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Katie Bouton

Founder & CEO

Guided by the belief that “the right person in the right place can change the world,” Katie founded Koya Leadership Partners in 2004 to recruit exceptionally talented leaders to nonprofit clients. Today, Koya has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms and by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 fastest growing executive search firms. Today the Koya team numbers more than 40 professionals who partner with nonprofits across the country and around the world to place exceptional leaders.

With over 20 years of experience in executive search and organizational development, Katie has built senior leadership teams at leading national and international nonprofit organizations and partnered closely with founders, boards and donors to deepen the impact of today’s most pioneering mission-driven organizations.

In addition to executive search, Katie’s particular areas of focus include leadership, retention, and diversity initiatives. She has developed and executed professional development trainings on a variety of topics from leadership development to recruitment and retention best practices.

Katie’s thought leadership has been widely quoted and published in leading publications such as Harvard Business Review. She was featured by the Boston Business Journal as an Emerging Leader for her success as founder and CEO of Koya. In 2016, Katie was named a 2016 Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO, which recognizes high-impact women business leaders. She is also a Fellow at Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors, that is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.

Katie began her career in the public sector as a human resources generalist at the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women and the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. She then moved to the private sector, working as a human resources manager at Edelman Public Relations and ChildrenFirst.

With a strong commitment to civic leadership, Katie serves on numerous boards including the national board of IGNITE, a bipartisan initiative that builds political ambition in young women. She was invited to the White House to attend the United States of Women Summit focused on key gender equality issues.

Katie holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Towson University and a Bachelor of Science in English, Journalism & Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire.

Nonprofits Katie supports: Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Ignite, Girls Leap, Red Hook Initiative, Newburyport Education Foundation


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Molly Brennan

Founding Partner

Molly joined Koya in its early years and has worked in close partnership with Founder and CEO Katie Bouton to grow the firm over the last decade. In addition to leading searches, Molly also oversees search operations, marketing, and communications at Koya.

Molly has partnered with boards of directors and senior leaders to identify and place exceptional leaders for a range of clients, including the William Davidson Foundation, Amnesty International USA, Sierra Club, Right to Play, Slow Food USA, and Natural Resources Defense Council.

Molly’s particular areas of focus include leadership, retention, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Her thought leadership has been widely quoted and published in leading publications such as Stanford Social Innovation, Philanthropy Digest and Society for Human Resource Management. Partnering with Education Pioneers, a leader in placing top leaders in education, Molly co-authored a report that addresses the pathway to more diverse leadership.

Prior to joining Koya, she was a senior editor for LifeWorks, a division of the Ceridian Corporation, where she developed educational materials and strategic communications designed to improve employee engagement and increase retention. Molly also worked closely with clients to create customized materials and programs to help employees excel at work and in their personal lives.

She is a member of the board of directors of the Newburyport Education Foundation in Newburyport, MA.

Molly previously worked as a journalist and has a master’s degree in writing and publishing from Emerson College. She is also a Certified Diversity Recruiter.

Nonprofits Molly supports: Newburyport Education Foundation, Theater in the Open, Raising a Reader, Massachusetts, Trustees of the Reservation


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Michelle R.S. Bonoan

Managing Director

With nearly 20 years of experience as a search consultant, Michelle has led executive searches across a wide range of industries and functions. As a specialist serving the education, not-for-profit, and arts & culture sectors, she has successfully completed searches for executives at the highest tiers, including: president/CEO, executive director, chief financial officer, fundraising leadership, program management, and a wide range of other key positions. Her clients are nationwide and encompass major non-profit organizations dedicated to education, social services, arts and culture, children and family services, environment, and health-related issues, as well as prominent educational institutions such as research and private universities, small liberal arts colleges, and independent college preparatory schools.

Michelle began her career in executive search in 1996 with a boutique retained executive search firm based in Los Angeles serving education institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations nationwide. She established the firm’s practice exclusively serving education and non-profit clients, and ultimately became vice president and education & non-profit practice leader. In 2011, she worked for a national search firm where she opened the Southern California office dedicated to the education and not-for-profit sectors to strengthen the firm’s brand in the western region. Most recently Michelle was a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles, one of the top four global executive search firms where she was a core member of the Education, Nonprofit and Social Enterprise practice.

Michelle received her BBA degree in management from California State University, Northridge.

Nonprofits Michelle supports: Social Venture Partners, Los Angeles

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Alison Ranney

Managing Director

Alison Ranney specializes in leading CEO, President, Executive Director and other senior level executive searches for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions across the country. She leads the Chicago Office of Koya Leadership Partners.

Alison leads CEO and other searches for a broad range of nonprofit clients, including foundations, cultural institutions, other nonprofits, colleges and universities. She has successfully led searches for clients at the CEO, President, Executive Director, Dean, COO, CFO, and VP levels as well as members of their Boards of Directors.

Representative nonprofit clients include the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Barack Obama Foundation, the Art Institute of Chicago, the United Way and the the Red Cross. Alison also has deep expertise in Higher Education having led searches for the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Stanford University, Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

Prior to joining Koya, Alison was with Russell Reynolds Associates, the global executive search firm. At Russell Reynolds, she led the development of the Nonprofit practice in the Midwest and received the firm’s inaugural award for Excellence in Client Service.

Alison began her career at Skadden, Arps, where she was a corporate attorney with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. She also served as Vice President at the real estate development firm responsible for Prairie Crossing, the award-winning conservation community, and as an executive with AT&T Wireless where she specialized in joint ventures.

With a strong commitment to civic involvement, Alison serves on the Boards of Public Radio International (PRI), World Business Chicago, the Goodman Theatre and Forefront (formerly the Donors Forum). Alison served on the Board of Directors of WBEZ/Chicago Public Media for 12 years and during that time, chaired the CEO Search Committee for the highly successful current CEO. Alison was on the Founding Board of City Year Chicago and served on the Board of Ryerson Woods Conservation Area. With her alma maters, she served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and the Alumni Council of Philips Andover Academy.

Alison is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network and was selected as an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Alison received her B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Urban Studies from Brown University. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Meghan Seidman

Chief of Staff

Meghan Seidman brings over twenty years of experience in philanthropy to her role as chief of staff. In this capacity, Meghan collaborates with the CEO and teams on strategic planning, organizational systems, and special projects.

Prior to her time at Koya, she was involved in direct fundraising as a Director of Development for the Rose Art Museum and as Chief of Institutional Advancement at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. Previously, Meghan was Vice President for Hunt Alternatives Fund; in this capacity she was responsible for the Fund’s daily operations, participated on the senior management team, and directed strategy and planning for all fundraising activities. Meghan was Director of Development and CFO for the Community Therapeutic Day School, and also worked for Rafanelli Events Management Company.

Meghan is the President of Women in Development of Greater Boston. She also volunteers her time with Catie’s Closet and Acton Public Schools.

Meghan holds a dual degree in English and Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire, an MBA from Brandeis University with a focus in nonprofit management, and a certificate in human resource management from Cornell University.

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Miecha Forbes

Vice President, People, Culture and Values

Miecha is a primary client lead in Koya’s Human Capital Consulting practice. She brings a unique combination of human capital, executive search and consulting experience from both nonprofit and for-profit sectors as she helps organizations solve their most complex people challenges to achieve strategic goals.

Originally joining Koya as an executive search director, Miecha has a deep appreciation for all that goes into finding talent and putting them in the right seat on the bus within an organization. She understands firsthand the importance candidates place on assessing professional growth opportunity and organizational culture, and she pairs this with a deep understanding of the need for employers to retain and develop staff. She specializes in helping clients consider, improve and align all phases of the employee lifecycle.

Miecha spent four years at KIPP Foundation where she led the Talent Acquisition team responsible for more than doubling the staff during her tenure. She also played a lead role in the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative. Miecha began her career in consulting at the Brattle Group, where she managed all undergraduate and graduate school recruiting, the firm’s primary source of talent acquisition.

Miecha received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and African-American Studies from Brown University.

Nonprofits Miecha supports: Students Rising Above, SHELTER, INc, Jack and Jill Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, Planned Parenthood, Delta Sigma Theta


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Liz Lombard

Vice President, Executive Search

Liz brings more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit search, particularly with recruitment fundraising executives, to lead a wide range of Koya’s search engagements. Prior to joining Koya, Liz served as Vice President of Executive Search for a large philanthropic consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations throughout the Northeast. Her professional experience also includes five years in healthcare, supporting global sales efforts as well as human resources for the Medical Division of Siemens USA Corporation.

Liz holds an Associate’s Degree in Communications from Champlain College and is a member of Women in Development and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts.

Nonprofits Liz supports: New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Ipswich, MA Outboard Club, Ipswich, MA Public Schools


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Marissa Martin

Vice President, Executive Search

With more than 10 years experience in the executive search industry, Marissa has successfully completed executive and senior level leadership positions across functions and industries. At Koya Leadership Partners, Marissa leads a portfolio of executive level searches specializing in development and external relations.

Prior to joining Koya, Marissa served as Vice President, Global Research for DHR International, a top five retained search firm. She was responsible for overall coordination and management of DHR International global search execution. She was also a key leader in the development of the education and nonprofit practice with DHR. Deeply committed to client service, Marissa was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence multiple times and was instrumental in the global expansion of the organization in Asia, Europe and South America.

Marissa’s commitment to the nonprofit field began with when she worked at Christopher House, a nationally recognized social service organization in Chicago that supports low-income families.

An active community member and leader, Marissa serves on the Board for the Instituto del Progreso Latino and the Planning Committee with P.E.A.K (Partnership for the Education and Advancement of Kids). She also volunteers regularly with a number of Chicago nonprofits and local food pantries.

Marissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University.

Nonprofits Marissa supports: P.E.A.K. (Partnership for the Education and Advancement of Kids), Catholic Charities, Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, Instituto del Progreso Latino, The Cara Program, and various food pantries.

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Erin Reedy

Vice President, Executive Search

As the Vice President of Executive Search, Erin leads a portfolio of Koya’s executive-level searches, partnering with clients to place exceptional candidates across the country.

Prior to joining Koya, Erin worked for Commongood Careers for six years and managed over 140 searches for nonprofit clients across the country. Previously, Erin worked for 11 years at the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation. In this capacity, she oversaw multifamily development, creating 200+ new affordable units annually as well as preserving and renovating 2,000 existing affordable units. Her background includes work in nonprofit public relations, community outreach, research, and special projects.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Nonprofits Erin supports: Reach Out and Read Rhode Island, Crossroads Rhode Island, JumpStart Rhode Island, Girls on the Run Rhode Island

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Trisha Sutrisno

Vice President, Executive Search

Trisha specializes in executive searches for leading nonprofits nationwide and internationally. In this role, Trisha is responsible for all aspects of the executive search lifecycle, from candidate development to partnering closely with clients to place and onboard top talent.

Previously, Trisha spent six years on the executive search team at The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. She has extensive experience executing President/Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer searches for high-performing social enterprises and foundations ranging in operating budgets and assets up to $9BN.

Trisha is a graduate of the Schreyer Honor’s College at Penn State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Labor and Industrial Relations.

Trisha is Certified Diversity Recruiter.

Nonprofits Trisha supports: Horizons for Homeless Children


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Rebecca Brodish

Senior Director, Research

Rebecca works closely with search leads to develop and implement research-based strategies for all Koya searches.

Prior to joining Koya, Rebecca helped launch EBSCO Publishing’s Sustainability Watch report, a publication presenting best practices in a variety of sustainability areas, including long-term sustainable business practices. Prior to that, Rebecca provided strategic communications support for Montserrat College of Art, a small private arts school in Massachusetts, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Rebecca began her career as Executive Recruiter and Manager of Research for a Boston-area search firm, where she successfully conducted VP and C-level searches for nonprofit, high-tech and biotech clients, and built the firm’s in-house research function.

Rebecca holds a Master of Arts in English from Boston College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University.

Rebecca is Certified Diversity Recruiter.

Nonprofits Rebecca supports: Newburyport Education Foundation, Newburyport Art Association, Nevus Outreach, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tufts University

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Jane DiGangi

Senior Director, Operations

Jane’s primary focus at Koya is to provide operational leadership to Koya team members to assist them in successfully delivering on their client engagements while developing new strategies and techniques for the next phase of our company’s growth.

A fundraising professional for nearly 30 years, Jane has a proven record in non-profit organizations as well as operations and program management in the for-profit setting of fundraising consulting and executive recruitment. Most recently the Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship at Suffolk University, Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Fairfield University.

Nonprofits Jane supports: Appalachian Mountain Club, Stoneham Cultural Council, Stoneham Council on Aging, Stoneham Public Schools

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Jackie Hanselmann Sergi

Senior Director, Sourcing and Special Projects

As Senior Director, Sourcing and Special Projects, Jackie is a coach and trainer for Koya employees and is responsible for developing and facilitating Koya University trainings. Managing a team of search associates and managers, Jackie ensures a seamless support system for Koya’s Executive Search leads. With a passion for building a strong network of relationships and providing a best in class candidate experience, Jackie also serves as a skilled career coach to candidates and job seekers, providing customized career service support in areas such as career exploration, career goals, career growth and development, self-assessment exercises, core competencies, skill identification, networking and social media audit, job search techniques, job search challenge troubleshooting, interview preparation and tips, and negotiating job offers.

Prior to joining Koya, Jackie specialized in education sector searches for leading national nonprofit organizations, focusing on all aspects of candidate development and engagement. Jackie’s career in the education sector began at The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where she supported, monitored, and evaluated an investment portfolio of approximately $48M that included The Broad Center, Teach For America, New Leaders for New Schools, KIPP Foundation, Education Pioneers, and various school district leadership-training programs.

Following her work at the Broad Foundation, Jackie served Manager of National Recruitment at Education Pioneers and was instrumental in nearly tripling application numbers for the Graduate School Fellowship over the course of two years and expanding recruitment efforts to over 300 graduate school programs. She then served as National Program Director with Stand for Children until joining Koya in 2013.

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Education from Lenoir-Rhyne College.

Nonprofits Jackie supports: Women for Success, KidsNetLA

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Casey Robinson

Senior Director, Marketing

Casey brings 20 years of strategic marketing, corporate communications, and business writing and editing experience to her role as Senior Director of Marketing. Casey’s primary focus is to drive marketing strategies that support Koya’s business development efforts and ongoing growth.

Prior to joining Koya, Casey spent eight years as an independent consultant helping nonprofit and for-profit organizations create, prioritize, and execute smart and effective marketing plans. Prior to her consultant work, Casey oversaw marketing and communications for a boutique consulting firm in Boston, where she helped refresh the 22-year brand and transition it successfully after buyout. Casey began her career at Work/Family Directions, managing content and publications development and overseeing the company’s charitable contributions efforts.

Casey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Amherst College and earned a Master of Business Administration degree with highest distinction from Simmons School of Management.

Nonprofits Casey supports: Infant Toddler Children’s Center, ACLU, Nancy Gilles Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Medelene Beasley

Principal, Executive Search

Based in San Francisco, Medelene brings 12+ years of executive search experience both in nonprofit and for profit sectors. She brings full life cycle search experience from needs assessment, candidate development to client management.

Prior to Koya, Medelene worked at Spencer Stuart, a leading executive search firm in the Technology, Media and Telecom Practice. Her professional experience includes experience in Healthcare at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, supporting executive searches for the National Leadership Team reporting to the CEO, and in Higher Ed at University of California, Berkeley supporting a wide range of departments including Undergraduate Admissions, College of Letter’s and Sciences, Residential Student Service Programs, Services for International Students and Scholars, Budget and Planning, Lawrence Hall of Science and International & Area Studies.

Medelene began her career at a start-up boutique search firm, 1EXECSTREET, in the industrial sector, where she was trained in behavioral based interviewing by Dr. Bob Chiron, author of “The Evaluation Interview”.

Medelene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at University of California, Berkeley.

Nonprofits Medelene supports: Second Harvest Food Bank, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Yosemite Conservancy.

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Alexandra Corvin

Principal, Executive Search

Based in San Francisco, Alexandra “Alex” Corvin specializes in recruiting senior executives to nonprofit organizations nationwide. Alex was a founding member of the Koya Chicago office, working closely with Koya’s senior leadership team to build the practice. Alex has recently returned to her hometown of San Francisco to expand Koya’s West Coast presence.

In her role, Alex is responsible for all aspects of the executive search lifecycle, from candidate development to partnering with clients in the placement of top talent. She has successfully helped recruit CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, CFOs and Vice Presidents for some of the country’s leading nonprofits. She has expertise working with foundations, cultural institutions, professional organizations and other nonprofits as well as colleges and universities.

Prior to joining Koya, Alex was with Russell Reynolds Associates, the global executive search firm. At Russell Reynolds, Alex helped build the Nonprofit and Education practice in the Midwest and worked with leading nonprofits across the country.

Alex began her career in education, working in low-income communities as a school counselor. She specialized in working with high school students making the transition to college.

Alex holds a Master’s in Education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Alex is also a Certified Diversity Recruiter.

Nonprofits Alex supports: ALS Therapy Development Institute, CARA Program, Four Winds Westward Ho

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Alena Guerra

Principal, Executive Search

Alena specializes in identifying and cultivating mission-driven executive talent for nonprofits nationwide. In this role, Alena is responsible for all aspects of the executive search lifecycle, from candidate development to partnering with clients in the placement of top talent.

A career recruiter, Alena has deep experience managing both client and candidate relationships. Prior to joining Koya, Alena served as Director of Talent at New Profit, a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund, where she provided full cycle talent acquisition and recruitment expertise for roles across all levels and functions of the organization. At New Profit she also helped manage other aspects of talent, including onboarding, performance management, and professional development.

Alena began her career with recruiting roles at two search firms specializing in supporting the nonprofit sector.

Alena holds a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.

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Sheila Hennessey

Principal, Executive Search

Based in southern California, Sheila joined Koya as an experienced recruiter, having placed senior executives and advancement leadership for nonprofits and universities across the country, with a focus on the West Coast region. Her expertise spans the full recruitment life cycle, including needs assessment, research strategy, candidate development, and client management, and she has over seven years of experience specifically serving nonprofit and university clients.

Prior to joining Koya, she was a recruiter with Higher Talent, a boutique executive search firm based in Washington, DC and southern California, where she specialized in fundraising and advancement searches. Sheila’s clients included the University of Southern California, Johns Hopkins University, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

Sheila began her career in management consulting with Bain & Company before moving into corporate communications and public relations with Chevron and Hill & Knowlton. She also served as Executive Director of a nonprofit organization focused on urban revitalization efforts.

A professional actress, Sheila has appeared onstage and in national network television programs including “The Wire” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” She served as associate producer of the documentary film “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton,” which aired nationally on PBS.

Sheila earned her BS in Earth Sciences from Stanford University, and her MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theater’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.

Nonprofits Sheila supports: Compass pro bono consulting, the Idaho Community Foundation.

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Melissa Madzel

Principal, Executive Search

Based in New York City, Melissa focuses on identifying top executive talent for nonprofit organizations throughout the country, working closely with clients to meet their needs.

Prior to this role, Melissa served as the Chief of Staff for Cities of Service during the organization’s transition from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The majority of her time in the nonprofit sector has been in development, including over five years at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, where she led the organization’s U.S.-based partnerships with corporate foundations, and corporate partnerships roles at Safe Horizon. She also served as a founding corps member and staff member of City Year New York.

Melissa holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Northeastern University.

Nonprofits Melissa supports: UNICEF, Lambda Legal, Robin Hood Foundation

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Anne McCarthy

Principal, Executive Search

Anne specializes in recruiting senior executives to nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions and foundations across the country.

Before joining Koya, Anne worked for a retained executive search firm and specialized in assignments for clients in the Insurance and Industrial Manufacturing industries.

Prior to her career in executive search, Anne was with the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University where she organized and managed custom and open-enrollment executive education programs focusing on leadership development, fundraising, innovation, marketing, and strategic planning for senior leaders of local and international nonprofit organizations.

Anne is active civically in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois through her work as Junior Board Chair of the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston.

A Chicago native, Anne earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Nonprofits Anne supports: Infant Welfare Society, Lily Sarah Grace, Human Rights Campaign, Make-a-Wish Foundation

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Samantha Simmons

Director, People Recruitment & Development

Sam serves as the Director, People Recruitment & Development at Koya. In this capacity, she oversees internal hiring, on-boarding, and professional development across the organization.

Previously, Sam was a Principal, Executive Search at Koya. In this role, she focused on building robust pipelines of executive talent, partnering closely with clients to select the best candidate for their needs, along with contributing to the growth of Koya’s client portfolio.

Earlier, Sam was with Education Pioneers, a nonprofit and leadership talent provider for K-12 education organizations nationwide. At Education Pioneers, Sam served as the Manager of Analyst Fellowship Recruiting and led the national recruitment strategy and efforts for 100+ business and data leadership roles at state departments of education, school districts, education consulting firms, education technology startups, charter school networks and other nonprofits in more than 20 cities across the country.

A Florida native, Sam previously served as an Admissions Recruiter at Stetson University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at the University of Central Florida. Sam is also a Certified Diversity Recruiter.

Nonprofits Sam supports: Strong Women, Strong Girls; LANES Girls, Inc; Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville

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Tanya Varanelli

Director, Knowledge Management

Tanya oversees all of Koya’s internal systems and platforms providing the critical business analytics required for strategic decision-making and enhanced performance across the organization.

Previously, Tanya served as Koya’s Director of Research, working closely with search leads to develop and implement research-based strategies for all searches. Prior to that, Tanya’s recruiting experience included positions with The Broad Center, DIRECTV, and Bain & Company.

Tanya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development/Organizational Studies and Human Resources Management from Boston College.

Nonprofits Tanya supports: Humane Society, DiabetesSisters, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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Shavon Bell

Consultant, Executive Search

As an Executive Search Consultant, Shavon specializes in the evaluation and placement of executive candidates for leading nonprofits nationwide.

Shavon’s career in the nonprofit sector began at the National Minority Supplier Development Council where she connected minority owned businesses with Corporations, looking to diversify their supply chain. Prior to joining Koya, she served as Recruiter at Berklee College of Music, where she built the full-cycle recruiting function and led the search efforts for 500+ staff and faculty positions.

With over 7 years of expertise in developing a network of talent in the non-profit sector, Shavon improved diversity hiring at Berklee by 25%. Her professional experience also includes creating and facilitating trainings for senior leaders on hiring best practices with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Shavon holds a dual Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Anthropology and Africana Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston and studied Communications at Hampton University in Virginia.

Nonprofits Shavon supports: The Salvation Army, JumpStart, Big Brother Big Sister Foundation

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Anny Chou

Consultant, Executive Search

Anny is passionate about connecting the right leaders to the right organizations. She brings significant project management and client service experience with experience in recruiting to Koya where she supports senior level search engagements for leading nonprofits, cultural institutions and foundations.

Prior to Koya, Anny was with Isaacson, Miller where she was first introduced to executive search. She also worked at Education Pioneers, a leader in placing top talent in education, where she specialized in recruiting experienced professionals to education leadership positions nationwide.

Her commitment to mission-driven organizations began when Anny served as a pro bono consultant for Taproot Foundation advising nonprofits on their strategic plan development.

Anny also has deep ties to education as a former researcher at the Clayton Christensen Institute, an Education Pioneers Fellow and a high school economics and math instructor in Chicago.

Anny received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Economics from Carleton College. She earned her Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Anny is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Nonprofits Anny supports: Clayton Christensen Institute, Education Pioneers, the University of Chicago.

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Chartise Clark

Consultant, Executive Search

Chartise believes strong communities and strong leaders go hand in hand. Based in Chicago, Chartise focuses on candidate development and client engagement, with an emphasis on managing candidate relationships.

Previously, Chartise was a Talent Manager at KIPP, a leading non-profit network of over 200 college-preparatory, public charter schools. In this role, Chartise focused on recruiting teachers and school leaders for the Bay Area region.

She was introduced to recruitment at UP Education Network, where she was the Manager of Talent Programs and a Manager of Recruitment. During her time at UP, she recruited non-profit and K-12 instructional leaders to join the organization’s groundbreaking work – turning around failing schools in record time.

Chartise received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, with thesis honors, from Tufts University.

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Turner Delano

Consultant, Executive Search

Based in Washington, DC, Turner specializes in recruiting executives to nonprofits nationwide. Turner is focused on all aspects of the search process, from project management to client support. Turner specializes in candidate development while supporting Koya Leadership.

Prior to joining Koya, she served as Managing Producer of a weekly news show on Bloomberg TV Africa where she worked to produce, research and pitch interviews.

Turner attended Simmons College in Boston where she received a dual B.A. in International Affairs and Economics.

Nonprofits Turner supports: Girls Who Code, The World Is Just a Book Away (WIJABA), Earth Conservation Corps

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Amber Dudley

Consultant, Executive Search

As an Executive Search Consultant, Amber works closely with the Chicago team to provide support through project management, search logistics, and business development.

Prior to joining Koya, Amber worked as a recruiter for Teach for America where she developed and implemented strategies for pipeline management, built relationships with key stakeholders, and led the design and execution of various projects.

Her career began as a Teach for America corps member. During her time in and after the corps, Amber served as an early childhood educator for Chicago Public Schools. Amber’s commitment to education reform sparks her passion for the nonprofit sector and connecting the right person to the right place.

Amber received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Legal Communications from Howard University. She is a certified ESL instructor and holds a Master’s degree from Dominican University.

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Meghan Franklin

Consultant, Executive Search

As a Florida native, Meghan supports Koya’s diverse and esteemed clients remotely from the greater Orlando area. She identifies and recruits talented leaders throughout the nonprofit sector, and is passionate about connecting the right person to the right place.

Her career began in higher education, first as an Admission Recruiter at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and then as a Development Officer at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Meghan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with emphasis in creative writing and journalism from Stetson University.

Nonprofits Meghan supports: Me Strong, Stetson University, Give Kids the World, IDignity

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Tranee Peevy

Consultant, Executive Search

Tranee brings to Koya her passion for the nonprofit sector and her advocacy for underserved communities.  As a Search Consultant for the West Coast team, her primary areas of focus are search operations and support, specifically candidate evaluation and development.

Previously, Tranee worked in the legal industry for a top three intellectual property and corporate law firm, where she supported several litigation trial teams as an e-discovery expert and operations paralegal. Her dedication to her own community led her to create a nonprofit committed to connecting underserved high school students in South Los Angeles to opportunities for empowerment and higher education. As a Senior Search Associate, Tranee looks forward to supporting and building a strong network of relationships across the nonprofit and education sectors.

Tranee holds a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric, emphasis on Public Discourse, from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Riordan MBA Fellow at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Nonprofits Turner supports: Tranee supports the KIPP Foundation, South Central Scholars, and the Dorsey High Class of 2005.

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Alicia Salerno

Consultant, Executive Search

Alicia identifies, recruits, and engages with talented leaders for Koya’s clients. She supports the portfolio of Koya’s executive-level searches, partnering with the Vice President of Executive Search and widely-skilled candidates for diverse organizations.

Prior to joining Koya, Alicia worked for Youth Villages as a Human Capital Manager and Recruiting Supervisor where she managed staffing for seven programs in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Mississippi markets for 450 employees. Before that, Alicia spent seven years in higher education, focused on student recruitment, leadership, and training at Brown University, Providence College, University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), and Salve Regina University.

A certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR), Alicia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Salve Regina University, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Rhode Island College, and a Master of Arts in History from Providence College.

Nonprofits Alicia supports: Year Up, Youth Villages, and Best Buddies.

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Will DeSmit

Consultant, Search and Operations

Based in the Los Angeles office, Will provides support to the Managing Director on the West Coast. His primary areas of focus include internal operations, search and proposal support.

Will joins Koya from Warner Brothers, where he supported Marketing & Promotions for all unscripted and daytime programming, including on-air campaigns, promotional photography and strategy.

Prior to his time in the entertainment industry, Will worked in education reform, including with the Broad Center, KIPP Los Angeles and Citizens of the World Charter Schools. He was also a part of the start-up team for Year Up NYC, part of a national nonprofit focusing on the opportunity gap through workforce development training, higher education and corporate apprenticeships.

Will holds a bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Work and Civil Rights from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.

Nonprofits Will supports: Manifest Justice, Christopher Street West, ACLU, Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools

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Laura Creagan

Manager, Information Technology

Laura serves as the Information Technology Manager at Koya. In this capacity, she will lead critical IT initiatives across Koya, be responsible for identifying and implementing essential software systems, oversee staff training on organizational technology, manage all computer hardware and conduct data analytics for a wide range of business-critical projects related to technology. She will collaborate with senior leadership and outside partners to research and implement emerging technologies that improve efficiency and enhance productivity.

Previous to joining Koya, Laura served as the IT Business Systems/Membership Manager for both U.S. Biathlon Association and New England Nordic Ski Association. In this role she managed and monitored all IT Systems, and solved business problems with automated solutions. She provided technical expertise in collaboration with leadership on all IT systems and business processes. She successfully implemented two new CRM Systems, API Integrations, and a new website to replace aging systems. She captured, analyzed, implemented, tested and documented business requirements, processes and workflows. She served as the technical support for all system users, managed all workflows and processes. Laura continues to serve on the NENSA Board IT Committee.

Earlier, Laura was the founder of a small IT Consulting Corporation called db-ology, Inc where she focused on developing custom IT solutions for small non-profit organizations. She developed a database application to track migrating lobsters in the Gulf of Maine and redesigned the John Cabot University website in Rome, Italy.

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Science from the University of Virginia and her Associates Degree in Science from the State University of New York. Laura has certifications in Agile Planning for Software Development and Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies. Laura is also very active within her community and since 2011 has served as the Co-founder /President of the non-profit Agamenticus Ski Club in York, Maine which provides educational programs to promote health, fitness and fun through xc skiing, for all ages/ability levels in the greater York Region.

Nonprofits Laura supports: US Biathlon Association, New England Nordic Ski Association, Protect Our Winters, York Land Trust, Natural Resources Defense Council, CERES.

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Alina Michelewicz

Manager, Finance

As an important member of the Operations Team, Alina has a broad job description. Alina has experience working in small non-profits where she has served as a community organizer, fundraiser, and financial assistant. Prior to joining the team at Koya, Alina served on the board of Haiti School Project, where she organized a teacher training workshop for over 50 teachers in rural Haiti. She is dedicated to making the world a better place and believes that nonprofits are some of the primary changemakers in this world. Alina has a Master’s degree in Community Development and Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.

Nonprofits Alina supports: African Community Education, Wikimedia Foundation

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Molly Scully

Manager, Research

Molly works closely with search leads to identify potential candidates for all Koya searches using both the firm’s proprietary database as well as external sources.

Supporting Koya’s knowledge management efforts, Molly develops a robust pipeline of candidates and external resources for future opportunities. She also supports business development efforts by conducting research on potential clients and providing reports to search leads. Molly leads Koya’s internship program and manages relationships and pipeline development with local colleges.

Prior to Koya, Molly volunteered at a local Head Start program where she assisted in the evaluation of young children’s cognitive development. She has also dedicated many hours to volunteering at the Newburyport Education Foundation and Newburyport’s Recycling Program.

Molly attended West Virginia University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Nonprofits Molly supports:  Newburyport Education Foundation, Lowell’s Boat Shop, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Best Buddies International


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Danielle Kaidanow

Associate, Finance

As a Finance Associate, Danielle works closely with Koya’s Finance, Operations, and Human Resources teams. This position provides critical support to our client-facing professionals and helps to implement operational systems and processes that scale effectively and seamlessly.

Danielle began her career working with international nonprofits including Seeds of Peace and the Clinton Foundation. Prior to Koya, Danielle was a Program Coordinator for Tufts University’s Institute for Global Leadership where she led an international student program. Passionate about environmental justice, she ran an education program at MIT Media Lab’s Open Agriculture Initiative focused on agriculture technology and food sovereignty.

Danielle is committed to nutrition and community building, and volunteers with the urban farming organization Groundwork Lawrence. She also uses her organizing skills to coordinate DONATIO, a capacity builder for NGOs that provides resources to communities facing unmet needs.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Vermont.

Nonprofits Danielle supports: Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Libraries Without Borders, and Defenders of Wildlife.

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Monale Alemika

Associate, Marketing and Communications

Monale is focused on communications and marketing initiatives, including proposals and presentations, newsletter, and blog posts, measuring effectiveness of communications initiatives and managing Koya’s online presence. She joins Koya after several years in the higher education and executive search industry, first as a Communications Lecturer at Duquesne University and most recently as a Search Coordinator with an executive search firm that worked exclusively with top universities in the country.

Previously, Monale worked with nonprofits and government agencies in Nigeria and the US, in communications and program related roles. She loves the nonprofit and career development space and co-manages a professional networking group for Africans in the Philadelphia area.

Monale holds a Master’s degree in Communications Studies from Duquesne University and Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Babcock University, Nigeria.

Nonprofits Monale supports: Pencil of Promise.

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Tara Sullivan

Associate, Operations

As an Operations Associate, Tara provides administrative support to Koya’s Founder & CEO, as well as the Founding Partner on calendar management, expenses, travel and special projects. Tara is also responsible for office management, search and new business support for the Northeast team.

Prior to joining Koya, Tara was the North East regional sales manager for Silvon Software, a business intelligence software company, covering the eastern seaboard. In this role, Tara was responsible for selling business solutions to large supply chain companies, sales and marketing to her designated region as well as managing business partner/3rd party relationships. Before Silvon, Tara sold software and hardware solutions for Data Mirror, Inc., Vision Software, and EMC Corp.

Tara is actively involved in her community, including serving as President of the Parent Teacher Organization, she was appointed by the mayor to be on an Education Advisory Group, and work on a Residential Advisory Committee for the City of Newburyport.

Tara holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from New England College.

Nonprofits Tara supports: Newburyport Education Foundation and the Divinity Foundation

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Sayda Zelaya

Associate, Research

As a Research Associate, Sayda is responsible for developing and implementing research-based strategies to source candidates for Koya’s executive searches.

Prior to joining Koya, Sayda was a Media Training Coordinator at the Women’s Media Center in Washington D.C. where she organized national training programs for women around the country. As an advocate for social justice, she has worked extensively and proactively in several nonprofits focusing specifically on community outreach, development implementation and recruitment.

Sayda is an alumna of the AmeriCorps program, having served at Higher Achievement, a rigorous after-school program for middle school youth in at-risk communities in D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Moravian College.

Nonprofits Sayda supports: cuSTEMized, Girls Who Code, and PA Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

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Allison Dunne

Associate, Search and Operations

Allison is responsible for internal operations and search support in the Chicago office. She began her career working in the University Advancement office at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, supporting the regional development team.

Having worked with a number of different teams at MU, Allison understands the importance of finding the right people to match the right organizations. Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

Nonprofits Allison supports: Human Rights Campaign, Milwaukee Rescue Mission

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Tameka Horner

Associate, Search and Operations

As an Associate, Tameka provides operational support to Directors to ensure searches run smoothly and efficiently and all search-related information, metrics, and documents are collected and filed, and scheduling with clients and candidates takes place efficiently and appropriately.

Tameka joins Koya from Red Oak Sourcing, a joint venture between CVS Health and Cardinal Health. Prior, she worked at the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. There, she worked in various roles, including providing primary support to a national executive search team.

Tameka attended the University of Massachusetts Boston where she studied Cultural Anthropology and African-American Historical Studies.

Nonprofits Tameka supports: Project HIP-HOP, City Year

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