We are excited to welcome Chris Cannon to our growing Executive Search Team. With over a decade of experience in the mission-driven sector, he brings a wealth of knowledge. In his early career he was an Executive Director of a growing nonprofit organization in Ghana. His experience in that role shaped his professional aspirations, leading him to a career in executive recruiting and nonprofit consulting, as well as giving him a passion for board leadership and volunteering.
We are pleased to announce that we have added Merica Whitehall, a skilled nonprofit leader, to our consulting team. She brings over 25 years of experience in empowering diverse teams across nonprofit community organizations to do their best work. Merica is a tireless champion for the integration of DEIJ into all levels of organizational culture, planning, and operations. Currently she is serving as a member of the Association of Nature Center Administrators DEI Committee to advance these initiatives on a national scale.
Tom Bull has joined the Edmonds College Foundation as their new Executive Director and will be representing them at their upcoming INSPIRE benefit coming up in April 2022.
With more than 20 years of higher education administration and non-profit institutional advancement, Tom brings a wealth of experience into the role.
The Foundation said of his hire,
Peter Bloch Garcia got his start in education, working to increase access to quality education for low-income, working families. His aim was to not only increase access to educational opportunities but also empower individuals to advocate for systemic change.
He then founded and later served as the Executive Director of the Latino Community Fund for the Greater Seattle Area.
Valtas Group Washington has named Dave Lenox its new Managing Partner for this market-leading nonprofit consulting firm specializing in executive leadership transitions and sector capacity building. Mr. Lenox takes over for retiring Founder Tom Varga, who previously founded professional services firms CFO Selections and Accounting Solutions Partners and the CFOS Foundation.
The former Executive Director of the Seattle Institute for Early Childhood Development, Liddy Wendell, joined our consulting team after a seven year stint with the umbrella organization for Hilltop Children’s Center and Hilltop Educator Institute. A collaborative, mission-focused leader, Liddy brings an extensive track record of implementing social justice and community empowerment initiatives to the team.
Caitlin Pontrella joins us with significant nonprofit leadership experience across a wide array of organizations, including serving as Executive Director, Interim Executive Director, Interim Development Director, and Board President. She has been involved with organizations going through the startup phase, experiencing rapid growth, weathering crisis, navigating a leadership transition, and numerous other types of transformations. As such, Caitlin has the kind of varied experience that can benefit a variety of nonprofits in her community.
She has first-hand experience with board governance, organizational development, budget creation, financial management, and fundraising. Her expertise is in creating inclusive and emotionally intelligent environments to empower all individuals while incorporating her fun-loving spirit.
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