Our Network of Nonprofit Interim Executives

Interim Executive Solutions has developed a network of highly accomplished professionals with experience leading both nonprofit and for profit organizations. Our Associates bring general expertise in key areas such as assessing organizational needs, determining and acting on priorities, developing the capacity of staff, communicating with stakeholders, and collaborating with nonprofit boards on vision, strategy and future leadership needs.

In addition, many of our Associates have deeper expertise in particular practice areas such as finance, fund-raising, human capital, systems and operations, technology, public relations, and the law, and they are willing share their knowledge in these areas when needed by others.

Here we highlight just a few of the Associates currently available in our network:

Pat Gentile

Dr. Gentile was the fourth President of North Shore Community College, Danvers MA, appointed in 2013. She was granted the honorary Emerita designation by the NSCC Board of Trustees for her work moving the college to the forefront of academic excellence in the country and state and capturing several national awards for outstanding student outcomes. The multi-campus college annually served 8,000 credit students and 3,000 workforce development non-credit students.

Pat was appointed by MA Governor Baker to the MA Autism Commission (2015-2019), the MA Gaming Commission Sub-Committee on Community Mitigation (2018-2020), the Higher Education COVID 19 Advisory Committee, and during 2019-2020 served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Council of Community College Presidents.

Prior to NSCC, Pat worked at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey from 1999-2013, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Cape May County Campus for her final 5 years. She previously held executive positions with several other nonprofit organizations including The Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.; Freedom Valley Girl Scout Council, Valley Forge, PA; Holly Shores Girl Scout Council, Newfield, NJ; the Women’s Humane Society, Philadelphia, PA.

Pat earned an MBA with a joint major in Finance and Public Policy & Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Eric Gurna

Eric Gurna is an experienced nonprofit executive and consultant committed to supporting the work of organizations dedicated to community & youth development and social justice. From 2015 to 2021, Eric served as President & CEO of LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program, a partnership of the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector serving 25,000 children at nearly 200 Los Angeles elementary schools.

Eric brings a deep commitment to positive youth development to his work, and a national reputation for thought leadership in the Expanded Learning movement. He also brings a nuanced understanding and appreciation for how children learn and develop, and a passion for staff and program development. Eric has presented keynotes and workshops for dozens of organizations and conferences nationwide. In 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Eric to the California Department of Education’s Before and After School Advisory Committee, and he is a member of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance Steering Committee.

Eric holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine and an M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School for Social Research in New York.

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Michael Halperson

Mike Halperson is a seasoned, experienced, flexible leader. His style is highly collaborative and inclusive and he has demonstrated the ability to manage teams through challenging transitions with highly satisfactory outcomes, some of which were complete turnarounds.

His experiences include Interim CEO of a the Worcester Ecotarium and also a Greater Boston medical academic-detailing nonprofit, Interim Managing Director of a for-profit software company, Chair of the Board of Directors of a multi-hospital healthcare system, and President of a suburban nonprofit nursing/home care agency. He has also served on many nonprofit and for-profit boards including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, New England Conservatory of Music, Kryptonite Corporation, Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, Business Products Industry Association, Norwood Hospital and Cape Cod Sea Camps.

Mike has hands-on experience in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Planning, and General Management with profit-and-loss responsibility. He holds degrees from Union College (Schenectady, NY), University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Denver. He was also a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force.

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Amy Husten

Amy Husten has over 40 years of work experience having served in a  wide variety of leadership positions. Most of Amy’s work has been in the Museum field but she also has held positions in the government and private sectors.  She has worked as Executive Director of the Walkway Over the Hudson, a non -profit organization that partnered with New York State to transform a defunct railroad bridge into a 1.25 pedestrian park that is the newest addition to the New York State park system.  Amy worked for  16 years at the Guggenheim Museum in a variety of management positions and most recently spent the last 10 years at Bard College in Development and later as Managing Director of Montgomery Place, a 400 acre historic farm, historic house and property that the College purchased in 2016.

Amy holds an B.A. and B.F.A from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.  She lives in the mid-Hudson Valley.

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Keith Kendall

Keith Kendall is a seasoned, experience senior executive with a strong background as an organization builder. He is an accomplished builder and leader of successful teams, with a proven record of success across multiple industries, countries, business sizes and stages of development.

Kendall has broad board experience including public, private, and non-profit boards in U.S. and U.K, He is adept at managing the diverse opinions and personalities in a board setting as well as the executive team. In multiple start-ups and distressed turnaround situations he has developed and implemented long term strategy, build the organization and processes / capabilities to deliver on those goals end ensure the delight of all constituencies. He has significant operating experience and, as leader with excellent communication skills, experience being the public face of the organization to the communities it operates in. Additionally, Kendall has deep financial expertise to help organizations ensure the alignment of goals and resources.

As a senior executive he has a strong, collaborative style balanced with accountability and bias toward action and results. He built strong leadership teams, succession plans and clear diverse corporate cultures. He has spent his career aligning, advising, leading various constituencies in organizations to agree on strategy, goals, tactics and measures of success. He takes great satisfaction and pride in building the consensus necessary to act and deliver an organization’s mission and maximize its impact within its field of endeavor.

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Charles McCrea

Charles McCrea is a Senior Consultant with an extensive background in the areas of leadership development, change management, team building, and developing a sense of community. He has worked with nonprofit, public sector and educational groups in strengthening leadership, governance, and teamwork such that the individuals and organization can work together to achieve goals that had previously been challenging.

Charles has experience as a supervisor and manager in a manufacturing environment as well as a division operations manager. He also held varied marketing positions (Director Environmental Stewardship, Director Polaroid Education Program, Director Corporate Packaging and Branding). Charles served as the Chief Operation Officer of a national nonprofit, The Environmental Careers Organization.

Charles has successfully delivered many supervisory and management training initiatives including Supervisor Certificate Programs for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, New Hampshire Rehabilitation Commission, and supervisor coaching for the Department of Children and Families.

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Myran Parker-Brass

During the last 3 decades Myran has accumulated a breadth and depth of expertise and experience as an executive, educator and consultant in the non-profit sector. A key focus of her professional career has been working with organizations on strategic planning, program development and implementation, collective impact model development, public-private partnerships, board development and fundraising. She has held senior leadership positions with the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Longy School of Music at Bard College. More recently, she has taken on Interim Executive Director roles at the Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and HealthCare Without Walls.

Myran’s board participation includes the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Community Music Center of Boston and the Boston Art Academy. She is a lead member of the Statewide Arts Coalition elevating the role of arts and arts education in Massachusetts.

Myran has received local, national and international recognition for her work in arts and culture, arts education and arts policy reform.

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Joseph Patuleia

Joe Petuleia was an educator and administrator in Massachusetts starting as a math teacher and coach at Bedford High School and then becoming the high school principal at both Lynn English and Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. In 2004 Joe was recruited to turn around Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, one of the oldest Boys & Girls Clubs in the country, serving 5,000 youth. The culmination of Joe’s tenure included a successful $90M Capital Endowment Campaign for a new clubhouse and administrative headquarters in north central Harlem. Most recently, Joe served as Interim Executive Director for The Welcome Wagon.

Joe’s experience includes Board Development and engagement, Resource Development, Employee Management, Financial Oversight and Operational Integrative Management Development. Joe serves as vice-president of a nonprofit board for autistic adults, Special Citizens Futures Unlimited,  and teaches a seminar on Nonprofit Management at Fordham University.

Joe received Master’s Degrees in Education from Harvard University and Salem State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Fitchburg State University.

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Amanda Preston

Amanda Preston is a respected nonprofit executive/strategist with over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has held senior leadership positions at the Harvard – Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Harvard University, among others.

Amanda’s background includes advancement, external relations, board development and governance, legislative affairs, and program design, review, evaluation, and management. She has an excellent track record in securing significant funding from individuals, foundations, and government agencies for a broad range of programs and organizations. She has also developed her skills and knowledge in the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of small and large inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional partnerships. She is also deeply involved in mentoring and coaching early-career professionals.

In late 2018, she formed her consulting practice to advise and coach the leaders of scientific and educational institutions in matters of strategy, planning, positioning, program development, research collaborations, and funding.

She graduated from Wellesley College, while completing some of her coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Ellen Rothberg

Ellen was President of VNA Health Care located in north central Connecticut , a $50M multi corporate, multi site agency. Services included home health, private duty, hospice, managed care contracting, durable medical equipment, pharmacy and social support agencies. The agency had severe financial problems and, working along with the Board of Directors and management team, she completed a review of all business lines, locations and organizational structure and completed a turnaround.

For the last six years Ellen has worked with agencies to assess and develop plans for improvement in all areas of operations from intake, marketing, billing , finance and clinical delivery and quality. She works with boards of directors to evaluate agency viability and with management to evaluate and develop plans for immediate and midrange improvement in operations.

Ellen has served on both state and national committees as a member of the board of directors of Visiting Nurse Associations of America and the Connecticut Association for Health Care at Home and gives presentations at state and national industry meetings.

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Stephen Schaffer

Steve Schaffer is a senior executive with high level skills in strategic planning, program development, fundraising strategy, and Board and community relations. With strong operational, financial and program management expertise, he is a team builder, motivator and spokesperson.

As Executive Director, he grew one small local organization into a dominant regional entity with sites in multiple cities with a reputation for innovation and quality care. As Chief Operating Officer of a nationally known research and service organization, he modernized operations, and implemented new services and subsequently, as Interim President, launched the organization on its new strategic direction. He has continued this work as Interim Executive Director for the New Hampshire Humane Society, Children’s Study Home and Brighton Marine.

Steve earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell and an MSW from Boston University and now works with his nonprofit clients to strengthen executive – Board and executive – staff relationships, clarify their mission / vision / strategy, and ensure that operational management is aligned with strategy.

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Tracey Schear

As a seasoned leader, Tracey brings broad-based experience in the fields of social change, education, health and wellness, human services, organizational transformation, and leadership development, most recently as Interim ED for NAMI Massachusetts.

For over thirty years Tracey  has led nonprofit, public sector and international organizations, overseeing budgets and investments of up to 62 million dollars. Her hands-on experience as a public sector leader, nonprofit executive, consultant, advisor, and systems coach gives her a unique perspective in her work with organizations in transition.

Tracey has extensive experience in leadership transition, organizational development, change facilitation, board development, strategy and design, and partnership and alliance building, Throughout her years of service, she has partnered with organizations to transform their culture, address structural and systemic inequities, and design strategic actions to create just, fair and inclusive human-centered systems. She holds a Master of Social Work; is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Professional Certified Coach, through the International Coach Federation; and is a certified Organizational Relationship Systems Coach.

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Bruce Skyer

Bruce Skyer has made a career of navigating organizations through times of change. Bruce served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Kidney Foundation, the leading advocacy organization for kidney disease patients in the United States. He spearheaded a significant turnaround of the Foundation ensuring its financial sustainability; Bruce created and implemented a new strategic plan, restructured the organization for greater efficiency and impact, and revamped the program portfolio to significantly increase the number of patients served.

Most recently, Bruce was President & CEO of the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, a network of schools on the east coast of the U.S. that teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. And previously he was Chief Operating Officer of Child First, a Connecticut-based early childhood mental health model, where he led their strategic planning process, modernized operations, and positioned Child First to successfully merge with another organization. Earlier in his career, Bruce was Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Bruce established the operational capabilities necessary to allow the Fund to double its size during his tenure.

Bruce received his MBA in Finance from Fordham University and a BA in Political Science from Columbia University.

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Dena Stahlhaber

Dena Stahlheber is an executive leader and systems thinker who looks at an organization’s entire ecosystem to drive excellence for thriving communities. She is a visionary and collaborator with expertise in organizational development, business strategy and planning, operations/infrastructure development, program development, fundraising, marketing communications, and storytelling.

Dena has a “big business” background from working with Fortune 1000 companies, using her expertise to create efficient but beautiful solutions, building firm foundations for her clients. She has also worked as an Executive Director, Board Member, Consultant, and Business Professional, providing a well-rounded perspective and understanding of the ecosystem surrounding organizations. She leverages these elements to promote sustainability and growth with all her clients.

Dena is the former Interim Executive Director of Girls at Work and former Executive Director of DreamCatchers NH. She is a former board member of Also-Known-As, an organization for adoptees in New York City, and currently sits on the steering committee of the BluePrint Collaborative and counsels Executive Directors while managing clients. She uses her strategic expertise with nonprofits and small businesses to do her part to see communities thrive.

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Nancy Wilson

Nancy brings decades of non-profit experience in the US and overseas. She was CEO of an international humanitarian and development NGO for 7 years, covering 17 countries and growing the organization from $40M in annual revenue to $170M. She also spent 16 years living and working in Africa, in large part dedicated to building civil society and economic access. She also has significant experience in the democracy building sector, including serving as dean of the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University for 10 years, and worked in the private sector as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Throughout these roles, Nancy has been responsible for the effective development and execution of strategy and building strong global teams. Outside of work, Nancy is active as a volunteer leader in an alumnae engagement program at Stanford Graduate School of Business, enjoys traveling, and looks forward to the next round of golf, sprint on the rowing machine, or outing on a kayak.

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