Practice Area: Development And Philanthropy

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

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

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

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

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

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

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Managing Director and SVP, Talent, Diversity & Equity

MAUREEN ALPHONSE-CHARLES

Managing Director and SVP, Talent, Diversity & Equity

As the Managing Director and SVP, Talent, Diversity & 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: mcharles@koyapartners.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

CORINA BENITZ

Managing Associate

CORINA BENITZ

Managing Associate

Corina Benitz plays a critical role in identifying and recruiting leaders across the mission-driven sector.

With responsibility for facilitating and executing the search process, Corina works closely with clients and teams to develop unique strategies for each search. She utilizes key resources and best practices to serve her clients.

Corina works with a wide range of clients including the Aspen Institute, Covenant House of Greater Washington, March of Dimes, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU.

Corina has been an essential member of Diversified Search Group since 2018. As a Research Associate at Diversified Search, she specialized in the nonprofit, philanthropy, financial services, and higher education sectors. She then advanced her focus to candidate development as a Vice President in 2019. As a result of the partnership between Koya Partners and Diversified Search Group, Corina moved her practice to Koya where she remains today.

Before entering executive search, Corina began her professional career in fundraising and the arts industry. She worked in development for the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. There, she was responsible for board management, major gift donor engagement strategy, and planning of fundraising events. Her role included identifying, researching, and profiling of prospective board members and donors.

Prior to her time at the Kennedy Center, Corina worked in client management for several high-profile New York galleries and auction houses, including Christie’s, a global leader in art and luxury sales.

Corina has worked as a ski instructor at Deer Valley Resort in Utah and as a staff member at A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming, one of the oldest guest ranches in the country.

She earned a Certificate in Executive Research from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

Corina was born and raised in London, England. Today she lives in Washington, D.C. and frequently travels internationally to visit her large family.

Corina holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Art History and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Richmond. She spent a year studying History of Art at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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

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: mbonoan@koyapartners.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration – Management

California State University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MOLLY BRENNAN

Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit

MOLLY BRENNAN

Global Managing Partner, Nonprofit

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 978.384.1296

E-Mail: mbrennan@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Writing and Publishing

Emerson College

Bachelor of Arts - History and Anthropology

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

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

HEATHER CAMPION

Managing Director, Connected Leadership Practice; Marketing & Communications

HEATHER CAMPION

Managing Director, Connected Leadership Practice; Marketing & Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 617.279.8593

E-Mail: Heather.Campion@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

BA - American History

Mount Holyoke College

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE EDUCATION

GERARD F. CATTIE, JR.

Managing Director and Practice Leader, DSG Fundraising and Advancement

GERARD F. CATTIE, JR.

Managing Director and Practice Leader, DSG Fundraising and Advancement

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2587

E-Mail: Gerard.Cattie@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Global Affairs - Government Administration

University of Pennsylvania Fels Center of Government

Bachelor of Arts - Communications

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION

ALEXANDRA CORVIN

Managing Director

ALEXANDRA CORVIN

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 415.604.4499

E-Mail: acorvin@koyapartners.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Masters of Education

University of Southern California

BA - Psychology

University of California, Los Angeles

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MARISSA DELGADO

Managing Director

MARISSA DELGADO

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 312.788.2754

E-Mail: mdelgado@koyapartners.com

Location: Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

BA - Communication Studies

Marquette University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

MANUEL A. GONGON, JR.

Vice President and Senior Search Associate

MANUEL A. GONGON, JR.

Vice President and Senior Search Associate

Manuel is a Vice President and Senior Search Associate with Diversified Search Group and a member of its DSG Fundraising and Advancement 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

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

NICOLE KAMALESON

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 312.877.0830

E-Mail: nkamaleson@koyapartners.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

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Managing Director

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Managing Director

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 202.296.0606

E-Mail: Jason.Leon@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

National Urban Fellows, Alumnus

Master of Public Administration - Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management

Baruch College (CUNY) 

Bachelor of Business Administration

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION FINANCIAL OFFICERS PRIVATE EQUITY

LIZ LOMBARD

Managing Director

LIZ LOMBARD

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 978.375.7515

E-Mail: llombard@koyapartners.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 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: mmadzel@koyapartners.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

ERIN REEDY

Managing Director

ERIN REEDY

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 978.961.0392

E-Mail: ereedy@koyapartners.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

BETH REEVES

Vice President and Senior Search Associate

BETH REEVES

Vice President and Senior Search Associate

Beth Reeves is a Vice President and Senior Search Associate with 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

CASSIE SCARANO

Managing Director

CASSIE SCARANO

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 781.349.6683

E-Mail: cscarano@koyapartners.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration

Boston University

MA - Education

Boston University

BA - Sociology

Northwestern University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

BETH SCHAEFER

Managing Director

BETH SCHAEFER

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 978.775.3677

E-Mail: bschaefer@koyapartners.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

TRISHA SUTRISNO

Managing Director

TRISHA SUTRISNO

Managing Director

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

A certified diversity recruiter, Sutrisno brings a strong focus on equity to her searches. Representative and recent clients include MoveOn, March for Our Lives, Legal Aid Society, 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: tsutrisno@koyapartners.com

Location: Miami, FL

EDUCATION

BS - Labor and Industrial Relations

Penn State University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

KARA TEISING

Managing Director

KARA TEISING

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 629.802.3928

E-Mail: kteising@koyapartners.com

Location: Atlanta , GA

EDUCATION

BS - Speech Communication, Conflict Resolution

James Madison University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY NONPROFIT AND ARTS & CULTURE

NAREE W.S. VINER

Managing Director

NAREE W.S. VINER

Managing Director

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT

Phone: 310.435.9619

E-Mail: nviner@koyapartners.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