We understand that search is not just a recruitment activity, but an opportunity to define your organization and the change it will drive for years to come. Our search processes are collaborative and focused. Impact Search Advisors by Nonprofit HR was founded with one goal in mind: to strengthen the social impact sector by partnering with and advising its leaders.
With your organization’s speciﬁc goals in mind, we work in partnership with you to ﬁnd the best, most qualiﬁed executives, talent management and human resources professionals to spearhead and lead core functions of your mission. We serve social impact organizations, including associations and social enterprises.
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Our corporate shared values inﬂuence how we approach executive search. We seek social impact leaders with proven experience as:
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Thank you for visiting Impact Search Advisors online. We understand that finding stellar talent is not just a recruitment activity, but an opportunity to define your organization and the change it will drive for years to come. Our Search processes are both collaborative and focused. With your organization’s specific goals in mind, we work in partnership with you to find the best, most qualified executive, director and staff-level professionals to lead your mission. We serve both social sector talent and the organizations that need them to pave the way to the future.
We are committed to pairing talented, mission-driven leaders and professionals with social impact organizations where they can make a meaningful contribution. Our Search experts partner with you every step of the way, from sourcing and vetting opportunity candidates to negotiating compensation, so that your organization can secure the talent it needs to achieve its goals. We’d love to help your organization accomplish its mission and we’ll help you identify and place the right talent.
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Patty is recognized for driving multiple strategies and expanding the footprint for the Search practice area. Patty is a passionate and committed professional who always exhibits a can-do approach to challenges. She has a deep appreciation for innovation backed by over 25 years of extensive expertise in human capital management and executive recruitment and consultation. With a keen focus on talent acquisition and management and executive search, Patty is also considered the firm’s resident expert in employee engagement and communication, executive talent recruitment and transformational leadership. Patty’s expertise also includes the development and delivery of training programs and facilitation of focus groups that result in an enriched employee/supervisor relationship and an engaged workforce culture.
As the managing partner, Patty co-leads the business and financial strategies of the firm and is a member of the senior management team. Patty has been with the firm since its inception and has added executive career coaching and outplacement/transition support to the firm’s portfolio of service offerings.
Prior to joining Nonprofit HR, Patty served as Director of Human Resources with ASAE, The Center for Association Leadership (formerly known as the American Society of Association Executives). Before ASAE, Patty dedicated more than 10 years of her career with a large trade association.
Patty received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Trinity University in Washington D.C. and she is a Certified Staffing Professional, a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and a Women in Leadership Council member with the American Staffing Association.
Active in the community, Patty is an ardent volunteer and donor with nonprofits in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and Santa Monica, California.
On any given day, you can expect to find Sidney Abrams leading Nonprofit HR’s consulting team and clients through engagements whether they be through the projects or outsourcing practice areas. Sid oversees dozens of employees and consultants with Nonprofit HR’s Consulting Practice and serves as a Technical Advisor for large and/or complex engagements. He applies more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience and passion for people management to each and every engagement. Under Sidney’s leadership, Nonprofit HR’s consulting team has grown from 8 to over 40 and revenue for the practice area increased by nearly 400%. He further exercises his business savvy by co-leading the business and financial strategic decision making for the firm as a member of the Senior Management Team. Before joining the firm’s leadership, he started with the firm’s outsourcing division in 2008 and led numerous successful long-term engagements. Sidney then went on to head the Project Team where he completed dozens of engagements including HR effectiveness assessments and multi-state compliance audits, HRIS implementations and sensitive investigations.
Sidney was drawn to HR during his undergraduate college years. He has since focused his career exclusively on the profession and built recognized expertise in the areas of audit/compliance, assessment, project management and HR technology. His early beginnings as an HR associate then manager for family-run for-profit businesses later led to a transition to the social sector. In the social sector, Sidney grew into change management roles while honing his skills by successfully directing the human resources function for a technology association in the midst of a market shift and organizational realignment as well as providing strategic Human Resource leadership at a national Jewish youth movement.
Sidney graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and is a proud Terp alum. He earned professional certifications from HRCI, SHRM and HCI.
As Vice President of Client Services, Terry serves as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team providing leadership and direction to the firm’s service delivery. She applies over 20 years of consulting experience to create and implement strategies to improve overall client service delivery while maintaining the firm’s competitive edge. She has demonstrated experience in change management utilizing frameworks and tools specifically adapted to meet identified client needs and leads effective cultural changes while assessing impact and potential risk. She is a client-focused and highly-collaborative professional invigorated by leading relationships and coordinating new strategic partnerships while diversifying revenue generating opportunities.
Prior, Terry worked in leadership roles with Avande (a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft), Deloitte and Kforce Global Solutions. Her experience and focus have always been client driven. She was responsible for the sales strategy and managing existing relationships where she developed, fostered and built long-term business partnerships with large multi-million dollar clients. She achieved 100% client satisfaction while deepening those existing relationships by delivering considerable cost saving and other value-added service offerings.
She also spearheaded an offshore and outsourcing talent acquisition strategy, directed and oversaw a workforce of over 850 technologists with multi-year attrition rates well below industry standards. She is people focused and centered around cultivating talent and skills by focusing on continuous training and certifications, consultant retention and brokering mentorship programs across various operating portfolios resulting in increased overall workforce management.
Terry received her bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Canada. She is a Microsoft Certified Professional and trained in Project Management. In addition to her professional experience, she is driven by expanding upon her entrepreneurial horizons. Motivated by her own health challenges as a young child, she recently formed a company selling products related to health and wellness and continues to create new product ideas geared toward helping others, namely women and mothers, in her spare time. She leveraged her customer-first philosophy and was able to generate a strong following of dedicated customers and received glowing online reviews related to the quality and efficacy of the product and customer service. Terry holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada and currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Terence, an attorney, and her two children, Alexandra and Finbar. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hot yoga, cooking, tennis, downhill skiing (if she’s up north) and golfing with her husband on the weekends.
Noelle Myriam Cherubim is the Senior Consultant on Nonprofit HR’s Recruitment Outsourcing team. As Senior Consultant, Noelle will lead recruitment outsourcing engagements and work closely with client leaders and management to understand workforce planning needs and develop and execute strategies for high-volume recruitment outsourcing. Noelle will represent the firm through various engagements, participate in panels, work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to execute business strategies, build trust and cultivate client relationships.
Noelle is a post 9/11 Army Veteran with over 15 years of progressive experience, a change agent who’s led global projects supported decentralized, cross-functional, geographically dispersed teams. She has a successful track record in global HR/talent management, talent acquisition & retention, workforce planning, compliance, strategic partnerships and analytics to facilitate a blueprint for growth, development and career pathways. She is a visionary who’s created high-functioning teams aligned with business objectives—sensitive to cross-cultural issues, work locus of control and autonomy.
With an educational background in Psychology and Special Education, Noelle has successfully instituted HR recruitment structures and standardizations for The Nature Conservancy, National Institute on Aging (NIH). Many of her approaches to specialized recruiting were also adopted by the New York City’s Recruiting Battalion to level-set ways towards meeting the US Army’s mission. Outside of work, Noelle enjoys playing strategic board games, traveling, outdoor activities, staying up to date on natural hair products, photography (taking pictures) and the arts (particularly Lois Mailou Jones, Klimt, Séraphine de Senlis, and Kandinsky).
Michael McElroy has over 14 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector as a people and program manager. He has worked in a wide variety of HR functions including full life cycle recruiting, onboarding, training, employee engagement, diversity & inclusion and employee assessment.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters, he managed the School-Based Mentoring department responsible for over 1,000 mentoring pairs, and in an HR capacity designed and facilitated supervisor training, aligned recruitment and performance assessment tools to the agency’s core values and developed a remote employee engagement strategy at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael is finalizing his Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Villanova University and obtained his bachelor’s degree at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He also holds the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification. He recently moved to Baltimore after spending over a decade in Philadelphia. He is also a wedding DJ, an avid language learner, and a new father.
Bert Ruiz serves as Senior Consultant for Nonprofit HR. With a 22-year career in the nonprofit industry, Bert serves as a trusted advisor on executive search engagements nationally and responsible for the successful closure of search assignments at the professional and executive levels, using unique search methodologies and strategies.
Mr. Ruiz’s most recent role includes serving as Senior Consultant for DBD Group overseeing executive search services. Prior to that, he spent several years with YMCA of the USA, the national resource center supporting over 800 local YMCA affiliates, where he served as Region Director, CEO Search. He also served as Senior Manager of Chronic Disease Prevention Programs, which included the development of a national strategy to promote adoption and implementation of approaches to address health disparities and healthy aging, with specific focus on primary chronic disease prevention and screening. Prior to serving at the national level, he spent nine years in operations serving as Executive Director with a local YMCA affiliate in Houston.
Bert is experienced in diversity, equity and inclusion professional development initiatives. He served as a participant, as well as coach and mentor, for national multicultural development programs, and was certified as facilitator to deliver trainings to local affiliate staff. Bert also served on national employee resources group leadership committees.
Bert has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Houston, a Master of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Bert and his wife Wendy have two adult children and reside in Houston, Texas.
Danisha Martin is an executive recruiter and trusted advisor on the firm’s retained executive search engagements. She conducts interviews with senior and executive level professionals and evaluates qualifications and “fit” with the client organizations’ needs; prepares oral and written candidate assessments, presentations and recommendations; and manages the expectations of clients and candidates to ensure successful experiences. Danisha works collaboratively with Nonprofit HR’s Executive Search practice leader on search strategy and business development initiatives.
Danisha has over seven years of experience in search, talent acquisition and human resources. Danisha has successfully managed the staffing and recruitment needs for clients ranging from small and mid-sized operations to Fortune 500 organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She is gifted in assessing talent, adept in relationship-building, and known for her professionalism and creative strategic approach.
Committed to providing relevant content to the business community, Danisha developed and hosted an online interview series devoted to the impact of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also co-designed and facilitated a quarterly live seminar geared toward the needs of executive-level human resource professionals in career transition. She has partnered with clients such as Johns Hopkins University, National Academy of Sciences, HSC Health Care System, Amtrak and The Wills Group. Her previous employers include local recruitment firms, CitiFinancial, Pepsi Bottling Group and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
When Danisha is not on her headset recruiting advanced talent for progressive employers, she is spending time with her family at their D.C. home, volunteering her time to serve her community or doing quadruple spins on a nearby salsa dance floor.
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Natasha Dennis is a Search Consultant with Nonprofit HR’s Recruitment Outsourcing practice area. Natasha is a master talent acquisition professional with 7 years of full lifecycle recruitment, client management, and metric analytics experience. She is widely recognized for her superior search and placement strategies and exceptional ability to build and maintain relationships for optimal talent and organizational success.
Prior to joining Nonprofit HR, Natasha served as the recruitment and internship manager at a leading research and advocacy think tank in Washington, DC. She managed, developed and implemented practical recruitment methods to improve the organization’s overall recruitment process for permanent and temporary staff. Before solely managing process revitalization assignments, Natasha held Lead Talent Acquisition roles, offering her expertise on strategic sourcing and placement, behavioral, case and situational style interviewing, effective organizational development and employer branding strategies to increase talent attraction and retention.
Natasha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric Communication and Business Administration from Trinity Washington University and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University with a concentration in Talent Management and Organization Development. She is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Association honor society and a certified training facilitator, leading courses in behavioral-based interviewing, employer branding, and customer service engagement. When she’s not sourcing for top talent or engaging clients for recruitment meetings, Natasha is cooking/trying out new recipes, brunching with friends, online shopping and binge-watching noteworthy documentaries and series.
Jami serves as a trusted advisor on search engagements nationally. This includes being responsible for the successful closure of search assignments at the professional and executive levels, using unique search methodologies and strategies. Additionally, she conducts detailed interviews with professional, senior and executive-level candidates to evaluate qualifications and fit with the client organizations’ needs; prepares oral and written informative assessments, presentations and recommendations; and manages the expectations of both clients and candidates to ensure successful experiences on every search process within the agreed upon timelines.
Jami brings over 15 years of experience in corporate recruiting, agency recruiting and client relations in several sectors. These sectors include engineering, corporate operation roles, accounting in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, government contracting and international development. She has had years of proven success managing a high volume of open job requisitions at multiple levels while simultaneously delivering excellent client service.
Jami’s career accomplishments include but are not limited to experience building business brands from startup to fully operational and exceeding profit goals. These efforts have been accompanied by consecutive years of winning top performance accolades and awards. Outside of work, Jami is a doting mother of one son, enjoys creative arts, water sports and traveling to warm climates inside and outside of the United States.
As a Search Consultant, Sophia LaFontant, CSP, finds the best and brightest candidates to fulfill employment opportunities for Impact Search Advisors’ clients. She is passionate about the professional development of new candidates and the growth of the Talent Acquisition Practice Area.
Sophia has a diverse professional background and started her career as an investigator for the Attorney General of the State of Florida before transitioning to human resources at the Department of Homeland Security. She also worked as a recruiter with the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia and D.C. Courts and helped increase diversity within both agencies by expanding partnerships with 52 targeted educational institutions and associations. Her expertise includes establishing talent acquisition initiatives targeting diversity; designing interactive training methods; and administering payroll, benefits and retirement.
Sophia received a Bachelor of Science from the Florida State University in Psychology and Criminology.
Sophia holds her Certified Staffing Professional credential from the American Staffing Association and has conducted career information sessions, served as a panelist and presenter at conferences and participated in numerous career fairs as a recruiter. Also, she currently serves as a volunteer with D.C. Public Schools within a nonprofit organization that enriches young lives through entrepreneurship, health, mental wellness and life skills development. She holds certifications for Personal Training and Yoga Instruction.
Stephanie Zavislan has joined Nonprofit HR as an Associate Recruiter on the Recruitment Outsourcing Team. Stephanie will serve as a key point of contact with clients and candidates on activities related to recruitment projects. She will be responsible for assisting with candidate and client requests and will skillfully manage details and logistics related to open job requisitions.
Working in nonprofits since 2011, Stephanie began as an outsourced accountant with Project C.U.R.E. She joined Easterseals Colorado in 2012 as a part-time accountant and worked up to being a payroll administrator, HR Business Partner and Revenue Assurance Supervisor. She successfully migrated all third-party billing to Medicaid-direct billing and integrated a new customized payroll processing system. In 2017 Stephanie joined National Ski Patrol as an accountant and quickly fell into development and fundraising, quadrupling charitable donations for the organization within the first year. She volunteers with Denver Food Rescue, The Action Center and Applewood Community Church.
Stephanie earned her MBA in Values-Based Leadership from the University of Denver in 2008 and her PHR from the Human Resources Certification Institute in May 2020. She has helped several nonprofits identify their core values and align them with operations for the organizations’ optimal impact. She has been a speaker on nonprofit culture, values and empathy at the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Fall Conference, and been included on panels as a subject matter expert on intentional culture and employee experience. Stephanie’s professional dream is to raise employee engagement scores in nonprofits to be higher than any other business sector.
Stephanie resides near Denver, Colorado and is an avid hiker, paddleboarder, kayaker, camper and loves anything s’mores and s’mores-flavored.
Previously, Corinne served as an Administrative Assistant at Community Services for Autistic Adults in Montgomery Village, MD. This position required her to simultaneously manage various administrative support duties. While working with Community Services for Autistic Adults, she leveraged her organizational skills to spearhead a scheduling procedure for senior management and helped transform the organization’s overall business operations.
Corinne enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Roseangel provides administrative support to the Managing Director and consultants on the Search team, handling scheduling, tracking and document compilation in support of the Search team’s recruitment efforts. Roseangel assists with client, candidate and colleague communication and takes pride in offering an accurate, responsive and high-quality client service environment.
Roseangel has previously worked as a lead Print and Talent Agent for six years thriving in the fast-paced entertainment industry. She assisted on projects of every size with clients like Netflix and HBO for film, tv, commercials and print ads, utilizing her exceptional communication and organization skills to facilitate a smooth process for all parties involved. Valuing diversity, equity and inclusion, Roseangel implemented new procedures at the agency in order to offer more inclusive and equitable services to clients and enhance the workplace environment. Roseangel also works with local grass-roots political campaigns and organizations in Phoenix, Arizona in communications and field organizing. She worked as the Communications Director on an AZ state senate campaign, receiving the largest young voter turnout in her district history as well as many ballot initiatives and political coalition organizations to continue to advocate for the rights of marginalized communities.
Academically, Roseangel earned an associate’s degree in Art from Paradise Valley Community College and will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from Arizona State University in 2022.
Outside of work, Roseangel is usually spending time with her large Mexican family making delicious food and singing karaoke together until the sun comes up.
Lisa offers clients more than 25 years of experience in global benefits, compensation and HRIS, with unique expertise in global compensation strategy, program design and operations. Known to bring a strong service orientation to every project she touches, Lisa a critical thinker who thoughtfully develops programs that are differentiating for clients and their employees, alike. Lisa’s toolbox is well-equipped, bringing clients stellar services on program design, systems implementation, vendor selection and management, HR policy development, as well as written and verbal communication and staff management.
Prior to joining the team at Nonprofit HR, she stood in the shoes of clients, complimenting her holistic, consultative approach to business. Also, Lisa held multiple roles within Pathfinder International for nearly 10 years, culminating in role as Director, Total Rewards and HRIS, through which she paved the way for the company’s first global Total Rewards structure. Lisa has also held roles with Staples, Inc., TRW Inc., Arthur D. Little and SMOC (a Massachusetts-based, human services nonprofit). Lisa is often invited to serve as both a panelist and speaker at industry events hosted by Humentum and Birches Group.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science and Speech (B.S.S.P) in Business Communications from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts. She is also an active member of Humentum, SHRM and the New England Benefits Council.
Emily Holthaus is known for collaborating with organizations to design organizational strategy and implement leadership development solutions toward the outcomes of greater equity, inclusion and human capital engagement in both physical and virtual environments. Prior to serving as Nonprofit HR’s lead Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant, Emily served as the Director of Multicultural Leadership Development for YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) where she worked to identify, engage, inspire, develop and retain multicultural staff to ensure the leadership of YMCAs reflects the diverse communities they serve. Emily was also a key member of the Y-USA’s Talent & Knowledge Management senior team that led the development of strategy and implementation of training solutions to support a nationwide workforce of more than 250,000 employees.
She holds a bacehlor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Concordia University. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art and music, playing sports, traveling and spending quality time with her husband Chad and young sons Jack and Cameron.
Atokatha brings over 20 years of experience designing, implementing and promoting data-driven marketing best practices across the full range of marketing and communications for nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Her most recent role, prior to Nonprofit HR, was as Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Community Engagement with the International Economic Development Council. Atokatha has also worked with ICMA, Smithsonian Institution, Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc. and several other social-impact organizations. She also has experience in supplier diversity, having built tier I and tier II minority business relations with Fortune 500 companies. She has represented various firms through the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s national and state affiliations.
The former CEO of Brandbuilder, a full services communication and marketing firm, she has led consultants who are focused on vision and mission mapping, strategic communication, branding and marketing projects management. Atokatha is a 10-year columnist for Minority Business Entrepreneur magazine; co-author of two small business publications, Seen and Sustained and The Balancing Act; an international speaker; and adjunct professor.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Marymount University and an MBA in International Business from Trinity University. Atokatha is pursuing a doctoral degree in Business Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s in Washington, DC.
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