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Lois L. Lindauer
Lois L. Lindauer’s entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to the philanthropy profession and commitment to inclusion in the workplace are exemplified in all aspects of her professional life. As Founder and CEO of The Diet Workshop, a national group weight control program, Ms. Lindauer was the first woman to utilize the franchise system of distribution to grow her business. For 25 years, her headquarters supported 3,000 entrepreneurs across the United States. When Ms. Lindauer sold The Diet Workshop, the system was generating gross revenues of $25 million.
In 1997, Ms. Lindauer founded LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES to help Boston nonprofits find talented professionals to advance their missions. Today the company has completed over 350 searches in the United States and Canada and boasts a platinum list of clients including Columbia University, Harvard Law School, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Chicago, among others. Many clients reach out to LLLS again and again when they have recruiting needs.
To serve Chief Development Officers, LOIS L. LINDUAER SEARCHES publishes and distributes two whitepapers annually. Additionally, LLLS presents an Annual CDO Symposium, an open and informative discussion for CDOs to share their mutual challenges and successes. In 2011, John J. Glier, CEO of GG&A, one of the world’s most prestigious nonprofit consulting firms, addressed the group and facilitated a discussion of “Characteristics of High Development Performance Programs.”
Ms. Lindauer’s nonprofit board activities continue her commitment to the philanthropy profession. In 2000, she created Sisters in Development with the dual purpose of attracting women of color to the development profession and providing a network for those already working as fundraisers. Ms. Lindauer served as chair of this group through 2009. Also among her board service was The Commonwealth Institute, whose mission is to provide resources for women business owners, and Women in Development, a nonprofit professional association that promotes and supports the advancement of women in the development profession. Ms. Lindauer also founded the Nonprofit Board Resource Program, which to date has placed over 200 women on nonprofit boards. She is currently a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a premier group of women leaders across industries and sectors, and The Boston Club, the largest organization of female executives and professionals promoting the advancement of women to significant and visible leadership roles.
Ms. Lindauer is a graduate of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
With over 15 years of human resources and recruitment experience to her credit, Lisa Abair has performed more than 35 searches as a Search Director for LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES.
Starting her career as a Program Director at Family Continuity Programs, Inc., a non-profit mental health organization with over ten chapters, Lisa performed all hiring and staff training duties, eventually leading to her promotion as Human Resources Manager. She spent the next eight years recruiting, hiring, training, and managing benefits for over 300 employees. From there, she was recruited to the post of Manager of Human Resources for Chancellor-Beacon Academies, where she was responsible for personnel oversight and talent recruitment for over 20 charter schools across the country.
Lisa then served as Director of Recruitment and Training for the Northeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Her responsibilities included the recruitment, training and on-boarding of over 200 development and professional employees across six states. In this role, Lisa honed her skill of matching the right candidate with the right position and many of her placements remain with the organization today.
Working with an array of nonprofit clients, she has placed high caliber fundraising professionals in leading institutions across the United States. Her clients include: Colby College, Partners in Health, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Wide Horizons for Children, WGBH (3 searches), University of Oregon (7 searches), Pro Mujer, Penn State University Hershey Medical Center, Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Rochester (5 searches), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2 searches), International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (IOCD), Union of Concerned Scientists, Littleton Regional Hospital and Harvard University.
Lisa enjoys recruitment “Because each client comes to the table looking for a unique development individual to fulfill a certain role. My role is to listen to the client and then carefully screen each candidate, ultimately making a perfect match at the end of the search.”
Lisa is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in Psychology.
Megan Abbett always knew she would work in nonprofit, volunteering as early as high school for a number of charitable organizations. But when the opportunity came to apply her twenty years of development experience to the role of Search Director at LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES, she was pleasantly surprised at the similarity to fundraising. Like development, “the whole goal is to help,” Ms. Abbett explains. “You accomplish that goal – find the right person – and the whole institution is strengthened. ”
One of the first institutions Megan strengthened was Simmons College in Boston, MA. As Director of Annual Giving, she learned that “Annual Giving is a great way to get a thorough grounding in development and gain a great deal of understanding about the institution you serve.” From Simmons she returned to her alma mater, Boston College, as Leadership Gifts Officer.
Megan then explored a different type of fundraising for Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that helps educators “link the past to moral choices today.” There, as Major Gifts Officer, she created and managed a pipeline tracking system for a $25-million multi-year campaign. That success led Megan back to Simmons College as Senior Director, Communications and Donor Relations.
What she likes best about her current role at LLLS is “the personal outreach and working for a cause greater than myself.” Her searches have included The Aspen Institute, Bryn Mawr College, Dartmouth College, Dickinson College, MIT Sloan School, Michigan State University, and the University of Kansas Hospital.
Megan holds a BA in English from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Public Relations and Business Communication from Emerson College.
Christine has successfully partnered with other search directors in recruiting and securing placements for such clients as Pro Mujer, WGBH, and the University at Buffalo, and she has recently closed searches for the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Christine served a variety of nonprofits before joining LLLS in 2011. From 2008 through 2011, Christine worked as Development Associate for Institutional Giving at The Guidance Center, the leading provider of innovative, family-centered programs for children and families in Cambridge and Somerville, MA. In this role, she led the corporate and foundation relations program to secure funding for The Guidance Center’s programs. It was through this experience that she gained the understanding of development which is essential to her current position.
Prior to her work in development, Christine served as a Program Manager for Best Buddies, an organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There she managed volunteer chapters at twenty-four public and private universities in Massachusetts. In 2005 she spent a year teaching English in Namibia through WorldTeach, an organization that provides opportunities for individuals to live and work as volunteer teachers in developing countries.
Christine credits her experience at LLLS with helping her appreciate what makes people successful in their roles. “It’s all about being able to connect with someone,” she states. “And matching people’s strengths to the needs of the organization.”
Maureen Huminik knows every element of a successful search from both sides of the process. Having been a candidate who was placed by LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES, she is well aware of the importance of the right fit – and how it can change lives for the better. Maureen directs all searches for the renowned Washington University in St. Louis, where she has filled 14 positions. She has also conducted searches for Children’s Hospital Trust, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University Law School, McGill University, Temple University, Babson University, The Boston Archdiocese and National Brain Tumor Society.
Maureen began her nonprofit career as Manager of Annual Giving at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She also worked for Newton Wellesley Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2005, Maureen was recruited and placed by LLLS as Director of Direct Marketing and Annual Giving for the AIDS Action Committee. There, she honed her skills at defining and reaching the right audiences.
She applies the same practical, methodical approach to her Search Director role at LLLS. “There’s a great deal of satisfaction in finding the right connection between client and candidate,” she states.
Joining LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES in 2013, Cindy Joyce brings a distinctive balance of development volunteer experience plus extensive knowledge of hiring for a variety of roles, including those in social services, higher education, financial services and investment management. Her ability to work closely with the hiring manager and delve deeply into the nuances of a position make her adept at finding the highest caliber candidate for her clients.
Cindy spent the majority of her human resources career at Fundquest, Inc., the fund selection specialist of BNP Paribas Investment Partners which covers the world's top financial markets. After subsequent advancement to Harvard Law School, Cindy was selected to recruit for City Year, where she specialized in recruiting for a variety of different locations around the country, particularly on the West Coast.
A graduate of Regis College, Cindy holds an M.S. in Organizational Development from Lesley College and serves on the Advisory Board of the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA).
As Senior Vice President of LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES, Jill Lasman specializes in recruiting executive level development professionals for the nonprofit sector. A known and well-respected national development search executive, she has completed over 150 searches for leading education, healthcare, arts and social services institutions.
Zena Lum brings a wealth of education and cultural development experience to LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES. Since becoming a member of the LLLS team, she has worked with an array of nonprofit institutions, including those in higher education, academic medicine, social services, and conservation.
Zena started her nonprofit career at the New England Aquarium assisting the Director of Development. Over the course of the next six years, she was promoted a number of times, and was eventually recruited by Boston’s Museum of Science. Other positions followed with Jumpstart, a national early education organization, and WGBH, Boston’s public broadcasting affiliate and a national producer of programs for both PBS and NPR. Before joining LLLS, Zena served as Director of Institutional Advancement for the Boston Public Schools.
Zena draws on these experiences each and every day. “The diversity of organizations I’ve served, and the diversity of roles I’ve held, help me understand the varying perspectives and needs of clients and candidates.” she states.
Zena holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Since starting her fundraising career over a decade ago, Beth Parsons quickly made an impact working for causes that were close to her heart – most recently for her beloved alma mater, Boston College. Beth brings the same passion to her role as a Search Director for LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES, as she advances those who advance nonprofit missions.
Beth began her career specializing in raising money in major workplaces throughout the northeast as Director of Fundraising for United Ways of New England. To broaden her experience and skills, Beth then moved from the organization to the higher education sector, where she served as Assistant Director of Development for Tufts University. At Tufts, Beth managed alumni classes, the leadership giving society, and many top annual fund prospects.
When the opportunity to build a team and fundraise for Boston College arose, Beth welcomed the challenge as Senior Associate Director of the Boston College fund. There, she and her team of frontline fundraisers successfully solicited and closed several six-figure commitments for the College during its 1.5 billion Light the World campaign. She also set new records for dollars and participation in a 25th Reunion Gift effort, spearheaded by four university trustees.
Beth’s varied development experience taught her that one must learn to understand and collaborate with every department to meet fundraising goals, and she believes that interaction gave her the ability to recognize the potential for success in managers across all sectors. She lists the attributes she looks for in potential candidates as a “collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, the ability to multi-task and cross-manage, and, most importantly, an appreciation for the mission of the organization.”
Beth is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in Human Development and Human Resources Management.
William E. Seltz
As Chief Financial Officer, William E. Seltz brings over 35 years of financial management experience and expertise to LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES. In this role, Mr. Seltz directs all financial aspects of the business including accounting practices, budgeting, contractual relations, financial analysis and planning, interface with financial peers in the LLLS client community, and monitoring of financial performance.
Prior to joining LLLS, Mr. Seltz practiced as an auditor for a national public accounting firm and later served as a Director and Treasurer of a nationally franchised public company. His educational expertise is Accounting with a focus on Financial Accounting, International Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis, and he is a professionally designated Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Since 1976, Mr. Seltz has shared his financial acumen with the academic world. He has held teaching positions with the University of Massachusetts and Bentley University, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Boston University and the Harvard University Extension School. Mr. Seltz received his BS in Military Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, his MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and his MS in Accounting from Long Island University. Mr. Seltz is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Mary Lee Storrs
Mary Lee supports the firm’s clients in a variety of vital capacities. In the area of prospect management, she collaborates across the firm with Search Directors to identify and qualify fundraising candidates with strong technical skills and managerial capabilities and positions their candidacies effectively with clients through formal presentations and informational documents. In the area of position marketing for the firm, she designs and creates all advertisements and manages distribution through targeted non-profit channels, including the firm’s signature email position announcements.
Additionally, Mary Lee has partnered extensively with Senior Vice President Jill Lasman including 28 searches, to date, for the University of Rochester, and multiple searches for American University, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago, to name just a few.
She is a graduate of Goucher College with a BA in International Relations and Economics.
Wendy Schiffman Wilsker
Wendy Schiffman has over 20 years of experience in the academic, healthcare and social services nonprofit sectors. Drawing on her experience as a front-line fundraiser and development manager, she has at LLLS completed successful high-level searches for organizations as diverse as Facing History and Ourselves, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, University of Florida College of Medicine, and University of South Florida, among many others.
Wendy began her work in fundraising at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Young Leadership Division, where she worked her way up to the position of Director of the Business, Industries and Professions Division. She also served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Rashi School, as well as Director of Development at Lahey Clinic.
After leaving Lahey to consult for a variety of nonprofits, Wendy was recruited by LLLS to assist with a Vice President of Philanthropy search. Joining the company soon thereafter as a full-time Search Director, her assignments have resulted in multiple searches for satisfied clients, a testament to her success. “I want to present an exceptional level of professionalism and integrity to my clients, and live up to the standards of LLLS,” she says.
Wendy is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.
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