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 in our network:

Art Buckland

Art Buckland is a Board Member, entrepreneurial business leader, trusted advisor and growth architect with a distinguished and time-tested record of success revitalizing and transforming operations to advance business mission and enhance stakeholder value. He is a multidimensional and agile business architect who ignited growth and profitability in public and privately held businesses in seven countries, ranging from startups to billion-dollar global enterprises in diverse industries, including capital equipment, clean energy, manufacturing, industrial products, supply chain, water, and solar.

More recently, Art has served as an Interim Executive Director for a Boston-area nonprofit, and also as a Board Member for other local nonprofits. His strong executive presence is instrumental in building relationships with c-suite executives, employees, board members, customers and investors.

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Jon Firger

Jon Firger’s training and experience in social work and business administration have created a powerful and unique perspective and skill set. His work with nonprofit organizations has enabled him to identify and launch business models built upon the passion of mission, core expertise and solid financial planning.

Jon has been a recognized chief executive for the past 25 years, first at Jewish Family Services of the North Shore in Salem and then at Family Access in Newton, Massachusetts. At each organization, he led the Board and management to identify and launch core, revenue-producing social enterprises that support and sustain their mission and finances.

Jon’s experience in the use of business tools, such as strategic, business unit and succession planning, helps organizations stay in front of changes in community needs, economic and political shifts, and leadership or key personnel succession.

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Mike 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 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 studied at 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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Charles McCrea

Charles McCrea is a Senior Consultant with an extensive background in the areas of leadership development, change management and team building (developing a sense of community). He has worked with non-profit, 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 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.

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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Alexandra Rollins

Alexandra’s work focuses on nonprofit planning and management. A specialty is developing funding through grants, individual donations, and cooperative agreements, and she has deep experience with foundations, corporations, local, state, and federal government, nonprofits of various constructs, and public-private partnerships. Her niche expertise resides in historic preservation, the arts, and humanities.

She is experienced in leadership facilitation, business and strategic planning, and organizational development. Senior positions in change management and start-up management include the Dietrich American Foundation, the State Justice Institute, the Harvard Astrophysical Observatory, and the Hingham Heritage Museum, along with others. As an Interim Executive Director, Alexandra led the Museum of Arts and Design, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the Bates College Museum of Art. At the Corporation for National Service, her excellence in organizational and assessment skills paired with her strong writing and a long history of process, procedure, and policy development, led to a restructuring of the $400m grant awarding office.

During her career, Alexandra has raised and managed millions of dollars and initiated and led multi-year projects for several of the top American art collections in the country.

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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.

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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Martha Walz

Marty Walz has a distinguished record of accomplishment in the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors, which allows her to draw on the strengths of each when working with her clients. She provides executive level support to organizations of all sizes, and her work includes project management, strategic planning, fundraising, communications and advocacy, board development, and interim leadership roles.

Marty served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and held leadership positions at Jumpstart for Young Children and the Boston Public Schools. A former State Representative who represented the 8th Suffolk District for 8 years, she has served on numerous nonprofit governance and advisory boards including the Charles River Water Quality Commission, the Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, the Kingsley Montessori School, and the Women’s Lunch Place.

Marty holds a J.D from New York University, a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Colgate University.

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Robert Zimmerman

Bob Zimmerman cofounded an athletic academy early in his career, serving as its headmaster for 13 years, placing all graduates in competitive colleges and 14 on US national teams. He then stepped into a new career as Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association. Over nearly 30 years under his direction, he expanded the focus of the organization to include scientific research and analysis, ecosystem and land-use planning, land and water regulation reform, and restorative technology development, while winning major battles to restore and protect the Charles River and its parklands. In 2011 CRWA won the $350,000 International River Foundation’s Theiss International Riverprize for exceptional river management. US EPA now calls the Charles the cleanest urban river in America.

He is creative and visionary, with strong skills in assessment, prioritization, and institutional development. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Michigan University, and did continuing studies in finance, computer applications, and management at the University of Vermont and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He was named a River Network River Hero, received the Gulf of Maine Council’s Visionary Award, and EPA New England’s Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award, all in 2018.

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