an undergraduate, Kneeley served as chapter president of her sorority, Delta Gamma, and also worked as an intern for Diversified Search in 2016 and 2017. She also worked as an intern for the University of Pennsylvania Press.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3598

E-Mail: Erin.Kneeley@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - English and Leadership

University of Richmond

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

ARAGLIN MCBREEN

Research Associate

ARAGLIN MCBREEN

Research Associate

Araglin McBreen is a Research Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the Diversified Search Group, working primarily in the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture Practice. She joined the firm in 2019.

While completing her undergraduate studies, McBreen began her search career with the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). There, she used various recruiting tools to assist with executive level searches for high-profile companies such as WeWork, Microsoft, and Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, she served as the advisor to the Taylor Bend YMCA Leaders Club, a program which aims to develop the leadership abilities in teens through service to the YMCA and the community.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.296.6676

E-Mail: araglin.mcbreen@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Biology

Christopher Newport University

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION