John Smith, Director of Consulting and Professional Learning
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 and professional learning team
Stewart Lanier, Senior Associate
Stewart is an organizational development and executive transition specialist. He has worked with numerous TSNE clients over the last eight years, leading executive searches, serving as an interim executive, leading strategic planning and organizational assessment processes.
He has provided a wide range of consulting and interim leadership services to nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations for over 20 years. Stewart holds a Master of Science degree with distinction from American University’s NTL program in Organizational Development, as well as the M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is a United Methodist pastor, and maintains his ordination in good standing in the New England Conference of that denomination. Stewart is a member of the White People Challenging Racism facilitator group and co-facilitates this anti-racism class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and other locations each year.
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.
Nicole Davidow, Consulting and Executive Transitions Program Associate
Inspired by her experience working on continuous improvement projects for an international NGO while earning her undergraduate degree, Nicole joins TSNE 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, 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.
Jodi Dowling, Executive Search and Recruitment Manager for Consulting and Executive Transitions
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, Senior Consultant on Human Resources
Lyn has worked for TSNE MissionWorks since 2003. In addition to overseeing the internal operational and personnel aspects of the organization, she provides employee relations and other human resources-oriented consultation to TSNE clients. Lyn considers employees an organization’s greatest asset. The belief that people choose this work not simply to make a living but to make a difference informs her approach. She works with groups to design and implement mission related, values-based systems and practices that enable people to do their very best work. She has extensive experience helping organizations develop a culture that recognizes the importance of skilled, intentional supervision and training and supporting supervisors.
Lyn has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily in volunteer and human resources. She has worked in large, international organizations and tiny, member driven, local ones. She worked for nearly nine years with the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. She also served as the executive director for Countdown to Kindergarten, a Boston-based community collaborative. Lyn has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University of New England.
Gina Patterson, Consulting and Executive Transitions Associate
After receiving a Bachelors from Simmons in Psychobiology & Women’s Studies, Gina worked for homicide unit of the Boston Police Department as a Witness Advocate and then went on to achieve a MPA from Columbia in Urban Policy & Management. When she returned to Boston, she worked for Mayor Walsh as a Policy/Program Advisor, spearheading President Obama’s signature My Brother’s Keeper initiative for the City.
Betsy Rueda Gynn, Interim Consulting and Executive Transitions Operations Manager
Betsy has worked for over 15 years with grassroots youth, technology, domestic violence community organizing, mental health, environmental and other nonprofit organizations. She brings her expertise in administration, operations, financials and contracting to the Consulting and Executive Transitions Program at TSNE MissionWorks. Social justice is at the heart of her work, her activism, and her service on various boards of directors throughout Greater Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Berklee College of Music; studied psychology and French at Indiana University; holds a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Boston University; and enjoys teaching a dozen piano students as they navigate their way through music.
Aba Taylor, Professional Learning Manager
Aba Taylor has been involved in social justice work for nearly 20 years supporting immigrants, people affected by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQI advocacy, women’s rights, and racial and economic justice movements. She has promoted anti-violence and anti-bias strategies and education, facilitated numerous cultural competency and civil rights trainings, used media and cultural work to shift public perceptions, and created and managed programs to create greater opportunities for some of society’s most disenfranchised people. In addition to her career as a nonprofit professional, she is an avid supporter and participant of engaging arts, culture and creative expression as a means for social change.
Prior to joining TSNE MissionWorks, Taylor’s roles included serving as the executive director of the Winchester Multicultural Network, being the deputy director for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, supporting the capacity of social justice organizations at the Movement Strategy Center. She is a board member of several social justice organizations and recently served as acting chair of the Massachusetts Association for Human Rights Commissions. Her work has taken her around the world for organizations such as the United Nations, African Services Committee, Lambda Legal, Liberty Hill Foundation, and ACT-UP. Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York City, a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service and Nonprofit Management from the School of International Training and is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Alumni.