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420 Boylston Street
Suite 604
Boston, MA 02116
T 617.262.1102
F 888.772.8681
   

  

MEET OUR TEAM

Lois L. Lindauer
Chief Executive Officer

Lois L. Lindauer is the Founder and CEO of LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS), a retained executive search firm focused solely on securing senior level nonprofit executives and development professionals. LLLS is the leader in this space, placing more development positions than any other agency.

Innovative and entrepreneurial, Lois has coupled her lifelong dedication to empowering women with superior operational skills that has enabled her to establish and be successful in several business and nonprofit ventures. As President and CEO of Diet Workshop, founded in 1965, Lois became the first woman in the United States to use the franchise system of distribution to grow her business.

In response to a recruiting emphasis on diversity in 2000, Lois founded “Sisters in Development” with the dual purpose of attracting women of color to the development profession and to provide a network for those already working as fundraisers.  Her commitment to women comprises her contribution to nonprofit boards, including The Commonwealth Institute, an organization that assists female leaders to grow their businesses; Women in Development, a nonprofit professional association whose mission is to promote and support the advancement of women in the development profession, and the Nonprofit Board Resource Program, which Lois founded and which to date has placed over 200 women on nonprofit boards. Lois is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, and served as President of The Boston Club, Boston’s most prestigious organization of the highest level senior executive and professional women.

Lois created LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES in response to a need for development professionals in nonprofit organizations. Since its establishment in 1997, Lois, along with her team of Search Directors recruited from the development profession, serve a platinum list of multi-sector clients including the Archdiocese of New York, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, University of Chicago, Harvard Law School, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Rochester, and Princeton University, among many others.

Lois’ dedication to the development profession is exemplified by the creation and implementation of LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES CDO University®, a multi-media education program that focuses on the role of the Chief Development Officer in organizations and institutions. Targeted to both standing and aspiring CDOs, CDO University® offers bi-monthly interviews with the nation’s top development and advancement leaders as well as dinner seminars featuring a guest CDO as speaker.  Attendees universally laud the unique opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns with peers. Also particular to LLLS is the publication of the bi-monthly e-newsletter, Recent Developments, featuring topics of interest to development/advancement professionals.

Lois’ devotion to service transcends her formal professional and personal connections to extending a helping hand to those who call her for business advice, career counseling and introductions.  An author and public speaker, Lois has written five books and numerous articles on diet and health and is a frequent speaker on executive search, recruitment and interviewing techniques at professional conferences.  She is a graduate of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Lois resides in Boston, MA.

 


Lisa Abair
Vice President

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.

 


Faith Eutsay
Search Director

Having viewed the development world from an executive perspective, Faith Eutsay is strongly attuned to the characteristics of leadership. Her innovative nature and exceptional communication skills, finely honed from her experience in senior level nonprofit and for-profit roles, help Faith effectively identify, engage and match top candidates with culture-appropriate clients.

Her connection to the nonprofit world began with Integral Resources, Inc., telephone fundraising specialists for the nonprofit profession. There, Faith was hired as Fundraising Campaign Manager and Account Executive, and quickly moved up through the ranks to her eventual role as Vice President of Client Services. In that capacity, Faith managed annual giving initiatives for 13 nonprofit partners, raising over $7 million yearly, and directed all communication programs in addition to other responsibilities.

Faith made the leap to the nonprofit sector as Vice President of Development for Easter Seals Massachusetts, where, working closely with the president, she oversaw every aspect of the department. In addition to supervising all annual fund, special event, corporation and foundation and major gift activity, Faith served as chief frontline fundraiser to key donors while managing a development staff and Board relationships. In her seven-plus years helming the development division, Faith played a key role in advancing the organization’s strategic initiatives.

As Search Director at LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES, Faith relies on her twenty years of development experience – varied, and at increasing levels of responsibility – to guide her in fulfilling client needs. A self-described “generalist,” Faith brings the best of both frontline fundraising and management expertise to the LLLS team.

Faith holds an M.A. in Interpersonal Communications from Purdue University and a B.A. in Communications/Business from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 


Maureen Huminik
Vice President

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, Archdiocese of Boston, Archdiocese of New York 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.

Maureen is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 


Cindy Joyce
Search Director

Cindy Joyce brings extensive knowledge of hiring for a variety of roles, including development professionals and nonprofit leaders in foundations, the arts, social services, and higher education. 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 several years in Human Resources, notably as Director of Human Resources at Fundquest, Inc., which was owned by BNP Paribas, the French bank and asset manager.   She left the for-profit world in 2011 to manage recruiting for Harvard Law School, and was later selected to consult for City Year, where she was part of the team that created an in-house executive search function.  There, Cindy worked on searches for Executive Directors and Directors of Development for City Year locations across the country, particularly along the Gulf Coast and on the West Coast. 

With a strong commitment to giving back to the community, Cindy has served for 12 years as a volunteer for the Junior League of Boston, where she has held multiple leadership roles, including managing the Annual Fund from 2011-2013. During Cindy’s first year at the helm, the Junior League exceeded their Annual Fund goal by 177%.  Cindy has served on the Advisory Board of the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA), was a member the leadership team of Financial Services Human Resources for four years, and was a member of the board of advisors for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, which promotes equality, empowerment and independence of individuals with disabilities. 

Her position at LLLS allows Cindy to combine her love of philanthropy with her proven ability to lead the successful placement phase of the human resource function. Cindy's clients at LLLS have included Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, World Animal Protection, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nantucket Atheneum and U.S. Naval War College.

A graduate of Regis College, Cindy holds an M.S. in Organizational Development from Lesley College. 

 


Susan Kurnas
Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Susan Kurnas began her marketing career as a copywriter for a nationally syndicated broadcast agency based in her hometown of Harrisburg, Pa. After a move to Manhattan, Susan joined advertising agency MJA Associates, where she honed her skills as a writer/producer for such clients as Men’s Wearhouse and Cellcom, one of the first providers of what is known today as the cell phone.

Susan eventually moved to the Boston area and began a professional relationship with LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS) CEO Lois Lindauer, then owner of the nationally franchised weight control organization, Diet Workshop. There, Susan held the title of Marketing Director for 5 years, promoting the brand against the country’s many emerging and highly competitive weight control organizations.

After the sale of Diet Workshop, Susan consulted for various clients with her own company, SK Creative. For much of the Nineties, she produced broadcast, video and print projects for many nonprofit companies, most notably the Boston-area-based Cardinal Cushing School. In 2003, Susan was recruited by one of her retail clients, BJ’s, to create the wholesale club’s first in-house copy department. Promoted to Creative Director in 2006, Susan brought all BJ’s marketing services in-house, founding and managing the department’s first in-house creative agency and winning multiple industry awards for branding in the process.

In 2011, Susan joined LLLS as the Director of Business Development and eventually evolved to her position today, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. She takes pride in the fact with LLLS, as with BJ’s, she is developing an internal team to manage the strategic and creative responsibilities within the organization. When asked what she enjoys about marketing in the recruiting industry, she stated, “It’s always a pleasure when your communications lead someone to the right career.”

A graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Susan is an active member of the Ad Club of Boston, IHAF for in-house agencies, and the New England Writers Guild.

 


Jill Lasman
Senior Vice President

Jill Lasman has played a key role in setting the LLLS standard for executive search since she began working within the industry in 1998. A known and well-respected national development search executive, she has completed over 150 searches for leading education, healthcare, arts and social services institutions during her LLLS tenure.

In the area of advancement leadership, Jill has conducted successful national searches for chief development officer positions at University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan, University of Hartford, The Chicago Symphony and Greater New York American Red Cross.

Jill has been instrumental in placing multiple high-level candidates in prestigious Ivy League and elite colleges such as Columbia University, Princeton University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, and The College of William & Mary, to name a few. At North Dakota State University she placed the President/CEO of the NDSU Development Foundation. In addition, she has built strong relationships and proven her ability to find the most qualified individuals for organizations such as National Public Radio in DC, where she placed the Senior Director of Foundation and Government Relations, as well as the Vice President for Development role at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

A skilled interviewer, Jill also specializes in building teams. She led the recruiting efforts at Carnegie Mellon University, filling 30 positions over the course of three years. She also served as team leader and primary recruiter for 29 of the 44 searches LLLS has completed for the University of Rochester, including the positions of Associate Vice President of Advancement Services and Associate Vice President of Capital and Special Projects. 

Beyond her recruitment responsibilities, Jill manages the entire Search Director team at LLLS. Her exceptional mentoring skills and best practice knowledge help to ensure that every LLLS search is of the highest quality and that her team provides the same top-notch service she offers.

Prior to joining LLLS, Jill worked for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the areas of recruitment, training and database administration.  She is a cum laude graduate of the University of California.

 


Zena Lum
Search Director

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.

 


Beth Parsons
Search Director

Since starting her fundraising career over a decade ago, Beth Parsons quickly made an impact working for causes that were close to her heart – including 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. That insight has led Beth to successfully place managers across all sectors at LLLS, including such clients as Boston Ballet, National Brain Tumor Society, Syracuse University, Tufts University School of Medicine, and University of New Hampshire. 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.


Libby Roberts
Vice President

Prior to her role with LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES as Vice President, Libby Roberts served as Vice President, Campaign and Major Gifts at Boston Children's Hospital Trust, Director of Development for Campaign and Major Gifts at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Secretary of Phillips Academy, Vice President for Development at Northeastern University, Director of Development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Director of the Harvard Law School Fund and Assistant Campaign Manager at Milton Academy.  

A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College with a religion major, Libby returned to her alma mater as Associate Director of the Dartmouth Alumni Fund.  She was a member of one of Dartmouth's first coeducational classes and received Dartmouth’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. 

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, MA Chapter; the Board of Visitors at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy; the Board of Directors of the Boston Ronald McDonald House, most recently as President; and on the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston.

 


William E. Seltz
Chief Financial Officer

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
Account Services
Manager

Mary Lee Storrs’ background encompasses distinguished achievements in corporate and nonprofit sectors.  For many years she held Vice President and Assistant Vice President positions at the Connecticut Bank and Trust (Bank of New England) and State Street Bank and Trust. On the nonprofit side, she has contributed hundreds of hours of her time to organizations that support the arts and historic preservation.  Before joining LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES in 2006, she served as Chief Development Officer for Preservation Massachusetts. 

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.

 

   
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