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Lois L. Lindauer
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.
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’ 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.
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.
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.
Christine has worked with a wide array of clients to successfully close searches, including the University of Chicago, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Baylor College of Medicine, WGBH, Pro Mujer, the University at Buffalo, the San Francisco Symphony, and Rutgers University.
Prior to joining LLLS in 2011 Christine served a variety of nonprofits including four years as Development Associate for Institutional Giving at The Guidance Center. 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 that is essential to her success as a Search Director.
Prior to her work in development, Christine served as a Program Manager for Best Buddies an organization that serves individuals 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.
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 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, 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 work for City Year, where she specialized in recruiting for a variety of different locations around the country, particularly on the West Coast. Cindy has also served for 10 years as a volunteer for the Junior League of Boston, where she has managed the Annual Fund since 2011. During Cindy’s first year at the helm, the Junior League exceeded their Annual Fund goal by 177%.
Her position at LLLS lets Cindy 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 include Geisinger Health Services, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, HudsonAlpha Institute, Nantucket Atheneum and U.S. Naval War College.
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).
JSusan 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.
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.
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.
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