Consulting and Executive Transitions Team

john-smith.jpgJohn Smith, Director of Programs

John brings extensive experience in nonprofit, government, education and advocacy fields to TSNE MissionWorks. He served as the Policy Analyst in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development for the City of Boston, where he managed major economic development policy initiatives. Before his government experience, John also worked at the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, the Hyams Foundation’s Youth Policy Initiative, the Tennessee Department of Health, and at several universities managing service learning and other student-centered programs.

Our consulting team

Nora Berson, Human Resources Consulting Program Associate

Nora Berson is a consulting associate at TSNE MissionWorks specializing in human resources systems and training for nonprofits and foundations. Nora joined TSNE MissionWorks in 2016 as a Nonprofit Capacity Building Fellow, working on human resources consulting projects and the biennial Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce compensation and benefits survey. As a consulting associate, they support the consulting team designing and facilitating client engagements, conducting research, analyzing data, and project coordination. Nora is particularly committed to assessing and addressing the racial equity impacts of organizational systems, practices, and culture. 

Prior to their role at TSNE MissionWorks, Nora worked in local social service nonprofits and provided freelance consulting, facilitation and training to grassroots, social justice groups. Nora remains active in the community through volunteering and serving on boards of local social justice groups. Nora holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Oberlin College.

Mimi Brunelle, Recruitment and Human Resource Specialist for Consulting and Executive Transitions

Mimi Brunelle joined TSNE MissionWorks in 2008 and has been instrumental in developing the executive search function of the Consulting and Executive Transitions Program (CET). Mimi brings over 15 years’ experience in human resources management, providing consultation and leadership in both for- and nonprofit settings. As CET’s Recruitment Specialist, Mimi has recruited for over 70 mission-driven organizations in a wide variety of nonprofit sectors, with significant experience in housing and community development; education and youth development; museums and arts administration. Prior to joining TSNE MissionWorks, Mimi worked in a variety of industries as a human resources generalist. She has a B.A. in political science from McDaniel College and a graduate certificate in human resources management from Bentley University.

Jodi Dowling, Consulting and Executive Transition Search and Recruitment Manager

Jodi Dowling brings over 20 years of retained executive search experience to TSNE MissionWorks. She has partnered with nonprofit and corporate clients across a breadth of functionalities and industries, with a particular expertise in recruiting nonprofit C-suite leaders. Prior to joining TSNE Jodi served as senior associate of executive search with the Bridgespan Group, a national nonprofit management consulting firm. Earlier in her career, Jodi co-founded and managed an executive search research consultancy supporting major national search firms, specialized boutique organizations, and in-house corporate recruiting teams. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University and a Master of Liberal Arts, Extension Studies in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.

Lyn Freundlich, Human Resources Consulting Manager

Lyn Freundlich is a senior consultant for TSNE MissionWorks specializing in Human Resources Consulting and Training. Lyn has worked with TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) since 2003. For most of that time, she oversaw the internal operational and personnel aspects of the organization. In 2005, Lyn also launched the human resources training and consulting practice which she now runs full time. In this capacity, Lyn partners with local and national nonprofits to build human resources systems that are reflective of each organization’s vision and values. She provides compensation reviews, performance management consultations, supervisor training and employee relations coaching and consultations. Lyn is a seasoned trainer coach and consultant serving dozens of clients each year.

Lyn considers employees an organization’s greatest asset. She believes that people choose to work in nonprofits not simply to make a living but to make a difference. As a practitioner, Lyn understands that the human resources function serves to both support employees’ effectiveness and to protect organizations by ensuring compliance with a host of employment regulations. She believes that a well-functioning organization and walks their talk by treating staff in ways that are consistent with their mission and vision.

Lyn has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working in a range of organizations from large, international organizations to small, member-driven local groups. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University of New England. Lyn is proud to serve on the board of The City School, a Boston-based nonprofit working with young people across lines of race, class, gender, and neighborhood who are emerging leaders and have a passion for social justice.

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Joanne Horgan, Human Resources Consultant

Joanne is currently a consultant and lead trainer for TSNE MissionWorks specializing in human resources systems. Joanne has worked with TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) since 1993 where she served as Director of Human Resources. In her role, she has directed the internal human resources function as well as led a team in its delivery of services to over 60 fiscally sponsored projects. Joanne currently provides human resources consulting and training to TSNE MissionWorks clients. In this capacity, she leads comprehensive human resources assessments, offers employee relations coaching and consultation, helps managers build effective supervisory skills, and works with organizations to build performance management systems.

Joanne excels at creating flexible human resources systems that allow organizations to reflect their unique values and culture in their policies and practices while maintaining compliance with the myriad of employment regulations. She approaches employee issues from a strength-based model that values the whole person while keeping the mission and values of the organization top priority.

Joanne holds a B.A. in Organizational Psychology and an M.S. in Human Resources Counseling from Northeastern University.

Stewart Lanier, Senior Consultant

P. Stewart Lanier is a senior associate with TSNE MissionWorks’ Consulting and Executive Transitions group. With over 25 years of experience supporting and guiding nonprofit and faith-based organizations through developmental and transformational change, Stewart has made an impact in a variety of nonprofit sectors including community organizing, education, healthcare, youth development, state government, networks, and coalitions. He has a particular interest in supporting nonprofit leaders in assessing strategic opportunities and vulnerabilities, developing sustainability and succession plans, and guiding nonprofits through executive and organizational transitions. He has long been active in supporting anti-racism efforts in nonprofit leadership and raising awareness of white supremacy culture and is currently collaborating with colleagues in developing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies within a change management framework. Stewart is the 2016 recipient of the Drylongso Award for anti-racism work from Community Change, Inc. He has served as the interim executive in nine organizations, including City Life/Vida Urbana, The City School, Bikes Not Bombs, Access Strategy Fund, and The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. An ordained United Methodist minister, he began his professional career as a pastor. In addition to holding a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Stewart received experiential training in inclusion and whole systems processes from American University, earning a Master of Science degree with distinction in Organizational Development.

OUR CLIENT ENGAGEMENT TEAM

Nicole Davidow, Client Engagement Manager

Inspired by her experience working on continuous improvement projects for an international NGO while earning her undergraduate degree, Nicole joins TSNE MissionWorks with great enthusiasm for helping put transformational consulting into practice. As program associate, Nicole provides organizational communications, research, and systems support for the CET Program. Prior to joining TSNE MissionWorks, Nicole was a coordinator for the Division of Student Success at Suffolk University and served as an AmeriCorps member for a college access and success program based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Nicole has a B.A. in international studies from Fairfield University.

Bibhusha Karki, Client Engagement Coordinator

Shanice Wallace, Client Engagement Associate

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