Our Executive Transitions team is hard at work matching candidates with organizations. Here are their recent placements.
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
Karla Fortunato was selected as the next President of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP), effective May 1, 2017. Ms. Fortunato is a proven leader with a strong vision of how to mobilize the power of philanthropy to effect positive change. CCP is an association of grant makers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. Learn more.
The Board of Directors of Interval House welcomed Mary-Jane Foster as the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 16, 2017. Interval House is dedicated to providing comprehensive domestic violence services to prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse. Learn more.
Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program
Following a national search, the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP) announced Dr. David Beam as CPEP’s new Executive Director, effective November 15, 2016. CPEP seeks to ensure underrepresented youth in Connecticut are encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through greater exposure to content and learning opportunities. Learn more.
Hyde Square Task Force
Effective August 22, 2016, Hyde Square Task Force welcomed Celina Miranda as the new Executive Director. HSTF empowers youth to enhance their own lives by developing the skills needed to succeed and become committed change-makers. Learn more. Learn more.
Board Chair Will Kilbreth was pleased to announce that Heather Davis has been named Executive Director of Learningworks effective in the fall of 2016. LearningWorks provides the best learning opporutnities in Maine for at-risk youth, the immigrant community, and low-income families. Learn more.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
Effective August 1, 2016, Linda Burton assumed the role of Executive Director of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education is a self-supporting nonprofit organization providing community members with the opportunity to explore their interests and nurture their talents and potential. Learn more.
CT News Project
The Board of Directors of the Connecticut News Project–publisher of the CTMirror and its sister websites TrendCT and CT Viewpoints–is pleased to announce the appointment of David Daley, former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, as its new CEO/Publisher. The Connecticut Mirror is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet with a very clear mission: Produce deep reporting on government policies and politics, to become an invaluable resource for anyone who lives, works or cares about Connecticut, and to hold the state’s policymakers accountable for their decisions and actions. Learn more.
Karen Adamson, a veteran Connecticut and nonprofit executive, was selected as Executive Director of Operation Fuel, effective June 20, 2016. Operation Fuel is a private nonprofit that works with more than 100 fuel bans around Connecticut to make sure that the state’s less fortunate are able to heat their homes. Learn more.
Jennifer Devine, Board President of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, announced that Kate Farrar is the organization’s new executive director, effective June 16, 2016. Prior to this role, Kate served as CWEALF’s acting executive director and brings nearly 15 years of intersectional women and girls’ issue expertise, fundraising success, strong management skills, and demonstrated ability to build and sustain broad-ranging relationships focused on shared goals. CWEALF is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. Learn more.
David Jones joined Community Builders as Vice President of Human Resources in June, 2015. The Community Builders is a nonprofit real estate developer that owns or manages more than 11,000 quality apartments. The business, infrastructure and community program investments help make neighborhoods work for people of all incomes. Learn more.
Adolescent Consultation Services
After an extensive search, Dr. Leah Kelly has been named Executive Director of Adolescent Consultation Services, following founder Rebecca Pries. Leah joined the organization on June 6, 2016, bringing excellent training and a firm grounding in mental health services for challenged populations. Since 1973, Adolescent Consultation Services has provided specialized diagnostic and therapeutic services to court involved children and their families in Middlesex County and Greater Boston. Learn more.
Following a nationwide search, HartBeat Ensemble has named Suzan Bibisi as its new Managing Director. Founded in 2001, HartBeat Ensemble creates provocative theater that connects our community beyond the traditional barriers of class, race, geography and gender. Learn more.
Franklin Park Coalition
The Board of Directors of Franklin Park Coalition welcomed Corey J. Allen as the organization’s Executive Director May 4, 2016. No stranger to FPC, Corey had previously served on the board for four years. Franklin Park Coalition’s mission is to serve as a voice for Franklin Park, a 527-acre historic greenspace located in the geographic heart of Boston and surrounded by some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. The organization works to engage all park users and community members through advocacy, programs and restoration. Learn more.
Mark Lima joined Children’s Friend as Vice President, Human Resources, on February 7, 2016. Children’s Friend improves the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children by providing flexible, effective, and culturally relevant services and advocating for programs and policies that support and strengthen these children and their families. Learn more.
Academy of the Pacific Rim
Academy of the Pacific Rim Board Chair Anne Marie Martorana announced that Spencer Blasdale has been appointed as the Academy's executive director, effective May 1, 2016. Founded in 1997, APR's mission is to empower urban students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to achieve their full intellectual and social potential by combining the best of the East—high standards, discipline and character education—with the best of the West—a commitment to individualism, creativity and diversity. Read the press release here.
MassEquality appointed Deborah Shields Executive Director, effective October 2015, after a broad reaching national search. Founded in 2001, MassEquality works to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive, at all stages of life, without discrimination or oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Learn more.
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
The Board of Dorchester Bay EDC welcomes Perry Newman as Chief Executive Officer. Dorchester Bay EDC works to build a strong, thriving, and diverse community in Boston's Dorchester neighborhoods. This search was led by Transition Consultant John Tarvin. Learn more.
Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut
Following a national search, the Board of Directors of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut welcomed Dr. Eliot Brenner as its President and CEO January 4, 2016. CGC’s clinical staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other clinicians work with nearly 3,000 children annually, providing culturally competent and sensitive care to families. Preventative services are provided to youth, parents and professionals through community education and consultation programs. Learn more.
4H Education Center at Auerfarm
Beth Bye has been appointed Executive Director of the 4H Education Center at Auerfarm effective January 2016. Auerfarm provides valuable hands-on and farm experience to more than 10,000 children annually through educational programs that combine direct experience with agriculture and nature. Bye is committed to the vision of founder Beatrice Fox Auerbach to create an outdoor recreational resource for all CT residents. Learn more.
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is pleased to announce James Klocke as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Klocke takes the reins from former CEO Rick Jakious. MNN, founded in 2007, seeks to raise the nonprofit sector’s visibility, engage members in public policy initiatives, and build capacity for individual organizations. Learn more.
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
The Board of Directors of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has named Adam Hinds as executive director of the coalition beginning September 1, 2015. Adam replaces longtime executive director and founder Alan Bashevkin, who resigned after 29 years to pursue new opportunities. Since its founding in 1986, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has worked to improve the quality of life for people in Northern Berkshire by organizing, supporting and empowering the community. Learn more.
American Family Therapy Academy
The Board of Directors of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) has announced the appointment of Kevin George as the organization’s Executive Director. AFTA works to advance systemic family-centered perspectives on mental health, social constructionist and next generation thinking; fosters policies that support the welfare of families and children; and serves as a context for all concerned with the health of the family. Learn more.
Riverfront Recapture is pleased to announce the selection of Michael T. Zaleski as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Riverfront Recapture’s mission is to improve the quality of life and urban vitality in the Hartford, CT Riverfront area by providing access to four Riverfront parks in Hartford and East Hartford. Learn more.
New Economy Coalition
The New Economy Coalition (NEC) welcomes Jonathan Rosenthal as Executive Director. NEC is a network of organizations working together to create deep change in politics and the economy, imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. Learn more.
Service Women’s Action Network
The Board of Directors of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) welcomed Judy Patterson as Executive Director on May 10, 2015. SWAN’s mission is to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault; and to reform veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families. Learn more.
Philadelphia Charters for Excellence
Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, an alliance of 48 high-performing public charter schools, has recently announced that Amy Ruck Kagan has been appointed to be the organization’s first executive director. The mission of Philadelphia Charters for Excellence is to represent, support, and connect charter schools that commit to transparency and high standards of academic performance, fiscal management, and public governance. Learn more.
Massachusetts Psychological Association
Board President Abigail A. Seibert, Ph.D., has announced that Brian Doherty has been selected as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Mr. Doherty will assume leadership on June 16, 2015. Officially incorporated in 1941, the Massachusetts Psychological Association works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare. Learn more.
The Board of Directors for Project Hope has named Linda Wood-Boyle as the organization’s next Executive Director, beginning July 13, 2015. Project Hope is a multi-service agency that provides low-income women with children access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services; fosters their personal transformation; and works for broader systems change. Read more.
MARC, Inc. of Manchester
MARC, Inc. of Manchester announced the appointment of Kevin Zingler as the next Executive Director, effective July 1, 2015. MARC, Inc. supports people with disabilities in Manchester, Connecticut and surrounding towns. The organization embraces the philosophy that all people should live, work and play in their community, making friendships and contributions consistent with their skills and abilities. Read more.
Fenway Community Development Corporation
The Fenway Community Development Corporation welcomed Leah Camhi as its new Executive Director on July 1, 2015. Fenway CDC is a social change organization and progressive community development group that works to achieve greater residential stability and diversity in the community of the Fenway neighborhood in Boston. Read more.
Asian American Hotel Owners Association
Former Georgia State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers has been named president of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, effective March, 2015. The voice of owners in the hospitality industry, AAHOA promotes and protects the interests of its members by inspiring excellence through its four key program areas and initiatives ‒ advocacy, products and services, professional development and community involvement. Read more.
The Board of Directors of Maine Initiatives appointed Philip Walsh as executive director, effective February 2, 2015. Since 1993, Maine Initiatives has supported social change by funding the missions of grassroots organizations in Maine communities. A donor-funded foundation, the organization makes multi-year grants to groups organizing for social, economic, and environmental justice. Read more.
Steven Dow, Board Chair of AVODAH, announced the appointment of Cheryl Cook as the new executive director of AVODAH, effective January 2015. Cook succeeds Marilyn Sneiderman, who served as executive director for four years after the 13-year tenure of founder Rabbi David Rosenn. AVODAH was founded in 1998 as the first and only Jewish service corp. Read more.
Creative Arts Workshop
On January 2, 2015, Daniel Fitzmaurice was welcomed as the new executive director of the Creative Arts Workshop. Creative Arts Workshop is a nonprofit regional center for education in the visual arts that has served the Greater New Haven area since 1961. Fitzmaurice replaces Susan Smith who announced her retirement after 27 years of leadership. Read more.
New England Air Museum
Scott Ashton, president of the New England Air Museum's Board of Directors, announced the appointment of Jerry Paul Roberts as executive director, effective December 15, 2014. Roberts succeeds Michael P. Speciale, who retired in December 2014, after 29 years of service. The New England Air Museum, founded in 1959, is committed to presenting the story of aviation, the human genius that made it possible and the profound effects that it has had on the way in which we live. Read more.
Creative Work Systems
The Board of Directors of Creative Work Systems welcomed Heidi Howard as executive director, effective September 15, 2014. Howard succeeded Susan Percy, who led the organization for 25 years. Creative Work Systems, incorporated in 1967, is a nationally-accredited nonprofit that helps people with cognitive, physical and psychiatric disabilities increase self-sufficiency through employment, independent living support, personal skills development and social/interpersonal opportunities. Read more.
National Tour Association
NTA, the leading business-building association for professionals serving customers traveling to, from and within North America, appointed Pam Inman, IOM, CAE, CMHS, president of the association effective September 1, 2014. Read more.
Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell
Daniel Nakamoto was welcomed as the new executive director of the Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell (MHA Lowell), effective August 12, 2014. Since 1953, MHA Lowell has worked to promote mental health, prevent mental illness, and improve care and treatment of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. Nakamoto succeeds Al Scott, who retired after 29 years of dedicated service. Read more.
Boston Workers Alliance
The Boston Workers Alliance, a community organization led by unemployed and underemployed workers fighting for employment rights, named Rev. Paul Ford as executive director effective August, 2014.
On June 27, 2014 Maria Jobin-Leeds, Founder and Chair of Access Strategies Fund’s Board of Directors, named Alexie Torres-Fleming as executive director. Access Strategies Fund, founded in 1999, is a philanthropic foundation that harnesses the collective power of under-served communities to use the democratic process to improve their lives. Read more.
Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity
On May 19, 2014, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity named Karraine Moody as its new executive director. Karraine has been with the Hartford affiliate since 2006, serving as the Family Services Director and more recently as the Chief Operations Officer. Hartford Area Habitat is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since 1989, and with the hard work and dedication of volunteers, homeowners and staff, they have completed over 250 homes.
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
On May 5, 2014, Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) named Lynn Whittemore as executive director effective May 14, 2014. Whittemore succeeds Maddy Klyne, who served as executive director for 14 years. CIMC, founded in 1985, serves as a nonprofit, nonresidential urban center for the practice of Insight Meditation. Read more.