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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.
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. Her partial list of clients to date include WGBH, PBS’s single largest producer for television, mobile and the Web, as well as multiple searches for the Rheumatology Research Foundation and Syracuse University.
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 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
Interning at one of the most successful nonprofits – the Make-A-Wish Foundation -- Wendy Lazar was truly fulfilling her goal of “giving back” to the world, as she’d always wanted to do. The experience cemented her desire to work in a social-impact-related field and now, Wendy employs that dedication to make a difference as a Search Director at LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES.
As an independent search professional, Wendy lead, managed and executed searches for a broad range of national organizations, including those from the education, human services and youth development sectors. She credits her keen knowledge of group dynamics and understanding of what types of people “fit well together” with her success placing candidates in environments that allow them to thrive.
A believer that all roles in development are important, Wendy is a great builder of teams, as she is currently doing so at the University of Illinois. Wendy holds a B.A. in Human Services from George Washington University, and a Master of Science in Human Resources from the Graduate School of Business, Loyola University.
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.
Devin O'Leary brings the tools necessary to help LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES employees work smarter, better and more efficiently with candidates, clients and internal staff.
Devin started his career at the California Appellate Project, a legal, nonprofit organization in San Francisco. Because he wanted to work on behalf of nonprofits, as well as put to use his operations and administrative experience, his progression into LLLS was a natural move.
After moving to Boston, Devin joined LLLS in 2012 as Office Administrator. His proven ability to manage the LLLS infrastructure and oversee internal processes led him to receive numerous promotions, including one to his role today as the Director of Administration. In that position, Devin ensures that staff have all they need to work successfully in a productive environment.
Devin graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Mary's College of California.
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 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
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.
Lisa Abair Vuona
With over 15 years of human resources and recruitment experience to her credit, Lisa 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.
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